Saturday, April 18, 2015

Spring Game: Yale offense edges defense

Yale's offense edged the defense 48-46 in the annual Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday, which finished off the spring practice session for the Bulldogs.

Here's a story from Saturday's scrimmage.

And below are the list of the team awards for the spring session...

Offensive Big Award: Beau Iverson, OT, So

Defensive Big Award: Marty Moesta, DE, So.

Offensive Big Skill Award: Stephen Buric, TE, Jr.

Defensive Big Skill Award: Austin Carter, LB, Jr.

Offensive Skill Award: Chris Williams-Lopez, WR, Fr.

Defensive Skill Award: Dale Harris, CB, So.

Offensive Strength & Conditioning MVP: Candler Rich, RB, So.

Defensive Strength & Conditioning MVP: Victor Egu, LB, So.

Offensive Strength & Conditioning MIP: Logan Scott, QB, Jr.

Defensive Strength & Conditioning MIP: Will Bryan, DB, Fr.

One Team Award: Roger Kilgore III, Safety, Jr. & Robert Clemons III, WR, So.

Every Play Every Day Award: Austin Reuland, RB, Jr.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blue-White scrimmage info

Yale’s spring practice session will finish Saturday with the annual Blue-White scrimmage.


• When: Saturday, 1 p.m.

• Where: Yale Bowl

• Admission: Free ($5 charge to park).

• Sitting out: OL Mason Friedline, OL Khalid Cannon, OL Jon Bezney, RB Candler Rich, RB Deshawn Salter, DT Copache Tyler, DT Ben Bedard, LB Matt Oplinger, LB Jaeden Graham, DB Spencer Rymiszewski, DB Keith Hawk and DB Jason Alessi.

• Game info: 15 minute quarters (running time). Offense vs. Defense. Scoring system is below...

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Yale spring coming to a close

Yale’s spring practice session is coming to an end. The Bulldogs will have their final practice on Friday before the annual Blue-White scrimmage on Saturday at the Yale Bowl at 1 p.m.

The spring game scoring system is expected to be similar to last year’s. I will have an update on this on Friday when the scoring rubric is finalized.

“We’ve had a good 1 ½ weeks,” Tony Reno said. “When you looked at practices 4-7, we were getting better in certain areas. We saw some of the younger guys let themselves play, instead of thinking. That’s a huge piece to get to that full potential. Practices 8-10, we’ve seen some guys step up. I think the intensity on defense has been good.”

Some notable names that won’t be playing on Saturday because of injury, precautionary or other reasons: OL Mason Friedline, OL Khalid Cannon, OL Jon Bezney, RB Candler Rich, RB Deshawn Salter, DT Copache Tyler, DT Ben Bedard, LB Matt Oplinger, LB Jaeden Graham, DB Spencer Rymiszewski, DB Keith Hawk and DB Jason Alessi.

Some other notes…

WR and North Carolina State transfer Bo Hines was in attendance on Wednesday, watching Yale’s practice.

Reno said Tyler is out this spring to “focus on academics this semester.”

Along with Victor Egu, DE Marty Moesta and DB Dale Harris have both impressed this spring on the defensive side.

QB Morgan Roberts has had a strong last few days of practice. WRs Mike Siragusa, Ross Drwal and Robert Clemons have all looked ready to take on a bigger role on offense.

During Wednesday’s scrimmage, Austin Reuland got a healthy number of carries at RB… DE John Herubin broke up a play in the backfield…QB Rafe Chapple looked strong at times, including a strike over the middle to Drwal…Horn missed a long field goal attempt…Yale had some snapping issues…Roberts connected with Chris Williams-Lopez for a long pass over a defensive back.

Check back on Friday for a story on Alessi.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Victor Egu having impressive spring, start time for Blue-White scrimmage

NEW HAVEN >> Players and coaches around the Yale football team are speaking highly of Victor Egu this spring.
Also, the spring session comes to an end next week. The Blue-White scrimmage is scheduled for 1 p.m. at the Yale Bowl on April 18. 

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Yale spring update

Here’s a few observations from practice this week…

RB Candler Rich looked strong running the ball toward the end of practice on Wednesday… OL Beau Iverson looks like he has really bulked up. He’s closing in on 300 lbs now…WR Myles Gaines made an impressive catch over the middle…LB Victor Egu has lost some weight and is definitely moving faster…Overall, the defense looks improved.

Furthermore, CB Will Bryan and S Roger Kilgore have had strong spring campaigns. Bryan saw action in two varsity games as a freshman last year, while Kilgore, a freshman, played in one as well. They should give the secondary some depth and compete for playing time.

DE Earl Chism has also continued to make strides. Chism earned the team’s DL of the Year award last season.

DB Jason Alessi is managing to play both spring football and lacrosse. Alessi has four goals and three assists in 10 games for the Bulldogs this season. He stepped in for Spencer Rymiszewski and started five games on the football field as a freshman.

“It’s tough in the sense where there is a growth period in the spring and only so much he can do,” Tony Reno said. “But we’re excited he’s helping the lacrosse team win.”

K Blake Horn missed last season because of injury. Well, he’s back now and progressing. Expect him to be the Bulldogs kicker next season.

“He had a good day Friday and Monday,” Reno said. “He’s got the leg, he’s got the ability. He just needs to continue to get reps.”

Bryan Holmes remains Yale’s punter. He had 33 punts for a 39-yard average last season. That includes eight inside the 20-yard line.

Also, check out NFL scouting personnel consultant Dave-Te Thomas' take on Tyler Varga.

Look for a story on Egu on Friday…

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

"The Game" program backdrop

The Yale athletic department wants YOUR suggestions for the backdrop of the 132nd "The Game" gameday program.

Some of the past favorites include: the Yale Bowl, Shubert Theater, Broadway, a trolley car and Harkness Tower.

List YOUR suggestion below.

Monday, April 06, 2015

Cook invited to Dallas Cowboys workout

The Dallas Cowboys have invited Charles Cook to its workout on April 10.

Cook, a safety, has caught the attention of NFL scouts since finishing up at Yale. At Yale's Pro Day, Cook ran the 40-yard dash in 4.58 seconds, posted a 38.5-inch vertical leap and a 10-9 broad jump. He also did 18 reps in the bench press.

Other notable safties invited to the Cowboys workout include Oklahoma's Quentin Hayes, TCU's Sam Carter and Chris Hackett, along with Oklahoma State's Lyndell Johnson.

Cook was fourth on the team with 54 tackles last season. He also had a forced fumble and a sack.
He was a two-sport athlete for the Bulldogs, playing both football and baseball.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Yale RB Candler Rich looking to make a name for himself

NEW HAVEN >> It’s Candler, not Chandler. Get the name right.
“It happens way too often,” said Yale running back Candler Rich. “I just tell people when I introduce myself that it’s Chandler without the H. It’s easier that way.”
Well, Rich’s name should be heard more and more now. People will have plenty of time to get used to it.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

More Yale spring notes

Here are some notes from spring practice this week…

The defense has looked pretty good early on. Players like Dale Harris and Foye Oluokun have stood out. Also, players and coaches have really spoke highly about Victor Egu and the improvements he’s made coming into the spring.

Right now, Matt Oplinger, Jaeden Graham and Brian Sykes are competing at the SAM. Inside, it’s Egu, Darius Manora, Andrew Larkin and Keefer Johnson, who has moved from outside to inside.

OL Cody Arledge has been looking solid early on as well. Last year, Arledge played JV.

“They’re all working hard,” said QB Morgan Roberts about OLs Anders Huizenga, Jon Bezney and Arledge. “They’re young, trying to work on technique. The athleticism with those guys is there. We’ve recruited the talent, it’s just a matter of understanding and applying it on the field.”

As for the offense as a whole, Roberts added this: “A lot of WRs are working their tails off. The conditions haven’t been ideal. I don’t think our offense has played that well. We’re trying to figure some things out and get our timing down with some people gone. But I think the product in the fall will be just as good if not better than it was last year.”

With Deon Randall and Grant Wallace gone, Robert Clemons is the WR with the most experience. He looks to be in great shape and is taking on that leadership role. Clemons had 26 receptions for 282 yards and three touchdowns last season.

RB Candler Rich has also looked good early on. He’s definitely much bigger and joked, saying “I got on Varga’s supplement and nutrition plan, which has helped a lot.” Rich has put on 10 lbs since last season.

Deshawn Salter and John Barton will be in the mix at RB.

As for Pro Days, it appears that Charles Cook had an impressive performance and has a shot to get invited to a camp.

Below are a couple videos from Varga's Pro Day...

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Tyler Varga impresses at Pro Day

TOLLAND >> A bone spur in his ankle limited Tyler Varga at the NFL scouting combine back in February. The standout Yale running back didn’t participate in running or jumping drills.

Check out the rest of the story on Varga's Pro Day

Also, check back Wednesday for some notes from spring practice.