With QB Morgan Roberts back, can Yale football capture the Ivy League title?

QB Morgan Roberts looks to lead the Bulldogs to the next step--an Ivy title. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The fourth Yale Football Team under head coach Tony Reno could provide all of the excitement – and possibly more – of the 8-2 Bulldogs of 2014.

The offense graduated three prolific skill-position players who combined for 37 touchdowns last season and helped the Bulldogs lead the FCS in total offense. 2015 could be another scoreboard flickering campaign. That potential is bolstered by the return of an All-Ivy quarterback who broke numerous school records and is focused on an Ivy League title.

Also dialed in on making Yale’s 143rd team a champion is the Eli defense. Two seasons of newcomers earning most of the snaps could pay off for a 2015 unit that now has a depth of experience, including three All-Ivy players and others who have proven to be play-makers.

The Yale kicking game, which graduated a steady, four-year starter, has confidence with a seasoned junior and newcomers looking to make an impact.

The challenges for the 2015 Bulldogs include a strong non-league slate, all of which is played on the road, and strong competition among the Ancient Eight schools now in their 60th championship season.

Here is a positional list of Bulldogs…

2015 YALE FOOTBALL BY POSITION

DEFENSE
DEFENSIVE BACKS
19 Jason Alessi DB So. 6-0 180 Bloomfield Hills, MI / Brother Rice
35 Michael Bernardez DB Sr. 5-10 176 Queens, NY / Poly Prep
14 Will Bryan IV DB So. 6-0 173 Pomona, CA / Diamond Ranch
26 Hayden Carlson DB So. 5-11 193 Glen Ellyn, IL / Glenbard West
5 Cole Champion DB Sr. 5-11 191 Ft. Lauderdale, FL / St. Thomas Aquinas
21 D’Amani Grayer DB Jr. 5-9 186 Chandler, AZ / Brophy College Prep
1 Dale Harris DB Jr. 5-10 185 Brooklandville, MD / St. Paul’s School
15 Keith Hawk DB Sr. 6-0 180 Hacienda Heights, CA / Glen A. Wilson
41 Roger Kilgore III DB Sr. 6-1 179 Rahway, NJ / Bishop George Ahr
James Nicholas DB Fr. 6-0 185 Scarsdale, NY / Scarsdale
23 Foyesade Oluokun DB Jr. 6-2 219 St. Louis, MO / Johns Burroughs
Scott Patton DB Fr. 6-2 195 Irvine, CA / Woodbridge
Marquise Peggs DB Fr. 5-11 176 Chicago, IL / Mount Carmel
17 S. Rymiszewski DB Jr. 5-11 182 West Chester, PA / B. Reed Henderson

DEFENSIVE ENDS
74 Earl Chism DE So. 6-2 236 Elk Grove, CA / Pleasant Grove
95 Tim Dawson II DE So. 6-1 233 New Orleans, LA / St. Augustine
Ryan Oak DE/LS Fr. 6-4 225 West Covina, CA / Damien
Ian Baker DE Fr. 6-5 220 North Canton, OH / Hoover
Peter Firestone DE Fr. 6-5 245 Lawrenceville, NJ / The Lawrenceville School
47 John Herubin DE So. 6-3 248 Coppell, TX / Coppell
Bronson Krull DE Fr. 6-4 245 Mansfield, OH / Ontario
90 Karl Marback DE So. 6-5 256 Birmingham, MI / Seaholm
99 Marty Moesta DE Jr. 6-6 254 Grosse, Pointe, MI / Grosse Pointe South
Kyle Mullen DE Fr. 6-4 240 Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan
J. Hunter Roman DE Fr. 6-6 210 New London, CT / New London
32 Michael West DE So. 6-2 212 Rancho Cucamonga, CA / Los Osos
Hunter Simino DE/LS Fr. 6-2 235 Portage, MI / Portage Central

DEFENSIVE LINE
Daniel James DL Fr. 6-2 290 Baton Rouge, LA / McKinley
93 Benjamin Bedard DT Jr. 6-4 267 Grand Ledge, MI / Grand Ledge
91 Nicholas Crowle DT So. 6-3 271 Milford, CT / Fairfield Prep
79 Nicholas Hardy DT So. 6-4 253 San Antonio, TX / Ronald Reagan
54 Carl Kreitzberg DT Sr. 6-2 293 Salem, OR / West Salem
94 Pat McHugh DT Sr. 6-1 259 Sound Beach, NY / St. Anthony’s
77 Mikhail Reece DT Sr. 6-5 277 Tampa, FL / Gaither
89 Jack Rushin DT Jr. 6-4 282 Wilmette, IL / Loyola Academy
96 Copache Tyler DT Jr. 6-3 288 Springfield, IL / Springfield Southeast

LINEBACKERS
52 Aaron Ault LB Sr. 6-2 212 Altamonte Springs, FL / Lake Brantley
Jarett Balter LB Fr. 6-2 215 Bellflower, CA / Saint John Bosco
58 Austin Carter LB Sr. 6-1 227 Vero Beach, FL / Choate Rosemary Hall (CT)
10 Victor Egu LB Jr. 6-4 247 Concord, CA / De La Salle
Quintin Herbert LB Fr. 6-1 225 Cincinnati, OH / LaSalle
49 Andrew Larkin LB Sr. 6-0 231 Glen Ellyn, IL / Glenbard West
38 Darius Manora LB Jr. 6-0 235 Alexandria, VA / St. Stephens St. Agnes
11 Spencer McManes LB Jr. 6-3 218 Roswell, GA / Blessed Trinity Catholic
57 Ronnie Meder LB So. 6-2 219 Pittsburg, PA / North Catholic
64 A,Van Valkenburg LB Sr. 6-3 213 Longwood, FL / Lake Brantley

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
46 Jaeden Graham OLB So. 6-4 219 Aurora, CO / Cherry Creek
8 Keefer Johnson OLB So. 6-2 213 Grand Ledge, MI / Grand Ledge
45 Remick Kawawaki OLB Jr. 6-1 214 Vancouver, WA / Columbia River
44 Matthew Oplinger OLB So. 6-3 229 Summitt, NJ / Delbarton
28 Brian Sykes OLB Jr. 6-0 204 Alpharetta, GA / Chattahoochee
39 Tom Undercuffler OLB Sr. 6-1 209 Berlin, CT / Berlin
Jimmy Wilkins OLB Fr. 6-3 210 Frisco, TX / Wakeland

OFFENSE
OFFENSIVE LINE
60 Cody Arledge OL So. 6-5 266 Plano, TX / Plano West
61 Jon Bezney OL So. 6-5 287 Cincinnati, OH / Mariemont
65 Khalid Cannon OL Jr. 6-6 276 Gadsden, AL / Gadsden City
66 Jeho Chang OL So. 6-3 278 Suwanee, GA / North Gwinnett
75 Mason Friedline OL Jr. 6-4 295 Seattle, WA / King’s
Jack Lee OL Fr. 6-6 290 St. Paul, MN / Saint Thomas Academy
Jamison Hale OL Fr. 6-5 260 Fresno, CA / San Joaquin Memorial
63 Anders Huizenga OL So. 6-5 275 Trophy Club, TX / Byron Nelson
71 Beau Iverson OL Jr. 6-9 281 Lakewood, WA / Charles Wright
78 Ben Killion OL Sr. 6-5 290 Potomac, MD / Thomas S. Wootton
Rees LeMay OL Fr. 6-5 280 Dallas, TX / Highland Park
50 Luke Longinotti OL Sr. 6-4 280 Burlingame, CA / Junipero Serra
62 Derrek Ross OL Sr. 6-3 259 Cincinnati, OH / Oak Hills
72 Dustin Ross OL Sr. 6-4 259 Cincinnati, OH / Oak Hills
Jacob Van de Grift OL Fr. 6-5 285 San Diego, CA / Cathedral Catholic

QUARTERBACKS
10 Henry Baldwin QB So. 6-4 191 Darien, CT / Darien
13 Stephen Barmore QB So. 6-2 204 Southington, CT / Southington
18 Rafe Chapple QB So. 6-0 192 Alpharetta, GA / Greater Atlanta Christian
17 Lambie Lanman QB So. 6-3 201 Los Altos, CA / Los Altos
Tre Moore QB Fr. 6-3 190 St. Louis, MO / John Burroughs School
12 Anthony Morales QB Sr. 6-2 204 Cromwell, CT / Cromwell
19 Morgan Roberts QB Sr. 6-3 200 Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Country Day
14 Logan Scott QB Sr. 6-1 195 Woodland Hills CA / Chaminade

RUNNING BACKS
Kyle Ellerson RB Fr. 5-10 185 Oradell, NJ / Bergen Catholic
7 Candler Rich RB Jr. 5-11 206 Newnan, GA / The Heritage School
31 Deshawn Salter RB So. 5-10 205 Constantia, NY / Christian Brothers
Daniel Debner RB/DB Fr. 6-0 190 Manalapan, NJ / Manalapan
12 Jamal Locke RB So. 5-11 186 Ridgewood, NJ / Ridgewood

TIGHT ENDS
88 Stephen Buric TE Sr. 6-5 237 East Lake, FL / East Lake
85 Conor Furey TE So. 6-5 241 Wilmington, DE / Archmere Academy
92 Peter Gerson TE Jr. 6-3 231 Madison, CT / Daniel Hand
80 Leo Haenni TE Jr. 6-4 243 Franklin, OH / Bishop Fenwick
Jackson Keimig TE Fr. 6-3 210 Bothell, WA / Bothell
John Lager TE Fr. 6-5 245 Golden Valley, MN / Benilde-St. Margaret’s
4 Sebastian Little TE Sr. 6-1 227 Cheshire, CT / Cheshire
Chris Maxwell TE Fr. 6-2 215 Avon, OH / Avon
Edrico Oliver, Jr. TE Fr. 6-3 235 Bakersfield, CA / Bakersfield Christian
Jacob Schmidt TE Fr. 6-6 245 Richmond, MI / Richmond
16 Jackson Stallings TE Jr. 6-0 231 Moore, OK / Southmoore

WIDE RECEIVERS
83 Robert Clemons III WR Jr. 5-11 185 Laguna Beach, CA / Laguna Beach
3 Ross Drwal WR So. 6-1 195 Omaha, NE / Millard West
82 Myles Gaines WR Jr. 5-11 184 Tallahassee, FL / Lincoln
15 Andrew Johnson WR So. 6-0 199 Peachtree City, GA / McIntosh
Kyle Marcinick WR Fr. 6-1 190 Dublin, OH / Dublin Coffman
6 Austin Reuland WR Sr. 5-10 201 San Juan Capistrano, CA / Mission Viejo
81 Blake Rowlinson WR Jr. 6-2 200 Alpharetta, GA / Alpharetta
Bo Hines WR So. 6-1 205 Charlotte, NC / Charlotte Christian
26 Matthew Rubino WR Sr. 6-2 191 Margate, NJ / Holy Spirit
9 Michael Siragusa Jr. WR So. 6-3 205 Cleveland, OH / Saint Ignatius
8 Eric Williams WR Sr. 6-3 192 Portland, OR / St. Ignatius (OH)
84 C. Williams-Lopez WR So. 6-0 185 Duluth, GA / Greater Atlanta Christian
87 Noah Yates WR So. 6-5 197 Pt. Pleasant Beach, NJ / Pt. Pleasant Beach

KICKERS
43 Bryan Holmes K/P Jr. 6-0 197 Holland, MI / West Ottawa
97 Blake Horn K/P So. 6-1 178 Davie, FL / Western
Alex Galland P/K Fr. 6-2 185 Bakersfield, CA / Liberty

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