Position battles, TV schedule and Saturday's scrimmage
Players like QB Morgan Roberts, RB Tyler Varga and DE Victor Egu have pretty much cemented their role as starters.
But there are some position battles that are heating up as the season opener draws closer.
Freshman Jon Bezney, perhaps the most talented newcomer of this year’s group, could find himself on the starting offensive line.
“He’s really made push there to be involved in mix,” head coach Tony Reno said. “There are six guys who have pushed themselves to the front.”
Freshman Matt Oplinger, along with Darius Manora, Andrew Larkin and Will Vaughan are competing at ILB. Cole Champion and Robbie Ries are battling it out at safety. Also, freshman RB Deshawn Salter has made a case for some touches.
“He had a phenomenal scrimmage Saturday,” Reno said. “He’s looking to be a viable option.”
Sebastian Little seems to have the H-back spot locked up.
“He can stack muscle on muscle,” Reno said. “He’s a really fit, physical kid. We felt moving him inside to the H-back position was better for him and us. He’s taken off. He’s in great shape. He’s physically strong. He catches well and has great body control.”
Junior Stephen Buric looks to be the other tight end.
Yale has struggled to kick field goals early on in camp.
“The accuracy is not what I wanted,” Reno said.
Kyle Cazzetta, Bryan Holmes and freshman K/DB Jason Alessi are vying for FG kicking duties.
Four Yale football games will be televised this season.
The deals are expected to be made official soon.
Fox College Sports will broadcast Army at Yale at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27 and Yale at Brown at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 8. The NBC Sports Network will broadcast Penn at Yale at 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 25 and The Game, Yale at Harvard, at 12:30 p.m. on Nov. 22.
So Reno and Brown coach Phil Estes have decided to close Saturday’s scrimmage to the media. It is, however, open to the public. The scrimmage is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Yale Bowl.