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Collin Zych Earns Another All-America Nod; Harvard Places 10 on Preseason All-Ivy League Team

Pictured: Collin Zych is congratulated following a big hit aganst Brown in a game played at Harvard Stadium in 2009 (David Silverman)

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Harvard University captain Collin Zych has been named to the preseason All-America third team by Phil Steel’s College Football Preview. Zych is the only Ivy League player named to the All-America teams and earned his spot as one of just six safeties nation-wide to be recognized. Harvard has had at least one All-American in each of the last 11 years while posting the nation’s best winning percentage this decade.  

The magazine listed Harvard among its top 40 programs in the preseason with the Crimson coming in at No. 35. Additionally, the preview magazine compiled a preseason All-Ivy League team with Harvard players garnering 10 selections.

Named to the first team were running back Gino Gordon, wide receiver Chris Lorditch, offensive guard Brent Osborne, defensive linemen Josue Ortiz and Victor Ojukwu and Zych. Named to the second team were quarterback Collier Winters, running back Treavor Scales, tight end Nicolai Schwarzkopf and defensive lineman Chuks Obi.

Zych had previously been named to the Consensus Draft Services Preseason Football All-America teams

Zych was commonly referred to as Harvard's best football player by Murphy at media sessions throughout the 2009 season as he earned team MVP honor s as well as first team All-Ivy League status. Zych, who will serve as Harvard’s 137th captain in 2010, led the Ivy League in pass breakups (12) and passes defended (14) while ranking third in the league in solo tackles with 53 - more than double the next closest Harvard defender. His 73 total tackles led the Crimson and he tied for second on the team as well with six tackles for a loss.

During the past decade (2000-09), Harvard posted the second highest winning percentage in the Football Championship Subdivision and seventh highest in all of Division I.

Over the past six seasons, Harvard is 48-12. Harvard is 39-8 at Harvard Stadium dating back to 2001 while winning 18 of its last 20 games there.

The Crimson has registered at least seven wins in each of the last nine years, making Harvard the first team in the history of Ivy League football to post such a string of successful seasons. In 2007, Harvard became the first Ivy team to post a string of seven such seasons together. The current stretch is the Crimson’s best nine-year run since a 28-year streak of seven-plus win seasons came to an end in 1911.

FCS 2000-09…….............      W-L........         Pct.
1. Montana.........................     120-24.....        833
2. Harvard........................      76-23.......        768
3. Appalachian State..........      102-33.......      756
4. Northern Iowa................     80-29.......        734
5. Penn...............................     69-29.......        704
6. McNeese State...............      82-35.......        700
7. Colgate...........................     81-34.......        701
8. San Diego......................      73-33.......        689
9. Furman...........................     83-39.......        680
10. Hampton.......................     73-36.......        669

Div. I 2000-09……............     W-L........         Pct.
1. Texas..............................     109-13.....        893
2. Boise State.....................      112-17.....        868
3. Montana.........................     120-24.....        833
4. Oklahoma......................      110-24.....        821
5. Ohio State......................      102-25.....        803
6. Florida............................     100-27.......      787
7. Harvard........................      76-23.......        768
8. LSU...............................      99-31.......        761
9. USC...............................      85-27.......        759
10. Appalachian State..........    102-33.......      756