Four Make Phil Steele's First Team
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - College preview magazines are hitting the stands now and Bulldogs are being recognized. Today, eight Yale football players - seven seniors and a junior - were named to Phil Steele's 2011 Pre-season All-Ivy League Team.
QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.), LB Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) and KR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), the lone junior, earned first-team status. Second-team picks were Smith (at WR), RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.), OL Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Colin Kruger (Sarasota, Fla.) and DB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.).
Witt threw for 2,216 yards and 12 touchdowns and enters the season ranked first at Yale in career completion percentage (.591), sixth in career passing yards (3,665), and eighth in career passing TDs (20). He was a second-team All-Ivy pick last fall.
Christodoulou (38-563, 1 TD) started every game and was the team leader in receiving yards along with average per catch (14.8) and average per game (56.3). Christodoulou also had the longest reception of the year for the Elis, a 69-yard scoring play against Cornell.
Haynes (59-43-102) led the Elis in tackles (3rd in Ivy League) on his way to earning first-team All-Ivy honors in 2010. He also added two sacks, two interceptions and three fumble recoveries.
Smith, an All-Ivy performer as both a WR and special teams player, is coming off the most prolific season ever for a Yale kick returner. He amassed a school-record 732 yards on 27 returns, including two for TDs at Brown. He became the first Ivy League player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game.
Thomas (163-737, 4.4), a second-team All-Ivy pick, led the rushing attack scoring nine touchdowns on the ground while also catching 27 passes for 247 yards and a score Baldwin (18-7-25), an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last season, started all 10 games and was third on the team with five pass breakups.
Kruger (6-3, 268) and Fernandez (6-0, 262), a pair of seniors, formed the core of the protection for Yale quarterbacks last fall.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director