Senior Kicker Gets Special Teams Award
NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Senior punter/placekicker Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.) earned Yale's first award of 2009 when he became the season's first Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Mante had a great opening day during the Bulldogs' 31-10 win at Georgetown last Saturday.
He had a 50-yard FG, a 42.8 average on six punts, tallied seven points and recovered his own on-side kick. His lone FG attempt was the longest made by a Bulldog since Ed Perks connected on a 52-yarder against Cornell in 1990.
Mante, an All-Ivy selection at both positions last fall, had punts of 73 and 65 yards last week. The longest was two yards shy of the school record.
"Tom [Mante] flipped the field for us and was a big factor in this victory," said Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, after Saturday's game.
The Bulldogs take on Cornell this Saturday at noon in the Bowl in the Ivy League opener.
Image: Mante recovers his own on-side kick (Kevin Warhola photo)