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Hollander, Raymond Headed To Islands

Wednesday, January 02, 2008


From Yale & Brown Athletics Communications

Yale defensive lineman Brandt Hollander and Brown wide receiver Paul Raymond have accepted invitations to play in the 62nd Annual Hula Bowl, to be held at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii, on Jan. 12, beginning at 6:00 pm EST.

Hollander is likely the strongest player in the Ivy League while Raymond is the fastest.

Yale's two-time first-team All-Ivy nose guard, Hollander is the first Bulldog to be invited to the Hula Bowl and the first Yale player to be headed for one of the major all-star games since tight end Nate Lawrie played in the 2003 Blue-Gray Classic.

Hollander, who started in 33 of the 39 games he played at Yale, finished his career with 117 tackles and 11.5 sacks despite playing the role of the player who ties up offensive linemen. He was first-team all-league in 2006 and 2007 as the guy breaking through double-teams while freeing teammates to make plays.

A political science major with a 3.42 GPA, Hollander was first-team All-New England in 2006 while helping his squad share the Ivy League title. He led the Bulldogs to a 9-1 season this fall while his last two squads compiled a 17-3 overall mark.

Raymond -- who impressed NFL scouts when he was clocked at 4.38 in the 40 -- has long been recognized as the fastest man in the Ivy League by virtue of winning two Heptagonal Championships in the 60-meter dash.

A second team All-Ivy selection in 2007, Raymond etched his name into the Brown record book by finishing sixth in career receiving yards (1,800 yards) and sixth in career receptions with 116. In 2007, Raymond ranked second in the Ivy League and ninth in the nation with 97.8 receiving yards per game.

He enjoyed the best day of his career against Rhode Island, making six receptions for 221 yards, the fourth best receiving day (receiving yards) in the Brown record book. Raymond also returned five kickoffs 102 yards versus URI, giving him 323 all-purpose yards, fifth-best in Ivy League history and the highest total since 1991.

The 100 Hula Bowl invitees convene in Honolulu on Sunday to prepare under the head coaches. Illinois' Ron Zook is the head coach of the East team.