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4 Elis Named All-New England

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Marback, Dudek, Oplinger, Carlson Add to Honors


BOSTON, Mass. – Four Bulldogs who helped Yale go 9-1 and win an outright Ivy League Championship with a 6-1 mark were honored today as first-team All-New England picks. There were two from an Eli offense that averaged 34.5 points and a defensive pair that helped the champs limit opponents to 15.6 per game.


Senior lineman Karl Marback and freshman running back Zane Dudek represent the Bulldog offense on the New England team, as selected by the Jack Grinold/Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation, while seniors Matthew Oplinger (LB) and Hayden Carlson (DB) were on the other side. All four earned first-team All-Ivy League status last week.


Dudek, arguably the Ancient Eight's top offensive weapon this fall, was the Ivy Rookie of the Year after leading the league in every rushing and scoring category. He is a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award given to the top rookie in the FCS.


Oplinger, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award (top FCS defensive player), led the Ivies with 11.5 sacks while leading the top defense.




2017 All-New England Division 1 Football Team



OL — Jamil Dernby, Maine (Sr., Vineland, NJ)

OL — Matt Kaskey, Dartmouth (Jr., Winnetka, IL)

OL — Jake Kennedy, New Hampshire (Sr., Amherst, NH)

OL — Chris Lindstrom, Boston College (Jr., Dudley, MA)

OL — Karl Marback, Yale (Sr., Birmingham, MI)

OL — Connor Mignone, Central Connecticut (Fr., Redding, CT)

QB — Trevor Knight, New Hampshire (Jr., Amherst, NH)

RB — Harold Cooper, Rhode Island (Sr., New Haven, CT)

RB — AJ Dillon, Boston College (Fr., New London, CT)

RB — Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., Kittanning, PA)

RB — Josh Mack, Maine (So., Rochester, NY)

WR — Tom Kennedy, Bryant (Sr., Farmingdale, NY)

WR — Neil O'Connor, New Hampshire (Jr., Leominster, MA)

TE — Adam Breneman, Massachusetts (Gr., Mechanicsburg, PA)



DL — Zach Allen, Boston College (Jr., New Canaan, CT)

DL — Da'Sean Downey, Massachusetts (Sr., White Plains, NY)

DL — Rick Holt, New Hampshire (Sr., Portsmouth, NH)

DL — Richard Jarvis, Brown (Sr., Watertown, MA)

DL — Cole Ormsby, Connecticut (Sr., Windsor, CT)

LB — Thomas Costigan, Bryant (Jr., Stamford, CT)

LB — Nick McBeath, Holy Cross (Sr., Miami, FL)

LB — Matthew Oplinger, Yale (Sr., Summit, NJ)

LB — CJ Parvelus, Sacred Heart (Sr., Everett, MA)

LB — Jack Traynor, Dartmouth (Sr., Lake Forest, IL)

DB — Jarrod Cann, Central Connecticut (Sr., Hartley, DE)

DB — Hayden Carlson, Yale (Sr., Glen Ellyn, IL)

DB — Lukas Denis, Boston College (Jr., Everett, MA)

DB — Tanner Lee, Harvard (Sr., Spanish Fort, AL)



KS — Logan Laurent, Massachusetts (Sr., Temecula, CA)

RS — Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., Sacramento, CA)