Mass. College Football: Harvard’s Brate Signs Free Agent Contract With Tampa Bay Buccaneers


Courtesy of the Harvard University Athletics Communication Office, here’s today’s release about Cameron Brate, who has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League:

TAMPA BAY, Fla. – Former Harvard football standout Cameron Brate has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League, the franchise announced Wednesday afternoon.

A tight end from Naperville, Ill, Brate leaves his name in Cambridge after concluding his four-year stint with the Crimson as fourth in program history with 18 touchdowns. He graduates 12th in Harvard’s record book with 91 career catches and ninth with 1,381 receiving yards. Brate, who appeared in 28 games throughout his career, also helped the Crimson capture two Ivy League titles.

As a senior, Brate was unanimously selected to the All-Ivy League first team for the second straight season after making 25 catches for 403 yards and five TDs. A semifinalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, given to the best scholar-athlete in the nation, Brate caught three passes for 91 yards in Harvard’s 34-7 win over Yale in The Game to earn a spot on the College Football Performance Awards Honor Roll for the third time. He also earned recognition on the FCS All-New England team and the Beyond Sports Network All-America honorable mention team.

Mass. College Football: Nine Harvard Scholar-Athletes Tabbed To NFF Hampshire Honor Society


Courtesy of the Harvard University Athletic Communication office, here’s yesterday’s release about nine Scholar-Athletes that were selected to the NFF Hampshire Honor Society:

DALLAS, Texas – The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) announced the members of the 2014  NFF Hampshire Honor Society, which is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better. Harvard y was well-represented as nine Crimson players earned recognition.

Harvard seniors Andrew Berg, Joshua Boyd, Cameron Brate, Danny Frate, Reynaldo Kirton, David Mothander, Nnamdi Obukwelu, Michael Pruneau and Austin Taylor garnered nods.

“We continue to raise the bar each year for the number of student-athletes who qualify for membership in the Hampshire Honor Society,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “The Hampshire Honor Society plays an important role in highlighting that college football players clearly play a leadership role in the classroom as well as on the playing field. We congratulate each of these young men for their commitment to excellence.”

The NFF Hampshire Honor Society capitalizes on the NFF’s current National Scholar-Athlete program greatly expanding the number of scholar-athletes the NFF can recognize each year. The program further strengthens the organization’s leadership role in encouraging academic performance by the student-athletes who play football at the more than 700 college and universities with football programs nationwide. The initiative has honored 4,927 student-athletes since its inception, and the program has experienced growth every year in either members or school participation since its launch in 2007. The 2014 class of 838 players represents a new high water mark for members, eclipsing the old record mark by 117 student-athletes.

“We have honored more than 4,900 student-athletes in the last eight years thanks to Jon Hanson’s generosity,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning, “We are grateful for his passionate belief in the scholar-athlete ideal, and the Hampshire Honor Society allows us to showcase the names of tomorrow’s leaders while inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.”

Qualifications for membership in the NFF Hampshire Honor Society include:

Being a starter or a significant contributor in one’s last year of eligibility (or a senior who has declared for the NFL Draft)  at an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision, Football Championship Subdivision, Division II, Division III or an NAIA college or university;

  • Achieving a 3.2 cumulative grade point average throughout entire course of undergraduate study; and
  • Meeting all NCAA-mandated progress towards degree requirements.

The Hampshire Honor Society represents a powerful component in the organization’s rich history as an innovator in promoting the scholar-athlete ideal. Launched in 1959 with a donation from Hall of Fame coach Earl “Red” Blaik, the NFF’s National Scholar-Athlete Awards, presented by Fidelity Investments, became the first initiative in history to grant postgraduate scholarships based on a player’s combined academic success, football performance and community leadership. And, since its inception, the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards program has awarded $10.4 million to 787 top scholars and community leaders.

Currently, the NFF distributes more than $300,000 a year at the national level through the program to 16 individuals. Each winner of a National Scholar-Athlete Award receives an $18,000 post-graduate scholarship. Additionally, the William V. Campbell Trophy, endowed by HealthSouth and hosted at the New York Athletic Club, is given to one member of each year’s class as the absolute best. The winner of the Campbell Trophy, claimed by All-American guard John Urschel (Penn State) in 2013, receives a total scholarship of $25,000 and a 24-inch, 25-pound bronze trophy. Through, its chapter network, the NFF also awards an additional $1.3 million to local high school student-athletes, bringing the NFF’s annual scholarship distribution total to more than $1.6 million.

Mass. College Football: Week Eight Teams Of The Week


With the eighth week of the college football season in the books, it is now time to unveil this week’s Noontime Sports Teams of the Week.

Division 1 – Harvard University: The Crimson’s current winning streak extended to five games on Saturday as Harvard defeated Lafayette to improve to 5-0 for the second straight season.

Cameron Brate and Paul Stanton Jr. each scored touchdowns to start the game, which provided the hosts with the lead for good.

Quarterback Michael Pruneau, who started for the second straight week, finished the contest with three touchdowns and 263 yards through the air.

Defensively, Joshua Boyd finished with seven total stops, two solo tackles and one sack, while D.J. Monroe matched his teammate with seven total stops, along with one interception and one pass break-up.

Harvard returns to Ancient Eight play this weekend when they host the Tigers of Princeton for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Division 2 – Stonehill College: For the second week in a row, the Skyhawks earned this particular honor following another dramatic comeback, this time against New Haven.

Stonehill overcame a 12-point deficit entering the fourth quarter with two touchdown passes from Logan Meyer, who finished the game with three touchdowns and 288 passing yards. Meyer’s second touchdown, which was hauled in by Gordon McLeod, brought the visitors within five, while his third and final strike to the end zone, a seven-yard toss to Corey White, sealed the victory.

Brian Harrington led the Skyhawks defense with 17 total tackles, eight solo stops and a forced fumble, while Sterry Codrington finished with 10 total stops, seven solo tackles, one sack for a loss of 12 yards and a pass break-up.

Stonehill is now 5-2 overall and 5-1 in the Northeast-10 Conference (NE-10). They’re currently in a three-way tie for first place with American International College and New Haven.

The Skyhawks will be at home this weekend against LIU Post. 

Division 3 – Mount Ida College: After a 1-3 start, the Mustangs have turned the corner with back-to-back wins.

This past weekend, they improved to 2-1 in the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) with a 56-34 victory against Anna Maria. Mount Ida is now tied for second in the conference with Norwich, a team they’ll face in Newton in two weeks.

Against the AMCATs, EJ Isom rushed for two scores on nine carries for 108 yards, while Jordan Hyman hauled in both touchdown passes from Jawad Yatim. Hyman finished the contest with eight catches for 154 yards.

Defensively, Jovan Wilkins led the Green and White with 10 total stops, along with one interceptions, while Kalyn Smithson registered eight total stops, five solo tackles, three tackles for a loss of 11 yards, one sack for a loss of five yards and one pass break-up.

Mount Ida will attempt to pickup their third conference win of the season on Saturday when they travel to Becker College to face the Hawks at 1 p.m.  

Mass. College Football: Locals Named To BSN Preseason All-American Team


The Beyond Sports Network (BSN), a sports media company that features students and student-athletes from various collegiate levels posted their preseason All-American Teams recently for FBS, FCS, D2, D3 and NAIA, and below is a list of local players that earned spots on these units:

Alex Amidon (Boston College) – FBS Second Team WR

Cameron Brate (Harvard) – FCS First Team TE

Zach Hodges (Harvard) – FCS Third Team DL

Jeff Hill (Bentley University) – Third Team WR – Division II

Scott Simonson (Assumption College) – Third Team TE – Division II

Mike Hubbard (Merrimack College) – Third Team OG – Division II

Melikke Van Alstyne (Framingham State) – First Team RB – Division III

Aaron Ferreira (Framingham State) – Third Team OG – Division III

Max Nacewicz (Springfield College) – Third Team LB/DE – Division III

Eddie Jewel (Bridgewater State) – Third Team S – Division III

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Mass. College Football: Harvard 35, Bucknell 7 (Game Summary)

By Matt Noonan 

CAMBRIDGE, MA – Harvard tallied five touchdowns in three quarters and never looked back, as the Crimson claimed its fifth victory of the season against Bucknell University, 35-0.

Senior quarterback Colton Chapple tossed two touchdowns and rushed for two scores, while freshman Andrew Fischer registered his first collegiate touchdown in the second quarter.

Bucknell junior quarterback Brandon Wesley was sacked six times, as well as tossed one interception in the loss, while the Bison offense tallied 212-yards of total offense.

Chapple put Harvard on the board at 3:01 in the first when he capped a four-play, 27-yard drive with a six-yard score.

Harvard added to its lead midway through the second when Chapple connected with sophomore Cameron Brate for a 14-yard touchdown reception before Fischer made it a three-score game with a 58-yard run on the ensuing possession.

The Crimson scored once more before the first half concluded, as Chapple hooked up with senior Kyle Juszczyk for a 59-yard strike, which provided Harvard with a 28-0 cushion at the break.

Once the second half commenced, Chapple secured the win on the team’s first possession of the second half with a 59-yard touchdown run.

Bucknell’s only score occurred during the final minute of the contest when senior Jeremiah Young capped a nine-play, 91-yard drive with a one-yard score.

Harvard will return to the gridiron next Saturday when they travel to Princeton, while Bucknell will head to Lehigh – both games are slated for 1:00PM starts.