Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Media luncheon update

Finally getting around to recapping the weekly luncheon.

Yale may be without injured safety Steve Santoro, which would be a huge loss for the Bulldogs. If Santoro can't go, don't be surprised to see Paul Rice shift from corner to safety and Adam Money move into the starting cornerback spot he figures to hold down next year.

Receiver Reid Lathan suffered a concussion last week and will have to pass the baseline test before he is able to return to the field. If he can't go, don't be surprised if converted defensive back Gio Christodoulou sees more snaps at receiver.

This could be the week that running back Ricky Galvez returns to the lineup. A hamstring injury has kept Galvez out of action since the season-opening win over Georgetown. The presence of Galvez would allow Yale to give Mike McLeod an occasional rest. Siedlecki has been dropping hints in recent weeks that time is approaching for freshman running back Alex Thomas to get a shot. Could this be the week? Not sure since I thought Thomas might get some work in the last Ivy League game against Dartmouth and he had just one carry.

Speaking of McLeod, he made it a point of seeking out Yale coach Jack Siedlecki and telling him that his injured ankle feels better this week than it has in the last couple of weeks. Let's see if it translates into a big game this week.

Senior cornerback Casey Gerald's hip is still bothering him but Siedlecki expects Gerald to go on Saturday.

Penn running backs Mike DiMaggio and Brad Blackmon and cornerback Tyson Maugle are all expected to play for the Quakers.

Siedlecki, senior defensive lineman Kyle Hawari and junior punter Tom Mante said that the response after the 12-10 loss to Fordham has been a positive one. With Yale already suffering a loss in the Ivy, the Bulldogs need to win to have any realistic chance of making a run at a league title so there is no time for the Bulldogs to keep sorry for themselves.

A little off topic, but happy to report that the two teams walking in honor of the late Bill Gonillo, the former voice of Yale football, raised nearly $5,000 in a American Diabetes Association walk Sunday in Fairfield. That number counts donations made online so when the checks which were turned in on Sunday are tabulated, that number figures to climb.


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