Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wednesday's news and notes

Clemson-transfer QB Morgan Roberts seems to be turning the corner now and should see more playing time moving forward.

Roberts completed 6 of 13 passes for 67 yards and two TDs against the Rams. He played the entire second half with Furman out.

“I tried to learn the offense as fast as I could,” he said. “Maybe I sped through it a little bit. Maybe I didn’t’ see the whole process. I think about every play as an individual play, not the end result. Now that I’ve taken that mindset on, I think it’s really helped me and made me a better QB.”

Roberts says he looks at himself as a traditional pocket passer. His high school coach didn’t allow him to run because of the fear of an injury. When he got to college, he became more mobile. Roberts really does have exceptional speed.

“In the ACC, people make busts a lot,” Roberts said. “Completely bust on a coverage. That’s a touchdown, seven points right there. You don’t see that as much in the Ivy League. People make minor busts here and there, but you won’t see people giving away seven points. They make you earn it every drive. You don’t see as many 3-play, 85-yard boom, boom, drives. You have to sit there, move the ball with 10-play drives and be consistent, you can’t hurt yourself. It’s a different game in that way.”

Another quote from Roberts…

“We were a team like we are here. But everyone’s end goal was a little more selfish. Every single player’s end goal was to play in the NFL. For us, we practice as hard as we can because we want to win and play hard for the person next to us.”


Yale (3-2, 1-1) will look to snap its two-game losing streak this weekend at Penn (3-2, 2-0). The Bulldogs were the only Ivy League team to last year’s league champs last season.

Reno says this year’s Quakers are better than last year’s team. They have most key players back and a handful of playmakers.

Defensively, they play an odd-man front. LB Daniel Davis runs well, fills the gaps and causes a problem in protection. Penn runs multiple coverages.

Former Cheshire standout and Penn QB is a dual threat. He ranks No. 5 in the Ivy in total offense at 201.2 ypg.

“He’s one of the top QBs during my time in the league just because of his winning percentage,” Reno said. “He does what all great QBs do, he wins.”

Penn also has two RBs who are tough to defend in space in Spencer Kulcsar and Kyle Wilcox, along with WRs Ryan Mitchell and Ty Taylor. Their TEs, which includes former Valley Regional standout Mitchell King, can block and catch.

It’s also worth noting they have Evan Jackson, a DB from Hamden. Jackson earned Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week last week.

“He runs well,” Reno said. “He makes plays in the pass game and he’s aggressive in the run game. He tackles well. He’s been factor in all their wins.”


For those who haven’t seen it yet, below is Yale’s 2014 schedule. Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of the Yale Bowl.

The schedule is unique in the sense that the Bulldogs will open with five of its first six games at home, followed by three of the final four on the road. The schedule was made during the Tom Williams tenure.

Sept. 20 vs. Lehigh

Sept. 27 vs. Army

Oct. 4 at Cornell

Oct. 11 vs. Dartmouth

Oct. 18 vs. Colgate

Oct. 25 vs. Penn

Nov. 1 at Columbia

Nov. 8 at Brown

Nov. 15 vs. Princeton

Nov. 22 at Harvard


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Chris,OK I know Reno Is'nt forthcoming with info.But Varga,Larkin,and Furman.Will they be playing on Saturday.? What is the extent.What is the real 2 deep depth chart.? Roberts in for Furman? I think he's ready.Rich in for Varga(faster).Grant Wallace in for smith good hands get Gaines in the mix.
Manora,has been a pleasent surprise at LB'er.

2:17 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris: Thanks for all the news, and there's no reason to think Coach Reno is any less forthcoming than his peers. Keep the opponents guessing as long as possible.
L et V

3:55 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, Roberts press agent is working overtime. He was able to get Chris to spin his 2nd half performance against Fordham into "turning the corner." "6 of 13 passes for 67 yards." Really, completing less than 50% of you passes is turning the corner. He has basically been "3 and out Roberts" in all his outings thus far.

Even with his propensity to throw picks, I would rather see Williams. Russell and Scott showed more promise in their limited opportunities last year.

Oh well, I really hope Furman is healthy and can finish out the season strong.

4:10 PM 
Anonymous richardpatrick 57 said...

I agree wholeheartedly with the above. Williams was highly recruited by our rivals, and Rusell and Scott did more than an adequate job last year. At times Scott looked very promising!

4:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris; any update on injuries and who is out for Saturday. If Coach Reno is refusing to give you information you should just say so.

6:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chris: There's a Penn Week Video on the Ivy League Sports Board under the heading "blue injury report." There are also a lot of other You Tube Yale football videos which I was unaware of. Can you post these on Portal 31 as they're released?
L et V

9:01 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The need for secretcy is a joke. Same offense no matter who plays. Roberts plays about the same as Furman except Furman is clearly the more accurate passer.

1:09 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

don't know what game you are watching. the receivers are superstars. passes are always off target and receivers are in terrible position after they make a spectacular catch. and the short passing game is awful, just awful.

3:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess that makes Roberts really awful.

4:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Roberts, is starting to jell. Look at the box score Einstine.Yah 6 for 13 He took over the game in 2nd half and got 24 points.He commanded the drives and Rich did great for Varga, who is having a problem holding onto the ball this season.
Qb has to learn the system before he can perform he was great in that capacity.
"So whats your problem"

5:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Which Einstine are you referring to. The reality is Roberts has not yet jelled. Rich long runs helped score those 24 second half points and Fordham was playing second and third team players in the fourth quarter. Would love to see Roberts do well this weekend. By the way do not understand now why Scott is not in the mix he looks like the most accurate passer of the group.

6:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hold your horses. Roberts and Rich are both new young guys and they will get better. Correct in saying that Fordham was playing the bench by the middle of the 3rd quarter. Rich had a couple of great runs but the defense does no play the same way when he is in or when Varga is in. Maybe we can take advantage of that subtle difference.

6:34 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly!!!!! you are correct.You see 6:08 einstien

7:30 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, this is a Yale blog-it"s Einstein.

11:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please, this is a Yale Blog -- It's not it"s

3:49 PM 

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