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Juszczyk Leads 2012 Preseason Accolades for Harvard Football

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Six Harvard football players have already received preseason accolades with mentions on various "watch lists" and All-America teams.

Harvard, which has had at least one All-American in each of the last 13 years, has been prominently featured with its incredible duo at tight end in Kyle Juszczyk and Cam Brate. Juszczyk has been named to preseason All-America teams by The Sports Network (TSN) and Beyond College Sports Network (BCSN) as well as the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Watch List at tight end. Brate meanwhile, has earned honorable mention All-America mention from BCSN.    

Juszczyk, a second team All-American in 2011, led all Ivy League tight ends and led Harvard receivers with 37 receptions, compiling 512 yards and seven touchdowns. The seven TDs tied for the team lead as well as the most among Ivy tight ends.

His versatility often provided matchups problems for opposing teams as the 6 foot 3, 240-pound Juszczyk played virtually every down and lined up at H-back, tight end, slot and wide receiver positions. He also played on all special teams.

He caught passes in every game and had two-touchdown games against Bucknell and Columbia. He had seven catches against the Lions for a career-best 118 yards while also catching seven passes for 107 yards at Yale.  

Brate caught 25 passes and was second on the team in yards per reception at 15.4 while tying Juszczyk with seven touchdowns. He caught at least one pass in every game and had a string of five consecutive games with a score.

Seitu Smith II has also received preseason accolades with his selection to the BCSN first team at kickoff returner and mention from CFPA Watch List at kickoff return and all-purpose yards. As a freshman, Smith II had a record-setting year with 658 kickoff return yards and a 29.9 yard-per-return average highlighted by a 91-yard return for a touchdown against Bucknell.

Jack Holuba earned honorable mention All-America status from BCSN and seniors Alexander Norman and Jacob Dombrowski were included in the CFPA Watch List at linebacker and punter, respectively. Norman collecting 40 tackles with five for a loss in 2011 while Dombrowski averagewd 40.2 yards per punt in 2011 with 13 kicks pinned inside the 20 yard line.