The Scouting Report
Quarterback: Crimson QB Tom Yohe has enjoyed a record-setting season. All the junior signal-caller needs is a victory at the Game and an Ivy title to finish a very impressive year. In nine games, the Ivy Player of the Year candidate has completed close to 50 percent of his passes for 2038 yards and 16 TD's, while frustrating many opposing coaches and defensive ends with his roll-out style. Don't forget that it was Yohe who directed a Crimson comeback in last year's Game.
Running Backs: The performance of Tony Hinz against Penn proved his injury did not affect his offensive potential. In eight games, Hinz has accumulated 628 yards for an amazing rushing average of 5.6 yards. Backfield mate Dave Bunning--who has started in every game--not only has 419 yards on the ground, but has snagged 23 passes, second-best on the Crimson. Injured wingback Bob Glatz is not likely to start at New Haven.
Recievers: Senior SE Brian Barringer (47 catches) is currently tied for the second-best single-season receiving output by a Harvard receiver. He will need 10 receptions to break Pat McInally's 1973 mark of 56. Tight-end Kent Lucas (17.6 reception average) has picked up the key yardage all year long while Neil Phillips (13.7) has made some impossible catches for Air Yohe's aerial strikes.
Offensive Line: It's one of the biggest (the line averages 245 Ibs. per man) reasons why the Crimson offense has performed so well this year.
Defensive Line: This is the most dominant front line in the Ivy League. Led by Captain Kevin Dulsky's 10 sacks and Don Peterson's 46 tackles, the Harvard front five has virtually owned the line of scrimmage this year.
Linebackers: The senior duo of Richard Mau (52 tackles) and Kris Thabit (49) continues to lead the Crimson in tackling. Considered a problem spot in the beginning of the season, this tandem has become a strong part of Harvard's stingy defensive attack.
Secondary: It has gradually matured from an inconsistent corps to an integral unit of the Crimson defense. Ivy League Rookie of the Week, sophomore safety Jim Smith recorded a game-best 12 tackles against the Quakers. Frank Caprio has four interceptions, while Mike Von Ruden has recorded 43 tackles.
Kicking Game: Harvard Coach Joe Restic hopes the fiasco against Penn doesn't happen again in the Yale Bowl. Will Bruce Jacob (25 out of 26 extra points, five out of 11 field goals) get another chance or did sophomore Brian Kotz (2/2, 25-yd. field goal) take over the helm? Punter Alan Hall has punted 65 times and has a respectable 33.2 average
Quarterback: Whatever Tom can do, Kelly can do. Kelly Ryan, another Ivy League Player of the Year candidate, has completed 62 percent of his passes for 1929 yards, 15 TD's and just five interceptions. Ryan possesses a certain knack to lead crucial Yale comeback victories. Everyone remembers his theatrics a few weeks ago against Penn. Yale Coach Carmen Cozza hopes Ryan still has a few more tricks up his sleeve. When Ryan's hot, the Elis are a tough squad to beat.
Running Backs: Yale HB Mike Stewart is the Ivies' best version of an all-purpose back. Yet another Player of the Year candidate, Stewart has gained 896 yards on the ground for eight TD's while catching 20 passes for 174 yards. As if Stewart was not enough for Cozza's rushing attack, FB Kevin Brice has rushed for 355 yards on 85 carries for an average of 4.2 yards per carry. This duo complements well the explosive offensive potential of the Ryan Express.
Receivers: Who's the Ivies' other best receiving unit? Why, the Yale corps led by Tom Sauba, of course. Sauba leads all Eli receivers with 42 receptions. Seven of tight end Dean Athanasia's 38 catches have led to touchdowns. Split end Bob Shoop, the recipient of Ryan's miraculous catch against the Quakers, has 27 catches and an impressive 16.6 reception average.
Offensive Line: The Elis offensive line, led by guards Jeff Rudoplph and Joe DeSilva, has been able to give Ryan enough time to find Sauba, and has been able to open the holes for Stewart.
Defensive Line: Defensive End Tony Cappellino leads the Yale defensive line which has kept the pressure on opposing quarterbacks all year. Cappellino, who has 44 unassisted tackles and has recovered two fumbles, has 9 1/2 sacks to lead the squad.
Linebackers: The Yale defense has been vulnerable to the rushing game this season. The Elis have given up 1,560 yards on the ground. To stop Hinz and Bunning, Yale needs a big day from John Reese, who leads the Yale linebacking corps with 46 unassisted tackles and a whopping 75 assists.
Secondary: While the Elis have been less than stellar against the run, they have defended against the pass extremely well. The secondary, led by safety Dave Sullivan with 40 unassisted tackles and one interception, has allowed 1,605 passing yards and only seven TD passes all season.
Kicking Game: Before last week's game against Princeton, Yale's Todd Cowen had punted 23 times for an average boot of just 28.8 yards. Due to the injury to kicker Dave Derby, Tom Walter will be attempting field goals and PAT's for the Elis. Walter has attempted, and made, just one 30-yard field goal