PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard placed 10 players on the All-Ivy League first team and had 19 players selected overall in an announcement made Tuesday afternoon by the league office.
There were just eight unanimous selections in the coaches' selections with three Harvard players among the select group; junior linebacker Joshua Boyd, senior H-Back Kyle Juszczyk and junior tight end Cameron Brate.
Also named to the first team were senior offensive linemen John Collins and Jack Holuba, senior running back Treavor Scales, senior quarterback Colton Chapple, sophomore defensive end Zach Hodges, senior punter Jacob Dombrowski and junior place kicker David Mothander.
The Ivy League will announce finalists for its Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards on Tuesday, Nov. 27.
In addition to its 10 first team selections, Harvard had six players named to the second team and three to the honorable mention team.
Named to the second team were sophomore left tackle Anthony Fabiano, junior defensive tackle Nnamdi Obukwelu, senior defensive end John Lyon, senior linebacker Alexander Norman, sophomore defensive back Norman Hayes and junior defensive back Chris Splinter.
The Ivy League coaches showered praise on Harvard's two-headed tight end monster of Juszczyk and Brate, appropriately creating an H-Back position to more accurately reflect Juszczyk's positioning during the season while acknowledging Brate's impact as well.
Juszczyk, a 2011 All-American, led the Ivy League with eight touchdown receptions and led a potent Harvard team with 52 catches for 706 yards (13.6 ypc). For his career, he set the mark for all Harvard tight ends with 125 catches for 1,576 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Brate meanwhile, recorded 41 catches for 592 yards (14.4 ypc) and six touchdowns.
Boyd led Harvard's defense while ranking eighth in the Ivy League with 67 tackles despite missing nearly two games with a shoulder injury. He forced two fumbles, had five tackles for a loss and had five pass breakups as arguably the league's hardest hitter.
Chapple, who Monday night earned Harvard's Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as Harvard's most valuable player, finished the regular season as the second-rated passer in the country. He achieved single-season records for touchdown passes, totaling 24 touchdown passes to surpass the previous high-water mark of 18. He also set the single-season record for total offense, accounting for nearly 320 yards of offense per game, on 66 percent passing while rushing for 602 yards and nine touchdowns. For his career, he recorded five games with at least four touchdown passes – no other Harvard QB has more than two such performances (Ryan Fitzpatrick.)
Collins and Holuba were centerpieces to a Harvard offense that ranked fourth nationally in scoring offense with an Ivy-League record 39.4 points per game. Harvard ranked fourth nationally at over 487 yards of offense per game and was incredibly consistent with both the rushing and passing games ranking among the top 20 nationally. Collins, an All-America candidate, did not allow a sack this season while playing both left guard and right tackle, and graded out at or above 90 percent in all 10 games. Holuba missed nearly three league games due to injury but was such a force at the center position that he earned the first team nod.
Scales capped an impressive career with a 63 yard touchdown on his final collegiate carry to solidify Harvard's 34-24 win over Yale in the 129th playing of The Game. The run pushed him over the 1,000-yard barrier for the first time in his career, making him the only Ivy Leaguer to reach the milestone this season. His 13 rushing touchdowns led the league by a wide margin. For his career, he gained over 2,800 hundred yards on the ground, 3,000 yards from scrimmage and scored 29 touchdowns – the second most rushing TDs in school history.
Mothander set a single-season record with 52 point after conversations, topping his 2011 mark of 48. He was also 6-of-8 on field goals including two important makes against Yale that propelled him to Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Dombrowski led the Ivy League and ranked eighth nationally in punting average at 44.0 yards per kick to set a single-season record for Harvard. He pinned 11 kicks inside the 20 yard line and forced 20 fair catches.
Hodges established himself as an aggressive force on the defensive line. He led the Ivy League and ranked eighth nationally in tackles for a loss with 16 (1.6 per game) while ranking second in the league and seventh nationally in sacks with nine.
Obukwelu and Lyon narrowly missed out on first team honors on a deep Harvard front line. Lyon ranked 18th nationally with 7.5 sacks as part of 10 tackles for a loss. Obukwelu had 37 tackles from the tackle position with 7.5 coming behind the line including 3.5 sacks. Norman capped a fine career with 43 tackles, two interceptions, four breakups and 2.5 tackles for a loss. Splinter led the Ivy League with five interceptions for 103 yards while adding five pass breakups and 26 tackles. Hayes burst onto the scene as one of the hardest-hitting defensive backs in the league with 40 tackles (28 solo) and seven pass breakups.
Monroe led Harvard with nine pass breakups and ranked second on the team with 45 tackles including 27 solo efforts. Schneider missed the final three games of the year with a broken arm but still recorded 43 tackles including 5.5 for a loss and four pass breakups. Sickle also capped a fine career, starting all 10 games at defensive end with 25 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Harvard went 8-2 overall and defeated Yale, 34-24 to earn a program-record sixth straight win over the Bulldogs as well as the 11th victory over the Elis in the last 12 years. The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 12th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons.
The 2012 Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year awards (Asa Bushnell Cup) will be presented Dec. 3 at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York, N.Y.
2012 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL POSTSEASON AWARDS
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Dalyn WIlliams, Dartmouth (Fr., QB - Corinth, Texas)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Nathan Bernstein, Brown (Sr., OL - Charlotte, N.C.)
Cole Hooper, Brown (Sr., OL - Oklahoma City)
*J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Sr., OL - Akron, N.Y.)
|Rob Bathe, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - Plymouth, Minn.)
John Collins, Harvard (Sr., OL - Hull, Mass.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Sr., OL - Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Joe Bonadies, Penn (Sr., OL - Leonia, N.J.)
Colton Chapple, Harvard (Sr., QB - Alpharetta, Ga.)
Marcorus Garrett, Columbia (Jr., RB - Marietta, Ga.)
*Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Sr., H-Back - Medina, Ohio)
Treavor Scales, Harvard (Sr., RB - Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RB - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
*Luke Tasker, Cornell (Sr., WR - East Aurora, N.Y.)
Michael Reilly, Dartmouth (Sr., WR - Denver)
*Cameron Brate, Harvard (Jr., TE - Naperville, Ill.)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Sr., DL - Aurora, Colo.)
Zach Hodges, Harvard (So., DL - Atlanta)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Sr., DL - Sykesville, Md.)
*Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL - Bayville, N.Y.)
*Caraun Reid, Princeton (Sr., DL - Bronx, N.Y.)
Stephen Zambetti, Brown (Sr., LB - Germantown, Tenn.)
Michael Runger, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Lisle, Ill.)
*Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Jr., LB - Hyde Park, Mass.)
Daniel Davis, Penn (So., LB - Norman, Okla.)
*A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., DB - Lake Forest, Calif.)
Garrett Waggoner, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Sarasota, Fla.)
Sebastian Jaskowski, Penn (Jr., DB - Moorestown, N.J.)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Fr., DB - Columbus, N.J.)
David Mothander, Harvard (Jr., PK - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Sr., P - Gaylord, Mich.)
Scott Lopano, Penn (Sr., P - Southlake, Texas)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (Fr., RS - Columbus, N.J.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Anthony Fabiano, Harvard (So., OL - Wakefield, Mass.)
Christopher Bush, Penn (Sr., OL - Westwood, N.J.)
Michael Piniciotti, Penn (Sr., OL - West Chester, Pa.)
Spenser Huston, Princeton (So., OL - Summit, N.J.)
Roy Collins, Yale (Sr., OT - Carbondale, Ill.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Jr., QB - Camarillo, Calif.)
Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Jr., RB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Lyle Marsh, Penn (Sr., RB - Bethel Park, Pa.)
Tellef Lundevall, Brown (Sr., WR - Highland Park, Ill.)
Grant Gellatly, Cornell (Jr., WR - Iaaaquah, Wash.)
Conner Scott, Penn (Jr., WR - Kenilworth, Ill.)
Roman Wilson, Princeton (Jr., WR - Broken Arrow, Okla.)
Mark Hayes, Princeton (Sr., TE - Tulsa, Okla.)
Ross Walthall, Brown (Sr., DL - Carmel, Ind.)
Michael Yules, Brown (Sr., DL - South Dartmouth, Mass.)
Teddy Reed, Dartmouth (Sr., DL - Boxford, Mass.)
John Lyon, Harvard (Sr., DL - Durham, N.C.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DL - Brockton, Mass.)
Zach Olinger, Columbia (Jr., LB - Hoover, Ala.)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (Jr., LB - Los Angeles)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Sr., LB - Lewisville, Texas)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Sr., LB - Plainfield, Ill.)
Emery Polley, Brown (Jr., DB - University Heights, Ohio)
Norman Hayes, Harvard (So., DB - Tucker, Ga.)
Chris Splinter, Harvard (Jr., DB - Middleton, Mass.)
Dave Twamley, Penn (Sr., DB - Princeton Junction, Mass.)
Dan Wilk, Penn (Jr., DB - Bethlehem, Pa.)
Alexander Norocea, Brown (Jr., PK - Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Sr., P - Edwards, Ill.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Sr., RS - Lake Forest, Calif.)
Tyler Varga, Yale (So., RS - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Daniel Austin, Brown (Jr., OL - Franklin, Tenn.)
Patrick Lahey, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - North Andover, Mass.)
Wes Gavin, Yale (Jr., OL - San Diego)
John Oppenheimer, Yale (Jr., C - Menlo Park, Calif.)
Billy Ragone, Penn (Sr., QB - Chesire, Conn.)
Mordecai Cargill, Yale (Sr., RB - Cleveland)
Ryan McManus, Dartmouth (So., WR - Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Grant Sickle, Harvard (Sr., DL - Jupiter, Fla.)
Adewole Oyalowo, Brown (Jr., LB - Bowie, Md.)
Mike Waller, Columbia (Sr., LB - Wayne, N.J.)
Brett Buehler, Cornell (Jr., LB - Dublin, Ohio)
Bobby Schneider, Harvard (Sr., LB - Grapevine, Texas)
Tim Kingsbury, Princeton (Sr., LB - Palos Park, Ill.)
D.J. Monroe, Harvard (Jr., DB - Columbia, S.C.)
Phillip Bhaya, Princeton (Jr., DB - Haddonfield, N.J.)
Collin Bibb, Yale (Sr., DB - San Antonio, Texas)
Connor Loftus, Penn (So., PK - Villa Park, Calif.)
* Unanimous Selection