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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 versus Lehigh and the upcoming game versus Princeton
(A) 21-19 loss to Lehigh was a very tough loss, no doubt about it. There is no excuse to be up 17-0 at halftime and lose it. We've always done a good job with that – I believe its only the second time in the last 10 years that we have surrendered a halftime lead.

We had our chances; we intercepted a pass in the end zone that negated a score that was overruled and we scored a touchdown with 1:14 left that was also overruled. At the end of the day we just didn't make enough plays in the second half.

Defensively we did an excellent job against the run. Any day you hold teams to a net-25 yards rushing and don't fumble the ball on offense, you think you've got a chance to win. I thought our defensive line did a great job (in the game).

Gino Gordon did a great job (against Lehigh)… he did a terrific job blocking (down field) and is leading the Ivy League in yards per carry. At QB, Colton (Chapple) did a good job in executing our offense and taking care of the football.

Looking ahead, we play nothing but good teams like Lehigh, if not better. As we look ahead to Princeton, it's one of the most athletic and talented teams in the Ivy. They are well-coached… they run good schemes on both side of the ball. You have to account for the guys on both sides of the ball. You can't double anybody and can't defend just the run or the pass. This will be a big test on the road.

On RB Taking the Spotlight and Gino Gordon's Play
Some skill guys are not always comfortable being leaders; (but) he is. Gino is very physical, he loves the physical aspect of the game… just a complete player. We don't use him as much on special teams because he's so valuable. Besides his ability, its tough to run the football if people don't respect the pass and if people don't respect the offensive line - and he has those things (here at Harvard).

On The Princeton Passing Attack
The thing that's tough is they are very diverse on offense. They've got one of the best backs in the league, no question about it. They've got three great receivers. It's very tough to say 'hey if we stop this, we stop the offense.' You better be on your toes and execute every assignment.

On The Defensive Side of the Ball and Collin Zych's Play
He's (Collin) has had a tremendous year so far, no question about it. He just does everything well. (He's) very instinctive; he "grades out" the highest on our defense invariably every week. Our upfront guys have also done a great job. Chuks Obi, Josue Ortiz and Victor Ojukwu specifically - those guys are the heart and soul of our football team.

On the Team's Injury Issues
Its been fine, not to say it hasn't been a problem. Obviously we've been without our top two wide receivers, two quarterbacks, four cornerbacks and a very good linebacker. Those are the things that are going to happen in a game. You can't gripe about it, can't even really talk about it, you just have to move on. Our guys have been tough and resilient. We are one play away from having won three-straight without those guys.

On the play of Kyle Juszczyk
Is a guy that, nobody can pronounce him name so don't feel bad about that. He's a kid who just does everything well. He's so versatile; he can play fullback, tight end, H back, some wide receiver and is on all of our special teams. He has an uncanny ability to get open and he finishes blocks. He gives us a lot of flexibility in our offense.