SQUAD MAY SHRINK FROM 125 TO 40 IN FIRST CUT TODAY
Brilliant Back of Two Years Ago May Be Answer to Backfield Problem if He Can Start This Week
Faced by the strong probability that today Coach Dick Harlow will announce the first cut of the season, the Varsity football squad will resume operations after the weekend's interim. It seems likely that th present unwieldy crowd of 125 will be reduced to one third by the time practice comes to a close at Soldiers Field this afternoon.
Drastic though this may seem, inevitable limits on the coaching staff's time make it necessary for Harlow to cut his candidates down to a number small enough for personal supervision. By this stage he has found out where most of his material lies and must concentrate on whipping the top 40-odd candidates into shape for the opening test on October 5.
Those cut will not, however, drop at once into oblivion. The best of them will be formed into the Jayvee scrubs and will be put under Henry Lamar's tutelage. There they will be in constant contact with the Varsity, as one might say.
Life on the Jayvee should be a little better than in previous years, for the Harlow New Deal has promised from the start that it is going to give an unusual amount of attention to the performances turned in by the men on the scrub teams. This will be one of the special functions of the new coach-at-large, Jimmy Dunn. He will try to keep track of all of the teams at once, with the idea of giving a Jayvee instant promotion to the Varsity if he begins to look like the answer to Harlow's needs.
needs seemed much nearer fulfillment, needs seemed much nearer fulfillment, when the rumor arose that Franny Lane, brilliant No. 3 back of two seasons ago, would be able to report for practice this week instead of October 1. None of the H. A. A. officials were in town over the weekend to shed any light on the rumor.
If this is true and Lane can overcome the handicap of losing the opening week of practice, Harlow will have at his disposal one of the most promising backs Harvard has produced since Barry Wood. Two years back Lane was the shining light of an otherwise blackly gloomy season.
At that time he proved himself a defensive back of the highest caliber, and showed that he, like Freddy Moseley, is a potential passing-and-running double threat. His absence at the beginning of this season was the heaviest loss the Harlow regime suffered.