Aug. 9, 2004
New Haven, Conn. - The Yale football team tied for the most first-place votes and was picked to finish third in the preseason Ivy League media poll, released at media day at the Yale Golf Course. The Bulldogs received six of 14 votes to win the league championship, tying defending champion Penn. The Quakers are once again favored to take the title, finishing ahead of Harvard, which was second in the poll and received four first-place votes. After finishing in a four-way tie for second place last season with a 4-3 conference mark (6-4 overall), the Elis return 19 starters and 36 letterwinners. Yale returns six All-Ivy picks, including preseason All-America selections tackle Rory Hennessey and quarterback Alvin Cowan. Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football Jack Siedlecki will look to Hennessey, Cowan and fellow seniors running back Robert Carr and wide receiver Ralph Plumb to lead the team to another successful season. "We are fortunate that our star players are our hardest-working players," Siedlecki said. "It sets a tremendous example for our team." The Bulldogs open the season Sept. 18 at Dayton and play their home opener Oct. 2 against 2003 national runner-up Colgate. The opener will give fans a chance to see the new fence around the Yale Bowl, the first part of the multi-million-dollar Bowl restoration project. "Obviously, we're very excited," said Siedlecki. "At the end of this season you'll see big changes. The Bowl will look like it looked in 1914." Yale tallied just two fewer points than Harvard and was chosen ahead of Brown, Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia and Cornell.
School (first-place votes) Pts 2003 record 1. Penn (six) 114 10-0 (7-0) 2. Harvard (four) 107 7-3 (4-3) 3. Yale (six) 105 6-4 (4-3) 4. Brown 73 5-5 (4-3) 5. Dartmouth 58 5-5 (4-3) 6. Princeton 51 2-8 (2-5) 7. Columbia 46 4-6 (3-4) 8. Cornell 22 1-9 (0-7)report by Casey Hart, Yale Sports Publicity