Harvard's Winters Named Ivy League Player of the Week; Smith III Earns Top Special Teams & Rookie Honors Again
PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard senior quarterback Collier Winters (Claremore, Okla.) has been named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week while Seitu Smith III (Deerfield Beach, Fla.) has been named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week and co-Rookie of the Week.
Junior linebacker Joshua Boyd (Hyde Park, Mass.) was named to the Honor Roll.
Harvard has had a lock on the league's offensive player of the week award for the past three weeks as junior QB Colton Chapple (Alpharetta, Ga.) earned to honors Oct. 10 and 17.
Making his first start since Week One, Winters passed for 403 yards, five touchdowns and rushed for a score to lead Harvard to a 56-39 win against rival Princeton. He had passing scores of 29, 53, 16 and two 17-yard touchdowns for the Crimson, which has had two different quarterbacks throw for five touchdowns in consecutive games. Winters also scored on a 1-yard run to give Harvard a 7-6 lead in the first quarter.
Winters' 403 passing yards against Princeton marked just the fourth 400-yard game at Harvard but second this season (Colton Chapple - 414 at Cornell). His 34 completions (42 att) ranks second on the single-game list (Neil Rose'03 - 36).
Harvard QBs have thrown 20 TD passes entering Saturday. The single-season record is 21, set in 2003. Harvard ranks second nationally in TDs per game (Lehigh).
Harvard has scored at least 40 points in three straight games, marking the first such occurrence since 1932.
With 220 against Princeton, Seitu Smith III became the first Harvard freshman to surpass 200 all-purpose yards since Clifton Dawson '07 did so in 2003 with 257 against Dartmouth.
Smith is currently ranked fourth nationally in kickoff return average at better than 31 yards per touch.
Boyd has stepped into the linebacking rotation full-time following a season-ending injury to Blaise Deal. Boyd, who saw regular time before Deal's injury, had a career-high 17 tackles and a fumble recovery against Princeton and is the team's second-leading tackler (49).
Harvard returns home to The Stadium this weekend with a 6 p.m. kickoff against Dartmouth in a game that will be aired live on Fox College Sports Atlantic.