Quarterback: Who will it be? Tom Yohe, the Crimson record holder? Rod MacLeod, the senior backup? Or Tim Perry, the junior upstart? Yohe has defeated Yale twice in his career, but is questionable because of a stress fracture. MacLeod missed last week's game against Penn because of an ankle injury. Perry got rough treatment in his start against the Quakers.
Running Backs: Tony Hinz is back. The senior halfback was injured three weeks ago against Brown. But Hinz returned against Penn, finishing with 95 yards rushing and 54 yards receiving. Junior Jim Reidy, the Crimson's 5-ft., 9-in lightning bolt, rushed for 60 yards on eight carries against the Quakers.
Receivers: Three Harvard players have more than 30 catches this year--Hinz, Neil Phillips and Don Gajewski. Last week, though, only Hinz contributed much to the air attack. Gajewski finished with one catch for three yards. Phillips was held without a grab. If Yohe pulls together and starts, look for Gajewski and Phillips to turn in great days.
Offensive Line: Penn made this unit look small. But when you look at Maurice Frilot and company, you think big--very big. Frilot is a sure All-Ivy bet. He and his mates turned in a great effort against Brown four weeks ago. They must reproduce that effort today if Hinz and friends are to have a decent day running the ball.
Defensive Line: Peterson recorded his 11th sack of the year against Penn, a Harvard record. His accomplishment was hidden in the rubble of last week's blowout loss. The Harvard offense has surrendered 150.6 rushing yards per game but had trouble with Penn running back Bryan Keys, who rushed for 178 yards.
Linebackers: Supposedly a Harvard weakness coming into the season. Greg Ubert and Brian Burns have provided a solid one-two linebacking punch. Ubert leads the team with 80 tackles. Rick Mclntyre has also seen action at the linebacking spot.
Secondary: Last year it was a weak spot. This year it is just as suspect. Jim Smith, the best athlete in the backfield, has moved from safety to cornerback. Henry Olson has had a tough time. Opposing quarterbacks seem to pick on him. Look for Olson to stun the Elis with a pair of interceptions in The Game.
Kicking Game: Alan Hall will be remembered as the man who kicked a pair of 47-yd. field goals against Boston University three weeks ago, not as the man who is averaging 30.2 yards per punt. If the game is close in the late going. Coach Joe Restic will not hesitate to use The Blond Bomber from long range.
Intangibles: If Yohe plays. Harvard will win. Yohe has defeated the Elis twice in a row. No Crimson QB has done it three times. If his backups get the go, the Crimson will be less effective in the air and will need a big day from Hinz. Harvard needs a big game to erase the memories of a disappointing year. Plus, The Game is at The Stadium. Will it produce The Win?
Coach: Joe Restic, optimistic originator of the Multiflex, says his team is not down. He says it will fight to the finish. Forget the 2-7 record, the Crimson is alive and well. Restic will be looking for career victory number 98 today. He is 8-9 against the Elis, 3-5 at home.
Quarterback: Sophomore Darin Kehler, who did not intend to play football at all this year but was called into action because of injuries to Yale's starter and backup, has played well recently. He has thrown 35 times for 182 yards. Senior reserve Mark Brubaker, who may get the call, is 48 of 106 for 533 yards.
Running Backs: Yale likes to run. And when the Elis run, tailback Buddy Zachery usually is the man doing the running. Zachary has carried 128 times for 723 yards and six TDs. Kevin Brice, Zachery's backup, is the Elis' second-leading ground-gainer. He has rushed for 342 yards.
Receivers: Yale does not like to fly, so this corps does not have impressive numbers. Fullback Kevin Callahan is Yale's leading receiver with 15 catches for 153 yards. If the Elis throw the bomb, Tom Szuba will be running under it. He has 12 catches for 217 yards.
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