Sean Ahern will serve as the 143rd captain of Harvard football in 2016 (Gil Talbot).
BOSTON – At the annual Harvard football banquet hosted by the Harvard Club of Boston, and in front of a record 388 attendees, senior quarterback Scott Hosch was named as the winner of the Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as the most valuable player of the 2015 Harvard football team, as chosen by his teammates.
Defensive back Sean Ahern was elected by his teammates as the 143rd captain for the 2016 season, as announced by Tim Murphy, The Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. Also at the banquet, the other recipients of the 2015 team awards were announced.
Senior defensive back Chris Evans was given the fourth annual Joe Restic Award for leadership, scholarship and integrity.
Scott Peters, a senior safety, was presented with the Henry H. Lamar Award for dedication; senior captain and linebacker Matt Koran received the Robert F. Kennedy Award for desire and determination; senior offensive lineman Cole Toner earned the Joseph E. Wolf Award as the team's outstanding interior lineman and senior wide receiver Andrew Fischer and senior offensive lineman Adam Redmond gained the William Paine LaCroix Trophy for enthusiasm, sportsmanship and loyalty.
Hosch set the Harvard single-season passing record by tossing for 2,827 yards this fall. His 22 TDs was the second most for a single-year in program history and he finished eighth in the Crimson record books with 4,255 career passing yards and tied for sixth with 30 career touchdown passes. Hosch, a native of Sugar Hill, Georgia, totaled 3,033 yards as a senior, good for second most in school history and he finished his career fourth in career completion percentage (.619) and ninth in career total offense (4,567). Hosch was 15-1 as the Harvard starting quarterback over the last two seasons.
Ahern, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, ranked first in the Ivy League and 13th in the nation with two blocked kicks this season. He stood sixth on the Crimson with 34 tackles and added 3.0 tackles for a loss. In the 38-19 win over Yale in The Game Nov. 21, Ahern recorded seven tops and broke up a pass.
Evans registered 10 tackles and four pass breakups in 10 games this fall. Evans, a product of Plainsboro, New Jersey, recorded a season-high seven stops in the 14-13 win over Dartmouth Oct. 30.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Peters made 37 tackles during his senior campaign, good for tied for fourth most on the Crimson. Peters blocked a punt, which was returned for a touchdown by teammate Kolbi Brown in the 41-10 win at Rhode Island Sept. 19, and made a season-high eight tackles in the 24-16 victory at Columbia Nov. 8.
Koran was second on the team with 60 tackles and was third with 5.5 tackles for a loss. Harvard's 142nd captain, who hails from Joliet, Illinois, ranked second in the Ivy League with two fumble recoveries, including a key one in the fourth quarter in the crucial win over Dartmouth.
Toner, a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, or "Academic Heisman", given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service and on-field-performance, recently accepted an invitation for the Reese's Senior Bowl. A native of Greenwood, Indiana, he was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and started nine games this fall.
Fischer, last year's recipient of the Crocker Award as Team MVP, concluded his career seventh in school history with 119 career receptions for 1,491 receiving yards. He also stood fourth in program history with a 22.1 kick return average and first with an 11.3 punt return average for his career. This fall, the Diamond Bar, California product made 32 catches for 465 yards and had a TD in the win over Princeton Oct. 24.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Redmond started all 10 games on Harvard's offensive line and was tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team. Redmond helped the Crimson average 36.4 points per game this fall, the highest mark in the Ivy League.
Harvard finished 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League, earning a share of its third-straight conference championship. The Crimson posted a 5-0 record on the road, and the senior class will graduate with a record of 36-4, tying last year's class with the most victories for an Ancient Eight school in the Ivy era (since 1956). Harvard also defeated Yale for a series-record ninth-straight time.