Friday, November 08, 2013

4-Down Friday

Here is a look at four things to keep an eye on when Yale hosts Brown on Saturday.

Opening up: Brown has set the tone early in most games. The Bears have scored almost 70 percent of their points in the first half and have put up 82 points in the opening quarter. Yale can't let Brown jump out to a big lead early, as its margin for error is small, especially against a team like Brown.
 
Ground game: The Bears have a solid passing game led by QB Pat Donnelly. But Brown thrives on the ground. It's no secret. Speedy back John Spooney has come on strong lately. He is averaging 115.5 ypg and had two 90-plus yard runs last week in a win over Penn. Yale needs to contain Brown's rushing attack to have a shot.
 
Will they play?: Players like Kahlil Keys, Candler Rich and Grant Wallace have stepped up with playmakers Tyler Varga and Chris Smith out. But the Bulldogs need those playmakers back. Reno said both are game-time decisions. He did add both did enough in practice this week to play if they are ready. 
Also, WR Cam Sandquist is injured and will not play Saturday.
 
Keep it up: QB Henry Furman got back on track last week against Columbia. Yes, it was Columbia. But Furman has been efficient for the most part this season. Yale had 11 turnovers over its three previous games heading into Columbia. The Bulldogs can't revert back to those mistakes. Brown has playmakers at every level on defense, including league sack leader Michael Yules (six sacks) and INT leader Emory Polley (five INTs).

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