Thursday, April 12, 2012

Yale notes

So covering Yale football is still a work in progress for me. I’m putting the names and numbers with faces, and delving through old Jim Fuller articles.
Readers have asked to check on a few topics. They are included in the notes below.
With a handful of injuries head coach Tony Reno had a short list of rising sophomores. He mentioned OLs Ben Carbery and Will Chism. Both are working hard and playing well this spring. Carbery is 6-5 and 275 pounds from Oak Park, Ill. He received the Charles Loftus Award given to the Bulldogs most valuable freshman. Chism is a 6-3, 280-pound lineman from Ridgeland, Miss. He played junior varsity and served as a backup last season.
Grant Wallace is the last one. He’s a 6-foot, 180-pound WR from St. Louis. Reno called Wallace a “very technically sound” player. He played junior varsity last year and caught 62 touchdowns in his high school career. His father Robert Wallace worked in the front office of the St. Louis Rams for 16 years.
Tony Reno has said Jake Semones, Henry Furman, Derek Russell and John Whitelaw are all in the running to replace Patrick Witt at QB.
It looks like Whitelaw is leading the pack though. He took the majority of snaps late in a practice earlier this week and a few players have said Whitelaw has stepped up and taken on a leadership role.
Whitelaw was the only other QB besides Witt, who threw the ball last season for the Bulldogs. The 6-1, 205-pound junior played in five games.
Someone asked about Senior LB Wes Moyer. He will be a medical redshirt and return for the fall. Moyer finished with 26 tackles last year and earned Academic All-Ivy League honors.
John Oppenheimer started at center in all 10 games last season, playing nearly every snap.
WR Cam Sandquist says he’s really taking control of the line and coming into his own this spring.
“From the outside looking in, you see him leading everything,” Sandquist said. “He really seems to have a grasp on what’s going on.”
Senior Mordecai Cargill is expected to be Yale’s lead RB in 2012.
He was second on the team last year behind Alex Thomas with 118 rushes for 530 yards and five touchdowns.
“He’s had an awesome offseason,” said Whitelaw about Cargill. “I’m excited to see a big year from him. He will put a lick on someone, but can also make you miss. He’s really talented and has a lot of skills.”


Anonymous Truly Blue '59 said...

Many thanks for the informative update. Any word on last fall's wounded freshmen?

9:46 AM 
Anonymous Bill Abelson said...

Very interesting news, especially at QB. Two questions, 1) will Moyer be back in the fall of 2012 or 2013? 2) how does the placekicker position look? will it be incumbent Phillipe Panico or is there competition?

1:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Rb Kahlil Keys practicing? We need depth here.

6:58 PM 
Anonymous Steve Moyer said...

Wes will be playing this fall, Bill. He's pretty fired up about the defensive scheme.

11:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No. He is wearing a brace on his leg.He is doing exercises.

2:05 PM 
Anonymous Steve Moyer said...

Wes no longer wears a brace. Oh, you may be referring to Kahlil.

BTW, I met Kahlil and he is a fine, young man. I met his parents, as well. He comes from great stock. Good luck on your rehab, Kahlil!

2:30 PM 

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