Scott Hosch was not a Player of the Year candidate in the Ivy League in the preseason. He opened camp vying for the starting quarterback position at Harvard with junior Joe Viviano.
Hosch emerged as the starter and went on to set a program record with 2,827 passing yards, and tossed 22 touchdown passes, second-most in Crimson history.
The poised 6-foot-3-inch senior from Sugar Hill, Ga., directed Harvard to a 9-1 mark and a share of its third straight Ivy crown, capping his campaign and his career with a four-touchdown performance at Yale in a 38-19 victory over the archrival Bulldogs.
On Monday afternoon, he stepped onto the stage at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City to receive the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the league’s Offensive Player of the Year. Hosch edged out Penn sophomore receiver Justin Watson (74 catches, 1,082 yards, 9 TDs) for the award.
Penn senior linebacker Tyler Drake (8.5 sacks, 12.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions) was named the Ivy’s Defensive Player of the Year, beating out Dartmouth senior linebacker Will McNamara (7.7 tackles per game, 4 interceptions).
Hosch, the 11th Harvard player to receive the Bushnell Cup and the sixth in as many seasons, totaled 3,033 yards as a senior, good for second-most in school history, and he finished fourth in career completion percentage (.619) and ninth in career total offense (4,567). Hosch was 15-1 as the Harvard starting quarterback over the last two seasons.
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