School All-Ivy Releases:
Brown | Columbia | Cornell | Dartmouth | Harvard | Penn | Princeton | Yale
PRINCETON, N.J. -- After winning the 2010 Ivy League football title with a second-straight perfect Ivy record, it was no surprise that Penn paced this year's All-Ivy selections with nine first-team selections and 21 overall All-Ivy recognitions.
Much of the Penn's success to capture its 12th outright and 15th League title came this season more so from the offensive side of the ball than from its perennial-stellar defense, evident by five Quakers receiving first-team All-Ivy selection on offense. The Penn offensive line trio of seniors Joseph D'Orazio (Bryn Mawr, Pa.), earning first-team honors for a second-straight year, and Luis Ruffolo (Webster, N.Y.) and junior Greg Van Roten (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) were the stalwarts of the Quaker offense that led the Ivy League in scoring (29.0 points per game), total offense (384.9 yards per game) and rushing offense (242.0 ypg). The trio had help in the blocking chores as well as another offensive weapon in key short-yardage situations in senior fullback Luke DeLuca (Grand Island, N.Y.), a second-team choice a year ago. DeLuca received first-team accolades this season accounting for three touchdowns on 40 carries totaling 146 yards. That foursome made the way for sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone (Chesire, Conn.) to earn first-team All-Ivy recognition, finishing the season among the League leaders in both passing (6th, 92.7 ypg) and rushing (5th, 60.9 ypg).
Head coach Al Bagnoli's defense was once again was one of the best in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) finishing the 10-game schedule ranked top five nationally in total, scoring and rushing defense. Penn's top three tacklers -- junior linebacker Erik Rask (Newport Beach, Calif.), senior linebacker Zack Heller (Orlando, Fla.) and senior safety Josh Powers (Fishers, Ind.) -- each earned first-team honors along with an anchor on the Quakers' defensive front, sophomore defensive lineman Brandon Copeland (Sykesville, Md.).
Penn lead the way with a school-record 20 All-Ivy selections in 21 positions followed by Brown with 14, Harvard with 13 and Yale with 10 in 11 positions.
Harvard was the only school to boast two repeat first-team honorees in senior running back Gino Gordon (Bonita, Calif.), who was only one of two Ivy backs to average over 100 yards per game this season (105.9 ypg) and senior free safety Collin Zych (Plano, Texas), who was one of four unanimous first-team choices. Zych's teammate, senior defensive lineman Josue Ortiz (Avon Park, Fla.), also received unanimous selection to the first team this season coming off second-team accolades a year ago. Among the Crimson's 13 All-Ivy honorees, eight were recognized on the second team this season.
For his prowess on special teams as a returner, Dartmouth senior cornerback Shawn Abuhoff (Hileah, Fla.) also was a unanimous pick for the first team as was Princeton senior wide receiver Trey Peacock (Chandler, Ariz.).
Abuhoff, who became the first Big Green player in school history to receive first-team honors at two positions, led the League and was third in the FCS in punt return yardage at 17.2 yards per return with three touchdowns, the most in the country. He also was second and 21st nationally in kick return average at 26.4 yards per return. Abuhoff follows Brown's Buddy Farnham, in being named to the first team in two positions. Farnham earned first-team honors at wide receiver and return specialist in 2009.
Dartmouth boasted five first-team selections, including junior
tailback Nick Schwieger (Norton, Mass.) who led
the League in rushing for a second-straight season at 125.9 yards
per game. This marked the 13th season the Big Green has had players
named to the first team at six positions, but the first since
Peacock was also among the best of the FCS, ranked eighth in the nation in both receptions per game (7.2) and receiving yards per game (95.5). Junior placekicker Patrick Jacob (Colon, Ohio) joined Peacock as the only Princeton players on the first team and the two were among eight Tigers honored.
There was one more unanimous choice among this year's postseason awards. Accomplishing school freshman records for passing yards (1,723) and passing touchdowns (7), Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews (Camarillo, Calif.) was the unanimous pick as the 2010 Rookie of the Year. Mathews joined former Big Red standouts Derrick Harmon (1981) and John McNiff (1989) to receive the League's top honor for a rookie. Senior punter Drew Alston (Memphis, Tenn.), voted to the first team, headlined the list of four Cornell players receiving All-Ivy honors.
Columbia junior offensive lineman Jeff Adams (Western Springs, Ill.) and Yale senior defensive back Adam Money (Whiteland, Ind.) rounded out the honorees to garner first-team recognition for a second-consecutive year.
Adams and senior linebacker Alex Gross (Kettering, Ohio), the League's leading-tackler at 12.4 stops per game, a National Football Foundation (NFF) National Scholar-Athlete and a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, highlighted a list of five Lions who earned first-team honors. The five first teamers are the second most all-time for Columbia and the most since 1994.
Money was one of three Yale defenders selected to the first team along with junior linebacker Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.) and senior defensive lineman Tom McCarthy (Chester, N.J.). The Bulldogs had five players earn second-team honors, each for the first time and each from the offensive side of the ball.
Three first-team picks in senior offensive lineman Patrick Conroy (Leesburg, Va.), senior wide receiver Alexander Tounkara (Staten Island, N.Y.) and sophomore defensive back A.J. Cruz (Lake Forest, Calif.) topped Brown's 14 selections.
Reading this list of this year's honorees one may notice something is missing -- the 2010 Player of the Year. Well, that's not a mistake.
For the first time, the Ivy League Player of the Year will be presented as a part of the festivities surrounding the 53rd NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. The presentation, co-hosted by the Ivy League and the NFF, will take place Monday, Dec. 6, at a special reception and press conference in the Hilton Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. The name of the 2010 recipient will not be unveiled until the event; however, the finalists will be unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 30 on IvyLeagueSports.com.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Fr., QB, Camarillo, Calif.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Patrick Conroy, Brown (Sr., OL, Leesburg, Va.)
Jeff Adams, Columbia (Jr., OL, Western Springs, Ill.)
Ryan O'Neill, Dartmouth (Jr., OL, Orland Park, Ill.)
Joseph D'Orazio, Penn (Sr., OL, Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Luis Ruffolo, Penn (Sr., OL, Webster, N.Y.)
Greg Van Roten, Penn (Jr., OL, Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Sean Brackett, Columbia (So., QB, Brooklyn, Conn.)
Billy Ragone, Penn (So., QB, Chesire, Conn.)
Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth (Jr., RB, Norton, Mass.)
Gino Gordon, Harvard (Sr., RB, Bonita, Calif.)
Luke DeLuca, Penn (Sr., FB, Grand Island, N.Y.)
Alexander Tounkara, Brown (Sr., WR, Staten Island, N.Y.)
Tim McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., WR, St. Paul, Minn.)
*Trey Peacock, Princeton (Sr., WR, Chandler, Ariz.)
Andrew Kennedy, Columbia (Sr., TE, Westport, Conn.)
Charles Bay, Dartmouth (Sr., DL, Marietta, Ga.)
*Josue Ortiz, Harvard (Sr., DL, Avon Park, Fla.)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (So., DL, Sykesville, Md.)
Tom McCarthy, Yale (Sr., DL, Chester, N.J.)
Alex Gross, Columbia (Sr., LB, Kettering, Ohio)
Erik Rask, Penn (Jr., LB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Zack Heller, Penn (Sr., LB, Orlando, Fla.)
Jordan Haynes, Yale (Jr., LB, Folsom, Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (So., DB, Lake Forest, Calif.)
Calvin Otis, Columbia (Sr., DB, Windemere, Fla.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Jr., DB, Hialeah, Fla.)
*Collin Zych, Harvard (Sr., DB, Plano, Texas)
Josh Powers, Penn (Sr., DB, Fishers, Ind.)
Adam Money, Yale (Sr., DB, Whiteland, Ind.)
Patrick Jacob, Princeton (Jr., PK, Solon, Ohio)
Drew Alston, Cornell (Sr., P, Memphis, Tenn.)
*Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Jr., RS, Hialeah, Fla.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Brian Ellixson, Brown (Sr., OL, Havertown, Pa.)
Austen Fletcher, Dartmouth (Jr., OL, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Chris LeRoy, Harvard (Sr., OL, Portland, Maine)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard (Jr., OL, San Clemente, Calif.)
Brent Osborne, Harvard (Sr., OL, Draper, Va.)
Drew Luango, Penn (Sr., OL, Germantown, Md.)
Patrick Witt, Yale (Jr., QB, Atlanta)
Trevor Scales, Harvard (So., RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Brandon Colavita, Penn (So., RB, Sewell, N.J.)
Alex Thomas, Yale (Jr., RB, Ansonia, Conn.)
Andrew Kerr, Princeton (Sr., WR, State College, Pa.)
Chris Smith, Yale (So., WR, Midlothian, Va.)
John Gallagher, Dartmouth (Jr., TE, Salem, Ore.)
Chris Blohm, Yale (Sr., TE, San Francisco, Calif.)
Jeremy Raducha, Brown (Sr., DL, Bristol, Conn.)
Josh Martin, Columbia (So., DL, Aurora, Colo.)
Chucks Obi, Harvard (Sr., DL, Tracy, Calif.)
Drew Goldsmith, Penn (Sr., DL, Jupiter, Fla.)
Andrew Serrano, Brown (Sr., LB, Phoenix, Ariz.)
Alex Gedeon, Harvard (Jr., LB, Hudson, Ohio)
Nick Hasselberg, Harvard (Sr., LB, Carlsbad, Calif.)
Jon Olofsson, Princeton (Sr., LB, Frankfort, Ill.)
Steve Peyton, Brown (Jr., DB, Woodland, Calif.)
Emani Fenton, Cornell (Sr., DB, Ashburn, Va.)
Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Jr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)
Matt Hamscher, Penn (Jr., DB, Whitehall, Pa.)
Alexander Norocea, Brown (Fr., PK, Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (So., P, Edwards, Ill.)
Chris Smith, Yale (So., RS, Midlothian, Va.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Jack Geiger, Brown (Jr., OL, Whitefish Bay, Wisc.)
Jared Mollenback, Penn (Sr., OL, Hampton, Iowa)
Jake Koury, Yale (Sr., OL, Dublin, Ohio)
Mark Kachmer, Brown (So., RB, Wheaton, Ill.)
Jordan Culbreath, Princeton (Sr., RB, Falls Church, Va.)
Jimmy Saros, Brown (Jr., WR, Grosse Point Park, Mich.)
Nico Gutierrez, Columbia (Sr., WR, New Canaan, Conn.)
Michael Reilly, Dartmouth (Jr., WR, Denver, Colo.)
Nicolai Schwarzkopf, Harvard (Sr., TE, Decatur, Ga.)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (So., H-Back, Medina, Ohio)
Luke Nawrocki, Penn (Jr., TE, Syosset, N.Y.)
Clayton McGrath, Brown (Jr., DL, Longmeadow, Mass.)
Brian Wing, Penn (Sr., DL, West Bloomfield, Mich.)
Mike Catapano, Princeton (Jr., DL, Bayville, N.Y.)
Sean Williams, Yale (Sr., DL, Portland, Ore.)
Chimso Okoji, Brown (Sr., LB, Silver Spring, Md.)
Zack Imhoff, Cornell (Jr., LB, Cincinnati, Ohio)
Luke Hussey, Dartmouth (Sr., LB, Seattle, Wash.)
Brian Levine, Penn (Sr., LB, Westport, Conn.)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (So., LB, Plainfield, Ill.)
Adam Mehrer, Columbia (Sr., DB, Midlothian, Va.)
Bradford Blackmon, Penn (Sr., DB, Jackson, Miss.)
Drew Baldwin, Yale (Jr., DB, Alexandria, Va.)
Foley Schmidt, Dartmouth (Jr., PK, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
Andrew Samson, Penn (Sr., PK, West Bloomfield, Mich.)
Nate Lovett, Brown (Jr., P, East Providence, R.I.)
Scott Lopano, Penn (So., P, Southlake, Texas)
Bradford Blackmon, Penn (Sr., RS, Jackson, Miss.)