Working Toward Sept. 15 Season-Opener
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The first opportunity to see the defending Ivy League Champions on the field is Saturday at 2:30. The 2018 Yale Football Team, also known as Team 146, begins workouts at Clint Frank Field a little less than a month before the season opener at Holy Cross.
The first practice goes until 4:30 with a second workout set for 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
"We are very excited to see everyone back in New Haven and to continue building Team 146," said Tony Reno, who is in his seventh season as Yale's Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach. "We had a great turnout of guys on campus this summer, working, taking classes and working out. We must continue to be intentional in all we do."
The Bulldogs, who went 9-1 on the way to capturing their 15th Ancient Eight crown in 2017, are on the field at Clint Frank mid-morning all next week. Reno's gang will mix in practices and scrimmages leading up to their first chance to line up against a different color uniform, Sept. 1 at Brown.
While the Elis were busy in summer work, the prognosticators were active in recognizing the guys in Blue and White. Phil Steele, one of the best-known pre-season selectors, picked nine Yale players on his All-Ivy League squad. Three of them were first-team choices, senior P Alex Galland, junior DE Charles Callender and sophomore RB Zane Dudek, who is Steele's pick for league offensive player of the year and a first-team FCS All-American after earning 2017 Ivy Rookie of the Year honors.
Juniors QB Kurt Rawlings, OL Dieter Eiselen and Sterling Strother and DB Malcolm Dixon were second-team All-Ivy picks, while classmate RB Alan Lamar and senior DL Nicholas Crowle made the third unit. Lamar, a standout rookie in 2016, missed all of 2017 with an injury.
"We appreciate the accolades and acknowledgement of our success last fall," said Reno. "That was Team 145. Team 146 has to prove itself. Defending the league championship will be quite a challenge, but our sole focus is to be a better team today than we were yesterday."
By Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD/Sports Publicity