Toner, Braunecker Named to AP FCS All-America First Team

Toner, Braunecker Named to AP FCS All-America First Team

Toner and Braunecker continued to rack up the All-America honors (Gil Talbot). 

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Harvard football senior tight end Ben Braunecker and senior offensive lineman Cole Toner earned AP FCS All-America first team honors, the organization announced Wednesday.

Toner and Braunecker are the first Crimson AP first-team selections since 2012 (Kyle Juszczyk). It marks the first time two Harvard student-athletes have been named to the AP All-America first team. Toner and Braunecker were also named to the STATS FCS first team Tuesday.

Braunecker 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.

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.