Five Harvard Football Players Named All New-England

Brian Owusu and the Crimson won their 15th Ivy League title (Gil Talbot).

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Five Harvard football players have been selected to the FCS All-New England team, as chosen by the New England Football Writers’ Association.

Senior tight end Cameron Brate, junior offensive lineman Nick Easton, senior linebacker Joshua Boyd, junior defensive end Zach Hodges and senior defensive back Brian Owusu were named to the team, as Harvard’s five selections led all schools in the region. The players will be honored at the annual captains and awards banquet, scheduled for Dec. 12 at Montvale Plaza in Stoneham, Mass. 

Brate, who was tabbed unanimously to the All-Ivy League first team, finished second on the Crimson with 25 receptions for 403 yards and five touchdowns. In the 34-7 win at Yale, Brate made three catches for 91 yards and concluded his four-year stint at Harvard fourth in program history with 18 career TDs.

A first-team All-Ivy choice, Easton, who played both guard and center this season, helped the Crimson amass 371 points during the fall, while establishing a new program record with a 67.0 percent passing completion rate.

Boyd, the 140th captain in Harvard football history, was also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy first team after making 50 tackles, including 4.0 for a loss. Boyd added 2.5 sacks and broke up five passes, including one on Penn’s final play of the game in a 38-30 Crimson victory.

Hodges, who is on the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award, given annually to the nation’s top defensive player, stood fifth in the nation with four forced fumbles. The recipient of Harvard’s Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as the team’s most valuable player, Hodges already ranks fifth in program history with 18.5 career sacks and was tabbed unanimously to the All-Ivy first team. He made 40 tackles, including 11.5 for a loss, and added six sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Owusu recorded 47 tackles and broke up four passes, to go along with a fumble recovery, and was also named to the All-Ivy first team.

The Crimson finished 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the Ivy League, earning a share of the program’s 15th Ivy League title and seventh under Tim Murphy,  the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. Harvard also defeated Yale for the seventh straight season and 12th time in the last 13 years.