Nov. 3, 2008
Junior P/PK Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after putting his foot on the ball 16 times and causing problems for Columbia all Saturday afternoon.
Mante split the uprights on both FG attempts from 37 yards and all three PATs while putting four of his five punts (41.0) inside the Columbia 20. In addition, he had a 67.2 average on six kickoffs including two touchbacks.
Mante is 6-for-9 on field goals and has a 41.2 punting average with 19 kicks inside the 20 this fall. Yale has not had a starting P/PK combination since Mike Murawyczk in 1998.
This was Yale's first Ivy League honor of 2008 received by anyone other than captain Bobby Abare.