Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Some additional notes

Some more notes for this week...

Scouting Lehigh

The Mountain Hawks are strong up front on both sides. They’re committed to the run and RB Brandon Yosha and QB Nick Shafnisky get most of the carries. Defensively, the shuffle in and out of odd and even fronts. Lehigh does not pressure a lot. It does have good speed on the perimeter. The Mountain Hawks are battle tested after opening the season with James Madison and New Hampshire.

Reno on size up front

“I’m happier. When I got here, we had one guy that was 270 lbs on the DL. The goal is to have six that are 270-275 lbs. We’re bigger than we’ve been. On the OL, we want to get taller.”

Eric Williams making progress

Williams has moved full time from QB to WR. It’s finally starting to click for the athletic Williams, who played some wide receiver in high school, too. Reno said he’s starting to see a steady incline and should provide some of the needed depth at WR if Yale is going to run its spread.

Biggest improvement

Deon Randall says he’s seen the most growth throughout the preseason on the defensive side. The Bulldogs played a handful of freshmen regularly on the defensive side last year. Randall says they’ve really made strides as a whole.

“Guys are understanding schemes better and there’s more awareness now,” Randall said.

Playing at the Bowl

Randall said his favorite part about playing at the Bowl is the grass.

“The grass is cut low,” he said. “As an offensive player, I know where to make my cuts. The defense isn’t used to playing on the grass and it gives me an advantage.”

With Yale and Brown the only teams in the Ivy League that have grass at their home fields, the Bulldogs will play seven games on grass this season.

This week’s Ivy schedule

Brown at Georgetown, Noon
Fordham at Columbia, 12:30 pm [ILDN]
Cornell at Colgate, 1 pm [TIME WARNER]
Penn at Jacksonville, 1 pm
Lehigh at Yale, 1 pm [ILDN]
Princeton at San Diego, 4 pm
Central Connecticut State at Dartmouth, 7 pm [ILDN]

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet the newest member of the Bulldogs

NEW HAVEN >> Dante Chiappetta signed his national letter of intent last week to play football at Yale.
He took part in his first press conference sporting a Bulldogs jersey and helmet. He posed for pictures and high-fived some of his new teammates. He even showed off his arm, completing a couple of passes to tight end Jackson Stallings.
Read the rest of the story.

Tuesday's news and notes

The first Yale media luncheon of the season took place on Tuesday at Mory’s. Tony Reno and captain Deon Randall were there. Here are some notes…

New look

Expect to see more spread sets from the Bulldogs offense this season. Reno said Yale has the personnel to spread the field in both directions with different options. Reno explained an offense needs to be at least seven WRs deep to have an effective spread offense and the Bulldogs have that.

Defensively, Yale will play more man this year and bring more pressure against opposing offenses.

“We’re getting closer to what we want to be and what we think we can do to consistently win championships in this league,” Reno said. “We’re getting closer to that picture. The difference will be how much we grow this season.”

Looking ahead

Yale will host Army on Sept. 27. About 10,000 tickets have been sold and Army will have 23 buses full coming to New Haven. Yale is also a finalist to host ESPN's College Gameday kickoff show that week.

Time change

Look at the Yale schedule and notice all but one home game will kick off at 1 p.m. The Princeton game on Nov. 15 is scheduled for 12:30 p.m.

In recent years, games typically began at noon at the Bowl.

The change was made with hopes of drawing more fans. Noon is kind of early for college students and the late start will help make it easier for those who are traveling.

Maine on the schedule

Yale has a two-year deal to play Maine beginning next year at Maine. All three of Yale’s out-of-conference games will be on the road next season: Colgate, Lehigh and Maine.

Thrown into the fire

There are 11 freshmen on the two-deep depth chart: seven on defense, two on offense and two on special teams.

“It starts in summer by being here,” Reno said. “And the guys are talented. What I like most about this group, there’s no sense of entitlement. They worked for it. Now, for the first time, there’s finally position battles. Hopefully that’ll make us a better football team.”

100th anniversary

Yale will kick off its Yale Bowl 100th anniversary festivities on Thursday at the Bowl.

The Webster Bank Yale Bowl 100 Tent will be set up just outside of the Bowl near the main concession stand. The tent will be up for all six home games this season and will include historical displays, photo opportunities with Heisman Trophies and Yale Bowl 100th anniversary apparel.

Potential NFL prospects

Tyler Varga and Deon Randall have both been drawing NFL interest, Reno said. Varga, a native of Canada, is also rated as high as the No. 2 overall prospect for the next CFL draft by some scouting services.

Monday, September 15, 2014


Lehigh Mountain Hawks

When: Saturday 1 p.m. at the Yale Bowl

Record: 0-2

All-time series: Yale leads 15-6

Last week: No. 7 New Hampshire beat the Mountain Hawks 45-27. Lehigh fell behind 29-0 in the first half and gave up 646 yards of total offense.

Top players: QB Nick Shafnisky (161.50 ypg, three TDs, one INT), WR Stefan Sansone (six receptions, 37 ypg), RB Brandon Yosha (89 ypg, two TDs), DB Stephen Wilmington (12 tackles, one TFL, one INT).

A look at the two-deep depth chart

DE 10 Victor Egu So. 6-4, 247
47 John Herubin Fr. 6-3, 248

NG 96 Copache Tyler So. 6-3, 288
54 Carl Kreitzberg Jr. 6-2, 293

DT 91 Nick Crowle Fr. 6-3, 271
77 Mikhail Reece Jr. 6-5, 277

DE 99 Marty Moesta So. 6-6, 254
53 Jeff Schmittgens Sr. 6-3, 241

B 44 Matthew Oplinger Fr. 6-3, 229
38 Darius Manora So. 6-0, 235

M 49 Andrew Larkin Jr. 6-2, 231
42 Will Vaughan Sr. 6-1, 235

S 22 Charles Cook Sr. 6-3, 220
46 Jaeden Graham Fr. 6-4, 219

CB 17 Spencer Rymiszewski So. 5-11, 182
14 Will Bryan Fr. 6-0, 173

CB 1 Dale Harris So. 5-10, 185
19 Jason Alessi Fr. 6-0, 180

SS 34 Robert Ries So. 5-10, 192
5 Cole Champion Jr. 5-11, 191

FS 23 Foyesade Oluokun So. 6-2, 219
26 Hayden Carlson Fr. 5-11, 193


WR 29 Grant Wallace Sr. 5-11, 195
9 Michael Siragusa Fr. 6-3, 241

WR 2 Deon Randall Sr. 5-8, 195
82 Myles Gaines So. 5-11, 184

WR 83 Robert Clemons So. 5-11, 185
6 Austin Reuland Jr. 5-8, 201

TE 88 Stephen Buric Jr. 6-5, 237
4 Sebastian Little Jr. 6-1, 227

LT 65 Khalid Cannon So. 6-6, 276
71 Beau Iverson So. 6-9, 281

RG 75 Mason Friedline So. 6-4, 295
61 Jon Bezney Fr. 6-5, 287

C 50 Luke Longinotti Jr. 6-4, 280
72 Dustin Ross Jr. 6-4, 259

LG 67 Will Chism Sr. 6-3, 302
62 Derrek Ross Jr. 6-3, 259

RT 70 Ben Carbery Sr. 6-5, 300
78 Ben Killion Jr. 6-5, 290

QB 19 Morgan Roberts Jr. 6-3, 200
14 Logan Scott Jr. 6-1, 195

RB 30 Tyler Varga Sr. 5-11, 224
24 Kahlil Keys Sr. 5-11, 213


PK 37 Kyle Cazzetta Sr. 6-0, 210
42 Parker Toms Sr. 5-11, 201

H 33 Nick LaTesta Sr. 5-8, 174
14 Logan Scott Jr. 6-1, 195

LS 11 Spencer McManes So. 6-3, 218
99 Marty Moesta So. 6-6, 254

P 37 Kyle Cazzetta Sr. 6-0, 210
43 Bryan Holmes So. 6-0, 197

PR 2 Deon Randall Sr. 5-8, 195
12 Jamal Locke Fr. 5-11, 186

KOR 20 Jake Dehart Fr. 5-8, 166
83 Robert Clemons III So. 5-11, 185

Army and Yale bands to perform together

The United States Military Academy Band at West Point and the Yale Concert Band will join together to perform to honor the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl.

The event will take place on Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. in Woolsey Hall. Admission is free.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

News and notes

Here’s a quick review and some reaction on Saturday’s scrimmage against Brown.

Yale won the scrimmage 27-17. It ended late in the fourth quarter because of lightning.

Quarterbacks could not be hit, and Deon Randall and Tyler Varga both sat out. Sophomore LB Brian Sykes broke his leg and is out for the season.

The defensive controlled the line of scrimmage early. The offense started off slow, but improved as the game went on. The offensive line looked strong and freshman RB DeShawn Salter was impressive.

“He gives us a legit fourth running back who can go in the game,” Tony Reno said. “We have a lot of options there.”

LB Will Vaughan got some action and seems healthy, as he suffered a minor injury earlier in the preseason.

K Kyle Cazzetta seems to have an edge in the FG and punting battle, while Bryan Holmes could be handling kickoffs.


One reader asked which freshmen have made the biggest impact so far. Here’s a few: OL Jon Bezney, DT Nick Crowle, TE Conor Furey, LB Matt Oplinger, RB Deshawn Salter and the four WRs Jake Dehart, Ross Drwal, Mike Siragusa and Chris Williams-Lopez.


Well Morgan Roberts seems to have the starting job locked up and Logan Scott appears to be the No. 2.

So who next on a team that’s carrying nine quarterbacks?

Reno says freshmen Stephen Barmore, Rafe Chapple and Andrew Johnson are the trio competing for the No. 3 spot.


Former Yale star and NFL All-Pro Gary Fencik dropped by on Wednesday to watch practice and chat with the team (see photo above).


Former Yale assistant Mike Sanford will return to Connecticut on Saturday. Sanford is now the Boise State offensive coordinator. Boise State will face UConn on Saturday. UConn beat writer Jim Fuller caught up with Sanford.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Up Close to a Bulldog; Ivy League television schedule

Check out Yale's new segment, "Up Close to a Bulldog."

The first installment features So. H-Back Jackson Stallings.

Also, the Ivy League announced its television schedule. Take a look below...

Game, Time
Saturday, Sept. 27
Army at Yale, 1 pm
FOX College Sports
Saturday, Oct. 4
Penn at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm
FOX College Sports
Saturday, Oct. 11
Cornell at Harvard, 1 pm
FOX College Sports
Saturday, Oct. 18
Brown at Princeton, 3:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 25
Penn at Yale, 1:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 1
Princeton at Cornell, 12:30 pm
FOX College Sports
Harvard at Dartmouth, 3:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 8
Yale at Brown, 12:30 pm
FOX College Sports

Penn at Princeton, 3:30 pm
Saturday, Nov. 15
Brown at Dartmouth, Noon

Cornell at Columbia, 12:30 pm
FOX College Sports
Saturday, Nov. 22
Yale at Harvard, 12:30 pm

Columbia at Brown, 12:30 pm
FOX College Sports
1-Live on SNY, TCN Philadelphia, CSN New England, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Bay Area, CSN California
2-Live on SNY, CSN Philadelphia, CSN New England, CSN Mid-Atlantic, CSN Bay Area, CSN California

Friday, September 05, 2014

Little spends part of summer in Croatia

NEW HAVEN >> With his strength, size and physicality, it seemed natural to move 6-foot-1, 227-pound Sebastian Little from wide receiver to H-back.
“He’s in great shape,” Yale coach Tony Reno said. “He’s a really fit, physical kid. He can stack muscle on muscle.”
So when the Bulldogs junior visited Croatia this past July as part of International Study Award’s study abroad program, staying in his bruising football form was critical.
Click here for the rest of the story. 

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Yale uses GoPro

Yale experimented with a GoPro recently during preseason camp.

A GoPro is an HD-quality, waterproof and shockproof video recording device. Freshman QB Rafe Chapple used the GoPro to give a first-person point of view from under center. The Bulldogs did something similar last season with Google Glass.

Check out the video with Chapple below.