Bulldogs Host Tigers

Nov. 10, 2008

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale football team (5-3, 3-2 Ivy), which knocked off league unbeaten Brown 13-3 last week at Providence, closes out the 2008 home schedule by hosting Princeton (3-5, 2-3) at Yale Bowl and the Class of 1954 Field. The Bulldogs are clinging to a hope for a piece of the Ivy championship with two games remaining. Saturday's noon kickoff can be seen live on Versus (most cable systems) and heard live on WELI-AM 960 (960weli.com) and WYBC-AM 1340 (wybc.com).

THE SERIES

One hundred and five years ago, a young rivalry featuring two of the venerable powers of the gridiron made history by playing in the first game captured on film. Thomas Edison's camera focused on Yale's 12-5 win at Princeton that November day, and the rivalry has developed into the second-longest in college football. This week marks the 131st meeting, second only to the Lehigh-Lafayette (143) rivalry. Some Old Blue put more emphasis on this rivalry than THE Game. Yale leads 71-49-10 and has taken five of the last six. The one Princeton win was the most painful, a 34-31 decision at the Bowl in 2006 that led to the two teams sharing the Ivy crown. However, Yale's 2005 victory, a come-from-behind game at Princeton, spoiled the Tigers' hopes for an Ivy title.

LAST YEAR AT OLD NASSAU

QB Matt Polhemus and WR Chris Denny-Brown hooked up on TD throws of 10 and 80 yards while the defense made its own big plays in Yale's 27-6 win at Princeton. The game was much closer than the score indicates; It was 3-3 at the half and 10-3 heading into the fourth quarter. DBs Matt Coombs and Nick Solakian had interceptions and CB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) grabbed a fumble out of the air at the goal line and raced 55 yards. DE Brady Hart (State College, Pa.) had 6-4-10 and a sack. Princeton QB Bill Foran was 17-for-27 for 177 yards while Conner Louden booted a pair of field goals.

TAIL OF THE SCALE

The Yale offensive line (285 average) has a 30-pound edge on the defensive front of the Tigers (255), while Princeton's OL (272) is 24 pounds heavier on average than the Bulldog DL (248). All three Princeton down linemen are listed at 255 pounds.

THIS WEEK IN THE IVY

There is a three-way tie for first place at 4-1 thanks to the Yale win at Brown, but at least one of those teams will have a second loss after Saturday. Harvard (7-1, 4-1) is at Penn (5-3, 4-1) while Brown (5-3, 4-1) heads to Hanover to face winless Dartmouth. In the battle of New York, Cornell (4-4, 2-3) is at Columbia (1-7, 1-4).

BULLDOGS SHUT DOWN BROWN

The defense ruled in its most impressive performance of 2008, a 13-3 Yale win at Brown last Saturday. Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) booted two field goals and QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) connected with WR Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.) on a 78-yard scoring play that put the game away with 3:49 left. The Bears, held to their fewest points at home since a 30-0 loss to Yale in 1996, had a chance to go 5-0 in Ivy play (with two easy games left) but could not solve an Eli defense that had two interceptions and stopped Brown on 12 of 18 third downs. Yale kept Brown off the scoreboard for the first 21:08 without the services of two likely All-Ivy players, LB Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.) and CB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio). Abare missed most of the first half with an injury while Rice sat out all but a few plays.

TIGERS FALL TO QUAKERS

The difference in Penn's 14-9 win over Princeton last Friday night at Princeton Stadium may have been third-down conversions. The Quakers converted eight of 13 attempts while the Tigers managed just three of 10. Jordan Culbreath scored on a one-yard run and Ben Bologna booted a 32-yard FG for the Princeton points. Senior QB Brian Anderson completed 15 of 25 passes for 204 yards and added 31 yards rushing while Scott Britton had 10 tackles.

35 SENIORS

The Yale Football class of 2009, playing its last home game this Saturday, is the largest group of seniors Jack Siedlecki has ever had. Considering that Yale had 30 spots for recruits when this class arrived, this is an impressive number. Here's how you quantify the impact of this class.

2 All-Americans

5 players with brothers who play or played at Yale

7 four-time varsity lettermen

8 starters on 2006 Ivy title team

10 changed positions since freshman year

12 All-Ivy selections (first, second-team, honorable mention)

16 states represented on the roster

18 starters

21 listed on the Yale (2-deep) depth chart

26 victories (matches class of '08, most since 1982)

27 sacks

33 interceptions

384 points scored

1,075 total tackles

7,094 yards responsible for

STINGY ON SCOREBOARD

Yale has allowed just 95 (11.9) points this season in eight games and has the FCS's top scoring defense. One of the reasons for the success is Yale's 1.25 turnover margin (No. 5 in FCS), while the Elis lead the league in sacks with 2.25 per game. The 2007 Bulldogs gave up 137 for a 13.7 average which is the lowest average since Ivy League schools went from nine to 10 games in 1986. The lowest average in modern times is 8.5 (77 pts, 9 gp) by the 1976 squad.

GERALD FINALIST FOR RHODES

Senior CB Casey Gerald (Dallas, Texas) was recently named a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship and will have an interview in Houston on either Nov. 21 or 22. That presents a bit of a quandary for the political science major with a 3.68 GPA. Gerald and the Elis head to Harvard on the 21st to prepare for the Nov. 22 playing of The Game. The last Yale football Rhodes recipient was Nate Herring in 2006. Gerald, a Gates Scholar, is also a finalist for the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame's Draddy Award and has already been named a 2008 NFF Scholar-Athlete. The winner of the Draddy is to be announced on Dec. 9 in New York City. The NFF has asked him to represent the 15 finalists on the dinner program with his reflections about the game. In addition, he is a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award that will be handed out later this month, was recently named CoSIDA Academic All-District and has already been admitted to Harvard Business School (MBA) for 2010. Gerald also received the 2008 Levi Jackson (former Yale captain) Scholarship for character, intellect, achievement and leadership. He has joked about not having an interception, but notched his first career pick at Brown last week. He has 19 total tackles this fall.

FODOR BACK ON SIDELINE

Senior QB Ryan Fodor (Madison, Conn.), who started Yale's first five games this fall, sat out the Penn and Columbia games with an injury. He returned to practice last week at less than full strength. Sophomore Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) has taken over the top spot for now. Fodor has completed 66-of-108 passes for 808 yards and six TDs this season.

SHEFFIELD CAREER DAY

Junior HB John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.), who leads the team with 40 catches this fall, had a career-best nine catches at Brown after having his fewest (1) of 2008 the week before against Columbia.

BALSAM GROWING ON ELIS

Peter Balsam (Orland Park, Ill.), a QB on the junior varsity team last year, made a name for himself by blocking a punt and making a big catch against Columbia. His name became more prominent last week at Brown with a career-best five catches for 181 yards (8th most by a Bulldog). His 78-yard TD reception (5th longest at Yale) -- thanks to a great block by TE A.J. Haase (Bonne Terre, Mo.) clinched the victory late in the fourth quarter with the visitors clinging to a three-point lead. The last time a Bulldog blocked a punt he was wearing the No. 15 Balsam has this fall. Junior RB Jordan Farrell (Orland Park, Ill.), who is also from the Chicago area but has not played in 2008 because of injury, blocked a Lehigh punt in 2006. Farrell and Balsam went to grade school together but were rivals in high school.

MANTE GETS 2ND STRAIGHT IVY AWARD

Junior P/PK Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week for the second straight game after booting a pair of FGs, connecting on one PAT and landing two punts inside the 20 at Brown. Mante, who is 4-for-4 over the last two weeks with seven punts inside the 20, was player of the week after helping Yale beat Columbia the week before. Yale has not had a starting P/PK combination since Mike Murawyczk in 1998. Mante is 8-for-11 on field goals and has a 41.2 punting average with 22 kicks inside the 20 this fall.

MCLEOD GOES OVER 1,000 RUNS

Senior TB Mike McLeod (New Britain, Conn.), who passed 1,000 rushing attempts last week at Brown, heads into his final two games six TDs and 527 yards shy of those two career Ivy records. McLeod (24-63) had four runs for first downs and two other carries that drew facemask penalties (that turned into first downs) last Saturday. His three TDs against Columbia are the most in a game by an Ivy player this fall. McLeod, who already has the most rushing attempts (1,011) in league history, owns every major Yale rushing record.

CAREER YARDS for Ivy Players

4,841 (1) Clifton Dawson, Harvard 2003-06

4,715 (2) Ed Marinaro, Cornell 1969-71

4,657 (3) Chad Levitt, Cornell 1993-96

4,492 (4) Nick Hartigan, Brown 2002-05

4,314 (5) Mike McLeod, YALE 2005-Pres.

CAREER TDs for Ivy Players

60 (1) Clifton Dawson, Harvard 2003-06

54 (2) Mike McLeod, YALE 2005-Pres.

HART TO HART

Sophomore QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) had a career-best 22-for-32 day at Brown with 292 yards and one score, a 78-yard play (5th longest at Yale) that clinched the win. The 292 yards are the most by a Yale sophomore QB since Jeff Mroz had 306 against Columbia in 2002. His three TD passes against Georgetown are a career-best. Hart's brother, Brady '09, is a Bulldog starter at DE who knocked down three passes at Brown.

RICE IS KEY INGREDIENT

Junior CB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) missed most of the Brown game with an injury and is likely a game-time decision for this week. He leads the team with four interceptions in 2008 and has six in his career. Rice, who may be the largest (6-2, 225) CB in the game, intercepted a pass on Penn's first series on Oct. 25 and then picked off a Columbia pass on the game's first snap.

BULLDOG BITES

Yale has not allowed a TD in two of the last three games... Sophomore WR Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) had a strong showing at Brown with four catches... The visiting team has won 10 of the last 13 games in the Yale-Brown series... Senior LB Jay Pilkerton (Nashville, Tenn.) had 5-2-7 at Brown, but his interception on the Yale 10-yard line was the biggest play. Pilkerton saved sophomore punt returner Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.), who had fumbled a punt on the Yale 18 after Brown's first offensive series... Sophomore CB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) led the Blue with nine solo tackles... The last Y-P meeting at the Bowl drew 43,406 fans... The last three Y-P games have had dramatic differences between the first and second halves: Yale erased a 14-0 deficit to take '05 game; Princeton came back from 28-14 to win in '06; and the Blue broke open a 3-3 halftime score last fall to win 27-6.

COACHES

Jack Siedlecki (69-48 at Yale), the Joel E. Smilow `54 Head Coach of Football and the 2007 New England Coach of the Year, is in his 21st season as a college head coach. He is 7-4 against Princeton. Roger Hughes, the Charles W. Caldwell Jr. '25 Head Coach of Football, is 42-44 in his ninth year at Princeton and overall as a collegiate coach. He is 3-5 against Yale.

SIEDLECKI ON THE BROWN GAME

"This was the type of game we wanted it to be: a field position battle. Besides the fumbled punt we kept them 80-90 yards away the whole game. They had to go a long way to score and our defense made play after play after play. We generated more offense than we have over the past few weeks, but it was hard for both teams to get down into scoring territory. Defensively we were able to get to their quarterback a couple times, tip some balls and keep them from getting in a comfort zone. We didn't give up any big plays. We played the game we wanted to play, and it came out great for us."

ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT

Three senior starters on the Yale football team were named to the 2008 College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District team today and could become academic All-Americans after the next voting process. CB Casey Gerald (Dallas, Texas), DT Kyle Hawari (Plano, Texas) and FB Shebby Swett (Bow, NH) were named to the District I University Division first team. Gerald, a finalist for the Draddy Trophy and the ARA Sportsmanship Award, has already been named a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete. He is also a Rhodes Scholar candidate who has 14 tackles this season. Hawari, the Ivy League's sack leader with six this fall, is coming off a career-best performance last Saturday. He had eight solo tackles, forced two fumbles and registered a pair of sacks in a 27-12 Yale win over Columbia. Swett, primarily used as a lead blocker for school-record holder Mike McLeod, has started every game this fall and has two catches, including a five-yard TD.

LEADING IVY

The Bulldogs lead the Ivy League in interceptions (16), sacks (18), scoring defense (11.9), turnover margin (1.25) and pass efficiency defense (98.03), while CB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) is tied for the Ivy lead with four interceptions.

ALSO ANCIENT EIGHT BESTS

Sophomore CB Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) has the longest interception return in the Ivy League this fall with a 60-yarder for a score against Georgetown. Senior LB Bobby Abare's (Acton, Mass.) 86-yard fumble return at Fordham is also a league best. Senior DT Joe Hathaway's (Clifton Park, NJ) three sacks against Georgetown are also a league high for 2008.

PICKING THEIR SPOTS

Yale is sixth in the FCS with 16 interceptions (4 less than last year) and has 255 return yards. Both school records are held by the 1946 Elis who had 31 picks and 327 return yards.

TWIN STARTERS

LB Bobby Abare (captain) and SS Larry Abare, both in the class of 2009, make Yale one of three Division I teams with twins starting together on defense. The Acton, Mass., fraternal twins, who were both three-sport captains at Acton-Boxboro High School, led their football team to a 50-1 mark and four state titles before coming to New Haven. Rutgers (CBs Jason and Devin McCourty) and Eastern Washington (LB Zach and S Matt Johnson) are the other two schools with twins starting on defense. The Abares both had 3-1-4 last week at Brown and lead the team in tackles this fall with 129 combined.

ABARE ALL-TIME GREAT

Senior LB Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.) has more career interceptions (9) than any LB in the history Yale football and more TDs (4) than any Eli defensive player in the modern era. His three interception returns for TD are also an all-time program best. Abare returned a fumble at Fordham 86 yards for a TD and picked off a Holy Cross for another score this fall. He has been Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week as well as Yale's Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Game twice (Holy Cross, Fordham) this fall. Abare, a candidate for the 2008 Buchannan Award for the top defensive player in FCS, is a two-time first-team all-league pick who was honorable mention All-America last fall. He leads the team in tackles this fall. Abare 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.

HAYNES GETS NFF AWARD

Freshman LB Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.), who sees action on the Yale special teams, is one of five college football players selected by the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame as a 2008 High School Scholar-Athlete. Haynes and the other honorees will be acknowledged on Dec. 9 in Manhattan at an NFF luncheon at the Waldorf Astoria. He is the West Region representative from Jesuit High School in Sacramento, Calif.

TRIPLE DIGITS

The Bulldogs are averaging 82.6 rushing yards per game this fall compared to 264.9 (8th in FCS) in 2007. The last time Yale averaged less than 100 yards rushing in a season was the year before Jack Siedlecki took over as head coach. The 1996 Bulldogs had 91.1 yards per game while going 2-8.

ATYPICAL COACHING BACKGROUND

Student assistant coach Vedant Seeam '10, who is from the tiny island off Africa called Mauritius, did not know what football was before he came to New Haven. Seeam, a member of the Mauritian National Badminton Team, was introduced to the gridiron by roommate DE Jack Wallace '10 their freshman year. He currently assists the defensive line by helping with practice drills, film breakdown and game day evaluations with Duane Brooks.

7 POINTS

Yale has lost three games by a combined seven points, including the last two losses by two points each. The Blue had not lost a game by two points since a 26-24 decision against Brown in 1983.

GOLDEN STATE OF YALE

Members of the 2008 Yale team come from 24 different states and the District of Columbia. California has the most with 12 while Connecticut, Texas, New Jersey and Ohio each have nine.

KENNEY FAMILY

The construction that will occur around the press box and halftime room is the start of the Kenney Family Field Center, which will include team meeting rooms, an alumni room with views of the field and a rooftop terrace.

GRAND ENTRANCE

Coming soon to the Bowl area is the Jensen Plaza, the grand entrance to the venue that will have names of every student-athlete who suited up for the gridiron Bulldogs.

BULLDOGS LOVE BOWL

Since opening the national historic landmark in 1914, the Blue has gone 361-189-21 (570 games) at home. Since formal Ivy play began in 1956, the Elis are 121-76-3 vs. Ancient Eight foes at home.

IVY FOOTBALL ASSOCATION TO HONOR PHILLIPS

Former Yale QB Stone Phillips `77, who gained fame as an award-winning TV journalist on NBC's Dateline, will be honored by the Ivy Football Association at its Jan. 22 New York City dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria. This will be the fifth such event. Each school has one honoree. Kurt Schmoke `71 (2001) was Yale's first honoree followed by Ken Wolfe `61 (2003), Charles Johnson `54 (2005) and Jerry Kenney `63 (2007).

12 STARTERS

Only 11 players are allowed on both sides of the line of scrimmage, but the Bulldogs list a dozen starters on offense. That's because Yale does not always begin games in the same scheme. The Elis either start with H-Back John Sheffield (Portland, Ore.), who leads the team with 40 grabs, or FB Shebby Swett (Bow, N.H.), but both are considered "starters" on the depth chart.

MEMORABLE Y-P MOMENTS

The ball burst after it was kicked during the first meeting in 1873 and it took 30 minutes to replace it... Princeton's James Haxall drop kicked a school-best 65-yard field goal in a 2-1 Tiger win in 1882... Playing both ways for the entire game, Yale's "Iron Men" ended Princeton's 15-game win streak with a 7-0 win in 1934 at New Jersey... Yale held the orange and black to one first down and minus-four yards rushing in a 20-14 Bulldog win at Princeton in 1945... The 1953 Bulldogs erased a 17-0 Princeton halftime lead and won 26-24... Don Gesicki completed a 97-yard pass play to Gary Fencik at Princeton in 1975 in the longest pass play in Yale history as the Blue won 24-13... 1981 was the battle of Bob Holly (Princeton QB) vs. Rich Diana (Yale RB). Holly, who scored the winning TD with 4 seconds left, threw for a school-record 501 yards while Diana set the Yale record with 222 rushing yards in a 35-31 Tiger win at Princeton... Kevin Moriarty hauled in a 14-yard pass from Mike Curtin with 5 ticks on the clock in Yale's 27-24 win in 1984... The 1995 Elis spoiled an undefeated season by winning at Princeton behind QB Chris Hetherington (229 total offense)... The Bulldogs, who tied the game on a 22-yard TD pass from Alvin Cowan to Chandler Henley with no time left on the clock in the fourth quarter, won a double-OT game at Princeton in 2003 by recovering a fumble after Yale kicked a field goal.

BOWLing FOR PROMOS

Each 2008 Yale home game is a special day at the Bowl. The season opener was Yale Employee Day. Holy Cross came to New Haven on Oct. 4 on Yale Youth Day. Penn was Parents Weekend while the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Day was Nov. 1 with Columbia in town. The "Fill the Bowl" promotion highlights the Nov. 15 Princeton game. Contact Yale Assistant AD for Marketing Pat O'Neill (Patrick.oneill@yale.edu) or intern Bob Coppola (sports.marketing@yale.edu) for more details.

YALE ON YES

The Bulldogs had three straight Ivy League contests broadcast live on the YES Network as part of a package called Yale on YES. The YES games were Oct. 25 (Penn at Yale), Nov. 1 (Columbia at Yale) and Nov. 8 (Yale at Brown) and the Elis won two of them.

VERSUS HAS IVY

This is the first year the Ivy League has an agreement with VERSUS for a football TV package. VERSUS (73 million homes) is televising five Ancient Eight games as the Ivy League Game of the Week, Presented by TIAA-CREF. This is the first time since the early 1990s that Ivy football has been packaged together nationally. The Yale-Princeton game and next week's 125th playing of The Game finish off the 2008 package. Versus also airs Pac-10, Big-12 and Mountain West games.

STILL LEAD THE NATION

Yale has not won a national football title since 1927, but the Bulldogs still have more championships (26) than any other school in the country. Notre Dame is second with 11 national titles. In addition, the Elis were the first football team of any kind to win 800 games but have since been overtaken by Michigan.

IT'S JUST PRACTICE

The normal practice week is from Tuesday through Friday, 4:15 to 6:15. (Friday times could be altered on travel days). Practice is held on the fields behind the baseball stadium (Yale Field) and inside the outdoor track. Inclement weather could bring the team inside to either Coxe Cage or the Lanman Center. It is best to email Steve Conn (steven.conn@yale.edu) to arrange a meeting at least a day before you would like to speak with a player or coach.

OH BROTHER

There are three sets of brothers on the Yale roster including two-deep members LB Bobby and SS Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.) and DE Brady and QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.). DE Jack and DB Marcus Wallace (Germantown, Wisc.) are also on the roster.

CONNECTICUT CONNECTION

Connecticut has always provided talented athletes for the Yale football team with offensive stars such as Rich Diana (Hamden High) and John Pagliaro (Derby High), and 2008 is no exception. Two current seniors are from the Nutmeg State. QB Ryan Fodor (Hand of Madison) was the Coca-Cola Player of the Year in Connecticut while RB Mike McLeod (New Britain High) was the New Haven Register's Player of the Year. Alex Thomas `12 (Ansonia) was everyone's 2007 state player of the year. DT Matt Kelleher `10 was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a QB at Southington High School.

GALIETTE MEDIA LUNCHEON

This Tuesday at noon, Yale head coach Jack Siedlecki will be joined by seniors DT Joe Hathaway and FB Shebby Swett. The Galiette Luncheon interviews can be seen live on Don Boyle's sportingnewsct.com. Yale's weekly media luncheon was named after legendary play-by-play announcer Dick Galiette, who called Yale Football for 33 seasons until his death in 2005 and will be inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Hall of Fame this December.

FATHER OF FOOTBALL

For the 10th straight season, the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors Yale's game MVP as the Walter Camp Yale Player of the Game. This award is handed out every game. Walter Camp (class of 1880), the father of American football, captained two Yale teams and coached five others. He compiled a 67-2-0 record and won three national titles as coach.

Here are the 2008 recipients.

Pos- Name (Hometown), Game, Stats

WR- Jordan Forney (Bloomington, Ind.) Gtown 4-136, 2 TDs

SS- Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.) Cornell 12 tackles

LB- Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.) Holy Cross 9 solos, 2 int

RB- Mike McLeod (New Britain, Conn.) Dartmouth 135 yards, TD

LB- Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.) Fordham 10-5-15, 2 scks, FR TD

CB- Paul Rice (Cleveland Hts, Ohio) Penn 5-1-6, 25-yd int return

RB-Mike McLeod (New Britain, Conn.) Columbia 23-85 rush, 3 TDs, 3-25 rec

QB-Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) Brown 22-32, 292

MEN OF YALE

The men who play football at Yale are an impressive group. Here are some facts and figures to support that.

74 captained their high school football teams

56 captained other high school sports

52 were members of National Honor Society

19 were National Football Foundation Scholar-Athletes

5 were senior class valedictorians

4 were senior class salutatorians

PRESIDENTIAL VOTE

Yale and the U.S. Presidency have been linked for the last 19 years. Four of the last six -- including the last three -- U.S. presidents attended Yale either as undergraduates or for graduate school, and a few former Yale football players currently work in the White House. The current Bulldogs are comprised of 49 percent republicans and 31 percent democrats while the rest have other affiliations. Senior CB Casey Gerald (Dallas, Texas) was voted by his teammates as the Bulldog most likely to become U.S. President.

MUST SEE YALE TV

The Bulldogs have six games on TV this year. After playing at Dartmouth on NESN, "Yale on YES" airs three straight Ivy games before Versus covers the Princeton and Harvard tilts with the last of a five-game Ivy League Game of the Week package.

SURVEY SAYS

The Elis voted on team superlatives this fall and here are the results (Most or Best):

Hardest Working: LB Bobby Abare

Humorous: CB Casey Gerald

Intelligent: LB Matt Plummer

Athletic: RB Mike McLeod

Leader (other than captain) CB Casey Gerald

Competitive: LB Bobby Abare

Clutch: RB Mike McLeod

Underrated: DE Brady Hart

Strongest: LG Stephen Morse

Toughest: LB Bobby Abare

Musical: WR Jarren Simmons

Likely to Coach: QB Richie Scudellari

Strangest Hobby: DT Joe Hathaway (Star Wars memorabilia)

ELIS ON ELI

NEWS/TALK 960 WELI will broadcast all 10 Yale football games this fall on 960-AM and online at 960WELI.com. Ron Vaccaro '04, who was part of NBC's Olympic coverage this past summer, is in his third year as play-by-play announcer. Yale football coaching legend Carm Cozza, a 2003 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, is in his 11th season as color commentator. WELI's George DeMaio begins home game coverage from the Bowl with a half-hour tailgate party broadcast that includes Vaccaro and Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn.

WYBC ALSO AIRS

WYBC (1340-AM) also covers each game and has a 30-minute pre-game show. Bob Heussler, WYBC's Director of Football Radio Broadcasts, and Anthony Brooks, the station's sports coordinator, lead a talented group of Yale student broadcasters who can also be heard on wybc.com. WYBC also broadcasts Yale Sports Monday from 8-8:30pm, a show that wraps up each Yale football game and includes interviews with Jack Siedlecki, Yale's Joel E. Smilow `54 Head Coach of Football. The show is hosted by Anthony Brooks, Sam Purdy `10 and Alex Jenson `09.

NETCASTS

Designed to keep Yale Athletics fans and alumni informed and entertained, the voice of the Elis, Ron Vaccaro `04 hosts a series of netcasts available via Apple iTunesU. This series will feature season previews, event coverage, and commentary from coaches, players, and analysts, while also taking the fan inside special events such as the Blue Leadership Ball. You can download from iTunesU at yalebulldogs.com (see Yale Athletics Netcasts on right side of front page). New this year are video netcasts which are taped at Mory's and available for viewing each week at yalebulldogs.com.

release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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