Tuesday news and notes
They did. For the second straight week, Yale came from behind and pulled out the victory. Here’s a story from Register columnist Chip Malafronte on Yale’s ability to come back these first two games.
And some additional notes from Tuesday’s media luncheon…
DB Hayden Carlson led the team with 10 tackles on Saturday. Here’s what he had to say about the struggles early on.
“We had a lot of self-inflicted wounds,” he said. “That starts with penalties (Yale had 12). It comes down to mental execution. But as the game progressed, we played smarter. We had the confidence to make plays and get off the field on third down.”
Added Reno: “We’ve had issues with consistency right now. It’s something we need to continue to address. It comes down to mental focus on the play and on the job, and maintaining that mental focus through the drive and through the play. That’s the piece we need to improve upon. It’s a rep thing, a concentration thing. To be an upper level team, you need to have it for 60 minutes, not a shorter period of time with that.”
OL Mason Friedline and WR Bo Hines missed Saturday’s game against Cornell. DB Foye Oluokun and RB Candler Rich were both injured in the game. Reno listed all as day-to-day.
If Rich can’t go, that leaves Yale really thin at RB with just Deshawn Salter, Austin Reuland and possibly Jamal Locke. Reno said he will not move any other players to RB.
Yale’s rushing attack is averaging just 90 ypg and 2.7 ypc. With some OL dealing with injuries and illnesses during the preseason, that made it difficult to Yale’s OL to develop consistency. Reno says it will come. The complexion of the games, too, was a factor as Yale needed to throw.
“But we definitely need to improve in the run game,” Reno said.
Reno says he is really pleased with the play of QB Morgan Roberts. He is 54 of 88 for 664 yards and five TDs with just one INT.
Oluokun blocked a pair of FGs at Colgate in the season opener. Marty Moesta blocked a Cornell PAT and Hunter Roman did the same on a FG attempt against Cornell. That’s pretty impressive.
“We have the personnel to block kicks,” Reno said. “The amount this early, I’m surprised a bit. This is what we hoped for with this unit. We have guys who can jump and move the line of scrimmage.”