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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Just as the 2013 Ivy League football season came down to the final Saturday, the decisions on the final slots for this year's postseason awards came down to last-minute plays or game-clinching efforts to put a stamp on a rookie campaign or a stellar four-year career.
Cornell freshman punter Chris Fraser put his stamp on his first year with the Big Red with his leg in becoming just the second placekicker and/or punter to be selected as Rookie of the Year since the award was created in 1981 as Sophomore of the Year and became Rookie of the Year in 1993 to reflect freshman eligibility. He joins Brown's Steve Morgan (2004-07), the League's all-time leader in kicking points, field goals made and field goal attempts, who won the honor in 2004. Fraser becomes the fourth Cornell player to receive the honor, joining company with Derrick Harmon (1981), John McNiff (1989) and Jeff Mathews (2010).
The Potomac, Md., native was as selected first-team All-Ivy, finishing in the regular season among the top 20 in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision at 42.9 yards a boot. Of his 49 punts, 16 were downed inside the 20-yard line, nine were more than 50 yards and four were boomed for touchbacks. He even completed a pass in Cornell's final game -- a 22-yard completion after mishandling a snap on fourth-and-4 midway through the fourth quarter that extended a drive that two plays later resulted in a one-yard touchdown run by Mathews.
Fraser was among the many new names to add first-team All-Ivy to their gridiron resumes. In total, 24 players were voted to the first team for the first time by the League's eight head coaches. Conversely, seven made repeat appearances on the first team. In a season that has been touted as the "Year of the Offense" for the Ancient Eight, it is ironic that six of those repeat players come from the defensive side of the ball. Harvard senior tight end Cameron Brate (Naperville, Ill.) is the lone repeat first-teamer on the offensive side.
Brate, one of seven unanimous choices this year, was a unanimous selection for the second-straight year and picked up his third All-Ivy honor (second team in 2011). He closed out his four seasons with the Crimson ranked 19th in conference history with 18 touchdowns to go along with 91 receptions for 1,381 yards.
Leading the strong defensive contingent was Princeton senior defensive lineman Caraun Reid (Bronx, N.Y.), who grabbed his third-consecutive nod on the first team. Reid anchored the Tigers' defensive front and dealt with double teams all season as he helped his squad to a share of its first Ivy League in seven years. He capped his career on Old Nassau with 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, one interception, one block and one pass breakup. Reid and Harvard junior defensive end Zach Hodges (Atlanta) are among the list of finalists for the Buck Buchanan award as the FCS's top defensive player.
Hodges and senior linebacker Joshua Boyd (Hyde Park, Mass.), both unanimous selections, were among a quintet of Crimson players named to the first team on defense. Hodges finished his junior campaign with 40 tackles and ranked second in the Ivy League with 11.5 tackles for a loss. He stands fifth in school history with 18.5 career sacks. He ranked fifth in the nation with four forced fumbles and recovered three fumbles on the year, including one for a 53-yard touchdown return at San Diego. Boyd ended his stellar career in Cambridge with 203 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and 6.0 sacks.
Back on the offensive side of the ball, the League experienced some of the most impressive performances in its 58-season history. None were more impressive than that of Princeton junior quarterback Quinn Epperly (Knoxville, Tenn.).
Epperly did it with his arm and his legs all season long, guiding his Tigers to a share of the conference crown with Harvard. He became the first player in Ivy League history to account for more than 40 touchdowns in one season as he totaled 43 (25 passing, 18 rushing) in 10 games. His 25 passing touchdowns tied the school's single-season mark with Doug Butler in 1983. Epperly set an NCAA Division I record on Nov. 2 when he completed 29 straight passes in the 53-20 victory over Cornell. Epperly's five-straight weekly honors set the League's single-season record and his six career weekly honors are tied with Keith Elias for the most in school history.
Along with Brate, the offensive side featured five unanimous picks with the other four making to the first team for the first time in their careers.
The duo at running back, Brown senior John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) and Dartmouth senior Dominick Pierre (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), provided productive runs for their respective teams all season. Spooney posted his first 1,000-yard season to end his football career with 1,545 rushing yards. The League's reigning outdoor champion in the 100 meters wowed the Nov 2. crowd against Penn as he became the first player in Ivy history to have two rushes of 90 or more yards in the same game. Both rushes (93 and 94 yards) went for touchdowns as his Bears shut out the Quakers.
The pair at wide receiver, Princeton senior Roman Wilson (Broken Arrow, Okla.) and Yale junior Deon Randall (San Diego), produced for their teams in different ways. Wilson was Epperly's top target as he caught 86 passes for 919 yards and a League-leading 11 touchdowns. Randall did a little of everything for the Bulldogs, playing receiver, defensive back and returner on both punts and kickoffs. Randall had 85 receptions for 788 yards and eight touchdowns at receiver, 176 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 33 carries as a runner, recorded four solo tackles and two pass breakups at defensive back and handled 15 returns (14 punts and one kickoff) on special teams.
Most notably among the remaining honorees was Mathews, who put an exclamation point on one of the greatest careers in Ivy League history with a 467-passing yard, four-touchdown effort in his final game for the Big Red. He culminated his Cornell career as the owner of 47 school and 18 League records. The Camarillo, Calif., native, who was named to the second team twice (2012 and 2013) and first team once (2010), completed his illustrious career in Ithaca as the first player in Ivy history to compile more than 10,000 passing yards (11,284) and more than 10,000 total offense yards (10,769).
Mathews and Epperly are among the finalists for the Walter Payton Award as the top player in the FCS.
Princeton led the way with most All-Ivy selections with 17 (six on the first team, seven on the second team and four honorable mentions) with Harvard and Dartmouth were tied for second with 15 players each, followed by Brown with 13 and Yale with 10.
The finalists for the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be unveiled on Tuesday, Dec. 3 on IvyLeagueSports.com. The finalists will travel to New York City for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup presentation at a special reception and press conference as part of the festivities surrounding the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner.
The presentation begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Vanderbilt Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel and will be streamed free of charge on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
George Pyne, NCAA Silver Anniversary Award recipient and President of IMG Worldwide's Sports & Entertainment Group, will once again emcee the event, which will feature two offensive and two defensive finalists along with their respective head coaches. Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris will be on hand to unveil the winners' names in front of a packed crowd of media representatives, NFF Board members and notable Ivy League football alumni and dignitaries.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chris Fraser, Cornell (Fr., P - Potomac, Md.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Cole Hooper, Brown (Sr., OL - Oklahoma City)
Cohle Fowler, Dartmouth (Sr., OL - Claremore, Okla.)
Scotty Whitmore, Dartmouth (Jr., OL - Spring, Texas)
Nick Easton, Harvard (Jr., OL - Lenoir, N.C.)
Christopher Bush, Penn (Sr., OL - Westwood, N.J.)
Spenser Huston, Princeton (Jr., OL - Summit, N.J.)
Joe Goss, Princeton (Sr., OL - Massapequa, N.Y.)
Quinn Epperly, Princeton (Jr., QB - Knoxville, Tenn.)
*John Spooney, Brown (Sr., RB - Northfield, Ohio)
*Dominick Pierre, Dartmouth (Sr., RB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Grant Gellatly, Cornell (Sr., WR - Issaquah, Wash.)
*Roman Wilson, Princeton (Sr., WR - Broken Arrow, Okla.)
*Deon Randall, Yale (Jr., WR - San Diego)
*Cameron Brate, Harvard (Sr., TE - Naperville, Ill.)
Michael Yules, Brown (Sr., DE - South Dartmouth, Mass.)
*Zach Hodges, Harvard (Jr., DE - Atlanta)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Sr., DT - Brockton, Mass.)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Sr., DL - Bronx, N.Y.)
Adewole Oyalowo, Brown (Sr., LB - Bowie, Md.)
Michael Runger, Dartmouth (Sr., LB - Lisle, Ill.)
*Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Sr., - LB - Hyde Park, Mass.)
Daniel Davis, Penn (Jr., LB - Norman, Okla.)
Emory Polley, Brown (Sr., DB - University Heights, Ohio)
Garrett Waggoner, Dartmouth (Sr., DB - Sarasota, Fla.)
Norman Hayes, Harvard (Jr., DB - Tucker, Ga.)
Brian Owusu, Harvard (Sr., DB - Oxnard, Calif.)
Anthony Gaffney, Princeton (So., DB - Columbus, N.J.)
Alexander Norocea, Brown (Sr., PK - Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Paul Delaney, Columbia (Sr., P - Palatine, Ill.)
Chris Fraser, Cornell (Fr., P - Potomac, Md.)
Alexander Jette, Brown (Fr., RS - North Attleboro, Mass.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
Daniel Austin, Brown (Sr., OL - Franklin, Tenn.)
Clayton Paino, Brown (Sr., OL - Tarpon Springs, Fla.)
Austin Scheufele, Harvard (Sr., OL - Lafayette, Colo.)
Max Coale, Princeton (Sr., OL - Highland, Md.)
Ben Carbery, Yale (Jr., OL - Oak Park, Ill.)
Wes Gavin, Yale (Sr., OL - San Diego)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (Sr., QB - Camarillo, Calif.)
Paul Stanton, Jr., Harvard (So., RB - Kenner, La.)
DiAndre Atwater, Princeton (So., RB - Duluth, Ga.)
Tellef Lundevall, Brown (Sr., WR - Highland Park, Ill.)
Ricky Zorn, Harvard (Sr., WR - Dallas)
Seth DeValve, Princeton (Jr., WR - Manchester, Conn.)
Andrew Marks, Brown (Sr., TE - Berlin, Wis.)
John Bumpus, Brown (Sr., DE - Concord, Mass.)
Evan Chrustic, Dartmouth (Jr., DL - Andover, N.J.)
Cody Fulleton, Dartmouth (So., DL - Seattle)
Jason Ray, Princeton (Sr., DL - Clarkston, Mich.)
Zach Olinger, Columbia (Sr., LB - Hoover, Ala.)
Brett Buehler, Cornell (Sr., LB - Dublin, Ohio)
Sam Chwarzynski, Penn (Sr., LB - Norwood Park Township, Ill.)
Mike Zeuli, Princeton (Sr., LB - Marlton, N.J.)
Stephen Dazzo, Dartmouth (Jr., DB - Arlington Heights, Ill.)
Vernon Harris, Dartmouth (So., DB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
D.J. Monroe, Harvard (Sr., DB - Columbia, S.C.)
Evan Jackson, Penn (Sr., DB - Hamden, Conn.)
Phillip Bhaya, Princeton (Sr., DB - Haddonfield, N.J.)
Cole Champion, Yale (So., DB - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Foyesade Oluokun, Yale (Fr., DB - St. Louis)
David Mothander, Harvard (Sr., PK - San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
David Bicknell, Harvard (Jr., P - Boca Raton, Fla.)
Max Lescano, Princeton (So., RS - Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Brad Wagner, Cornell (Sr., OL - Mill Rift, Pa.)
Zach Wilk, Cornell (So., OL - Harrisburg, Pa.)
Sean Ronan, Dartmouth (Jr., OL - Boca Raton, Fla.)
John Oppenheimer, Yale (Sr., OL - Menlo Park, Calif.)
Dalyn Williams, Dartmouth (So., QB - Corinth, Texas)
Conner Hempel, Harvard (Jr., QB - Union, Ky.)
Luke Hagy, Cornell (So., RB - Pittsburgh)
Kyle Wilcox, Penn (Jr., RB - Tampa, Fla.)
Tyler Varga, Yale (Jr., RB - Kitchener, Ontario, Canada)
Bo Patterson, Dartmouth (Jr., WR - Charleston, S.C.)
Connor Kelley, Princeton (Jr., WR - Batesville, Ind.)
Cole Marcoux, Dartmouth (Sr., TE - New York)
Des Smith, Princeton (Sr., TE - Watertown, Wis.)
Niko Padilla, Columbia (So., DL - Dallas)
Elliot Kastner, Dartmouth (Sr., DT - Kamuela, Hawaii)
Austin Taps, Penn (So., DL - Mahopac, N.Y.)
Greg Sotereanos, Princeton (Sr., DL - Elizabeth, Pa.)
Beau Palin, Yale (Sr., DE - Oconomowoc, Wis.)
Daniel Giovacchini, Brown (Jr., LB - Acton, Mass.)
Tré Minor, Cornell (Sr., LB - Columbia, S.C.)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (Sr., LB - Los Angeles)
David Park, Penn (Sr., LB - Buford, Ga.)
William Vaughan, Yale (Jr., LB - South Orange, N.J.)
Michael Turner, Cornell (Jr., DB - Pikesville, Md.)
Chris Splinter, Harvard (Sr., DB - Middleton, Mass.)
Matt Arends, Princeton (So., DB - Prior Lake, Minn.)
Kyle Cazzetta, Yale (Jr., PK - Slate Hill, N.Y.)
Bo Patterson, Dartmouth (Jr., RS - Charleston, S.C.)