Monday, September 01, 2014

Yale on TV

There will be four Yale games (two home and two away) that will be televised this season.

More info to come this week...

Sunday, August 31, 2014

POLL: How will Yale fare in 2014?

Varga healthy, ready to be the workhorse for Yale


NEW HAVEN >> Tyler Varga sprinted through a hole and weaved through defenders for a long gain before being tackled.
He popped right back up...
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Friday, August 29, 2014

News and notes from Thursday

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Some notes and highlights from Thursday’s practice…

Collectively, the team really does look bigger, stronger and just better. Is this the year they turn the corner? We’ll see.

“This is the best camp here since I’ve been part of team,” said RB Tyler Varga, now a senior. “Faster than ever. More mature. Guys are really starting to come together. With everyone having one more year of experience, we’re just going to be more dangerous.”

Coming back from a foot injury, Varga seemed fine on Thursday. Look for a feature on him soon.

Moving over from right guard, Luke Longinotti seems to have a firm hold on the center position.

“Right now,” Reno said, “He’s solidified that position.”

Captain Deon Randall pointed out WR Myles Gaines, DB Foye Oluokun and LB Darius Manora are some of the players that have really improved coming into camp. He also said WR Mike Siragusa (6-3, 205) has come in as a freshman and has really been a presence on the outside.

RB Khalil Keys is another name that comes up among his teammates.

“He looks more confident and fluid,” Varga said.

And pretty much anyone at Yale camp has been impressed with the progression of Morgan Roberts, who, along with many of his teammates, are sporting a new-look mustache for camp. Randall says Roberts has a better understanding of the offense and looks comfortable.

“It’s the best I’ve ever seen him throw the ball,” Varga said. “He’s hitting everyone on their breaks. His timing is looking great with his receivers.”

Toward the end of practice, Roberts completed five straight passes on a drive, including three to WR Grant Wallace who made a great diving catch down the right sideline. Roberts said he loves Wallace and it has showed.

Again, Varga seemed fine bursting through holes and popping up quickly after getting hit.

Freshman QB Rafe Chapple also made some strong throws early on.

Freshman LB Matt Oplinger and DE Karl Marback looked good on the defensive side.

And for what it’s worth, DB Roger Kilgore and Michael West came up with INTs during Thursday’s practice.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Around the Ivy: PRINCETON

Around the Ivy: A look at Princeton

Coach: Bob Surace

Last year: 8-2 (6-1 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 1

Opening game: Sept. 20 at San Diego 

About the Tigers: Princeton is coming off a share of the Ivy League title and is the Ivy League favorite this season. It all starts with QB Quinn Epperly, the reigning Ivy Player of the Year. He became the first player in conference history to finish with more than 40 TDs (25 passing, 18 rushing). Connor Michelsen also had success under center for the Tigers last season, so expect to see more multiple QB looks. The Lions do lose All-America selection Caraun Reid on the DL, which is perhaps the Tigers biggest concern. The Tigers return nine Ivy-League picks.

Local connections: FB Jonathan Esposito (West Hartford), LB R.J. Paige (West Hartford), OL Max Wardaki (Stamford), WR Seth DeValve (Manchester), WR James Frusciante (Westport) 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Around the Ivy: PENN

Around the Ivy: A look at Penn

Coach: Al Bagnoli

Last year: 4-6 (3-4 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 4

Opening game: Sept. 20 at Jacksonville 

About the Quakers: This will be Al Bagnoli’s final season as Penn’s head coach. He suffered just his second losing campaign in his 22 years last season. Bagnoli says he is cautiously optimistic. Alek Torgersen will likely be Penn’s new starter under center. The potential is there for Torgersen, but he has not gotten many snaps. Kyle Wilcox and Spencer Kulcsar will take some of the pressure off Torgersen in the ground game. The OL is a concern. Penn has depth and experience in its secondary, which includes Hamden native Evan Jackson. Bagnoli also like this year’s group of LBs.

Local connections: DB Evan Jackson (Hamden), TE Mitchell King (Essex)

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Yale camp update

The Bulldogs have officially returned to the field. Here are a few notes from the first week of preseason camp.  

Varga looking good

Of course, everyone’s top question is about Tyler Varga’s health. Varga missed most of last season with a foot injury and saw a handful of foot specialists throughout the offseason.

Tony Reno said he’s looked good so far.

“He looks like he hasn’t missed a beat,” one teammate said.

But the true test for Varga will come when the Bulldogs have their first practice with contact on Sunday.

Roberts impressing

As for the QB situation, Reno has been really impressed with Morgan Roberts, both as a quarterback and a leader. With a full year under his belt, he seems to really be coming into his own. It looks like the starting job is his to lose.

Freshmen Rafe Chapple, Stephen Barmore and Andrew Johnson have shown glimpses of promise.

Others looking strong early...

Others who have been impressive early? WRs Myles Gaines and Robert Clemons have been pleasant surprises. DEs Victor Egu and Marty Moesta are bigger and stronger, and that has translated onto the field. DBs Foye Oluokun and Spencer Rymiszewski are also looking stronger and have been more consistent with their technique.

Freshmen 

Some freshmen that have caught the eye of Reno early are OL Jon Bezney, WRs Jake Dehart, Ross Drwal, Mike Siragusa and Chris Williams-Lopez, along with TE Conor Furey and LB Matt Oplinger.

Lewis update

Some have asked about Avery Lewis. The promising WR has suffered another set back (leg injury) and will be out indefinitely. He has played in the Bulldogs season opener in 2012, but has yet to get on the field again.

Reno talking about preseason camp
Reno on the first week: “We’re off to a good start. They had a good summer and it carried over. The older guys are doing a nice job of leading and setting an example. And the young talent in competing for positions, and that makes for a nice mix. There’s a lot of competition at each position. That increases the level of performance and hopefully gives us some depth. We’re still a work in progress, but I’m definitely encouraged by the progress.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Around the Ivy: HARVARD

Around the Ivy: A look at Harvard

Coach: Tim Murphy

Last year: 9-1 (6-1 Ivy)

Preseason prediction: No. 2

Opening game: Sept. 19 vs. Holy Cross 

About the Crimson: Harvard shared the Ivy League title with Princeton last year. Murphy says the offense will need to set the pace. QB Conner Hempel and RB Paul Stanton return. The Crimson has a pair of talented TEs in Tyler Hamblin and Ben Braunecker, who will both pose as threats for opposing defenses. Murphy also says this group of OL is one of the best he’s had. Harvard needs to find a way to replace three starters in the secondary quickly. DE Zach Hodges is one of the best in the Ivy.

Local connections: WR John Van Allen (Hartford), DB Eric Ryan (Newington)

Yale takes part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The entire Yale football team recently took part in the viral ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

The Bulldogs were nominated by retired U.S. Army General Stanley McChrystal.

Check out the video below...