Bulldogs Take on Dean College
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs have been barking at and biting each other since pre-season practices began three weeks ago, but the Yale football team gets to see a new opponent tomorrow afternoon. The Elis host Dean College in a 1:00 scrimmage at Yale Bowl on the Class of 1954 Field.
"We're thrilled about the opportunity to finally line up against a true opponent. We've had intense competition between the offense and defense throughout camp, and both units have sharpened one another," said senior QB Patrick Witt, who begins his third season as the starter. "The challenge for us this Saturday will be to see how well we execute against a new scheme that we haven't faced yet. Yes, we expect to win. But we understand that the ultimate goal is to best prepare ourselves to play Georgetown next week."
Finding varsity scrimmage opponents is a tough task with most Division I teams kicking off regular seasons by now. Yale's season-opening opponent, Georgetown, will have two games played when they come to the Bowl in a week. The Elis have scrimmaged Princeton and Union in recent years.
The Blue has never lined up against Dean, a two-year school where student-athletes often go before joining a four-year program and continuing their football careers. Saturday's scrimmage will be run like a regular game unless the coaches decide to play specific situations late in the second half.
The Ivy League media picked Yale to finish third behind Penn and Harvard this fall, but there are plenty of believers watching the Bulldogs practice this summer.
"This team understands that all the tools are in place to win a championship. We view Georgetown as the first obstacle in our way toward achieving that goal," said Witt.
The Yale JV squad also has a scrimmage this weekend with Hamilton College coming to Clint Frank Field for a 2 p.m. contest on Sunday.