Five Harvard Football Players Earn NEFWA All-New England Accolades

Five Harvard Football Players Earn NEFWA All-New England Accolades

Paul Stanton, Jr. finished his career with 38 touchdowns (Zack Williamson).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five Harvard football players were tabbed to the New England Football Writers' Association All-New England team, it was announced Tuesday.  

Senior offensive linemen Anthony Fabiano and Cole Toner, senior running back Paul Stanton, Jr., junior defensive back Sean Ahern and senior quarterback Scott Hosch were all named to the All-New England team. Hosch was previously selected as the Division I New England Player of the Year.

The group of Crimson players will be honored at the annual Awards and Captains Banquet, to be held at the Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Massachusetts Thursday, Dec. 10.

Hosch, who hails from Sugar Hill, Georgia, 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. Hosch garnered All-Ivy League first-team honors this season.

Fabiano 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 the All-Ivy first team and started nine games this fall.

Fabiano, a Wakefield, Massachusetts product, was an All-Ivy League first-team choice and started all seven games he appeared in this fall.

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 this fall.

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 for 2016, 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 2015.

Harvard completed the 2015 season 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.