The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

Bulldogs Wagging Tails on First Day of Practice


NEW HAVEN, Conn. --  The weather wasn't perfect for the first day of Yale football practice, but the 2009 Bulldogs enjoyed a great start to the season.

A 100-degree heat index and bright sunshine did not stop the Elis from running a smooth practice that included plenty of challenging situations for all 109 members of the squad. This was the first of three straight practices without pads.

"The enthusiasm level was great out there today despite the heat," said Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football. "These guys have to learn how to overcome the elements, and this was a good test."

The two-hour practice moved quickly with few breaks. It was intense for both players and coaches and inspirational for those who watched from the sidelines. Occasional wind gusts provided needed separation from the intense temperature while providing an early test for the quarterback arms and the legs of the punters.

"They demonstrated a mental and physical toughness, something they have to do down after down in a game. We are not looking for guys who are looking for a way out, we want people who are trying to find a way in," said Williams.

After the Yale head coach addressed a soaked Bulldog team just after 4 p.m., senior captain Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) put the finishing touches on the day with a few choice remarks about the first day of work.

The Elis are back on the field Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.


Release filed by Steve Conn, Yale Associate AD & Sports Publicity Director

Tom Williams image (by Steve Conn)