Nov. 21, 2006
Thirteen members of the Ivy co-champion Yale football team (8-2, 6-1 Ivy) were named to one of the all-league teams today. Seven offensive players, five from the defense and one kicker earned Ancient Eight honors.
Senior offensive tackle Ed McCarthy and sophomore tailback Mike McLeod were both unanimous first-team selections. McCarthy, a 2006 National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the Draddy Award, helped lead a Bulldog offense that ranked 15th nationally with 200 rushing yards per game. McCarthy is Yale's only repeat on the All-Ivy first-team. The player who benefited most from McCarthy's presence was McLeod, who rushed for 1,364 yards and scored a school record 19 TDs on the ground (20 overall). The Bulldog runner had a Yale-record eight games over 100 yards.
Junior offensive guard Jeff Monaco, junior defensive tackle Brandt Hollander and sophomore linebacker Bobby Abare were also first-team picks. Monaco started all 10 games and helped the Bulldogs become the No. 2 scoring offense in the Ivy League, including a 34-point showing in a season-ending win over Harvard's league-best defense. Hollander, an honorable mention pick last fall, had 24 tackles and a team-high four sacks. Abare, who led the Bulldogs with 76 total stops, including nine for lost yardage, returned two of his team-best four interceptions for scores. His three-interception day at Brown (one returned for a TD) was the finest individual defensive performance for a Bulldog in 2006.
Senior receiver and team captain Chandler Henley, junior tight end Langston Johnson, senior fullback Taylor Craig, sophomore free safety Larry Abare and junior kicker Alan Kimball all earned second-team honors.
Henley, earning All-Ivy honors for the second time, led the Blue with 42 catches for 578 yards and two TDs, and had a game-high five grabs for 67 yards in the title clinching win at Harvard last Saturday. Johnson, who had a career-best outing against the Crimson with two catches for 41 yards, finished with just four catches in 2006 but was valuable to the Elis in other ways. Craig, another key blocker for the league's best ground game, carried the ball 14 times but moved the chains on more than half of those attempts. Larry Abare finished one tackle shy (75) of his twin brother (Bobby) for the team lead.
Junior center Nick Wachtler, sophomore defensive end Kyle Hawari and sophomore safety Steve Santoro were honorable mention selections. Wachlter started all 10 games and opened large holes for both McLeod and Craig to help Yale to its 14th league crown. Hawari was second on the team with three sacks. Santoro tied for the team lead with four interceptions, returned a fumble 38 yards for a TD against Harvard and led the Ivy League with a 24.61 kickoff return average.
To view the entire 2006 All-Ivy Football team go to: http://www.ivyleaguesports.com/documents/06fb-allivy.asp
Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director