Friday, November 30, 2012

Hill to be honored

Former Yale RB and All-American selection Calvin Hill will be Yale’s honoree at the Ivy Football Association Dinner on Feb. 7 in the Broadway Ballroom of the New York Marriot Marquis.
A reception begins at 5:30 p.m. and a black-tie dinner begins at 7. The dinner will feature former Yale defensive star and master of ceremonies Jack Ford. The event chairmen includes former Yale RB William Primps. For more information on the event, go to
Hill, a 1969 graduate, was a two-time All-Ivy selection and broke Albie Booth’s record for career touchdowns. He was selected in the first round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys. He earned NFL Rookie of the Year and All-Pro honors that year. He spent six seasons in Dallas and became the team's first 1,000-yard rusher. Hill's career continued with the Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1969, 1972, 1973 and 1974.
He has been a consultant to the Cowboys since 1997.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Bushnell Cup finalists

Princeton DL Mike Catapano, Harvard QB Colton Chapple, Brown DB AJ Cruz and Cornell QB Jeff Mathews are the finalists for the Bushnell Cup, the Ivy League’s Player of the Year.
Mathews is just the second player to be twice named a Bushnell Cup finalist. He won the award last year. 
The winner of the Bushnell Cup will be announced on Monday at 12:30 p.m. and will be streamed live with access on

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Varga earns All-Ivy League first-team honors

Yale So. RB Tyler Varga has been selected to the All-Ivy League first team.
Varga, the youngest player on the offensive first team, led the nation with 194.2 all-purpose yards and led the Ivy League in rushing with 116.9 yards per game (13th in FCS). He also earned second team All-Ivy honors as a return specialist.
Varga is a candidate for the Bushnell Cup, the league's player of the year. Finalists will be announced on Nov. 27 and the winner will be named on Dec. 3.
Sr. RT Roy Collins was selected to the league's second team. Jr. LT West Gavin, Jr. C John Oppenheimer, Sr. RB Mordecai Cargill and Sr. CB Collin Bibb were all named honorable mentions.

A complete list of the league's awards are below...

Dalyn WIlliams, Dartmouth (Fr., QB - Corinth, Texas)

Nathan Bernstein, Brown (Sr., OL - Charlotte, N.C.)
Cole Hooper, Brown (Sr., OL - Oklahoma City)
*J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Sr., OL - Akron, N.Y.)
Rob Bathe, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - Plymouth, Minn.)
John Collins, Harvard (Sr., OL - Hull, Mass.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Sr., OL - Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Joe Bonadies, Penn (Sr., OL - Leonia, N.J.)
Colton Chapple, Harvard (Sr., QB - Alpharetta, Ga.)
Marcorus Garrett, Columbia (Jr., RB - Marietta, Ga.)
*Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Sr., H-Back - Medina, Ohio)
Treavor Scales, Harvard (Sr., RB - Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RB - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
*Luke Tasker, Cornell (Sr., WR - East Aurora, N.Y.)
Michael Reilly, Dartmouth (Sr., WR - Denver)
*Cameron Brate, Harvard (Jr., TE - Naperville, Ill.)

Josh Martin, Columbia (Sr., DL - Aurora, Colo.)
Zach Hodges, Harvard (So., DL - Atlanta)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Sr., DL - Sykesville, Md.)
*Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL - Bayville, N.Y.)
*Caraun Reid, Princeton (Sr., DL - Bronx, N.Y.)
Stephen Zambetti, Brown (Sr., LB - Germantown, Tenn.)
Michael Runger, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Lisle, Ill.)
*Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Sr., LB - Hyde Park, Mass.)
Daniel Davis, Penn (So., LB - Norman, Okla.)
*A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., DB - Lake Forest, Calif.)
Garrett Waggoner, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Sarasota, Fla.)
Sebastian Jaskowski, Penn (Jr., DB - Moorestown, N.J.)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Fr., DB - Columbus, N.J.)

Special Teams
David Mothander, Harvard (Jr., PK - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Sr., P - Gaylord, Mich.)
Scott Lopano, Penn (Sr., P - Southlake, Texas)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Fr., RS - Columbus, N.J.)

Anthony Fabiano, Harvard (So., OL - Wakefield, Mass.)
Christopher Bush, Penn (Jr., OL - Westwood, N.J.)
Michael Piniciotti, Penn (Sr., OL - West Chester, Pa.)
Spenser Huston, Princeton (So., OL - Summit, N.J.)
Roy Collins, Yale (Sr., OT - Carbondale, Ill.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Jr., QB - Camarillo, Calif.)
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Jr., RB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Lyle Marsh, Penn (Sr., RB - Bethel Park, Pa.)
Tellef Lundevall, Brown (Sr., WR - Highland Park, Ill.)
Grant Gellatly, Cornell (Jr., WR - Iaaaquah, Wash.)
Conner Scott, Penn (Jr., WR - Kenilworth, Ill.)
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Jr., WR - Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Mark Hayes, Princeton (Sr., TE - Tulsa, Okla.)

Ross Walthall, Brown (Sr., DL - Carmel, Ind.)
Michael Yules, Brown (Sr., DL - South Dartmouth, Mass.)
Teddy Reed, Dartmouth (Sr., DL - Boxford, Mass.)
John Lyon, Harvard (Sr., DL - Durham, N.C.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DL - Brockton, Mass.)
Zach Olinger, Columbia (Jr., LB - Hoover, Ala.)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Los Angeles)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Sr., LB - Lewisville, Texas)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Sr., LB - Plainfield, Ill.)
Emory Polley, Brown (Jr., DB - University Heights, Ohio)
Norman Hayes, Harvard (So., DB - Tucker, Ga.)
Chris Splinter, Harvard (Jr., DB - Middleton, Mass.)
Dave Twamley, Penn (Sr., DB - Princeton Junction, N.J.)
Dan Wilk, Penn (Jr., DB - Bethlehem, Pa.)

Special Teams
Alexander Norocea, Brown (Jr., PK - Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Sr., P - Edwards, Ill.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., RS - Lake Forest, Calif.)
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RS - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)

Daniel Austin, Brown (Jr., OL - Franklin, Tenn.)
Patrick Lahey, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - North Andover, Mass.)
Wes Gavin, Yale (Jr., OL - San Diego)
John Oppenheimer, Yale (Jr., C - Menlo Park, Calif.)
Billy Ragone, Penn (Sr., QB - Chesire, Conn.)
Mordecai Cargill, Yale (Sr., RB - Cleveland)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (So., WR - Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Grant Sickle, Harvard (Sr., DL - Jupiter, Fla.)
Adewole Oyalowo, Brown (Jr., LB - Bowie, Md.)
Mike Waller, Columbia (Sr., LB - Wayne, N.J.)
Brett Buehler, Cornell (Jr., LB - Dublin, Ohio)
Bobby Schneider, Harvard (Sr., LB - Grapevine, Texas)
Tim Kingsbury, Princeton (Sr., LB - Palos Park, Ill.)
D.J. Monroe, Harvard (Jr., DB - Columbia, S.C.)
Phillip Bhaya, Princeton (Jr., DB - Haddonfield, N.J.)
Collin Bibb, Yale (Sr., DB - San Antonio, Texas)
Connor Loftus, Penn (So., PK - Villa Park, Calif.)

* Unanimous Selection

Monday, November 19, 2012

Palin named captain and team honors

Yale defensive end Beau Palin has been named next season’s captain, which was announced Monday night at the Bulldogs annual team banquet at The Commons at Woolsey Hall.  
“It’s a tremendous honor to be appointed a leader by men I respect so much. The guys who’ve come before me, I’ve learned a lot. Our senior did an outstanding job of establishing the process and moving forward, I can’t wait to take the next step with this group of men, as one team, with one goal in mind. I’m very excited.”
Palin, a 6-foot-3, 247-pound junior from Milwaukee, Wisc., finished with 43 tackles and four sacks in his first season at defensive end. Palin was previously a tight end.
The Bulldogs ended its season with a 34-24 loss to rival Harvard and finished the year 2-8 (1-6 Ivy League).
Elected by his teammates, Palin is the 136th captain in program history and the first from Wisconsin. He also earned the team’s Hammer of the Year Award for the team’s top hits.


Ted Blair Award (Team MVP): So. RB Tyler Varga
Jordan Olivar Award (Given to that senior, other than the captain, who, through his devotion to Yale football, has earned the highest respect of his teammates): Sr. DL Chris Dooley
Woody Knapp Memorial Trophy (cheerful disposition, leadership qualities, and unselfish devotion to others): Sr. DB John Powers
Robert Gardner Anderson Award (skill, spirit and pride in accomplishment): Sr. LB Will McHale
Norman S. Hall Memorial Trophy (outstanding service to Yale football): Sr. DB Collin Bibb
Gregory Dubinetz Memorial Trophy (lineman): Sr. DL Nick Daffin
Charles Loftus Award (top freshman): Fr. DB Cole Champion
Chester J. LaRoche Award (senior who, by his character, academic talents and concern for others, did the most for Yale): Sr. LB Ryan Falbo
Ledyard Mitchell Award (top kicker): Sr. K Philippe Panico
Jim Keppel Award (Top RB): Sr. RB Mordecai Cargill
Ryan LoProto Award (Top DB): Sr. DB Kurt Stottlemyer
Ted Turner Award (Top OL): Sr. OL Roy Collins
Defensive Line Award: Sr. DL Dylan Drake
Special Teams Award: Sr. LB Wes Moyer
Hammer Award (top hitter): Sr. DE Beau Palin

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Yale falls to Harvard

Game story from Yale's 34-24 loss to Harvard.

Also, what does Tony Reno have in common with Carm Cozza and Jack Siedlecki? Read about it here.

The 129th edition of The Game: Yale at Harvard

Check out this feature on SR. RB Mordecai Cargill as he gears up for his final game in the Bulldogs uniform.

Here's a preview and a prediction of today's game.

Also be sure to follow on Twitter @Chris_Hunn.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Yale fails to sell out tickets for The Game

Yale did not sell 200 of its 5,500 tickets for Saturday's Yale-Harvard game at Boston, according to a Bloomberg report.
The report stated its the first time since 2006 Yale hasn't sold out its road tickets for The Game.

Jefferson sues city of New Haven

Sr. TE Jordan Jefferson has sued the city of New Haven and seven police officers. Jefferson was tased and arrested during a downtown raid of a night club two years ago.
Read the story here.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Reno feature, Varga practicing and teammates turned rivals

A feature on Tony Reno and being on both sides of The Game.

RB Tyler Varga was practicing Wednesday. Varga missed last week’s game against Princeton with a knee contusion.

Here’s a look at some former high school teammates turned rivals heading into Saturday’s game at Harvard, the 129h meeting between the two schools.

Bergin Catholic (N.J.)
Yale: Nick LaTesta, So. DB
Harvard: Jack Holuba, Sr. OL
Elder High (Ohio)
Yale: Nick Daffin, Sr. DT
Harvard: Jacob Lindsey, So. LB
Oaks Christian High (Calif.)
Yale: Max Napolitano, Jr. DB
Harvard: Brian Owusu, Jr. DB
Rocky Mountain High (Idaho)
Yale: Tyler Manu, So. LB
Harvard: David Trompke, Fr. WR
St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
Yale: Cole Champion, Fr. DB
Yale: Dylan Drake, Sr. DE
Harvard: Reynaldo Kirton, Jr. DB

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tuesday's notes

Yale sophomore running back Tyler Varga hopes to be back on the field Saturday at Harvard for the 129th edition of The Game, after missing last week’s loss to Princeton with a knee contusion.
Varga leads the nation with 199.4 all-purpose yards per game and tops the Ivy League with 119 rushing yards per game. A Kitchener, Ontario, native Varga has never seen a Yale-Harvard game before. So his first experience will be on the field.
"I’m really excited," Varga said. "It’s one of the most storied rivalries in college football. There’s so much history and a lot of hype. I’ve never played in front of that many people before."
Who will be Yale’s starting quarterback once again remains a mystery.
Starter Eric Williams missed last week’s game as he continued to nurse a shoulder and foot injury. Backups Derek Russell and Logan Scott have missed the last three games with injuries. Yale has used Varga out of the wildcat. Junior Henry Furman saw his first full game under center last week with Varga sidelined. Furman looked solid going 18-for-28 passing for 184 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed five times for 28 yards.
"It’s going to be whoever has the best chance to win and whoever is healthy," Yale coach Tony Reno said. "That’s the best answer I could give you there. I’ll know better Saturday at 11:50 a.m."
Harvard is the only Ivy League team this year’s Yale senior class has not beaten. The last time the Bulldogs beat the Crimson was 2006.
"It’s obviously a fun game to play in," Yale senior Will McHale said. "It’s a storied rivalry. It’s a game that a lot of people care about. It’s fun playing in front of a lot of people. And it’s a game that I haven’t won yet. That would be a phenomenal way to go out, to get a win against Harvard would mean a lot to me and the senior class."
Former Cheshire standout and Penn senior quarterback Billy Ragone dislocated his left ankle on the final play of the third quarter in a 30-21 win over Harvard last week, according to
The Quakers could clinch the Ivy League title with a win over Cornell on Saturday.
Yale leads the series 65-55-8. Harvard has won 10 of the last 11 meetings. There have been 55 shutouts. The Crimson have won three of the five games played on Nov. 17. Yale is 7-6 in years ending with two.
The Bulldogs will finish 2-8. That will be the Bulldogs worst season since 1997 (1-9) and its fewest ivy League wins (1) since 2001.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Harvard cancels JV game

Harvard has canceled Friday’s junior varsity football game with rival Yale because the Crimson do not have enough healthy offensive lineman.
Saturday will mark the 129th edition of The Game, as the Crimson host the Bulldogs at noon.