Junior WR Adds To Honors
BOSTON, Mass. – Yale's versatile standout Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) has been named to the FCS All-New England Team. The receiver, runner, kick returner and defensive back was one of three wide receivers selected by the New England Football Writers.
Randall, the MVP of the Bulldogs and next year's captain, caught seven passes in the season finale against Harvard and finished the season with a team-high 85 catches, one shy of the school record established by former NFL star Eric Johnson '01 in 2000. His 8.5 average ranks fifth in the FCS, third among Ivy players. His eight receiving TDs were second in the league, while he accumulated 11 overall scores this fall.
His 135 touches (rush attempts, receptions, returns, pass breakups) and 1,021 all-purpose yards helped him earn 2013 team MVP honors (Ted Blair Award) and the Jim Keppel Award for the Elis' top offensive back.
Randall's career top 10s at Yale includes receptions (146, 3rd), receiving yards (1,391, 9th) and TD catches (11, 8th).
He made most of his impact as a receiver, but his 32-yard rushing TD with 19 seconds left against Brown was Yale's most memorable run of 2013 and the game-winner. He was called on to play defense on the Bears' last attempt to even the score as time ran out, knocking down a pass in the end zone.
Randall's best game as a Bulldog came in a win over Cornell at the Bowl this fall. He scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 game that earned him the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the Gold Helmet (top D1 player) by the New England Sports Writers.
Randall helped Yale break open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points against the Big Red. Three of his scores came through the air, from eight, 23 and 44 yards. He caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score (10 yards). The three TD receptions tied a school record, while the four scores were one shy of the Yale mark shared most recently by Mike McLeod against Holy Cross in 2007.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director