2012 Ivy League Football Preview: The Harvard Crimson
Any time a college football team blows through conference play with an undefeated record, sports writers will create a lot of hype for the following season.
Now, pair that up with the return of many of the key offensive and defensive weapons from that undefeated squad, and one would have a clear title favorite.
The Harvard Crimson football team is looking to defend their Ivy League title. And they expect to do it.
Returning an offensive unit that easily put up points against opposing defenses in the Ivy League, the Crimson will be a force in the upcoming season.
Senior quarterback Colton Chapple looks poised to be the sole player under center for the Crimson this year. Last season’s leading rusher, Treavor Scales, also returns for his senior season as he attempts to break the 1000-yard rushing mark.
With a similar offensive scheme to the New England Patriots with two dynamic tight ends, senior Kyle Juszczyk and junior Cameron Brate will serve as the chief targets for the Crimson passing game and look to produce similar numbers to last season—a combined 14 touchdowns between the two of them.
Having Seitu Smith II returning kicks again this season, the Crimson will have an incredible weapon on special teams.
Defensively, Harvard’s line will be strong yet again, with the duo of John Lyon and Nnamdi Obukwelu continuing to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks.
However, Harvard’s weakness will presumably be the secondary. With Cornell’s talented quarterback Jeff Matthews in the conference, this aspect of their game will have to drastically improve by midseason.
If the secondary can step up to the occasion, Harvard will win its second consecutive Ivy League title.
Projected Finish: First Place
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