Defending Champs Begin Practice Tuesday

Aug. 20, 2007

The 2007 Yale football team begins preparation to defend its 2006 Ivy League title on Tuesday at 2 p.m. on the practice fields behind Yale Field. The Bulldogs, ranked 24th in the Football Championship Subdivision (I-AA) pre-season coaches poll, have eight practice dates before co-league champion No. 25 Princeton comes to Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field for a Aug.30 scrimmage at 1:30 p.m.

"We are excited about opening preseason as the defending Ivy league Champions. One of our goals in the early part of the pre-season is to blend our freshmen with a veteran group," said 11th year Yale coach Jack Siedlecki, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football. "We are looking forward to the leadership of captain Brandt Hollander and his classmates. We have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball and on special teams. We are excited to get started and focused on getting better and getting ready for the opener at Georgetown."

"We're really looking forward to getting practice started. We've had a great off-season and we've made tremendous gains across the board. We also have an excellent group of newcomers," said Hollander. "You spend all summer talking about the coming season, playing out different scenarios on paper and after a while you really get an itch to go out and actually play the games and see what happens. Being picked No. 1 really doesn't affect us too much. The Ivy League has tremendous parity and the pre-season poll is a fairly meaningless novelty. I'd say that while the team certainly appreciates the recognition, our goals are set so much higher that we really aren't getting caught up in what people are saying about us now. I think a younger team might get caught up in the hype surrounding the coming season, but our roster is filled with experienced guys who know better. The guys on this team created the success that we enjoyed last year. We know what it takes to win and we're committed to improving the program. Yale made big strides last year but we have a lot further to go, and we have the kids in the program now who are committed to taking us there."

PRACTICE SCHEDULE

Aug. 21, 2-5 pm

Aug. 22, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Aug. 23-26, 8:30 - 11:30 am

Aug. 27, 2-5 pm

Aug. 28, 8:30- 11 AM, 7-9 pm

Aug. 29, Photo Day @ 2 pm, Practice until 5 pm

Aug. 30, Scrimmage, 1:30 pm

Aug. 31, 2:30 - 4:30 pm

Sept. 1, 2-4 pm

Sept. 2, 8:30 - 10:30 am

Sept. 3-4, 2-4 pm

Sept. 5-7, 4 - 6:15 pm

Sept. 8, 8-10 am

Sept. 9, 4-6 pm

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