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Harvard's Josue Ortiz Named New England Senior Player of the Year

BOSTON, Mass. – Harvard's Josue Ortiz is the recipient of the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award, presented by the New England Football Writers Association. The Agganis Award is presented annually to the most outstanding senior football player in New England.

Earlier this week, Ortiz was the recipient of the Asa S. Buchnell Cup as the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Year in a ceremony at New York's Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.

Ortiz is the fourth Harvard player to earn the award since its inception in 1966. Carl Morris (2002), Pat McInally (1974) and Bobby Leo (1966) are the others.

Ortiz was honored as part of the Association's Awards and Captains Banquet December 8 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass. 

Ortiz was a unanimous choice among the Ivy coaches after leading the 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. A 2010 Associated Press All-American, Ortiz earned Harvard's team MVP honors.

Ortiz was also named to the All-New England first team as the lone repeat performer from 2010.