Hodges Selected to 2014 BSN Preseason FCS All-America Team

Five Crimson student-athletes were also named to the BSN 2014 Preseason All-Ivy Football Team.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football rising senior Zach Hodges has been named to Beyond Sports Network (BSN) Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-America second team, the organization announced Tuesday.

Offensive lineman Nick Easton, cornerback Norman Hayes, quarterback Conner Hempel, Hodges and running back Paul Stanton Jr., were also named to the BSN All-Ivy League team.  

A native of Atlanta, Ga., Hodges was the recipient of the 2013 Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. He tied for the conference lead with 6.5 sacks and was second in the conference with 11.5 tackles for a loss en route to a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team. Hodges helped Harvard rank seventh in the nation in rush defense, as the Crimson allowed only 97.3 years per game on the ground. He heads into his senior season fifth in school history with 18.5 sacks, only 2.0 behind the all-time program leader (Chris Smith '98 – 20.5).

Easton, a Lenoir, N.C., product, earned All-Ivy first team honors a season ago after playing both guard and center for the Crimson offense. Easton helped Harvard score 371 points and establish a new program record with a 67.0 percent passing completion rate.

Hayes, also a College Football Performance Awards (CPFA) FCS Defensive Back Award Watch List honoree, was named to the All-Ivy League first team after recording 56 tackles during his junior season. He ranked tied for third in the conference with three forced fumbles and was tied for the team lead with two interceptions.

Hempel, also named to the CPFA FCS Quarterback Award Watch List, earned All-Ivy League honorable mention in 2013 after tossing for 1,866 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. A native of Union, Ky., Hempel completed 157 of 238 passes (.660) last fall, good for the third best completion rate for a single-season in school history.

Stanton, a Kenner, La., product, was named to the All-Ivy League second team last fall after ranking third in the conference with 936 rushing yards. He also scored 17 touchdowns, including 15 on the ground which ranked third most for a single-season in school history.