Tuesday's news and notes
Here are some notes from Tuesday's media luncheon...
Yale CB Spencer Rymiszewski suffered a spinal cord concussion on a tackle late in the second quarter against Penn and will miss the remainder of the season.
He was released from the hospital on Sunday and is back in class.
He released the following statement on Monday.
“During Saturday's game against Penn, I suffered a spinal cord concussion that will have me sidelined for the rest of the season. I anticipate making a full recovery and getting back on the football field with my brothers.
I am grateful to the Yale medical staff and the entire Yale football community - to include the administrative staff, my coaches, my teammates, and all of the parents - for their care, kindness, love, and support over the last days.”
Freshman Jason Alessi is expected to start in place of Rymiszewski, while junior Michael Bernandez will serve as the backup.
Freshman Matt Oplinger has made the most of an expanded role. Oplinger caught a two-point conversion and returned a blocked field goal for 48 yards last week against Penn, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Week. He’s coming along at LB, too. He and Darius Manora have played well with both Will Vaughan and Andrew Larkin sidelined with injuries. Vaughan returned Saturday.
“He’s made a big step the last two games,” Tony Reno said. “Things slowed down for him and the performance and production has gone up.”
Morgan Roberts has quite the selection of wide receivers to choose from, highlighted by Deon Randall and Grant Wallace.
He played with some pretty good receivers at Clemson, too. Roberts was teammates with Sammy Watkins (now playing for the Buffalo Bills) and DeAndre Hopkins (now playing for the Houston Texans).
“I’ve never seen athletes like that before,” said Roberts about Watkins and Hopkins. “Come in, take a three-step drop and throw it as far as you can and no matter what, they’re going to catch it.”