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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five Harvard football players earned unanimous selections to the All-Ivy League first team, and the Crimson earned a total of 19 nods to the all-conference squad, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.
Freshman wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley was the unanimous choice for Ivy Rookie of the Year, while senior offensive linemen Anthony Fabiano and Cole Toner, senior running back Paul Stanton, Jr., senior tight end Ben Braunecker and senior defensive back Sean Ahern were also unanimously selected to the All-Ancient Eight first team.
Shelton-Mosley was also tabbed to the first team as a return specialist, while senior offensive lineman Adam Redmond, senior quarterback Scott Hosch and senior linebacker Eric Medes rounded out the first-team honorees.
The Crimson earned nine spots on the All-Ivy second team including sophomore offensive lineman Larry Allen, Jr., junior offensive lineman Max Rich, junior tight end Anthony Firkser senior wide receiver Andrew Fischer, senior defensive end James Duberg, senior linebackers Matt Koran and Jacob Lindsey and senior defensive back Chris Evans. Shelton-Mosley also received second-team accolades as a wide receiver. Senior defensive back Asante Gibson earned All-Ivy honorable mention.
Shelton-Mosley, who hails from Sacramento, California, capped his season by winning Ivy Rookie of the Week four-straight times, tying the conference record. He finished second on the Crimson with 40 catches for 589 yards and had six TD grabs on the year. Shelton-Mosley averaged 19.0 yards on punt returns, the highest single-season average in school history, and he led the conference in that category. On Nov. 7 at Columbia, he amassed 270 all-purpose yards, including eight receptions for 131 yards and a TD and an 86-yard punt return for a score. He also threw a TD pass this season, finding Firkser for a 28-yard strike vs. Penn Nov. 14. Shelton-Mosley is Harvard's first Rookie of the Year since 2009 (Treavor Scales '09). He was the only player in the FCS and one of only four players in Division I with a passing, rushing, receiving and punt return TD this fall.
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.
Fabiano, Redmond and Toner helped the Crimson average 36.4 points per game this fall, the highest mark in the Ivy League. Harvard also paced the Ancient Eight in total offense (474.2), passing offense (303.5) and rushing offense (170.7).
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. Toner was also a first-team nod last season.
A native of Strongsville, Ohio, Redmond, an All-Ancient Eight honorable mention pick last year, started all 10 games on Harvard's offensive line and was tabbed to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team.
Fabiano, a Wakefield, Massachusetts product, was an All-Ivy honorable mention choice in 2014 and started all seven games he appeared in this fall.
One of the most prolific running backs in school history, Stanton, Jr., a native of Kenner, Louisiana, ranks second in the Harvard record books with 38 career touchdowns and 36 career rushing scores. He is also fourth with 2,906 career yards and third with 228 career points. He led the Ivy League in rushing this season with 809 yards on the ground and finished with nine TDs. Stanton was an All-Ivy first-team pick last year and a second-team choice in 2013.
Braunecker, who hails from Ferdinand, Indiana, made 48 receptions for 860 yards and eight TDs on the year, leading Harvard in all categories. His 850 receiving yards ranked sixth-most for a single-season in school history and he grabbed catches for two TDs in the victory over Yale Nov. 21.
A CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team choice, Medes, who was an Al-Ancient Eight second-team selection last fall and is from Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, was third on the Crimson with 59 tackles and was tied for the team lead with 6.0 tackles for a loss.
Ahern, who hails from Cincinnati, Ohio, ranked first in the Ivy League and 13th in the nation with two blocked kicks this season. Ahern, who was elected Harvard's 143rd captain Monday, 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. Ahern was also an All-Ivy first-team pick in 2014.
Allen, a product of Danville, California, played in all 10 games this fall, while Rich, a native of Portland, Oregon, also saw action in all 10 games for Harvard's stellar offensive line.
Firkser, who hails from Manalapan, New Jersey, also earned All-Ivy second-team honors last year. He made 22 catches for 372 yards and finished with three touchdown receptions in 2015.
Fischer 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, Calif., product made 32 catches for 465 yards and had a TD in the win over Princeton Oct. 24. Fischer was an All-Ancient Eight second-team choice a year ago.
A defensive end from Chula Vista, California, Duberg, who garnered All-Ivy honorable mention last fall, played in nine games, registering 16 tackles and four quarterback hurries.
Koran, Harvard's 142nd captain, was second on the team with 60 tackles and was third with 5.5 tackles for a loss. A Joliet, Illinois native, Koran ranked second in the Ivy League with two fumble recoveries, including a key one in the fourth quarter in the crucial win over Dartmouth Oct. 30.
A native of Cleves, Ohio, Lindsey, who was also a second-team pick last season, paced Harvard with 72 tackles and was tied for the team lead with 6.0 tackles for a loss. In The Game, Lindsey led the way with 11 stops at Yale.
Evans, an All-Ivy honorable mention nod last year, 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 victory over Dartmouth.
Gibson saw action in nine games and finished tied for fourth on the Crimson with 37 tackles, while pacing the squad with two interceptions. Gibson, who hails from Chula Vista, California, broke up two passes in the season finale at Yale.
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.