Yale Hosts No. 8 Fordham Saturday at Noon

Robert Ries, Carl Kreitzberg, William Vaughan. (photo by Jack Warhola)

BLUE TAKING ON 2ND RANKED TEAM IN 3 WEEKS

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Football Team (3-1, 1-1 Ivy) finishes off its 2013 non-league slate with one of its biggest challenges in recent years, a 7-0 and No. 8 ranked Fordham Rams team headed in the direction of fall perfection. The Bulldogs, playing a nationally ranked team for the second time in three weeks, fell for the first time last weekend on the road at Hanover, while the Patriot League juggernaut polished off Georgetown. Saturday's game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network and heard live on the Yale Football Radio Network, including the flagship station, ESPN Radio AM-1300 in New Haven.

SERIES
Yale has won five of the six games with Fordham. The Elis won the inaugural contest 21-14 in 1950 at the Bowl, a year after the first scheduled meeting was canceled due to a polio scare. Forty-two years later, the Bulldogs took a 31-12 decision at home. The last meetings were in 2008 (12-10 Rams) in the Bronx and 2010 (7-6 Yale) at New Haven.

LAST MEETING
The Bulldogs scored on a 29-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Brook Hart to wide receiver Jordan Forney in the fourth quarter, and defensive lineman Chris Dooley's field goal block in the fourth quarter helped seal the victory. The Rams kicked field goals in the first and third quarters of the 7-6 Yale win in 2010.

YALE FALLS AT HANOVER
Dartmouth came back from a 13-6, third quarter deficit to take a 20-13 game at homecoming at Memorial Field last Saturday. The Big Green (93 plays) had 423 yards of total offense compared to Yale's 264. There were some outstanding Yale performances including LB William Vaughan (South Orange, NJ), who led all players with 20 (7-13) tackles. He had one of his team's four sacks. DB Charles Cook (Dallas, Texas) also had seven solo stops. Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, NY), who was 2-for-2 on field goals and landed a pair of punts inside the 20, also had a great day. Another special teams performer, PK Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) had touchbacks on all four of his kickoffs, while Yale's offensive line did not allow a sack.  

FORDHAM
The Rams are averaging 40 points – including outscoring opponents 82-44 in the fourth - and just under 500 yards per game. Quarterback Michael Nebrich, who leads the nation in completion percentage and is top 10 in every other category, and running back Carlton Koonce (17th in FCS with 111.0 per game) get a lot of the ink, but the Rams have a lot of game changers.  WRs Tebucky Jones and Sam Ajala are also highly ranked pass catchers, while Stephen Hodge leads the team in tackles and is second in sacks. In addition, PK Michael Marando has split the uprights on 11 of 13 field goal attempts including 2-for-2 from over 40 yards.

IVY LEAGUE
The guys from Boston are the only perfect (4-0) team left in the Ancient Eight. Penn and Princeton are both 1-0 in Ivy play, while Yale and Dartmouth have split their two Ivy games. Brown and Columbia are both 0-1 with Cornell at 0-2 (losses to Yale, Harvard).

2 – RANDALL
Deon Randall leads the Blue in receptions (30) and TD catches (3). He led all players with seven catches for 79 yards at Cal Poly on Oct. 5. Randall, ranked No. 6 in the FCS with seven grabs per game, scored four consecutive touchdowns in the second half of a 38-23 win over Cornell on Sept. 28 that earned him the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and the Gold Helmet (top D1 player) by the New England Sports Writers.  Randall, a junior  wide receiver who scored his first points at Yale Bowl that day, helped Yale break open a halftime tie with 28 second-half points in the Elis' league opener. Three of his scores came through the air, from eight, 23 and 44 yards. Randall, a San Diego, Calif., native who was All-Ivy in 2011, caught a career-high 11 passes for 148 yards and ran the ball three times for 18 yards and another score (10 yards) against the Red. 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 also saw his first collegiate snaps on defense and made one solo and broke up a pass.

3 – SMITH
Senior WR Chris Smith (Midlothian, Va.), who is second on the team in receptions, clinched the win at Cal Poly with a diving, 28-yard catch in the end zone on third down with 3:24 left in the fourth and Yale up by a touchdown. The 2011 All-Ivy League pick returned to the lineup after missing last season and has 16 catches for 182 yards and a 27.9 average on kickoff returns. He is Yale's career leader in kickoff return yardage with 1,691, while he sixth in receptions with 108. Smith's two returns for TDs at Brown in 2010 as a sophomore are an Ivy League record. Smith (in photo by raphotos.com) had his best day receiving at Lafayette in 2011 with seven grabs for 174 yards.

5 - CHAMPION
Sophomore SS Cole Champion (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) is second on the team in tackles. He led all tacklers with 14 (6-8) while recovering a fumble and picking off two passes in the win at Cal Poly. He had 23 yards in interception returns as the Yale defense held a high powered Mustang offense to 37 total yards in the second half while not allowing a point. For that performance, he was named FCS National Player of the Week by The Sports Network and beyondsportsmadness.com, while also earning Ivy League co-Defensive Player of the Week. Champion had a career-high 10 solos and 12 overall stops against Cornell on Sept. 28. Champion earned a starting safety spot early in 2012 and was the leading returning tackler (46-25-71) from last fall. Champion, an all-state football linebacker and lacrosse midfielder at St. Thomas Aquinas High, is the school's career tackles leader and was part of two "national championships."

7 -FURMAN
Senior Henry Furman (Portland, Ore.), who ran for his fifth TD of the year, had his worst completion percentage day as a Yale QB last week at Dartmouth.  Furman had a unique start to the 2013 season, leading his team on scoring drives his first five series behind center while rushing for a TD on four of them. He is now 21st in the FCS with an average of 15 points per game responsible for. Furman set a school record on Sept. 28 against Cornell with an .805 (29-36) completion percentage while accumulating 353 yards and three scores. In the opener at Colgate, he scored three times (25, 1, 33) on four rushing attempts. He got the natural hat trick by making them consecutive scores, all in the first half. They were his first career rushing TDs; he had one receiving TD in 2012. The last Yale QB to run for three scores was Alvin Cowan in 2002 vs. San Diego. Furman, who also completed 11 of 17 passes for 129 yards at Colgate, was a JV quarterback in 2010 and 2011. He made a successful transition to receiver in 2012 and had nine catches, including a TD, as a backup. After three QBs went down in the 2012 Penn game, he jumped in and played the last four Saturdays. His first collegiate start at any position came at QB against Princeton when the former Lincoln High (Portland, Ore.) School star completed 18 of 28 passes for 184 yards and a score as Yale's most valuable offensive player. Furman, who worked at the Yale Alumni Magazine last summer, threw for 5,000 yards and 43 TDs before coming to Yale.
 

19 – ROBERTS
Sophomore QB Morgan Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) played a series in the first and second halves last week at Dartmouth and completed one of two passes while running for 10 yards. He has seen time in each of the four games. He made a successful debut behind center at Colgate by engineering three scoring drives in the second half on a very windy day when Henry Furman got injured near the end of the first half. He had one series in each of the last two games. Roberts, who played at Clemson last fall, completed eight of 15 passes. As a red-shirt freshman in 2012 at Clemson, Roberts was the No. 3 signal-caller and completed two of his three passes.

29 -WALLACE
Junior WR Grant Wallace (St. Louis, Mo.) is third on the team this fall in receptions. He was second last fall with 35 grabs for 371 yards and three scores. He made the school's top 10 in single-game catches with 11 for 118 yards and a score at Harvard last November. Wallace, the son of former Bulldog Bob Wallace '78, had four catches at Dartmouth.
        
30 -VARGA
Junior All-America candidate Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ont.) is second among Ivy runners and seventh in the FCS with 128 yards per game. He had a 236-yard rushing day (3rd best at Yale) at Colgate in the opener and then had 105 against Cornell.. For the Sept. 21 performance, he was collegesportsmadness.com Ivy Offensive Player of the Week and beyondsports.com FCS Running Back of the Week. He led the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game in 2012 and was the Ivy League leader with 119 rushing yards per game (10th in FCS). Varga rushed for over 100 yards in eight of his 11 Yale games. His 220 at Columbia in 2012 was sixth best for a Bulldog player and got him FCS national RB of the week from College Football Performance Awards. He was the first Yale newcomer to run for triple digits in his debut since Mike McLeod in 2005.  Varga, who played at the University of Western Ontario in 2011, also competed in track & field, swimming, basketball and baseball as a kid. 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').
 
37 - CAZZETTA
Junior Kyle Cazzetta (Slate Hill, N.Y.) enjoyed another great day at both P and PK for the Blue. He connected on both field goals and the one PAT he attempted while landing two of his punts inside the 20. The week before at Cal Poly, he landed three great punts inside the 10-yard line, including a 68-yarder. He averaged 44.8 on five punts and earned Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. Cazzetta connected on both (46, 31) field goal attempts in week one, and the 46-yarder was the longest for a Yalie since Tom Mante split the uprights from 54 (Ivy record) in 2009. He is 5-for-7 on FGs this season. Cazzetta, who punted into the wind many times this fall, has punted 19 times for a 36.7-yard average. He was named to numerous pre-season all-conference teams after averaging 40 per punt and landing 13 inside the 20 in 2012. His best outing was at Brown with a 46.1 average on seven kicks and four inside the Brown 20, including a 72-yarder (3 yards shy of school record). He is No. 16 (2nd in region) on Phil Steele's FCS pre-season national list of punters.

40 - PALIN (Captain)
Senior DE Beau Palin, a NFF Scholar-Athlete candidate and a semifinalist for the William Campbell Trophy, was elected captain of the Bulldogs at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Palin (Oconomowoc, Wis.) played TE his first two years before switching to defense in 2012. His five sacks were second on the team last fall. His best day as a Bulldog was a six-solo performance in a win over Penn in 2012. Palin is also very involved in the Warrior-Scholar Project, which helps war veterans and non-commissioned officers who are leaving the service make the transition to college life. His brother, Drew, also played football at Yale.

42 – VAUGHAN
Junior LB William Vaughan (South Orange, NJ) leads the team with 24 solos and 42 overall tackles after a monster day at Hanover. He made 20 overall tackles including seven solos. He was credited with a sack when he chased down the Dartmouth QB and forced an intentional grounding late in the first half.

OL
Two All-Ivy League seniors, a pair of juniors and a sophomore have combined to prevent a sack in all four games while playing every snap of three of the contests on the offensive line.

Seniors: LT 79 Wes Gavin (6-6, 286, San Diego, Calif.), C 60 John Oppenheimer (6-0, 264, Menlo Park, Calif.)
Juniors: RT 70 Ben Carbery (6-5, 287, Oak Park, Ill.), LG 67 William Chism (6-3, 277, Ridgeland, Miss.)
Sophomore: RG 50 Luke Longinotti (6-4, 265, Burlingame, Calif.).

OL NOTES
Here are some other notes on Yale offensive linemen.
 
LT Wes Gavin had numerous scholarship offers but came to New Haven and became Yale's freshman MVP in 2010 before getting All-Ivy honors in 2012… He 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. Both of Gavin's parents are under 5-foot-8… John Oppenheimer, who moved over from the defense his sophomore year and became an All-Ivy center in 2012, played both sides of the line in high school. An active member of the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, he made a live-saving marrow donation last spring and went to Washington, D.C. this past summer to speak to members of congress about the need for funding. His father, Peter Oppenheimer, is Apple's senior vice president and Chief Financial Officer… LG William 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). Carbery, who was Yale's freshman MVP in 2011, is the son of Paul '83 and Sherry '83 Carbery. His aunt, Patti Carbery '86, played basketball and softball at Yale. Luke Longinotti, who played in all 10 games last year as a newcomer, was a three-sport (thrower, basketball) athlete in high school. His father, Ron, swam at Stanford and his mom, Libby, was varsity golfer at Stanford. His sister was a volleyball player at Columbia.

ACCOLADES
Yale's 3-0 start helped produce some nice individual honors and unique situations. The New England Football Writers pick a Division I Gold Helmet Award recipient each week and the Elis have done well to get one in a season. Chris Smith had been the last Yalie to earn that in 2010. WR Deon Randall (Cornell) and SS Cole Champion (Cal Poly) won it consecutively this fall. The win over then No. 18 Cal Poly helped the Blue take three (Champion - defense, PK/P Kyle Cazzetta – special teams, CB Spencer Rymiszewski - rookie) of the four Ivy League player of the week awards, a very rare occurrence. Meanwhile, Champion, who had two interceptions and a fumble recovery against the Mustangs, was selected as national defensive player of the week by The Sports Network. Yale has had five players earn league player of the week this fall.

WALTER CAMP DAY
Saturday IS Walter Camp Day at the Bowl. The Walter Camp Football Foundation in conjunction with the Yale-NH Hospital Auxiliary Toy Closets Program is asking fans to bring a new unwrapped toy to support the cause and in return, receive a free general admission ticket to the game. Toys can be dropped off at the Hospitality Village on Central Avenue, which is located near Gates D & E. This is the 14th year the Walter Camp Foundation has coordinated this toy drive and the fifth with event sponsor, the law firm of Berchem, Moses & Devlin, P.C.

BULLDOG BITES
Yale leads the nation in red zone defense with a .500 mark; opponents have scored on six of 12 RZ opportunities (Dartmouth was 2 of 6… Three of the first four games have been on the road… The Blue had a season-low 68 plays last week… Dartmouth had 12 penalties compared to Yale's four… Yale leads the league in scoring defense, kickoff returns and fewest sacks allowed.

FROSH IMPACT
There has never been more of a freshman impact on a Yale varsity team than in 2013. Ten newcomers recorded stats in the Dartmouth game. Four freshmen are starting on defense with six on the two-deep. A rookie running back, receiver and kicker have already made big contributions.  CB Spencer Rymiszewski (West Chester, Pa.) blocked a punt and had six tackles at Cal Poly on the way to Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. FS Robert Ries (Cincinnati, OH), the Ivy League Rookie of the Week for Sept. 28, had 4-5-9 and an interception against Cornell. He is tied for the team lead with two interceptions. DE Victor Egu (Concord, Calif.) had a sack and a forced fumble on the same play at Cal Poly. PK/P Bryan Holmes (Holland, Mich.) has been booming kickoffs and all four went for touchbacks at Dartmouth. CB Foyesade Oluokun (St. Louis, Mo.) made five solos and had seven overall stops on defense against Colgate. RB Candler Rich (Newnan, Ga.) is second on the depth chart and has averaged 2.8 per carry.

YALE FOOTBALL BY THE NUMBER
 0       sacks allowed by Yale offense
 1        elected team captain (Palin)
 4        returning Elis who started a game at QB last fall (Williams, Russell, Furman, Varga)
 5        All-Ivy players (Gavin, Oppenheimer, Randall, Smith, Varga)
20        seniors
28    average points per game
78    average plays per game
96        players on roster
99        current season of Yale football in the Bowl
596        regular season games played in the Bowl

COLLEGE COACHES
One hundred and nine former Yale students have become college football head coaches, though no Elis currently serve that role. However, the 2013 Vanderbilt University football team includes two coaches who are former Yale receivers. Bob Shoop '88, a 25-year veteran of college coaching, is the defensive coordinator. Chandler Henley '06, the captain of the 2006 Ivy Champions, is in his second year as an offensive graduate assistant coach. In addition, former Yale offensive lineman Kyle Metzler '03 is the offensive tackles/tight ends coach for Dartmouth.
 
YALE vs. TOP-10 TEAMS
Saturday's game against Fordham is the 11th time the Bulldogs have faced a Top 10 ranked opponent.

1940, Cornell was No. 1 in the AP poll and won 21-0 at the Bowl.
1943, Army was No. 2 in the AP poll and won 39-7 in New Haven.
1939, Michigan was No. 3 in the AP poll when it met Yale in Ann Arbor and won 27-7.
1938, Dartmouth was No. 6 in the AP poll and won 24-6 at the Bowl.
1951, Princeton was No. 6 in both the AP and UP polls and won 27-0 at Princeton.
1954, Army was No. 6 in the UP poll and No. 7 in the AP poll and won 48-7 at New Haven.
1950, Princeton was No. 7 in both the AP and UP polls and won 47-12 at the Bowl.
2013, Yale hosted No.8 in FCS Fordham
1937, Dartmouth was No. 9 in the AP poll when it met No. 5 Yale in the Bowl and they tied 9-9.  (only meeting of 2 top-10s at Bowl)  
2004, Colgate was No. 10 in the I-AA poll and fell to Yale, 31-28, in the Bowl.
2013, Cal Poly was No. 18 in FCS Poll and dropped a 24-10 decision to the Elis in California.

Note: The AP poll began in 1936, the UP/UPI in 1950. AP did not poll in preseason or September during the poll's early years, so the initial poll would be based on two or three weeks of games. From1961 through 1967, no rankings were listed below 10th place. In 1955, Army was No. 19 in both polls when it met Yale in the Bowl and lost 14-12.  Dartmouth (1962 and 1970), Navy (1981) and Boston College (1983) were all unranked at the time they met Yale in the Bowl.

ANCIENT EIGHT CROWNS
Dartmouth owns the most Ivy League titles since league play officially began in 1956. Yale and Harvard trail Penn by two for second.

No.      Team                               Last Title
17        Dartmouth                       1996
16        Penn                                2012
14        Yale                                 2006
14        Harvard                           2011
 9         Princeton                         2006
 4         Brown                             2008
 3         Cornell                            1990
 1         Columbia                        1961

100TH
Next season marks the 100th anniversary of Yale Bowl, which opened for the playing of the 1914 Harvard game. The cornerstone event of the season-long celebration is the Sept. 27 contest with Army, an old rival that helped fill the famous stadium on numerous occasions. Army and Yale last met in 1996 at West Point, the last game in New Haven was 1988. The Bulldogs have played 596 games and are 373-203-20 in the Bowl.

OT
Yale has gone five 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 world famous Mory's (306 York Street) every Tuesday (Sept. 17 through Nov. 19) 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 (steven.conn@yale.edu) if you would like to attend.

YALE FOOTBALL RADIO NETWORK
Legendary coach Carm Cozza and Ron Vaccaro '04 call the action of Yale Football this fall on the flagship station – both ESPN Radio (AM 1300) and WELI (AM 960) – for the new Yale Football Radio Network. The broadcast can also be heard on Talk of Connecticut radio stations WDRC (AM 1360 Hartford), WWCO (AM 1240 Waterbury), WMMW (AM 1470 Meriden), WSNG (AM 610 Torrington) and WDRC (FM 102.9 HD -3 Hartford). You can also hear the games on iHeart radio and on espnradio1300.com. Cozza, who handles the color commentary, is the career victory leader among Ivy League coaches and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. This is his 16th season in the booth after a 32-year head coaching tenure during which he led the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy League Championships. The play-by-play is done by Vaccaro (follow @yalevoice on Twitter for Yale football updates), entering his ninth season as the voice of the Bulldogs. He has been covering the team since his freshman year in 2000. Vaccaro has won five Emmy Awards for his work with NBC Sports and Olympics and is the editorial director for NBC Sports and the NBC Sports Network. He has covered a total of five Olympics. His TV on-air work includes the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the 2009 World Swimming Championships and college hockey.

IVY LEAGUE DIGITAL NETWORK
The Fordham and Brown home games and all of the road league games except Dartmouth and Princeton can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network (www.ivyleaguedigitalnetwork.com). Cozza and Vaccaro call the games from the Bowl, while the home team announcers work Yale's away games.



TV GAMES
The home or league road games not available on the digital network are on national TV or internet. Yale's Oct. 12 contest at Dartmouth aired on Fox College Sports. YES Network has Yale-Columbia in early November, the Princeton game is on ESPN3, while NBC Sports Network has The Game on Nov. 23.  

3RD QUARTER
A recent tradition continues with Yale football radio broadcasts in 2013. Every third quarter, Vaccaro and Cozza are joined by a former Yale player on the Yale Football Radio Network. Ex-Bulldog running back Bill Primps '71 was in the booth at Colgate. Doug Johnson '74, an ex-Eli guard and center, came up for Cornell.  Former Yale QB Chris Hetherington '96 (11 years in NFL) was at the Cal-Poly game, while record breaking WR Ralph Plumb '05 is set for Dartmouth. Ryan Fodor '09, a QB for the Blue, could see an undefeated Fordham team at the Bowl. Jim Dwyer '80, who played on two Ivy champs, talks Lions and Bulldogs. Jake Stoller '11, in the Steelers camp two summers ago, will see the Brown game. Keith Bassi '78, a two-time Ivy champion, will talk about the Tigers. QB Kevin Rogan, 40 years after leading Yale to a 35-0 victory over Harvard in 1973 to deny the Crimson a championship, comes to the booth for The Game.

STUDENT BROADCAST
The WYBC Sports Staff, led by director Evan Frondorf '14, covers all games on wybcx.com and on AM 1340. Their coverage includes a pre-game show 30 minutes prior to kickoff and interviews with Tony Reno and different players each week.
 
PRACTICE
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. Check with Steve Conn at least 24 hours in advance.

JV GAMES
There are three 1 p.m. games confirmed for this fall: Oct. 20 vs. Milford Academy, Nov. 10 at Brown and Nov. 22 vs. Harvard.

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.

NFL COACHES
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 fifth season at Foxboro. Graham, a Waterbury, Conn., native, was a member of Yale's 1999 Ivy title team. Michael McDaniel '05 is in his seventh NFL campaign and third with the Washington Redskins. He also coached the Houston Texans and Denver Broncos.

INSIDE IVY FOOTBALL
"Inside Ivy League Football," a weekly online radio show dedicated to Ivy League football, returns for its third year for the 2013 season but now has a new home on The Ivy League® Digital Network. Airing Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and hosted by Dan Loney and Brian Seltzer, "Inside Ivy League Football" takes an in-depth look at all the on-field gridiron action and all the news and notes surrounding football in the Ancient Eight.   Each episode is packed with highlights, statistics and expert analysis in its 'Around the Ancient Eight' segment. With its interview segments 'Program Profile' and 'Alumni Spotlight,' the show visits with players, coaches and administrators who impact Ivy League football, both past and present in exclusive one-on-one conversations. Fans and alumni can engage with the show via Facebook (facebook.com/InsideIvyLeagueFootball) and Twitter (@insideivyfb, #IvyFootball) and contribute content for its 'Social Media Mash' segment with chances to win prize packs courtesy of The Ivy League. Check IvyLeagueSports.com each week for this season's episode schedule and guest lineups. Every episode from the first two seasons are also available on The Ivy League® Digital Network at IvyLeagueDigitalNetwork.com.

TWITTER, FACEBOOK
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NEW THINGS
There are three significant changes in the Yale football program this season. One the fans will notice, the other two are less obvious. There are new Nike uniforms. The "Y-Dog" logo has been taken off the shirt and the stripe on the pants is nothing like the double blue stripes that ran the full length in recent years. The other two changes are in facilities. Clint Frank Field has a new FieldTurf surface, and the varsity strength & conditioning room at the Payne Whitney Gym has been completely renovated with an efficient training system and a synthetic turf track running through the middle of the room.

ELECTED LEADERS
The following players were elected to the team's leadership council: seniors Beau Palin, John Oppenheimer, Cam Sandquist and Hank Furman; juniors Tyler Varga, Will Chism, Grant Wallace and Will Vaughn; sophomores Eric Williams, Cole Champion, Sebastian Little and Austin Reuland.

PROMO
Yale's home opener vs. Cornell was Youth Day, Yale Family Weekend and Coach To Cure MD Day… The Fordham game is New Haven Chamber of Commerce and Walter Camp Football Foundation Day at the Bowl… Heroes Day and Yale Employee Day are the co-promotion when Columbia comes to town… The season finale against Harvard marks the "Fill The Bowl" campaign.

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filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director - steven.conn@yale.edu





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