Monday, October 24, 2011

Winters, Smith Receive Ivy League Honors

Crimson senior signalcaller Collier Winters has been named Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week for his outstanding performance this past Saturday against the Princeton Tigers. Returning from a hamstring injury sustained against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the first week of the 2011 campaign, Winters churned out a career best 403 yards and 5 TD's (plus a sixth on the ground) in a crazy 56-39 win. With Saturday's performance, Winters becomes only the third QB in Harvard history to throw for 5 touchdowns in a single game--a mark also tied one week earlier by Colton Chapple. Winters was nearly unstoppable on the day, completing 34 of 42 pass attempts to nine different Crimson wide receivers. A Crimson player has now won Ivy Offensive Player of the Week honors for the past three weeks--twice for Colton Chapple and once for Collier Winters.

Harvard Freshman Seitu Smith III was also tabbed for Ivy League Special Teams and Co-Ivy League Rookie of the Week Honors. After posting an incredible 91 yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the Bucknell Bison last week, Smith put up 220 all-purpose yards against the Tigers. Clifton Dawson '07, one of the greatest running backs in Harvard history, was the last freshman with over 200 all-purpose yards. Smith has consistently helped to ensure the Crimson good field position, averaging a fourth-in-the-nation 31 yards per return on kickoffs.

Linebacker Josh Boyd also received an Honor Roll mention for his career-high 17 tackles and a fumble recovery.

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