Nov. 21, 2005
Yale freshman running back Mike McLeod [New Britain, Conn.] was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this fall after a strong showing against Harvard's top-ranked rush defense.
The Bulldog rookie sensation ran for 91 yards and a touchdown on 27 carries in the 30-24 triple-overtime loss. McLeod, whose 689 yards this fall led the Bulldogs, closed the season with 1,224 all-purpose yards, third most among all freshmen in Division I-AA.
McLeod, the only freshman back among the top 10 rushers in the league, ranks 36th in I-AA all-purpose yardage with 122.40 per game and 85th with 68.90 rushing yards per outing. He had two 100-yard rushing games over the first three weeks (San Diego, Holy Cross) of the season but did not top the century mark the rest of the way.
McLeod earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for the second time after sloshing through the mud for 83 yards in a win over Dartmouth on Oct. 8. His first league honor came in week No. 1 when he had 102 on the ground and a career-best 173 all-purpose yards at San Diego. That included a career-high four receptions on a day that he became the first Yale rookie runner to go over 100 yards rushing in his debut. His best rushing day was 110 yards against Holy Cross.
The Elis have not enjoyed this type of offensive weapon from the Nutmeg State since Rich Diana (Hamden) was the 1981 Ivy League MVP.