Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Christodoulou iffy, Lathan coming back

At Tuesday's weekly Yale press conference, Bulldogs coach Tom Williams wasn't optimistic about the status of junior receiver/returnman Gio Christodoulou. Christodoulou hurt his foot and ankle in Saturday's 14-12 loss to Cornell.

"Based on what I saw at the end of the game I would be surprised if he would be able to go," Williams said.

While Yale will miss the game-breaking skills of Christodoulou, the Bulldogs should have the services of senior receiver Reid Lathan and sophomore running back Alex Thomas.

Lathan has been slowed by a knee injury and last week Williams was uncertain when he would back. Williams believes the reliable Lathan, who developed chemistry with quarterback Patrick Witt, will be a big lift for the Bulldogs.

Thomas was in uniform against Cornell but Williams said he wasn't planning to put the former Ansonia High star in unless there were no other options.

"It would have to have been in an emergency situation because we just wasn’t quite right yet and for order for him to play in that fast of a game, he needed to be 100 percent," Williams said. "He should be ready to go this week."

The status of Witt, who threw three second-half interceptions, was a popular topic on Tuesday. Williams was solidly behind his quarterback who will start again on Saturday against Lafayette.

Lafayette's quarterback situation is a bit dicey. Senior Rob Curley suffered a concussion in Saturday's win over Pennsylvania. Curley has completed 64 percent of his passes for 831 yards with six touchdowns and one interception in the first three games of the season. The Lafayette media which called into the Ivy League football coaches teleconference referred to Curley as being out for Saturday. If that is the case, sophomore Ryan O'Neil will get the start.

Staying on the quarterback topic, Yale senior strong safety Larry Abare took a trip down memory lane when he was told that Josh Johnson would be starting for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers against Washington on Sunday. Abare remembers trying to tackle Johnson when he led his San Diego team to a 17-14 win over Yale. Johnson was 22 of 34 for 198 yards including the winning touchdown with 6:37 remaining.

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