2017-2018 Yale Football News

  • Seven Seniors, One Team Honored At Senior Student-Athlete Reception
    May 19, 2018
    One team and seven seniors were recognized by the Yale Athletics Department at the annual senior student-athlete reception on Saturday at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gym. The women’s golf team earned the Brodhead Award for the highest team grade point average. Claire Huebner (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) of the co-ed sailing team and Theo Miller (Brooklyn, N.Y.) of the men’s soccer team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. The Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award was presented to Carl Mansson (Stockholm, Sweden) of the men’s track and field team and Calleigh Higgins (Ogdensburg, N.J.) of the women’s cross country and track and field team. Kiwi Comizio (New Vernon, N.J.) of the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams received the Amanda Walton Award, and Courtney Pensavalle (Winchester, Mass.) and Jason Alessi (Bloomfield Hills, Mich) were the recipients of the Molly Meyer Humanitarian Award.
  • NCAA Recognizes 15 Yale Teams
    May 16, 2018
    Fifteen Yale teams have been recognized for academic excellence after scoring in the top 10 percent of their sports in the most recent Academic Progress Rates.
  • Bulldogs Introduce 30 Members of New Class
    May 06, 2018
    Tony Reno, Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, has announced his Class of 2022, which includes student-athletes from 17 states and the United Kingdom.
  • Oluokun Drafted by Falcons
    April 28, 2018
    Getting drafted by a National Football League team is quite an accomplishment when you consider there are only 7 rounds and most of the guys selected have proven themselves at the league combine. Foyesade Oluokun, Yale’s All-Ivy linebacker, did not attend the NFL combine, but he impressed scouts around the league enough at pro days to be taken by the Atlanta Falcons this afternoon in the 6th round of the 2018 draft.
  • Cerins Named Coach of Yale Tight Ends
    April 25, 2018
    Matt Cerins, who served as an offensive intern for Yale’s 2017 Ivy League Championship team, has been named the Bulldogs’ tight ends coach.
  • 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.
  • Tenth Annual Mandi Schwartz Drive Adds 464 More Potential Life Savers
    April 19, 2018
    With 51 life-saving marrow donations through its first nine years, the Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale had given people plenty of reasons to celebrate heading into the 10th annual drive Thursday. This year’s edition was another success, as the Bulldogs added 464 more potential donors to the Be The Match Registry®.
  • 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.
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