Six Brown Gridders Earn All-Ivy Honors

Six Brown Gridders Earn All-Ivy Honors

Nov. 25, 2003

Six members of the Brown Football team have been selected to the 2003 All-Ivy Football team as selected by the eight Ivy League head football coaches. Senior defensive end Jessie Hawkins (Ojai, CA) and sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan (Fairfax, VA) were first team All-Ivy selections; senior linebacker Drew Gallagher (Orefield, PA) and sophomore wide receiver Lonnie Hill (Salem, MA) were second team All-Ivy honorees; and junior outside linebacker Anjel Gutierrez (Bellflower, CA) and junior offensive lineman Will Burroughs (Yuma, AZ) were honorable mention All-Ivy selections.

Hartigan, a unanimous first team choice, set a single season Brown rushing record with 1,498 yards, the most ever by an Ivy League sophomore, breaking the previous mark of 1,409 yards by Cornell's Ed Maranaro in 1965. He ranked second in the nation in rushing with 149.8 yards per game, rushing for 200 or more yards three times, including a 214 yard performance against Fordham, the fifth best rushing day in Brown football history.

In addition, Hartigan ranked second nationally in all-purpose running with 180.6 yards per game, and eighth nationally in scoring with 9.6 points per game (16 TD's).

Hartigan rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of Brown's 10 games this season, and ran for 1,103 yards in seven Ivy League games this season, fourth best in the Ivy League record book. With Hartigan running for 1,498 rushing yards this year, only Ed Marinello (1,881 yards in 1971) and Keith Elias (1,701 yards in 1992, and 1,575 yards in 1993) have run for more yards in a season.

Hawkins established himself as one of the premier defensive ends in the Ivy League. A relentless pass rusher, Hawkins made 8 quarterback sacks, second best in the Ivy League, and registered 13 tackles for a loss of 56 yards. He was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week after making seven tackles against Penn, including four tackles for a loss of 21 yards and three tackles for a loss. He also caused a fumble vs. the Quakers, stripping the ball away from Penn QB Mike Mitchell. Hawkins finished the season with 41 total tackles, including 31 solo stops. All-Ivy Football 2003, continued.....

Hill led the Ivy League and ranked third nationally in receptions with 7.8 per game, making 76 catches. He was named the Ivy League and ECAC Offensive Player of the Week and won the Boston Globe/NE Football Writers Gold Helmet Award after making 12 catches for 186 yards against Yale, including a one-handed catch in the end zone, reaching over a Yale defender, for the game-winning touchdown with 26 seconds remaining. Hill's four touchdown receptions vs. Yale tied a Brown and Ivy League record (Steve Campbell vs. Penn in 2000).

Hill also made 15 catches for 158 yards against Rhode Island earlier this year, the fifth most receptions in Brown football history.

Gallagher missed all of last season due to injury, but came back with a vengeance, leading the Bears with 91 total tackles, seventh best in the Ivy League. He made a career high 16 tackles against Penn, and led all tacklers with 15 total hits against Harvard. Gallagher had 11 tackle performances against Fordham and Rhode Island.

Gutierrez led the Bears defense with three interceptions this season, and ranked fourth with 64 total tackles. His 5.5 tackles for a loss are tied for second best. In Brown's Ivy opener against Harvard, Gutierrez picked-off a pass on the Crimson's first play from scrimmage and returned it 22 yards. Gutierrez led the Bears with 12 tackles against Cornell, including two tackles for a loss of 13 yards and a quarterback sack for a loss of 7 yards. He was named the Ivy League's first Defensive Player of the Week after having a big afternoon against Albany, making 7 tackles against the Great Danes and picking- off a pass, returning it 20 yards for a touchdown.

The biggest question mark for the Bears coming into the season was its offensive line. Burroughs played a key role in the development of this year's offensive line, and helped block for 408.5 yards in total offense. In addition, the left tackle led the front line that blocked for the Ivy League's top rusher, Nick Hartigan, who ran for a school record 1,498 yards, fourth best in Ivy history.