2017-2018 Yale Football News

  • Blue-White in Bowl Today at 1 pm
    April 21, 2018
    The defending Ivy League Champions Yale Football Team plays its Blue-White Game today at 1 p.m. on the Class of 1954 Field at Yale Bowl. There will be a championship ring presentation for the team following the game.
  • Ring in The New Year
    April 21, 2018
    The last time the Bulldogs won an outright Ivy League Championship, there were no ring ceremonies. In fact, players had to pay if they wanted celebratory jewelry in 1980.
  • Netter Named Yale OL Coach
    April 09, 2018
    Yale’s new offensive line coach, Al Netter, is a former San Francisco 49er and Northwestern University player who coached in the Big 10 the last two seasons.
  • Spring Practice Begins Friday
    March 29, 2018
    The graduating seniors and the alumni are basking in the reflective glory of the 2017 Ivy League Championship. However, the underclassmen on Team 146, a.k.a. the 2018 Yale Football Team, have more to prove as spring practice begins this Friday at 6:05 AM on Clint Frank Field.
  • Olson Named Yale DL Coach
    March 16, 2018
    Yale has a new defensive line coach, Ben Olson, a recent college defensive lineman who had coaching stints in the ACC and Patriot League.
  • Fenway Game Tickets Go on Sale April 27
    March 07, 2018
    Fenway Sports Management today announced that tickets will go on sale Friday, April 27 for the 135th rendition of “The Game” between Harvard and Yale hosted at Fenway Park. One of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries, “The Game” will be played at the home of the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, November 17. Fans will be able to purchase individual game tickets by visiting www.redsox.com/thegame.
  • Yale Mourns Passing of Legend
    January 04, 2018
    Walter Camp, the “Father of American football” shaped a new game into what we know today as football. Carmen Louis Cozza, the father figure to more than 2,000 Yale student-athletes from four different decades, molded young men into future leaders while serving as the head football coach at Yale for an amazing 32 seasons. Cozza, a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, passed away today at the age of 87.
  • Oplinger Named Camp All-American
    December 21, 2017
    Matthew Oplinger, Yale’s senior linebacker from New Jersey and the Ivy League’s Bushnell Cup recipient on defense, added a local flavor to his accolades this fall, 2017 Walter Camp FCS All-America.
  • Fall Academic All-Ivy Announced
    December 19, 2017
    The Ivy League released its list of student-athletes selected for 2017-18 Academic All-Ivy honors in its fall sports today, and 10 Bulldogs were honored. The five men and five women were starters or key reserves on an officially recognized varsity team with 3.0 or better cumulative grade point averages.
  • Oplinger 2nd Team All-America
    December 19, 2017
    Matthew Oplinger, the Ivy League’s defensive player of the year, added to his long list of awards this fall with a spot on the 2017 AFCA FCS Coaches’ All-America Second Team.
  • Dudek 1 of 3 Frosh on All-America Team
    December 18, 2017
    There are three freshmen among the 97 players who earned a spot on the STATS FCS All-America team. Zane Dudek is one of them.
  • Dudek, Oplinger Earn Multiple All-America Honors
    December 14, 2017
    College Sports Madness named Zane Dudek its Football Championship Subdivision Freshman of the Year. The first-year Yale running back also earned on spot on CSM’s All-America third team, while senior linebacker Matthew Oplinger was a second-team All-America pick. In addition, both Bulldogs were on the third unit of the Phil Steele FCS All-America Team.
  • 5 Bulldogs Named All-ECAC
    December 06, 2017
    Five players on the 2017 Ivy League Champion Yale Football Team were named All-ECAC today. TE Jaeden Graham and OL Kark Marback were first-team picks, while Matthew Oplinger, Zane Dudek and John Herubin took second-team honors.
  • Oplinger Takes Bushnell Cup
    December 04, 2017
    The last time a Yale defensive player was the most valuable player in the Ivy League, Carm Cozza was midway through his 32-year, hall of fame career for the Bulldogs. That was 37 years ago.
  • 2018 Yale-Harvard Football Game Moved to Fenway
    November 29, 2017
    Fenway Sports Management and the City of Boston today announced that one of college football’s most storied and tradition-laden rivalries will be played out on the Fenway Park gridiron in 2018. The 135th rendition of Harvard and Yale’s football rivalry will be played in front of the “Green Monster” at the home of the Boston Red Sox on November 17, 2018. The game will also mark the 50th anniversary of the epic 1968 clash between the two Ivy League schools, which famously ended in a 29-29 tie.
  • 4 Elis Named All-New England
    November 27, 2017
    Four Bulldogs who helped Yale go 9-1 and win an outright Ivy League Championship with a 6-1 mark were honored today as first-team All-New England picks. There were two from an Eli offense that averaged 34.5 points and a defensive pair that helped the champs limit opponents to 15.6 per game.
  • Oplinger Finalist for Bushnell Cup
    November 27, 2017
    He was the leader of and most dominant player on the league’s top defensive team, one that ranked 8th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) with just over 15 points allowed per game. Yale linebacker Matthew Oplinger, who led the Ancient Eight and was second in the country in sacks, has been named a finalist for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, given to the Ivy League’s top defensive player.
  • Reno Gets Two Awards
    November 26, 2017
    The Bulldogs went from 3-7 in 2016 to 9-1 this fall while grabbing their first outright Ivy League Championship in 37 years. Tony Reno, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, was rewarded for the team’s success with both the New England Football Writers and the Gridiron Club of Boston naming him Division I Coach of the Year.
  • Mullen Named Captain of Team 146
    November 20, 2017
    Kyle Mullen, Yale’s All-Ivy League defensive end, has been named captain of the 2018 Bulldogs.
  • 20 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors
    November 20, 2017
    Yale’s 1977 Ivy League Championship team celebrated its 40th anniversary last weekend at New Haven during the 24-3 win in The Game, the finishing touch on the Elis’ first outright league title in 37 years.
  • Bulldogs Celebrate Seniors, Title
    November 19, 2017
    The outright Ivy League Champion 2017 Yale Football Team gathered one final time this afternoon at the Lanman Center inside Payne Whitney Gym for its season-ending banquet. The idea was to celebrate the school’s 15th Ancient Eight title while honoring 31 members of the senior class. There were also some awards handed out.
  • Yale is Outright Ivy Champs
    November 18, 2017
    The crowning of the 2017 Ivy League Champions came after a dominating defensive performance before a crowd of 51,426 in the 134th edition of The Game. Yale, which earned its first outright league title since 1980, sacked Harvard quarterbacks six times and limited its offense to 164 total yards in a 24-3 victory over the Crimson at historic Yale Bowl.
  • Yale-Harvard Parking Information
    November 14, 2017
    The Yale Athletic Department is pleased to remind spectators, fans and alumni of the parking and shuttle plan for the Nov. 18 Yale-Harvard football game at Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field, which kicks off at 12:30. The following plan will remain in effect to control heavy traffic in the vicinity of Yale Bowl caused by overwhelming interest in Yale-Harvard football games.
  • Rawlings, Dudek Earn Ivy Honors
    November 13, 2017
    Kurt Rawlings and Zane Dudek earned Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively, after leading the Bulldogs to a big comeback win at Princeton last week that clinched a league championship.
  • 134th Meeting of Yale-Harvard Saturday
    November 13, 2017
    There have been 61 official Ivy League contests between Yale and Harvard, and 29 of those meetings have impacted the championship. The 134th edition of The Game will be No. 30 on the list of significance. The Bulldogs (8-1, 5-1 Ivy), seeking an outright Ivy championship, take on a Crimson (5-4, 3-3) squad looking to spoil their archrival’s celebration. Yale plays host to Harvard in the second oldest rivalry in the sport on Saturday at 12:30. CNBC provides live coverage, while the game airs on WELI Radio (AM 960)
  • Bulldogs Claim Ivy Title, One More Goal
    November 11, 2017
    A new banner will hang from the walls of the Yale Bowl, one celebrating a 2017 Ivy League Championship. The only remaining accomplishment is making it an outright title with a victory over the Elis’ archrival.
  • Yale, Connecticut Food Bank Expand Partnership
    November 09, 2017
    There are few traditions as well known in Connecticut as “The Game,” the historic football rivalry between Yale and Harvard heading into its 134th edition. For more than 25 years, part of the tradition has included a drive to benefit the Connecticut Food Bank.
  • Oplinger On Buchanan Watch List
    November 07, 2017
    Matthew Oplinger, Yale’s All-Ivy linebacker, has been named to the STATS FCS Buck Buchanan Award Watch List for the top defensive player in the country.
  • Dudek Named Rookie of Week
    November 06, 2017
    He ran for three touchdowns in a crucial victory over Brown last weekend. Zane Dudek, Yale’s first-year running back sensation, earned his fourth Ivy League Rookie of the Week award with that performance against the Bears.
  • Yale, Princeton Saturday with Title on LIne
    November 06, 2017
    The last time a Yale football team had a chance to clinch an Ivy title in week No. 9 was in 2006. The Bulldogs, 7-1 overall (4-1 Ivy), shared the championship with Princeton that season, and they have the Tigers (5-3, 2-3) this Saturday with another clinching opportunity. The Elis, who sit atop the Ivy League standings, take a four-game win streak into Princeton Stadium for a 1 p.m. kickoff that airs live on Eleven Sports (DirecTV 623, ILN, Twitter) and WELI Radio (960 AM).
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