As the football team finished its season with its fourth straight victory over Yale, the Back Page gives you an opportunity to meet captain Collin Zych, an unanimous selection to the All-Ivy First Team announced today. In this exclusive interview, Zych reveals his embarrassing fumble return, why he would want to play basketball, and which Olympic gold medalist he would like to date. Every week, The Full-Court Press will give you the sort of personal scoop that you’re not likely to hear at a typical press conference.
Name: Collin Zych
Stats: In his three seasons on the field, Zych accumulated 224 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for a loss, six interceptions, and 27 pass breakups. This season, Zych ended the season tied for a team-high 79 tackles. He also led the Crimson with 40 solo tackles, three interceptions and 12 passes defended.
Now, to the questions!
1. Typical pre-game meal.
I just eat what I normally would, nothing too fancy. No fried food though.
It is not entirely uncommon to hear a story of alumni giving back to Harvard financially as a way to show their gratitude for the opportunities and life changing experiences they were able to have as students. But what is uncommon is the one-in-a-kind gift that Harvard men’s swimming and diving alumnus Francis X. Gorman ’59 bestowed onto his old team. By doing so, Gorman gave back to Harvard in one of the most unique ways in recent memory.
On Nov. 19, during a reception that marked the 80th anniversary of the men’s swimming and diving team, Gorman stunned alumni and current students alike by announcing that he was donating his Olympic silver medal to Harvard.
Yale linebacker Jesse Reising, who was injured during the fourth quarter of the Harvard-Yale football game on Saturday, is expected to be released from the hospital today, the Yale Daily News reports.
Reising was involved in a helmet-to-helmet collision with Crimson senior running back Gino Gordon in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s contest, a hit that left both men on the ground for several minutes.
Looking to continue a two-game winning streak, the Harvard men's basketball team will travel to Bryant on Wednesday for a non-conference match-up. Led by sophomore reigning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week Christian Webster, who had a career-high 29 points in the Crimson’s game against Mercer on Saturday, Harvard is 2-1 on the season after dropping its opener to George Mason.
After a year in which they intimidated everybody in their path, it was fitting that senior Josue Ortiz and captain Collin Zych were the only two defensive players to be selected unanimously to the All-Ivy First Team. Harvard's leader on the defensive line, Ortiz finished the season as the Ancient Eight's leader in tackles for loss and the runner-up in sacks, with 7.5 and 13.5 respectively. Zych, meanwhile, finished the season with 79 tackles to bring his career total to 224.
Joining the two of them on the first team is senior running back Gino Gordon, who last night received the Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as the team's most valuable player. Gordon was the first Crimson back since Clifton Dawson '07 to rush for over 1000 yards in a season, finishing the 2010 campaign with 1059 yards. He also graduates as Harvard's all-time leader in yards per carry with 5.3.