Harvard Places 17 on All-Ivy League Football List
PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard defensive tackle Josue Ortiz, defensive back Matthew Hanson, linebacker Alex Gedeon, offensive tackle Kevin Murphy and tight end Kyle Juszczyk were all named to the All-Ivy League first team in an announcement made Tuesday afternoon by the league office. In all, Ivy League-champion Harvard had 17 players earn All-Ivy League accolades.
There were just five unanimous selections in the coaches' selections with two on defense being Harvard's Ortiz and Hanson.
In addition to its five first team selections, Harvard had six players named to the second team and six to the honorable mention team.
Named to the second team were offensive lineman Jack Holuba, running back Treavor Scales, quarterback Collier Winters, tight end Cameron Brate, defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu and cornerback Brian Owusu.
Ortiz, who Monday night earned Harvard's Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as Harvard's most valuable player, was a unanimous choice among the coaches after leading the Ivy League with 10 solo sacks. He ranked fourth in the league with 14.5 tackles for a loss and had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
Hanson, another unanimous choice by the coaches, earned his biggest compliments throughout the season as opposing coaches routinely stayed away from his side of the field. Still, Hanson led the league in pass breakups with 10.
Gedeon turned in another tremendous season as the 138th captain. He led the team and ranked second in the Ivy League with 92 tackles while forcing five turnovers with three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Gedeon's final interception of the year came on his final defensive snap against Yale, returning it 35 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.
Murphy started every game over the past two seasons and led an otherwise young but dominant offensive line in 2011. Harvard ranked third nationally in scoring offense at 34.7 points per game while setting a modern-day record for points in a season and also ranking as the nation's sixth-most efficient team in passing.
Juszczyk led all tight ends and led Harvard receivers with 37 receptions, compiling 512 yards and seven touchdowns. The seven TDs tied Brate for the team lead as well as the most among Ivy tight ends. For his part, Brate had 25 catches for 386 yards, ranking second on the Crimson in yards per catch at 15.4.
Winters set Harvard's single-season record for completion percentage at nearly 59 percent. He will graduate in fourth place on Harvard's all-time touchdown passing list with 33 to go with 15 additional rushing TDs. He is fifth on the all-time passing yardage list at 4,347 yards and is also fifth in total offense at 5,008 yards.
Harvard ranked sixth nationally in passing efficiency. While the skill players take much of the spotlight, Murphy solidified a young offensive line along with Holuba who was in his first year as a starter at the center position.
A deep group at running back meant fewer carries for Scales than other backs of his caliber around the country but the Stone Mountain, Ga. native continued to produce, chewing up over 4.8 yards per carry and eight touchdowns with 816 yards on just 170 carries,
Leading the way as a deep threat was Lorditch, who finished his career as one of just eight Harvard men to record 100 career receptions (101). A true deep threat that stretched defenses, his 15.9 yard-per-reception average is second all-time at Harvard. He caught 35 passes in 2011 for 545 yards (15.6 ypc) and two touchdowns.
Obukwelu helped to anchor Harvard's stout defensive line in his first year as a starter. The junior had 24 tackles including 4.5 for a loss and one sack. Lyon, an athletic end, produced consistently and finished in a tie for second on the team with three QB sacks to go with five QB hurries.
Owusu came back from a knee injury in 2010 to start all 10 games at cornerback. He continued to improve each week and ranked third on the Harvard team with 44 tackles while factoring in five turnovers with two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a recovery.
Boyd had a tremendous year at middle linebacker, placing second on the team in tackles with 64 despite only starting five games. Norman meanwhile, started seven games and proved to be a versatile backer capable of playing numerous positions. Norman had 40 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, recovered a fumble and returned an interception for a touchdown.
Minamide moved from cornerback to safety this season and responded in key situations, intercepting a pair of passes in the end zone early in the year. He finished with 37 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, one forced fumble and the two picks.
Dombrowski had a fine year for the Crimson, leading the league with nine punts of 50 yards or more. In all, he ranked second at 40.2 yards per kick, pinning 13 inside the opposing 20 and forcing 21 fair catches.
Harvard went 9-1 overall and undefeated in the Ivy League, defeating Yale, 45-7 to earn its 10th victory over the Bulldogs in the last 11 years while recording the widest margin of victory since 1982. The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 11th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons.
All nine of Harvard's victories came by double figures with eight of the wins coming by at least 14 points.
Harvard's senior class went undefeated against five of the Ivy League's seven programs including Yale and Princeton.
The 2011 Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards (Asa Bushnell Cup) will be presented Dec. 5 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York, N.Y.
2011 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Jack Templeton, Brown (Jr., OL, Ramsey, N.J.)
Jeff Adams, Columbia (Sr., OL, Western Springs, Ill.)
Ryan O'Neill, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Orland Park, Ill.)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard (Sr., OT, San Clemente, Calif.)
*Greg Van Roten, Penn (Sr., OL, Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (So., QB, Camarillo, Calif.)
*Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth (Sr., RB, Norton, Mass.)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Jr., H-Back, Medina, Ohio)
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
Shane Savage, Cornell (Sr., WR, Leesburg, Va.)
Ryan Calvert, Penn (Sr., WR, Studio City, Calif.)
John Gallagher, Dartmouth (Sr., TE, Salem, Ore.)
Kyle Rettig, Brown (Sr., DL, Clearwater, Fla.)
*Josue Ortiz, Harvard (Sr., DL, Avon Park, Fla.)
Eddie Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., DL, Louisville, Ky.)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Jr., DL, Sykesville, Md.)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Jr., DL, Bronx, N.Y.)
Brett Wyman, Brown (Sr., LB, Bridgewater, Mass.)
Alex Gedeon, Harvard (Sr., LB, Hudson, Ohio)
*Erik Rask, Penn (Sr., LB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Haynes, Yale (Sr., LB, Folsom, Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Jr., DB, Lake Forest, Calif.)
Stephen Peyton, Brown (Sr., FS, Woodland, Calif.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., CB, Hialeah, Fla.)
*Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Sr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)
Brad Greenway, Cornell (Sr., PK, Encinitas, Calif.)
Nathan Lovett, Brown (Sr., P, East Providence, R.I.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., RS, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., RS, Hialeah, Fla.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Jr., OL, Akron, N.Y.)
Austen Fletcher, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Jr., OL, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Matt Allen, Princeton (Sr., OL, Tulsa, Okla.)
Jack Geiger, Brown (Sr., OL, Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Gabriel Fernandez, Yale (Sr., OL, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Collier Winters, Harvard (Sr., QB, Claremore, Okla.)
Trevor Scales, Harvard (Jr., RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Alex Thomas, Yale (Sr., RB, Ansonia, Conn.)
Alexander Tounkara-Kone, Brown (Sr., WR, Staten Island, N.Y.)
Kurt Ondash, Cornell (Jr., WR, New Canaan, Conn.)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., WR, Midlothian, Va.)
Cameron Brate, Harvard (So., TE, Naperville, Ill.)
Clayton McGrath, Brown (Sr., DL, Longmeadow, Mass.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DT, Brockton, Mass.)
Jared Sholly, Penn (Sr., DL, Clear Lake, Iowa)
Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL, Bayville, N.Y.)
Jake Stoller, Yale (Sr., DL, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Jr., LB, Aurora, Colo.)
Steven Cody, Princeton (Sr., LB, Midlothian, Va.)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Jr., LB, Plainfield, Ill.)
Will McHale, Yale (Jr., LB, Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Daniel Smithwick, Brown (Sr., DB, Danville, Calif.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., CB, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Brian Owusu, Harvard (Jr., DB, Oxnard, Calif.)
Matt Hamscher, Penn (Sr., DB, Whitehall, Pa.)
Drew Baldwin, Yale (Sr., DB, Alexandria, Va.)
Patrick Jacob, Princeton (Sr., PK, Solon, Ohio)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Jr., P, Edwards, Ill.)
Gio Christodoulou, Yale (Sr., RS, Miami)
Chris Smith, Yale (So., RS, Midlothian, Va.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Scott Ward, Columbia (Jr., OT, Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Kyle Cook, Dartmouth (Sr., OT, Anaheim, Calif.)
Jon Bonadies, Penn (Jr., OL, Leonia, N.J.)
Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Brown (Sr., QB, Gilbert, Ariz.)
Sean Brackett, Columbia (Jr., QB, Brooklyn, Conn.)
Patrick Witt, Yale (Sr., QB, Wylie, Texas)
Mark Kachmer, Brown (Jr., RB, Wheaton, Ill.)
Brandon Colavita, Penn (Jr., RB, Sewell, N.J.)
Luke Tasker, Cornell (Jr., WR, East Aurora, N.Y.)
Chris Lorditch, Harvard (Sr., WR, Chalfront, Pa.)
Deon Randall, Yale (So., WR, San Diego)
Hamilton Garner, Columbia (So., TE, Duluth, Ga.)
Ryan Houska, Cornell (Sr., TE, Plymouth, Mich.)
Luke Nawrocki, Penn (Sr., TE, Syosset, N.Y.)
Zack Imhoff, Cornell (Sr., DE, Cincinnati)
John Lyon, Harvard (Jr., DE, Durham, N.C.)
Matthew O'Donnell, Brown (Sr., LB, Tipton, Iowa)
Brandon Lainhart, Cornell (Sr., LB, Cincinnati)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (So., LB, Los Angeles)
Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Jr., LB, Hyde Park, Mass.)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Jr., LB, Lewisville, Texas)
Joey Casey, Dartmouth (Sr., DB, Noblesville, Ind.)
Dan Minamide, Harvard (Sr., DB, Escondido, Calif.)
Foley Schmidt, Dartmouth (Sr., PK, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Jr., P, Gaylord, Mich.)