October 10, 2006

McLeod Earns Two Player of the Week Honors

Oct. 10, 2006

Sophomore TB Mike McLeod, who has eight TDs in the last three games, has been named both ECAC and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after his career-high 198 yards (6th best at Yale) on 33 carries in the 26-14 win at Dartmouth last Saturday.

That performance brought his second straight Ivy Offensive Player of the Week honor, the first time a Bulldog has won it consecutively. McLeod, who also had a 25-yard pass play, finished the day with 223 yards of total offense and scored on runs of nine and 13 yards.

The New Britain, Conn., native had 141 rushing yards after two quarters at Hanover. His Dartmouth game rushing total was the most by a Yale runner since Robert Carr '05 broke the school record with 235 at Cornell in 2002.

McLeod, who has gone over the 100-yard mark three times in 2006, has improved his output each game this fall. He earned Ivy Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30 by running for 172 yards on 30 attempts against Lafayette.

McLeod, who earned two (Cornell, Lafayette) Walter Camp Player of the Game honors, had two rushing TDs and one receiving score at Cornell. His first career TD catch was a 41-yarder off a screen pass at Ithaca.

Before McLeod, the last Bulldog to score three TDs in consecutive games was John Pagliaro, who had three against Columbia and Penn in 1976. McLeod, who trails Harvard's Clifton Dawson (135 avg.) by a little more than a yard per game for the Ivy lead, now has five career games with more than 100 yards rushing. He has eight of Yale's 13 TDs this fall and is ranked sixth in I-AA with a 134-yard average.

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