Thursday, August 30, 2007

Observations from Yale-Princeton

A long blog for a long day of football.

-- Brandt Hollander sprained his ankle on the second play of the actual scrimamge, but will be fine. He was pretty loose after the game, more impressed with the fact that he could get an X-ray at the Bowl. He said if it was a regular-season game he would have returned to play.

-- No surprise here, Mike McLeod had just four carries in the actual scrimmage. No reason to have him in much more than that.

-- Princeton did what most teams will do this year: dare Yale to throw the ball by committing themselves to the run. Yale missed a few opportunities for long balls it will need to connect on during the regular season. Langston Johnson was wide open in the middle of the field, but the pass was overthrown. He scores if the pass is there.

-- Yale will use its tight ends a lot more this season and should with Johnson and John Sheffield.

-- Sophomore DB Paul Rice can hit. The Bowl was empty, but Rice had one pop Thursday that just echoed.

-- Yale's defense gave up too many big rushing plays, but it basically comes down to wrapping people up.

-- Quarterback Ryan Fodor solidified his spot at No. 2. He did a nice job on Yale's scoring drive, showing a lot of poise and good footwork to avoid a sack, roll to his right and find Ken Ebeling for a 17-yard touchdown on 3rd-and-12. He could have forced something earlier, or simply gotten rid of the ball, but showed good maturity. Fodor was 5-for-8 for 67 yards.

-- Richie Scudellari (who is also holding for field goals and extra points) was 5-for-8 for 71 yards.

-- Matt Kelleher was 6-for-14 for 90 yards with an interception. He showed hints of why he was a big-time catch for Yale out of Southington, where he set a state record for passing yardage. But he also showed that he hasn't played a lot of quarterback over the past year because of injuries. Siedlecki had a long talk with him after he was intercepted in the end zone while driving Yale. Siedlecki then put Kelleher back in for the next series, obviously trying to build his confidence.

-- Yale had a tough time with its punting game, but sophomore Tom Mante started slow last year as well, then came on strong as the season went on.

-- Andrew Liyana had a nice game defensively, with a fumble recovery and interception.

-- Sophomore Ricardo Galvez looked pretty sharp in second half in junior varsity session. He had 16 carries for 71 yards.

-- First look at John Pagliaro Jr. One carry for 5 yards.

-- Freshman quarterback Brook Hart, the younger brother of Brady Hart, from State College has a gun for an arm. He's a lefty and a strong kid.

-- The Yale freshmen stopped Princeton on 3rd down and 4th down from the 1 to end the game.

-- Bill Foran was 8-for-9 for 111 yards for Princeton.

-- Jeff's younger brother Greg Mroz was 9-for-13 for 75 yards.

-- Kenny Gunter had some nice runs for Princeton.


McLeod on Payton list

Mike McLeod on preseason Walter Payton watch as best player in Division I-AA.

Only player from Ivy League mentioned.

The link.

Monday, August 27, 2007

New York Times

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Burning fields

This story makes you appreciate natural grass.

Busy day Sunday

Yale will practice twice Sunday.

8:30-11:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.- 9 p.m.

They also practice twice Tuesday, same times.

Parking is not available at Cullman Loop or anywhere around Smilow. You are going to have to park behind Yale Field, and it should be tight, as players and coaches will be parking there as well.

Yale Football Day at Norwich's Dodd Stadium

Here's a release from the San Francisco Giants Class AA team, which is promoting Yale football.

Their GM, Charlie Dowd, was GM for the Ravens in New Haven.

(Norwich, Conn) - On Wednesday, August 29, the Connecticut Defenders will host Yale
Football Day at Dodd Stadium. The first 2,000 fans will receive a ticket to a 2007 Yale
football home game. Kids who wear any football shirt will receive free admission as the
Defenders host the New Hampshire Fisher Cats at 7:05 p.m.
The Defenders are proud to partner with this historic football program that is the popular
preseason pick to win the Ivy League. In 2006, the Bulldogs shared the Ivy League
Championship with Princeton. The Yale Bowl has made recent multi million dollar
renovations for a more fan friendly environment. The Yale football tickets have an $11
face value.
“The football program has a rich history and we are proud to team up with them for a
great family event, said Defenders General Manager, Charlie Dowd. “We hope that
people will take the trip to and enjoy a couple of great sporting events.”
The Connecticut Defenders are the Class Double A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants,
and a member of the 12-team Eastern League. Fans can purchase new team
merchandise, individual game tickets, group outings, corporate picnics and skyboxes by
visiting the team’s official website at or by calling (860) 887-

Isaac Odim

Yale was high on him coming out of high school, but he never made it to campus.

He's playing football again. Here's the link

Friday, August 24, 2007

Register story links

Preseason All-America

Abare, Hollander and McLeod were among the 81 players selected to the 2007 Sports Network preseason FCS All-America team

I would be surprised if McLeod isn't on the Walter Payton watch and at least Abare on the Buck Buchanan Watch (for defensive player of the year in I-AA, oops I mean Football Championship Division).

Here's a link

Shoop article

Good article on Bob Shoop.

Most interesting quote:

"I failed as an Ivy League coach partly because of (passion)," Shoop said. "I was more passionate than some of the student-athletes.",0,1657763.column

Potential recruit, but early

I will post links to stories that mention potential recruits for Yale, but do so knowing the process is a long one for Ivy League schools.

Also, Yale is still very involved with Ansonia (Ct.) running back Alex Thomas.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

heading inside

Rain forced first day of practice and testing to Coxe Cage.