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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Salter thinks hes a bigtime player of a sudden too. Hes done nothing. How about practicing and getting better instead of milking the system.

9:12 AM 
Anonymous Ray Yale Football Fan said...


10:31 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@Ray Yale Football Fan

If you're a Yale football fan, it probably would not be wise to name a player responsible for carrying the ball during a trick play. You're doing our opponents a favor.

Thanks for the extra comments/insights, aside from this.

12:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:46; I would hardly call a fake punt uncommon in a teams playbook. Looks like more than half of the starting O Line will not be playing in the spring game.

2:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reno has his excuse for next year already. A blogger tipped off all the teams on a fake punt. He has been searching for a new excuse for months. The "we are young" comment got old.

2:42 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:46 It also looks like holding out Rich and Salter is because of lack of depth at running back which is a good move.

2:46 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:12 I'm a loser baby,Dude go checkout the Sox or Yanks.

6:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Uncommon, no. But if you knew who was going to carry the ball before a play started you may have a better chance at stopping it. I feel like that's a pretty basic concept. Fake punts are run less than 5 times per season. Probably closer to 1-2 attempts.


I don't know if this is meant to be sarcastic or not. Being that this blog is about as close as I get to seeing an actual practice these days, I don't know much about the talent or depth at RB. I personally don't have a problem with holding players out of a spring game (which essentially amounts to a practice) if the coach already has a solid idea of their capabilities. The spring game does no good for established players, and not playing doesn't necessarily mean that players are slackers. Some certainly may be, but this is an opportunity for guys on the edge of the 2 deep to get action in a game-like setting. It does the team much better in the fall to get these guys some form of experience in those scenarios. By doing this you do things like.. oh, build depth.

10:00 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like Yale will cancel the spring game due to lack of participation by players. Kids feel they have proven enough throughout the course of spring.

11:04 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

11:04 Moron comment of the day.

12:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am interested in how the backup QB's perform in the scrimmage and hope members of this board who attend can give a synopsis of their play.

12:58 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

lookin forward to going for a little bit.
But if it is really nice I'll be
in the boat fishing.
Cheers Jon Harris

4:53 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that is a great demonstration of loyalty.

6:02 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why, do you want to go.?Black fish are biting off the wall in West Haven.

6:19 PM 

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