With the Ivy League title already clinched, the year’s final contest may seem—in some sense—meaningless, merely the last time the seniors will don the Crimson or the Blue and White.
But that’s not how the players—nor the 50,000 fans in attendance—will see tomorrow’s contest at the Yale Bowl, the 128th showdown in one of the most hallowed rivalries in college sports.
It would be hard to imagine a worse start to the season for Harvard quarterback Collier Winters.
In the final minutes of a season-opening loss to Holy Cross, the fifth-year senior dove into the end zone on a two-point conversion and pulled his hamstring.
The offensive line was not initially a concern for Harvard coach Tim Murphy and the Crimson football team this season.
With several starters and other veteran players returning from last year’s squad, Harvard’s front line looked promising. But season-ending injuries and other serious setbacks raised concerns about this year’s offensive line.
Since he arrived in Cambridge as a multi-talented recruit four years ago, Harvard middle linebacker Alex Gedeon has done everything his coaches and teammates have asked of him.
On and off the field, the senior has met every challenge he’s been faced with head-on —and sometimes even foot-on.
Most football teams feature a go-to wide receiver, someone they can throw to when in need of a third-down conversion or a quick chunk of yardage. The squad’s quarterback will depend on this player to be open when he most needs him to be, a safety-net whom the quarterback can rely on to bail him out of trouble.
But when opposing quarterbacks face Harvard, there’s only one problem: they don’t have that option.