The duo was pivotal in helping Harvard achieve a perfect 10-0 season (Gil Talbot).
NEW YORK – Harvard football defensive end Zack Hodges was named to the Associated Press (AP) FCS All-America second team and center Nick Easton was selected to the third team, announced on Wednesday by the organization.
Hodges, who received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Co-Defensive Player of the Year last week for the second-straight year, was also recently invited to the East-West Shrine Game, which will be held Jan. 17 in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the Senior Bowl a week later in Mobile, Alabama. Hodges is also this year's winner of the George "Bulger" Lowe Award, presented to the top defensive player in New England. He played in all 10 games this fall and recorded a league-best 8.5 sacks.
Hodges finished the year with 26 tackles and 10.0 stops for a loss, including 2.0 sacks in the win over Yale in 131st playing of The Game. He also recorded six tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for a loss against Cornell. Hodges helped the Crimson rank second in the nation in scoring defense (12.3 ppg) and fourth in rushing defense (86.8 ypg).
In addition to his third team AP All-America recognition, Easton was also named to the FCS North All-America first team and New England Football Writers' Associate All-New England team. He will participate in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on January 17 in Carson, California, and was named to the All-Ivy League first team for the second-consecutive season.
A native of Lenoir, North Carolina, Easton started all 10 games this season and helped Harvard rank among the nation's best in several statistical categories, including 15th in rushing offense (230.5 yards per game) and 19th in completion percentage (.643).
The Crimson posted its 17th perfect season, going 10-0 overall and 7-0 in conference play to capture its 16th Ivy League title, including its eighth under Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. The Crimson also defeated Yale for a program-record eighth-straight time.