Nov. 30, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island - Five members of Brown's 2005 Ivy League Championship football team have been named to the New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star Team. Senior running back Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA), senior offensive lineman Alex Jury (Minneapolis, MN), senior defensive back Jamie Gasparella (New Hudson, MI), junior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA), and sophomore kicker Steve Morgan (New Albany, OH) will be honored at the New England Football Writers Awards Banquet on Thursday, December 8, 2005, at the Lantana Restaurant in Randolph, Mass.
The unanimous winner of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, Hartigan is a final three selection for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top I-AA Player. Hartigan is the first Brown player to be included in the top three for the Payton Award.
A Rhodes Scholarship finalist and National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, Hartigan led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game). He 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's 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, his 52 rushing touchdowns in 31 career games rank ninth in NCAA history. Hartigan , a six-time Ivy League Player of the Week, 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).
A first team All-Ivy selection, Gasparella intercepted seven passes for the Bears, one short of the school record, while making 50 total tackles, fourth on this year's team. One of the top cover corners in the Ivy League, Gasparella ranked second in the nation in interceptions (.70 per game), and ranked fourth nationally in passes defended (1.50 per game). Gasparella's10 career interceptions are seventh in the Brown record book.
Jury, a first team All-Ivy selection, was a standout on the Bears' offensive line that helped clear the way for Hartigan's nation leading 172.7 rushing yards per game. Jury helped the Brown offense lead the Ivy League in scoring offense with 36.8 points per game, tenth in the nation. Brown also led the Ivy League in total offense (409.2 yards per game), and pass sacks against, allowing just five sacks the entire season, second in the nation.
A finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player and a two-time first team All-Ivy selection, DeOssie is making an appearance on the All-New England team for the second straight season. He was ranked in the Top 10 nationally in four different national defensive categories - total tackles, solo tackles, forced fumbles and tackles for a loss, before suffering a season ending injury in Brown's eighth game of the season. One of the dominating linebackers in the nation, DeOssie tied for the team lead in tackles with 80, including 12 tackles for a loss and five quarterback sacks. He was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he registered a career high 18 tackles on the road against Cornell, with 1.5 tackles for a loss.
The nation's leader in field goals (1,80 per game), Morgan established a new Ivy League record for kick scoring this season with 98 points, eclipsing the previous Ivy League record of 84 points. A two-time first team All-Ivy selection, Morgan holds the Brown record for field goals in a season, connecting on 18 of 23 field goals, second best in Ivy football history. Morgan's 47-yard field goal against Penn is the fifth longest in Brown football history. He finished the season ranked seventh nationally in scoring with 9.80 points per game. Morgan was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman.