AUSTIN, Texas – Harvard football seniors Alex White and Tanner Lee have been selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America Thursday, Dec. 14. White was named to the first team and Lee earned a spot on the second team.
The duo are the first Academic All-America selections from Harvard since 2012 when Cameron Brate '14 was named to the first team. White and Lee represent only the second set of teammates to earn Academic All-America in the same season joining 2007 honorees Andrew Berry '09 and Noah Van Niel '08.
White is a biomedical engineering concentrator that was a force for the Crimson defense. The Maiden, North Carolina native finished second on the team with 4.5 sacks and six tackles for a loss. He accumulated 25 total tackles, playing in all 10 games at linebacker. The Academic All-America honor comes on the heels of his first selection to the all-district team last month.
Lee is a two-time academic all-district selection. One of the leaders on the Harvard defense, he had the Academic All-America award to a list of postseason honors which include All-Ivy League and All-New England. He had a career-best 54 tackles and a team-best three interceptions, ranking him tied for third in the conference. Lee returned one of those interceptions for a 39-yard touchdown in the win over Brown. The safety also had four pass breakups, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. At the team banquet, he was honored with the Crocker (MVP) and Lamar (dedication to the program) Awards, becoming the first Harvard football player to receive both awards in the same year.
White and Lee represented two of the five Ivy League selections with Cornell having two and Columbia with one. Stephen F. Austin senior defensive back Marlon Walls was recognized as the CoSIDA Academic All-America of the Year as a key member of the Lumberjacks defense and posting a perfect GPA in engineering physics.