NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2014 Blue-White game, which marks the end of spring practice, kicks off this Saturday on Yale Bowl's Class of 1954 Field at 2 p.m. Parking and admission is free.
The Yale football team, with three classes and 74 returning players, has 11 practices under its belt before completing the spring slate on Saturday. Not every Eli is available for the scrimmage, but there is plenty of competition for spots on the depth chart, including four quarterbacks looking for the top job.
There is a special scoring system implemented for this game, which is more of a contest between the two sides of the line rather than a battle of colors. Points are distributed for defensive plays as well as offensive. An offensive TD is worth the standard six points, but a score by the defense is 12. A turnover gets the D a six. If they don't get the ball but force a 3-and-out, the D gets 3. The entire scoring sheet will be available at the Bowl Saturday.
Saturday also marks the first opportunity for the coaching staff to test its change of responsibilities in a game situation. Joe Conlin became the new offensive coordinator, Kevin Cahill took over the quarterbacks and Art Asselta was hired to handle the receivers.
The Blue-White contest is also the feature piece of Yale's Junior Day activities. A large number of high school juniors will be in attendance to learn more about the storied program and see the facilities.
After the scrimmage, spring practice awards honoring the 1981 Ivy League Championship team will be handed out. Some members of that Yale championship team will be in attendance to take part in the award presentations. The 1981 Bulldogs, coached by Carm Cozza and captained by Fred Leone, went 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the league. Included among their home wins that fall were UConn, Navy and Harvard.
The Bulldogs are preparing for the 2014 season and the 100th year in Yale Bowl. Preparations are also underway to celebrate the venerable venue's centennial campaign. An anniversary logo, website and schedule of activities are about to be unveiled.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director