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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 game against Brown
The best way to describe our game versus Brown was that it was a polar opposite of our game against Holy Cross. Against Brown we had three very critical errors - two in our own end, penalties and minus-two on turnover ratio. Brown certainly deserves a lot of credit for that. Simply put, we did not play up to our capabilities. I did not do a good enough job of coaching. They are a very good football team you can't make those kind of critical errors (against good teams).

In the game, some of our kids on defense played extremely well but we can't expose them to so many back-to-the-wall situations like that. Collin Zych played extremely well. He's very instinctive - just a tremendous leader.

Marco (Iannuzzi) is a kid who is 24 years old. He took three years in a row applying to Harvard before he got in and he hung in there. He's a very good football player, he's been banged up at times but he's playing very well right now. He is a great kid and we are very happy for him.

On playing Lafayette
Lafayette is always a very challenging game on our schedule. They have firmly established themselves as a playoff team. Every year it goes down to the wire. They've got a big physical team and are very athletic. It's going to be another tiger-by-the-tail (game) for us.

On whether Harvard has had negative rushing yardage before
Probably not during my tenure ever and believe me that is a point of contention for me.

His thoughts on why the team did not have a lot of net yards on the ground
The bottom line is that we elected to throw the ball so much. I would put that more on me than our kids. We've got a very good quarterback and like to throw the football. We probably got caught up in it. We got down early because of turnovers and had to play catch up.

Keys to the Lafayette Game
I think they're a good football team that had a bit of bad luck (in their first three games). Keys to the game are, number one, take care of the football; two, come away with a positive turnover ratio on that side. Three, be much more balanced on both offense and defense to have a chance against a still very good Lafayette team.

Importance of special teams in this league
Special teams is obviously very import. Keys to winning are to one, play great defense - even more so than offense to win year in and out. Number two is not how many yards, but taking care of the football; then special teams. (for players on special teams), can you be reliable enough to play assignments and make big plays?

We've improved on special teams this year. We've had a really good job by our sophomore punter Jacob Dombrowksi with a 50 and 60 yard kick which bailed us out at times. Our freshman place kicker David Mothander has played well at times also.

On the importance of having guys who started 0-1 before and remember coming back to win the Ivy League title
Honestly, I don't even know who we're playing after our next opponent. If we play to our potential, play with intensity and emotion… if we do that, we'll have a chance to win, if we don't we'll be in trouble.