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Harvard Expected To Defend Ivy League Crown In 2012

By Matt Noonan 

On Tuesday, the Ivy League unveiled its “preseason prognostications” for the upcoming football season. And for the fourth time in five seasons, Harvard was chosen as the favorite to win the Ancient Eight.

Last season, the Crimson finished their season 9-1 overall, and 7-0 in league play, which helped them earn their 14th Ivy League title.

When asked to describe his team for the upcoming season, which will begin its defense against San Diego on Saturday, September 15, head coach Tim Murphy described Harvard as a “solid” unit that is eager to begin their season.

“I think I speak for all of our coaches and all of our players that we are excited to get going,” said Murphy via the league’s teleconference call on Tuesday. “As far as our team is concerned, we expect to have a very solid team. How much better than that? I’m not sure because we certainly do have some question marks, but as a starting point, we always start with our defense and we expect it to be a very solid defense.”

Murphy’s defense was one of many factors last season, which helped the Crimson cruise to a perfect record in league play. Yet, despite the various 11 men on the opposite side of the ball, rising senior Colton Chapple, who was a backup to Collier Winters last year,displayed flashes of brilliance, especially when he tossed five touchdowns against Bucknell. Those five strikes marked the first time since 1953 that a Harvard quarterback had thrown that many touchdowns in a span of 544 games.

“Colton [Chapple] is one of those guys who has just gotten better and better and if he continues on his trajectory, we expect that he can be one of the best [quarterbacks] in the league,” exclaimed Murphy. “He was only a solid thrower when he got here – we took him as a tough guy with potential. Clearly it’s Colton’s team.”

Another player to watch this season, according to the Ivy League, is rising senior Kyle Juszczyk, who is a preseason All-America selection by various media outlets. Juszczyk, who is listed as a tight end, will also be spotted at halfback and wide receiver this season, which should pose problems for opposing coaches and defensive coordinators, especially when crafting a game plan. The senior tight end led the receiving core last season with 37 receptions for 512 yards and seven touchdowns.

“In Kyle, we thought he was terrific in high school and he has turned out even better in college. There are very few guys, who can line up at multiple positions. It is so rare and when we have one of those guys, we’d better use him [the right way],” said Murphy.

Of course, Chapple and Juszczyk are just a few names to note, but don’t forget seniors Joshua Boyd, Brian Owusu, Nnamdi Obukwelu and Treavor Scales, as well as junior Cameron Brate.

“All in all, we have the nucleus and the foundation of being a very solid football team,” stated Murphy.

Wrapping Up The Harvard Football Season

By NoontimeSports.com 

The Harvard University football season concluded their successful fall campaign with an exciting 45-7 victory on Saturday against Yale University, as the Crimson captured the 128th edition of The Game.

According to Harvard’s Athletic department, the Crimson have now won six-straight at the Yale Bowl, along with 10 of their last 11 meetings against the Bulldogs. Yet, now that the season has concluded, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane and glance at the final statistics and numbers from the year.

* Despite losing their opening contest of the season against Holy Cross, the Crimson finished the year winning nine games, (five at home, four on the road).

* The Crimson finished with an undefeated record against conference opponents, and won two-of-three non-conference tilts against Bucknell and Lafayette.

* Quarterbacks Collier Winters and Colton Chapple combined for 25 touchdowns, six interceptions, 2,512 passing yards, 374 rushing yards, and seven rushing touchdowns.

* Senior Alex Gedeon anchored the Crimson defense with 92 tackles, (43 solo tackles, 49 assists), while senior Josue Ortiz finished the season with 10 sacks and one forced fumble.

* In the month of October, the Crimson offense averaged 458 passing yards per game, and 203.2 rushing yards per game.

* Harvard’s offense finished the year ranked No. 1 in the Ivy League with 51 touchdowns and 374 points, while their scoring defense was ranked No. 1 and yielded 21 touchdowns and 171 points.

* Junior running back Treavor Scales finished the season ranked fourth amongst Ivy League backs with 816 yards and eight touchdowns, while freshman Zach Boden finished eighth with 484 yards and six touchdowns.  

Harvard Seniors Reflect On Final Game At Harvard Stadium

The Harvard Crimson won their final game of the season on Saturday against University of Penn.

By NoontimeSports.com 

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Once Saturday’s contest against University of Pennsylvania concluded, three senior members of the Harvard University football team reflected on playing their final game at Harvard Stadium.

Here’s what the three seniors had to say after the team’s eighth win of the season.

“It’s definitely a special thing. We practice there every day, [and] played 20 games in that stadium, [and] it’s always going to be something special, especially getting the [the final win was a great feeling]. We got to go down to Yale, and take care of business, and we’re all focused on that. I think we’ll reflect after the season, but there’s going to be good memories” – Alex Gedeon

“It’ll set in a little deeper after the game next week, but it was a great feeling to be able to run out of the tunnel through the line of guys, and know it’s your last game – had a moment to kind of look out and just kind of play through my five-years here and really just took that second to think that through and realize the journey that I’ve been on through these five-years, but it’s a great feeling” – Collier Winters

“It really hasn’t hit me yet. We practice there, so our last practice [is] Thursday, [and] I guess that’s when I’ll take our last lap with the lights off and that’s our tradition, and once that’s over with I’ll probably look back and it’ll be maybe emotional, I’m not going to make any promises” – Josue Ortiz

Harvard Rushes For Three TDs Against Penn

Freshman Zach Boden led Harvard's rushing attack with 86 yards on 11 carries, as well as scored one touchdown too. (Photo courtesy The Daily Pennsylvania)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA  — Against a University of Pennsylvania defense, which yielded three rushing touchdowns prior to Saturday’s clash against Harvard University, the Crimson challenged the Quakers front seven, and recorded three scores on the ground en route to a 37-20 victory.

Fifth-year senior quarterback Collier Winters, junior running back Treavor Scales and freshman Zach Boden all registered scores before the game concluded, as well as combined for 224 yards on the ground.

“Having [both Zach and Treavor] takes a lot of pressure off me, and what’s been probably the best part of our offense that we weren’t sure about coming into the season has been our offensive line, and much different from last year, they took care of business on the offensive line [by giving] us holes and time to throw,” said Winters.

“Their offensive line and tight ends blocked real well,” said Penn’s head coach Al Bagnoli. “It was a combination of a good back behind good push by the o-line, and tight ends, and they were able to establish some consistency in the run game.”

Through nine games this season, Harvard has recorded 19 rushing touchdowns, as well as compiled 1,649 yards on the ground.

Collier Winters Reflects on Winning an Ivy League Championship

Collier Winters was very excited after his team clinched the Ivy League crown on Saturday.

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA  — After celebrating with his coaches and teammates in the Harvard University locker room on Saturday afternoon, fifth-year senior quarterback Collier Winters expressed his thoughts on winning an Ivy League championship.

“The highlight really – it’s all the work and preparation leading up to it,” said Winters. “To really put in a years worth of work, waking up in the morning, walking down in the snow, staying here in the summer, having a job, working out before and after work with all the guys on the team and all the film preparation during the week, [and] you put all that work in to really only get to play 10 Saturday’s for the whole year of work.”

The young gunslinger continued by saying, “To be able to be rewarded for all that work, and to come into week nine and be Ivy League champions [is] just a great feeling.”

Winters finished Saturday’s affair against the University of Pennsylvania by completing 13-of-20 passes for 130 yards and one touchdown, as well as rushed for one score on the ground too.

“It means a lot to win an Ivy League championship, and it really personally means a lot to beat Penn to do that since [they’ve beaten us] the last two years,” said Winters.