Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Varga invited to NFL Combine

Following an impressive performance at last week's Senior Bowl events, Tyler Varga has been invited to the NFL Scouting Combine from Feb. 17-23 at Lucas Oil Stadium.

Varga is just the second Yale player to be invited. Patrick Witt was invited in 2012.

Varga helped lead the North team to a 34-13 victory in the Senior Bowl, finishing with four carries for 31 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught three passes for 39 yards.

RUNNING FOR A CAUSE

Yale assistant coach Kevin Cahill will be running in the Boston Marathon for Dante Chiappetta and Team IMPACT in April.

The Bulldogs "drafted" the 6-year-old Chiappetta, who has cortical visual impairment and cerebral palsy this past season.


Monday, January 26, 2015

Varga shines at Senior Bowl



Yale running back Tyler Varga certainly boosted his draft stock and capped an impressive week in Mobile, Alabama, rushing for two touchdowns to lead the North to a 34-13 win over the South Saturday in the Senior Bowl. 

Varga, who was named North's captain prior to the game, finished with four carries for 31 yards and his two scores. Both came in the fourth quarter. He also came up with some key blocks at fullback and added three receptions for 39 yards. 



Varga was drawing plenty attention throughout the week's Senior Bowl events and agent Joe Linta projects Varga to be a fourth or fifth round pick in the NFL Draft.

According to SportsNet, scouts are comparing Varga to Ryan Hewitt (Bengals), Matt Asiata (Vikings) or Tyler Gaffney (Patriots). 


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Tyler Varga's draft stock rising at Senior Bowl



Tyler Varga checked in at a chiseled 5 feet, 10¼ inches and 227 pounds, stealing the show at this week’s weigh-in at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

Read more about Varga's week at the Senior Bowl.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Yale recruiting update

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

Ian Baker, DE, 6-4, 225, North Canton, Ohio: Playing OL and DE at Hoover. 
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Peter Firestone, DE, 6-6, 255, North Canton, Ohio: Had offers from Army, UConn and other Ivy schools. VIDEO

Michael Gordon, DB, 6-2, 170, Marietta, Georgia: All-Region second team by the AJC. VIDEO

Jamison Hale, DT, 6-5, 260, Fresno, California: Also had offers from San Diego and UNLV. VIDEO

Bo Hines, WR, 6-1, 190, Charlotte, North Carolina: Transfer from North Carolina State. Team’s leading receiver as a freshman last season. Huge land for the Bulldogs. VIDEO

Daniel James, DL, 6-2, 280, Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Listed as a two-star recruit. Several Ivy offers along with schools like South Alabama and Bryant. VIDEO

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

Bronson Krull, DE, 6-4, 250, Mansfield, Ohio: Had 84 tackles, including 10 TFL last season. VIDEO

John Lager, WR/TE, 6-5, 230, St. Louis Park, Minnesota: Drew interest from several Ivy League schools, along with Army. 
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Jack Lee, OL, 6-5, 260, Mendota Heights, Minnesota: Part of a strong OL class for the Bulldogs. VIDEO

Rees LeMay, OL, 6-5, 275, Dallas, Texas: All-district selection. VIDEO

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

Chris Maxwell, H-Back, 6-2, 212, Avon, Ohio: Caught 32 passes for 449 yards and four touchowns. Good speed and size. 
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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

Kyle Mullen, TE/DE, 6-4, 245, Englishtown, N.J.: Had interest from Ivy, Patriot and CAA teams. VIDEO

James Nicholas, RB/DB, 6-0, 185, Scarsdale, New York: Will play football and golf for the Bulldogs. VIDEO

Edrico Oliver, TE, 6-3, 230, Bakersfield, California: Caught 55 passes for 1,134 yards and 14 touchdowns. VIDEO

Scott Patton, S, 6-3, 190, Irvine, California: Finished senior year with 126 tackles, four sacks and two INTs. 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

Jake Schmidt, TE, 6-6, 240, Richmond, Michigan: All-state selection. VIDEO

Jacob Van De Grift, OT, 6-5, 290, San Diego, California: Athletic and should bolster Bulldogs up front. 
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Jimmy Wilkins, SS/WR, 6-4, 200, Frisco, Texas: Wilkins was a 9-5A first-team all-district selection this past season. VIDEO

Hall out; Varga to play in Senior Bowl

After just one season Carlton Hall is no longer the defensive line coach at Yale, a source confirmed on Tuesday.
Hall’s name is no longer listed on the Yale athletic website. A replacement has yet to be named.
Hall replaced Dwayne Wilmot last season. He came to Yale after serving as defensive line coach at Elon.
More to come on this story.
VARGA TO PLAY IN SENIOR BOWL
Yale RB Tyler Varga is set to play in this Saturday’s Reese’s Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama, at 4 p.m.

The game will be televised on NFL Network. Varga will suit up for the North Team. Varga's agent Joe Linta said Varga is "certainly draftable" following a strong Senior Bowl practice on Tuesday. Varga, who is from Canada, is also considered to be a top prospect in the CFL draft.
Varga earned the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year last season.

Friday, January 09, 2015

Yale lands DL James

It looks like Yale has landed another strong recruit in 6-2, 280-pound DL Daniel James.

James recently finished his senior season at McKinley High in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he earned all-division honors. Rivals rates him as a two-star recruit. He had several Ivy offers along with others like South Alabama, McNeese State and Bryant.

Check out some highlights of James.

“You know it’s an academic school when you go there,” James told the New Orleans Advocate. “But when I got to campus there were flags about every football game. That was one of the first things I saw. I didn’t expect that, and I liked that.

“I liked the football players and the students. I got to sit in on classes while I was there and talk to students. They didn’t know who I was or that I was there about football. All of them said positive things and that meant a lot.”

James said this about his decision on Twitter…

For an complete list of Yale recruits, check out the previous post.

Monday, January 05, 2015

Yale recruiting update

Here is a look at some players that should be headed to Yale next season, pending acceptance (newest additions are italicized).

Ian Baker, DE, 6-4, 225, North Canton, Ohio: Playing OL and DE at Hoover. 
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Peter Firestone, DE, 6-6, 255, North Canton, Ohio: Had offers from Army, UConn and other Ivy schools. VIDEO

Michael Gordon, DB, 6-2, 170, Marietta, Georgia: All-Region second team by the AJC. VIDEO

Jamison Hale, DT, 6-5, 260, Fresno, California: Also had offers from San Diego and UNLV. VIDEO

Bo Hines, WR, 6-1, 190, Charlotte, North Carolina: Transfer from North Carolina State. Team’s leading receiver as a freshman last season. Huge land for the Bulldogs. VIDEO

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

John Lager, WR/TE, 6-5, 230, St. Louis Park, Minnesota: Drew interest from several Ivy League schools, along with Army. 
VIDEO

Rees LeMay, OL, 6-5, 275, Dallas, Texas: All-district selection. VIDEO

Jack Lee, OL, 6-5, 260, Mendota Heights, Minnesota: Part of a strong OL class for the Bulldogs. VIDEO

Kyle Marcinick, WR, 6-1, 185, Dublin, Ohio: Also had interest from Northwestern, Toledo and Youngstown State. 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. 
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Edrico Oliver, TE, 6-3, 230, Bakersfield, California: Caught 55 passes for 1,134 yards and 14 touchdowns. VIDEO

Scott Patton, S, 6-3, 190, Irvine, California: Finished senior year with 126 tackles, four sacks and two INTs. 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

Jacob Van De Grift, OT, 6-5, 290, San Diego, California: Athletic and should bolster Bulldogs up front. 
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Jimmy Wilkins, SS/WR, 6-4, 200, Frisco, Texas: Wilkins was a 9-5A first-team all-district selection this past season. VIDEO

Some quick notes…

The Bulldogs have a solid group of offensive linemen so far. Marcinik has great speed at WR. The addition of Hines is huge, especially with the loss of Deon Randall and Grant Wallace. Moore might be the most notable incoming freshman of this group so far.

Players return on Monday and will begin lifting, running and nutrition programs. A week later, they will begin 7-on-7s. Spring football begins the last week of March and finishes up with the annual Blue-White scrimmage on April 18.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

North Carolina State WR Bo Hines to transfer to Yale

Bo Hines, North Carolina State’s leading receiver this past season as a freshman, will transfer to Yale pending acceptance, according to a Yale source.

Hines, a 6-foot-1, 190 slot receiver, made the announcement he was transferring via Twitter on Saturday.

“I must do what I believe is best for my future not only as a student-athlete, but also as a human being,” Hines tweeted.

Hines has been granted a release from North Carolina State according to the Charlotte Observer. Hines finished with 45 receptions for 616 yards and one touchdown. Hines led the Wolfpack with three catches for 79 yards in a win over Central Florida in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Friday and had eight catches for 103 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown against Florida State earlier this season.

 

The addition of Hines should help fill the void left by the program’s all-time leader in receptions in Deon Randall along with Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, running back Tyler Varga. He will join an offense that led the nation in total yards (571.5 ypg) and that ranked third in scoring (41.1 ppg). The Bulldogs (8-2, 5-2 Ivy) finished third in the Ivy League last season.

Below is a letter from Hines' Twitter account...