Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tuesday notes

Some notes from Tuesday luncheon:

-- Senior center Nick Wachtler is out this week and might be for a period of time. He was having MRI on ankle today. Ty Davis will start in his place. This is a key loss. Wachtler was All-Ivy honorable mention last year and started every game at center.

Cornell has a really good nose guard, Frank Kunis, who is 5-11, 275.

Yes, the Big Red have switched from a 4-3 to 3-4 defense. They will still blitz like crazy.

-- Junior DE Kyle Hawari ran Monday with no pain. Expect it to be at least a week before he plays, though.

-- Yale will know more about MG Brandt Hollander as the week progresses. Hollander has an ankle injury.

-- Cornell plays Bucknell in Week 1, so scouting the Big Red's defense is never easy for Yale. Bucknell plays a spread option offense.

-- Cornell put up 38 points on Bucknell last week, the most in an opener for the Big Red since 1986.

-- It seems like junior quarteback Nathan Ford, who made his debut at the Bowl in a reserve role two years ago, has been at Cornell forever.

Cornell is having Ford throw a lot of screen passes and quick behind-the-line passes to his wide receivers, similar to Georgetown.

Jack Siedlecki said Yale will make some adjustments on defense to take some of the pressure off the linebackers. Jay Pilkerton made 16 stops last week.

-- Saturday is Youth Day at the Bowl, so if you want to see some youth football, head on out to the Bowl for a 9 a.m. New Haven Pee-Wee Game. The Shoreline game will be after Yale's at 4:30 p.m.

-- Yale remains No. 21 in both I-AA polls.

-- Weekly award winners for Yale:

OL: Langston Johnson
Offenive back: Mike McLeod
Defensive back: Jay Pilkerton
Special teams: Larry Abare
Hammer (hardest hit): Louis Gresham

-- Interesting Cornell note: Big red is 3-11 on the road and 1-6 on natural grass under Jim Knowles.

-- To listen to today's press conference, visit sportingnewsct.com


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