Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Upcoming Yale practice schedule

Wednesday: 2:15-5 p.m.

Thursday: 9-11:45 a.m.

Friday: 9–11:45 a.m.

Saturday: 2:15-5 p.m.

Sunday: 9-11:45 a.m.

Monday: 9-11:45 a.m.

Tuesday: 4–6 p.m.

Aug. 27: 4–6 p.m.

Aug. 28: 4–6 p.m.

Aug. 29: 4–6 p.m.

Around the Ivy: DARTMOUTH

Around the Ivy: A look at Dartmouth

Coach: Buddy Teevens

Last year: 6-4 (5-2 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 3

Opening game: Sept. 20 vs. Central Connecticut State 

About the Big Green: Dalyn Williams is one of the top dual threat QBs in the league. He continues to grow and improve. Dartmouth will need to replace RB Dominick Pierre, the program’s second all-time rushing. Kyle Bramble and Brian Grove will compete for the starting job behind an OL that returns four starters. The Big Green will welcome back WR Ryan McManus, who missed most of last season with an injury. Dartmouth has a talented group of LBs returning in Eric Wickham, Zach Slafsky, Will McNamara and Folarin Orimolade. It’s also worth noting, the Big Green have a challenging non-conference schedule with Central, New Hampshire and Holy Cross.

Local connections: S Kyran McKinney-Crudden (Glastonbury), DL Jeff Winthrop (Roxbury), LB Jimmy Knight (Greenwich)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Around the Ivy: CORNELL

Around the Ivy: A look at Cornell

Coach: Dave Archer

Last year: 3-7 (2-5 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 7

Opening game: Sept. 20 at Colgate 

About the Big Red: Cornell had the worst rushing offense in the FCS last season. Expect that to change. It will be a much different look offensively for the Big Red, now that standout QB Jeff Mathews is gone. Under new OC Roy Istvan, Cornell will run the ball a lot with Jr. Luke Hagy. He is superb in all facets: running, catching and pass protection. FS Rush Imhotep and DE Justin Harris are playmakers on a defense that struggled last season. Cornell gave up 35 points per game last year.

Local connections: OL Ian Melvin (Bethel)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Around the Ivy: COLUMBIA

Around the Ivy: A look at Columbia

Coach: Pete Mangurian

Last year: 0-10 (0-7 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 8

Opening game: Sept. 20 vs. Fordham 

About the Lions: Columbia was one of three teams in the FCS to go winless last season. The Lions will continue to rebuild under Mangurian. DT Niko Padilla was an All-Ivy pick last season and leads the defense. Mangurian likes aggressiveness and depth of the secondary. Both the DL and the OL will continue to be areas where Columbia will struggle. Stanford transfer QB Brett Nottingham was injured in the season opener and missed the rest of the season. He’s bounced back with a strong spring and has a better understanding of the offense. He has a strong group of WRs highlighted by Ryan Flannery and Connor Nelligan. This group of WRs may be the team’s biggest strength. Cam Molina will lead the rushing attack. Mangurian says he sees the field well and has improved ball security.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Around the Ivy: BROWN

Over the next week or so, Portal 31 will take a look at each Ivy League team as the 2014 season approaches...

Around the Ivy: A look at Brown

Coach: Phil Estes

Last year: 6-4 (3-4 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 6

Opening game: Sept. 20 at Georgetown,

About the Bears: Brown has to replace 18 starters (11 offense, seven defense). That will be a challenge. Sr. Marcus Fuller, a Johnny Manziel-like QB according to Estes, and Jr. Seth Rosenbauer, a big, physical QB, will compete for the starting job. Alex Jette and Troy Doles both will stretch the field with their speed and be a part of the return game. Andrew Coke and Brian Strachan, who moved from WR to RB, are both physical, downhill runners. They will look to replace John Spooney, the Ivy's top rusher last season. Defensively, the team’s strength will be at ILB with Xavier Russo and Dan Giovacchini. Chad Berry will move from ILB to DE, which should be a better fit on the edge. The Bears will also need to replace standout kicker Alex Norocea.

Local connections: DE Chad Berry (East Lyme), FB Jeff Biestek (Walllingford), ILB James Connelly (Stonington), QB T.J. Linta (Branford), L B James Martino (Woodbridge), OL Christian Montano (Orange), DL Ludovic Richardson (Killingworth), OLB Max Tylki (Wethersfield), DL Jake Whalen (Durham)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Chism featured on SunHerald.com

William Chism

Will Chism is a two-year starter and has been a key cog on the Bulldogs OL.

Check out this feature on Chism.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Ivy League media day and Chalk Talk

The Ivy League preseason media poll was released on Tuesday (see previous post for complete poll). Yale was picked fifth.

In addition to the release of the poll, the Ivy League held its media day teleconference with all eight coaches. Then Tuesday night, Tony Reno took part in the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce Sports Council’s annual Chalk Talk event.

The event features area college football coaches including, Reno, New Haven’s Chris Pincince and Southern Connecticut State’s Tom Godek, and it’s moderated by News 8/My TV 9 sports director Noah Finz.

Here are two clips from Reno speaking at the event.

 Also, here is a link to a notebook off of Tuesday’s news and some additional notes below.

Reno on captain Deon Randall: “Deon has the ability to be a TB, a slot WR in our offense and generate a lot of touches and put pressure on defenses. Whether it’s running zone schemes, catching balls on the perimeter or down field. He gets in and out of breaks well. He’s not the tallest, but he’s pretty stout. He can get off tackles well, he gets yards after the catch and after contact. We can plug him in roles and accomplish a lot, and it creates interesting issues for the defense. We can use him in a lot of different areas. But we need to give him help. It can’t just be the Deon Randall show.”

Reno added he does not plan on using Randall in the secondary this season, unless necessary.

Reno on the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl and playing Army: “It’s really an unbelievable opportunity. Think of the history of it. During my time in the league, there hasn’t been an Ivy League school that’s played a BCS program. We’re the first to play a BCS program in a while. It shows the importance of football at Yale and the rich tradition Yale has.”

Reno on Varga: “He’s still in Canada. As of right now, he’s progressing. We just don’t know to what point.”

On the defensive side, Reno expects to start eight sophomores. Some, he said, that have a shot to really emerge this season: Victor Egu, Marty Moesta, Foye Oluokun, Spencer Rymiszewski, Dale Harris and Cole Champion. He said all had impressive summers.

Ivy League preseason poll

Princeton has been selected No. 1 in the Ivy League preseason media poll for the first time since 1992. 
The Tigers, led by Sr. QB Quinn Epperly who became the first player in conference history with 40 TDs in one season (25 passing, 18 rushing), finished 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy last season. 

Yale was voted fifth.

1.Princeton (9)128
2.Harvard (8)127

Thursday, July 31, 2014

WR Marcinick looks to be headed to Yale

Add another to the list.

WR Kyle Marcinick (Dublin, Ohio)  appears to be headed to Yale for the 2015 season, pending acceptance.

The 5-11, 181-pound WR plays at Dublin Coffman. Check out his highlights.

Here is what he said on Twitter...