John Spooney Named Finalist For Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year

John Spooney Named Finalist For Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year

Providence, R.I. - Brown senior running back John Spooney (Northfield, OH), a unanimous First Team All-Ivy selection, has been named one of two finalists for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, the Ivy League Football Offensive Player of the Year award.  The 2013 presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup is Monday, December 9, the day before the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Annual Awards Dinner, at a special reception and press conference beginning at Noon in the Vanderbilt Room of the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. The presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m. and will be streamed live and free of charge on The Ivy League® Digital Network.

Spooney is a finalist for the Offensive Player of the Year along with Princeton junior quarterback Quinn Epperly. Princeton senior defensive lineman Caraun Reid and Harvard junior defensive lineman Zach Hodges are finalists for the Defensive Player of the Year.

The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and the Ivy League are partnering for the fourth-consecutive year to co-host the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup. The four finalists, along with their head coaches, will be on hand at the presentation.

George Pyne, NFF Board Member 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.

This marks the second-consecutive year a Brown player was been named a finalist for the Bushnell Cup.  AJ Cruz '13 was a finalist for the Ivy Defensive Player of the Year in 2012.

Spooney led the Ivy League in rushing with 130.0 yards per game, fifth best in the nation, and became the seventh player in Brown history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a single season. He rushed for 232 yards in Brown's win over Penn, 186 yards against Columbia and 166 yards against Dartmouth.  His 1,170 rushing yards ranked fifth best in the Brown record book.

Considered the fastest man in the Ivy League, Spooney is a three-time Ivy League Champion in the 100-meters, and electrified crowds with four runs over 70 yards, twice scoring on the game's opening play from scrimmage.

He opened the Penn game with a stunning 93-yard touchdown run, the third longest run in Brown history, and came back in the same game with a spectacular 94-yard touchdown scamper against the Quakers, the second longest run in the Brown record book and ninth best in Ivy League history. He is the first Ivy League running back to have a run of 90 or more yards twice in a game.  Against Princeton, Spooney opened the game with a 71-yard touchdown run on the first play from scrimmage, and had a 73-yard touchdown scamper against Rhode Island.

Despite playing just 16 career games, Spooney, who did not play football his junior year to run track, completed his career as one of the top rushers in Brown football history.  He ran for 1,545 career rushing yards to rank eighth all-time at Brown.