Nov. 8, 2006
Sophomore LB Bobby Abare earned defensive player of the week honors from the Ivy League, I-AA.org, the ECAC and the Football Gazette. He was also the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game after picking off three passes and making seven tackles in Yale's 27-24 win at Brown on Nov. 4.
Abare, who picked off Brown QB Joe DiGiacomo's first quarter pass and went 19 yards for a score, returned an interception for a TD for the second straight week. He went 52 yards with a Columbia pass to help the Elis beat the Lions on Oct. 28. Abare is the first Bulldog to have a three-interception game since Nate Boxrucker against Princeton in 1998 and the first Yale linebacker to record the trifecta since Carl Ricci '95 snared three passes at Brown in 1994 in a 27-16 win.
Abare, who leads the team with 41 solo stops and 65 total tackles, now has four interceptions in two games. The current Bulldog has four picks this fall, one shy of the school record for linebackers shared by Lee Driftmier (2005), Ricci (1994) and Jack Sellati (1975). The Yale record for interceptions in a game is held by Edmund Decker, who grabbed four against Dartmouth in 1927.
His twin brother, SS Larry Abare, is second on the team with 35 solos and 59 total tackles. He led Yale with 6-5-11 last week at Brown, his fourth game with a team-high in tackles.
Bobby and Larry had a combined 9-9-18 last week. One of the Abares has led the Eli defense in tackles in each of the last six games.
report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director