Pictured: Harvard boasts one of the nation's best defensive lines with sophomore DL Zach Hodges and company consistently getting into the backfield (Gil Talbot)
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard football had a league-high 16 players earning mention in the latest preseason All-Ivy League team installment, this one coming from College Sports Madness. Mention of the Crimson started up front with Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football, as the 19th-year head coach earned preseason Coach of the Year honors.
Harvard, which has had at least one All-American in each of the last 13 years, has been prominently featured this preseason with its incredible duo at tight end in Kyle Juszczyk and Cameron Brate. Juszczyk has been named to preseason All-America teams by The Sports Network (TSN) and Beyond College Sports Network (BCSN) as well as the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Watch List at tight end. Brate meanwhile, has earned honorable mention All-America mention from BCSN.
College Sports Madness tabbed Harvard's duo as first and second team selections, respectively.
On defense, John Lyon and Nnamdi Obukwelu will anchor a defensive line that is perennially among the nation's best and the duo gave Harvard two of the four preseason mentions at down lineman. Alexander Norman is one of three linebackers named to the first team and Brian Owusu will continue his role as Harvard's shut-down cornerback. Jacob Dombrowski also earned first team honors after pinning 13 kicks inside the 20 yard line last year.
The third team includes exciting sophomore running back Zach Boden, offensive lineman Austin Scheufele, defensive lineman Jack Dittmer, linebacker Josh Boyd and incoming freshman Dayne Davis at linebacker.
Harvard opens its season September 15 at home against San Diego in a 12:30 kickoff. The Crimson begins defense of its Ivy League championship the following week, Sept. 22, in a 4:30 p.m. game at Brown (NBC Sports Network).