The Scouting Report


Quarterback: Tom Yohe is still putting big numbers on the board. Last week against Princeton, he completed 20 of 39 passes for 285 yards. He is on pace to throw for more than 2000 yards. But he has more interceptions (nine) than touchdown passes (eight). He remains a double threat, as likely to run as throw.

Running Backs: Tony Hinz produced just 34 yards on the ground last week against Princeton. He is due for a big day. He has rushed for 454 yards on 105 attempts (an average of 4.3 yards per carry). Silas Myers is the Crimson's second-leading ground gainer. He has rushed for 68 yards on 19 carries (a 3.6 average). Fullback Alex Konovalchik is third with 65 yards on the ground.

Receivers: Tight end Don Gajewski and wideout Neil Phillips are having great seasons. Gajewski has caught 28 passes for 351 yards. Phillips has nabbed 24 passes for 451 yards. Gajewski and Hinz are tied for the team lead in touchdowns with four. Before last week, Gajewski had caught a TD pass in four straight games.

Offensive Line: If the running game goes well, people credit the runners. If it doesn't, this unit is often blamed. Maurice Frilot, Shawn Sensky, Tony Consigli and John Bartholomew are all solid and big. Why they were so successful last year is obvious. Why they haven't been as good this year is a mystery.


Defensive Line: Harvard Captain Don Peterson and his mates did a fine job last week against Princeton. Peterson applied heavy pressure on Tiger QB Jason Garrett. Peterson recorded seven tackles to lift his season total to 36. Jim Bell has 22 tackles and two sacks.

Linebackers: Brian Burns leads the Crimson in tackles with 58. He made 12 against Princeton last week. Greg Ubert, Burns' partner, had two sacks against Princeton's tough QB Jason Garrett.

Secondary: Princeton QB Jason Garrett did not explode like people thought he would. Credit the Harvard secondary with a decent job. Free safety Jim Smith made nine tackles, cornerback Henry Olson made six. Smith is the team leader in interceptions with two.

Kicking Game: If the Crimson offense would put him in range, Alan Hall might do something. He has booted five of eight field goals and has coverted all 12 extra point attempts. He is the punter, too, and averages 32.4 yards per boot.

Intangibles: If Harvard is going to get a victory in the next four games, this is the time to do it. Home field, a weak opponent--the conditions seems right. Harvard needs a lift going into the final month of the season. A loss to Brown would confirm critics' opinions that this Crimson club is simply bad.


Quarterback: The word on Brown's regular QB Danny Clark: doubtful. Which means he'll probably play. Clark, suffering from an ankle injury, is 50 of 105 for 577 yards. His backup, Dan Rucamp, is five of 13 for 62 yards. In five games, Clark has thrown two touchdowns and seven interceptions. In two games, Rucamp has thrown no touchdowns and one interception.

Running Backs: If Clark does not get the starting nod, look for the Bruins to stick to the land attack. This means fullback Lane Wood and tailback Nick Badalato will have to produce. In six games, Wood has rushed for 314 yards on 76 attempts (an average of 4.1 yards a carry). In five games, Badalato has carried the ball 70 times for 292 yards (a 4.2 average).

Receivers: A youngster handles the receiving end of the Bruins' passing game. Sophomore Mike Geroux has caught 10 passes for 191 yards. His longest catch went for 44 yards. Tight end Matt Merrick (16 catches for 169 yards) is Brown's possession receiver. Badalato (eight catches for 58 yards) is the Bruin's third-leading receiver.

Offensive Line: Joe Madden, George Pyne, David Tauber, Jim Anderson and Dave Pearson are the big guys up front for the Bruins. The Brown offense has scored 14 points in its last three games. This group must share some of the responsiblity for that poor production.

Defensive Line: Nose guard Dave Rody and tackle John Taylor are the only guys back from last year's team. Sophomore Reid Smith is the only fellow up front. In its last three games, the Bruins have given up 80 points. In their six games, they have given up 152.

Linebackers: Jim Burke made the switch from guard and now heads the Bruins' linebacking corps. He leads the club in tackles with 76. The three other Bruin linebackers are Matt Nalbandian, Steve Kapler and Scott Perry.

Secondary: Two seniors and two sophomores make up Brown's secondary unit. The seniors are are Darryl Heggans and Tri-Captain Greg Kyslish. The sophomores are Greg Patrick and George Dzure. This unit has three interceptions between them.

Kicking Game: Brown's big toe is Stephan Lins, a soccer player who grew up in Germany. John Vidmar is the Bruins' punter. He averages 31.6 yards per punt with a long of 50 yards.

Intangibles: Brown needs a victory, too. The Bruins are 0-5-1 this season. Everyone wants to beat Harvard, the Bruins especially. If Clark does not start, will the Bruins rally around their second-string QB? Brown faces the prospect of finishing worse than Columbia in the Ivies.