Sunday, October 19, 2014

Yale JV falls to Milford Academy

The Bulldogs junior varsity team fell 33-14 Sunday to Milford Academy at Clint Frank Field.

Yale scored on its first possession of the second half. Freshman QB Rafe Chapple connected with junior Matt Rubino for a 35-yard gain. That set up a 27-yard touchdown run by freshman RB John Barton. Barton also had a 67-yard run in the game.

Chapple later threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to freshman TE Noah Yates. Also on that scoring drive, Chapple hit Yates for a 37-yard pass and sophomore RB Galen McAllister had a 13-yard run.

Yale trailed 16-0 in the first half to a team that has seven players ranked in the top 25 at their positions by

The Yale JV game will play again on Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. vs. Brown at Clint Frank Field.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

LIVE BLOG: Yale hosts Colgate

Get live updates for today's game, as Yale looks to bounce back after a loss to Dartmouth last week.

Friday, October 17, 2014

FOUR-DOWN FRIDAY:Colgate at Yale

Here is a look at four things to keep an eye on when Yale hosts Colgate Saturday.

BOUNCE BACK: Yale let one slip away last week. Tony Reno called the 38-31 loss to Dartmouth the toughest in his three seasons. Last year the Bulldogs loss to Dartmouth started a downward spiral, as they dropped three straight and five of their final seven. A win Saturday would be critical, getting Yale back on track heading into its Ivy League stretch.

ESTABLISH THE RUN GAME: The Bulldogs showed they need their run game to be successful. They can’t rely on Morgan Roberts and the passing game to carry the offense. Expect another big game from Tyler Varga. He rushed 39 times for 236 yards and a touchdown in a season-opening win at Colgate last season.

ANOTHER DUAL THREAT: Last week, Yale didn’t have much of an answer for Dartmouth’s slippery quarterback Dalyn Williams. The versatile Williams beat the Bulldogs with his arm last week. This week Yale faces another dual threat in Jake Melville, who leads the Raiders in passing and rushing. Melville may not be as talented as Williams, but Yale still needs to find a way to keep him in the pocket.

TALL ORDER: Yale’s passing defense has struggled. The Bulldogs rank No. 107 out of 121 FCS teams, allowing 257.5 passing ypg. Colgate has good size on the outside and a 6-foot-6 tight end in John Quazza, the Raiders leading receiver. This could pose as a tough matchup for Yale’s secondary.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Varga named to watch list; latest all-era team

Tyler Varga has been added to The Sports Newtork’s Payton Award Watch List. The award is given to the outstanding player of the FCS following the regular season.

Varga leads the FCS in scoring average (13.5) and is ninth in yards per carry (6.8). He has rushed for 525 yards and eight touchdowns. He rushed for 185 yards and five scores, including the game-winning touchdown, in the overtime victory over Army.

Varga is also a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation’s William Campbell Trophy for top scholar-athlete.

1978-97 All-Era Team

Here’s a look at the most recent all-era team released by the Yale athletic department…

Bill Crowley '79, LB

Hometown: Short Hills, New Jersey

Height, weight: 6-4, 225


- All-American '78

- Two-time All-Ivy First Team Selection '77, '78

Bob Skoronski '79, DT

Hometown: Menasha, Wisconsin

Height, weight: 6-1, 220


- All-American '78

- All-Ivy First Team Selection '78

John Spagnola '79, DE

Hometown: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Height, weight: 6-4, 220


- All-American '78

- Two-time All-Ivy First Team Selection '77, '78

- Drafted by New England Patriots, '79

- Played for Philadelphia Eagles '79 to '87 (Super Bowl XV), Seattle Seahawks '88, Green Bay Packers '89

Clint Streit '79, DE

Hometown: Darlington, Pennsylvania

Height, weight: 6-3, 225


- All-American '78

- Two-time All-Ivy First Team Selection '77, '78

Ken Hill '80, RB

Hometown: Oak Grove, Louisiana

Height, weight: 6-0, 194


- All-Ivy First Team Selection '79

- Blue-Gray Classic '79

- Drafted by Oakland Raiders '80

- Played for Oakland/L.A. Raiders '80 to '83 (Super Bowl XVIII), New York Giants '84 to '88 (Super Bowl XXI), Kansas City Chiefs '89

Tim Tumpane '80, LB

Hometown: Midlothian, Illinois

Height, weight: 6-0, 205


- All-American '79

- All-Ivy First Team Selection '79

- Asa A. Bushnell Cup (Ivy League MVP) '79

Kevin Czinger '81, MG

Hometown: Parma, Ohio

Height, weight: 5-10, 200


- All-American '80

- All-Ivy First Team Selection '80

- Asa A. Bushnell Cup (Ivy League MVP) '80

Rich Diana '82, RB

Hometown: Hamden, Connecticut

Height, weight: 5-11, 215


- Two-time All-American and All-Ivy First Team '80, '81

- Blue-Gray Classic '81; Japan Bowl '81

- Outstanding New England Senior & Player of Year '81

- Top 10 Finisher in Heisman Balloting '81

- Asa A. Bushnell Cup (Ivy League MVP), Walter Camp Connecticut Player of the Year '81

- Played for Miami Dolphins '82-'83 (Super Bowl XVII)

Curt Grieve '82, WR

Hometown: Mt. Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Height, weight: 6-4, 200


- All-Ivy First Team Selection '81

- Blue-Gray Classic '81

- Drafted by Philadelphia Eagles '82

Fred Leone '82, DE

Hometown: East Northport, New York

Height, weight: 6-2, 217


- All-American '80

- Two-time All-Ivy First Team Selection '80, '81

John Rogan '82, QB

Hometown: East Meadow, New York

Height, weight: 6-2, 188


-Played on 3 Ivy Championship Teams

-Teams went 25-4 over three seasons

-Yale's top passer all 3 years

Jeff Rohrer '82, LB

Hometown: Manhattan Beach, California

Height, weight: 6-3, 215


- All-Ivy First Team Selection '81

- Drafted by Dallas Cowboys '82

- Played for Dallas Cowboys '82 to '88

Dean Athanasia '88, TE

Hometown: Wilmington, Massachusetts

Height, weight: 6-3, 225


- All-Ivy First Team Selection '87

-Broke Yale record for career receptions

Kelly Ryan '88, QB

Hometown: Springfield, Illinois

Height, weight: 6-3, 190


- All-Ivy First Team Selection '87

- Asa A. Bushnell Cup (Ivy League MVP) '87

Jeff Rudolph '89, OG

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Height, weight: 6-1, 260


- Two-time All-Ivy First Team Selection '87, '88

Jon Reese '90, LB

Hometown: West Babylon, New York

Height, weight: 6-0, 215


- All-Ivy First Team Selection '89

- Captain of 1989 Ivy Champions

Chris Hetherington '96, QB

Hometown: North Branford, Connecticut

Height, weight: 6-3, 235


- Yale's top QB in 1994 and 1995

-Numerous Ivy League, ECAC Player of the Week honors

-Played for Cincinnati Bengals '96, Indianapolis Colts '96-99 ('97 special teams MVP), Carolina Panthers '99-01, St. Louis Rams '02, Oakland '03-04, San Francisco 49ers '05-06

Rich Marazzi’s book paints vivid pictures of Yale Bowl

NEW HAVEN >> Rich Marazzi attended his first football game at the Yale Bowl on Thanksgiving Day in 1948. He was 5 years old. He sat with his father, uncle and a friend and watched Hillhouse beat rival West Haven 20-6. A crowd of 40,504 filled the Bowl that day, still the Connecticut record for attendance at a high school football game.

“It really intrigued me,” Marazzi said.

Read more.

What's YOUR prediction?

Yale looks to bounce back after its first loss of the season on Saturday. The Bulldogs host Colgate at 1 p.m. at the Bowl.

List your prediction below...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wednesday's leftovers

Some additional notes for this week...


The Raiders are coming off a big 31-30 win over Princeton and have won four straight. They’ve played a competitive schedule, which included Ball State and Delaware, who is just outside the FCS Top 25. They use an odd front on defense. They have a talented secondary that is good in man coverage. Their group of linebackers are aggressive and they have athleticism up front. Yale will have to do a good job of picking up pressure and the different schemes.

Offensively, quarterback Jake Melville leads the team in rushing and passing. Colgate’s receivers have good size on the outside and 6-6 tight end John Quazza has good size and runs well. The Raiders will use four different running back to change looks and pace. They will use sets with four receivers and at times, two to three tight ends. Kick returner John Maddaluna will be one of the best Yale will see this season.


Yale freshmen Jamal Locke has shown exceptional speed as the Bulldogs kick returner. He’s averaging 23.5 yards per return. Locke is listed as a cornerback, but with his playmaking ability, could possibly move to offense.

“It’s something we have to reassess during the spring,” Reno said. “We have guys playing at corner with offensive skills.”


Reno wouldn't say much about injury updates. He did say, however, that LB Andrew Larkin should not miss the rest of the season. Larkin left Saturday's game against Dartmouth. Reno did not give a timetable on his return.

As for freshman OL Jon Bezney, there is no timetable for his return either. He has missed the last three games. Bezney was perhaps the most highly touted recruit out of all the Yale freshmen this season.

"We're taking it slow because he's young," Reno said. "We're being very cautious with him. He's a big-time player."


Two former Yale players are now coaching in the NFL. Pat Graham a former tight end that graduated from Yale in 2001, is a defensive assistant for the Patriots. He’s in his sixth season in New England. Graham, a Waterbury native, was a member of Yale’s 1999 Ivy League title team.

Michael McDaniel, who graduated from Yale in 2005, is a Browns receivers coach. He’s in his eighth NFL season. He also coached the Texans, Broncos and Redskins.


Running back Tyler Varga leads the FCS in scoring average (13.5) and is ninth in yards per carry (6.8). Despite just playing 18 career games, Varga is seventh on the Bulldogs all-time list with 2,082 yards and 10th with 17 touchdowns. Varga has gone over 100 yards in three of Yale’s four games this year. He also posted his career-long run of 56 yards against Lehigh.


Deon Randall has moved up on Yale's all-time reception list. He is now No. 2 with 182 career receptions. Ralph Plumb (192) is No. 1.

Randall's 1,831 career receiving yards is the third most in Yale history.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Recruiting news

Here is a look at some players that should be headed to Yale next season, pending acceptance.

Jackson Keimig, H-Back, 6-3, 220, Bothell, Washington: Received offers from a handful of Ivy League schools along with Idaho, Montana and Montana State among others. VIDEO

Kyle Marcinick, WR, 6-1, 185, Dublin, Ohio: Also had interest from Northwestern, Toledo and Youngstown State. VIDEO

Hunter Roman, DE, 6-5, 205, New London: Register All-State honorable mention pick last season. Received interest from Boston College, UConn and Central Connecticut State. VIDEO

Daniel Bailey, RB/DE, 6-3, 254, San Juan Capistrano, California: Turned down offers from UCLA and Duke. Rivals lists Bailey as a two-star recruit. VIDEO

Tre Moore, Ath., 6-3, 180, St. Louis, Missouri: Chose Yale over Princeton and Cornell. Schools like Syracuse, Indiana and Notre Dame also showed interest. VIDEO

Ian Baker, DE, 6-4, 225, North Canton Ohio: Playing OL and DE at Hoover. VIDEO

Tuesday's News and Notes

Some weekly notes heading into Yale’s showdown with Colgate Saturday at the Yale Bowl at 1 p.m.

Tony Reno called Saturday’s loss to Dartmouth the toughest in his three years as Bulldogs head coach. Yale led by as many as 14 in the second quarter and missed opportunities to close out a win against the Big Green. Yale managed just one touchdown in the second half.

“The Dartmouth game was a tough one for all of us,” Reno said. “I felt like we let one slip away. We had two or three opportunities in the second half to throw the knockout punch and finish them off and we didn’t do. We had another in the fourth and we didn’t do it. We let them hang around and hang around and in the end, they make the play on third-and-12 and we don’t. That’s the difference. Hopefully we learn from it. This one probably hurts the most since we’ve been here, because this is the one we should have won.”


Yale could not get its rushing attack going in the second half. Dartmouth held the Bulldogs to just 55 yards on the ground after halftime.

“They had odd fronts that tried to beat us with movement and blitzing,” RT Ben Carberry said. “And Dartmouth had big, stout d-linemen. They played a four-down front. It’s the best defense we’ve faced this year and one of best on our schedule.”

Reno added, Yale didn’t run the option as much as it would have liked because of the wet and slippery field conditions.


The Yale Bowl hosted the high school rivalry between Hillhouse and West Haven from 1939-1957. The game drew 40,504 in 1948, still the largest crowd for a high school game in the state.

As part of the 100th anniversary for the Yale Bowl, players from the rivalry will be recognized after the first quarter of Saturday’s game. Around 20 to 25 former players are expected to attend.


Yale held its own with Dartmouth, who, coming into the season, could make a case for being the top team in the Ivy.

So have the Bulldogs turned the corner and deserve to be in conversation among that top-tier group in the Ivy?

“I’m not where we want us to be,” Reno said. “At the end of year, we’ll sit back and see if we’re at the upper level yet. I think we still have to prove that we’re at that upper level. I feel we have ability to compete with those teams, but we have to prove it.”


Saturday, October 18
*Columbia at Penn, 1 pm [ILDN]
Lafayette at Harvard, 1 pm [NESN, LSN/ESPN3]
Colgate at Yale, 1 pm [ILDN]
Holy Cross at Dartmouth, 1:30 pm [ILDN]
Lehigh at Cornell, 3 pm [ILDN]
*Brown at Princeton, 3:30 pm [NBC RSN]

Monday, October 13, 2014


Colgate Raiders

When: Saturday, 1 p.m. at Yale Bowl

Record: 4-2

All-time series: Yale leads 26-11-3

Last week: Jonah Bowman's 23-yard field goal early in the fourth lifted Colgate to its fourth straight win, a 31-30 victory over Princeton. Colgate trailed by as many as 16 in the second quarter. The Raiders scored a pair of touchdowns with under a minute left in the first half. Jake Melville threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns. 

Top players: QB Jake Melville (148 ypg, 5 TDs, 75.2 ypg rushing, 4 TDs), RB Demetrius Russell 64 ypg, 1 TD), WR John Quazza (20 rec, 247 yds, 1 TD), LB Vinny Russo (49 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT). 

Latest FCS poll

As expected, following Yale's loss to Dartmouth, the Bulldogs are no longer receiving votes in the FCS poll. Harvard has moved up to No. 24. Here's a look at the poll below...

1North Dakota State (26)6-06501
2Eastern Washington6-16242
3Coastal Carolina7-05833
5New Hampshire5-15496
7Jacksonville State5-14988
8Southeastern Louisiana5-24619
9Illinois State5-040115
10McNeese State3-23884
11Montana State5-238514
12Eastern Kentucky6-033716
16South Dakota State4-224619
17Southern Illinois5-224513
18William & Mary4-223611
19Youngstown State4-221610
22Charleston Southern5-110923
23Indiana State4-27722
25Sam Houston State3-358NR
Dropped out: No. 24 Alcorn State, No. 25 Tennessee State.
Others receiving votes: Sacred Heart 18, Delaware 12, Tennessee State 11, Alcorn State 5, Bryant 5, James Madison 5, Cal Poly 4, Central Arkansas 4, Southeast Missouri State 4, Bucknell 3, Missouri State 3, Samford 2, Stephen F. Austin 2, Dartmouth 1, Liberty 1.

Ivy League Weekly Awards

From the Ivy League...

Dartmouth senior wide receiver Ryan McManus (Mendota Heights, Minn.) had a career day in the Big Green's 38-31 victory at Yale, setting personal highs with 12 receptions and 188 receiving yards to go along with one touchdown grab. McManus' best work came in the second half, which Dartmouth entered trailing by 10 points, hauling in eight passes for 151 yards with three of those catches going for at least 30 yards. His 42-yard gain was the key play during the first touchdown drive of the second half and he snared the go-ahead score on a diving catch in the end zone from 30 yards out. With the score tied at 31 late in the fourth quarter, he made another diving grab for a 40-yard gain to set up the game-winning touchdown. In addition, he returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown in the first half.

Cornell senior strong safety Rush Imhotep (Brooklyn, N.Y.) put up a big-time performance as the upstart Big Red put a scare into Harvard in a 24-7 road loss. Imhotep made seven tackles and was in on three of the five Crimson turnovers, intercepting a pass and recovering two fumbles. He added a tackle for loss. Imhotep's second-quarter interception in Harvard scoring territory kept the game scoreless, while his first fumble recovery in the first quarter gave the Big Red great field position at the Harvard 37-yard line. His second fumble recovery, midway through the fourth quarter, led the Cornell’s only score two plays later as the Big Red got back within 17-7.

Penn junior placekicker Jimmy Gammill (New Albany, Ohio) set a single-game, school record with five field goals in the Quakers' loss at Fordham. Gammill also tied the school's single-game kicking record with 16 points. He connected on all five of his field goal attempts with makes from 29, 32, 27, 48 and 35 yards -- his 48-yarder was the longest for a Penn player since 2004 -- and started the day with an extra point. The five field goals are tied for second-most in a game in Ivy League history and the 16 points are tied for fourth-most in league history.

Princeton junior running back/kick returner Dre Nelson (Stone Mountain, Ga.) electrified the crowd and broke a school record in the Tigers' loss at Colgate. Nelson opened the game with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. It marked his second kickoff return for a score in four games, making him the only Football Championship Subdivision player with multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns this season. Nelson ended the day with 162 all-purpose yards, including a 26-yard reception.

Cornell freshman quarterback Jake Jatis (Crown Point, Ind.) had a strong performance on the road despite constant pressure from a relentless Harvard defense. Jatis completed 14-of-22 passes for 140 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown that got the Big Red back within 17-7. He also ran five times for 20 yards, taking away sack yardage, on designed runs in his third-straight start under center.

DiAndre Atwater, Princeton (Jr., RB - Duluth, Ga.)
18 car. for 131 yds., 32 rec. yds.

Grant Senne, Brown (Jr., PK/P - Winter Park, Fla.)
2 FGs (40, 23), 3 PATs, 38.0 yds./punt

Zachary Gillen, Brown (Jr., DB - Mountain Brook, Ala.)
12 tkls. (8 solo), 1 BrUp

Alexander Holme, Columbia (Fr., LB - Oakland, Calif.)
8 tkls. (5 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1 FF

Rohan Hylton, Princeton (So., LB - Orlando, Fla.)
18 tkls. (7 solo), 1.0 Sack, 1.5 TFL

Zack Hodges, Harvard (Sr., DE - Atlanta)
6 tkls. (2 solo), 1.5 Sacks, 2.5 TFL

Scott Hosch, Harvard (Jr., QB - Sugar Hill, Ga.)
19-34-2, 240 yds., 1 TD

Trevor McDonagh, Columbia (Jr., QB - St. Louis)
24-43-1, 276 yds., 4 TDs

Will McNamara, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Chicago)
15 tkls. (8 solo), 1.0 TFL

Spencer Rymiszewski, Yale (So., DB - West Chester, Pa.)
11 tkls. (11 solo), 1 INT, 2 BrUps

Brian Strachan, Brown (Sr., WR - Wellrdley, Ma.)
8 rec. for 98 yds., 3 TDs

Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (Jr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
32-47-1, 388 yds., 3 TDs, 1 rush TD