January 26, 2007

Hollander Named 2007 Captain

Jan. 26, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Brandt Hollander, a first-team All-Ivy and All-New England defensive lineman who helped Yale win its 14th Ivy League championship last season, has been named the school's 130th football captain. The 6-foot-3, 260-pound middle guard earned the 2007 captaincy on the second ballot of today's early morning election at Ray Tompkins House.

"It's a tremendous honor to be elected as the leader of this team because this is the most impressive group of people I've ever been around," said Hollander, an Indianapolis, Ind., native who has nine career quarterback sacks and 24 straight starts. "I want to win another championship with them."

Hollander made an immediate impact on the gridiron for Jack Siedlecki, the Joel E. Smilow '54 Head Coach of Football, with three sacks and 19 solo (31 overall) tackles as Yale's Rookie of the Year and one of just two newcomers to earn a varsity letter in 2004. He earned 2005 honorable mention All-Ivy status with 19 more solo stops, including two sacks, and 41 overall. The former Central Indiana Power Lifting Champion was double-teamed much of 2006 but managed a team-high four sacks and 17 solo tackles, including four in the 34-13 win over Harvard that gave Yale a share of the title.

"I've thought about being captain of this team since I got here, but there are so many great leaders playing here. That's why I think the idea of one captain is so challenging. That's also why we were good last year," said Hollander, who captained his North Central High School football and wrestling teams. "It's great to be surrounded by so many leaders."

Hollander, who lives in the same apartment house as the past three Bulldog captains, plans to utilize a combination of strengths from Rory Hennessey, Jeff Mroz and Chandler Henley.

"There is a lot to take from each. Rory's will to win was overwhelming and you would want to run through a wall for him. Jeff's knowledge of the game was amazing and inspiring, and Chandler kept us loose and was such a great speaker," said the new Yale captain. "Being around those guys helped me grow."

"Brandt earned the captaincy because of his work ethic, leadership and playing ability, and he is one of the best players on the team," said Siedlecki, who directed the Bulldogs to a share of the 2006 Ivy League championship. "He is someone who leads by example in the weight room and running program and is an excellent student. It's great for our program to have him as captain."

report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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