Yale Visits Lafayette Saturday

Jake Stoller. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Jake Stoller. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Last Non-Ivy League Game for Bulldogs

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team (3-1, 2-0 Ivy), coming off a home league win last week, is on the road for its last non-Ivy game of the season this Saturday night. The Bulldogs play Lafayette (1-4, 0-1 Patriot) at Fisher Stadium at 6:00 in a game that airs live on WELI (960 AM, weli.com) Radio and LSN TV.

The Lafayette Sports Network (LSN) is on RCN-4 and WBPH-60 covering all of Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey. RCN subscribers in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington, D.C. can watch on RCN-8. Beyond the region, LSN is available on DIRECTV (640) and DISH Network (432) via the Mid Atlantic Sports Network (MASN) on a tape-delay basis. The Lafayette-Yale game will air Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. on MASN.

Yale leads 7-1 heading into the ninth meeting. The last was in 2009, the year the Leopards got their first victory, 31-14 at New Haven. The first encounter came in 1912 and the first four games were Yale victories by a combined 145-0. The largest margin of victory for Yale was 55-0 in 1935.

The only common opponent played this fall is Georgetown. Yale beat the Hoyas at home 37-27 and Lafayette fell 14-13 in D.C. The Leopards' win came against defending Ivy champs Penn, 37-12 at Franklin Field, certainly an eye-opener for the Yale coaches. Another variable of importance could be Lafayette having last weekend off.

Offense                               Yale                      Lafayette
Rushing Yards        157.5        81.2
Passing Yards        214.2        236.2
Total Offense        371.8        317.4
Scoring            27.8        15.8

Rushing Yards        104.0        169.80
Passing Yards        264.0        160.40  
Total Defense        368.0        330.20
Scoring            20.25        27.20
Senior DT Jake Stoller (Shaker Heights, Ohio) registered two of his team's three sacks and linebackers junior Will McHale (Greenwich, Conn.) and senior Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) combined for 14 solo stops as the Yale football team blanked Dartmouth 30-0 before 17,786 at Yale Bowl and the Class of '54 Field. While the defensive notched its first shutout since 2009 and the first in league play since 2008, the Yale offense racked up 480 yards, including 269 on the ground. RB Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.) ran 12 times for 130 yards (10.8) while beginning the scoring with a 74-yard run in the first quarter. The senior also added three catches for 12 yards.  Yale (3-1, 2-0 Ivy), on the road next week for its last non-league game, beat Dartmouth for the ninth straight time by scoring early and taking away the visitors' ground attack. The Yale defense limited the Big Green (1-3, 0-2 Ivy) to 178 total

 yards, while 2010 Ivy co-MVP Nick Schwieger managed just 39 yards on 16 carries. Junior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio), who had 83 rushing yards, ended the first quarter scoring by rumbling 40 yards to make it a two TD lead. Junior PK Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.) added a 39-yard FG to the scoring mix in the second to give the Blue a 16-0 lead at the half. Senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.) became Yale's career punt return yardage leader with 106 yards on four attempts. His third career return for a TD came on a dazzling, 53-yarder in the third, but a 42-yarder in the fourth put him past Todd Tomich '01 on the career list with 813 yards. Junior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) returned from an injury to catch six passes for 100 yards, including a 44-yard scoring play with senior QB Patrick Witt (Wylie, Texas, 21-29, 203 yards).

The guys from Easton have lost two straight after beating Penn in week three. Two weeks ago at Fisher Stadium, the Leopards fell to Harvard, 31-3.

Yale jumped all over a fumble on the opening kickoff that set up a Bulldog touchdown 3:22 into the game before Lafayette responded with 24 straight points on the way to a 31-14 win on a wet day at the Bowl in 2009. WR Peter Balsam '11 started and finished Yale's first scoring drive, recovering a fumble on the opening kickoff at the Lafayette 26 and then catching a three-yard bullet in the end zone from QB Patrick Witt six plays later. QB Brook Hart '11 and WR Jordan Forney '11 connected on the other Yale score.

Harvard outscored Cornell 41-31 at Ithaca in the only other league matchup. The Ivies went 2-2 out of the league last Saturday. Brown had a 20-13 win over Holy Cross while Penn mashed Fordham 35-20. Hampton edged Princeton 28-23 and Sacred Heart knocked off Columbia 34-25.

        League        Overall
        W    L    W    L
YALE        2    0    3    1
Harvard        2    0    3    1
Penn        1    0    2    2
Princeton    1    0    1    3
Brown        0    1    3    1
Columbia    0    1    0    4
Dartmouth    0    2    1    3
Cornell        0    2    2    2

The Bulldogs rank fourth in both total offense and total defense among Ivy squads.

Yale's two Patriot League opponents, Lehigh (5-1) and Georgetown (4-2) are a combined 9-3 overall.

Senior WR Gio Christodoulou (Miami, Fla.) was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after returning four punts for 106 yards in the win over Dartmouth last week. Christodoulou had a 53-yard TD return and a 42-yard non-scoring run against the Big Green at the Bowl. The 42-yarder put him atop the school's career punt return yardage list with 813. He currently leads the Ivies with a 14.9 average. Christodoulou is in the mix of talented receivers getting snaps but only has one catch this fall after having 38 for a team-best 563 yards last fall. He came back to Yale this fall using a medical hardship waiver from 2009. He also has 23 kickoff returns for 553 yards (just shy of 10th).
Junior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.) leads the Ivy League in yards per kick return (29.4, 10th in FCS) and all-purpose yards per game (148.7, 18th). He is also among the league leaders in receptions and yardage. 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 1,035. His 732 yards in 2010 are a single-season record. Smith is also the only Yale player with two career kickoffs for TDs.

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 tied for first with 430 completions and third with 4,524 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    4    133.75      80    124      5    64.5      849      7    44    212.2    
Career    21        430    716    28    60.1    4514    27    69    227.1    

As expected, senior captain Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) has been all over the field in four games this year. His 29 solos are tied for the team lead 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.

Senior FS Geoff Dunham (Dallas, Texas) is third on the squad with 26 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.

Alex Thomas (Ansonia, Conn.), nicknamed "Train," was Yale's offensive MVP the last two weeks. He had a 10.8 average on a dozen runs against Dartmouth (130 yards) and opened the scoring with a 74-yard scamper. He also had three catches for 12 yards. The week before on a day the Elis had just seven points, Thomas led the Blue with 89 rushing yards (5.2 avg.) and had 30 more receiving. He is Yale's active career rushing leader with 1,325 yards and six 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 (48) among the RBs. His 47-yard run at Cornell in 2010 was the longest run by a Bulldog last fall, while his 74-yard TD scamper vs. Dartmouth 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.

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 18 catches while his 190 yards are second best. Randall's first collegiate TD came on a scary collision over the middle at Lehigh. 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.

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.

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.

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).

Junior PK Philippe Panico (pronounced pa-NEE-ko) is 3-for-5 on field goals, including a career-long, 39-yarder against the Hoyas and the Big Green, and is 12-for-15 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.

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.

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.

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

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

9/17    QB Patrick Witt
9/24    QB Patrick Witt
10/8    RB Alex Thomas, DT Jake Stoller, PR Gio Christodoulou

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

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. So has DB Nick LaTesta (Wood Ridge, N.J.) and RB Wynston Bouknight (Upper Marlboro, Md.). 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.

There are 18 seniors listed among the players on the offense/defense on the two-deep depth chart. Thirteen juniors and sophomores are included with just a pair of newcomers. This does not include special teams.

The Bulldogs should not be doing this, but everyone knows the second straight (3rd in four weeks) trip to Pennsylvania is next Saturday against Penn, which has the No. 1 defense in the Ivy League. That noon kickoff at Franklin Field airs live on Versus.

Sophomore C John Oppenheimer (Menlo Park, Calif.) had the unique distinction of recovering fumbles after Patrick Witt interceptions in consecutive games. He knows what the ball feels like as the starting center, but he certainly has a nose for the ball as a former defensive lineman who switched sides last spring.
Yale has won three of its four games but opponents have more (84-71) first downs this fall… Junior LB Will McHale's 8.8 tackles per game rank sixth in the Ivy League… Alex Thomas' 74-yard run last week is the longest in the league this year… Chris Smith is the only Ivy player with two 100-yard receiving games this fall.

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 4-1 New England Patriots. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team.

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.

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).

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.

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.

Dartmouth owns the most Ivy titles since league play officially began in 1956.  
            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
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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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

"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.
The press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta 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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.