Sports Medicine Under Fire

Yale’s Athletic Medicine Department has come under intense scrutiny in the past months as Yale’s injury plague derailed its football and basketball campaigns among others.  As the YDN reported, the department is understaffed, underfunded and most importantly has been misdiagnosing athletes.  The fact that Rafe Chapple, while in contention for the starting QB position, has to circumvent Yale’s internal process to get an MRI scheduled is appalling.  The trainers and physical therapists should be vocal advocates for getting the athletes scheduled for diagnostic imaging procedures as soon as possible.  Shoulders and knees are complex joints that demand specialists to properly diagnose ailments as even MRIs can fail to show the true extent of damage.  This will require bringing in additional orthopaedic surgeons to consult on a part time basis as Dr. Ruwe alone cannot solve the issues.  Clearly the department needs more hands on deck to manage the massive inflow of athletes (Qpac interns do not count) as well as an overhaul of the entire infrastructure.  We can’t let the strength and conditioning department off the hook either as injury prevention begins there.

Updated Commit List

Here is the updated recruiting roster, but keep in mind a lot can change between now and kickoff for the 2017 season (admissions, homesickness, decommitments, etc):

Micah Awodiran, LB, 6-1 217, Marist (Chicago, IL)

Noah Pope, LB, 6-1 195, St. George’s Independent School (Collerville, TN)

Christian Sampleton, DE, 6-3 223, Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park, IL)

Jake Hinish, OL, 6-2 280, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)

John Dean, LB, 6-2 225, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Jimmy Check, QB, 6-5 195, Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, VA)

Patrick Conte, QB, 6-4 229, Fairfield College Preparatory (Fairfield, CT)

Walker Lott, DB, 6-2 222, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Jordan Carey, LB/RB, 5-11 190, Hazelwood Central (Florissant, MO)

Blake Hill, MLB, 6-1 220, Milford (Milford, MA)

Donovan Slater, OL, 6-3 285, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)

D. Major Roman, DE/TE, 6-5 202, New London (New London, CT)

Thomas Vissman, RB/S, 6-0 210, Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ethan Campbell, MLB, 6-4 214, La Salle (Cincinatti, Ohio)

Brandon Peterson, DE, 6-3 250, Alamo Heights (San Antonio, TX)

JJ Howland, TE, 6-6 230, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Cameron Warfield, OL, 6-4 280, Gonzaga (Washington, DC)

Michael Purvey, RB, 5-10 188, Strake Jesuit (Houston, TX)

Darrion Carrington, WR, 6-3 175, Toms River North (Toms River, NJ)

Melvin Rouse, CB, 5-9 170, Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, NC)

Zane Dudek, RB, 5-10 190, Armstrong (Kittanning, PA)

Sasha Hoban, TE, 6-4 245, Newton South (Newton, MA)

Demani Hansford, CB, 5-11 170, St. John’s College (Washington, DC)

Tyler Jost, OT, 6-6 280, Libertyville (Libertyville, IL)

Deonte Henson, CB, 5-9 160, West Brook (Beaumont, TX)

Grant Neagli, OT, 6-7 295, Episcopal (Alexandria, VA)

Jaylan Sandifer, WR, 6-3 185, Northside (Warner Robins, GA)

Rodney Thomas, WR/DB, 6-0 170, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)

Darnell Robinson, CB, 5-10 175, Oxbridge Academy (West Palm Beach, FL)

AJ Ryan, LB/TE, 6-2 230, Xaverian Brothers (Westwood, MA)

Michael Chime, DT, 6-1 260, St. Ignatious (Cleveland, OH)

 

End of Season Awards

Here are our awards for the 2016 Bulldog squad:

MVP: Alan Lamar

Rookie of the Year: Alan Lamar

Offensive Lineman of the Year: Karl Marback

Receiver/TE of the Year: Reed Klubnik

QB/RB of the Year: Alan Lamar

Defensive Lineman of the Year: Kyle Mullen

Linebacker of the Year: Darius Manora

Defensive Back of the Year: Hayden Carlson

Special Teams Player of the Year: Jason Alessi

Ironman Award: Dale Harris

 

We’d love to hear where you think we went wrong on the list!  We’ll continue updating the recruiting list as we receive news.

Looking towards the Future

Spencer Rymiszewski was elected Captain for the 2017 squad after missing all of 2016 recovering from double shoulder surgery.  Rymiszewski was a 1st Team All-Ivy performer in 2015 and the secondary welcomes him back with open arms.

On the topic of All-Ivy performers, Yale players were snubbed from 1st Team honors, but Alan Lamar (RB) and Jason Alessi (PR) earned 2nd Team honors.  Dale Harris, Mason Friedline, Marty Moesta, Karl Marback, Kyle Mullen, Matt Oplinger, and Darius Manora all received honorable mention.

Potential recruits:

Micah Awodiran, LB, 6-1 217, Marist (Chicago, IL)

Noah Pope, LB, 6-1 195, St. George’s Independent School (Collerville, TN)

Christian Sampleton, DE, 6-3 223, Nazareth Academy (La Grange Park, IL)

Jake Hinish, OL, 6-2 280, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)

John Dean, LB, 6-2 225, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Jimmy Check, QB, 6-5 195, Paul VI Catholic (Fairfax, VA)

Patrick Conte, QB, 6-4 229, Fairfield College Preparatory (Fairfield, CT)

Walker Lott, DB, 6-2 222, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Jordan Carey, LB/RB, 5-11 190, Hazelwood Central (Florissant, MO)

Blake Hill, MLB, 6-1 220, Milford (Milford, MA)

Donovan Slater, OL, 6-3 285, Central Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)

D. Major Roman, DE/TE, 6-5 202, New London (New London, CT)

Thomas Vissman, RB/S, 6-0 210, Upper St. Clair (Pittsburgh, PA)

Ethan Campbell, MLB, 6-4 214, La Salle (Cincinatti, Ohio)

Brandon Peterson, DE, 6-3 250, Alamo Heights (San Antonio, TX)

JJ Howland, TE, 6-6 230, Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, CT)

Cameron Warfield, OL, 6-4 280, Gonzaga (Washington, DC)

Michael Purvey, RB, 5-10 188, Strake Jesuit (Houston, TX)

Darrion Carrington, WR, 6-3 175, Toms River North (Toms River, NJ)

Melvin Rouse, CB, 5-9 170, Charlotte Latin (Charlotte, NC)

Zane Dudek, RB, 5-10 190, Armstrong (Kittanning, PA)

Sasha Hoban, TE, 6-4 245, Newton South (Newton, MA)

Demani Hansford, CB, 5-11 170, St. John’s College (Washington, DC)

Tyler Jost, OT, 6-6 280, Libertyville (Libertyville, IL)

Deonte Henson, CB, 5-9 160, West Brook (Beaumont, TX)

Grant Neagli, OT, 6-7 295, Episcopal (Alexandria, VA)

 

The Game Notes

Everything finally seemed to click for the Bulldogs on Saturday.  Almost every position group had their best outing of the season and it could not have come at a better time for our squad.  The offensive line gave Rawlings just enough time to deliver strikes to Klubnik and Shohfi.  The vaunted Harvard defensive line was pushed around in the redzone as Lamar cruised in for a score.  Klubnik caught everything in sight and is our choice for Co-Player of The Game along with Rawlings.  Clemons, Gaines, Little and Rich had fantastic blocks all day to allow Rawlings to break free on the ground and burn the clock.

Coach Paul Rice and his special teams unit performed flawlessly.  From the fake FG to the onside kick, we caught Harvard with their pants down and they never could recover from the momentum swings.  K Blake Horn showed patience and intelligence as he waited for the ball to move 10 yards before scooping it up.  LB Quintin Herbert had the hit of the season on that play as he absolutely blasted the only Crimson player within range of the ball.  Leo Haenni hauled in a wobbly short pass from Andrew Johnson on the fake FG.

The defense stepped up to shut down Viviano, Shelton-Mosley and Firkser.  Linebackers Egu and Manora made plays all over the field and were an absolute nightmare for RB Charlie Booker.  The defensive line and blitzing linebackers/safeties flustered Viviano and forced him to run.  Alessi made game saving tackles and Oplinger had the best game of his career.  Oluokun put a huge hit on Booker in Harvard’s first series and Booker never ran up the middle with the same determination after that punishment.  With Dale Harris out and Marquise Peggs injured during the game, the secondary hung in there and only allowed two big plays (one to Firkser and one to Shelton-Mosley) that did not even go for touchdowns.

Hats off to Reno and the entire staff for a fantastic conclusion to the season!

 

Harvard Preview

It’s not often that Tim Murphy gets outcoached, but that’s exactly what happened last week in Harvard’s loss to Penn.  Harvard was gaining yardage at will on the ground, yet Murphy consistently chose to throw down field.  QB Viviano likes to stare down one receiver and if that receiver is covered, he immediately panics and tries to scramble.  Viviano has a great arm and has the speed to run the ball, but when he gets flustered, Harvard’s offense sputters.  The interior of the Crimson’s line is stout featuring Larry Allen’s son, but Penn was able to expose their tackles.  RB Charlie Booker led the Crimson on the ground last week with 62 yards and was aided by Semar Smith (27 yards), Adam Scott (19 yards) and Lavance Northington (17 yards).  The key to shutting down Harvard’s aerial attack is covering electric WR Justice Shelton-Mosley.  Shelton-Mosley had a tame outing at Penn with only 51 receiving yards, but look for Murphy to try to get him in space against the Bulldogs.  TE Anthony Firkser is a staple of the offense and had a big 19 yard reception last week.

Harvard’s defensive line is on par with Princeton’s talented position group this season and has size and strength across the board.  The unit is led by DT James Duberg, a Second Team All-Ivy pick from a year ago.  The linebackers are average for the Ivy League, although the secondary is a talented and experienced group spearheaded by their captain CB Sean Ahern, a First Team All-Ivy selection in 2015.  Keep in mind Penn’s Justin Watson was still able to torch Harvard’s secondary.

Keys to the game:

Get inside Murphy’s head (he’s a lowly Springfield grad)

Fluster and hit Viviano

Key on Shelton-Mosley and Firkser in pass coverage

Protect Rawlings

Spread the ball around

Control the clock with Lamar and Salter

 

BEAT HARVARD!

 

What went wrong against Princeton?

The troubles began along the line of scrimmage.  The offensive line performed poorly at both run blocking and pass blocking in the 31-3 loss to Princeton.  The Tigers had 5 sacks and 10 TFLs in the contest.  Lamar and Salter simply did not have the open holes that they had in previous games.  Princeton blitzed frequently and instead of using their aggressiveness against them, we played exactly how they wanted us to.  The plays were too slow to develop and Rawlings (18/37, 164 yards, 1 fumble) held onto the ball too long.  Conlin’s play calling was predictable from the first snap.

Rawlings and Marcinick are clearly not on the same page at all and have not been for weeks.  The receiving corps in general ran sloppy routes and had butterfingers.

The defense has improved since the early woes against the Patriot League opponents, but we still can’t count on the unit to keep the game close when the offense goes three and out every series.  Princeton’s deep routes were open frequently and surely Harvard will try to exploit that this week.  Carlson had a nice interception and return, but the offense sputtered and had to settle for three points.

Dieter Eiselen went down with an injury and we hope he’s OK.

Princeton Preview

Most people outside of the Princeton program did not see this squad as a contender for the crown, but the Tigers are sitting at 6-2 with their only Ivy League loss coming to Harvard in OT.  Last week, Princeton shutout Penn 28-0 and sent a shockwave through offices around the league.  QB Chad Kanoff is a smart and efficient passer completing 62.6% of his throws, but has thrown only 5 touchdowns with 6 interceptions.  Princeton likes to bring in QB John Lovett to run the ball when close to the goal line and Lovett has 15 rushing touchdowns on the season.  Lovett isn’t just a threat on the ground, however, as he has attempted 63 passes on the year and hauled in 23 receptions with one TD.  RBs Joe Rhattigan and Charlie Volker lead the Tigers in rushing with 480 yards and 410 yards respectively.  Our secondary will have to keep WR Isaiah Barnes in check as he averages 16.5 yards per reception and has accumulated 496 yards receiving on the year.

The Princeton defense is led by LBs Luke Catarius (60 tackles) and Rohan Hylton (43 tackles).  The Tigers’ defensive line might be the most talented in the Ivy League anchored by Kurt Holuba (5.5 sacks, 7 TFLs) and Henry Schlossberg (2 sacks, 7 TFLs).  The secondary has been sharp the last few weeks and will not give up easy throws to Rawlings.

The Bulldogs will have to play mistake-free ball on Saturday to walk away with a victory.  Yale needs to hit Princeton in the mouth from the first play of the game and limit the Tigers to under 28 points.  We beat this squad 35-28 last year and can knock them off once again with the right gameplan.