Jaeden Graham went from three collegiate seasons trying to find a role to All-Ivy League tight end in 2017, while helping the Yale Football Team win a championship. Now he is trying to secure a role in the National Football League.
One team and seven seniors were recognized by the Yale Athletics Department at the annual senior student-athlete reception on Saturday at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gym. The women’s golf team earned the Brodhead Award for the highest team grade point average. Claire Huebner (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) of the co-ed sailing team and Theo Miller (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of the men’s soccer team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. The Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award was presented to Carl Mansson (Stockholm, Sweden) of the men’s track and field team and Calleigh Higgins (Ogdensburg, N.J.) of the women’s cross country and track and field team. Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.) of the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams received the Amanda Walton Award, and Courtney Pensavalle (Winchester, Mass.) and Jason Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich) were the recipients of the Molly Meyer Humanitarian Award.
Getting drafted by a National Football League team is quite an accomplishment when you consider there are only 7 rounds and most of the guys selected have proven themselves at the league combine. Foyesade Oluokun, Yale’s All-Ivy linebacker, did not attend the NFL combine, but he impressed scouts around the league enough at pro days to be taken by the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon in the 6th round of the 2018 draft.
The defending Ivy League Champions Yale Football Team plays its Blue-White Game today at 1 p.m. on the Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl. There will be a championship ring presentation for the team following the game.
With 51 life-saving marrow donations through its first nine years, the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale had given people plenty of reasons to celebrate heading into the 10th annual drive Thursday. This year’s edition was another success, as the Bulldogs added 464 more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry®.
The graduating seniors and the alumni are basking in the reflective glory of the 2017 Ivy League Championship. However, the underclassmen on Team 146, a.k.a. the 2018 Yale Football Team, have more to prove as spring practice begins this Friday at 6:05 AM on Clint Frank Field.
Fenway Sports Management today announced that tickets will go on sale Friday, April 27 for the 135th rendition of “The Game” between Harvard and Yale hosted at Fenway Park. One of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries, “The Game” will be played at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, November 17. Fans will be able to purchase individual game tickets by visiting www.redsox.com/thegame.
Walter Camp, the “Father of American football” shaped a new game into what we know today as football. Carmen Louis Cozza, the father figure to more than 2,000 Yale student-athletes from four different decades, molded young men into future leaders while serving as the head football coach at Yale for an amazing 32 seasons. Cozza, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, passed away today at the age of 87.
The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2017-18 Academic All-Ivy honors in its fall sports today, and 10 Bulldogs were honored. The five men and five women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.
College Sports Madness named Zane Dudek its Football Championship Subdivision Freshman of the Year. The first-year Yale running back also earned on spot on CSM’s All-America third team, while senior linebacker Matthew Oplinger was a second-team All-America pick. In addition, both Bulldogs were on the third unit of the Phil Steele FCS All-America Team.
Five players on the 2017 Ivy League Champion Yale Football Team were named All-ECAC today. TE Jaeden Graham and OL Kark Marback were first-team picks, while Matthew Oplinger, Zane Dudek and John Herubin took second-team honors.
Fenway Sports Management and the City of Boston today announced that one of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries will be played out on the Fenway Park gridiron in 2018. The 135th rendition of Harvard and Yale’s football rivalry will be played in front of the “Green Monster” at the home of the Boston Red Sox on November 17, 2018. The game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the epic 1968 clash between the two Ivy League schools, which famously ended in a 29-29 tie.
He was the leader of and most dominant player on the league’s top defensive team, one that ranked 8th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with just over 15 points allowed per game. Yale linebacker Matthew Oplinger, who led the Ancient Eight and was second in the country in sacks, has been named a finalist for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, given to the Ivy League’s top defensive player.
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.
The Bulldogs went from 3-7 in 2016 to 9-1 this fall while grabbing their first outright Ivy League Championship in 37 years. Tony Reno, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, was rewarded for the team’s success with both the New England Football Writers and the Gridiron Club of Boston naming him Division I Coach of the Year.
Yale’s 1977 Ivy League Championship team celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend at New Haven during the 24-3 win in The Game, the finishing touch on the Elis’ first outright league title in 37 years.
The outright Ivy League Champion 2017 Yale Football Team gathered one final time this afternoon at the Lanman Center inside Payne Whitney Gym for its season-ending banquet. The idea was to celebrate the school’s 15th Ancient Eight title while honoring 31 members of the senior class. There were also some awards handed out.