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Keys to Victory

  • Disrupt Dartmouth’s QB

Sophomore Derek Kyler hasn’t taken any huge hits or been flustered yet this season, but Dartmouth hasn’t played a team like Yale.  Kyler locks onto one target and 99% of the time, he throws to that receiver without even taking a peak at his other reads.  The Dartmouth coaching staff keeps the playbook very simple for him with the majority of the passes being short, outside routes or screens.  Kyler will occasionally throw deep passes to Hagdorn or Hunnicutt, yet intermediate routes are non-existent.  Dartmouth is trying to conceal the fact that he can’t make complex reads under pressure.  If guys like Roman and Matthaie can generate pressure without blitzing and get hits on Kyler, his confidence will be rattled.  His frail frame cannot withstand an onslaught from our defenders.

  • Block Linebacker Jack Traynor

Dartmouth’s defensive line is stocked with big bodies that clog running lanes.  These linemen are not necessarily fast or great at disengaging from blockers.  Jackson Perry in particular has really struggled with cut blocks this season.  Dartmouth relies heavily on Traynor and other linebackers to make plays all over the field.  If the Bulldogs can assign a blocker to Traynor on every play and get our playmakers in space, Dartmouth will be in trouble.  Dartmouth’s secondary simply does not have the talent to stop players such as Shohfi once they get loose.

  • Push around the Dartmouth offensive line

Dartmouth’s offensive line has been one of its strengths thus far.  They are great at pass blocking, but only above average at run blocking.  There were several plays in Dartmouth’s contest against Holy Cross where Dartmouth’s vaunted offensive line was manhandled on running downs.  We believe from firsthand experience that Coach Keith Clark is not an elite offensive line coach.  If the Bulldogs start pushing the Dartmouth line around, Clark and company will panic.  A close contest favors the Bulldogs as Dartmouth’s kicking game is lackluster.

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