John Spooney and Emory Polley Named Ivy League Players of the Week
Providence, R.I. - Brown senior tailback John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) was named the Ivy League Co-Offensive Player of the Week and senior defensive back Emory Polley (University Heights, Ohio) was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for their roles in Brown's 27-0 victory over first place Penn on Saturday.
Spooney ran to a record-setting day in the Bears' win over the Quakers. He set an Ivy League record with two 90-plus yard runs for touchdowns, becoming the first player in League history to accomplish the feat in the same day and just the second to do so in the same season. The reigning Ivy League champion in the 100 meters scored on the game's first play from scrimmage, running 93 yards for a touchdown, at the time, the third-longest rush ever at Brown. He later outran the Penn defense again for a 94-yard score, the second-longest run in school history and tied for the ninth longest in Ivy history. He finished the game with 232 rushing yards, the sixth-best, single-game effort in school history.
Polley led the Bears' defense to its second shutout victory over Penn in the last three years with two interceptions to go along with four total tackles (three solo). Polley's first interception came deep in Brown territory, at the Bears' four-yard line, keeping Penn off the scoreboard. He picked off a second pass at the Brown 18-yard line and ran it back 40 yards in the fourth quarter to preserve the shutout. Polley now leads the nation (FCS) in interceptions with five picks through seven games.
The Bears return to the gridiron on Saturday, November 9, traveling to New Haven, Conn., to battle Yale. Kickoff is 12 noon at the Yale Bowl.