Randall Gets Gold Helmet

Deon Randall. (photo by Jack Warhola)
Deon Randall. (photo by Jack Warhola)

Yale WR Honored by NE Writers

BOSTON, Mass. – He played offense and had one of the most prolific scoring days in Yale football history. He played defense, breaking up one pass and making a solo tackle. Deon Randall was honored today as the New England Football Writers Division I Gold Helmet Award recipient primarily based on his four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 win over Cornell last Saturday at Yale Bowl.

Randall, a senior wide receiver who scored his first career points on the Class of 1954 Field, helped Yale break open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points in the Elis' league opener.

He and the recipients from the other divisions were honored today at the NEFW Luncheon at Harvard. Randall could not attend, but he was represented by former Yale captain and Boston area native Bobby Abare.

Three of Randall's scores came through the air, from eight, 23 and 44 yards. Randall, a San Diego, Calif., native who was All-Ivy in 2011 but did not play last fall, caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score (10 yards) as the Bulldogs improved to 2-0, 1-0 in Ivy play.

The three TD receptions tied a school record, while the four scores were one shy of the Yale mark shared most recently by Mike McLeod against Holy Cross in 2007.

Randall, who was also the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week, received national honors from almost every other FCS college football website.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director