Monday, October 27, 2008

McLeod sets record

Lost in all the talk of Yale's offensive struggles in a 9-7 loss to Penn on Saturday was the fact that McLeod set an Ivy League record for most career carries.

McLeod's 18 rushing attempts gave him 964 in his four years at Yale, breaking the mark of 958 set by Harvard's Clifton Dawson from 2003-06. With 621 carries in Ivy League games, McLeod has a chance to top the record of 707 (in league games only) currently held by Cornell's Ed Marinaro. It should be noted that Marinaro's record came in three seasons as freshmen were not eligible to play during Marinaro's playing days.

Although the Ivy League rushing records are no longer within McLeod's grasp, he would become just the fifth player in league history to rush for 4,000 yards with 100 yards against Columbia Saturday. If McLeod has 59 all-purpose yards, he would become the fourth Ivy Leaguer with 5,000.

Speaking of moving up the charts, his eight tackles on Saturday allowed Bobby Abare to move by Ben Breunig, Jeff Rohrer and Kevin Skol on Yale's list for career tackles. With 249 stops, Abare is ranked 14th. He would need 39 tackles in the last four games to finish in the top 10.

CIOTTI TO BE HONORED
Yale running backs coach Larry Ciotti, a former coach at Hand of Madison, is one of seven people being honored on Nov. 3 at the March of Dimes Elm City Legends event

Here's the basic info:
Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale from 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Tickets $85 and reserved tables of 10 are available for $750.
For more information, contact Devin Madden at 860-812-0080 x. 313 or dmadden@marchofdimes.com.

Being honored with Ciotti is local broadcasting legend George "The Coach" DeMaio, who broadcasts live at tailgate parties at Yale's home games, former Notre Dame (West Haven) athletic director and ex-University of New Haven assistant baseball coach Joe Tonelli, Hillhouse track and field coach Gary Moore, former Southern Connecticut State gymnastics coach Abie Grossfeld, Quinnipiac hockey coach Rand Pecknold and ESPN's Mike Golic.

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