13 Brown Football Players Earn All-Ivy Honors
PROVIDENCE, RI - After finishing second in the Ivy standings with a 4-3 league mark, 7-3 overall, 13 Brown players were named to the 2011 All-Ivy Football Team as selected by the eight Ancient Eight head football coaches. Senior defensive tackle Kyle Rettig (Clearwater, FL), senior linebacker Brett Wyman (Bridgewater, MA), senior safety Stephen Peyton (Woodland, CA), junior offensive tackle Jack Templeton (Ramsey, NJ), junior defensive back AJ Cruz (Lake Forest, CA), and senior punter Nate Lovett (East Providence, RI) were named first team All-Ivy selections.
Earning second team All-Ivy honors were senior center Jack Geiger (Whitefish Bay, WI), senior wide receiver Alex Tounkara-Kone (Staten Island, NY), senior defensive end Clayton McGrath (Longmeadow, MA), and senior outside linebacker Daniel Smithwick (Danville, CA). In addition, senior quarterback Kyle Newhall-Caballero (Gilbert, AZ), senior linebacker Matthew O'Donnell (Tipton, IA), and junior tailback Mark Kachmer (Wheaton, IL) were honorable mention All-Ivy selections.
Cruz earned All-Ivy honors for the third time in his career and first team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season. He ranked fifth on the Brown team with 60 total tackles and led the Bears with three interceptions, second best in the Ivy League. Cruz, who returned a kick-off 83 yards for a touchdown against Dartmouth, led the Ivy League and ranked fourth nationally in kick-off returns, averaging 31.15 yards per return.
Lovett is a three-time All-Ivy punter, who led the Ivy League and ranked 26th nationally in punting with a 40.84 yards per punt average. He had a big day against Harvard, punting seven times for a 43.7 yards per punt average. He twice pinned Harvard at the Crimson five-yard line and once at the seven. Lovett, who was recently named a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection, led the league by a wide margin with 21 punts inside the opponents' 20-yard line.
Peyton is now a two-time All-Ivy safety, who ranked fourth on the Brown team with 63 total tackles, including four tackles for a loss. He made a game-high 10 tackles and a key game-ending interception against the Crusaders and was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week. Peyton had nine tackles against Stony Brook and eight tackles against both Yale and Dartmouth.
Rettig, a co-captain of the 2011 team, ranked second on the Brown team with 10.5 tackles for a loss of 46 yards, while making 53 total tackles, sixth best on the Brown team. He led the Bears with 13 total tackles against Dartmouth, including two tackles for a loss. He turned in a strong performance against Yale with eight tackles, including seven solo stops, and two tackles for a loss.
Wyman earned All-Ivy honors for the first time in his career and ranked third on the Brown team with 65 total tackles. He made a game high nine solo tackles in Brown's win over Yale and had eight tackles against both Holy Cross and Columbia. Wyman also had four quarterback sacks and broke up four passes.
Templeton and Geiger took the majority of snaps and played key roles in the Bears' offense that averaged 364.5 yards in total offense and posted 23.6 points per game. The Brown offensive line allowed just 13 sacks for the season.
Tounkara-Kone is a two-time All-Ivy player who made 49 receptions and led the Bears with 590 receiving yards. Tounkara-Kone has 110 career receptions, 10th best in the Brown record book, and 1,381 career receiving yards, 11th best in Brown football history. He turned in an outstanding performance against Stony Brook, making seven receptions for 149 yards, while hauling in touchdown passes of 38 and 46 yards.
McGrath is a repeat All-Ivy selection, who ranked third in the Ivy League with 15.0 tackles for a loss, 21st best in the nation. McGrath had four tackles for a loss against Dartmouth, including a quarterback sack, and finished the season with three tackles for a loss and a quarterback sack against Columbia. He had six quarterback sacks for the season and finished with 53 total tackles.
A two-time Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, Smithwick led the Brown team with 77 total tackles and three interceptions. He helped the Brown defense to its first shutout since 1990 in a 34-0 win over Princeton with a 36-yard interception for a touchdown just 57 seconds into the game, while making eight tackles, including six solo stops and a tackle for a loss of 10 yards. He then led the Brown defense to its second straight home shutout in a win over Penn with seven tackles, one tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and an interception that set-up Brown's first field goal in a 6-0 win.
Newhall-Caballero, a first team All-Ivy selection in 2009, was the Ivy league's second leading passer after completing 226 of 369 passes for 2,356 yards and 18 touchdowns. His 226 completions rank sixth in the Brown record book. Newhall-Caballero finished his storied Brown career as one of the top quarterbacks in Ivy League football history. He ranks 12th all-time in Ivy League career touchdown passes (39), tenth in career Ivy completions (517), and 17th in career Ivy passing yards (5,472).
Kachmer is a two-time All-Ivy tailback who led the Bears in rushing with 569 yards on 126 carries. He was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career high 192 yards against Yale, including a Brown and Yale Bowl record 95-yard run for a touchdown, the fourth longest run in Ivy football history. He actually had all 99 yards in Brown's NCAA record 99-yard scoring drive. His 95-yard run bested the previous Brown rushing mark of 94 yards by Bob Flanders '71, also against Yale in 1968. He also ran for 97 yards against Harvard.
O'Donnell ranked second on the Brown team with 69 total tackles, including 5.5 for a loss. He had 10 tackles against Harvard, and led the Bears against Stony Brook with 12 tackles, including seven solo stops and two tackles for a loss of six yards. He led the Bears with three fumble recoveries, and intercepted a pass against Yale.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Jack Templeton, Brown (Jr., OL, Ramsey, N.J.)
Jeff Adams, Columbia (Sr., OL, Western Springs, Ill.)
Ryan O'Neill, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Orland Park, Ill.)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard (Sr., OT, San Clemente, Calif.)
*Greg Van Roten, Penn (Sr., OL, Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (So., QB, Camarillo, Calif.)
*Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth (Sr., RB, Norton, Mass.)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Jr., H-Back, Medina, Ohio)
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
Shane Savage, Cornell (Sr., WR, Leesburg, Va.)
Ryan Calvert, Penn (Sr., WR, Studio City, Calif.)
John Gallagher, Dartmouth (Sr., TE, Salem, Ore.)
Kyle Rettig, Brown (Sr., DL, Clearwater, Fla.)
*Josue Ortiz, Harvard (Sr., DL, Avon Park, Fla.)
Eddie Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., DL, Louisville, Ky.)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Jr., DL, Sykesville, Md.)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Jr., DL, Bronx, N.Y.)
Brett Wyman, Brown (Sr., LB, Bridgewater, Mass.)
Alex Gedeon, Harvard (Sr., LB, Hudson, Ohio)
*Erik Rask, Penn (Sr., LB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Haynes, Yale (Sr., LB, Folsom, Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Jr., DB, Lake Forest, Calif.)
Stephen Peyton, Brown (Sr., FS, Woodland, Calif.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., CB, Hialeah, Fla.)
*Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Sr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)
Brad Greenway, Cornell (Sr., PK, Encinitas, Calif.)
Nathan Lovett, Brown (Sr., P, East Providence, R.I.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., RS, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., RS, Hialeah, Fla.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Jr., OL, Akron, N.Y.)
Austen Fletcher, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Jr., OL, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Matt Allen, Princeton (Sr., OL, Tulsa, Okla.)
Jack Geiger, Brown (Sr., OL, Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Gabriel Fernandez, Yale (Sr., OL, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Collier Winters, Harvard (Sr., QB, Claremore, Okla.)
Trevor Scales, Harvard (Jr., RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Alex Thomas, Yale (Sr., RB, Ansonia, Conn.)
Alexander Tounkara-Kone, Brown (Sr., WR, Staten Island, N.Y.)
Kurt Ondash, Cornell (Jr., WR, New Canaan, Conn.)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., WR, Midlothian, Va.)
Cameron Brate, Harvard (So., TE, Naperville, Ill.)
Clayton McGrath, Brown (Sr., DL, Longmeadow, Mass.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DT, Brockton, Mass.)
Jared Sholly, Penn (Sr., DL, Clear Lake, Iowa)
Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL, Bayville, N.Y.)
Jake Stoller, Yale (Sr., DL, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Jr., LB, Aurora, Colo.)
Steven Cody, Princeton (Sr., LB, Midlothian, Va.)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Jr., LB, Plainfield, Ill.)
Will McHale, Yale (Jr., LB, Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Daniel Smithwick, Brown (Sr., DB, Danville, Calif.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., CB, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Brian Owusu, Harvard (Jr., DB, Oxnard, Calif.)
Matt Hamscher, Penn (Sr., DB, Whitehall, Pa.)
Drew Baldwin, Yale (Sr., DB, Alexandria, Va.)
Patrick Jacob, Princeton (Sr., PK, Solon, Ohio)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Jr., P, Edwards, Ill.)
Gio Christodoulou, Yale (Sr., RS, Miami)
Chris Smith, Yale (So., RS, Midlothian, Va.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Scott Ward, Columbia (Jr., OT, Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Kyle Cook, Dartmouth (Sr., OT, Anaheim, Calif.)
Jon Bonadies, Penn (Jr., OL, Leonia, N.J.)
Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Brown (Sr., QB, Gilbert, Ariz.)
Sean Brackett, Columbia (Jr., QB, Brooklyn, Conn.)
Patrick Witt, Yale (Sr., QB, Wylie, Texas)
Mark Kachmer, Brown (Jr., RB, Wheaton, Ill.)
Brandon Colavita, Penn (Jr., RB, Sewell, N.J.)
Luke Tasker, Cornell (Jr., WR, East Aurora, N.Y.)
Chris Lorditch, Harvard (Sr., WR, Chalfront, Pa.)
Deon Randall, Yale (So., WR, San Diego)
Hamilton Garner, Columbia (So., TE, Duluth, Ga.)
Ryan Houska, Cornell (Sr., TE, Plymouth, Mich.)
Luke Nawrocki, Penn (Sr., TE, Syosset, N.Y.)
Zack Imhoff, Cornell (Sr., DE, Cincinnati)
John Lyon, Harvard (Jr., DE, Durham, N.C.)
Matthew O'Donnell, Brown (Sr., LB, Tipton, Iowa)
Brandon Lainhart, Cornell (Sr., LB, Cincinnati)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (So., LB, Los Angeles)
Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Jr., LB, Hyde Park, Mass.)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Jr., LB, Lewisville, Texas)
Joey Casey, Dartmouth (Sr., DB, Noblesville, Ind.)
Dan Minamide, Harvard (Sr., DB, Escondido, Calif.)
Foley Schmidt, Dartmouth (Sr., PK, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Jr., P, Gaylord, Mich.)