2014-15 Yale Football News

  • Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds 761 Potential Life-Savers
    April 16, 2015
    Fresh off the news of yet another life-saving donation from a previous drive, the Yale Athletics department hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Thursday at Commons -- and added 761 more potential life-savers to the Be The Match Registry®. The Bulldogs’ efforts on Thursday will no doubt add to the total number of donor matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses located through the six previous drives. That figure is now at least 29, following the recent donation by senior Peter Ambiel (Los Altos, Calif.) of the men’s soccer team. Yale has now added a total of 5,299 people to the registry.
  • Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 16
    April 10, 2015
    In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women’s ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz ’10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide “Get in the Game. Save a Life.” campaign for Be The Match®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
  • Spring Practice Begins
    March 25, 2015
    Memories of a great 2014 season hung in the minds of the Bulldogs as spring practice kicked off early this morning on Clint Frank Field. It was the first of 12 practice dates that culminate with the April 18 Blue-White Scrimmage in the Yale Bowl.
  • 4 Bulldogs Taking Part in Yale Pro Day
    March 18, 2015
    Four Bulldogs will showcase their talents at the Yale Football Pro Day on Thursday, March 26, at the Connecticut Sportsplex in North Branford. The testing begins at 10 a.m. and will likely run for about three hours.
  • Stevens Takes Over Yale Defensive Line
    March 10, 2015
    Jordan Stevens, an assistant coach at Maine the last four years, is Yale’s new David D. Kelley Defensive Line Coach.
  • Yale Football Staff Member Visits Congress on Life-Saving Mission
    March 09, 2015
    Helping save a total stranger’s life by donating marrow turned out to be just the start of Chris Gennaro’s involvement with the cause of marrow donation during his time working at Yale. Gennaro, who made his life-saving donation around the same time that he first started working for the Yale football team in 2012, has also become one of the key volunteers for the Bulldogs’ annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive. And earlier this month he took his involvement to a national level, traveling to Washington, D.C., to be a part of Legislative Day for Be The Match® on Tuesday, Mar. 3. Gennaro, Yale’s director of football operations, spoke to members of Congress about the value of marrow donation, emphasizing how easy and rewarding the marrow donation process was for him.
  • Graham Holds Lombardi Trophy
    February 02, 2015
    Pat Graham ’01 didn’t break any records as a member of the Yale Football Team, but he did etch his name in the storied history of the program tonight. Graham, an assistant coach for the New England Patriots, became the first Bulldog to win a Super Bowl as a coach.
  • Chism, Varga Get FCS ADA Award
    January 30, 2015
    William Chism and Tyler Varga, a pair of Yale gridiron leaders, were among the 43 winners of the 16th annual Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team.
  • Bulldog Back in the Super Bowl
    January 29, 2015
    Pat Graham ’01 is going to be the only Yale graduate to coach in multiple Super Bowls after Sunday’s New England-Seattle matchup at University of Phoenix Stadium.
  • Varga Going To NFL Combine
    January 28, 2015
    Most football players aspiring to National Football League careers see the annual scouting combine in Indianapolis as a major stepping stone toward the draft. That’s especially the case for an All-American player from the Ivy League like Yale’s Tyler Varga.
  • Varga Scores 2 TDs in Senior Bowl
    January 25, 2015
    Tyler Varga put the finishing touches on a super all-star week by scoring two touchdowns in the North’s 34-13 win over the South in the Reese’s Senior Bowl on Saturday night in Mobile, Ala.
  • Varga Preparing For Saturday’s Senior Bowl
    January 20, 2015
    Tyler Varga will be sporting his “Y” helmet and No. 30 in Mobile on Saturday in a nationally televised game. However, the senior running back will be wearing a RED, white and blue North team uniform rather than the dirt and paint-stained Yale jersey he made famous the last three seasons.
  • Jauron To Join Hall of Fame
    January 08, 2015
    Dick Jauron, one of Yale’s most distinguished student-athletes, has been named by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame to its 2015 class of inductees. The Yale class of 1973 offensive star, who went on to become a National Football League standout player and coach, is one of 15 selected in this year’s class.
  • Chism, Roberts Earn Academic All-Ivy
    December 23, 2014
    A Yale offensive lineman and his quarterback earned distinction for work done off the field, though their status on the Yale football team also helped. Senior Will Chism (Ridgeland, Miss.) and junior Morgan Roberts (Charlotte, NC) were named to the 2014 Fall Academic All-Ivy League squad.
  • Wallace, Varga Named All-Americans
    December 23, 2014
    Two Yale senior offensive stars who led the nation in a key statistical categories were honored with All-America honors by multiple organizations after leading the Bulldogs to an 8-2 record.
  • 4 Seniors Named All-New England
    December 09, 2014
    The honors keep coming for the 2014 Yale football team. Four senior offensive players were named to the New England Football Writers Division I All-New England Team and will be honored at Thursday’s NEFW’s Captains and Awards Banquet in Stoneham, Mass.
  • Varga Wins Bushnell Cup
    December 08, 2014
    It’s only fitting that the Tournament of Roses was the presenting sponsor of the Bushnell Cup today. This fall marked the 100th anniversary of the world famous Yale Bowl, the model for more recent stadiums like the Rose Bowl, which has its annual parade and bowl game in Pasadena and owes much of what it has become to the school in New Haven. Tyler Varga, one of the greatest players to sink his cleats into the Yale Bowl’s grass was congratulated by Richard Chinen, the President of the 2015 Tournament of Roses, after the senior tailback was named the Ivy League’s Offensive Player of the Year at the Bushnell Cup presentation inside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
  • Varga Finalist for Bushnell Cup
    December 01, 2014
    For the last four years the Ivy League and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) have partnered to co-host the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which honors the Ivy League Football Players of the Year. Yale’s Tyler Varga, one of two finalists for the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, will be at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan for the Dec. 8 presentation.
  • 14 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy
    November 25, 2014
    When you finish 8-2 and have a shot at a league championship on the last day of the season, there’s a good chance your team will be rewarded with honors. The 2014 Yale Football Team got 14 of those when the dust settled on the Ivy League coaches voting yesterday on the all-league team.
  • “Team 142” Celebrates at Annual Banquet
    November 24, 2014
    After a season in which the Bulldogs paid tribute to every Yale football team that had come before them by adopting the moniker “Team 142”, the theme Monday night at the annual team banquet in Commons was an appreciation for the past combined with hope for the future. The Bulldogs had just concluded an 8-2 campaign (5-2 in the Ivy League), finishing with the team’s best overall record since 2007 and its best league mark since 2010. This was the third year with Tony Reno as Yale’s Joel E. Smilow ’54 Head Coach of Football, and the Elis have improved their won-lost record (compared to the previous season) in each of the last two years with him at the helm. That trend made for an upbeat mood even as the Bulldogs bid farewell to their 20 seniors Monday night.
  • Champion Named Gridiron Captain
    November 24, 2014
    Yale’s new football leader played on two high school national championship squads and is the first captain from the state of Florida since 1966. Defensive back Cole Champion, who was announced as the 2015 Yale football captain at tonight’s team banquet, became a starter as a freshman and is now Yale’s active career leader in tackles and interceptions.
  • Yale Rallies, but Harvard Scores Late TD to Win The Game 31-24
    November 22, 2014
    With a share of the Ivy League championship on the line Saturday afternoon at Harvard Stadium, the Yale football team rallied from a 17-point deficit to tie The Game at Harvard 24-24 with 3:44 to play. But the Crimson got the final score of the day -- a 35-yard touchdown pass to take the lead with 55 seconds left -- and came away with a 31-24 win. With the victory, Harvard finishes the season 10-0 overall and 7-0 in the league, claiming the Ivy title outright.
  • Yale JVs Fall 10-3 at Harvard
    November 21, 2014
    The Yale junior varsity football team fell to Harvard 10-3 Friday afternoon at Harvard Stadium as part of the annual prelude to The Game between the varsity teams Saturday.
  • Reno Finalist for Robinson Award
    November 20, 2014
    Tony Reno, Yale’s Joel E.Smilow ’54 Head Coach, is one of 20 finalists for the FCS Coach of the Year, a.k.a. the 2014 Eddie Robinson Award.
  • Roberts Wins 2nd Gold Helmet
    November 19, 2014
    Yale quarterback Morgan Roberts has been awarded the New England Football Writers’ Association Gold Helmet after his strong performance November 15.
  • The (Important) Game
    November 17, 2014
    Yale and Harvard have met 58 times since the Ivy League started handing out a championship trophy. This year’s meeting at Boston is just the seventh time (since 1956) that the Bulldogs and Crimson each have Ivy title potential heading into the season finale. On a Saturday at Harvard Stadium when ESPN’s College GameDay is on site for all the pomp and circumstance and NBC Sports Network airs live coverage, Yale (8-1, 5-1 Ivy) kicks off with No. 17 Harvard (9-0, 6-0) at 12:30. The 131st edition of The Game can also be heard on the Yale Football Radio Network.
  • Elis Stay in Contention for Title with 44-30 Win vs. Princeton
    November 15, 2014
    Two long-time rivals met for what amounted to an elimination game in the race for the Ivy League football title Saturday afternoon at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. Princeton and Yale each entered the game with one loss in the league -- one game behind first-place Harvard with two games to go. So both teams knew that loss would essentially end any title hopes. Princeton, the defending co-champions, took an early lead -- but as they have done so many times before this season, the Bulldogs came storming back. Led by three touchdowns from senior tailback Tyler Varga, Yale kept its hopes of an Ivy League title alive with a 44-30 win.
  • Total Mortgage Spotlight Athlete of the Week: Deon Randall
    November 14, 2014
    The Yale Football team’s successful season has much to do with the leadership and play of senior captain Deon Randall. Randall, a native of San Diego California, has led his team to an impressive 7-1 record with two key matchups left on the schedule against rivals Princeton and Harvard. Randall is this week’s Total Mortgage Spotlight Athlete of the Week.
  • Varga Gets Ivy Honor
    November 10, 2014
    Tyler Varga has built an impressive list of honors this fall. The Yale senior tailback added another today when the league office named him Ivy co-Offensive Player of the Week.
  • Yale-Princeton on Senior Day
    November 10, 2014
    Saturday's rivalry showdown at the Bowl is an elimination game for one and a close-to-elimination contest for the other. The visitors would be mathematically out of the race with a loss, while the home team would retain hope but its chances for a piece of the Ancient Eight crown would be slimmer than snow having to be plowed from the Class of 1954 Field on a game day. Yale (7-1) and Princeton (5-3) share 4-1 Ivy records and second place with Dartmouth on the second-to-last week of the season. The Bulldogs kickoff "Big Three" play by hosting the Tigers at 12:30 on "Legends of the Bowl" and senior day, which can be seen on the Ivy Digital Network and heard on the Yale Football Radio Network (960 AM in New Haven).
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