CLEVELAND, Ohio – Harvard University is the top Ivy League team and enters the preseason ranked 23rd nationally in Phil Steel's College Football Preview. Additionally, the Crimson placed 14 players on the two preseason All-Ivy League teams and tight end Kyle Juszczyk continues to earn All-America honors with inclusion on this publication's third team.
Harvard, the defending Ivy League champion, has had at least one All-American in each of the last 13 years. Juszczyk has been named preseason All-America in every list to date.
Named to the Ivy League first team were running back Treavor Scales, Juszczyk, offensive linemen Jack Holuba and Will Whitman, defensive lineman Nnamdi Obukwelu and cornerback Brian Owusu. Named to the second team were defensive lineman John Lyon, linebackers Alexander Norman and Joshua Boyd, tight end Cameron Brate, offensive linemen Austin Scheufele and John Collins, punter Jacob Dombrowksi and kick returner Seitu Smith II.
A day earlier, Harvard was named the favorite to win the 2012 Ivy title with 13 of the 17 first place votes. The Crimson opens its season Sept. 15 at home against the University of San Diego.
The Crimson has registered at least seven wins in each of the last 11 years, making Harvard the only 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.