Oct. 7, 2008
Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.), Yale's senior captain and LB, was named The Sports Network Defensive Player of the Week after making 10 tackles and picking off two passes against Holy Cross.
Abare, a candidate for the 2008 Buchannan Award for the top defensive player in FCS, also earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honors. He is a two-time first-team all-league pick who was honorable mention All-America last fall. Abare, also Yale's Walter Camp Player of the Game, had a game-high nine solos (10 overall) and an interception return for a TD against the Crusaders.
His first interception halted a Crusader scoring drive when he snared a high throw while standing in the end zone before returning it 18 yards. Abare's second pick went 32 yards for a score that put Yale up 14-0 in the second quarter.
This was Abare's first national weekly award since he intercepted three passes at Brown in 2006 and received player of the week honors from nearly every organization that hands them out.
Abare leads the team with 21 solo tackles and 27 overall this fall. He has eight career interceptions, including three for scores.