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Two weeks from today Harvard football will enter upon a new era, when, for the first time in the Crimson's history, a non-graduate coach takes charge of gridiron activities at historic old Soldiers Field. For on September 16 Head Coach Dick Harlow, formerly of Western Maryland, will call the Varsity candidates out for their initial workout of the year.
For both the new Coach and the squad of candidates that reports to him at this opening session the 1935 season will present a problem of the first water. The schedule, for one thing, is one of the hardest that the Crimson has listed in years. Then, too, there is the problem of Harlow's orientating himself to his new job. Lastly, the material from which Harlow must build a team will be none too strong.
Consider the schedule, for example: Holy Cross, Army, Dartmouth, Brown, and Princeton in an unbroken row, then a filler game with New Hampshire before meeting Yale. There's very little that is easy about that list. Holy Cross, with its heavy, Rockne-system teams, is always a hard, gruelling test for the Varsity. Last year it was the defeat by Holy Cross that touched off a whole train of troubles for Harvard.
Then there's West Point, which can be counted on to provide a well-trained, capable unit. Dartmouth, judging by its performance in 1934 in its first season of the Blaik regime, should be a hard-blaying, driving team capable of causing the Crimson no end of worry.
Brown should be a bit easier than some of the others on the list. Princeton, of course, will be about the best team in the country. A victory over it would be a miracle. As for the Elis, the old saying is "Never make a prediction about a Harvard-Yale game. The unexpected always happens." The most one can say is that is 1934 Yale's performance was a considerable surprise to the football world.
As for the second point mentioned a while back, namely Dick Harlow's working into his new surroundings, here things look considerably brighter. Harlow has already had a brief opportunity to see what the situation is up here in Cambridge, for last spring he was in charge throughout the short spring training period at Soldiers Field.
During that session Harlow created quite an impression by the hustling, hard-working type of practice he demanded. His motto seemed to be "Hurry up", and there was never any doubt as to his attitude towards loafing. A continuance of this policy this fall will make Varsity football practice no bed of roses, but it is the only possible way to whip the available material into shape for the string of hard games that follows he Springfield opener.
This doesn't mean that Harlow is faced with unusually poor material for his first season. The squad won't be especially strong, but it should be at least up to average, and if some of the prospects contained in it develop as hoped, there will be the possibility of a fine unit.
A lot will depend on Harlow's ability to develop this young material, such men as George Ford, Leo Ecker, Tommy Bilodeau, Emile Dubiel, and Arthur Oakes. All of these men have shown something on Freshman or last year's Varsity teams, but none are really finished, Grade A, foll-time players as yet. Ford didn't reach his peak until the Yale game last season and Bilodeau has never quite shown the super-performance of which he seems to be capable.
To serve as the backbone for the squad there is a neucleus of proven veterans, such as Don Jackson, who is one of the best defensive backs Harvard has had in years, Freddy Moseley, talented at either running or passing, Captain Bob Haley, a quarterbaik with two' years Varsity experience, and Shaun Kelly, a very fine end
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