Harvard Football Leads All FCS Schools With 13 Players Invited to Training Camp

Harvard Football Leads All FCS Schools With 13 Players Invited to Training Camp

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – As NFL training camps get underway this week, the Harvard football program has the distinction of leading all FCS programs with 13 former student-athletes on NFL rosters.

Harvard's 13 training camp players bests James Madison, North Dakota State and Illinois State, which each has nine.  Harvard has 10 more players in camp than the next closest Ivy, Penn, which has three. In total, 21 former Ivy League players received invitations to NFL training camps.

Cameron Brate '14
6-5 | 235 | TE
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Brate is entering his fourth NFL season, all with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Brate had a headline year in 2015, setting career-highs with 57 catches for 660 yards and eight touchdowns. While at Harvard, Brate was a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League first team, as well as a semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy. He finished his senior campaign with 25 receptions for 403 yards with five scores. 

Kyle Juszczyk '13
6-1 | 240 | FB
San Francisco 49ers

Fresh off his first Pro Bowl appearance, Juszczyk signed the largest free agent contract for a fullback in NFL history, joining the San Francisco 49ers on a four-year, $21 million deal. While at Harvard, Juszczyk earned numerous first-team All-American honors after posting 52 receptions for 706 receiving yards (13.6 avg.) and eight TDs, tied for the second-highest total in a single season in Harvard history. 

Cole Toner '16
6-5 | 300 | OL
Arizona Cardinals

Toner is entering his second season with the Arizona Cardinals. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2016 draft and played in two games last season. A semifinalist for the 2015 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy (the academic Heisman), Toner helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League titles during his career in Cambridge.

Adam Redmond '16
6-6 | 290 | OL
Indianapolis Colts

Redmond is entering his second season with the Colts. He was signed as an undrafted free agent and was on the practice squad last season. The co-Recipient of Harvard's William Paine LaCroix Trophy and an Ivy-League first team selection in 2015, Redmond helped the Crimson to three-straight Ivy League titles during his career.

Ryan Fitzpatrick '05
6-2 | 225 | QB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Fitzpatrick signed a contract this offseason with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, his seventh team during his career. Over his 12-year NFL career, Fitzpatrick has started 116 games, completing passes at a 59.7 percent rate and registering 166 touchdowns. At Harvard, the Asa S. Bushnell Cup winner accumulated 1,986 yards with 13 touchdowns as a senior, leading the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 record in 2004. 

Anthony Fabiano '16
6-3 | 305 | C
Cleveland Browns

Fabiano enters his second season for the Browns after appearing in four games, including one start. Named to the Reese's Senior Bowl Watch List, Fabiano was a first-team All-Ivy League selection, helping the Crimson to its third-straight Ivy League championship title in 2015. 

Max Rich '17
6-7 | 315 | OT
New England Patriots

Rich was signed as a rookie free agent by the New England Patriots in May, following the draft. An AP All-America selection, he won the Joseph E. Wolf Award given to the top interior lineman. Rich appeared in 21 games for the Crimson, he was named to the All-Ivy league first team in 2016 and the second team in 2015.

Desmond Bryant '09 
6-6 | 310 | DL
Cleveland Browns

Desmond Bryant enters his ninth season in the NFL and fifth with the Cleveland Browns in 2016. Bryant missed last season with an injury after starting 14 games, making 33 tackles, including a team-best six sacks and one forced fumble the year before. While with the Crimson, Bryant appeared in 32 games, recording 66 career tackles and 13.5 sacks. A second team All-Ivy League selection as a senior, Bryant recorded 20 tackles and 1.5 sacks in 10 games as an economics concentrator. 

Ben Braunecker '16 
6-4 | 255 | TE
Chicago Bears

Braunecker enters his second season with the Bears after making four receptions for 41 yards in 13 games. He led Harvard with 48 receptions for 850 yards and eight TDs during the 2015 season, landing on several All-America first teams. A native of Ferdinand, Indiana, Braunecker concluded his Crimson career with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 scores. 

Tyler Ott '14
6-3 | 252 | LS
Seattle Seahawks

Ott made three appearances last season for the Seahawks as the long snapper. A Senior Bowl participant, Ott finished his senior season with 15 catches for 188 yards and four touchdowns – three of those against Princeton for which he was named National Tight End of the Week by College Football Performance Awards. Ott long snapped for the Crimson for all four years. 

Nick Easton '15
6-3 | 303 | C
Minnesota Vikings

In his third NFL season, Nick Easton is beginning his second with the  Minnesota Vikings where he appeared in 11 games, including five starts. An AP FCS All-America third team selection, Easton was part of an offensive line that helped the Crimson to a perfect 10-0 record and an Ivy League championship title in 2015.  

Anthony Firkser '17
6-2 | 241 | FB
New York Jets

Firsker was signed by the New York Jets as a rookie free agent this summer. He appeared in 29 games for the Crimson, totaling 99 receptions for 1,559 yards and 14 touchdowns. As a senior, he was an unanimous All-Ivy first team selection as he set career highs in receptions (45), yards (702) and touchdowns (7). 

Jacob Lindsey '16
6-2 | 220 | LB
Buffalo Bills

Lindsey signed a three-year extension with the Bills this past offseason following his rookie campaign. The All-Ivy second teamer totaled 185 tackles throughout his career while forcing five fumbles in 30 total games.