The Bulldogs travel to Fenway Park this Saturday to take on the Harvard Crimson at 12 PM EST. If you won’t be in attendance, be sure to watch The Game on ESPN2.
Harvard enters the contest with an identical record to the Elis at 5-4 overall and 3-3 in Ivy League play. Harvard lost to Rhode Island, Cornell, Princeton and Dartmouth although the largest margin of victory by an opponent was just 8 points.
Senior QB Tom Stewart leads the Crimson offense this season as Murphy elected to go with the veteran player over sophomore Jake Smith who started last season. Stewart’s completion percentage of 50.9% isn’t stellar, yet he has only thrown one interception all year. With Shelton-Mosley out of the lineup due to an injury, Harvard receivers Adam Scott, Henry Taylor, Tyler Adams and Jack Cook have picked up the slack and performed well. Scott is a very fast wideout that our secondary will have to keep on eye on at all times. Aaron Shampklin, Charlie Booker and Devin Darrington split carries at the running back position. Shampklin is a 180 pound sophomore that has great vision and speed while being surprising hard to tackle despite his size. Booker and Darrington are the classic Harvard backs with a combination of power and agility. Senior Larry Allen is the most talented member of the Crimson’s offensive line that features three seniors, a junior and a sophomore. Harvard has historically had playmakers at tight end, but the tight ends haven’t been much of a factor this season as the position was ravaged by injuries.
Harvard’s strength as a team lies in its defense. Sophomore linebacker Jordan Hill has been making plays all over the field for the Crimson as he’s racked up 63 tackles, 24 more tackles than any other teammate. Hill’s success is a testament to the stout defensive line that has kept blockers from reaching the second level. Senior defensive tackle Richie Ryan leads the defensive line in tackles with 36 including 5 tackles for losses and 3.5 sacks. Ryan’s fellow senior defensive tackle Stone Hart has 8 tackles for losses, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. Senior safety Cole Thompson has been out of the lineup for the last two weeks, however, Harvard is very deep at safety and the secondary has not missed a beat thanks to the performances of Max Jones and Zach Miller. Senior cornerback Wesley Ogsbury has picked off 6 passes this season, so an errant pass from O’Connor in Ogsbury’s direction could spell doom for the Elis.
Jake McIntyre has been an excellent kicker this season converting 12 of 14 attempts with a long of 42 yards. He has been perfect on extra points as well. Punter Jon Sot is averaging 41 yards per punt and boomed one for 75 yards.