November 21, 2006

Eleven Brown Gridders Earn All-Ivy Honors

Nov. 21, 2006

Providence, RI - Eleven members of the Brown football team have earned All-Ivy honors as selected by the eight Ancient Eight head football coaches. Headlining the Brown honorees are senior All-American linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA) and junior kicker Steve Morgan (New Albany, OH), who earned first team All-Ivy honors.

Earning All-Ivy second team honors were Morgan (as a punter), senior offensive lineman Michael DiBartolo (Pittsburgh, PA) and senior quarterback Joseph DiGiacomo (Doylestown, PA). In where he helped the Brown defense limit Cornell to 47 second half yards while making 14 total tackles, including 10 solo stops. DeOssie made a season high 15 total tackles against URI, including 13 solo stops and two tackles for a loss. He dominated the field against Georgetown addition, senior Lonnie Hill (Salem, MA), senior tight end Matthew Krevis (Northbridge, MA), junior offensive lineman James Tull (Cincinnati, OH), junior defensive end Kai Brown (Bellevue, WA), junior linebacker Eric Brewer (Vero Beach, FL) and junior safety Jose Yearwood (Spring Hill, FL) were honorable mention All-Ivy selections.

For the second straight year, DeOssie is of 15 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player. He led the Bears' defensive unit with 110 total tackles including 68 solo stops, second best in the nation. Now a three-time First Team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, DeOssie also ranked eighth in the nation with 11.4 tackles per game. He was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against Cornell with 13 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss, a half sack and several bone-jarring hits. He registered a game high 14 tackles against Dartmouth after he had 15 total tackles vs. Yale.

Morgan, one of the top kickers in Ivy League football history, repeats as the first team All-Ivy kicker, and is now a two-time second team All-Ivy punter. His 211 career points as a kicker are sixth in the Brown record book. In 2006, he ranked second in the Ivy League and 25th nationally in punting with 40.7 yards per punt. Morgan, who made 8 of 12 field goal and 25 of 26 extra points, was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week after he connected on a 25-yard field goal in overtime to lift Brown to a 30-27 victory over Penn. He booted three of three field goals (36, 25, 25) on the day and punted five times for a 39.6 average against the Quakers. Morgan provided the Bears' offense against Princeton with a 45-yard field goal against the Tigers, while his 72-yard second half punt against URI was the 15th longest in Brown football history.

DiGiacomo completed his career as one of the top passers in Brown football history. He ranked 4th in all-time Brown passing yards (5,472), fourth in career completions (401) and third in touchdown passes (33). In 2006, DiGiacomo ranked 15th nationally and second in the Ivy League with 224.9 yard per game in total offense. He was 19th nationally in passing yards (220.1 yads per game) and 21st in the nation with 16.8 completions per game. He was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and earned the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award for his play in Brown's overtime win over Penn where he completed 27 of 49 passes for 340 yards, threw touchdown passes of 44 and 13 yards and directed touchdown drives of 93, 82 and 80 yards

Both DiBartolo, a two year starter for the Bears, and Tull, were mainstays of the Brown offensive line with DiBartolo moving from guard to center midway through the season and Tull switching from center to guard. The duo helped the Brown passing offense to rank third in the Ivy League with 232.9 yards per game, while the Bears offense racked up 199 first downs, second in the Ivy League. Tull registered his first career touchdown against Cornell, recovering a fumble in the end zone.

Krevis, known as an excellent blocker and receiver from the tight end position, made 13 receptions for 143 yards, averaging 11.0 yards per reception. He enjoyed a big game against Georgetown with three catches for 44 yards

Hill had a standout season with 46 catches for 712 yards and five touchdowns. He finished his career as the fourth top receiver in Brown football history in career receptions (154) and career receiving yards (2,144). He was the Ivy League's second leading receiver with 74.0 yards per game. Hill made 11 receptions for a career best 206 yards and two touchdowns (61, 28) against Holy Cross. His 206 receiving yards against the Crusaders rank 10th in the Brown record book.

Brown came into his own in 2006 and was the Bears' sixth top tackler with 30 total hits, including 17 solo tackles. He was second on the Brown team with 6.5 tackles for a loss of 33 yards, and registered 2.5 quarterback sacks for a loss of 23 yards. Kai turned in a strong performance against Princeton with eight tackles, including five solo stops, two tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack.

Brewer was Brown's second leading tackler in 2006 with 83 total hits, six tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack. He ranks eighth in the Ivy League in total tackles with 8.3 tackles per game. A two-year starter, Brewer was outstanding in Brown's win over Cornell with 10 total tackles and a quarterback sack. He had a team high 12 tackles against Princeton, and also led the Bears with eight tackles against Holy Cross. Brewer helped the Bears defense allow just 112 second half yards against URI, making nine solo tackles and two tackles for a loss.

A two year starter for the Bears, Yearwood was Brown's third leading tackler with 66 total tackles, including 43 solo stops, and intercepted a pass, playing both corner and safety. Yearwood had a big game vs. Yale with 10 total tackles, including one for a loss. He helped the Brown defense limit Penn to just 68 yards on the ground in the Bears' overtime win over the Quakers, making a team high six solo tackles and two assists for eight total hits. He also broke-up three passes in the defensive secondary, including two in the end zone against the Quakers.

The Bears finished the season with a 3-7 overall mark, 2-5 Ivy, dropping their last three games by a total of 10 points. Five of Brown's All-Ivy players return for the 2007 season, which opens on September 15th at home against Duquesne.