Three of the varsity football team's five tackles were on the injured list as the team began workouts for the Brown game yesterday.
Only Joe Jurek and Steve Diamond are in good shape for the Crimson. Neil Curtin, with an ankle injury, and Art Patterson, with a leg injury, didn't even suit up for last Saturday's game with Princeton.
In the Princeton game John Hoffman reinjured his knee in the first quarter. Hoffman played later in the game, but is a doubtful starter against Brown.
Other players populating a distinguished "sick list" include starting half-back Dave Poe and kicking specialist Maury Dullea. Poe injured an ankle; his status for the Brown game is uncertain.
John McCluskey worked at quarterback with the number one unit yesterday, while Jerry Mechling and Tom Bilodeau shared the number two position. All three played at quarterback against Princeton, though none had much success in moving the team.
The emphasis in practice this week is likely to be on pass defense as the team prepares to meeet Brown. For the first time since the Bucknell game, Harvard will be up against a team that has all the elements of a good passing game.
The Bruin offense features a backfield with two quarterbacks. Junior Rob Hall, a quarterback last year, has been shifted to halfback, but still does plenty of passing.
Hall and senior quarterback Jim Dunda have the Ivies' two best receivers of last year, John Parry and Bob Seiple, to throw to. And the Bruins' line is big enough to give the passers time to throw.