2012 Ivy League Football Preview: The Yale Bulldogs
Yale had its fair share of drama last season.
Whether it was the tragic death at the Harvard-Yale game, or the sexual assault accusation levied against quarterback Patrick Witt, there was a lot of unwanted attention for the program that really undermined their performance.
Despite a beatdown in “The Game” against Harvard, Yale had a solid season across the board. With a 4-3 record in Ivy League play, their two other losses came in close games against Brown and Penn.
However, this year’s squad will be missing key seniors on both sides of the ball that led last year’s team to its successful season.
Offensively, the Bulldogs will look toward running back Mordecai Cargill to carry the workload, especially with an inexperienced quarterback under center.
Cargill served as the backup last season, but in his one start at Columbia during a snowstorm, he carried the ball 42 times for 230 yards and two touchdowns. If that performance can continue while the Bulldogs offense matures throughout the season, they will be in good shape.
Defensively, Yale seems average at best in the Ivy League.
There are high expectations for linebacker Will McHale in his senior season. Elected as a team captain and a second-team All-Ivy selection last year, McHale will have to lead the defensive unit.
Although Yale does not seem like a title contender coming in to the season, it will be capable of a few upsets along the way that will make the race for the Ivy League championship all the more interesting.
Projected Finish: 5th Place
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