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The Fab Five: Harvard’s Top Fall Varsity Teams, Week 5

Published by James D. McCaffrey on October 27, 2011 at 10:12PM

After last weekend, it’s time to shake things up a bit. With one top-five team not in action and strong performances from two teams on the outside looking in, the top five needed some reshuffling.

5. Men’s Heavyweight Crew

The rowers took first place in the championship eights division of the Head of the Charles Regatta, finishing perhaps the most prestigious race of the fall season in just over 14 minutes. Plus, there were free samples of everything along the banks of the river all weekend.

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Freshman Will Whitman Named to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Published by Scott A. Sherman on October 27, 2011 at 10:12PM
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Freshman Will Whitman (#71) was recently named to the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, given to the top freshman in FCS football.

Harvard freshman right tackle Will Whitman doesn’t have much in common with Jerry Rice.

But the Lexington, Ky., native does share one similarity with the greatest wide receiver of all time—both established themselves playing for FCS schools, and for that, Whitman has the chance to be honored in the wideout’s name.

Last week, the rookie was mentioned on the watch list for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the most outstanding freshman player in the Football Championship Subdivision. This is the first time the honor, presented by The Sports Network, is being awarded.

The trophy is named for Rice, the Hall of Fame receiver who was an FCS (then Division I-AA) star at Mississippi Valley State University during his college days. Whitman and 17 other FCS rookies were named to the watch list for their contributions to similarly-small football programs.

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Football Puts Cheerleaders to Work

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on October 22, 2011 at 10:11PM
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Because the Harvard football team has scored 98 points in its last two games, the Crimson cheerleaders, pictured in the Bucknell game, have been put to work.

In its past two games, Harvard has scored 98 points. Its quarterbacks have thrown for 10 touchdowns, and in Saturday’s game alone the team had 560 yards of total offense.

But not everyone is a winner when the Crimson’s offense explodes. There’s probably only one group sorer than the football team right now: the Harvard cheerleaders.

As some of you may know, it’s fairly common practice for collegiate cheerleaders to a pushup for every point that the team has put up after every score.

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A Twitter Directory of Harvard Athletes

Published by James M. Acer on October 21, 2011 at 10:11PM
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For those looking to take their Crimson fandom to the next level, it’s time to stop procrastinating your way through that paper by checking Facebook every three minutes—and time to make the move to Twitter. Here’s a chance to get to know Harvard’s biggest athletes in their everyday lives (without them even realizing it).

The Crimson’s Twitter prowess starts with the men’s basketball team. These guys have honed their tweeting skills, making them the preeminent contributors of 140-character sentences on campus.

Here are a few accounts that stand out.

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Scouting the Area: Princeton, N.J.

Published by Alexa N. Gellman on October 21, 2011 at 10:11PM

Take notice! Princeton is coming to town. Harvard football, men’s soccer, women’s soccer and field hockey are all facing Tigers at home this weekend.  It looks like it’s going to be a nice weekend in Cambridge with some competitive matchups.

And it’s a good thing the games are at home. Here’s what you won’t be missing out on at Princeton:

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