And below are some additional quotes from Tony Reno...
Reno on Yale's defense: "Defensively, the strength is the group of guys that played as freshman two
years ago and started a lot of games and played a lot of football for us. They have played
well at times. Good, not great. Challenge for us is can we become a great
defense. You look at Harvard last year. That was one heck of a defense. That’s
what it takes to win championships in our league. We have a lot of work to do
to get there. Goal is to develop our defense to be that level of defense."
He also spoke highly of the OL returners in Khalid Cannon, Luke Longinotti, Mason Friedline and Jon Bezney. He added, this is the first year during his tenure that Yale has returned its starting QB.
Reno on key losses: "We have to replace a lot of production. Tyler Varga is with the Colts, our all-time leading WR Deon Randall, our captain last year, is gone along with Grant
Wallace who was an All-American last year. We have guys in our program that can do job,
but just haven’t had chance to do it yet."
Reno on running game: "Candler Rich is a guy that played well for us last two
years. He replaced Tyler two years ago when he went down with an injury. He
played well for us last year as well. Like Tyler did last year, he needs to
earn carries. He’s done a great job so far and we expect a lot out of him."
Reno on an increased passing attack: "Not any more than we did last year. I think we have a good
group of backs and our offense we want to run our football. It’s no secret."
Reno on Bo Hines: "He’s been here all summer training. He’ll start class with
the rest of the guys. He had a very good year at NC State. I really like his
makeup as a person. I love his intangibles on the field. He’s a talented
athlete and we have a talented group of WRs."
Reno on Morgan Roberts: "Difference between last year at this time and this year is
Morgan hadn’t been a full-time starter. Morgan played a little when Hank Furman
was injured. Had a body of work last year that was good. What’s really
impressed me the most over the last five months is his leadership, his
intangibles, and ability to get teammates to do things and get them to a level
we need them to be. He’s been here all summer. He’s led by example and his work
ethic, which is tireless. Those are the things I’m most impressed with."