Yale spring football
Yale opens its spring session on March 26 and it concludes on April 19 with the annual Blue-White scrimmage at the Yale Bowl at 2:30 p.m.
Here is a look at five topics to keep an eye on for the spring:
OPEN COMPETITION: It will be interesting to see who will be the leader of the QB competition coming out of the spring session. This is clearly the biggest question heading into 2014. Morgan Roberts did struggle at times last season, but did come in from Clemson and has elite speed. Logan Scott did a solid job, completing 26-of-47 passes for 264 yards and three TDs last season. Eric Williams, Spencer McManes and Anthony Morales will also get their opportunities.
UP FRONT: Yale graduated two starters in Wes Gavin and John Oppenheimer on the OL. That opens the door for some young talent like Mason Friedline, Khalid Cannon and others on the offensive line.
WHICH TE WILL EMERGE? There isn’t much experience here, so it will be interesting how the spring plays out at this position. Adam Conklin is the only TE on the roster that had a catch last season. Stephen Buric, Austin Carter, Leo Haenni and Blake Thompson will also be in the mix.
GETTING OLDER: On the defensive side, there are a handful of players who quickly gained experience. The front seven has promise with players like Victor Egu, Carl Kreitzberg, Copache Tyler and Darius Manora back. How much has this group improved in the offseason?
WELCOME BACK: All four starters - Spencer Rymiszewski, Dale Harris, Cole Champion and Foye Oluokun – return in the secondary. There should be a good battle at safety, however, with Oluokun and Robbie Ries. Also, keep an eye on DBs Mike Bernardez and Keith Hawk who have made strides in the offseason.
Some other notes…
Yale coach Tony Reno would not give any hint about a replacement for OC Kevin Morris and would not offer a timetable either.
TEs Keith Coty and Mike Leunen both had options for a fifth year of eligibility, but have found jobs and will not be back.
Yale’s seniors will take a trip to Gettysburg, Penn., again this spring.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for them to see how that battle showed how people can persevere in the face of adversity,” Reno said. “It’s really an eye-opening experience and very impactful.”