Polls, TV, Time Changes Coming Soon
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior kicker Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, NY) has been named to the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List for the top non-FBS placekicker in the country. His sophomore teammate, Robert Clemons III (Laguna Beach, Calif.), earned a spot on the 2014 College Football Performance Awards Kickoff Returner Award Watch List for FCS players.
Cazzetta, an honorable mention All-Ivy League placekicker in 2013, was the starter at both kicking positions last fall. He earned league special teams player of the week twice and finished with 11 field goals (15 attempts), the second most by an Ivy player.
The left-footer booted a career-long 46-yard field goal in three different games last fall. Cazzetta's busy leg also punted 54 times for a 38.7 average. His long punt was 68 yards while he had 14 that landed inside the 20-yard line.
Clemons returned 29 kickoffs last fall for 579 yards and a 20.0 average. That included a team-best 64-yarder against Fordham at 100-year-old Yale Bowl. Clemons was also picked on the collegesportsmadness.com pre-season All-Ivy League third team.
The CSM first-team selections from Yale were WR Deon Randall, OL Ben Carbery, LB Will Vaughan, DB Cole Champion and Cazzetta (PK). The second-teamers are TB Tyler Varga, OL Will Chism, OL Luke Longinotti and DB Foye Oluokun. The rest of the third-unit Elis are TB Candler Rich, HB Sebastian Little, DE Victor Egu, LB Charles Cook, DB Robert Ries and Cazzetta (P).
The 2014 Bulldogs return to New Haven on Aug. 17 in preparation for the 10-game schedule that begins on Sept. 20 against Lehigh at the Bowl to kick off its anniversary season.
If you are wondering what the Ivy League media thinks of Yale's chances this fall, the pre-season poll will be out on Tuesday. The Blue went 5-5 in 2013 in Tony Reno's second season as the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach.
Soon after the media poll is announced, the league's TV schedule will also get released. That will impact games times around the Ivy, and expect to see changes for kickoffs at the Bowl.
A record number of Bulldogs were in New Haven this summer working out together, while some had some very interesting educational opportunities, including junior defensive back Roger Kilgore (Rahway, NJ). He is currently in Prague, Czech Republic, taking part in the Yale ISA Study Abroad Program while also traveling to Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Slovenia as part of the project.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director