Football Earns Three Nods to STATS FCS All-America Team

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Senior tight end Ben Braunecker, senior offensive lineman Cole Toner and freshman wide receiver/return specialist Justice Shelton-Mosley have been named to the STATS FCS All-America team, it was announced Tuesday.

Braunecker and Toner earned spots on the first team, while Shelton-Mosley garnered a nod to the third-team for his all-purpose effort.

Braunecker, who was also selected to the College Sports Madness All-America first team, will be playing in the upcoming NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 23. A native of Ferdinand, Indiana, Braunecker was tabbed to the All-Ivy League first team after pacing the Crimson with 48 receptions and 850 receiving yards, which rank sixth-most for a single-season in school history. He also caught eight TD passes and graduates with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Toner, who hails from Greenwood, Indiana, 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, will play in the Reese's Senior Bowl Jan. 30. Toner was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and the All-Ivy first team and started nine games this fall.

A native of Sacramento, California, Shelton-Mosley was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was tabbed to the All-Ivy first team as a return specialist and the second team as a wide receiver. He capped his season by winning Ivy Rookie of the Week four-straight times, tying the conference record. Shelton-Mosley finished second on the Crimson with 40 catches for 589 yards and had six TD grabs on the year and averaged 19.0 yards on punt returns, the highest single-season average in school history. 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 Anthony Firkser for a 28-yard strike vs. Penn Nov. 14.

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 has won a program-record 15-straight road games overall. 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.