Tuesday, November 03, 2015

Ivy League weekly awards



From the Ivy League...

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior quarterback Scott Hosch (Sugar Hill, Ga.) led the Crimson to two touchdown drives in the final quarter in a 14-13 comeback win over Dartmouth. Hosch found senior wide receiver Seitu Smith II for a 39-yard score on a fourth and 12, getting Harvard on the board for the first time in the game. With 38 seconds left, he connected with freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley for a five-yard to secure the victory. Hosch finished 24-of-38 for 276 yards and the two touchdowns.

Hosch's Statistics for the Week
24-38-2, 276 yds., 2 TDs, 10 rush yds.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior linebacker Jacob Lindsey (Cleves, Ohio) came up with the big defensive play in the Crimson's come-from-behind victory over Dartmouth. With 2:54 remaining, Lindsey forced a fumble, giving Harvard the ball back down six points. The Crimson scored the go-ahead score on the ensuring drive. He made seven stops overall with 1.5 tackles for a loss, 0.5 sacks and a pass breakup.

Lindsey's Statistics for the Week
7 tkls. (4 solo), 0.5 Sack, 1.5 TFL, 1 FF, 1 BrUp

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior placekicker/punter Cameron Nizialek (Chantilly, Va.) made the play of the game in the Lions' 17-7 road win at Yale. Clinging to a 10-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Nizialek took an option pitch from senior quarterback Trevor McDonagh on a fake field goal and scampered 13 yards for a touchdown. He connected on a career long 40-yard field goal, went  2-for-2 on PATs and averaged 35.5 yards per punt.

Nizialek's Statistics for the Week
13-yd. rush TD, 1 FG (40 yds.), 2 PATs, 35.5 yds./punt

ROOKIE OF WEEK
Harvard freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley (Sacramento, Calif.) caught the game-winning touchdown in the Crimson's win over Dartmouth. Shelton-Mosley was on the receiving of a five-yard pass from senior quarterback Scott Hosch with 38 seconds remaining in the game to give Harvard the game-clinching score. He finished with nine receptions for 71 yards

Shelton-Mosley's Statistics for the Week
9 rec. for 71 yds., 1 TD

HONOR ROLL
Jason Alessi
, Yale (So., DB - Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
80-yd. PR for TD, 4 tkls. (2 solo)

Christian Conway, Columbia (Jr., DB - Bronxville, N.Y.)
6 tkls. (4 solo), 2.0 Sack, 2.0 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR

Alexander Jette, Brown (Jr., WR - North Attleboro, Mass.)
8 rec. for 145 yds., 1 TD

John Lovett, Princeton (So., QB - Hyattsville, Md.)
7 car. for 92 yds., 2 TDs, 18 rec. yds.

Will McNamara, Dartmouth (Sr., LB - Chicago)
14 tkls. (5 solo), 2 INTs

Skyler Mornhinweg, Columbia (Jr., QB - Philadelphia)
11-22-1, 82 yds., 1 TD, 47 rush yds.

Dré Nelson, Princeton (Fr., DB - Coto De Caza, Calif.)
100-yd. KOR for TD, 139 KR yds., 34 rush yds.

Sam Philippi, Penn (Fr., DB - Coto De Caza, Calif.)
4 tkls. (3 solo), 2 INTs, 1 BrUp

Joe Rhattigan, Princeton (Jr., RB - Naperville, Ill.)
12 car. for 127 yds., 1 TD

Ben Rogers, Cornell (Sr., WR - Geneva, Ill.)
6 rec. for 96 yds., 1 TD

Alek Torgersen, Penn (Jr., QB - Huntington Beach, Calif.)
15-22-0, 196 yds., 3 TDs, 45 rush yds.

Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
24-42-0, 311 yds.

25 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alessi should be playing offense for Yale.

8:09 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm...last time I checked we needed all the help we can get in the secondary.

9:32 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, let him play both ways. And does Yale's play book include any reverses or halfback passes? Good luck, bulldogs.

1:03 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Both ways? Now you KNOW he's going to get hurt! Every week I see some impressive freshmen on this list. Unfortunately none of them are from Yale. We'll just have to face them for three more years.

1:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's not winning any recruiting battles. He's getting the same kids that Williams got prior to him getting the job. Harvard is getting better recruits. He's getting the FBS fallbacks and Harvard seconds. If he doesn't start developing players he will never win games. You can have one good season at Yale by luck, williams had one too.

9:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, but at least Tony Reno has never claimed to be a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. Let's give him that.

12:26 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think that recruiting is the problem. For a certain group of qualified student/athletes, Yale is a destination school and this staff has recruited reasonably well. I do believe that we are at a disadvantage in terms of "coaching up" these kids and game management. The only advantage we have in coaching staffs is over Cornell. We saw this past weekend how coaching can influence the outcome of a game. And please, spare us all the tears about injuries. Every team has injuries, it's part of the game and the coaches have to manage it.

1:21 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A Rhodes Scholarship finalist from Worcester St. Nobody would buy that.

2:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is coaching, no doubt. And it must improve. However "spare us all the tears about injuries" is idiotic. Each team does not have the rash of injuries that we have faced, and that is hard fact. It is NOT an excuse by any means, just a very important and impacting factor.

3:16 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvard, Yale, and Princeton have higher academic index standards for recruits than the other 5 Ivy league schools and I've heard in the past that Yale has self-imposed academic index requirements that actually make it harder for recruited athletes to get into Yale than Harvard or Princeton.

3:45 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...


1:40 Regarding freshmen...Yale has a few freshmen as good as any in the Ivy's that are way underutilized. No names just look around.

4:35 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 3:16PM, the rash of injuries Notre Dame has faced is more than their opponents have faced, and they have not skipped a beat. Like Yale, they too subscribe to the next man up mentality. The difference is coaching, or in Yale's case, the lack of.

5:26 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a feeling that every Ivy probably has rumors circulating that it has more stringent admissions requirements than its rivals. So which stories to believe?

It's likely that Harvard, Yale and Princeton have higher AI standards because overall HYP student bodies have higher SAT scores. The way the AI is calculated, HYP should have higher AI thresholds.

Within HYP, could Harvard have higher standards? That's very unlikely. We see that Harvard pushes the envelope in terms of low AI requirements for basketball. What are the odds that the same athletic department stashing sub-minimum AI basketball recruits at Northfield Mount Hermon would voluntarily self-impose a higher AI schedule for football? Zero.

Princeton might actually hold itself to higher standards. The Tigers do not accept transfer students, a disadvantage and, from time to time, a huge disadvantage. So Princeton has at least demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice wins on the field in the interest of academic goals.

Yale is probably in the middle. We accept high potential transfer students quite regularly (see Varga, Roberts, Hines, etc.) and have gone after some of the lower AI basketball recruits Harvard has, but not nearly to the same extent or breadth. I doubt that our perpetual underperformance in football is due to higher academic standards. Certainly it is in basketball relative to Harvard.

5:33 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Over the years over the years the AI of all League schools has grown closer together, with HYP at the top and Cornell at the bottom, so difference among AIs are less significant than they used to be. If AI alone were that important, Cornell would likely have a better football team. (Columbia's AI, btw, is 4th, and not that far below HYP). But many other factors come into play: financial aid, the choices of the admissions offices, program stability, the quality of the on field coaching, player development, how the coaching staff rates the recruits it brings in, whom it decides to offer openings, who is to be the low bander, etc.

Reno rescinded the offers the previous guy made to the Conway brothers, one of whom caused a key fumble on Saturday. So there you go. They went to Duke instead and came Columbia to play for Bagnoli.

I am not a Yale fan, but want all schools in the League to be competitive. Reno didnt have all that much experience. It seems like he is still figuring it out. Still not sure why you guys got rid of Jack.

7:15 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Blaming injuries is so cowardly. Yale's 3rd string players could all start for Columbia. It's coaching. Conlin got a big head and has regressed as a coach. He wasn't ready to be a coordinator and lived a lie last year because of Varga. He's a terrible play caller.

9:02 PM 
Anonymous voy vey said...

Agree w/ 9:02PM. Offensive play-calling is seriously lacking and very vanilla. They run a quick no-huddle, but that's where any similarities to Oregon or Kelly's Eagles end.
Run a zone read-based offense - keep the defense guessing. Let your Ivy League-educated QB use his intelligence to make reads and adjust accordingly.
Instead, all of our running plays are telegraphed, and all the passes (except the bubble screen, which is also telegraphed) develop too slowly. When you have a marginal OL, slow-developing pass plays are death.
Injuries are an excuse. Yale had two excellent RB's and six competent-to-excellent WR's heading into this season. The depth is there, the results are not.
The Colts offense and star QB are struggling mightily, with a weak OK. Sound familiar? They just fired their offensive coordinator. Food for thought...

10:46 PM 
Anonymous voy vey said...

I meant "with a weak OL" in the last 'graph.

10:48 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

5:26 PM YOU FOOL, ND is a SCHOLARSHIP granting institution. If you don't know that this poses a MAJOR difference, you are more of an idiot than your post reveals. Dummy, that makes it TOTALLY different...stupid.

11:24 PM 
Blogger Texan Eli said...

I think 5:33 goes too far in arguing that, in refusing to take football transfers, "Princeton has at least demonstrated a willingness to sacrifice wins on the field in the interest of academic goals." What evidence is there that Yale imposes less strict academic standards in admitting transfers? You'll recall Pete Lee and Pat Witt transferred to Yale from Wisconsin and Nebraska, respectively. Both were brilliant students at Yale, graduating with honors, as well as record-breaking QBs for the Elis. I recall a senior professor at Yale remarking, on national TV, that Witt was the only first-rate scholar he'd taught in many years at Yale who also played football.

BTW, within the past couple years I've heard our AD remark (privately) that Yale's AI had surpassed Harvard's, the traditional leader among Ivy schools. But the impression that Yale imposes an even higher internal AI may be confused with the fact that, under Rick Levin, Yale did not utilize all its allotted recruiting slots (among all varsity sports, not FB) in the Freshman class, unlike Harvard and Princeton. So those Yale varsity athletes who did not get a slot probably did face a tougher admissions task than their slotted counterparts at Harvard and Princeton -- though that's not applicable to football, where all 30 annual slots have long been utilized.

11:28 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What? No Tuesday or Wednesday Notes this week?

9:47 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, Tex. 5:33 here. I agree with everything you said. Furthermore, I chose my words about each of HYP carefully. Nowhere did I suggest that Yale's football transfer students were poor students. The fact that Witt was nominated by Yale for a Rhodes Scholarship speaks for itself.

As far as Princeton is concerned, I'm just observing that they maintain a long-standing policy for academic reasons which happens to put them at a disadvantage athletically. There are very few colleges which do this although, as you point out, under Levin we did not recruit full rosters in some so-called "Olympic" sports (that is, not football, basketball, baseball or hockey). That seems to be changing in the post-Levin era but, for example, we still carry smaller rosters than Harvard and Princeton in several sports.

Harvard's commitment to winning at all costs academically is demonstrated by their basketball team. That does not imply anything about what the football team is doing other than the fact that the higher-up's in athletic and academic administration are clearly tolerant of some aggressive recruiting policies in general.

10:07 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your slamming of the Harvard basketball team seems to be bases on allegations that are at least 5 years old. The Ivy basketball site currently has this comment on Harvard basketball recruits for the class of 2016:

"JRSS noted that Harvard’s latest three star recruit fits in perfectly with the rest of his recruited classmates. Since the other six only have an aggregate average 3.9 GPA, Coach Amaker recruited Henry Welsh to further balance out the class since he has a 4.5 GPA and is taking a rigorous fall class load with three AP classes in calculus BC, physics and history. The MIT and Cal Tech athletic departments were so impressed that they have asked their basketball coaches to try to get their team’s average AI score within at least one standard deviation of the Harvard basketball team’s average AI score. "

11:08 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that there are some very smart guys on the Harvard basketball roster, just as there are some very smart guys on ours.

The question has never been, "Are there no smart guys on the Harvard roster?" The question has been and remains, "How close to the minimum AI score does Harvard recruit and how many low AI recruits do they carry on a roster of 20?"

2:29 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvard has at least one player on its current hoops roster who did not meet the League's minimum AI score coming out of high school. He spent a PG year at prep school to get his numbers up. So the answer to your first question is Harvard goes right down to the minimum AI.

3:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many of Yale's football recruits last year were sent to prep school to get their grades up for admissions purposes? I think it was 6.

7:17 PM 

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