Monday, October 29, 2012
Reno keeps practice closed
Just got word that coach Tony Reno will keep practices closed to media once again this week. Perhaps that means QBs Eric Williams and Derek Russell are still injured.
Another week of the wildcat?
As expected, Soph. RB Tyler Varga was named to the Ivy League honor roll.
Playing out of the wildcat, Varga rushed for 220 yards and three TDs on 25 carries in Saturday's 26-22 loss to Columbia. He also completed a pass for 18 yards.
Also, Tuesday's weekly media luncheon has been canceled because of the storm.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Here is a story
about Yale's QB situation heading into today's game.
Both Eric Williams and Henry Furman taking snaps at QB in pregame warmups. Williams likely out and Furman should start. Also don't see Russell on the field.
Follow me on Twitter @Chris_Hunn for updates.
Friday, October 26, 2012
I should have started this earlier but better late than never. Here is
the first installment of 4-down Friday, a look at four things to keep an eye on
heading into Saturday's game...
1. QB play: We won't know who will start under center for Yale until
kickoff. If Eric Williams is somehow able to go, how effective can he really
be? If it's Derek Russell, he is a dual threat. But will his limited arm strength
limit the offense? And if Yale is forced to roll with WR-turned-QB Henry
Furman, is he good enough to manage an offense after not having played the
position is six months?
2. One-two punch: If Tony Reno continues to use both Mordecai Cargill and Tyler
Varga in the backfield, that could cause quite a headache for Columbia. Varga
rushed for 96 yards on 26 carries and Cargill added 43 yards on seven rushes.
3. Top target: Columbia QB Sean Brackett likes to go to his TE Hamilton Garner.
Garner’s size (6-5, 234) makes him a tough matchup and he has 17 catches for
233 yards this season. Yale needs to limit his looks.
4. Slipping away: Columbia has been outscored 50-13 in the fourth quarter this
season and the Lions let a lead slip away in the fourth for the second straight
game last week. Columbia fell 21-16 to Dartmouth.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
So your guess on who
will start at QB Saturday against Columbia is as good as mine.
Freshmen Eric Williams
and Logan Scott, along with senior Derek Russell were all injured in Saturday’s
win against Penn.
Well coach Tony Reno
said Williams and Russell will go through pregame warmups and see how they
feel. Williams (shoulder) will be the starter if he’s able to play. Russell is
next in line. Scott is the only one who is ruled out and will likely miss three
Junior Henry Furman, who
was the third-string QB last season and moved to WR this year, has seen the
majority of snaps in practice this week (which was closed to media). He will be
under center if both Williams and Russell can’t go.
Also, freshman LB Blake Thomson will be a game-time decision. He was also injured in the win over Penn.
The Bulldogs had both
Mordecai Cargill and Tyler Varga on the field at running back together against Penn
following a full week of practice for the first time since a season-opening win
Cargill missed some time
with injury and Varga missed the Dartmouth game as the NCAA investigated his
transfer from Canada’s Western Ontario University.
Expect to see more of that going forward.
Cargill, a senior, and Varga, a
sophomore, are two of the most talented backs in the Ivy League. Varga ran for
96 yards on 26 carries and Cargill added 43 yards on seven carries against the
"It’s a good part
of our package," Reno said. "Those are two guys that can change the
gam every time they touch the ball."
Reno reflected on the
Bulldogs first Ivy League win of the season. Here’s what he had to say...
"We finally put
together 60 minutes of football. We’ve been putting together 45 and some good
30-minute pieces. Defense was able to get off the field on third down and in
the red zone area. Those are two areas we’ve been inconsistent in. We moved the
football. No matter who was in at quarterback, we were efficient. We didn’t
turn the ball over and we were good in the red zone. When those things happen,
you win football games and that’s what we did."
With practice closed to media and Reno not saying much, it's hard to say who will start at QB against Columbia Saturday. Hopefully I will have some news following today's practice. Stay tuned...
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Today's feature and some more notes
Senior K Philippe Panico booted a career-long 43 yard FG and added a 42-yarder in Saturday's win against Penn. Check out this feature on Panico and why he wears No. 16.
LB Beau Palin and Panico were on hand for Tuesday’s media luncheon at Mory’s.
grew up in Oconomowoc, Wisc., where hockey was quite popular. Palin was
an all-area defenseman and helped his team to a state title at the at
University School of Milwaukee. At
6 foot 3 and 247 pounds, he must have had a pretty intimidating presence
on the ice.
for Panico, he is an avid golfer and boasts a +.01 handicap. He played
on Yale’s golf team as a freshman. Panico was born in Brazil and moved
to the United States at age 9. He continued
to play soccer before switching over to football when he was 12 years
old. He didn’t begin to kick until his sophomore year of high school.
"I switched over to football because my grandfather played and I thought it was a lot cooler of a sport," he said.
PALIN ENJOYING MOVE TO LB
Like many on the team, Palin shifted positions this season.
has taking a liking, moving from tight end to linebacker. He’s doing
pretty well, too. Palin has 26 tackles and leads the team with 3.5
"I like defense a lot," Palin said. "It’s more reactionary. Sacking the quarterback is more fun than receiving a pass."
SPREADING THE BALL AROUND
have gotten in on the action in Yale’s passing game. A total of 14
players have caught a pass and six different Bulldogs have caught a
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Injury woes at QB
Yale head coach Tony Reno said all three of his quarterbacks — freshmen Eric Williams and Logan Scott, along with senior Derek Russell — are day-to-day after being injured in Saturday’s win over Penn.
Yale also has junior Henry Furman if needed. He was recruited as a quarterback, but has been playing wide receiver for the Bulldogs this season.
Reno also said practices will be closed to all media this week.
THE LAST TIME...
Yale faced Columbia, Mordecai Cargill ran for a career-high 230 yards and two touchdowns in a 16-13 Yale at a slippery, snow-covered Wien Stadium last season.
With high winds and a heavy snowfall, both teams were unable to throw and combined for just 111 passing yards.
Expect much different conditions this time around when Yale travels to face Columbia Saturday. Temperatures are expected to reach the high 60s.
HARVARD FALLS TO PRINCETON
Princeton knocked off preseason Ivy League favorite and defending league champion Harvard 39-34 Saturday.
The loss snapped the Crimson’s nation-leading 14-game winning streak. It didn’t seem to be much of a surprise to Reno, who was part of Harvard’s coaching staff last year.
"I knew Princeton was going to be a tough team," he said. "That’s what makes this league so different, anyone could beat anyone. That’s what makes Ivy League football so great."
A SERIES OF FIRSTS
In last week’s win against Penn, Russell rushed for his first touchdown and Scott connected with Furman for a touchdown, first career touchdowns for both.
Monday, October 22, 2012
Panico, Scott honored
Senior K Philippe Panico earned Ivy League special teams
player of the week after booting a career-long 43-yard field goal and addding a
42-yard field goal in Yale’s 27-13 win over Penn Saturday.
Freshman QB Logan Scott earned league rookie honors. Scott,
who stepped in along with Derek Russell to replace injured QB Eric Williams,
capped a critical 11-play, 59-play scoring drive late in first half. Scott
capped the drive with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Henry Furman.
Also, put a call in to coach Tony Reno today to get an
update on Williams’ injury. No response yet.
Expect Russell to be the starter Saturday. Yale
will play at Columbia at 12:30 p.m. and will be televised on the YES network.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Thomson's summer trip
Originally recruited as
an H-Back, freshman Blake Thomson has shifted to LB and has done pretty well
with the transition.
He’s no stranger to the
position. Thomson played both TE and LB at Battle Ground Academy in Tenn.
“You can’t tell how
naturally a guy is going to be instinctively,” coach Tony Reno said. “He was
very natural. He understands schemes, he understands where he fits. He’s very
athletic for a linebacker, he covers well. He gotten an opportunity and he’s performed.”
Thomson is one of many
freshman who has gotten an early shot to contribute and has 13 tackles on the
What’s most intriguing
about Thomson is his story off the field.