Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Crimson Ranked Second in Preseason Poll

For the second time in the last six years, the Harvard Crimson were picked to finish second behind the University of Pennsylvania Quakers in the annual Ivy League preseason media poll. The Harvard Crimson received two first place votes and 118 points overall, putting the squad 11 points behind the Quakers, but well ahead of rivals Yale and Brown in the polling.

12 of the 17 first-place votes went to the Quakers, who handily defeated the Crimson 34-14 last season at Franklin Field en route to an undefeated Ivy League campaign (9-1 overall). In 2011, the Quakers will be looking for their third consecutive Ivy League crown--a feat not accomplished since the Dartmouth Big Green swept the league from 1990-1992. The remaining three first place votes went to Brown (2) and Yale (1) respectively.

2011 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll
1. Penn (12) 129
2. Harvard (2) 118
3. Yale (1) 95
4. Brown (2) 90
5. Dartmouth 73
6. Columbia 45
7. Cornell 31
Princeton 31

Other Harvard Football News and Notes:

Jon Poppe is the newest assistant coach on the Crimson staff. The 2007 graduate of Williams College will work primarily with the secondary. Poppe is taking over the position from Dave Borgonzi, who recently accepted a position with the Dallas Cowboys. Before joining the Crimson Poppe most recently spent a year as a coach with the Holy Cross Crusaders.

The Harvard Crimson have been ranked 24th in College Sporting News's FCS Preseason Poll. The Penn Quakers, ranked 15th, were the only other Ivy League team to make the Top 25. Another former Harvard foe, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, also fared well (16th).

Harvard defensive tackle Josue Ortiz has been named by College Sporting News as preseason third-team All America. The returning senior led the Ivy League during the 2010 campaign in both sacks (7.5) and tackles for a loss (13.5). Ortiz had already been named preseason All-America by College Football Preview, and is one of eight Crimson players to be named preseason All-Ivy League.

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