All-Ivy End Serves in 2018
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Kyle Mullen, Yale's All-Ivy League defensive end, has been named captain of the 2018 Bulldogs.
Mullen helped the 2017 Ivy Champion Bulldogs lead the league in sacks (4th among FCS schools) with 38. He registered 4.5 this fall and 11 tackles for lost yardage while finishing with 32 overall stops. The Yale defense ranked eighth in the nation in scoring (15.6, 1st in Ivy) and it's 73.1 rushing yards per game were No. 3 in the FCS.
"It's a tremendous honor knowing that my teammates voted for me," said Mullen, who is the 10th Yale captain from New Jersey and the first since Tom McCarthy in 2010. "I love every one of them and I'm very excited for what we have to come. We have a great team right now, obviously we're headed in the right direction and hopefully we will continue that
The Manalapan, NJ, native, earned all-league honors in 2016 when he led the Blue with six sacks and 11 TFLs. His 47 overall tackles were fifth on the squad. As a rookie in 2015, Mullen played three games and made four stops.
The leader of Team 146 succeeds Spencer Rymiszewski, a galvanizing, all-league defensive back who helped the Blue take its first outright Ivy title in 37 years.
"I hope I can emulate some of the rich qualities he [Rymiszewski] had. He has done a tremendous job, he's been a great mentor to me and I will continue to lean on him. I think we are going to get back to work and continue what we have," said Mullen, the 14th defensive end to take the captaincy and the first since Beau Palin in 2013.
Yale finished this fall at 9-1 overall and 6-1 in Ivy play.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity – firstname.lastname@example.org