Brown Football Players Earn All-Ivy Honors

Nov. 28, 2001

The Brown football team, who finished 6-3 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League, had 13 players honored by the Ivy League as All-Ivy selections in a vote of the eight Ivy League head football coaches.

Brown's senior class completed the season as the second most successful class in Brown football history. This year's seniors posted a 29-10 four-year record, one game behind last year's senior class, who posted a 30-10 four-year record.

Senior runningback Michael Malan (St. Louis, MO), junior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD) and senior fullback Michael Borgonzi (Everett, MA) were all unanimous first team All-Ivy selections. Seven Brown players earned second team All-Ivy honors, including junior offensive tackle Nick Bardo (Concord, NH), senior tight end David Brookman (Fullerton, CA), senior offensive tackle Dan Startsman (Terrace Park, OH), senior kicker Sean Jensen (Fairfield, CA), senior defensive tackle Dewey Ames (Atlanta, GA), junior linebacker Joel Barone (Shirley, NY), and junior free safety Hunter Young (Bethesda, MD). In addition, senior quarterback Kyle Rowley (Saunderstown, RI), senior defensive end Uwa Airhiavbere (McLean, VA), and junior linebacker Jeremiah Watts (Greenbelt, MD) were named honorable mention All-Ivy selections.

Malan earned first team All-Ivy honors for the second consecutive season, and finished his Brown career as the most prolific runner in Brown football history, rushing for a school record 3,266 yards, shattering the previous mark of 3,098 yards by Marquis Jesse from 1993-1996. Malan also became the first Brown player to run for 1,000 yards in consecutive years, rushing for 1,059 yards this season.

A punishing runner with a 5-11, 235 pound frame, Malan also made an impact on the Ivy League record book. His 3,266 rushing yards is fifth best in Ivy League history, while his 39 career touchdowns ranks fourth best in the Ivy record book. Malan tied the Brown mark for touchdowns in a season with 15 touchdown, seventh best in Ivy League history.

Ranked the number one wide receiver in the nation, Gessner's 1,182 receiving yards were first nationally with 131.3 yards per game. He made 83 catches in nine games and ranked second in the nation with 9.2 receptions per game. The 6-5, 220 Gessner, a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was named the National Player of the Week after a record-setting performance against Rhode Island, where he tied the school record with 19 receptions, and smashed the Brown record for receiving yards with 269. Gessner's 269 receiving yards are the most by an Ivy League player ever in a non-league game.

Gessner's name also resonates throughout the Ivy League record book. This year's 1,182 receiving yards by Gessner are 5th best in Ivy history, while his 83 receptions are 8th in the Ivy record book. Gessner's 12 touchdown receptions this season and 24 career TD receptions are 5th in Ivy football history. He is currently 6th in all-time Ivy League receptions with 180 catches.

Borgonzi, a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, is a punishing blocker, who plays an integral role in the success of Brown's offensive attack. His extraordinary blocking ability sprung Michael malan for 6.2 yards per game. Borgonzi, scored his first career touchdown in Brown's final game against Columbia, caught seven passes for 120 yards.

Jensen is the number one scoring kicker in Ivy League football history, kicking for 229 career points. He converted 9 of 13 field goals and 36 of 39 extra points this season, finishing his career with 29 field goals and 142 extra points. His 229 points is also 7th among all-time Ivy League scorers. He was named the Ivy League's Special Teams Player of the Week against Yale. Bardo and Startsman played key roles in the success of Brown's prolific offensive attack which ranked 9th nationally in total offense with 446.9 yards per game, 18th nationally in passing offence, and 14th in the nations in scoring with an average of 35.4 points per game. Startsman and Bardo were both honorable mention All-Ivy selections last season.

A second team All-Ivy selection for the second straight season, the 6-4, 250 Brookman had another stellar season for the Bears. He made 16 catches for 160 yards, averaging 10 yards per catch. Brookman caught a 12 yard touchdown pass against Dartmouth.

Barone led the Ivy League with an average of 12.8 tackles per game after earning his first start in Brown's third game of the season against Fordham. He finished with a team high 103 tackles, and picked up a fumble vs. Columbia and returned it 36 yards for his first collegiate touchdown. He was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week following his performance against Dartmouth where he registered a game high 15 tackles, including a quarterback sack which led to a touchdown. He made a career-high 16 tackles against Cornell and recorded 15 tackles vs. Penn and Yale.

Ames, a tri-captain of this year's team, was the heart of the Bears' defense, getting double-teamed throughout the season. He ranked fourth on this year's team in total tackles with 48 (29 solo, 19 assists). He registered a team-leading 4.5 quarterback sacks for a loss of 41 yards. Young was Brown's third leading tackler, and fourth in the Ivy League, with 84 tackles - 48 solo and 36 assists, and returned a fumble 82 yards for a touchdown against Cornell. Young also picked off his third career pass this season. A hard-hitting safety, Young had 64 tackles as a sophomore.

Rowley ranks in the Top 10 in the Brown single season record book in three categories: seventh in total offense (2,324 yards), sixth in passing yards (2,328 yards, and seventh in completions (188). He finished the season ranked 9th nationally in passing with 20.89 completions a game, and 19th in the nation in total offense with 258.4 yards per game. Rowley passed for a school-record 474 yards, and registered a school record 483 yards in total offense against then ninth-ranked Rhode Island in his second collegiate start.

Watts was second in the Ivy League in total tackles with 92 total hits, including six tackles for a loss and three quarterback sacks. He made a career-high 18 tackles against Penn. Watts finished the season with a big game against Columbia, making a team high 14 tackles with two tackles for a loss.

Airhiavbere, a tri-captain of this year's team, earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors for the second straight season. He made 31 tackles for the Bears this season, including 8 tackles for a loss and 3.5 quarterback sacks. He was named the Ivy League's defensive Player of the Week against Princeton with three quarterback sacks for a loss of 26 yards, and another tackle for a loss. Airhiavbere picked up a fumble against Dartmouth and returned it four yards for a touchdown, the second of his career.