Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Yale back in poll

After a four-week absence, Yale has returned to the "other teams receiving votes" in the Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision poll. Yale, winners of its last three games to improve to 6-3, received three points. Harvard remains at No. 19. Brown, with 10 points, is the only other Ivy League representative. Holy Cross just missed cracking the top 25 meaning the overtime loss to the Bulldogs pretty much kept the Crusaders out of the top 25.

One interesting thing I noticed is that three of the teams ranked ahead of Harvard receive key contributions from former New Haven high school stars.

Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Martin Parker, who was on Yale's recruiting radar for a bit while he was at Hyde, has 38 tackles and two sacks for No. 7 Richmond.

Former Hillhouse star D.J. McAulay, a junior receiver, leads 16th-ranked William & Mary with 37 catches, 701 receiving yards and eight touchdown receptions.

Senior defensive back Lionel Nixon Jr., who played scholastically at Hyde, is fourth on No. 17 Maine with 69 tackles including a team-best 40 solo hits. Nixon also has two sacks and an interception.

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