Oct. 7, 2002
Brown senior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD), a first team All-American selection a year ago, has been named the National I-AA Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network, and the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after making 24 catches against Rhode Island to match the all-time I-AA record for receptions in a game.
Gessner made 14 catches in the first half alone and tied the 19-year old NCAA I-AA record of 24 receptions held by Jerry Rice, in Brown's 38-28 loss to Rhode Island on Saturday for the Governor's Cup.
Gessner, a Payton Award candidate as the nation's top I-AA player, caught 24 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns (12 yards, 14 yards). His 24 pass receptions ties the mark held by Mississippi Valley's Jerry Rice against Southern University on October 1, 1983.
Gessner continues to be the nation's top receiver, leading the country in receptions per game (15.0) and receiving yards per game (175.0). He's second nationally in scoring with 14.0 points per game. His 525 total receiving yards is 11th in the country, despite playing two or three games less that all the players above him in the rankings.