The University football team will play the Bowdoin eleven on Soldiers Field this afternoon at 4 o'clock.
Since the poor showing against Williams last Saturday, the Harvard team has improved slightly, but is still far from first class condition. A large number of the original weaknesses have not yet disappeared, among which are unsteadiness in offensive play and slowness of the ends to get down the field under punts. The defense, also, is erratic. The line halfbacks are getting into their positions for tackling much better than heretofore, but they do not tackle hard enough.
Bowdoin was defeated last year by a score of 12 to 0, but the team this year is much stronger than the 1901 eleven and should play a correspondingly better game.
The two teams will line-up as follows:
Hereafter the line-up of the Harvard team given in the CRIMSON on the day of a game will be an official announcement of the men who will play when the game begins.
Several prominent players were absent from the practice yesterday. Kernan was hurt last Monday and though the injury, which is in his knee, is not at all serious, he will be kept out of the practice until he is quite recovered. Barnard is not yet playing again, and Leatherbee stayed away yesterday on account of a lame back. Hurley is sick, but is expected out in a day or two and will then be tried at quarterback; for besides Marshall there is no suitable man for that position in case Daly is again injured. Clark was out for the first time in over a week and played in the line-up. After the regular practice Stillman and Matthews were put in at fullback and end, respectively, in the game between the University substitutes and the third eleven. This was the first playing in which they have taken part but both did commendable work.
The line-up against the second eleven was longer than usual but did not result in as many touchdowns as have generally been made in the shorter games. Graydon made the only touchdown of the afternoon after the first eleven obtained the ball near the second team's goal and by means of steady rushing carried it near the line. In spite of the wet weather, the first team did not fumble; many good openings, however, were not utilized, owing to the slowness of the back-field in starting. After the playing was over Marshall did some excellent drop-kicking for field-goals at various angles from about the thirty-five yard line.