The Oberlin Review

The Oberlin College varsity football team.

Current and Former Football Players Express Concern About Team Culture

February 21, 2020

 Founded in 1891, Oberlin’s football team has provided a community to both athletes and spectators, alike, for generations. Despite this history, the team has seen significant turnover over the past few years; this past season alone, seven players left the team. This upcoming season, the team will have seven rising fourth-years on a 29-person roster. In previous seasons, this number was higher; in 2017, the roster included 16 fourth-years.  At the end of the past season, Head Football Coach Jay Anderson announced that he was st...

College fourth-year Zach Taylor stands beside College first-year Chris Allen Jr.

Football Quarterback Looks to Pass the Torch

November 8, 2019

The Oberlin College football team suffered through one of its worst seasons in recent memory in 2016, going 0–10. However, for followers of the Yeomen, there was a bright spot. Then first-year quarterback Zach Taylor was able to excite fans with his dynamic play, accounting for 2,284 total yards and 16 total touchdowns. This impressive season would be the beginning of one of the most accomplished individual careers in Oberlin history. Unfortunately, now in his fourth year, Taylor has been p...

Anderson Seeks Scholars, Athletes

Scott Rivlin

April 29, 2016

The Oberlin football coaching staff recently an­nounced plans to host a one-day prospect camp on May 14. The goal of the camp is to bolster the program for future seasons by attract­ing recruits with potential both on the field and in the classroom. The camp will be open to any high school student graduating in 2017 or 2018 and will be structured simi­larly to a combine. Athletes will be evaluated based on physical attributes such as height and weight and will complete speed tests like the 40-yard dash and the three-cone drill. They will also be tested using position-specif­ic drills. In addition to demon­strating their skills to the Oberlin football coaching staff, the prospect camp will give recruits the...

Yeomen Fall Despite Late-Game Surge

Darren Zaslau, Staff Writer

October 2, 2015

The Yeomen ended their campaign against Ohio Wesleyan University in a fury last Saturday, as senior quarterback Lucas Poggiali capped off the late game surge with a sly diagonal slip to first-year wide receiver Robby Reinheimer in the final 10 seconds of the game. But for all their final efforts and the Yeomen offense’s best performance of the season, the Yeomen still fell to their opponents 55–42. The Yeomen started the game meekly, granting the Battling Bishops complete control of their home field and surrendering 27 points in the first quarter. OWU running back Jesse Beachy rushed for a 40-yard touchdown on the Battling Bishop’s first drive of the game, followed by a pair of 37-yard touchdown passes from...

Yeomen Stave off Lords to Defend Home Turf

Yeomen Stave off Lords to Defend Home Turf

September 18, 2015

Thundering cheers erupted from the home stands, drowning out the referee’s final whistle dur­ing Oberlin’s 28–24 tri­umph over Kenyon College Saturday night. In defeat­ing the Lords, the Yeomen didn’t just secure their first win of the season — they made history. The match marked the first time the football pro­gram recorded a victory on the new Dick Bailey Field, completed only last year as part of the Aus­tin E. Knowlton Athletics Complex. Backed by the efforts of senior running...

The Yeomen hustle during an afternoon preseason
practice on Bailey Field in preparation
for their first game on Saturday. Expectations
are high for new additions to their coaching
staff and their increased depth to contribute
to the success of their upcoming 2015 season.

Football Looks to Break Out in Upcoming Season

September 4, 2015

Coming off of a 2014 season marred by injuries and inconsistency, Oberlin foot­ball’s 2015 team has nothing but confi­dence heading into their contest with The College at Brockport. This is due in part to several coaching staff changes headed by second-year Head Coach Jay Anderson. Chief among these changes is the addition of former Baldwin Wallace University Offensive Coordina­tor Keith Grabowski, who will take the same role with the Yeomen in addition to coaching the offensive line. In...

Junior quarterback Lucas Poggiali drives forward with the ball. The Yeomen
are currently 0–1 and will take on the Kenyon College Lords this Saturday.

Despite Larger Roster, Yeomen Fall in First Game

September 12, 2014

Despite new Head Coach Jay Anderson’s efforts to improve the football team, the Yeomen fell 45–10 to the College at Brockport Golden Eagles on Sept. 6. “He’s already done some great things. I know we’re only a game into the season, but he’s brought in a huge freshman class,” said junior captain and defensive back Gabe Edwards, referring to the 22 first-years who joined the Yeomen this fall. “The staff around him have a lot of good ideas that we’re really buying into as a team. H...

Assistant Football Coaches Bob Saunders and Nate Cole.

In the Locker Room with Assistant Football Coaches Bob Saunders and Nate Cole

May 9, 2014

This week, the Review sat down with first-year Assistant Football Coaches Nate Cole and Bob Saunders to discuss past jobs, what NFL players they’d like to coach and the new era of Oberlin football. What drew you to Oberlin? Bob Saunders: I had spent some time in Division III football at Washington University in St. Louis. That is also a very high academic school, and knowing the type of student-athletes that they had there, I figured it would be similar here, where there are extremely sm...

Yeomen Usher in New Era with Anderson

Lillian Jahan

February 14, 2014

Last week Delta Lodge Director of Athletics, Natalie Winkelfoos and President Marvin Krislov selected Assistant Coach Jay Anderson to head football coach from a pool of over 200 applicants. Coach Anderson has been the interim coach since early December and has been with the Yeomen for four seasons. Over the course of his time as both defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Oberlin, Anderson has coached many players to All-NCAC and All-Ohio accolades and has aided in two shutout victories for the Yeomen defense. Anderson’s appointment as head coach was welcomed by many, including administrators, coaches and especially players. Kyle Kessler, senior captain and linebacker who played a role in the hiring...

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