Some additional notes for this week...
The Raiders are coming off a big 31-30 win over Princeton and have won four straight. They’ve played a competitive schedule, which included Ball State and Delaware, who is just outside the FCS Top 25. They use an odd front on defense. They have a talented secondary that is good in man coverage. Their group of linebackers are aggressive and they have athleticism up front. Yale will have to do a good job of picking up pressure and the different schemes.
Offensively, quarterback Jake Melville leads the team in rushing and passing. Colgate’s receivers have good size on the outside and 6-6 tight end John Quazza has good size and runs well. The Raiders will use four different running back to change looks and pace. They will use sets with four receivers and at times, two to three tight ends. Kick returner John Maddaluna will be one of the best Yale will see this season.
Yale freshmen Jamal Locke has shown exceptional speed as the Bulldogs kick returner. He’s averaging 23.5 yards per return. Locke is listed as a cornerback, but with his playmaking ability, could possibly move to offense.
“It’s something we have to reassess during the spring,” Reno said. “We have guys playing at corner with offensive skills.”
Reno wouldn't say much about injury updates. He did say, however, that LB Andrew Larkin should not miss the rest of the season. Larkin left Saturday's game against Dartmouth. Reno did not give a timetable on his return.
As for freshman OL Jon Bezney, there is no timetable for his return either. He has missed the last three games. Bezney was perhaps the most highly touted recruit out of all the Yale freshmen this season.
"We're taking it slow because he's young," Reno said. "We're being very cautious with him. He's a big-time player."
Two former Yale players are now coaching in the NFL. Pat Graham a former tight end that graduated from Yale in 2001, is a defensive assistant for the Patriots. He’s in his sixth season in New England. Graham, a Waterbury native, was a member of Yale’s 1999 Ivy League title team.
Michael McDaniel, who graduated from Yale in 2005, is a Browns receivers coach. He’s in his eighth NFL season. He also coached the Texans, Broncos and Redskins.
Running back Tyler Varga leads the FCS in scoring average (13.5) and is ninth in yards per carry (6.8). Despite just playing 18 career games, Varga is seventh on the Bulldogs all-time list with 2,082 yards and 10th with 17 touchdowns. Varga has gone over 100 yards in three of Yale’s four games this year. He also posted his career-long run of 56 yards against Lehigh.
Deon Randall has moved up on Yale's all-time reception list. He is now No. 2 with 182 career receptions. Ralph Plumb (192) is No. 1.
Randall's 1,831 career receiving yards is the third most in Yale history.