Oct. 21, 2008
Senior LB Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.), who had one of the greatest defensive days ever for a Bulldog last Saturday, was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this fall. He led all tacklers with 10 solo tackles and 15 overall, had two sacks and picked up a fumble and returned it 86 yards for a TD in a 12-10 loss at Fordham on Oct. 18. Abare, also the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week, and the Elis held Fordham to its fewest points of 2008.
Abare, also Yale's Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Game for the second time, has nine career interceptions, the most ever for a Yale LB. That total ranks ninth on the school's all-time list.
Abare, the team captain, earned Yale's first league honor of 2008 when he was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his 10 tackles and two interceptions (one for a TD) against Holy Cross on Oct. 4. He is a candidate for the 2008 Buchannan Award for the top defensive player in FCS, a two-time first-team all-league pick and an honorable mention All-American last fall.
He leads the team in tackles with 34 solo and 48 overall and interception (3) this fall and now has three career interception returns for TDs. Abare, eighth in the FCS with a .60 interception average, has also been a great promotion for Yale football off the field. He and Harvard captain Matt Curtis threw out first pitches on Sept. 2 at Fenway Park before a Red Sox game to promote the 125th playing of The Game this November at Boston.