Yale Looks For Momentum in Game 8
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale football team looks for momentum over the last three games of 2012 when it travels this weekend to Providence. The Bulldogs and Brown Bears tangle at Brown Stadium in a 12:30 game that can be seen on YES Network and heard on WELI (AM-960, weli.com) and wybcx.com (student).
So much for home field advantage; the visiting team has won 13 of the last 16 meetings heading into the 117th between Yale and Brown. The Bulldogs may be up 78-33-5, but the Bears have won eight of the last 13. Of the 116 meetings, only 31 have come at Brown Stadium, where the Blue is 19-9-3. The two rivals met in New Haven 32 consecutive years (1926-57) and Yale has a 59-24-2 advantage at the Bowl.
Offense Yale Brown
Rushing Yards 194.4 140.6
Passing Yards 180.7 224.9
Total Offense 375.1 365.5
Scoring 18.1 21.0
Rushing Yards 163.1 97.4
Passing Yards 258.4 238.7
Total Defense 421.5 336.1
Scoring 29.4 19.4
Kyle Newhall-Caballero threw three TD passes and Mark Kachmer ran for 192 yards and two scores as Brown beat Yale 34-28. The Bears, who rushed for 191 yards including a school-record, 95-yard TD dash by Kachmer to open the scoring, never trailed and had leads as big as 27-7 and 34-14. The Bears' defense, led by Brett Wyman's nine solo tackles, held the home team to seven rushing yards on 24 attempts. The Bulldogs turned the ball over four times but still made a late surge that fell short. Yale QB Patrick Witt '12 completed 34 of 46 passes for 370 yards and two TDs but was picked off three times and sacked three times.
LIONS GET THE LAST SCORE
Tyler Varga (Kitchner, Ont.) rushed for 220 yards and three scores but couldn't run out the clock with a three-point lead late in the fourth quarter and eventually surrendered a 26-22 loss at Columbia last week. The sophomore Bulldog, playing his first Yale game as a quarterback, fumbled after crossing midfield and gave the ball back to the Lions with 2:05 left. Less than a minute later the home team had the lead and held on with a great defensive stand. Yale had leads of four, nine and three points before allowing the final tally and the first Columbia win in the series since 2001.
NEXT MEN UP
Yale's 2012 motto "Next Man Up" is most applicable to the quarterback position. Eli junior John Whitelaw, slated at No. 2, quit the team the week of the season opener. Freshman Eric Williams (Portland, Ore.) started the first six games before going down with an injury early in game six against Penn. Backup Logan Scott (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and No. 3 quarterback Derek Russell (Newtown, Mass.) also got I njured against the Quakers. None of the three players were available at Columbia. TB Tyler Varga got the start at Columbia with some help from WR Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.).
Nick Crawford '92, running the option and throwing occasional passes (84 that season), had the Yale record for QB rushing yards in a game since running for 191 (24 attempts) against Penn in 1991. That mark stood until Tyler Varga, operating out of the "wildcat," got the start at QB last week and rambled for 220 yards.
The Yale sophomore Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) leads the Ivy League with 122 rushing yards per game and 208 all-purpose. Varga has rushed for over 100 yards in four of his six games, while he is the only Ivy player to rush for more than 200 in a game this season. His 220 at Columbia are sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was the first newcomer to run for triple digits in his Yale debut since Mike McLeod in 2005. Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, leads the Blue with 735 rushing yards and seven TDs. The 5-foot-11, 220-pound back (also played some QB) was a star track & field athlete who also competed in swimming, basketball and baseball. Varga was a star regional sprinter and jumper, but injured his leg and was convinced by his coach to help the team by throwing the shot (45', 6.5") and javelin (110').
Varga's 2012 Season
Opponent Rush Yds TD Rec Yds KOR
Georgetown 21-103 2 1-6 3-65
Cornell 13-91 0 3-9 4-93
Colgate 21-125 2 3-31 3-119
Lafayette 23-100 0 2-17 3-73
Penn 26-96 0 2-15 1-21
Columbia 25-220 3 0-0 3-39
Totals 129-735 7 11-78 17-410
PENN BEATS BROWN ON LATE FG
Patrick Donnelly completed 30 of 47 passes for 312 yards but was picked off four times in a 20-17 loss at Philadelphia last week. Cody Taulbee gave the Bears a 17-14 lead with 3:47 left in the fourth, but Penn answered with a pair of field goals, including the winner with 17 seconds left to grab the win.
NOTABLE GAMES IN SERIES
Chris Smith '13 became the first Ivy player to return two kickoffs for TDs in a game during Yale's 27-24 win at Providence in 2010… The Elis played spoiler in 2008 against league unbeaten Brown and came back to New Haven with a 13-3 win. The clincher was a 78-yard pass play from Brook Hart '11 to Peter Balsam '11... Ralph Plumb '05 set a Yale record with 258 receiving yards in 2004 at Providence... The Bears and Bulldogs combined for a series-record 99 points in the 2003 game at Yale Bowl, a 55-44 Brown victory that included four TD grabs for Bear WR Lonnie Hill... DB Ben Blake '00 blocked Brown's PAT attempt in the closing seconds of the 1999 game as the visitors attempted to tie the game. However, Bear TB Mike Powell picked up the loose ball and lateraled to FB Rob Scholl, who rambled into the end zone for the two-point conversion and a 25-24 victory... WR Jake Borden '00 hauled in a 27-yard TD pass from Joe Walland '00 with six seconds left as Yale pulled out a 30-28 game at Providence in 1998... Chris Hetherington '96, a Yale QB who later became an NFL fullback, rushed for 166 yards and passed for 223 in a win over Brown in 1995... In a matchup of defending co-champions, Yale's goal-line stand prevented the Bruins from converting a first-and-goal from the two-yard line with under a minute to play in a 10-9 Eli victory at the Bowl in 1977... The two teams combined for 37 punts in a 1941 Brown (7-0) win.
35 YEARS AGO
The 1977 Yale football team captured one of the school's six outright Ivy Championships thanks to a season-opening defensive effort at the Bowl against Brown. The Bears had the ball on the Yale two yard line with four cracks at a win, down just three points late in the fourth quarter. The Eli defense, led by Dave Humphreville '78 and company, stopped four straight rushing attempts, including a tackle by Kevin Gardner '79 on fourth down as the Elis won 10-9. Many members of the 1977 team will gather the Princeton weekend in New Haven to celebrate a great Carm Cozza squad.
For three straight weeks, Yale had nine different offensive players catch passes. That streak ended last week at Columbia when the Blue attempted 12 passes, completing one each to four different players. Last year the Elis completed 2 of 10 passes in a major snow storm, so Yale combined is six of 22 over two seasons against the Lions.
CITY OF ROSES
They must subscribe to the "next man up" motto in Portland. Eric Williams was unable to go last week, so fellow Portland native Henry Furman took over when the Elis needed to throw the ball. Furman, a JV quarterback the last two years who moved to WR this year and has nine catches, completed three of eight throws at Columbia. He threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs at Lincoln High School. Another Portland guy, sophomore TE Michael Leunen (5 catches, 2 TDs), has been a solid target this fall.
Senior WR Derek Russell (Newton, Mass.) is the team's top holder for kicks, a backup receiver and sees other special teams action. When Yale's starting quarterback went down with an injury on the game's third series vs. Penn, Russell took over as the QB before completing 13 of 20 passes, including a score, and running the ball 11 times for 61 yards and a TD as Yale knocked off Penn 27-13 at Yale Bowl. The former high school QB connected with HB Elijah Thomas on a four-yard scoring play in the third quarter to put the Bulldogs up 17-7 and then added the clinching TD on a three-yard run in the fourth. Russell has been a patient and loyal Bulldog, waiting for three years to make an impact for the varsity. Russell, who passed for 2,100 yards and 21 TDs his senior year at Newton South High, has bounced around different positions at Yale before settling into his first collegiate varsity role this fall. At Cornell he caught three passes for 27 yards. Against Dartmouth he completed one of two passes on fourth-down plays, including a fourth-down, 18-yard score to Dylan Drake on special teams in the second quarter. Russell's brother, Sam, is a linebacker doing a post-graduate year at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy this year.
Senior LB Will McHale (Old Greenwich, Conn.) leads the Blue with 32 solo, 53 overall tackles. McHale, who has started 27 straight games since his sophomore year, has 187 career tackles and three interceptions. He was second-team All-Ivy last fall. The 6-foot-1, 236-pound defensive leader with Sunday football potential comes from a college football family. Both his father and grandfather played at Notre Dame.
Senior RB Mordecai Cargill (Cleveland, Ohio) is Yale's active career rushing leader with 1,449 yards. He is second on the team in rushing yards and average (4.4).
Junior WR Cameron Sandquist leads the team with 36 catches and 385 yards this season, including a career-best 10 catches against Colgate. He entered the season with 21 career grabs and kicked off 2012 with a bang. In the opener at Georgetown, he connected on a school-record, 98-yard pass play in the second quarter. Sandquist, who has six career TD grabs, scored on his first two collegiate receptions as a freshman in 2010 against Columbia. He is equally famous for his role as shortstop on the 2004 Little League World Series Northwest (Redmond LL) Team.
Freshman DB Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) has worked his way into a starting safety spot and now is tied with Will McHale for most tackles (53) on the team. He notched a career-high nine solos (10 overall) against Lafayette and then had8-3-11 vs. Penn. He leads the Blue with 34 solos and four pass breakups. Champion was an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High. He is the school's career tackles leader and helped them earn "national championships" in 2008 (with current teammate LB Dylan Drake '13) and 2010. He has played on stages as big as Cowboys Stadium and against opponent running backs as talented as South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore and Florida State's James Wilder. Not surprisingly, nine of his former teammates are playing Division I football, five in the FBS and four Ivy Leaguers. His father, Gregg Champion, played football at New Hampshire.
Senior PK Philippe Panico (Boston, Mass.), the Oct. 20 Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week, split the uprights twice against Penn including a career-long 43-yarder. His other boot was from 42 and he now has five field goals this fall. He has made 19 three-pointers and has 113 points over four seasons.
Sophomore Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) had his best outing this fall with four punts and a 43.0 average -a 52-yarder included – against Penn. He bumped the season best to 44.3 at Columbia with one kick inside the 20.
Yale hasn't won a national championship since 1927, but there are three current Bulldogs who earned national titles before coming to New Haven. Junior LB Chris Brady's 2009 Don Bosco Prep (NJ) team finished first in the national prep poll rankings. Senior LB Dylan Drake and freshman DB Cole Champion were teammates on the 2008 St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.) team that earned the mythical national championship.
Tony Reno, the Joel E. Smilow'54 Head Coach of Yale football, is in his first head coaching position after cutting his teeth in the Ivy League the last nine seasons. He was a Bulldog assistant under Jack Siedlecki (2002-08) and coached for the Crimson the last three falls. This isn't the first time an Italian-American, former Bulldog assistant in his mid 30s took over the Yale program. Carm Cozza did it in 1965 and amassed an Ivy record 179 wins 32 years later.
The Yale roster included 111 names when players reported to campus on Aug. 15. Seventeen Elis have dropped off that roster since, primarily due to injury. Yale's 94 players are the fewest on an Ivy League roster this fall.
Each week the Yale football team elects someone to be its "team leader" for that Saturday. Here are the Bulldogs who have earned the most respect of their teammates that week.
Georgetown RB Mordecai Cargill '13
Cornell DB Collin Bibb '13
Colgate DB John Powers '13
Dartmouth OL Roy Collins '13
Lafayette DB Kurt Stottlemyer '13
Penn NG Chris Dooley '13
Columbia LB Brian Leffler '13
Freshman Eric Williams (Portland, Ore.) started Yale's first six games and played almost all of the first five. Against Colgate, he rushed for 114 yards (threw for 171) to become the first Yale QB to rush for triple digits since Sept. 21, 2002. Williams has completed better than 63 percent of his passes for 1,034 yards in six games. Williams, the brother of Yale football players Scott '13 and Sean '11, and the son of former NFL player, Larry (Browns, Patriots, Saints, Chargers), became Yale's first freshman starter behind center since Mike McClellan '01 (first Eli rookie QB to start a varsity game since World War II) in the 1997 season opener at home against Brown. Williams was the starting QB at Jesuit High School in Portland for two years before his family moved, and he spent his senior campaign at St. Ignatius near Cleveland. One of the assistant coaches on the St. Ignatius team was former Yale captain Rory Hennessey '05.
Williams in 2012
Com. Att. Yds TD Int.
Georgetown 19 30 250 1 3
Cornell 27 37 211 1 2
Colgate 21 40 171 2 3
Dartmouth 17 24 181 1 0
Lafayette 23 34 209 1 4
Penn 1 4 12 0 0
Total 108 169 1024 6 12
Seven players have seen most of the action, including one senior, three juniors, two sophomores and a freshman. The senior is RT Roy Collins (6-5, 266, Carbondale, Ill.). The juniors are LT Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.) and LT Kyle White (6-7, 268, Pompton Plains, NJ). The sophomores are RG Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.) and LG William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.), while the lone newcomer was RG Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.). Gavin and Carbery combined to win freshman MVP honors the last two years.
Two tight ends and two defensive tackles have been moved over to solidify this unit over the past few years. Here are some notes on Yale offensive linemen.
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 … C John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year and now has 16 straight starts, 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. Collins is a type 1 diabetic who wears an insulin pump during practices and games. 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)… LG Wiliam Chism owns a fire wood business back home in Mississippi. His father, Brad Chism, played football at Millsap College and was a Rhodes Scholar. He is President of Zata|3 Consulting, a Washington, D.C.-based direct voter contact firm. The younger Chism had offers from every Ivy school and several other FCS institutions… RG Ben Carbery was a National Merit finalist and the captain of his high school's Scholastic Bowl team, which finished 17th at the 2010 National Academic Quiz Tournament national championship (he was 8th in the individual competition). He is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale.
Senior DB John Powers (Hamden, Conn.) was in the middle of his fourth season as a force on special teams and in the defensive backfield when he suffered a serious arm injury against Dartmouth that could end his college career. Powers, a former star quarterback at Hopkins School in New Haven, is not thinking that way. "I have a hunch I have not played my last snap," said Powers, who has 15 solos and 26 overall tackles this year.
The starting QB (Williams or Varga) is a newcomer and the top two ground gainers are also first-year Bulldogs. Twenty-five percent of the team's receptions are from new players. While the class of 2016 has only two players making a lot of tackles this fall, you can still say the Bulldog newcomers have made a major impact. There are an unprecedented 11 new guys on the Yale two-deep depth chart.
The Princeton defense has given up 69 points combined the last two weeks, and it cost them a perfect Ivy record last week against Cornell. The Big Red won 37-35 and helped put three other teams (Princeton, Harvard, Penn) in a tie for first place with 3-1 marks. The Crimson beat Dartmouth at Hanover 31-14.
All of Yale's non-league games were against Patriot League squads this fall. The Blue beat Georgetown and lost to Colgate and Lafayette. Those schools are a combined 12-10 this fall.
Three Bulldogs were honored after week one of the season, one from the Ivy and the other from the website collegefootballperformance.com.
Ivy League: RB Tyler Varga (Sept. 15), Rookie of the Week
CFPA: LB Will McHale, WR Cameron Sandquist (Sept. 15)
RB Tyler Varga (Sept. 29)
YALE'S IVY LEAGUE HONOR ROLL PICKS
These players had performances worth noting each week, but did not have the numbers to get player of the week.
Date Player Pos.
Sept. 17 Will McHale LB
Cameron Sandquist WR
Sept. 24 Austin Reuland WR
Oct. 1 Tyler Varga RB
Oct. 8 Eric Williams QB
Oct. 15 Chris Dooley DL
Yale Football has a new player lounge on the third floor of Ray Tompkins House replete with couches, tables, desks, games, TVs and life-sized images on the walls.
The Yale helmets have a slight "retro" look this fall with a change in the "Y" on the sides. Instead of having the "Y" outlined with a white line and then an outer blue edge, a thinner blue "Y" now stands alone, showcasing the look from the late 1960s through the 1980s.
The 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl will be celebrated during the 2014 season. Planning for the celebration has just begun. The bulk of the activity will take place on Sept. 27 when the Bulldogs host Army for the first time since 1988 (last meeting was 1996).
NOT A SCHEDULE TYPO
For the second straight fall, the Elis hosted Dartmouth and play at Columbia. According to the league, the Ivy schedule format changed in 2008. In order to make the necessary changes and follow the scheduling parameters, these two game sites had to remain for a second straight year.
SET IN STONE
There are 3,543 names of Yale football players listed on 345 stones in Jensen Plaza outside Yale Bowl. The names include the first Bulldog squad in 1872 through the class of 2012.
Former Yale QB Stone Phillips '77, who anchored NBC's Dateline for 15 years, launched a new website this fall, stonephillipsreports.com... Ex-Eli captain Rory Hennessey '05 is the founder of Altum Athletico, LLC, a U.S. shoe company that has a "barefoot" design... Two former Yale receivers are coaches on the 2012 Vanderbilt University football squad. Bob Shoop '88, a 24-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is a graduate assistant coach… 2009 Yale captain Paul Rice '10 is a graduate assistant football coach at Georgia Tech… Former OL Kyle Metzler '03 is the tight ends coach for Dartmouth... Former Eli QB Bob Verduzco '90 is a first-year offensive coordinator for the Galesburg-Augusta (Mich.) High School football team that ended a 32-game losing streak on Sept. 20.
Dez Duron '13, a former reserve Yale QB and the team's best singer, took a leave from school last year to pursue a spot on NBC's hit singing show The Voice. He was selected this fall by Christina Aguilera to compete on her team. Despite that, the Bulldogs voted him the "best singer" on the team this fall.
ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and Harvard trail Penn by one for second.
No. Team Last Title
17 Dartmouth 1996
15 Penn 2010
14 Yale 2006
14 Harvard 2011
9 Princeton 2006
4 Brown 2008
3 Cornell 1990
1 Columbia 1961
Yale has gone four straight seasons without a tie after regulation time. The Elis are 4-3 in OT games overall since its first, a 34-31 loss at Penn in 2003.The last OT game was a 26-20, triple-extra-session win at Penn in 2007.
TUESDAYS AT MORY'S
Tony Reno, 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. 11 through Nov. 12) at noon for the Dick Galiette Yale Football Media Luncheon. This event is limited to media only. Please contact Yale Sports Publicity Director Steve Conn (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to attend. The following Yale players have attended the luncheon: Chris Dooley, Mordecai Cargill (Georgetown); Eric Williams, John Powers (Cornell) and Allen Davis, William Chism and Cole Champion (Colgate) and Ryan Falbo, Roy Collins and Grant Wallace (Dartmouth), Cameron Sandquist and Blake Thomson (Lafayette), Kurt Stottlemyer and Michael Leunen (Penn) and Philippe Panico and Beau Palin (Columbia).
All five home games this season are video streamed on yalebulldogs.com through Yale's All Access with Ron Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates)
and Carm Cozza providing the call for both All Access and WELI Radio. All home games are live broadcasts except for Penn.
A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2012. Every third quarter, home and away, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on WELI. Here's who has been on this fall: Dave Sheronas '93 and Dan Urban '93 (Georgetown), Gary Wilhelm '74 (Cornell), Jake Stoller '12 (Colgate), Rory Hennessey '05 (Dartmouth), Kevin Callahan '91 (Lafayette), Chris Denny-Brown '07 (Penn) and Patrick Witt '12 (Columbia). Ralph Plumb '05 (Brown), Steve Skrovan '79 (Princeton) and Fred Danforth '73 (Harvard) are up next.
To hear a Yale student broadcast of Yale football games, tune into wybcx.com. Each pre-game show includes an interview with Tony Reno.
The Bulldogs, off on Mondays, are on the field from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday through 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 is no student-athlete scheduling 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 Columbia, Brown and Princeton. This is the fifth 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 Yale defensive back Jack Ford '72, a well-known author and TV personality, and ex-National Football League and Princeton lineman Ross Tucker.
Yale football airs live on NBC Sports Network three times this fall. The Cornell, Penn and Harvard games will be shown by the TV group previously branded as VERSUS. The studio team of Liam McHugh, Doug Flutie and Hines Ward provide pre- and post-game coverage on NBC and/or NBC Sports Network every Saturday of the college football season. The NBC Sports Network has televised 17 Ivy League football matchups featuring all eight schools over the past four (2008-11) seasons.
While schools are getting away from producing "media guides," both printed and digital, most of the information you once got with the Yale media guide is still available upon request or by looking on yalebulldogs.com. The following links are available on the football home page.
- Team Records
- Individual Records
- Game, Season, Career Bests
- Yale's Head Coaches
- First-Team All-Ivy Selections
- All-Time Lettermen
- Year-by-Year Results
- Bulldogs in the NFL
- All-American Selections
YORKSIDE IN BOWL
The Yale Bowl press box has a taste of New Haven with Yorkside Pizza & Restaurant serving slices, pasta and salad to the media on home Saturdays.
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 (900th win vs. MSU, Oct. 20) to catch up playing three or four games more than Yale each season. The Bulldogs are second with 871 victories.
BULLDOGS AT NFL CAMPS
Shane Bannon '11 (Chiefs) and Jake Stoller '12 (Steelers) were in NFL Camps right up to the start of the 2012 regular season. Bannon, an H-Back on the Kansas City practice squad in 2011, suffered an injury midway through this year's camp before being released. Stoller, a defensive lineman, made it all the way to the final day of teams reporting their regular-season rosters.
Three former Bulldogs are coaching in the NFL this season. Dick Jauron '73, who has spent 34 years in the NFL as a player (25 interceptions, Detroit & Cincinnati) and coach, is in his second year as the defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns. He has also coached in Jacksonville, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo and Philadelphia. Jauron, the 2001 AP Coach of the Year with the Bears, was an NFL head coach three times, most recently with the Bills (2006-09). Pat Graham '01, a former Yale tight end and defensive lineman, is a defensive assistant coach for the New England Patriots. He is in his fourth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his sixth NFL campaign and second with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.
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 play against Cal Poly Tech (San Luis Obispo), ranked No. 12/13 in the latest FCS polls. The Mustangs are 7-1 overall and 5-1 in the Big Sky Conference. The only two games the Blue has played on the West Coast were against USD.
The Blue is home for the final time in 2012 to host Princeton in a noon kickoff.
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 2012 breakdown.
50 players were captains of their high school football team
35 players were captains of another sport in high school
41 players were a national honors society member
4 players were class president at their high school
4 players were student body president at their high school
5 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.
OL William Chism (So, Ridgeland, Miss.)… most humorous
TE Michael Leunen (Jr, Portland, Ore.)… most intelligent
TB Mordecai Cargill (Sr, Cleveland, Ohio)… most vocal leader (not captain)
DB John Powers (Sr, Hamden, Conn.)… most likely to be U.S. President
DE Beau Palin (Jr, Oconomowoc, Wis.)… most interesting activity (Capt. America, water skiing)
DE Allen Davis (Sr, Grand Praire, Texas)… best singer
DB Collin Bibb (Sr, San Antonio, Texas)… strongest player (pound-for-pound)
DE Beau Palin (Jr, Oconomowoc, Wis.)… most involved in community outreach
INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
"Inside Ivy League Football" runs all 10 Wednesdays of the season at 7 p.m. on BlogTalkRadio.com (blogtalkradio.com/inside ivyleaguefootball). It will be available on-demand via BlogTalkRadio and IvyLeagueSports.com. Fans and alumni can interact with "Inside" via its social media platforms -- Facebook (Inside Ivy League Football) and Twitter (@insideivyfb) -- as well as provide ideas and content for the show's 'Twitter Talk/Facebook Fodder' segment. Selected episodes will feature Ivy football trivia with chances to win Ivy League-branded merchandise or a gift certificate to the League's official online store at shop.ivyleaguesports.com. The show will be hosted by two veteran Ivy broadcasters, Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer.
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filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director