Friday, September 05, 2008

Passing grades?

The scrimmage against Princeton is in the books and if the statistics count for anything, deciding on the starting quarterback didn't get any easier for Yale coach Jack Siedlecki.

Senior Ryan Fodor of Madison headed into camp as the No. 1 guy but he is being pushed hard by sophomore Brook Hart. Junior Rich Scudellari was also in the mix. Fodor was 4 of 6 for 122 yards including a 69-yard TD pass to Ken Eberling while Hart was 6 of 9 for 62 yards. Scudellari was 6 of 12 for 72 yards but threw two interceptions. Fodor is the most experienced of the QBs but no Yale player has made a bigger jump in play from the spring game to the current time than Hart.

Eberling and Justin Forney (3 catches for 40 yards) were the top receivers while Brandon Scott had 50 yards rushing to lead all Yale running backs. Mike McLeod ran the ball four times for 12 yards while freshman Alex Thomas of Ansonia, the 2008 Register State Football Moat Valuable Player, ran for 34 yards on six attempts and had a reception.

On defense, senior defensive lineman Kyle Hawari was nursing a tight quad and was iffy to play. But Hawari not only suited up but had three solo tackles including a sack. That is good news for the Bulldogs as a healthy Hawari will make a huge difference up front. Freshman defensive back Drew Baldwin, who had an interception, continues to impress.

The team will sit through an extensive session breaking down the game tape on Sunday and after using Monday as the NCAA-mandated day off, the team will reconvene on Tuesday. The reconfigured two-deep chart figures to be finalized by either Tuesday or Wednesday as the Bulldogs begin preparations for the Sept. 20 season opener against Georgetown.

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