Nov. 28, 2005
Providence, RI - Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA), Brown University's senior All-American running back and unanimous Ivy League Player of the Year, has finished in the top three in the voting for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top I-AA player. The top three Payton Award vote getters - Hartigan, New Hampshire's Ricky Santos, and Eastern Washington's Erik Meyer - have been invited to attend the 19th Annual I-AA College Football Awards Dinner on December 15th in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the winner of the Payton Award will be announced.
The Sports Network established the Walter Payton Player of the Year Award in 1987, and it is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player on the Division I-AA level. The winner is chosen by a nationwide panel of media and college sports information directors from the division.
A six-time Ivy League Player of the Week and holder of three career Ivy League scoring records, Hartigan is the first Brown player to be included in the top three of the Payton voting.
Hartigan ran for 100 or more yards 23 times in his Brown career, and rushed for a Brown record 1,727 yards in 2005, second best in Ivy League football history. He set additional Brown records for touchdowns (21) and points (126) in a season. His 4,492 career rushing yards are third best in the Ivy record book and rank 20th in NCAA history. Hartigan, a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game).
His 172.7 yards per game this season ranks 15th in the NCAA I-AA record book, while his 144.9 career yards per game average is ninth in the NCAA record book. In addition, Hartigan's 52 rushing touchdowns in 31 career games rank ninth in NCAA history.
Hartigan also established several Ivy League career records, including new marks for career rushing touchdowns (52), career points (324), and career touchdowns (54). He also established new league records for Ivy career rushing touchdowns (35), Ivy career points (222), Ivy career touchdowns (37) and Ivy season touchdowns (16).
The unanimous winner of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, Hartigan helped the Bears to a 9-1 record, 6-1 Ivy, and the 2005 Ivy League Championship, Brown's first-ever outright Ivy League title in football.