Collin Zych Earns Third Preseason All-America Mention

Collin Zych has been named a preseason All-American by three services and was named the Ivy League preseason Defensive Player of the Year by Lindy’s.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard captain Collin Zych has been named to his third preseason All-America team, this time by the Football Championship Subdivision Senior Scout Bowl selection committee.

The FCS Senior Scout Bowl is a postseason all-star game presented by the Collegiate Development Football League. The game will be held December 11, 2010 at the Joseph St. Lawrence Sports Complex Stadium, in Ramapo, New York.  Player selections for this showcase game begin with the announcement of the preseason FCS Senior Scout Bowl All-American team members. 

Zych, a free safety, had previously been named to the Consensus Draft Services Preseason Football and Phil Steel’s College Football Preview All-America teams. 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.  

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.

Football Championship Subdivision
Winning Percentage

Division I (FBS & FCS)
Winning Percentage

1. Montana 120 24 .833 1. Texas 109 13 .893
2. Harvard 76 23 .768 2. Boise State 112 17 .868
3. Appalachian State 102 33 .756 3. Montana 120 24 .833


Northern Iowa 80 29 .734 4. Oklahoma 110 24 .821
5. Penn 69 29 .704 5. Ohio State 102 25 .803
6. McNeese State 82 35 .700 6. Florida 100 27 .787
7. Colgate 81 34 .701 7. Harvard 76 23 .768
8. San Diego 73 33 .689 8. LSU 99 31 .761
9. Furman 83 39 .680 9. USC 85 27 .759
10. Hampton 73 36 .669 10. Appalachian State 102 33 .756