Providence, R.I. – Brown seniors Alex Norocea (Hermosa Beach, CA), Emory Polley (University Heights, OH), John Spooney (Northfield, OH) and Michael Yules (South Dartmouth, MA) have been named to the 2013 All-New England Football team as selected by the New England Football Writers Association.
Norocea, a first team All-Ivy kicker in 2013, finished his career as one of the top kickers in Ivy League football history with 44 career field goals, third best in Ivy football history. His 251 career points are fourth best all-time at Brown and 10th in the Ivy League record book. A 2013 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection as a Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations concentrator, he led the Ivy League in kick scoring in 2013 with 7.7 points per game, converting 13-of-15 field goals and 38-of-38 extra points.
A first team All-Ivy defensive back, Polley led the nation with six interceptions and finished his Brown career with 11 interceptions, sixth best all-time at Brown. His four pass break-ups led the Brown team, while finishing with 36 tackles, including 27 solo stops. An American Studies concentrator, Polley was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week after leading Brown's defense to a shutout victory over Penn that knocked the Quakers out of first place in the Ivy League standings, by intercepting two passes against the Quakers.
Spooney, a finalist for the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, led the Ivy League in rushing en route to being honored as a First Team All-Ivy selection. He finished his career as one of the top rushers in Brown football history. A biology concentrator, 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, finishing with 1,170 yards, fifth best in the Brown record book. The fastest man in the Ivy League, Spooney had touchdown runs of 94 and 93 yards vs. Penn, a 73 yard touchdown run vs. URI, and a 71 yard touchdown scamper vs. Princeton. The 94-yard run vs. Penn ranks ninth in the Ivy League record book. His 1,545 career rushing yards rank eighth all-time at Brown.
Yules garnered first team All-Ivy honors after being named a second team selection in 2012. He also excelled in the classroom, being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete semifinalist. An Economics concentrator, Yules ranked third in the Ivy League in quarterback sacks with six for the season. He registered three quarterback sacks against Georgetown, while making five tackles overall. Yules, who had 20 tackles for the season, had a sack vs. Princeton, and registered a sack in Brown's win over URI for the Governor's Cup.