BOSTON, Mass. – Harvard has placed four players on the New England Football Writers 2011 FCS All-New England Team. Defensive tackle Josue Ortiz, defensive back Matthew Hanson, linebacker Alex Gedeon and offensive tackle Kevin Murphy were all named to the team.
Harvard, currently ranked 14th nationally by the coaches and 16th by The Sports Network, tied the University of New Hampshire for the most selections to the regional team.
The players will be honored at the Association's Awards and Captains Banquet December 8 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass.
Ortiz, who is a finalist for the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year award, was a unanimous choice among the Ivy coaches after leading the Ivy League with 10 solo sacks. He ranked fourth in the league with 14.5 tackles for a loss and had two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble. A 2010 Associated Press All-American, Ortiz earned Harvard's team MVP honors.
Ortiz is the only repeat selection to the All-New England team after being selected in 2010.
Hanson, another unanimous choice by the Ivy coaches, earned his biggest compliments throughout the season as opposing coaches routinely stayed away from his side of the field. Still, Hanson led the league in pass breakups with 10.
Gedeon turned in another tremendous season as the 138th captain. He led the team and ranked second in the Ivy League with 92 tackles while forcing five turnovers with three interceptions, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Gedeon's final interception of the year came on his final defensive snap against Yale, returning it 35 yards for his first collegiate touchdown.
Murphy started every game over the past two seasons and led an otherwise young but dominant offensive line in 2011. Harvard ranked third nationally in scoring offense at 34.7 points per game while setting a modern-day record for points in a season and also ranking as the nation's sixth-most efficient team in passing.
Harvard went 9-1 overall and undefeated in the Ivy League, defeating Yale, 45-7 to earn its 10th victory over the Bulldogs in the last 11 years while recording the widest margin of victory since 1982. The season marked Harvard's Ivy League-record 11th-straight season with at least seven wins – with no other Ivy team even having seven such seasons.
All nine of Harvard's victories came by double figures with eight of the wins coming by at least 14 points.
Harvard's senior class went undefeated against five of the Ivy League's seven programs including Yale and Princeton.
2012 NEW ENGLAND FOOTBALL WRITERS ASSOCIATION ALL-NEW ENGLAND TEAM
OL Ricky Archer So. New Hampshire (8-3)
OL Tony Edwards Sr. Bryant (7-4)
OL Chris Howley Jr. Maine (8-3)
OL Mike McCabe Sr. Holy Cross (6-5)
OL Kevin Murphy Sr. Harvard (9-1)
OL Ryan O'Neill Sr. Dartmouth (5-5)
RB Jordan Brown Jr. Bryant (7-4)
RB Nick Schwieger Sr. Dartmouth (5-5)
QB Kevin Decker Sr. New Hampshire (8-3)
WR Anthony Baskerville Sr. Rhode Island (3-8)
WR Maurice McDonald Jr. Maine (8-3)
WR Julian Talley Sr. Massachusetts (5-6)
TE Matt Tracey Sr. Bryant (7-4)
DL Brian McNally Sr. New Hampshire (8-3)
DL Josue Ortiz* Sr. Harvard (9-1)
DL Eddie Smith Sr. Dartmouth (5-5)
DL Charles Williams Sr. Central Connecticut (4-7)
LB Matt Evans Jr. New Hampshire (8-3)
LB Alex Gedeon Sr. Harvard (9-1)
LB Tyler Holmes Sr. Massachusetts (5-6)
LB Jordan Haynes Sr. Yale (5-5)
DB AJ Cruz Jr. Brown (7-3)
DB Matthew Hanson Sr. Harvard (9-1)
DB Jerron McMillan Sr. Maine (8-3)
DB Stephen Peyton Sr. Brown (7-3)
PK Chris Rogers Fr. Sacred Heart (5-6)
P Nathan Lovett Sr. Brown (7-3)
RS Jesse Julmiste Sr. Massachusetts (5-6)
* - repeat selection