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Tim Murphy Quotes From Ivy Football Teleconference

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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 81st season - begins at noon and features head coaches, players and administrators from around the region from all levels of NCAA competition. For the first time, this year's event will be streamed live via the web on GoCrimson.com.

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.

Tim Murphy Quotes from the weekly Ivy League Teleconference
Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009 

Harvard Head Coach Tim Murphy opening statement:
We had a very solid road win against Cornell. It was our second long trip back-to-back with Lehigh included. Our kids responded with a lot of energy and maturity. We got balanced output and all-in-all played a very solid game.

On the impact of freshman Treavor Scales at running back:
Anytime that you have a freshman getting sign time and playing at a high level, you're happy as a coach. Treavor's a tough kid, smart and very elusive. He gives a nice dimension

On earning his 100th career victory on the Harvard sidelines:
It means I'm not a kid anymore certainly. We're in "human resources" industry (as coaches), and it just means that you've been surrounded by a lot of quality players and outstanding assistant coaches. We now have former assistant coaches in the National Football League, the SEC, ACC, Big East and they all contributed to those victories.

On the impact of Collier Winters at quarterback:
"I think Collier's been very effective. Like a lot of young quarterbacks it has changed from game to game. He's a very tough kid. We were more run oriented in our game plan against Cornell and Lehigh but now that we know we can run a balanced offense, we can take advantage of all his skills. When he's needed to, he's played very well.

On keys to the Lafayette Game:
The biggest key is turnover ratio. It's something we've done a good job with in the past. We've had three total turnovers in the first four games and that's solid with a young QB. Our defense has started to put more pressure on teams as well. If we take care of the football were going to be in good shape. Our special teams have improved in that area progress, I think that's helped us early in the season.

On Harvard's 41-1 Record While Leading at Halftime and the keys to maintaining halftime leads:
I'm not sure that I have anything original to add on that statistic. When you have a lead, you still have to make adjustments or you're not going to maintain that lead in the fourth quarter. It's all about players, we've had good players and we've been a good finishing team. We talk about that a lot with our players and coaches. When we get in the fourth quarter, we're going to find a way to finish well to protect leads.

On Harvard's success in running the ball:
It (the running game) works both ways. If you look at the best teams at any level, they can stop the run on defense and they can run the ball. You have to do those things. If you can do that, you feel like you are a solid football team.