Harvard: 3 things to watch for as the Crimson kick off camp

The Harvard Crimson opened camp this weekend and as usual, expectations are high in Cambridge.

The Crimson were picked to finish first in the Ivy League preseason poll. Harvard returns several key starters on both sides of the ball most notably running back Aidan Borguet, offensive lineman Spencer Rolland, defensive tackle Truman Jones and linebacker Jack McGowan.

Harvard would have won a share of the Ivy League title last season but a controversial call in the Princeton game cost them a shot at it.

Here are three things we’ll be watching in Crimson camp.

1. Quarterback competition: We have yet another quarterback competition here in New England. Tim Murphy and his staff have to evaluate and decide between senior Luke Emge, junior Conor Easthope and senior Charlie Dean. Both played last season and both do some things well but neither separated themselves in the spring. Senior Curt Casteel will also be in the mix, especially if neither of the presumptive favorites separate themselves in camp.

2. Front seven on D: Harvard will have one of the best front seven groups at the FCS level. Led by defensive lineman Truman Jones and linebackers Jack McGowan and Matt Hudson, this unit has a chance to be really good. This group only allowed 64 yards per game rushing last season.

3. Finding another running back: Harvard operates at their best offensively when they have two backs that they can depend on. Borguet is certainly capable of being a workhorse but Coach Murphy likes to spread the wealth. Juniors Malik Frederick and Israel Benjamin are two running backs we will be watching when it comes to who gets carries.

Final Analysis: The Crimson along with Dartmouth and Princeton are the clear cut favorites in the Ivy League this season. Tim Murphy knows of course that means nothing if you don’t care of business when it counts. This Harvard team is talented and more than capable of not only winning the league but also running the table.