November 25, 2008

Ivy League Champion Brown Dominates All-Ivy Football Team

Nov. 25, 2008

Providence, RI - Fifteen members of Brown's 2008 Ivy League Championship football team have been selected All-Ivy by a vote of the eight Ancient Eight Football coaches. The Bears featured eight first team All-Ivy selections, including junior offensive tackle Paul Jasinowski (Washington, D.C.), senior offensive tackle Shane Kelley (Naples, FL), junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham (Andover, MA), junior wide receiver Bobby Sewall (Portsmouth, RI), senior tight end Colin Cloherty (Bethesda, MD), senior defensive tackle David Howard (Columbia, MD), senior defensive back Nkosi Still (Hyde Park, MA), and senior punter Robert Ranney (West Bloomfield, MI). Earning second team All-Ivy honors are senior quarterback Michael Dougherty (David, FL), senior offensive guard Matthew Adkins (Alpharetta, GA), senior running back Dereck Knight (Pawtucket, RI), junior defensive end James Develin (Gilbertsville, PA), senior linebacker Steve Ziogas (Bristol, CT) and junior safety Chris Perkins (Bridgeton, MO), while senior outside linebacker Miles Craigwell (Boston, MA) was an honorable mention All-Ivy selection.

Brown's fourth Ivy League Championship was especially gratifying for the seniors on the Brown football team, who earned their second Ivy title at Brown. The Bears had previously captured Ivy League titles in 1976, 1999 and 2005. This year's group of 21 seniors, Brown's Class of 2009, became the first class in Brown football history to earn two Ivy League Championships. Head coach Phil Estes, a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as the Division I Coach of the Year, has guided the Bears to three Ivy League Championships in the last 10 years.

Farnham, a two-time Gold Helmet Award winner as the New England Player of the Week, earned first team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season. His 63 receptions and 816 receiving were third in the Ivy League, while he ranked second in the league with 149.5 all-purpose yards per game. His 1,892 career receiving yards are 27th in the Ivy League record book, while his 155 career receptions are 20th in Ivy history. Farnham turned in a Herculean performance against Princeton with 228 all-purpose yards, including 79 receiving yards with a 20 yard touchdown, 27 rushing yards with a three-yard touchdown, 55 kickoff return yards, and 67 punt return yards

Sewall, a triple receiving, running and passing threat, also enjoyed a dominating season for the Bears. A second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, Sewall led the Ivy League in receptions (69), receiving yards (948) and scoring (8.4 points per game), registering eight receiving touchdowns and six touchdowns via the run. He ranked ninth in the nation with 6.9 receptions per game, and 14th nationally with 94.80 receiving yards per game. Sewall's name also appears in the Ivy League record book with 144 career receptions, 25th best in Ivy football history. Against Cornell, Sewall made 11 receptions for 181 yards with touchdown grabs of 52 and 33 yards.

Jasinoswki has been a mainstay on the Bears' offensive line since his rookie campaign, while Kelley, playing the all-important left tackle position, has been a three-year starter. Adkins has also been a three-year starter for the Bears at left guard. The trio helped the Brown offense to 379.5 total yards per game, third in the Ivy League, and the league's second best passing offense with 267.7 yards per game. Brown's 29.3 points per game led the Ivy League. As a group, the Bears' offensive line allowed an Ivy League best seven sacks all year, sixth best in the nation, while passing 384 times.

A dominant force in the middle, Howard played a key role in Brown's staunch rushing defense leading the Ivy League, allowing just 77.1 yards per game. He led the Bears and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 13 tackles for a loss of 69 yards. Howard also made 6.5 quarterbacks to rank third in the Ivy League. He finished the season with 30 total tackles, including 17 solo stops.

A big play-maker, the hard-hitting Still made 49 total tackles for the Bears, including 31 solo stops, and led the secondary with two interceptions. He also led the Ivy League and ranked sixth in the nation in kickoff return yards, averaging 28.5 yards per return. Still was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week after he came up with the play of the game against Penn, stopping the Quakers for no gain on fourth and two at their own 29-yard line. He registered a game high 12 tackles vs. Penn, with eight solo stops.

Ranney led the Ivy League and ranked fourth nationally in punting with 43.7 yards per punt. He averaged 52.2 yards per punt for six punts vs. Yale, including a long punt of 61 yards, and booted a 76-yard punt against Cornell, the fifth longest punt in Brown football history. He also connected on 11 of 16 field goals for the season. Ranney's 43.7 yards punting average set a new career record at Brown, shattering the previous record of 39.95 yards per punt by Joe "The Toe" Randall from 1964-1966.

Cloherty led all Ivy League tight ends with 40 catches, while compiling 418 receiving yards. He made seven receptions vs. Yale for a team high 72 yards, and made just two catches vs. Penn, but both were big ones. The first was a 29-yard catch across the middle that led to a Brown touchdown, the other a 29-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter. Cloherty had a career game against Holy Cross, making 14 catches, eighth best in Brown football history, for 166 yards and a 22-yard touchdown reception.

Dougherty, a four-time Ivy League Player of the Week this season, wrapped-up his stellar Brown career with 487 career completions, 8th best in Ivy football history, and 5,763 career passing yards, 11th best in the Ivy record book. In addition, his 5,914 career yards in total offense ranks 14th in the Ivy record book, while his 38 career TD passes are 13th in Ivy history. He also finished 17th in the Ivy record book in completion percentage (.583), completing 487 of 835 career passes. He was the nation's 10th ranked passer with 267.7 yards per game, while his 220 completions are 12th nationally. He also compiled 276.9 yards of total offense per game, 10th best in the nation. Dougherty had a record setting day vs. Holy Cross, passing for 526 yards, an Ivy record, while his 41 completions against the Crusaders rank fourth best in the Brown record book. With 12 yards rushing vs. Holy Cross, Dougherty, who was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, also had an Ivy record 538 yards in total offense

Knight may very well be the comeback player of the year in the Ivy League. After an injury ended his 2007 season early in Brown's second game, Knight came back in 2008 to rush for 555 yards, fifth best in the Ivy League. He did most of his work in the fourth quarter of games when the Bears needed to grind out the clock. He rushed for 62 of his 80 yards in the fourth quarter against Cornell, and 52 of his 89 yards in the final quarter against Princeton. He also ran for 50 of his 87 yards against Columbia in the second half.

Develin, a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, led all defensive linemen on the Brown squad with 34 total tackles, including 20 solo stops. He also made 4.5 tackles for a loss, including 2.5 quarterback sacks. He was named the Ivy League and the Sports Network National Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Bears' defense against Stony Brook with nine tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, including two quarterback sacks for a loss of 16 yards.

Ziogas earned All-Ivy honors for the first time in his career after leading the Bears' defense with 65 total tackles, including three for a loss, two quarterback sacks, four pass break-ups and an interception. He led the Bears vs. Yale with eight tackles, including six solo stops. Ziogas made seven solo tackles against Penn.

Perkins played a key role in the success of Brown's secondary, making 55 total tackles, third best on the Brown team. He intercepted a pass against Rhode Island, was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Harvard, where he made a team high nine tackles, including six solo stops, forced two key fumbles, including one that led to a Brown touchdown, broke-up two passes, and was in on a tackle for a loss.

Craigwell also enjoyed a remarkable season for the Bears with 60 total tackles, second best on the Brown team. An outside linebacker, Craigwell also registered 5.5 tackles for a loss of 19 yards. He made seven tackles against Rhode Island, eight tackles, including six solo stops, against Holy Cross, and had a big game against Cornell with seven solo tackles, a forced fumble and two tackles for a loss.

2008 Ivy League Football Postseason Awards
* - Unanimous Selection
ALL-IVY
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
OL -- Daris Dale, Yale (Sr., Seattle, Wash.)
OL -- Paul Jasinowski, Brown (Jr., Washington, D.C.)
OL -- Shane Kelley, Brown (Sr., Naples, Fla.)
OL -- Chris Kovalcik, Penn (Sr., Westwood, Mass.)
OL -- James Williams, Harvard (Jr., Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
QB -- Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., Reading, Mass.)
RB -- *Jordan Culbreath, Princeton (Jr., Falls Church, Va.)
RB -- Mike McLeod, Yale (Sr., New Britain, Conn.)
WR -- Buddy Farnham, Brown (Jr., Andover, Mass.)
WR -- Matt Luft, Harvard (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
WR -- Bobby Sewall, Brown (Jr., Portsmouth, R.I.)
TE -- *Colin Cloherty, Brown (Sr., Bethesda, Md.)
PK -- Andrew Samson, Penn (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.)

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL -- Matt Curtis, Harvard (Sr., Peabody, Mass.) DL -- Kyle Hawari, Yale (Sr., Plano, Texas) DL -- David Howard, Brown (Sr., Columbia, Md.) DL -- Lou Miller, Columbia (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio) LB -- Bobby Abare, Yale (Sr., Acton, Mass.) LB -- Glenn Dorris, Harvard (Sr., Marietta, Ga.) LB -- Alex Gross, Columbia (So., Kettering, Ohio) LB -- Eric Schultz, Harvard (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.) DB -- Andrew Berry, Harvard (Sr., Bel Air, Md.) DB -- Tim Bax, Cornell (Sr., Chicago, Ill.) DB -- Nkosi Still, Brown (Sr., Hyde Park, Mass.) DB -- Chris Wynn, Penn (Jr., Flemington, N.J.) P -- Robert Ranney, Brown (Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich.)

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE OL -- Matthew Adkins, Brown (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.) OL -- Mike Brune, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.) OL -- Alex Spisak, Harvard (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.) OL -- Mark Paski, Princeton, Chester, N.J.) OL -- Steve Valenta, Cornell (Sr., Orland Park, Ill.) QB -- Michael Dougherty, Brown (Sr., Davie, Fla.) RB -- Michael DiMaggio, Penn (So., Sewell, N.J.) RB -- Gino Gordon, Harvard (So., Bonita, Calif.) RB -- Dereck Knight, Brown (Sr., Pawtucket, R.I.) WR -- Jesse Baker, Cornell (Sr., Platteville, Wis.) WR -- Austin Knowlin, Columbia (Jr., Newington, Conn.) WR -- Will Thanheiser, Princeton (Sr., Houston, Texas) TE -- Josh Koontz, Penn (Sr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.) PK -- John Rocholl, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE DL -- Peter Ajayi, Harvard (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) DL -- Desmond Bryant, Harvard (Sr., Elizabethtown, N.C.) DL -- Peter Buchignani, Princeton (Sr., Bloomington, Ill.) DL -- James Develin, Brown (Jr., Gilbertsville, Pa.) DL -- Joe Goniprow, Penn (Jr., Barrington, R.I.) DL -- Joe Hathway, Yale (Sr., Clifton, N.J.) DL -- Joe Rost, Penn (Sr., Carmichael, Calif.) LB -- Jay Colabella, Penn (Jr., West Harrison, N.Y.) LB -- Jake Lewko, Penn (Jr., Medford, N.J.) LB -- Drew Quinn, Columbia (Sr., Maineville, Ohio) LB -- Steve Ziogas, Brown (Sr., Bristol, Conn.) DB -- Larry Abare, Yale (Sr., Acton, Mass.) DB -- Chris Perkins, Brown (Jr., Bridgeton, Mo.) DB -- Steve Santoro, Yale (Sr., Airmont, N.Y.) DB -- Ian Wilson, Dartmouth (Sr., Burbank, Calif.) DB -- Collin Zych, Harvard (So., Plano, Texas) P -- Tom Mante, Yale (Jr., Westford, Mass.)

HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE OL -- Quentin Bernhard, Cornell (Jr., Alameda, Calif.) OL -- Zach Copple, Harvard (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.) OL -- Ty Davis, Yale (Sr., Fresno, Calif.) OL -- Ryan Pilconis, Harvard (Sr., Pottsville, Pa.) OL -- Tom Rodger, Harvard (Sr., Glen Ridge, N.J.) QB -- Nathan Ford, Cornell (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.) RB -- Milan Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., Mobile, Ala.) WR -- Tim McManus, Dartmouth (So., St. Paul, Minn.) WR -- Brian Walters, Cornell (Jr., Bothel, Wash.) TE -- Jason Miller, Harvard (Sr., Zionsville, Ind.) PK -- Patrick Long, Harvard (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.) PK -- Tom Mante, Yale (Jr., Westford, Mass.)

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE DL -- Owen Fraser, Columbia (Fr., Newburgh, N.Y.) DL -- Matt Koch, Princeton (Sr., Ponte Verde, Fla.) DL -- Guillermo Ruffolo, Penn (Sr., Webster, N.Y.) LB -- Scott Britton, Princeton (Jr., Newton, Pa.) LB -- Steven Cody, Princeton (So., Midlothian, Va.) LB -- Brady Hart, Yale (Sr., State College, Pa.) LB -- Graham Rihn, Cornell (Sr., Allison Park, Pa.) DB -- Miles Craigwell, Brown (Sr., Boston, Mass.) DB -- Britton Ertman, Penn (Sr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.) DB -- Casey Gerald, Yale (Sr., Dallas, Texas) DB -- Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Fr., Lafayette, Colo.) DB -- Jay Pilkerton, Yale (Sr., Nashville, Tenn.) DB -- Paul Rice, Yale (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio) P -- Ryan Coyle, Princeton (Sr., Princeton, N.J.) P -- John Rocholl, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.) P -- Brian Scullin, Dartmouth (Sr., Alexandra, Va.)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., QB, Reading, Mass.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Fr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)