Saturday, August 22, 2015

Preseason camp begins for Yale




















Yale took the field for the first time on Saturday. Here's a story from the first day.

Here's some more quick tidbits...

-- The team, overall, just looks bigger and stronger. Take Spencer Rymiszewski for example. He played well at CB on Saturday and must have packed on 10-15 lbs.

"Guys worked," Tony Reno said. "They're noticeably bigger."

-- Copache Tyler missed practice for undisclosed reasons on Saturday, but is expected to return. Beau Iverson (illness) will miss some time.

-- An intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday and Yale will scrimmage at Brown on Sept. 5.

-- QB Rafe Chapple appears to have the backup QB job right now.

-- I caught up with Bo Hines, who was excited to be back on the field. He was impressed with the level of play, he said. He also spoke highly of DBs Cole Champion and Foye Oluokun. 

Said Oluokun about Hines: "He's getting it. As he gets up to speed, you can see the tools he has."

Oluokun also mentioned WR Chris Williams-Lopez as a player that stood out on Saturday. 

-- Some highlights...

Robert Clemons made the catch of the day, a diving grab down the right sideline...Chapple connected with Hines for a TD...Matt Oplinger broke up a pass...Will Bryan had an INT on a tipped pass...Conor Furey showed his athleticism making a nice catch in the air...Hayden Carlson and James Nicholas also had INTs...Duncan Morfitt looked solid.


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Some quick Yale notes

Good read from DNAinfo.com on incoming Yale freshman Marquise Peggs. He's made it out of the South Side of Chicago and he's ready to begin his journey at Yale. Peggs, who is related to Walter Payton, will play DB for the Bulldogs and may also compete in track.

Tyler Varga made his NFL debut, rushing for 16 yards on three carries in the Indianapolis Colts first preseason game. Varga had a 10-yard run in the fourth. He also played on three special teams units. Varga is one of six RBs competing for three spots. According to ESPN's NFL Nation's AFC South blog, Varga is not projected to make the team's 53-man roster.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

LB Jalen Williams discusses upcoming visit to Yale

Jalen Williams, a 6-foot, 220-pound LB from Alabama, told TodaysU.com he will visit Yale next month.

Williams said he has offers from Yale, Navy, Army, Davidson, UC Martin and Columbia. He had 123 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles last season.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ivy League preseason poll

RankSchoolPoints
1.Harvard (11)130
2.Dartmouth (4)116
3.Yale (1)98
4.Princeton82
5.Brown (1)80
6.Penn51
7.Columbia29
8.Cornell26

Here are some notes from Tuesday's media teleconference with the Ivy League coaches. Here is a link to the entire teleconference. 

And below are some additional quotes from Tony Reno...

Reno on Yale's defense: "Defensively, the strength is the group of guys that played as freshman two years ago and started a lot of games and played a lot of football for us. They have played well at times. Good, not great. Challenge for us is can we become a great defense. You look at Harvard last year. That was one heck of a defense. That’s what it takes to win championships in our league. We have a lot of work to do to get there. Goal is to develop our defense to be that level of defense."

He also spoke highly of the OL returners in Khalid Cannon, Luke Longinotti, Mason Friedline and Jon Bezney. He added, this is the first year during his tenure that Yale has returned its starting QB.

Reno on key losses: "We have to replace a lot of production. Tyler Varga is with the Colts, our all-time leading WR Deon Randall, our captain last year, is gone along with Grant Wallace who was an All-American last year. We have guys in our program that can do job, but just haven’t had chance to do it yet." 

Reno on running game: "Candler Rich is a guy that played well for us last two years. He replaced Tyler two years ago when he went down with an injury. He played well for us last year as well. Like Tyler did last year, he needs to earn carries. He’s done a great job so far and we expect a lot out of him."

Reno on an increased passing attack: "Not any more than we did last year. I think we have a good group of backs and our offense we want to run our football. It’s no secret."

Reno on Bo Hines: "He’s been here all summer training. He’ll start class with the rest of the guys. He had a very good year at NC State. I really like his makeup as a person. I love his intangibles on the field. He’s a talented athlete and we have a talented group of WRs."

Reno on Morgan Roberts: "Difference between last year at this time and this year is Morgan hadn’t been a full-time starter. Morgan played a little when Hank Furman was injured. Had a body of work last year that was good. What’s really impressed me the most over the last five months is his leadership, his intangibles, and ability to get teammates to do things and get them to a level we need them to be. He’s been here all summer. He’s led by example and his work ethic, which is tireless. Those are the things I’m most impressed with." 

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Yale recruiting list (8/8 update)

Here's a look at players, who have said they are committed to Yale if they are admitted through the admissions process. An * means a new addition from the previous update.

Alex Abelite, LB, 6-2, 222, West Roxbury, Massachusetts: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Jaelin Alburg, DB, 5-11, 164, Washington D.C.: Two-star recruit who also had an offer from Toledo. VIDEO

Charles Callender, DE, 6-2, 220, Beaverton, Oregon: Three-star recruit who had offers from Wisconsin, Clemson, Virginia and others. VIDEO

Steve Cepalia, OL, 6-4, 270, Ramsey, New Jersey: Stanford, Northwestern and Army among others showed interest. VIDEO

Abu Daramy, WR, 5-10, 167, Westerville, Ohio: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Dieter Eiselen, DL/OL, 6-4, 305, Wallingford: Playing at Choate. VIDEO

Julian Fraser, DL, 6-2, 250, Valdosta, Georgia: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Andrew Grinde, RB, 5-10, 207, Great Falls, Montana: Montana’s Gatorade POY last season. Received interest from other Ivy schools, along with Pac-12 and MWC programs. VIDEO

Michael Gordon, DB, 6-2, 170, Marietta, Georgia: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Michael Johnson, OL/DL, 6-4, 315, Lombard, Illinois: Doing postgrad year at ChoateVIDEO

Josh Keeler, DL, 6-2, 296,Beaverton, Oregon: Chose Bulldogs over Central Florida and Vanderbilt. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. VIDEO

Brendan MacPhee, DB, 6-1, 195, Latham, New York: Should give the Bulldogs some depth in the secondary. 
VIDEO

*Matt McCabe, DE, 6-4, 230, Palatine, Illinois: Had offers from other Ivy schools, along with Southern Illinois and Toledo. VIDEO

Alex Motley, OL, 6-6, 280, Morristown, New Jersey: Penn, Harvard and Fordham also showed interest. VIDEO

Kurt Rawlings, QB, 6-3, 197, Bel Air, Maryland: Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. VIDEO

Sterling Strother, OL, 6-5, 270, Moraga, California: Had offers from Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 schools. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. VIDEO

Garrett White, WR, 6-3, 200, Huntington Beach, California: Had offers from several Ivy schools. VIDEO


Alex Young, WR/DB, 5-11, 185, Irvine, California: Harvard was also showing interest. VIDEO

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Yale recruiting list (Aug. 6 update)

Here's a look at players, who have said they are committed to Yale if they are admitted through the admissions process. An * means a new addition from the previous update.

Alex Abelite, LB, 6-2, 222, West Roxbury, Massachusetts: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Jaelin Alburg, DB, 5-11, 164, Washington D.C.: Two-star recruit who also had an offer from Toledo. VIDEO

Charles Callender, DE, 6-2, 220, Beaverton, Oregon: Three-star recruit who had offers from Wisconsin, Clemson, Virginia and others. VIDEO

Steve Cepalia, OL, 6-4, 270, Ramsey, New Jersey: Stanford, Northwestern and Army among others showed interest. VIDEO

Abu Daramy, WR, 5-10, 167, Westerville, Ohio: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Dieter Eiselen, DL/OL, 6-4, 305, Wallingford: Playing at Choate. VIDEO

Julian Fraser, DL, 6-2, 250, Valdosta, Georgia: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

*Andrew Grinde, RB, 5-10, 207, Great Falls, Montana: Montana’s Gatorade POY last season. 
Received interest from other Ivy schools, along with Pac-12 and MWC programs. VIDEO

Michael Gordon, DB, 6-2, 170, Marietta, Georgia: Doing postgrad year at Choate. VIDEO

Michael Johnson, OL/DL, 6-4, 315, Lombard, Illinois: Doing postgrad year at ChoateVIDEO

Josh Keeler, DL, 6-2, 296,Beaverton, Oregon: Chose Bulldogs over Central Florida and Vanderbilt. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. VIDEO

Brendan MacPhee, DB, 6-1, 195, Latham, New York: Should give the Bulldogs some depth in the secondary. 
VIDEO

Alex Motley, OL, 6-6, 280, Morristown, New Jersey: Penn, Harvard and Fordham also showed interest. VIDEO

Kurt Rawlings, QB, 6-3, 197, Bel Air, Maryland: Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. VIDEO

Sterling Strother, OL, 6-5, 270, Moraga, California: Had offers from Pac-12, SEC and Big 12 schools. Rivals ranks him as a three-star recruit. VIDEO

Garrett White, WR, 6-3, 200, Huntington Beach, California: Had offers from several Ivy schools. VIDEO

Alex Young, WR/DB, 5-11, 185, Irvine, California: Harvard was also showing interest. VIDEO

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Yale head coach Tony Reno at Chalk Talk

NEW HAVEN >> The Yale football team has made strides, improving in each of the three seasons under head coach Tony Reno.
The Bulldogs went 8-2 last year, flirting with their first Ivy League title since 2006. If they keep the upward trend going, an Ivy League title would be the natural next step.
On paper, this group could be as good as last season’s.
“We have the talent to fill in the production, but it just hasn’t been proven,” Reno said. “That’s the question. These guys that we think are good need to step up and do it.”
Reno also talked about Yale aiming to schedule an FBS school, specifically one of the service academies (Air Force, Army or Navy), in the near future. Tyler Varga rushed for five TDs last year in a 49-43 upset victory over Army.