September 3, 2005

Elis Look Sharp in Scrimmage With Princeton

Sept. 3, 2005

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New Haven, CT - Running back Tyler Wells had two touchdowns, including a 65-yarder on a deflected pass, to highlight Yale's performance against Princeton Saturday afternoon in a scrimmage at the Yale Bowl. The Bulldogs also got scoring from running back Mike McLeod (4-yard touchdown run), wide receiver Todd Feiereisen (30-yard reception) and kicker Alan Kimball (28-yard field goal). The Yale defense held Princeton to just two scores for 10 points.

Wells' grab came when quarterback Ryan Fodor lofted a deep pass intended for tight end Mike Duvall, who had two defenders on him. It wound up bouncing right into the hands of Wells, who took off into the end zone to the delight of his teammates. It was a fitting moment in the sun for the senior who has spent most of the last three years behind the school's all-time leading rusher Robert Carr, who graduated last spring.

"That's what it's all about," Wells said. "I just go out there to have a good time every day. For something like that to happen it's just making my season right now. It's incredible. It's one of the most fun times I've ever had on a football field, and the sideline made it all that much more fun."

Feiereisen's grab was also of highlight-reel quality, as he fought his way past several Tigers to get into the end zone after catching a pass from quarterback Jeff Mroz. Mroz, Yale's captain, finished the day 12-18 for 158 yards. McLeod had 38 yards on 7 carries, including a 20-yarder. Running back Jordan Spence added 8 carries for 32 yards.

Safety Nick Solakian came up with the day's biggest play defensively, an interception with a 19-yard return to set up a Yale score just before the end of the first half. Cornerback Andrew Butler chipped in four solo tackles to lead the secondary, and the Bulldogs got a number of contributions from some new names - including two sacks from freshman defensive lineman Joe Hathaway.

"Defensively, I think we're the most athletic I've seen here," said junior defensive end Brandon Etheridge. "We're a young defense with depth. The greatest thing is we can rotate guys in with no drop-off in energy."

The game also gave fans a chance to see the progress that has been made in the restoration of the Yale Bowl, including several sections of new seats. Yale opens its season Sept. 17 at the University of San Diego at 1:30 p.m. Pacific time, then hosts Cornell in the home opener Sept. 24 at 1:00 p.m.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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