Monday, June 04, 2018

Well-Deserved Honor

Valley News columnist Jim Kenyon has a wonderful look at former Dartmouth head coach Joe Yukica, who is to be inducted into Pennsylvania's Lou Holtz/Upper Ohio Valley Hall of Fame tonight.

Yukica, who helped lead Boston College onto the national football scene before stepping down at Chestnut Hill to take over the Dartmouth program, won the first of his three Ivy League titles with the Big Green behind a senior quarterback named Buddy Teevens.

Find the story about Yukica HERE.

One slight clarification on the story, which says Yukica "never coached again" after being fired at Dartmouth. While he was never a college coach again, he did help coach a youth football team that featured his grandson and That Certain Nittany Lion '16.
A 247Sports story about Florida quarterback Jake Allen transferring to Dartmouth includes this:
Allen signed with Florida in the 2017 class under Jim McElwain and sat out his freshman season at Florida. A back injury and being the youngest player at the position contributed to him not playing as a freshman, despite injuries and lackluster play at the position.
Allen went through spring practice and was the last quarterback working through drills on most days. After the 15 practice spring session was done, he decided that he wasn’t a good fit for the dual-threat quarterback system and declared that he would transfer from the Gators.
Time (and a month or so of preseason practice) will tell whether Allen will be on the field when Dartmouth opens the 2018 campaign against Georgetown but it's a pretty good bet there will be a Power 5 transfer quarterback seeing action either way. That's because the Hoyas have a refugee from the big time on their squad as well.

Gunther Johnson, who redshirted as a freshman at Arizona, transferred to Georgetown last year and assumed the starting role midway through the season. A dual-threat QB, he passed for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns while running for team highs of 258 yards and four touchdowns. On the down side, he completed just 49 percent of his attempts with two more interceptions than touchdowns. Find his Georgetown bio HERE.

The Hoyas lost their final 10 games last fall to finish 1-10. Street & Smith's doesn't see much improvement in store this fall with the Patriot League projected to finish this way:

1. Colgate
2. Lehigh
3. Fordham
4. Bucknell
5. Holy Cross
6. Lafayette
7. Georgetown