April 23, 2004
New Haven, CT - The Yale football team has elected offensive tackle Rory Hennessey (Strongsville, Ohio) captain for the 2004 season, making him the 127th captain in Yale's history.
Hennessey, a third team All-American in 2003 and two-time All-Ivy player, has started all but two games since arriving in New Haven. He is the first Bulldog captain from the offensive line since Ken Lund led the 1986 squad.
"It's a great honor to have the respect of your teammates, but this team has leadership at every position," said Hennessey, who will celebrate today by playing with his newly arrived seven-week-old bulldog puppy, Rambo, before preparing for Saturday's 2 p.m. Blue-White Scrimmage in Yale Bowl. "We have come a long way since last season, and people are buying into the idea that we have to play hard and do what it takes to reach the top."
Playing left tackle this past season, the 6-foot-5, 290-pound pro football prospect enjoyed his finest campaign. He was named third team I-AA All-America by both The Sports Network and the Associated Press, in addition to being named first team All-Ivy and All-New England. It is difficult to quantify an offensive lineman's production but Hennessey graded out to at least 98 percent every game and was named team MVP of the offensive line in five of the 10 games. In addition, he is clearly the most athletic offensive lineman at Yale.
"I came here to win, and it's time we did just that," said the new captain, who was also captain of his St. Ignatius High School team. "Six and four [last year's record] is not going to cut it anymore. We have to have the confidence to perform well and we need to be a mean and tough team."
report by Steve Conn, Assistant AD/Sports Publicity Director