Elis Have Crucial Game at Brown

Tom McCarthy. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)

Yale in Providence on Saturday

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two teams with 3-1 league records looking up at first place with hope meet this week at Providence this Saturday to determine who stays in the hunt for an Ancient Eight Title. Yale and Brown kickoff at 12:30 at Brown Stadium. The game can be heard on WELI Radio (AM-960), weli.com and wybc.com and seen through brownbears.com on b2tv.com.

THE MATCHUP (Team Averages)

OFFENSE                   Yale        Brown

Rushing Yards        127.0        125.6

Passing Yards        268.4        242.3

Total Offense         395.4        367.9

Scoring                     23.1        21.4

DEFENSE                 Yale        Brown

Rushing Yards        107.1        136.0

Passing Yards        215.0        186.4

Total Defense        322.1        322.4

Scoring                    20.9        19.9
 
THE SERIES
So much for home field advantage; the visiting team has won 11 of the last 14 meetings heading into the 115th between Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs may be up 77-32-5, but the Bears have won seven of the last 11. Of the 114 meetings, only 30 have come at Brown Stadium, where the Blue is 18-9-3. The two rivals met in New Haven 32 consecutive years (1926-57) and Yale has a 59-23-2 advantage at the Bowl.

TAIL OF TWO HALVES GOES TO DOGS
LB Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.) knocked away a fourth-down pass near mid field with 2:10 left to preserve a 31-28 Yale victory over Columbia at Yale Bowl last Saturday. Reising's defensive play followed a third-down sack by DE Sean Williams (Portland, Ore.) and ended of a furious Lions comeback. The Bulldogs, who notched all of their points in the first half, jumped out to the large lead by scoring on all four trips to the red zone. Alex Thomas, with a career-high 137 yards on 19 runs, went 42 yards to give the home team a lead 58 seconds after the opening kick. Yale QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas, 19-30, 213 yards) threw three TD passes while jumping all over miscues by the Lions in the first 30 minutes. "We had a great first half and were hitting on all cylinders. But it was a tale of two halves," said Witt, who was sacked twice and had three balls picked. "Our defense came up big for us and made the key plays when we needed them." After Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.) split the uprights from 32 yards, the Elis used a new weapon to bump the margin to 24. WR Cameron Sanquist's (Redmond, Wash.) first two varsity collegiate catches went for scores from 10 and 15 yards 19 seconds apart. "I was excited to be out there. Pat [Witt] threw great balls on both plays," said Sandquist, whose scores surrounded a Lions' turnover. Columbia (3-4, 1-3) trailed 24-0 in the second quarter and 31-7 at intermission before rattling off three straight touchdowns. QB Sean Brackett (16-35, 198 yards) threw four scoring passes, including three to TE Andrew Kennedy (5-64). However, his two interceptions and two sacks were big setbacks for the visitors. "We showed our immaturity. We are a young, developing football team and we didn't finish like we wanted to today," said Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football. "But we did get the win and we stayed in the hunt [for the Ivy title].Yale SS Adam Money recovered two Columbia fumbles while LB Jordan Haynes, who had an interception, led the Blue with six solos and nine overall stops. Columbia LB Zach Olinger had a game-high nine solo tackles and 10 overall, including three for lost yardage. He was one of the reasons Yale only made one trip to the red zone in the second half.

FIRST FROSH TD
WR Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.) became the first Yale freshman to score this fall with his two TD receptions against the Lions. However, that's not what the 5-9, 155-pound receiver will remember most about the game. Sandquist's two catches against Columbia were the first of his career, and both went for scores from 10 and 15 yards out. No other Bulldog has had a two-TD catch day in 2010.

SPECIAL EFFORT
Yale special teams have not been lauded much this fall but there was plenty to boast about last week. PK Philippe Panico, who has three field goals over the last two games, booted a 32-yarder and also had a kickoff touchback. P Greg Carlsen (Orlando, Fla.) had a 51-yarder downed on the Columbia 8-yard line, one of two that went inside the 20. Then there was Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) taking the opening kick 48 yards to set up the game's first score. He and Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) combined for 123 yards on four KOR.

RANDALLIZATION
Yale offensive coordinator Brian Stark's system has been upgraded with depth and skill this fall, and one of the primary variables is freshman RB Deon Randall, who played three different positions at Francis W. Parker High School in San Diego. The 5-foot-8, 175-pound athlete averages 4.6 per carry and 8.4 per catch. He also returns kickoffs (27.4) and punts (7.2).

THOMAS LIKE A TANK ENGINE  
Alex Thomas bounced back from injury to enjoy the best day for a Yale running back this season. The junior had a career-high 137 (best day for a Yalie this year) yards on 19 runs (7.2), including a 42-yard TD scamper down the sideline on the game's first series. He also led all players in this contest with 156 all-purpose yards that included three catches for 19 yards.  He leads Yale with 441 rushing yards and six TDs and is fourth with 21 catches. Thomas, who has three 100-yard games this year, scored three times in an opening day win over Georgetown. His 47-yard run at Cornell is the longest run by a Bulldog this fall. Thomas, a former Ansonia High School star, is the most prolific (8,279 yards, 114 TDs) runner in Connecticut High School history.

PENN BEATS BROWN
In the battle for first place in the Ivy standings, Penn was left standing after a 24-7 victory over Brown at Franklin Field last week. "Penn was a better football team today," said Bears' head coach Phil Estes. "Their run game was superior to anything we've come up against all year, and they were extremely physical defensively." Brown QB Joe Springer (7-10, 64) left the game after being injured in the second quarter and was replaced with sophomore Patrick Donnelly (20-36, 194), who was third on the Brown depth chart at the start of the season and ran nine times for 68 yards. Penn QB Billy Rangone was the star of the game, running for a game-high 151 yards and a touchdown while passing for another 92 yards.

LAST YALE-BROWN GAME
RB Mordecai Cargill scored on a 41-yard screen pass play and DB Adam Money went 77 with a pick six to give Yale a 12-7 lead, but the Bears scored three straight times and never looked back in a 35-21 win at Yale Bowl. Brown QB Kyle Newhall-Caballero (23-30, 269) threw a pair of TD passes to Buddy Farnham while RB Spiro Theodhosi rambled for 167 yard. Patrick Witt (28-41, 285) connected for two TDs.
 
ON THE MONEY
Senior SS Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) came up with another big performance against the Lions last Saturday. He made three big plays in a Yale comeback at New York in 2009. Last Saturday at New Haven, Money recovered two fumbles and had five tackles. He is the active career interception leader for Yale with eight, one shy of the school's career top 10 list. He leads the team with three (tie for Ivy lead) this fall. Money has taken back two (77 vs. Brown '09, 60 vs. Georgetown '08) for scores. Money was a 2009 first-team All-Ivy pick. He has also excelled in the classroom with a 3.46 GPA (biology major) and has been interviewing at medical schools this fall.

GIO-OLOGY
There's a lot to know about senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.). He leads Yale with 32 catches for 495 yards and a 15.5 average per catch. His 11.1 average on punt returns rank first in the Ivy (The top Yale average for a season is 10.8 by Lou Muller in 1959). Christodoulou, third on the team with 83 all-purpose yards per game, had a career-best nine catches for 124 yards against Georgetown on opening day. He has two career punt returns for TDs and ranks among the top 10 at Yale in career punt (492, 3rd) and kickoff (553, 10th) return yardage. He recently passed Gary Fencik '76 (443) for the No. 3 spot on the Yale career punt return list.

HAMMERING HAYNES
Junior LB Jordan Haynes (47-26-73) led the Bulldogs with six solos and nine overall stops against the Lions while making the first interception of his career. He is Yale's leading tackler and is second among Ivy players with better than 10 per game. He has led the Bulldogs in total stops in six of seven games this fall. The National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete from Folsom, Calif., also leads Yale in recovered fumbles (2) in his first year as a starter. Haynes scored Yale's first TD of the year on a four-yard fumble return late in the first quarter on Sept. 18.

YALE-BROWN MEMORIES
The Elis played spoiler in 2008 against league unbeaten Brown and came back to New Haven with a 13-3 win. The clincher was a 78-yard pass play from Brok Hart to Peter Balsam '11... Ralph Plumb '05 set a Yale record with 258 receiving yards in 2004 at Providence... The Bears and Bulldogs combined for a series-record 99 points in the 2003 game at Yale Bowl, a 55-44 Brown victory that included four TD grabs for Bear WR Lonnie Hill... DB Ben Blake '00 blocked Brown's PAT attempt in the closing seconds of the 1999 game as the visitors attempted to tie the game. However, Bear TB Mike Powell picked up the loose ball and lateraled to FB Rob Scholl, who rambled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 25-24 victory... WR Jake Borden '00 hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Joe Walland '00 with six seconds left as Yale pulled out a 30-28 game at Providence in 1998... Chris Hetherington '96, a Yale QB who later became an NFL fullback, rushed for 166 yards and passed for 223 in a win over Brown in 1995... In a matchup of defending co-champions, Yale's goal-line stand prevented the Bruins (that's what they used to be called) from converting a first-and-goal from the two-yard line with under a minute to play in a 10-9 Eli victory at the Bowl in 1977... The two teams combined for 37 punts in a 1941 Brown (7-0) win.

CATCHING UP
Senior WR Jordan Forney is second on the team with 31 receptions and leads Yale with three TD receptions. He has a TD catch in three of the last five games. His 89 receptions rank seventh at Yale while his 11 career scoring plays are seventh. Over the last two weeks, Forney jumped over three different former NFL players (Calvin Hill '69 for TDs, John Spagnola '79, Gary Fencik '76 for receptions) on the school's career charts.  


SACK PACK
The Blue sacked opposing QBs a dozen times this fall. DE Sean Williams (Portland, Ore.) leads the team with three, while four others Bulldogs have been in on two takedowns each. Eleven different Yale players have earned credit for solo or combined sacks.

WITT NO LAUGHING MATTER FOR DEFENSES
Junior QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas) joined an elite group of Yale QBs who have thrown for at least 3,000 yards after his 213-yard day against Columbia. He has completed better than 61 percent of his passes for 1,652 yards and 11 scores this fall. Witt, whose parents are both commercial pilots, started six of the seven games this year.  He ranks first in the Ivy in total offense (270, which is 16th in FCS), completions, attempts, completion percentage and passing yards. Witt has 19 career TD passes (10th on Yale career list) to go along with a pair of rushing TDs this season. Witt was named Ivy League co-Player of the Week (35-55, 407) on Sept. 20 after he threw for 400 yards (6th time it has happened at Yale) and scored the winner against the Hoyas. A backup at Nebraska in 2008, Witt started six Yale games in 2009 and led the team with 1,449 yards and eight TDs. He is also an outstanding student (3.85 GPA) who writes for the Yale Daily News, is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Council and has done some prison ministry work.

GOTTA HAVE HART
Senior QB Brook Hart (State College, Pa.) may be the most talented backup in the Ivy League. He made his only start of 2010 on Oct. 16 against Fordham and threw for 227 yards. His longest connection was a 47-yard throw to Chris Smith. Hart completed all three passing attempts on the winning drive that ended with his 29-yard scoring play to Jordan Forney in the fourth quarter. He shared (4 games) the starting duties last year with Patrick Witt and then took spring ball off to pitch for the Yale baseball team.

GATOR
P Greg Carlsen, who has a 39.4 average and four of his 11 punts downed inside the 20, was a freshman at the University of Florida last year and did not try out for the football team. He began missing the game while attending UF contests. That's when he decided to send his video around to some schools and see if anyone was interested in his services. Carlsen, who was No. 1 out of 702 in his high school class, owns his school's record for most punts (67) and yardage (2,407) in a season. He was a first-team all-county and all-metro punter for a two-time regional champion and a state runner-up squad in the football crazy Sunshine State.  

FRONT AND CENTER
Yale QBs have been sacked seven times in seven games, a far cry from the 32 given up in 10 games last fall. It's clear the offensive line has improved in 2010. Freshman Wes Gavin (San Diego, Calif., 6-5, 275) and senior Alex Golubiewski (Green Bay, Wis., 6-6, 280) started at tackle the last three weeks. Juniors Colin Kruger (Sarasota, Fla., 6-3, 300) and Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu, HI, 6-0, 273) got the nods at guard last two weeks. Senior Jake Koury (Dublin, Ohio, 6-2, 270) is the starting center, but missed a few games and was replaced by junior Jeff Fell (6-5, 286, Garden City, N.Y.).

OL NOTES
Fell, whose dad was a PK at Navy, was recruited as a DL after playing for the National Rugby team in high school. He traveled to England to play Portugal, Romania and Canada… Gavin's father ran track at Kansas University. Both of the 6-foot-5 lineman's  parents are under 5-foot-9. He was named scholar-athlete by the San Diego chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame while also throwing the shot and discus in high school… Golubiewski played basketball in high school. The son of Polish immigrants and fluent in their language, he will head to law school after graduation… Kruger might be the strongest guy on the team.  He had offers to play at FCS schools including Stanford… Fernandez, a mechanical engineering major, was a very good soccer player in high school. His brother played offensive guard at Harvard.  

MCCARTHY MAKING IMPACT
Senior DE Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.), the Yale captain, has started four straight games since an injury earlier this year. He had a career-high 3-6-9 at Dartmouth in his return and 4-1-5 against Columbia, including three TFL, a sack (QB fumble) and two forced fumbles. His 20 total tackles are tops among Yale linemen. The second-team All-Ivy pick last fall (4 sacks) was Yale's MVP of the defensive line. He earned a medical hardship from his freshman year and is now the fifth Yale captain since 2001 who has taken a fifth year of eligibility.

FROSH IMPACT
Eight Yale freshmen have cracked the varsity lineup this fall. San Diego natives OT Wes Gavin and RB Deon Randall, RB Elijah Thomas (Rochester, N.Y.), WR Cameron Sandquist (Redmond, Wash.), DT John Oppenheimer (Menlo Park, Calif.), TE Keith Coty, TE/LS Kyle Wittenauer (Richmond, Va.) and DB Nick Okano (Los Angeles, Calif.) are the class of 2014 Elis who have seen varsity action this fall. Gavin and Wittenauer (LS) are the only starters among the newcomers but Randall has seen regular action. Sandquist has the only points among the rookies, while Okano and Oppenheimer are the only two frosh with tackles.

BANNON FIRE
Senior Shane Bannon is Yale's H-back, the guy who can block, catch passes and run with the ball. He had a career-high six catches at Dartmouth and has 10 catches for 78 yards this fall. His first career carry resulted in a TD at Princeton in 2009, his first catch went for a score against Georgetown in 2008. Bannon, who nearly had to rule out playing in 2010 because of an injury, has not missed a practice in two years.

BULLDOG BITES
The combined nine turnovers (5 by Columbia) last Saturday were the most in a Yale game this fall… Seven Elis are in double digits for catches this season… Four different players have led the Blue in rushing in seven games… The Blue has made two interceptions in each of the last three games… Javi Sosa's 24 carries against Fordham are a team-high for 2010.

EXPIRING TIME
Yale has scored game-winning TDs as time expired in the fourth quarter twice this season. Patrick Witt dove into the end zone from a yard out to erase a deficit against Georgetown on the game's last play. Philippe Panico split the uprights at Dartmouth with no time left. The Elis have not won a pair of games in a season on the last play since 1937.  In addition to the two wins on the last play, the Blue also has a one-point win over Fordham.

COMMON SURNAME
Smith is the most common surname in America, so it's no surprise that Yale has three (Caleb, Chris, McConnell) from different classes on its roster. All three are on offense, two are WRs (Chris, McConnell) and Caleb is an end. Chris and Caleb (West Orange, N.J.) have seen varsity action this fall, McConnell (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) is looking for his first chance.

PRO UPDATE
Two former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron '73, who has spent 32 years in the NFL playing and coaching, is the new secondary coach for the 4-3 Philadelphia Eagles. His unit is tied for fourth in the league with 11 interceptions, they are eighth in sacks with 21. Jauron was the 2001 AP Coach of the Year with the Chicago Bears and his most recent head coaching gig was at Buffalo. Pat Graham '01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman, is a defensive assistant coach for the 6-1 New England Patriots, winners of five straight. The Pats' defense is tied for fifth in the league with three rushing TDs allowed. Graham was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team.

CATCHING THE BULLDOGS

For the 13th consecutive season, all 10 Yale Football games can be heard live on New Haven's News/Talk 960 WELI-AM and free online at 960WELI.com. Ron Vaccaro '04 (play-by-play) and Carm Cozza (color) have the call, which can be heard on AM radio throughout Connecticut and across Long Island Sound, for their sixth season together. WELI's broadcasts can now also be accessed for free via the "iheartradio" application available on most "smart phones". It can be downloaded either by typing www.iheartradio.com into your phone's browser or by typing "iheartradio" in the app search field on your phone and is free of charge.



BARKING DOGS
Every third quarter this season, a different former Yale player will join the WELI Radio broadcast. P.J. Collins '04 (Georgetown), Rick Fehling '74 (Cornell), Jay Pilkerton '09 (Albany), Kevin Kelly '78 (Dartmouth), Joe Walland '00 (Fordham), Bobby Fernandez '75 (Columbia), Matt Polhemus '08 (Penn), Chuck Mercein '65 (Princeton) and Bill Primps '71 (Harvard) are the 2010 lineup.

COZZA HONORED AT MIAMI
Former Yale Football Head Coach Carm Cozza, the winningest coach in Ivy League history and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, was honored at Miami University on Oct. 23 for being one of the "Cradle of Coaches." Cozza, one of three former Miami players included in that weekend's events, had his statue unveiled in a ceremony at Yager Stadium prior to the Miami-Ohio University football game.

JOEL E. SMILOW '54 HEAD COACH OF FOOTBALL
Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football at Yale, is in his second season at Yale and his second as a head coach overall. Williams is 9-8 overall with the Bulldogs and 0-1 vs. Brown. He came to New Haven after two seasons as an assistant with the Jacksonville Jaguars and is in his 13th season of college coaching. Williams has worked at his alma mater, Stanford, Hawaii, Washington and San Jose State. He has been part of four Bowl Game appearances and two Bowl victories.

TUESDAYS AT MORY'S
Tom Williams, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Yale Football, and some of his players are at the world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday (Sept. 14 through Nov. 16) at 2 p.m. for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Press Conference. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn (steven.conn@yale.edu) if you would like to attend.


FIELD OF STREAMS
All six home games this season will be video streamed live (pay per view) on yalebulldogs.com through Yale's All Access with Ron Vaccaro and Carm Cozza providing the call.

PRACTICE
The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on the field at 7:30 a.m. (until approx. 9:30) Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday behind the baseball stadium. Fridays are walk-through days either at Yale Bowl or on the road and times vary. Players and coaches are available for interviews with working media following the practice if there are no class conflicts. All schedules are subject to change.

STUDENTS OF THE GAME
Broadcasts of Yale football, along with several other sports during the year, are available on the Yale student station, WYBC, and can be heard free on-line at wybc.com. Sports director LeRoy Cole '12 heads each broadcast.

YALE ON YES
Yale on YES was another big success for 2010 with three games from Yale Bowl broadcast live on the YES Network. This was the third straight fall the Bulldogs appeared on the network home for New York Yankees baseball.

THE GAME OF THE WEEK
The Yale-Harvard game on Nov. 20 at Boston is the Ivy League Game of the Week on Versus, the national sports cable TV company.

REACHING OUT
Five Bulldogs recently visited the Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley's Joel E. Smilow Clubhouse in Ansonia to help kids learn the importance of eating healthy and staying fit… Junior RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) and Ansonia native John Coughlin (Yale Football Office) spoke to 125 fourth graders this fall at John G Prendergast Elementary School in Ansonia... Junior CB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.), co-chair of the Yale Black Men's Union Community Outreach Committee, is in his third year of outreach work. Baldwin is responsible for creating the lesson plans and the calendar of events, working to promote personal growth and development through educational activities. "We try to do this through exposing the mentees to new ideas and experiences and, most importantly, through building lasting relationships between mentor and mentee.  We work toward trying to help these high school kids become young men.  In the Black Men's Union we measure success by how many lives we impact.  Because our mentoring program puts us in a position to impact lives to a great extent, we take that responsibility very seriously," said Baldwin (31-8-39 last year with two interceptions), who has mentored over 30 kids. Classmate Jordan Haynes works closely with Baldwin on the project.

JV NOTES FROM SUNDAY
Freshman DB Max Napolitano (Camarillo, Calif.) had two interceptions and DB Scott Williams (Portland, Ore.) picked off another pass but the Yale JV team came up short, 21-6, against Bridgton Academy on Halloween afternoon. The Elis' score came on a play-action pass from John Whitelaw (Hinsdale, Ill.) to H-B Beau Palin (Mequon, Wis.). The Yale JVs finish with games against Army (Nov. 7) at home and at Harvard (Nov. 19).

REISING THROUGH CLOUDS
Jesse Reising (Decatur, Ill.), a senior LB who was a semifinalist for the 2010 William V. Campbell Trophy (NFF scholar-athlete award), is fourth on the team with 34 tackles after seven starts. His biggest play this year was a PBU on Columbia's last offensive play late in the fourth quarter. Reising covered the Lions' top receiver, Andrew Kennedy, as he looked for the ball on fourth down near mid field. Reising owns a 3.75 GPA with a focus on economics and political science. He may be locked in on his majors and football right now, but this Eli has his sights set on his country. The Bulldog defensive standout was home last summer taking classes to get his flight license before he completes Marine Corps Officer Candidate School next year. Reising recently spent time in Washington, DC, working closely with veterans' service organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans. Reising, the class valedictorian at Eisenhower High School, also participated in various community outreach activities through his Yale fraternity, including events to raise money to fight prostate cancer, Relay for Life, and making care packages for Navy SEALs in Afghanistan.

GOLDEN BLUE
This season marks the 50th anniversary of Yale's last perfect football squad. The 1960 Elis, who shared the Lambert Trophy with Navy, were Ivy champions and ranked 14th in the final Associated Press poll, went 9-0. They will be honored during the weekend of the Princeton game at the Bowl. Fifty-five players from that team will be celebrating the golden anniversary of the championship squad including Mike Pyle, a former NFL star with the Chicago Bears, Tom Singleton, Bob Blanchard, Hardy Will and Ben Balme, all members of the class of 1961.

INDIVIDUAL WEEKLY AWARDS
Here are the weekly league or conference awards garnered by Bulldogs:

Ivy League Offensive Player of Week: QB Patrick Witt (9/20)

Ivy League Honor Roll: LB Jordan Haynes & WR Chris Smith (9/20); RB Alex Thomas (9/27); WR Jordan Forney (10/3); QB Patrick Witt (10/11, 1025); DB Chris Stanley (10/11); LB Jordan Haynes (10/19); WR Jordan Forney (10/25)

ECAC Offensive Player of Week: QB Patrick Witt (9/20)

ONE BIG LOCKER ROOM
High on the facility wish list of Tom Williams was moving his team from multiple rooms at the Smilow Field Center to one large locker area. That wish came to fruition in the form of the Carm Cozza Complex. A dressing area designed by ProZone Lockers and meeting rooms for coaches and players highlight the complex that will also include a shrine to the hall of fame former Yale head coach.

LEADERS COME TO YALE
The annual survey of Bulldogs produced the anticipated results; Yale is a team full of leaders who produced as much off the field as they did on it. Here is the 201 breakdown.
81     players were captains of their high school football team
55     players were captains of another sport in high school
57     players were a national honors society member
 8     players were class president at their high school
 8     players were student body president at their high school
11     players were class valedictorian at their high school
 2     players were class salutatorian at their high school

POPULAR DOGS
The following Yalies have distinguished themselves according to a vote by their teammates.

DB Josh Grizzard (Jr, Zebulon, N.C.)… most humorous
DB Geoff Dunham (Jr, Dallas, Texas)… most intelligent
DB Adam Money (Sr, Whiteland, Ind.)… most vocal leader (not captain)
LB Jesse Reising (Sr, Decatur, Ill.)… most likely to be U.S. President
QB Dez Duron (So, Shreveport, La.)… most interesting activity (musician) & best singer
RB Alex Thomas (Jr, Ansonia, Conn.)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
WR Jordan Forney (Sr, Bloomington, Ind.)… most involved in community outreach

ALOHA
"Hawaiian Fridays" are the rule in the Yale Football Office. Show up without a Hawaiian shirt and you risk a fine. Three coaches (Tom Williams, Ikaika Malloe, Doug Semones) have worked in high school, college or pro football on the island while three players, Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu), Kolu Buck (Kaneole) and Jake Semones (Haleiwa), grew up there.

YORKSIDE IN BOWL
The Yale Bowl may be in West Haven, but the press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices and salad on home Saturdays. Rather than interrupting your work with a lunch at halftime, the food is now served on its arrival before kickoff.



filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director