Thursday, September 04, 2008

QBs, receivers in spotlight

With reigning Ivy League player of the year Mike McLeod back at running back, four starters back from the offensive line and tights ends continuing to impress, Yale's offense appears to be in good shape. The final pieces of the puzzle on the offensive side of the things should fall into place when Yale plays at Princeton in a scrimmage on Friday.

Former Hand High star Ryan Fodor is currently the top guy at quarterback but he is being pushed by sophomore Brook Hart who Bulldogs' coach Jack Siedlecki has been the most improved player from the spring to the present time. Junior Rich Scudellari is also in the mix and the three will split time in the scrimmage.

Receiver is another area that will be looked at closely by the coaching staff.

"We really need some receivers to step up," Siedlecki said. "We used to travel with six and right now we don’t have six. That is one place where freshmen are going to play early."

Speaking of freshmen, running backs Alex Thomas out of Ansonia and Jake McCrary have seen plenty of time running behind the starting offensive line in the preseason with
juniors Jordan Farrell and Ricky Galvez nursing injuries. Other freshmen who have been impressive are cornerback Drew Baldwin, linebacker Jordan Haynes and defensive lineman Jake Stoller.

Yale senior linebacker and captain Bobby Abare threw out the first pitch at the Boston Red Sox game on Tuesday along with Harvard captain Matt Curtis. Abare, a former baseball player in high school, was a bit rusty and it showed in his delivery.

"It was fun. It was a little nervewracking, I hadn’t thrown a baseball in a while but it was definitely fun, we got to meet some great guys. My result on the mound wasn’t what I had anticipated, I threw it over the catcher’s head."

As for his counterpart at Harvard - "he short hopped it, he threw it into the dirt so that made me feel a little better."


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