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Winter Sports Update

Men’s Basketball had an exciting weekend with a buzzer beater to defeat Penn and an overtime victory over Princeton to destroy their hopes of entering the Ivy League Tournament.  Yale will have a rematch against Penn in the first round of the Ivy League Tournament on Saturday at 3 PM ET on ESPN 2.

Men’s Hockey dropped their final two games to Quinnipiac in the first round of the ECAC Hockey Tournament.

Men’s Lacrosse is 3-1 and currently ranked the #10 team in the nation.  Jason Alessi has two assists on the season so far.

Trautwein Leaves New Haven for Boston

After one of the briefest coaching stints in Yale history, Offensive Line Coach Phil Trautwein will head to Boston College (luckily not Harvard).  Reno will need to find a talented coach in a hurry to keep the recruits locked in and establish a solid base with the returning players prior to the beginning of Spring Ball.

Men’s Basketball has four crucial Ivy League games remaining to vie for a top four finish and a birth in the Ivy League Tournament.  Good luck Coach Jones and Go Bulldogs!

Vicky Chun to become next AD

Yale will announce this afternoon that Colgate’s Vicky Chun will be the next Director of Athletics at Yale University.  Vicky has enormous shoes to fill with the departure of Tom Beckett and she will soon learn that Yale fans demand a level of excellence that can’t be comprehended at a Patriot League institution.

Congratulations Vicky Chun and Go Bulldogs!

Winter News

Paul Rice ’10 has decided to follow former Yale Coach Joe Conlin to Fordham.  We wish Coach Rice great success in the future (except when they play the Elis) and thank him for his years of dedication to the Yale football community.

It looks as though Phil Trautwein will become the next offensive line coach.  Trautwein played offensive tackle in the NFL for the Rams, Browns, Saints and Chargers.  This would be a spectacular hire for Reno.  No other Ivy League offensive line coach has credentials that are even in the same ballpark as Trautwein’s.

Rumor has it that turf will finally be installed at the Bowl this offseason!

Yale Legend Carm Cozza Dies at 87

The Yale community lost a great one today with the passing of Carmen Cozza.  Cozza’s incredible Yale career began in 1963 and just four years later, Cozza would lead the Bulldogs to their first of ten conference championships under his reign.  Cozza compiled a record of 179-119-5 while at Yale with 135 of those victories against Ivy League foes.  In more recent memory, Cozza teamed up with Ron Vaccaro to become the voices of Yale football on weekly WELI broadcasts.  His passion for Yale and intimate knowledge of the game were truly inspirational to all of us.

If you have any heart warming or funny Carm Cozza stories, please share them in the comments section below.

Conlin heads to Fordham

Offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Joe Conlin has decided to accept the head coaching position at Fordham University.  Conlin began at Yale in 2013 as the offensive line coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator in 2014.  It’s expected that Kevin Cahill will become the next offensive coordinator, but that still leaves an opening at the offensive line coaching position.  Look for the Bulldogs to snag a seasoned offensive line coach to lead the big men in the 2018 campaign.

Recruiting Roundup

Here are the commits we have heard about so far:

Reid Nickerson, 6’4” 210 lbs, S/LB, Friendswood HS, Friendswood, TX

Nick Gargiulo, 6’5” 270 lbs, DT/OL, Somers HS, Lincolndale, NY

Shane Frommer, 5’11” 192 lbs, RB/LB, King Philip Regional, Wrentham, MA

Brian Abraham, 6’4” 190 lbs, WR/S, Xaverian Brothers, Westwood, MA

Jaylan Sandifer, 6’4″ 194 lbs, WR, Choate, Wallingford, CT

Noah Pope, 6’1″ 205 lbs, LB, Choate, Wallingford, CT

Nick Henkel, 6’5″ 185 lbs, QB, Brunswick HS, Greenwich, CT

Nick Tibbetts, 6′2″ 230 lbs, LS, Montville HS, Montville, CT

Dathan Hickey, 6′2″ 180 lbs, RB/CB, Bristol Central HS, Bristol, CT

Brett Gerber, 6′4″ 220 lbs, LB, Manatee HS, Bradenton, FL

Tate Goodyear, 6’4″ 275 lbs, OL, Sycamore HS, Cincinnati, OH

Trenton Charles, 5’9″ 165 lbs, RB, Scotlandville Magnet, Baton Rouge, LA

Griffin O’Connor, 6’3″ 200 lbs, QB, Edison HS, Huntington Beach, CA

Josh De St Jean, 6’5″ 270 lbs, DT, La Lumiere, La Porte, IN

Jaylan Granberry, 5’10” 180 lbs, S, Pearl Cohn, Nashville, TN

Seun Omonije, 6’0″ 181 lbs, WR, St. Marks, Dallas, TX

Isaiah Dunham, 6’2″ 195 lbs, WR/DB, Reitz, Evansville, IN

Cubby Schuller, 6’6″ 265 lbs, OL/DL, Bernards HS, Bernardsville, NJ

Sebastian Bruno, 6’4″ 235 lbs, DE, Olympic Heights, Boca Raton, FL

Elliott McElwain, 6’0″ 215 lbs, RB, Hewitt-Trussville, Trussville, AL

Osorachukwu Ifesinachukwu, 6’2″ 215 lbs, OLB, Vandegrift, Austin, TX

Ajay Culhane, 6’0″ 185 lbs, K, Oaks Christian, Westlake Village, CA

Noah Aaron, 6’1″ 170 lbs, WR/DB, Groton, Groton, MA

Adam Raine, 6’4” 260 lbs, DL, Berkshire, Sheffield, MA

Kennedy Kosmalski, 6’0” 180 lbs, DB, McHenry, McHenry, IL

Conor Smith, 6′5″ 260 lbs, OL, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank, NJ

Jack Biestek, 6’3″ 205 lbs, WR, Cardinal Gibbons, Raleigh, NC

Miles Oldacre, 5’10” 185lbs, S, Klein Oak, Spring, TX

Kyle Ellis, 6’0″ 182 lbs, DB/WR, Greater Altanta Christian, Norcross, GA

Henry Large, 6’0″ 210 lbs, LB, St. Albans, Washington, DC

Nicholas Sligh, 6‘3” 310 lbs, OL, Clarke Central, Athens, GA

Spencer Alston, 5’10” 185 lbs, RB/WR, South Lakes, Reston, VA

Garry Raymond, 6′6″ 238 lbs, TE, Cheyenne Mountain, Colorado Springs, CO

Matthew Tynes, 6′1″ 166 lbs, CB, St. Mark’s, Wilmington, DE

Ivy League Awards

Here are the Yalies that were honored by the Ivy League:

Zane Dudek-Rookie of the Year (unanimous)

Jon Bezney-1st Team All Ivy OL

Karl Marback-1st Team All Ivy OL

Zane Dudek-1st Team All Ivy RB (unanimous)

Jaeden Graham-1st Team All Ivy TE

John Herubin-1st Team All Ivy DL

Matthew Oplinger-1st Team All Ivy LB (unanimous)

Hayden Carlson-1st Team All Ivy DB

Spencer Rymiszewski-1st Team All Ivy DB

Anders Huizenga-2nd Team All Ivy OL

Sterling Strother-2nd Team All Ivy OL

Christopher Williams-Lopez-2nd Team All Ivy WR

Charles Callender-2nd Team All Ivy DL

Kyle Mullen-2nd Team All Ivy DL

Foyesade Oluokun-2nd Team All Ivy LB

Alex Galland-2nd Team All Ivy Punter

Dieter Eiselen-HM All Ivy OL

Kurt Rawlings-HM All Ivy QB

Deshawn Salter-HM All Ivy RB

Malcolm Dixon-HM All Ivy DB

Jason Alessi-HM All Ivy DB



Post-Season Awards

Rookie of the Year: Zane Dudek

Offensive Lineman of the Year: Jon Bezney

Receiver/TE of the Year: Christopher Williams-Lopez

QB/RB of the Year: Kurt Rawlings

Defensive Lineman of the Year: Kyle Mullen

Linebacker of the Year: Matthew Oplinger

Defensive Back of the Year: Hayden Carlson

Special Teams Player of the Year: Andrew Johnson

MVP: Kurt Rawlings

Coach of the Year: Tony Reno

The Game

The Bulldogs dominated the Crimson 24-3 on Saturday to claim the outright Ivy League Championship.

Harvard came out in the first quarter with a solid offensive game plan to spread the field and get the ball in Shelton-Mosley’s hands as often as possible.  The Crimson were able to march into Yale territory before our defense stiffened and held them to just a field goal.  That would be Harvard’s lone score of the afternoon.

Harvard’s defense found a way to slow Dudek, but committing the resources to stop Dudek left the Harvard secondary vulnerable.  Rawlings threw a few shaky passes early in the contest, but was able to settle down and finished the day an efficient 18/27 for 177 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.  In comparison, Harvard’s two quarterbacks threw for a meager 138 yards combined, 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions.  Shohfi, Drwal, Siragusa and Williams-Lopez had clutch performances at the receiver position.  Shohfi’s 46 yard reception followed by his spectacular touchdown grab were easily the offensive highlights of the game.  The offensive line was fantastic in pass protection giving Rawlings just enough time to deliver strikes.  Harvard would only sack Rawlings twice in the contest.

The muddy conditions of the field turned the game into a defensive chess match.  Harvard QB Jake Smith caused two turnovers on option plays with his wild pitches at the worst moments.  One of the fumbles was picked up by Malcolm Dixon and returned 19 yards for a touchdown.  Hunter Roman fell on the second fumble to set up Yale in Crimson territory.  The Bulldog defense battered Smith for three quarters, before Tim Murphy decided to yank Smith for his Senior QB Joe Viviano.  Viviano’s first series would end in a turnover on downs, his second series would end with a Carlson interception and his third series would end in a Henson interception.  It was a senior sack affair on Saturday.  Oplinger topped off his stellar career with another two sacks, Herubin added one and a half sacks, Oluokun and Carlson each had one sack and Chism finished with half a sack.  Awodiran was all over the field and will be a cornerstone of the linebackers next season.  This was truly a team effort on defense with too many contributors to list them all.  This Yale defense will go down in history as one of the greatest in the conference.

Kyle Mullen has been elected captain of next year’s squad.  We will be posting our post-season awards and a look ahead to the future in the coming days.

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2017 Ivy League Champions

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