QUARTERBACK: Brian White, who last week became the fifth most prolifie passer in Harvard history, hasn't lived up to his preseason billing. The two-year starter's completion percentage is still a measly .421. Has thrown only three touchdowns, half as many as he had at this time a year ago, and has thrown six interceptions. Knows Multiflex well. Can run and throw.
QUARTERBACK: Senior Steve Kettelberger is a legitimate double-threat, and could pose more problems than any Ivy passer Harvard will face this year. Runs and throws extremely well. Has been impressive, most recently in last week's 20-20 tie at Holy Cross. Look for Kettelberger (77-153-885-ITD-6INT) to try and establish the running game and to throw to his running backs.
RUNNING BACKS: The squad's best area a year ago, it has struggled this year. After its best day of the season two weeks ago, this group was held to minus 20 yards rushing in the second half last weekend. The leader--and the best runner in the Ivy League--is senior fullback Robert Santiago, who didn't pick up any yards in the final 30 minutes last week. The All-Ivy runner has picked up 388 yards this year, and needs just over 400 more to become the fifth leading rusher in Harvard history. The loss of junior halfback Rufus Jones to a knee injury has hurt this group, but junior George Sorbara has filled in with two of his best games ever in the past two weeks.
RUNNING BACKS: A week ago, Brown rushed for 202 yards against a stingy Holy Cross defense. Brown favors the run and tailbacks Jamie Potkul(116-422-5TD) and Jamie Simon (46-205) provide the speed. Fullback Brian Heffernan (40-169-1TD) is one of the Ivy's biggest. This unit, the best Ancient Eight one Harvard's seen this year, will provide a good test for the Crimson's vastly improved defensive line.
RECEIVERS: Sophomore LaMont Greer--who won the starting split end job three weeks ago--won't play today, so junior Joe Connolly will get the starting nod. It will mark the first starting call for Connolly, who--like Greer--boasts blazing speed. Despite the lack of experience, Connolly should be a more than adequate replacement. Nevertheless, don't expect White to look for his wide outs too often. Santiago leads all pass catchers in receptions.
RECEIVERS: Potkul (15 receptions for 93 yards) leads in this department, but the one to watch is speedy split end Kieron, Bigby, who has hauled in 13 catches for 167 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Greg Rotl., with 11 catches for 139 yards, is a good possession-type receiver. Don't forget Heffernan, who is a favorite of Kettelberger.
OFFENSIVE LINE: The squad's weakest area, this group hasn't given the Crimson runners the holes they enjoyed a year ago. Nor has it provided adequate protection for White. In fact, last week it gave up 10 sacks, the most in a single game this decade. The leader of this unit, which, will have its hands full with the Brown defensive line, is senior left tackle George Kostakos. Main problem here is lack of size and lack of depth.
OFFENSIVE LINE: An experienced otfensive line is one of the main reasons Brown has enjoyed a considerable amount of success this year. This five Coke-machine unit is led by senior bokends Bill Michell and Brian Daly. With the two seniors and three juniors in the middle, this group has given adequate protection to Kettelberger and has opened holes that Harvard runers haven't seen in a year.
DEFENSIVE LINE: One of Harvard's most improved units, the defensive line that includes Bill Ross, K.C. Smitl, and Jerry Garvery has een very stingy the last three weeks. The Crimson has allowed just three touchdowns in the last 10 quarters. A week ago, it put Princeton quarterback Doug Butler under tremendous pressure and held the Tiger ofense to a field goal. Even
DEFENSIVE LINE: The Bruins boast one of the most underrated defenses in the entire league. Overall, Brown has picked up or picked off the ball nine more times than its offese has given it away. The defensive line is the heart of the defense, which has given up an average of less than three yards per carry and an average of 10 points per game.
LINEBACKERS: Senior linebacker Brent Wilkinson leads Harvard in tackling with 57 and last week the Crimson captain led a unit that didn't allow Princeton inside the Harvard 13-yd. line. This is one of the Crimson's top areas, with Scott Collinsand Bob Joyee providing more than adequate support for Wilkinson. Will have to cover Brown's receivers out of the backfield today, and that could be a potential problem.
LINEBACKERS: Linebacker Tom Cole has two interceptions while providing more than adequate support against the run. Fellow senior Pat McCormack is equally good. A fine it that complements the defensive line extremely well.
DEFENSIVE SECONDARY: This is the area many consider Harvard's best. Led by senior safety Cecil Cox, who has picked off four passes, the Harvard defensive secondary will get one of its biggest tests of the year today. So far this season, this extremely aggressive unit hasn't been burned. In particular, Lee Oldenburg has been a pleasant surprise, though teams are begining to throw his way more often. In all, the Crimson has picked off 11 passes, just one less than the 12 it picked off all of last year.
DEFENSIVE SECONDARY: Possibly the only weak link on the whole team, the defensive secondary has been shaky in sports this year. Mark Kachmer is the only senior among the four starters, and the inexperience has showed this year. Junior safety Brian Kelley is best athelete of the group.
KICKING GAME: Senior Rob Steinberg is second in the Ivy League in scoring. Six-of-seven on field goals, Steinberg has connected on 12 of 13 extra points. Even
KICKING GAME: Senior Chris Ingerslev is probably the best placekcker in the Iny League. Or at least the hottest one. One week after converting five-of-five field goals, Ingerslev last week hit four-of-five.