Football Garners 13 All-Ivy Selections

Football Garners 13 All-Ivy Selections

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five Harvard football player earned selections to the All-Ivy League first team, including two unanimously, and the Crimson received a total of 13 picks to the all-conference squad, the league announced Tuesday afternoon.

Sophomore wide receiver Justice Shelton-Mosley and senior defensive tackle James Duberg earned unanimous selections to the first team, while junior offensive lineman Larry Allen, Jr., senior offensive lineman Max Rich and senior tight end Anthony Firkser were also tabbed to the top All-Ancient Eight team.

Sophomore defensive end DJ Bailey, junior linebacker Luke Hutton, senior cornerback Raishaun McGhee and freshman kicker Jake McIntyre received nods to the second team. Sophomore wide receiver Adam Scott, senior defensive end Langston Ward, senior cornerback Sean Ahern and junior safety Tanner Lee earned honorable mention.

Shelton-Mosley, who hails from Sacramento, California, earns his second selection to the All-Ivy League team in as many years after leading the Crimson with 48 receptions for 568 yards and one TD. Last season's Ivy Rookie of the Year, Shelton-Mosley averaged 71.0 receiving yards per game and paced the Crimson with 745 all-purpose yards during his sophomore campaign. Through only two years, Shelton-Mosley ranks 15th in school history with 88 career receptions for 1,157 yards. He is also Harvard's all-time leader in kick return average (27.5 yards) and punt return average (13.5 yards).

Duberg, a three-time all-conference choice who is a product of Chula Vista, California, was second on the team with 4.5 sacks this season, while adding 29 tackles overall. He made seven tackles in the overtime victory at Princeton Oct. 22 and guided Harvard to the nation's 16th-best scoring defense in the country, as the team allowed only 21 points per game.

Allen, a native of Danville, California, is making his second appearance on the All-Ivy League team. Rich, an All-Ivy selection last year, hails from Portland, Oregon, and was a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy (the "Academic Heisman") and a nominee for the National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athlete Award. This duo helped the Crimson average 26.2 points per game this season, posting 241 yards through the air and 149.9 yard on the ground per game.

Firkser, a product of Manalapan, New Jersey, earned his third All-Ivy selection and caught seven touchdowns during his senior season. Firkser led the Crimson in TD catches and receiving yards (702), while making 45 grabs overall. Firsker will graduate tied for sixth in program history with 14 career touchdown receptions, eighth with 1,559 receiving yards and 11th with 99 catches.

A San Juan Capistrano, California native, Bailey led the Crimson and was fourth in the Ivy League with 7.0 sacks in 2016. He also finished the year with 28 tackles and 9.0 tackles for a loss overall.

Hutton, who hails from Austin, Texas and was elected the 144th Harvard football captain, led the Crimson in tackles this year with 56, making a career-high 10 stops and breaking up two passes in the overtime win at Princeton.

McGhee ranked fourth on the Crimson with 51 tackles and was second with seven pass breakups this year. A product of Windsor, Connecticut, McGhee made his first appearance on the All-Ivy squad.

A freshman from Orlando, Florida, McIntyre connected on 8-of-10 field goal attempts and was 23-of-25 on extra points, doing the majority of the placekicking for Harvard this fall.

Scott, a native of Denton, Texas, missed the first five games of the season but finished third on the team with 32 receptions for 321 yards and three TDs. He was selected Ivy Offensive Player of the Week Nov. 7 after amassing 109 receiving yards on seven catches, including two touchdowns, against Columbia.

Ward, a product of Spokane, Washington, made a career-high with 27 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 3.0 sacks during his senior campaign.

Ahern, a three-time All-Ivy pick and Harvard's 143rd captain, missed four games this fall due to injury, yet registered 25 tackles and posted a career-best eight pass breakups. The native of Cincinnati, Ohio was only FCS player named to the LOTT Impact Trophy Watch List prior to this season.

A CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, Lee was tabbed Ivy Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 10 after intercepting two passes against Cornell. Lee, who hails from Spanish Fort, Alabama, led the Crimson with four interceptions and was sixth with 41 tackles this fall. 

Harvard finished 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League, marking the 16th-straight year the Crimson won seven or more games, a conference record. The senior class will graduate with an overall record of 35-5, one victory shy of the school and Ivy record (since 1956).