John Spooney Named New England Football Writers’ Gold Helmet Award Winner

Providence, R.I. - Brown senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) was named the Ray Gallant Insurance New England Football Writers' Gridiron Club of Greater Boston Gold Helmet Awards for the week of November 2 for his record setting performance in Brown's 27-0 win over Penn.


Spooney set an Ivy League record with two 90-plus yard runs for touchdowns, becoming the first player in League history to accomplish the feat in the same day and just the second to do so in the same season.


On the game's first play from scrimmage, Spooney ran 93 yards for a touchdown, at the time, the third-longest rush ever at Brown. He later outran the Penn defense once again for a 94-yard score, the second-longest run in school history and tied for the ninth longest in Ivy history. He finished the game with 232 rushing yards, the sixth-best, single-game effort in school history.


Spooney, a two-time Ivy League champion in the 100-meters, is the nation's 14th leading scorer with 10.0 points per game, and has rushed for 115.5 yards rushing per game, 10th best in the nation.  He has run for 70 or more yards on a single play four times this season, all for touchdowns.