Braunecker Earns CFPA Tight End Award Honors

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football senior Ben Braunecker earned the 2015 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Tight End Award, the organization announced Wednesday.

Braunecker, who earned six All-America nods, was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League team. The Ferdinand, Indiana native paced the Crimson with 48 receptions for 850 yards and will be playing in the upcoming NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 23. Braunecker also caught eight touchdown passes and had four games with more than 100 receiving yards on the season. He concluded his career with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 TD grabs.

The goal of CFPA is to provide the most scientifically rigorous honors in college football. CFPA recognizes weekly, annual, and multi-season (career) award recipients – selected based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.

Harvard finished the 2015 season with a 9-1 overall record and 6-1 mark in the Ivy League, as the Crimson won a share of its third-straight conference title. Harvard defeated Yale for a program-record ninth-consecutive time, and the senior class finished 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).