Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday's News and Notes

Stepping in at QB in the second half of Saturday’s win over Brown, Logan Scott did a solid job under center.

He finished 4-of-8 for 24 yards and also rushed once for a 7-yard gain. Scott threw a couple of short passes to get in rhythm and took a shot down field and just missed Myles Gaines helped lead the Bulldogs on their game-winning drive in the fourth.

Overall, he did a good job of managing the game. At this point, it is unknown if he will get the start Saturday against Princeton. But perhaps he should get the nod over Morgan Roberts and Eric Williams, if Henry Furman is unable to go.

Scott also led Yale on its game-winning drive in the Bulldogs win over Penn last season. He completed 8 of 11 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game with a season-ending injury.

“He’s a competitor,” Tony Reno said of Scott. “He’s done a real good job of developing. He’s cool and collective. Nothing really rattles him and he continues to grow. He had a nice JV game against Milford Academy.”

Deon Randall is doing it all for the Bulldogs – literally.

He led the Bulldogs in receiving (9-55) and rushing (6-59), and the scored the Bulldogs game-winning touchdown on a 32-yard run in the fourth. Reno obviously wants the ball in the hands of Randall, Yale’s top playmaker, so he’s getting more involved in the run game. He’s also playing some DB, too.

“It’s interesting to note practices now are as intense as our camp practices in terms of our competitiveness. That hasn’t stopped. It’s even more competitive. We’ve really embraced the younger guys, but still get after each other. We’ve got the music going. It’s a lot of fun. We keep it fun and it prepares us for a hostile environment.”

The Bulldogs travel to face Princeton on Saturday. The Tigers are the top team in the Ivy League at 5-0 in league play and 7-1 overall.

Princeton’s high-powered offense is averaging 44.2 ppg. The Tigers will play multiple QBs in the backfield and use the play action. They are similar to Yale in the sense that they run a hurry-up offense. But while the Bulldogs like to run with their RB, the Tigers like to run with their QB. QB Quinn Epperly is second in the Ivy at 267.9 ypg of total offense. He completed 29 consecutive passes to set an NCAA mark. They are very experienced with just one freshman on their two-deep.

Defensively, the use a 3-down front. DT Caraun Reid is one of the best in the league. Princeton likes to blitz and pressure to force turnovers.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are Varga and Smith practicing? Do they look better than last week?

8:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This quote is why the team gets so many injuries.

“It’s interesting to note practices now are as intense as our camp practices in terms of our competitiveness. "

It is also why they will not be as fresh and may fade as the games goes on. A tired body is more likely to get injured and at this point in the season there is no need for having practices that are "as intense as our camp practices"

This does not breed toughness, it breeds injuries both in practice and on Saturdays.

This is dumb.

6:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you are correct there as the key skill positions do not get much contact or physical duress in practice, certainly not the QB. If anything, the players are worn out because of lack of time for rest, sleep and eating. It is extremely difficult to be an Ivy student and a top flight athlete. It's like having two full time jobs, something has to give.

8:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I disagree as well. Furman, Smith, and Varga were all hurt in games. Varga hardly every participates in full contact practices, and that's going back to camp. Here's a more optimistic view: What Will talks about in that quote that you selectively edited is having fun, being competitive, and being prepared. Sounds like a good formula to me. Maybe it will be what has the Bulldogs better prepared at the end of the year than Princeton and Harvard. Let's hope so.

9:27 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the comment. I tied practices in week 9 of the season which are conducted like they are during preseason camp as a contributing factor to injuries in games. There is no reason to practice that way (especially linemen and linebackers who play extremely physical positions) in season and especially this far into the season when bodies are worn down. THIS CONTRIBUTES TO INJURIES ON SATURDAY because their bodies are worn down needlessly. When you are worn down you are more likely to get injured.

Next time READ the comment before you respond. If you do not understand the link, you know nothing about football.


10:52 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay, sorry. Thought I did read it; that's why I responded to it. But there may have been a problem with you reading mine so I'll try again. Varga does not practice and Furman wears a red jersey at practice. They are both hurt. Chris Smith got hurt in a game. The lineman on both sides of the ball have started every game. This would seem to counter your theory. But you may be correct anyway because you wrote in ALL CAPS. If I had known you represented the VOICE OF GOD I would not have deigned to offer a counter opinion. Please accept my apologies. And why DO you people who are always right bother to post on a blog? Don't you just get annoyed with us know-nothings?

8:12 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My apologies 8:12am, probably a little bit too strong. However, it is not just the physicality of the practices, it is also as Chism said the "intensity" of them.

I was told personally by several players last year that they started games tired already from the intensity and physicality of the practices during the season.

Once the season starts the goal should be to peak on game day and the team should be managed by the coaching staff to accomplish that. I do not see how practicing in week 9 with the physicality and intensity of pre-season camp accomplishes that.

If you imply to the players prove they are tough during the week, that is what they will do, even too their own detriment.

It is simple, tired bodies breakdown easier than rested ones.


9:16 AM 

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