Oct. 5, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown senior tailback Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) has earned the prestigious Boston Globe/New England Football Writers' Gold Helmet Award as the outstanding player in New England for his performance in Brown's 45-35 victory over Rhode Island on Saturday.
Hartigan, who had previously been named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network and a National I-AA.org Weekly All-Star, rushed for a career high 252 yards and four touchdowns against URI. Hartigan, who is running for an average of 152.7 yards per game, second best in the nation, scored touchdowns on runs of 8, 12, 10 and 34 yards against the Rams. His 252 yards are the second most in Brown's 128-year football history.
A two -time first team All-Ivy selection and Academic All-American, Hartigan is one of 16 players to be chosen by The Sports Network for the "Payton Watch" as a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, presented to the nation's top player in I-AA Football.
Hartigan is looking to become Brown's all-time career rushing leader this week vs. Fordham. His 3,223 career rushing yards are just 43 yards behind Brown's all-time mark of 3,266 yards by Michael Malan from 1999-2001.
Hartigan is a standout in the classroom. He's a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, a two-time Academic All-Ivy selection, and a semi-finalist for the 2005 National Football Foundation's Draddy Trophy, the "Academic" Heisman, posting a 3.91 GPA in Political Science and History.