Haynes Named 2011 Captain

Jordan Haynes. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)
Jordan Haynes. (photo by Kevin McCarthy)

LB Led Blue with 102 Tackles


NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Captaining a football team is nothing new for Jordan Haynes '12 (Folsom, Calif.), who was introduced as the leader of the 2011 Yale squad at this morning's team banquet. Haynes, who led the Elis with 102 tackles this fall, captained his high school team for two seasons.

"It's an incredible honor for me, and I have a very tough act [Tom McCarthy '10] to follow," said Haynes to several hundred people at the Yale Commons. "I'd like to thank Paul Rice '10 and Tom McCarthy for showing me what it takes to be a leader. This is an amazing feeling."

He is the third (Rice, Bobby Abare '09) linebacker in four years to captain the Bulldogs and the first from California in 56 years. The last Golden State Yale captain was Los Angeles native Thorne Shugart '55, who captained the 1954 team under Jordan Olivar.

Haynes, who started all 10 games, was Yale's leading overall tackler in eight, finishing with a season-best 59 solos. He also led the Elis with 10 tackles for lost yardage and three recovered fumbles. He was second on the squad with two interceptions, including one in the end zone against Princeton that could have been the difference in the one-point Yale win on Nov. 13 at New Haven.

The former Jesuit High School star scored Yale's first points of 2010 when he picked up a Georgetown fumble and ran four yards for a touchdown on Sept. 18 at Yale Bowl on the Class of '54 Field.

Haynes has three collegiate varsity letters and has played in 28 varsity games. He has 132 overall tackles, including four sacks, in three seasons. His two best days were 10 solos and 11 overall stops against the Hoyas this season and 12 overall tackles against Fordham on Oct. 9.

The 134th Yale football captain is a true scholar-athlete. He received the National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete Award (Western Region) in December of 2008 in New York City, a few weeks after his freshman campaign with the Bulldogs.

Haynes led the Delta River League's San Joaquin section with 169 total tackles his senior year at Jesuit, starting on both offense and defense in every game. He was 2007 league co-defensive player of the year, while garnering first-team all-metro, all-section and team MVP honors. Haynes did all of this while excelling in the classroom. He was class valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society, just a few of his many scholarly accolades.

Haynes is the son of Carol and Floyd Haynes and a resident of Pierson College.


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director