The University football team will play Wesleyan on Soldiers Field this afternoon at 4 o'clock. As the eleven plays at West Point on Saturday and as there will be no more games on Wednesdays this will be the last contest for the University team in Cambridge until October 25.
The most important change in the Harvard line-up will be the re-appearance of Kernan at left halfback. His injured knee has prevented him from playing during the past few weeks, and this will be the first regular game in which he has taken part. Knowlton will be unable to play on account of a strain, but A. Marshall will be back at left guard and may help to strengthen that side of the line. The only other regular player who will not play is Graydon, whose shoulder has not yet recovered from the injury it received on Monday. Wesleyan will be represented by almost exactly the same team that was defeated by Yale a week ago by a score of 35 to 0. Double passes and trick plays are the team's principal reliance on the offense, and for this reason, the game will probably be a good test of the ability of Harvard's ends. The Wesleyan eleven averages but 165 pounds.
The line-up will be as follows:
All the men on the first team were out for practice yesterday except Burgess, who was expected out the first of the week, but is not yet fully recovered. Graydon was on the field, but did not play. A. Marshall was put in the lineup again at left guard.
In the punting, most of the attention was given to the ends, especially in dodging and blocking; but no marked improvement was shown. The signal practice was devoted almost entirely to perfecting the interference. The plays were gone through very slowly at first in order to show the backs their exact positions in boxing the end. During this practice the backs succeeded in boxing the ends successfully, but failed signally to do so in the succeeding lineup with the second team.
In the line-up against the second, the first team scored but twice, once on a touchdown by Kernan and again on a drop kick from the thirty yard line by Marshall. The continued fumbling of punts by the back field wasdiscouraging. The most successful feature of the attack was a new tandem formation in which Jones and Mills were brought back and given the ball for plunges through tackle. This play was accountable for about the only consistent gains made against the second. A large squad of former players assisted in the coaching. Among them were: J. W. Dunlop '97, R. W. P. Brown '98, B. G. Waters '94, J. Cranston '91, G. W. Bouve '98, W. H. Lewis '95, F. S. Newell '92, W. Hoag '94, G. Murchie '95, R. W. Emmons '95.