Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday news and notes

So Yale is likely out of Ivy League title contention with its loss to Penn on Friday night. The Bulldogs have been crushed by injuries and that has been tough to overcome.

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.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Emil Johnson have any role in the injuries? What's he doing about it?

5:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now we know the names of the three starters who are done for the season. Who are the nine others? Will the JV game with Harvard be cancelled?

6:47 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale will not release the complete list of names.

7:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does Reno know he's not at Worcester St anymore? Does he really think he is outsmarting other coaches in the league by doing this? It's a fine at any legitimate level of football.

10:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I feel that this loss is on Reno and him alone.a coach is a and educator,father,clergy and psychiatrists. Teaching these young men, protecting them being a spiritual leader and dealing with what ever your player is doing that is out of character.
I have not felt like this since Williams did that asinine 4th and 22 against Harvard
You are the coach take action.By not taking any as you did shows a lack of intestinal fortitude that is needed in this profession..
I hope in the future Yale takes the proverbial stick out their ass Tom Becket, Steve Conn lose your attitudes be a little more humble.Your not at Ohio State for crying out loud. I was stopped at the admission gate for bringing in plastic bottle of water and a couple of sandwiches.
Tony I expect alot more out of you and I am just beside myself. Good luck for the rest of the year , I hope you all do well.But Im sick of wasting my time and energy following Yale football. A one time Yale Football Fan

12:59 AM 
Anonymous Son of Eli said...

Are you giving up on Yale football over the loss to Penn or because you couldn't bring you water and sandwiches into the Bowl? Either way, you're loss entirely.

1:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The casualty report is confused and distressing. Three starters and nine anonymous non-starters are lost for the season. OK, even an English major can see that's 12 players. What about those who are out but "day-to-day?" If there are six starters in this category, wouldn't that mean at least 12 non-starters? This brings the total to 30. Can this possibly be correct?

7:03 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've watched every minute of every game and what's scary to me it that no more than half of those injuries (from what I was able to see) occurred during a game. That means the rest happened during practice.........

7:44 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure where your count is from but from what I've seen watching games only Gaines is unaccounted for, it's a physical game, every now and then you have a tough injury year, bad luck? karma? call it what you will, it happens.

8:16 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My count is from the Yalie Daily, and it appears I underestimated. One can only conclude the boys are practicing with clubs and swords.

8:57 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am with 8:16 AM, all mentioned injuries have been accounted for in games with the exception of Gaines. Those who have not seen that have clearly not been watching the games attentively enough. And again 8:16 AM is correct, these things happen in sports, and especially football. We have done a pretty good job given the circumstances, however it is never an "excuse". All teams have been dealing with injuries, just not many at all with this many.

10:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1:08 am or Son of Eli, how many years have you been watching Yale Football.? I have been watching for 48 years. Yale will have under 5,000 spectators on Saturday.Not my loss at call.I will be on my boat toutog fishing.
Ayut hopefully Yale can figure it out but not in my life time. Time for fishing and hunting that is my passion that was awakened with last Fridays game.

12:01 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good 12:01 we are glad someone like you will not be there. Been going to games nearly 50 years myself. Your 12;59 post is senseless. Enjoy your fishing and hunting. As to the other trolls -When Yale wins there is total silence. When there is a loss out of the closet come the haters just waiting to pounce.There are reasonable criticisms -then there are these others. Thankful the coaches do not read this junk

12:22 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The coaches read every single thing that is said on this site. Reno has mentioned things said on here to the kids in meetings. They read everything.

2:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:22pm Enjoy the game LOL.You idiot

2:39 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2:39 PM YOU are the idiot, and obviously not a real fan.

2:15 PM, and how would you know that the staff mentions what is read here in meetings? Honestly I highly doubt that. Do they read what is on here, maybe so. Do they mention what is said on a blog on which completely non-football educated people give their senseless opinions, I would definitely doubt that.

3:08 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Come on boys, wake up and small the whatever it is that might wake you up. One of the regular posters is a member of the team, and I hope reading some of this junk hasn't made him wonder whether he chose the wrong place.

4:18 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow whats going on guys?.Football is a life lesson.It doesn't always workout the way you like it too.
Couple of plays here and there and Yale wins.Oh well the sun will shine again.Yale will get it together and do alright.
I,m here for the long haul,hope to see the results that this proud program has had for so many years.Go Yale beat Columbia have fun getting back on track.
Sincerely Jon Harris Just Win Baby!!!

5:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am new to this blog, so I am not quite up yet on exactly what it considered "normal" behavior. But I do have to say, wow, this team --due to injuries mainly-- has essentially fielded Junior Varsity squads this season, and its record is 4-2. (Let me put it another way: it has won TWICE as many game as it has lost). But some people here are going absolutely bat-crap crazy, acting like the Apocalypse is just around the corner or the school is on the verge of dropping football or something.

God help us should the team have a losing record. This place would be total loony bin.

Relax and enjoy the games. It's sport, not warfare.

6:11 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale is a very easy place to recruit and does not require a lot of effort. High school kids will chose Yale over every Ivy League school not named Harvard 8 out of 10 times. They should win 5 games a year by just showing up for the game. Therefore the goal should be 8-2 every year for a good coach. Anyone could win 5-6 a year at Yale with the talent they get.

9:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome 6:11 PM. 9:35 PM just validated your accurate finding of complete morons that choose to post on this blog. Try to stick around though, because there are some reasonable and knowledgeable fans (and detractors) that make conversation here good sometimes. Sometimes you just have to wade through the sludge.

10:04 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yale Football, my my my what lays ahead for thee. 2-2 after being on the road for 4 weeks. Maybe should be 3-1.? But it is what is folks, this team is the one going through the process no one else on this board is going through these pains more than the players and coaches who break their butts more. Spectators you and sure we are feeling frustrated. Thats normal and healthy means that you do care.!!
I have been reflecting on my own feelings of this season and I remember going through this a couple of times. Heck that is how he got Darin Kieler. Or Killer from the baseball team to run Seb Laspina's flex bone. They did well and fun to watch.
This season this team has alot heart and has over achieved. Every game that this team plays will be contested and hard fought.I would like to see this team keep up it'sgood work and grow and to be team that people can fondly look back on and say , "Yah that 2015 team had 1/3 of their team out ,hurt sick but they fought like warriors.Did alright for that season." Columbia wants this game they're saying that this is their best chance to win this game. Well if Yale plays any ANY OF IT'S GAMES LIKE IT DID LAST FRIDAY, WELL GUESS WHAT WILL HAPPEN.?YALE OR ANY OTHER TEAM WILL AND WOULD LOSE. So do the best you can. Have fun play loose and just win baby.!!!
As Always Sincerely Jon Harris Go BULLDOGS !!!!

7:36 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well said Jon, as usual.

8:34 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Foot note Carm back in the 1980's with his O coordinator Seb Laspina's ran that offense The Flex Bone to perfection in 1988 and won a Championship in 1989 with Jon Reuse as the Captin
Reno is young and he is going through his growing pains as anyone would in a new position. Big difference from a assistant. To a coordinator to a head coach.he is on track for something special. By golly it's coming sooner than you think I can feel it in my bones
so take heart and enjoy the ride, no matter how bumpy the ride it will get smoother and faster and it will happen.
Jon Harris I am a Yale Blue Fan , Spank Dem Lions

9:01 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hate auto spell check SOB Jon Reese not reuse was The Captin 1989 that shared a Championship. jon Harris Go Yale!!

9:06 AM 
Anonymous blue boy said...

Mr. Harris Good memory .That 1989 team was special with Darin Kehler at QB. Great running team smash mouth football just the way i like it . The good all days.Did you know it was one of the guys in our group that told Carm about Kehler what a move from baseball to football the rest is history. hope the team has a great game sat we need a win. Also would like to see Jamal Locke get a few touches sat see what he can do.

10:10 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bring Coach Flanders back.

11:40 AM 
Anonymous Richard Patrick 57 said...

In the recent edition of Harvard Magazine (I went there for a master's degree after graduating from Yale), there is a feature article on the winning ways of Tim Murphy. Interestingly,
he keeps injuries down by minimizing hitting during practice. Even as early as Thursday before a Saturday game his players practice without pads.
Percy Houghton, Harvard's legendary coach of a hundred years ago, did the same thing. he claimed that by game time his player were ready to flatten any opponent they played. He beat Yale ten times!

12:06 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting. Yale has three fill-speed, full-pad, full-contact practices each week.

12:20 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:20PM, I happen to know someone on the team and I am going to definitely check that out. If that is actually the case I would agree that it doesn't make much sense. Most teams have 2 full padded practices (full go) per week. Then there is one 1/2 shell practice (usually 2 days before game time) and a walk through (non padded). In the half shell practices there is no tacking to the ground, just "thud" as they say in football terms. It is hard to get anything done hitting only 1 rime per week, so I wonder how many times per week they hit at these other places (Harvard) that claim not to hit that much.

12:31 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

99% of schools in the country have non hitting practices on a Thursday and a Friday walk thru. Murphy isn't doing anything different. That's a stupid article.

3:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:35 is kinda right y'all about the recruiting advantage. Yale really does get kids over every school in the league except Harvard. Sure Penn get some local talent and is located in the best recruiting geography, but off the East Coast no one had heard of any of these schools except Harvard and Yale. Yale should always be in the top half of the league. Sorry it's just not an unreasonable standard. Sid basically did it. Reno can certainly still do it.

7:06 AM 

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