Harvard QB Takes First in Manning Camp Competition

Published by Taryn I. Kurcz on July 18, 2011 at 3:11AM
Winters' Tale

Junior quarterback Collier Winters, shown above, fought through a season of adversity to reclaim his starting role under center during the 2010 season.

On most days, throwing objects at moving golf carts is frowned upon.

Yet, two weekends ago at the Manning Passing Academy, quarterback Collier Winters was celebrated for his ability to consistently hit three targets located on the motored machines.

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Harvard Football Makes Historic Schedule Change

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on July 05, 2011 at 3:11AM
Lights On

Harvard football made a change earlier today to its schedule, changing the start time of the Oct. 29 Dartmouth game from noon to 6 p.m.

For the first time in program history, Harvard football will host two night games next season.

The Crimson will face off against Dartmouth at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, moving the game from its originally-scheduled noon start. It will be just the sixth time that Harvard has played football under the lights at home, and it will mark the inaugural night game between schools that first played each other in 1882.

The Big Green’s visit will also be the first time that the Crimson has played a home night game other than the home opener, and the first such game not played in September.

Since lights were added to Harvard Stadium in early 2007, the Crimson has hosted one night game every season. Harvard has never lost at home at under the lights, sitting on a 4-0 record going into the 2011 season.

But in addition to the program’s success on the field, night games have also boosted attendance and student interest. Since 2007, the night game is generally the best- or second-best attended contest on the home schedule, depending on whether The Game is played in Allston or New Haven.

In 2010, the Crimson drew an average of 16,918 fans. Last year’s night game, the home opener against Holy Cross, drew 21,704. In 2009, when Harvard’s average attendance was 10,701, the night game against Brown brought 17,263 fans to the stadium.

Average annual attendances fluctuate wildly for both Harvard and Yale depending on the host of The Game, which draws tens of thousands more fans than other contests on the schedule.

This season’s Dartmouth game is also just the third Saturday night game at home in Crimson program history. On two other occasions, night games were moved from Friday to Saturday to avoid conflicting with Yom Kippur.

While the matchup is a historic one for Harvard, it carries even more significance for Dartmouth. The Oct. 29 Ivy League contest is Dartmouth’s first-ever night game.

Iannuzzi To Play for CFL's BC Lions

Published by Catherine E. Coppinger on May 08, 2011 at 3:11AM
Matty Ice

Senior wide receiver Marco Iannuzzi, shown above in earlier action, was picked sixth overall by the CFL's BC Lions.

As the spring season concludes, a new chapter is just beginning in senior wide receiver Marco Iannuzzi’s football career. As was announced by the Canadian Football League earlier today, the Calgary, Alberta, native was selected by the BC Lions in the first round of the CFL draft. Click here for the full draft results.

The No. 6 overall pick, Iannuzzi sits atop the all-time leader board in both career and single-season average kickoff returns with 26.5 and 34.5 yards per return, respectively. This past season, Iannuzzi scored two touchdowns on kickoff returns for the Crimson, including a 95-yard return against Brown in Harvard’s first Ivy League game this year.

The football star wasn’t the only Harvard athlete who earned major recognition this weekend. Though both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams lost in the finals of their respective Ancient Eight tournaments earlier today, stellar pitching from freshman Laura Ricciardone and junior Rachel Brown helped the Crimson capture the Ivy League title against rival Cornell. Harvard shut out the Big Red, 5-0 and 4-0, respectively, this weekend to sweep the best-of-three championship series. The series served as a rematch of last year’s Ivy League Championship, in which Cornell earned victory over Harvard.

Captain Collin Zych Looking to Sign as Undrafted Free Agent

Published by E. Benjamin Samuels on May 04, 2011 at 3:11AM

Captain Collin Zych was not among the 254 players selected in last week’s NFL draft, but the safety still has a shot at making it to the pros

Zych had visits with a number of professional teams, and undrafted players are often signed after the amateur selections to help fill in remaining voids in the roster. Because of the current lockout, the situation becomes more complicated, but he still stands a chance of making it to the NFL as an undrafted signing.

Only one Ivy Leaguer was drafted this year. The Kansas City Chiefs selected Yale’s Shane Bannon, a fullback for the Bulldogs, in the seventh round, with the 223rd overall pick. Bannon is the first Eli to get drafted in seven years.

Per the restrictions of the labor struggles in the NFL, no one can sign contracts, a limitation that affects both drafted and non-drafted prospects.

Zych, the captain of last year’s football team, was first team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy. His 79 tackles were tied for best on the team with senior linebacker Nick Hasselberg.

Though Harvard has a number of alumni currently in the NFL, no member of the Crimson squad has been drafted since 2005. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick—likely the most famous Harvard graduate in the NFL—was selected with the 250th overall pick by the St. Louis Rams. He started most of last season for the Buffalo Bills.

 

NFL Calls on Yale Senior

Published by Robert S Samuels on May 01, 2011 at 3:11AM

Ryan Fitzpatrick ‘05 was nearly Mr. Irrelevant in the 2005 NFL Draft, as the St. Louis Rams selected him in the seventh round with the 250th pick overall.

Now, the starting quarterback for the Buffalo Bills has something in common with another starter from the Ancient Eight.

The Kansas City Chiefs selected Yale senior Shane Bannon in the seventh and final round of the 2011 NFL Draft on Saturday, albeit 27 picks higher than Fitzpatrick. Bannon’s selection marks the first time since 2004 that a Bulldog has been taken in the NFL Draft.

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