Tuesday news and noes
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Yale did not go for it on fourth and short a few times in its 35-3 loss to Dartmouth. Tony Reno was hoping to pin them and get good field possession in return. He said Dartmouth was kicking into the wind and he didn’t want to give the Big Green the ball with a short field.
QB Morgan Roberts said though the offense struggled on third down (3 of 21), Yale came up just short and trusted its defense instead of going for it on fourth.
Said Roberts about the loss: “You can’t let that affect preparation. We won’t change the way we prepare for teams and games. You don’t change who you are because of one game. Just get back to basics. There’s a poster in locker room that says lose: work; poor: work; rich: work. Work no matter what you’re doing. Put your head down and grind.”
Bryan Holmes has been handling all the facets of the kicking game. He’s the first Yale player to do so since Tom Mante in 2008. Holmes is 5-for-7 on FGs, boasts a 40.0 punting average and has seven touchbacks on kickoffs. Holmes is on a “kick count,” only kicking during practice on Tuesdays and Fridays. He does “dry kicks” on the air and whistle drills on other days.
Victor Egu has been playing LB exclusively this season, after bouncing back and forth between DL and LB last year. He’s playing well, leading Yale with 35 tackles to go along with 2.5 sacks, an INT and a forced fumble
“He’s grown immensely from the spring to now,” Reno said. “There are points in times of games where he takes over. He showed that Saturday. He has a high ceiling. He can get better, and he knows it and works hard.”
The Ivy League has three teams (Harvard, Dartmouth and Princeton) that are 4-0 for the first time since 1968.
A Denver Broncos scout was at Yale’s practice on Tuesday taking a look at Roberts.
With a handful of injuries to Yale’s WRs, Chris Williams-Lopez stepped in and took advantage of his opportunity on Saturday. After missing the first three games with an injury, Williams-Lopez made his varsity debut and caught seven passes for 30 yards.