Football’s Braunecker, Toner Named Fabulous Fifty All-Americans

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

CHICAGO – Harvard football standouts Ben Braunecker and Cole Toner have been named to the College Sporting News 2015 Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America Team, the organization announced Tuesday.

The best 50 student-athletes, from 34 teams and 13 conferences, were elected. Unlike other All-American teams, the CSN honors squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. The Fabulous Fifty also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.

This marks the sixth All-America selection for Braunecker, who will be playing in the upcoming NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Jan. 23 and was also a unanimous selection to the All-Ivy League team. The Ferdinand, Indiana native paced the Crimson with 48 receptions for 850 yards. Braunecker also caught eight touchdown passes and had four games with more than 100 receiving yards on the season. He concluded his career with 68 career receptions for 1,168 yards and 10 TD grabs.

Toner, also named to the AP FCS All-America first team, helped the Crimson average 36.4 points per game this fall, the highest mark in the Ivy League. Harvard also paced the Ancient Eight in total offense (474.2), passing offense (303.5) and rushing offense (170.7). A semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, or "Academic Heisman", will play in the Reese's Senior Bowl Jan. 30. Toner was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team and the All-Ivy first team and started nine games this fall.