May 29, 2002
Providence, RI -
Senior linebacker Andrew Gallagher (Orefield, PA) and senior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD) have been elected Brown Football captains for the 2002 season. The two were elected in a vote of their teammates.
Gallagher missed most of the 2001 season after injuring an ankle in Brown's second game of the season against Rhode Island. He returned late in the season and finished with 49 tackles in four games. Gallagher led the Bears with 15 tackles in Brown's season opener against Harvard, and made 7 tackles, including two for a loss, against Columbia. He registered 40 tackles his sophomore season, including six tackles for a loss.
A first team All-American in 2001, Gessner led the nation in receiving yards, the second straight year a Brown receiver has led the nation in receiving. He was a first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection and second team All-American by The Sports Network and AP. In addition, Gessner was a finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the nation's top I-AA player.
Gessner's 1,182 receiving yards was first in the nation and 5th best in Ivy history, averaging 131.3 yards per game. He was second in the nation with 9.2 receptions per game, making 83 catches, which ranks 8th in the Ivy record book. Gessner's 12 touchdown receptions in 2001 and 24 career TD receptions are 5th in Ivy football history, and he is currently 6th in all-time Ivy League receptions with 180 catches. He tied the Brown record with 19 receptions against Rhode Island, and smashed the Brown record for receiving yards with 269 against the Rams.