Tuesday news and notes
Here are some more notes off of Tuesday’s weekly luncheon.
“The same feeling I had walking off the field is how I felt after watching it early Saturday morning,” Reno said. “I don’t think we played up to our standards and I think we gave the game away a little more than we had. I felt like we beat ourselves in some areas. We turned it over three times in the red zone, four times overall. We gave up some big plays on defense.”
Added Reno about the turnovers: “We just didn’t make the right decision on where to go with the football. In the end, NFL or high school, if you don’t make the right decision chances are getting picked off are pretty good. That’s what it came down to.”
Third-string RB Austin Reuland got an opportunity against Penn and made the most of it. Stepping in for Deshawn Salter who left the game with an injury, Reuland rushed 12 times for 61 yards and his first career TD.
Reuland, a senior who played mostly on special teams last season, is a WR converted RB. It’s worth noting, he has two brothers that played at Stanford for Jim Harbaugh, one, Konrad, who is now playing for the Baltimore Ravens.
“I had a big opportunity as a freshman coming in and getting a chance to play,” Reuland said. “After the switch, I wasn’t expecting too much playing time but wanted to say ready. Running back is a tough position. It’s hard to be durable. A guy goes down, the next has to be ready to go. I got an opportunity. I was preparing hard all week. Once I got in, I started getting some carries and gaining confidence and the OL did a great job opening holes. I was just excited to be out there and score my first TD.”
Reuland may be the main back against Columbia if Salter isn’t healthy. Also, look for Jamal Locke to get some touches.
Of the 12 players on Yale’s roster that are out for the remainder of the season, the most notable are DB Foye Oluokun, TE Sebastian Little and RB Candler Rich. Oluokun and Rich are expected to apply for a medical hardship waiver and get an additional year of eligibility.
Junior Victor Egu is thriving in his new role as ILB. Egu, one of the most highly touted recruits coming into the Ivy League in years as a freshman, bounced around from DL to LB last season. He is playing strictly LB now and loves it. Egu has 40 tackles, three sacks, one forced fumble and one INT. He missed one game this season because of injury.
“I like the position a lot,” Egu said. “It fits me very well. It gives me an opportunity to do a lot more for the team as opposed to a DE. I’ve grown and learn more about position, and I’ve gotten a lot better as a player and feel like I’m helping team a lot more.”
After missing three games with an injury, junior WR Robert Clemons caught six passes for 99 yards and a TD against the Quakers. Clemons return is critical with Bo Hines suffering another injury in his return on Friday and WR Mike Siragusa still out.