It was a great day to be a Yale fan this past Saturday with fantastic weather, Ivy League Championship rings, a delicious BBQ, and a glimpse of Team 146. There seemed to be a buzz around the Bowl that hadn’t been witnessed in years.
The defense showed that they are not rebuilding next season, but reloading with talent. Reno has been able to build solid depth across the board with sustained stellar recruiting. Several people commented on Tosan Agbeyegbe and Rodney Thomas’ play at safety, an area of particular concern given the graduation of All-Ivy caliber players at the two positions. The defensive line should be the team’s strongest position despite the loss of Copache Tyler, Earl Chism and John Herubin. We expect competition at linebacker to continue through the fall, but we were pleased with what we saw.
The offensive line seemed sluggish off the ball and had issues sustaining blocks. Given the personnel changes and a new position coach, the growing pains are unavoidable. Keep in mind that the defensive line has historically been more cohesive than the offensive line in Spring Ball over the years including last season. We didn’t see much out of the top returning wideouts (several did not play), but their routes and timing with Rawlings will only improve over the summer and fall workouts. Jimmy Check may have the potential to fill in for Rawlings in an emergency. It would have been nice to see the Blue-White Game at the end of Spring Ball this year as it was evident that the offensive players still needed a few practices under their belt to go toe to toe with the defense. On the other hand, the Bulldogs will have this week to clean up the mental mistakes and focus on an Ivy League repeat in the fall.
In other news, Yale Lacrosse defeated #2 Albany 14-6 yesterday.