Tuesday, October 04, 2011

More on Yale's calling off next two JV games

Updating a previous entry, a string of injuries to Yale's younger players led to the decision to cancel upcoming junior varsity games against Milford Academy on Sunday and Bridgton Academy on Oct. 30. As a result, Yale's only remaining JV game is on Nov. 18 against Harvard.

Freshmen Ethan DaSilva (knee), Max Fink (hip), Victor Hicks (shoulder), Tyler Hutchison (eye) and Kahlil Keys (knee), sophomore Michael Leunen (knee) and juniors Michael Anderson (shoulder) and Scott Williams (knee) are all out for the season. Also, Dez Duron left Yale to pursue a singing career leaving Yale a bit thin at certain positions. Add in the uncertainty surrounding freshman  Chris Coyne because of a concussion and the number of injured players who likely would have suited up in the JV games is staggering. Perhaps the moment of truth came when the JV squad played Dean College. Yale has just four quarterbacks on its complete roster. Henry Furman and Jake Semones were expected to split time at quarterback before Semones was knocked out of the game early with a concussion. Not only did Furman have to play the rest of the game but Yale came very close to losing the services of Semones, who is the regular holder on field goals and extra points for the varsity squad.

"Our numbers are really thin and it is difficult to ask guys to play 75 snaps in a row without a break," Yale coach Tom Williams said. "We don’t want get those guys hurt too so we are trying to be judicious about the exposure we give those guys. I know we are going to play the Harvard JV game but to play those other two would be fruitless at this point with the guys we have banged up."


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