May 1, 2008
Three seniors from the 2007 Yale football team have been invited to three different National Football League mini camps that will be held this weekend. DT Brandt Hollander (Indianapolis, IN), TE Langston Johnson (Los Altos, CA) and DB Nick Solakian (Santa Barbara, CA) are on their way to five practices this weekend with hopes of being invited back for summer camp.
Hollander, who is trying out with the New York Jets, earned All-America status last fall and was a two-time first-team All-Ivy selection. He captained the Elis in 2007 and played in the 2008 Hula Bowl All-Star Classic.
"This is an excellent opportunity and I am very excited," said Hollander, who was on his way to New York City. "Having three Yale players in mini camps this week is really great for our program. I really don't know what to expect, but it will be a great experience."
Johnson is trying to make the Tampa Bay roster this weekend. He was a first-team All-Ivy TE and one of the team's best blockers.
Solakian, an honorable mention All-Ivy pick last fall, had three interceptions and 43 total tackles. He is on his way to the Cleveland Browns.
Yale has not had three players from the same class sign free agent contracts or have pre-season tryouts since 1987 when QB Kelly Ryan, TB Mike Stewart and TE Dean Athanasia (each in the class of '88) all went to NFL camps.
Two Bulldogs are currently on NFL rosters, Eric Johnson '01 (New Orleans Saints) and Nate Lawrie '04 (Cincinnati Bengals).
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director