There was no summer practice of the football squad this year. Captain Bewer, however, invited the most promising candidates for positions behind the line to spend a week with him at his summer home near Marion, Mass., and later on he also invited the candidates for line positions to play him a similar visit.
The regular fall practice began on Soldiers field last Monday afternoon when thirty-three candidates for the elven presented themselves. Since the new men have joined the squad daily that there are now about forty-five candidates for the team. On Tuesday the candidates for positions behind the line practiced in the morning while the line men came out in the afternoon. The same division was followed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday the men were all to practice together in the morning, but on account of the excessive heat they were sent on a run of three miles instead.
The work has been somewhat sever during the last week, but the men seemed to stand it very well. No severe injuries of any kind were recordede. The daily work for the men consisted in tackling the dummy, falling on the ball, punting, catching punts, starting and lining up. The backs have usual practiced about two hours and the men an hour and a half each day Mr. Lathrop is again to have charge of training the men. He has not yet arrived but is expected soon. The training quarters will be at Clarke and Felps's, on Massachusetts avenue, opposite Beck Hall.
No head coach has been appointed yet. Upton, tackle on the '92 teams Lewis, center, Gray, halfback, and all tackle, of the '93 eleven have all taken a hand in the coaching, although Gray and Lewis have given it the most time Mr. Deland will again be one of the coaches and Dr. Porter will look after the physical injuries of the men.
The in coming freshman class will contribute a good share of the football squad this year. Among its members are several athletes who have already achieved considerable reputation and who promise to prove valuable men in Harvard athletics.
Chief among these is Egdar S. Holt who enters the Lawrence Scintific School. Holt weighs above 200 pounds and is six feet two inches tall. But fall he played for a time with the Harvard football squad, but decided to return to Andover where he played on the Phillips Academy eleven at right guard. His size, weight and experience of four years on the Andover eleven will make him a valuable man.
Holt also throws the hammer, puts the shot, and runs the 120-yard hurdles better than the Harvard records of last year.
Another prominent freshman candidate is Sargent who comes from the Hopkinson's school. He was at Marin with the line men and in the practice during the last week has shown that he can do something.
Malcolm Donald who played on the Roxbury Latin eleven last fall is also a good candidate for a line position. He is very active. At present he is laid off on account of a stiff leg.
The heaviest new man is Percy M. Jaffray, who has been playing since Wednesday. He weighs 220 pounds and is six feet five inches tall. The coaches have been working hard with him and although he is somewhat awkward, yet he promises to make a good man.
Whitback, center on the St. Paul's School eleven last year, is another promising man. He will try for a place in the line.
The Groton School is represented by Haughton, who has been playing at tackle. He is quick and tackles well. Other freshman candidates who give promise are Richardson, who comes from Hopkinson's, Hayden from Cutler's, Davis from Boston Latin, and Smith from Riverview Academy.
The following old men are back. Captain Brewer, end; Hallowell and Wheeler, tackles; Frank Shaw, centre; Dunlop, Wrightington, Hayes, backs; and Beale quarterback in '93. The other old men who will be back this week are Cabot, end; Shaw, guard, and Connors ane Manahan, substitute. This leaves but two open places on the eleven, right guard and quarter-back. There is still a chance that Wrenn will return to the law school, in which case he would play his old position. The other candidates, most of whom have been more or less prominent in athletics during the past few years, are: T. G. Stevenson '96, Dibblee '96, Sprague '97, Davis '97, Hennen '98, Fuller '98, Hoague '98, Thayer '98, and Dobyns, '98, for line positions; harrison '96, Ketcham '96, Borden '96, Hamlen '96, Weld '97, Sullivan '97, Scull '98, Flint '98, Wadsworth '98, Knox '98, Redpath '98, Gierasch '98, Brown '98, and Hayes '98, for backs.
From the large number of old men and new candidates it would appear that Harvard's chances in football are very good this year.
During the summer reports have appeared at various times that there would be a Harvard-Yale game this year. It has become very evident that a strong pressure has been brought to bear upon the Yale authorities by graduates who did not sympathize with Yale's position of last spring, and it can be safely said that there is a game "in the air." Considering the relations of the two colleges last year and the differing rules which each has adopted, it is evident that the matter of arranging a game is one which requires considerable delicacy in the handling. Any official information on the subject is hardly to be expected until matters have advanced more than they seem to have done thus far. Should Yale fail to come forward with a challenge for a football game, there will be no intercollegiate contests of any kind this year between Harvard and Yale. This restriction will extend to the freshman games.
The report has also appeared lately that Harvard has challenged Princeton,
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