Harvard's Chapple Named Ivy League Player of the Week

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Colton Chapple recorded the second-most passing yards in Harvard history with 414 to go with four touchdown passes in a 41-31 win at Cornell on Oct. 8, 2011.

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard junior quarterback Colton Chapple (Alpharetta, Ga.) has been named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week while teammates Alex Sarkisian (Valparaiso, Ind.) and Will Whitman (Lexington, Ky.) were named to the Honor Roll.  

Chapple posted the second-highest, single-game passing mark in school history with 414 yards on just 23 completions in a 41-31 win at Cornell. Chapple threw three touchdown passes in a seven-minute stretch in the second half to bring Harvard back from a 24-20 deficit to lead 41-24. He totaled four scores through the air on his career day. His performance marks the 50th time in Ivy League history that a QB has thrown for at least 400 yards.

It marked the team's first 400-yard passing day since Nov. 2, 2002 when Neil Rose was 36 of 50 for 443 yards and 3 TD against Dartmouth.

Chapple had four favorite receivers, Sarkisian, Chris Lorditch, Cameron Brate and Kyle Juszczyk - all of whom had at least 80 receiving yards.

Sarkisian (7 receptions, 117 yards, 1 TD) and Lorditch (4 receptions, 103 yards) became the first Harvard receiving duo to go over 100 yards since Nov. 8, 2008  when Matt Luft (6 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD) and Levi Richards (7 receptions, 102 yards, 2 TD) did the trick against Columbia.

Sarkisian and Lorditch combined with freshman Seitu Smith III to become Harvard's first trio to have more than 100 all-purpose yards since that Nov. 8, 2008 game against Columbia when Luft, Richards and Adam Chrissis (10 run, 69 rec, 46 kr - 125 total) accomplished the feat.

Whitman meanwhile, becomes a rare offensive lineman appointee to the weekly honor roll. He is the first freshman offensive lineman to start under head coach Tim Murphy and he has played every snap thus far in 2011. More than that, he has been impenetrable; at Cornell he had 10 knock down blocks and did not surrender a pressure or knock down of Chapple.

Harvard returns home to The Stadium this weekend with a 1 p.m. kickoff against Bucknell.