Ortiz to Play in Prestigious All-Star Game

Published by Daniel A. Grafstein on January 27, 2012 at 3:12AM

Senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz had his best performance of 2011 against Penn, when his two sacks and a forced fumble lifted Harvard to an easy 37-20 win over the Quakers.

After dominating Ancient Eight football in 2011, senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz continues to receive national attention, as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year was recently selected to participate in the Players All-Star Classic on Feb. 4 in Little Rock, Ark. Add it to the list of accolades for the Harvard MVP and member of six national All-America teams.

The postseason game will serve as a means of exposure for NFL draft prospects. According to the All-Star Classic website, over 60 players who participated in a similar contest last season went on to careers in the NFL.

Ortiz capped off his Crimson career in style. Highlighted by two sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss in an Ivy League title-clinching performance against Penn, he registered 10 of the Crimson’s 28 sacks and 15 tackles for losses over the course of his senior campaign.

Ortiz is the Ivy League’s lone representative in the 4 p.m. EST game. He is one of 11 defensive tackles.

The game will be televised on Comcast/Charter Sport Southeast (CSS) and Cox Sports Television (CST).