The 2017 Yale Football season began in fine fashion last week on the road with a 56-28 win at Lehigh. This Saturday marks the opening of Ivy League play as the Big Red of Cornell come to Yale Bowl for a 1 p.m. kick. The home opener, which airs live on Eleven Sports (DirecTV 623), the Ivy League Network and ESPN Radio (AM-1300), is also Yale Youth Day.
Yale Football opened the season with a win on the road at Lehigh 56-28. This week their attention turns to Cornell. Linebacker Matt Oplinger '18 and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week Kurt Rawlings '20 discuss the opening win and the home opener against the Cornell Big Red.
The 145th Edition of the Yale Football Team opened its season on the road at Lehigh, a team that dominated the Elis last fall at Yale Bowl. Yale scored early and often to defeat the defending Patriot League Champs 56-28. Take a look back at the Yale' victory, through a Bulldog's eyes.
The Yale offense was expected to be much improved from last fall, but it more than exceeded the prognostications in a 56-28 opening day victory over Lehigh at Goodman Stadium. The Bulldogs found the end zone four times through and the air and as many on the ground in a dominating performance on both sides.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced today the names of the 35 finalists for the 2017 NFF Chapter Scholar-Athlete Awards, which will honor one young man from each of the country’s five regions as the best and the brightest for their accomplishments as athletes, scholars and citizens at the high school level. Yale’s D. Major Roman, a freshman tight end from New London, Conn., earned one of those spots.
The 145th season of Yale Football kicks off Saturday at Bethlehem, Pa., as the Bulldogs take on Lehigh (0-2, 0-0 Patriot) at Goodman Stadium. The 12:30 start airs live on the Patriot League Network (free) and on SE2 TV in Pennsylvania, while the action can be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960) as well as iHeart radio.
Each week, Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football Tony Reno and Yale players gather with the media at Mory's to discuss each week's game. For the season opener the captain of Team 145, Spencer Rymiszewski '17 joined Coach Reno to discuss the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.
Senior cornerback Spencer Rymiszewski was voted the captain of the 2017 Elis despite sitting out the 2016 season recovering from an injury. He was a 2015 first-team All-Ivy League selection who earned Yale’s Ted Blair Award as the most valuable player. Rymiszewski led the squad with four interceptions, including a pick-six against Brown two seasons ago.
They’ve been blocking, tackling and covering blue or white shirts for 14 straight practices. The Yale football team finally gets to see a different color on Saturday at 1 p.m. with a scrimmage at Brown.
You can hear the clickity clack of Under Armour cleats ringing from the tunnel that goes under Derby Avenue to Clint Frank Field on Friday at 2:30 p.m. That sound signals the start of Yale Football practice and official preparation for the 2017 season.
Center Larry Ross snapped the ball to Pat O’Brien and the quarterback dropped back before suddenly flipping the ball to his left for split end John Spagnola, who caught the backward lateral, looked down field and fired it to tight end Bob Krystyniak.
The Yale football team will gather back in New Haven in eight days to prepare for the new season. Today the Bulldogs, picked fourth in the 2017 Ivy League Pre-Season Poll, got an idea what the league media thinks of their chances.
The 145th season of Yale Football begins with a 12:30 kick on Sept. 16 at Lehigh. The fall includes a Friday night game in November and the 134th edition of The Game at Yale Bowl, both nationally televised dates.
Twenty-nine student-athletes from 13 states and the District of Columbia will join the Yale Football Team as its class of 2021. Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach, announced his newcomers today, and they include 17 on offense and a dozen on defense.
The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame has announced the names on the 2018 ballot for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, and it includes two former Bulldog standouts – Rich Diana ‘82 and John Zanieski ‘85. In all, 75 players and six coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 98 players and 31 coaches from the divisional ranks are on the ballot.
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Emily Barnes (Louisville, Colo.) of the women’s cross country and track & field teams and Jackson Stallings (Moore, Okla.) of the football team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Barnes and Frederick Muth (Los Angeles, Calif.) of the men’s fencing team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Mackenzie Franklin (Austin, Texas) of the women’s swimming & diving team and Denzell Jobson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of the men’s track & field team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award. Robin Molen-Grigull (Sydney, Australia) of the heavyweight crew team was the recipient of the Amanda Walton Award.
The Yale Athletics department hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Thursday, adding 462 potential life-savers to the Be The Match Registry®. Yale’s drives are part of the “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” program, which includes 78 schools nationwide. Those “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” drives have added more than 7,000 potential marrow donors already this year, with Yale’s drive the largest to date.
John Gary Fencik ’76 talks about all the broken noses he suffered between his four years at Yale and a dozen National Football League campaigns. The damage was eventually repaired by using cartilage from his ear. “I could hear with my nose better than anyone,” says the former Bulldog All-Ivy League receiver.
Gary Fencik ’76, Yale’s All-Ivy League wide receiver who went on to win a Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears, will be honored at the Jan. 26 Ivy League Football Association Dinner, which takes place at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel.
Two highly touted recruits, who were supposed to slowly work their way into the lineup during the 2016 Yale Football season, had to contribute much sooner than expected due to injuries. Tailback Alan Lamar and offensive lineman Sterling Strother were rewarded for their early impact by being named honorable mention freshman All-America by herosports.com.