Friday, September 25, 2009

Looking to draw a crowd

Many of the changes instituted by new Yale football coach Tom Williams may not be so obvious to those who do not head out to the Bulldogs' daily practices but there is one new wrinkle that Williams hopes the Yale faithful gets behind.

Williams wants Yale fans to line the path the Bulldogs take to the Yale Bowl to greet the team. The "Walter Camp Walk" begins at 10:30 a.m. The team will gather at the Walter Camp Arch to being the "Bulldog March" to the field.

The new-look Yale squad will feature 14 starters who never started for the Bulldogs before this season as Yale plays its home opener at noon against Cornell.

On Sunday at 1 p.m. at Clint Frank Field, the Yale junior varsity will play its first game of the season against Milford Academy. Duane Brooks, who shared the JV coaching duties with Larry Ciotti in the past, is the JV head coach although the entire staff will be on hand to help out. Milford Academy perennial sends multiple players to Football Bowl Series schools and this is another strong squad. Former Hyde star Zane Marks is expected to start at running back

According to the rivals.com database, Milford Academy offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche (Miami), running back/defensive back Travon Van (Florida), receivers Todd Thomas (Pitsburgh) and Stephane Ngoumou (Iowa), defensive back Anthony Holmes (Temple) and defensive tackle Christopher Henderson (Akron) have all committed to FBS schools.

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