Yale defensive back Jason Alessi stars in both football, lacrosse

(WTNH)–One thing Yale head coach Tony Reno likes about his team is that it’s got a lot of depth, both young and old.

One underclassman who contributes in a couple of ways, both on special teams and defense, is Jason Alessi. The sophomore defensive back is the definition of an athlete. A multi-sport star at Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, his best sports were football and lacrosse. He’s now playing both at Yale, though he originally came to New Haven just to play football.

Alessi missed lacrosse, so he walked onto the team, and now he’s a standout for the nationally ranked Bulldogs, too.

So, does he love one sport more than the other?

“I get asked that a lot,” Alessi said, smiling. “Really, I love both. That’s why I’m doing it. I have this great opportunity, so I’m going to make the most of it. Right now, I’m just working hard in football, and hopefully we have a great season.”

“He’s a very special athlete. First and foremost, Jason is a team-first guy,” said head coach Tony Reno. “I think if you ask [lacrosse head coach] Andy Shea, and I don’t want to speak for him but I think he’d tell you the same thing. And he’s tough, he’s a competitor.”

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