October 8, 2011

Yale Hosts Dartmouth Saturday at Bowl

Bulldogs Back in Ivy Play

 

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team (2-1, 1-0 Ivy), coming off its first road game of the year at Lehigh last week, is back in Ivy League play at home Saturday against Dartmouth (1-2, 0-1). The Bulldogs and Big Green kickoff at noon on Yale Bowl's Class of 1954 Field in a contest that airs live on yalebulldogs.com and on WELI (960 AM, weli.com) Radio.

THE SERIES
This is the 95th meeting between the Elis and the Big Green with Yale leading the series 52-36-6. Dartmouth played at Yale Bowl for 46 consecutive years (1924-1970) because the crowds at New Haven made it more profitable for both schools and there was no major highway connecting the two. Twelve of the first 15 contests ended in shutouts for Yale, but Dartmouth has had its share of success. The Green took nine straight from 1990 to 1998. The Blue has had the recent upper hand by winning the last eight.

THE MATCHUP
Both teams try to bounce back from a loss last week. Yale looks to stay atop the Ivy standings while the Big Green, which leads the league with 17 overall gridiron titles, is desperate to avoid a second league loss. The Bulldogs' defense gets its biggest ground test this week with a Dartmouth running back who was the 2010 Ivy co-MVP and currently leads the league in rushing. Both QBs look to bounce back from sub-par performances and prove they are among the league's elite offensive leaders.   

ELIS FALL AT LEHIGH
Yale fell to No. 13/14 Lehigh 37-7 on its first road trip of the season on a day of wild bounces and crazy plays at Goodman Stadium. The teams combined for nine turnovers, including five from the visitors. The 4-1 Mountain Hawks still managed 475 yards of total offense while limiting the Elis to 203. Lehigh QB Chris Lum and WRs Ryan Spadola and Jake Drwal put on an air show. Lum completed 37 of 50 passes for 391 yards and three scores.  Spadola (11-148) and Drwal (10-112, 3 TD) combined for more than half of Lum's completions.  
RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) led the visitors with 89 rushing yard on 17 carries while QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), who was pressured all day, completed 12 of 31 passes for 120 yards. Very little went right for the Blue against a Lehigh team that came in ranked among the top five in FCS total offense. Yale got behind early, had many chances to catch up and grab the momentum but made too many mistakes. It was a bad hands day for the Bulldogs, who were playing without junior WR Chris Smith. The Elis fumbled three times, threw two interceptions and dropped numerous passes while still in the game. RB Deon Randall, who led Yale with four catches for 52 yards, caught an eight-yard TD pass over the middle early in the first quarter to cut the Mountain Hawks' lead to 10-7. CB Kurt Stottlemyer and LB Will McHale had first-half interceptions that gave Yale hope of pulling off the upset. The Bulldogs, who trailed 16-7 at the half, got 10 solos and 11 overall stops from captain LB Jordan Haynes.

NIGHT THRILLER
The Green, which lost in the last minute the last two weeks, came within 17 seconds of beating defending league champion Penn at Hanover last Saturday during the first night game at Memorial Field. Billy Ragone threw a three-yard scoring pass to give Penn a 22-20 win. Dartmouth RB Nick Schwieger had 125 yards, his fourth consecutive triple-digit day, and scored a TD. He needs just 13 more yards to become Dartmouth's all-time rushing leader. QB Conner Kempe threw for 126 yards and a score. Bronson Green led the Green with eight solo tackles.

LAST MEETING
Philippe Panico made his first collegiate field goal from 19 yards out as time expired to give Yale a 23-20 win at Dartmouth a year ago. The drive for the game-winner was set up by CB Chris Stanley '11 stripping the ball away from a Big Green runner and setting up the Yale offense at the Dartmouth 47 with 1:06 to play. It ended a back-and-forth game that saw four lead changes and 780 yards of total offense. Panico's kick came after Yale called a timeout with four seconds to play and the ball on the Dartmouth two for second-and-goal. Kicking from the left hash, Panico sent the ball off the inside of the right upright.

AROUND ANCIENT EIGHT
Last week, Brown beat Rhode Island 35-21, Cornell whacked Wagner 31-7 and Harvard thumped Lafayette 31-3 in non-league games. In the league, Princeton edged Columbia 24-21 while Penn came from behind to beat Dartmouth. This week's action includes Harvard at Cornell, Sacred Heart at Columbia, Princeton at Hampton, Fordham at Penn and Holy Cross at Brown.

YALE IN THE EIGHT
Four players are tied for the Ivy overall scoring (TDs) lead with three including RB Mordecai Cargill… RB Deon Randall is second among league pass catchers with 4.7 per game and fourth in all-purpose yards (109)… LBs Jordan Haynes and Will McHale rank fifth among defenders with 9.0 tackles per game… Yale still has the top scoring offense (27.0), but the Elis rank sixth in total offense (335) and last in total defense (431)… The Bulldogs are tops in interceptions (4) and kickoff coverage.

SERIES STATS NOTES
•  The most points given up by a Dartmouth football team were 113 in a shutout loss to Yale in 1884.
•  Yale's five TD passes in 1968 were the most ever scored on Dartmouth.
•  The Elis surrendered the most passing yards ever by a Big Green offense with 419 in 1992.
•  Yale allowed the most completions for a Big Green offense with 38 in 2001.
•  The Big Green tossed a school-record nine interceptions against Yale in 1939, while Dartmouth notched a school record with six fumbles recovered against the Blue in 1953.


HANDS UP
Part of the reason for balls bouncing everywhere last Saturday was the Yale defense, which was successful in getting hands in the passing lanes of Lehigh QB Chris Lum. Nine times the Bulldogs deflected a pass near the line of scrimmage. Seven of the attempts were pass breakups, one was intercepted and another went for a completion. CB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.), who had five solo tackles in the game, came in twice on blitzes to get his hand on throws. He knocked down one while the other was deflected to a teammate.
    
SMITH SIDELINED AT LEHIGH
Junior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) leads the team with two TD catches and 19.3 yards per catch and is one of the premier kick return men in the league with a 32.7 mark this fall. He missed the Lehigh game with an injury. Smith, the first player in Ivy history to run back a pair of kickoffs for TDs in the same game (last year at Brown, span of 2:23), ranks fourth in Yale career KOR yards with 1,025. His 732 yards in 2010 are a single-season record. Smith is also the only Yale player with two career kickoffs for TDs.

GIO PHYSICAL
Senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.), who had 38 catches for a team-best 563 yards last fall, came back to Yale this fall using a medical hardship waiver from 2009. He is second in the league with 10.2 yards per  punt return this season while 707 career return yards (2 TDs), rank third at Yale. He also has 23 kickoff returns for 553 yards (just shy of 10th).

WITT
Senior QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas), a two-time Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week this season, is moving up the school's career records lists. He is now sixth with 26 TD passes, third with 409 completions and fourth with 4,321 yards. He was a 2010 second-team All-Ivy selection who led the league in passing yards (2,216), yards/game (246.2), completions (212) and attempts (351) and was the only QB to complete more than 60% of his passes (60.4%). Witt, the largest starting signal caller in the Ivy League, was seventh in the FCS in completions/game (23.56) and 15th nationally in passing yards/game (246.22) last year. Elected to the team's Leadership Council, Witt became the first transfer (Nebraska) student at Yale to start immediately at QB since World War II (when transfers were common). He is also an outstanding student (3.91 GPA) who has written for the Yale Daily News, is a member of the Intercultural Affairs Council and has done some prison ministry work. Witt, Yale's candidate for National Football Foundation & Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete honors and the Campbell Trophy, has been endorsed by his school as a 2011 Rhodes Scholar candidate and a Mitchell Scholarship candidate. He also won the Francis Gordon Brown Prize, one of the school's highest undergraduate accolades, awarded to the student in the junior class in Yale College who most closely approaches the standards of intellectual ability, high manhood, capacity for leadership and service to the University set by Francis Gordon Brown, who captained Yale Football's "Team of the Century" in 1900.

Witt's Numbers
Year    GP    EFF    COM    ATT    INT    PCT    YDS    TD    LG    AVG/g
2009    8    109.59    138    241    11    57.3    1449    8    41    181.1
2010    9    117.88    212    351    12    60.4    2216    12    69    246.2
2011    3    133.75      59     95      3    62.1      646      6    38    215.3    
Career    20        409    687    26    59.5    4321    26    69    216.5    

BULLDOG CAPTAIN
As expected, senior captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) has been all over the field in three games this year. His 23 solos lead the team and his 27 overall stops tie for the top with junior LB Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.). Last year he led (102) the Elis and was second among Ivy players in tackles from his linebacker position. The 2010 first-team All-Ivy and All-New England pick represented the West as a National Football Foundation High School Scholar-Athlete. He is the first Yale captain from the Golden State since Thorne Shugart (Los Angeles) led the 1954 Bulldogs. Haynes scored Yale's first TD of 2010 on a four-yard fumble return late in the first quarter on Sept. 18 against Georgetown.

BACK WITH DISTINCTION
Senior FS Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas) is third on the squad with 22 tackles. One of the largest DBs in the Ivy League at 6-foot-3, 223 pounds, he started every game last year and was third on the team with 31 solo tackles and 47 overall. His best day was 7-2-9 vs. Penn in 2010, and he scored the first TD of his football career on a fumble return against Princeton. He also had 7-2-9 against Cornell this fall. A biomechanical engineering major, Dunham interned in cancer research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2007 and 2008 and spent some of a summer at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Fla., doing the same thing. He stayed on the Yale campus last summer to take organic chemistry class.

TRAIN
Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.), nicknamed "Train," may have been Yale's offensive MVP last week with 89 rushing yards (5.2 avg.) and 30 more receiving. He also put the biggest hit of the day on a Lehigh player when he was running down the right sideline with the ball on a 27-yard pass play in the second quarter and blasted a Mountain Hawks DB. He is Yale's active career rushing leader with 1,195 yards and four 100-yard games. His career-high is 137 (best day for a Yalie in 2010) yards on 19 runs (7.2), including a 42-yard TD, against Columbia. He is also Yale's active career receiving leader (45) among the RBs. His 47-yard run at Cornell in 2010 was the longest run by a Bulldog last fall, while his 58-yard TD scamper vs. Cornell is the longest this season. Thomas, a former Ansonia High School star, is the most prolific (8,279 yards, 114 TDs) runner in Connecticut High School history. The nickname stems from his "train" tattoo, a word based on scripture verses that refer to training both physically and spiritually.

MULTIPLE     
Deon Randall (San Diego, Calif.) is listed as a RB on the Yale roster, but you could see him lining up wide, behind center or in the backfield. He leads the team with 14 catches and 161 yards after snaring a team-high four and Yale's only TD last week. Randall's first collegiate TD came on a scary collision over the middle. QB Patrick Witt threw a strike to the sophomore as he cut inside near the one-yard line. As the ball arrived, a Lehigh DB's helmet struck Randall's head gear but the Yale player held onto the ball. It went down as an eight-yard scoring play while the home team was flagged for a 15-yard penalty (enforced on the kickoff) for the hit.

LOCAL HIT    
A Yale kickoff coverage guy going full speed and looking for contact may stand out a little more than the other 10 players. That Bulldog may be John Powers (Hamden, Conn.), who seems to be in on most of the biggest hits of each contest. Powers grew up around Yale and played Saturday mornings on a hill overlooking Yale Bowl at Hopkins School. As a high school QB, he passed for 2,050 yards and ran for 1,250 with 50 TDs in the Fairchester League. Powers, now a backup DB, was thrust into the spotlight as a freshman when he took a pitch and rambled for 15 yards on the 4th-and-22 fake punt against Harvard in 2009.

MATURE DOG
DE Austin Pulsipher (Temecula, Calif.) has accomplished more than the average college senior. After playing on the 2006 JV team, he spent two full years (2007, 2008) in greater Taipei, Taiwan on a Mormon mission where he became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and served in many leadership roles. Pulsipher, whose father played football at BYU, organized and taught a drug rehabilitation program while managing the finances of over 150 missionaries. He is also the only married member of the Yale football team; he arrived a few days late for football this summer because of the wedding (Aug. 13th in Newport Beach, Calif.). Sebastian Swett '09, was one of the groomsmen and the honeymoon was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Pulsipher, 23, the oldest player on the roster, is looking for his second varsity letter this fall. He is the only Bulldog with an Ivy League Championship (2006) ring.

FRONT AND CENTER
The left side of the offensive line includes sophomore T Wes Gavin (San Diego, Calif., 6-5, 275) and G Colin Kruger (Sarasota, Fla., 6-3, 300). G Gabe Fernandez (Honolulu, HI, 6-0, 273) and T Roy Collins (Carbondale, Ill., 6-5, 260) are on the right. John Oppenheimer (Menlo Park, Calif., 6-0, 265) played DT as a freshman last fall before switching to center in the spring.

GETTING TO KNOW THE OL
They don't want their names called on the PA system on game days, but that doesn't mean they don't deserve recognition. Here are some notes about Yale's starting five offensive trench guys. LT Wes Gavin's father, Bob, ran the two-mile event at the Missouri High School State Championships and the marathon during the 1975 Kansas Relays. He and his wife are under 5-foot-8. Their son 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. He had offers from SDSU, Portland State, the military academies and the rest of the Ivy League … LG Colin Kruger, who might be the strongest guy on the team, had had offers to play at other FCS schools including Stanford… RG Gabe Fernandez, a mechanical engineering major who transferred from UCLA after his first year, was a very good soccer player in high school. His senior year's soccer team won the DII state title before he gained 30 to 40 pounds for football. His brother played offensive guard at Harvard… C John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense last spring, played both sides of the line in high school. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… RT Roy Collins, who was a prep star at Choate Rosemary Hall, came to Yale as a TE. He was in the New Haven chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. His first cousin, Gerome Sapp, played at Notre Dame and then with the Colts and the Ravens (2003-2007). His mother's cousin, Burgess Owens, played at the University of Miami and with the Jets and Raiders (1973-1982).

GOOD SWING
Junior PK Philippe Panico (pronounced pa-NEE-ko) is 2-for-4 on field goals, including a career-long, 39-yarder against the Hoyas, and is 9-for-11 on PATs. The Boston native connected on 17 of 18 PATs and six of 14 field goals in his first year of varsity kicking in 2010. His three-pointer with no time left at Dartmouth was the game-winner, while his 36-yard boot in the fourth quarter at Brown gave the Elis a three-point win. Panico, who had a 47-yard FG in the 2011 pre-season scrimmage, also swings a golf club well, playing for the Yale team as a freshman and leading his foursome to the lowest score at Yale Football Association Golf Outing in August. He had his photo taken with 2011 U.S. Open Champion Rory Mcllroy when the Yale team was at this year's New Haven Open tennis tournament.

2011 AWARDS
Here are the awards handed out to Yale players after three weeks:

Ivy League Offensive Player of Week
9/17    Patrick Witt (co)
9/24    Patrick Witt

Collegefootballperformance.com
9/17    Patrick Witt
9/24    Patrick Witt

ARMED & DANGEROUS
That's the 2011 team slogan and what is printed on the backs of the team t-shirts this fall.

PRE-SEASON ALL-AMERICA
QB Patrick Witt and LB Jordan Haynes were honorable mention selections on the Consensus Draft Services 2011 FCS Pre-Season All-America team. They were also selected as a preseason All-American by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl committee.  Haynes was a first-team North squad pick while Witt was HM. The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a post-season all-star game showcasing senior players from the FCS.  This game, presented by the Collegiate Development Football League (www.playCDFL.com), is held Dec. 1 in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

BULLPUPS
Six freshmen have seen action this season. Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.), the punter, is Yale's lone newcomer starter. OL Ben Carberry (Oak Park, Ill.) and William Chism (Ridgeland, Mississippi) and DE EJ Conway (Luthersville, Md.) have had snaps as backups. DB Nick LaTesta (Wood Ridge, N.J.) is on special teams and RB Wynston Bouknight (Upper Marlboro, Md.) has played special teams and ran twice for 14 yards at Lehigh. Thirty-one members of Yale's Class of 2015 joined the Bulldogs this summer. The newcomers, representing 15 different states, include 15 defensive players, 16 on offense and a number who have played on both sides during their high school careers. The offensive linemen and defensive backs (6 each) outnumber any other position recruited in this class. The Class of 2015 is spread evenly across the U.S. with California (4) having the most. Connecticut has three, which does not include the Elis who attended Choate Rosemary Hall after growing up outside the Nutmeg State.

BULLDOG BITES
Patrick Witt has thrown every Yale pass this season… Four RBs, a WR and two QBs have all the rushing attempts… Eleven players have caught passes in 2011… Seven different Elis have TDs… Senior DE Matt Battaglia (Simsbury, Conn.) registered Yale's first sack of the season last week… Yale and its opponents have totaled 19 penalties each… The Blue's team turnover ratio (both at 7) is even after three games…The winner in each of Yale's first three games has scored 37 points... Former captain Chandler Henley '06 will join the WELI Radio team of Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 for the third quarter this Saturday.

NFL COACHES
Two former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron, who has spent 33 years in the NFL, playing and coaching, is the new defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns (2-2). Last year he coached the Philadelphia Eagles' defensive backs. 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 an assistant coach for the 3-1 New England Patriots. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team.

GRAHAM CRACKS LINEUP
Patrick Graham '01, a coaching assistant with the New England Patriots the last two years, was named linebackers coach for 2011 by head coach Bill Belichick. Graham served as a defensive assistant coach last season. After a playing on the defensive line at Yale, he served as a graduate assistant at Wagner (2002-03) and then spent three seasons at Richmond, serving as the defensive line coach in 2004 and the tight ends coach in 2005 and 2006. He was a graduate assistant at Notre Dame in 2007 and 2008 prior to joining the Patriots.

PA BULLDOGS
There are four Yale players who will play three times this season in their home state (Lehigh, Lafayette, Penn). The Pennsylvania Bulldogs are OL Alex Birks (Pittsburgh), DB Ryan Falbo (Moon Township), LB Brian Leffler (Newtown) and OL Mike McInerney (Blue Bell).

CATCHING THE BULLDOGS
For the 14th 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 seventh 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.

DUAL SPORT
There was a time not too long ago that you could find a half dozen Yale football players who were also varsity baseball players. There might also be six competing in track & field, a few playing lacrosse and a guy or two rowing for the heavyweight program. For many reasons, those days are long gone. The current Yale football roster includes just one player, L.J. Hunt (Stratford, Conn.), who is on another team roster. Hunt, a DB, was the captain of the St. Josephs lacrosse team and will play for Eli head coach Andy Shay.

ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale trails Penn by one for second, one championship in front of Harvard.
            No  Team            Last Title
            17   Dartmouth    1996
            15   Penn             2010
            14   Yale              2006
            13   Harvard        2008
             9    Princeton      2006
             4    Brown          2008
             3    Cornell         1990
             1    Columbia     1961

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. 13 through Nov. 15) 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.

CLASS OF '54 FIELD OF STREAMS
All five home games this season are video streamed (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.

YALE ON YES
Yale on YES includes three broadcasts this fall on the YES Network. The YES games are Saturday, Oct. 29 (Yale at Columbia), Saturday, Nov. 5 (Brown at Yale) and Saturday, Nov. 12 (Yale at Princeton). All three games begin at noon ET. This is the fourth straight fall the Bulldogs appear on the network home for New York Yankees baseball. YES broadcaster Chris Shearn handles the play-by-play, with color commentary coming from former Ivy League and National Football League lineman Ross Tucker and former Yale defensive back Jack Ford '72, a well-known author and TV personality.

VERSUS
Yale football airs live on VERSUS three times this fall. The next one is when Yale travels to Franklin Field to take on defending Ivy champions Penn on Oct. 22. Yale Bowl on Nov. 19 is the setting for the final VERSUS telecast and the 128th edition of The Game. All three contests are noon kickoffs. Randy Moss, a new member of NBC's award-winning horse racing coverage team and contributor to NFL Network, serves as the play-by-play announcer for all VERSUS Ivy League games and is joined in the booth by Ross Tucker as lead analyst.

REACHING OUT
Senior DT Reed Spiller, nicknamed "Speed Riller" because he so fast for a 290-pounder, works with a program called Ready, Set, Launch, which helps underprivileged kids and guides them on the college application process… Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) and Ansonia native John Coughlin (Yale Football Office) have 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. They have also visited schools in the valley... Senior CB Drew Baldwin (Alexandria, Va.), co-chair of the Yale Black Men's Union Community Outreach Committee, is in his fourth 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. Classmate Jordan Haynes works closely with Baldwin on the project.

READY SET LAUNCH
Senior LB Nick Schneider (Cincinnati, OH) was one of seven friends at Yale's Saybrook College who founded ReadySetLaunch, a non-profit consulting organization that provides one-on-one college tutoring for underprivileged students. Schneider serves as director of external relations and manages relationships with potential donors in the community. His first year, he helped raise $50,000 in the Chase Community Giving Challenge.

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.
77         players were captains of their high school football team
52        players were captains of another sport in high school
62         players were a national honors society member
 8         players were class president at their high school
 9       players were student body president at their high school
 9       players were class valedictorian at their high school
 4      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 (Sr, Zebulon, N.C.)… most humorous
DB Geoff Dunham (Sr, Dallas, Texas)… most intelligent
DL Jake Stoller (Sr, Shaker Heights, OH)… most vocal leader (not captain)
DL Pat Moran (Sr, Alexandria, Va.)… most likely to be U.S. President
RB Alex Thomas (Sr, Ansonia, Conn.)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
DB Drew Baldwin (Sr, Alexandria, Va.)… 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.

BRONZE IS NOT THIRD
Soon, everyone coming to the Bowl will know Yale's primary (Bulldogs) nickname.  A three-and-a half foot tall, 600-pound bronze statue of Handsome Dan will be placed outside in the Jensen Plaza and serve as the top spot to have photos taken around the famous venue. A slightly smaller bronze dog, which first appeared in 2010 in the Kenney Center where Yale players could touch it before heading to the field, now sits in the lobby of Payne Whitney Gym.

MOST COLLEGE FB WINS
Yale was the first football team of any type to reach 800 wins when it beat Dayton 42-6 on Sept. 16, 2000. It wasn't hard for Michigan (889) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale (866) each season.

BULLDOGS AT NFL CAMPS
Nate Lawrie '04 (49ers), Shane Bannon '11 (Chiefs), Tom McCarthy '11 (Falcons) and Chris Blohm '11 (49ers) were in NFL camps this summer. All but Blohm saw action in exhibition games. Bannon, an HB who was drafted by Kansas City in the seventh round and is currently on the taxi squad, had the first and final carry of the opening pre-season contest in August. McCarthy, a free agent DL in the Atlanta Falcons camp, made two tackles in a pre-season game. Lawrie, a TE who has NFL experience but played in the UFL the last two years, signed with the 49ers in August and made a catch in their last exhibition game.

REISING RISING
Jesse Reising '11, a starting LB for Yale last fall who was seriously injured at Harvard in the 2010 season finale, is still recovering from a collision with Crimson TB Gino Gordon that left the Bulldog with arm nerve damage. Reising's U.S. Marine Corps career is on hold, but the licensed pilot is still serving his country. He is currently in Afghanistan working as a contractor while he plans a non-profit organization with Yale classmate Nick Rugoff. "Operation Opportunity" will provide personalized prepatory services for the children of fallen service members.  "It's the means by which I hope to redirect the outpouring of support I have gotten since my injury towards the service members who are now serving in my place. I have been thinking, since all the e-mails and all the support started pouring in, how could I harness this support for some greater good."

CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME
Yale, which last played in the Golden State in 2005 at the University of San Diego, has another trip to California planned. On Oct. 5, 2013, the Bulldogs will play against Cal Poly Tech at San Luis Obispo. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.

INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
The Ivy League Office has a weekly online radio show, "Inside Ivy League Football," which takes an in-depth look at the action and the news and notes surrounding Ivy football. The 10-episode show airs Wednesdays at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/insideivyleaguefootball). It's available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com.   


filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director