Yale tackle Rory Hennessey has been named to The Sports Network's Division I-AA Preseason All-America Team, part of a number of pre-season honors for the Bulldogs. The Network also tabbed quarterback Alvin Cowan for the second team and named him the second-best signal-caller in I-AA. In tabbing the Bulldogs as the No. 32 team in the country, the Network noted that Cowan "will put up All-America numbers if healthy."
Cowan was second only to Grambling State's Bruce Eugene among I-AA quarterbacks. Last season he was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in I-AA, and won the Boston Globe's Gold Helmet Award as the top I-AA player in New England.
"He's what you would call the complete quarterback," Brown head coach Phil Estes is quoted as saying on The Sports Network website. "He's a threat to run the football and he was very accurate in throwing it last year."
Hennessey, an NFL prospect and the 2004 team captain, was named third team I-AA All-America last season. In addition to being named to the first team this time around, he was listed as the second-best tackle in I-AA. The Network noted that he was the "lynchpin for an attack that piled up nearly 480 yards per game last year."
Yale opens the 2004 season at Dayton on September 18. The Bulldogs will face four top-25 teams, hosting No. 9 Colgate on Oct. 2, No. 17 Lehigh on Oct. 16 and No. 19 Penn on Oct. 23 before ending the season with a trip to No. 25 Harvard.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department