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Tim Murphy Quotes From Ivy Football Teleconference

Tim Murphy Quotes From Ivy Football Teleconference

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, recently took part in the Ivy League's weekly teleconference. Below are his quotes from the event.

Additionally, coach Murphy will give more insight into his Crimson as he takes part in the weekly New England Football Writers' Association Luncheon Wednesday afternoon at Harvard's Dillon Field House.

The event - the nation's oldest weekly football media gathering, now entering its 82nd season - begins at noon and features head coaches, players and administrators from around the region from all levels of NCAA competition. This year's event will be streamed live via the web on GoCrimson.com and is part of the All-Access and Football Season Pass for streaming.

Fans can login to Harvard's Multimedia section of the website to watch the streams. Recaps of the event will be posted in the afternoon and will be sent to media and area schools as well. Local fans can do even better as the event is open to the public for a fee of $10 per person.

Each school's coach/administrator will speak briefly about his team's last game, a preview up the upcoming games and an assessment of his team's top players. Additionally, the weekly Gold Helmet Award is given to the preceding week's top players. The award is sponsored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the weekly winners - one from Divisions I and one from Divisions II/III - are presented with a plaque.

Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy on the team’s fall practice and opening game against Holy Cross
We had a solid fall preseason - the only thing, like a lot of people, is that we’ve had our share on injuries. As far as Holy Cross is concerned they are definitely one of the better teams on our schedule (this season). (Head coach) Tom Gilmore has done a tremendous job with that program; this is a very strong, very balanced football team that will be a difficult opening game opponent.

On Collier Winters’ injuries and the team’s quarterback situation
In our first scrimmage, (Collier) suffered a torn labrum. It is an injury he had on his opposite leg two years ago and he came back 100 percent but we will most likely be without Collier Winters for the season. We’re very fortunate to have an experienced kid in Andrew Hatch. We recruited him out of high school; he started the first four games at LSU of his junior season before suffering an injury and he decided to come back to Harvard. He is a 24-year old senior, kind of an interesting story.

On Hatch having to prove himself to his teammates and his sharpness after missing the summer
I think (Hatch) really proved himself to the team last year as the scout team QB; he gave our defense a great look every single week. We’ve said it going in (as a coaching staff) - even though Collier Winters was the incumbent, we thought it would be a competition right down to the very end (in preseason camp).

Andrew Hatch is a very good QB and probably has as much ability as anyone we’ve had in our program… but we’ve had less time developing him because of his situation. We can be a good offensive team with Hatch in there. The thing you never know is (as a coach), you’ve got to play the game to find out what those intangibles are really like but we like where he is at.

About the running game of Treavor Scales and Gino Gordon as the best 1-2 punch in the Ivy League
We’re very solid at running back this season. The thing I like about both guys is that they are full service. We’ve had a third guy get into the mix – Rich Zajeski… he is very physical, a good blocker, catches the ball well and runs the ball well.

On Collin Zych’s impact on the team
He’s been a terrific captain - he leads by example. He’s not a big talker but he’s such a good player with all the intangibles and commands respect. He is very instinctive and what I call a great all-around safety. He is athletic enough to play corner back, he’s always physical and in the right fit. He is probably as physical a safety as I’ve had here.