Nov. 22, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown University senior All-American running back Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA), a six-time Ivy League Player of the Week and holder of three Ivy League records, has been named the unanimous winner of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year after helping the Bears to a 9-1 record, 6-1 Ivy, and the 2005 Ivy League Championship, Brown's first-ever outright Ivy title.
Joining Hartigan on the All-Ivy first team is senior wide receiver Jarrett Schreck (Montville, NJ), senior offensive guard Alex Jury (Minneapolis, MN), sophomore kicker Steve Morgan (New Albany, OH), senior defensive tackle Pat Curran (Pleasanton, CA), senior defensive back Jamie Gasparella (New Hudson, MI), a unanimous selection, and junior linebacker Zak DeOssie (North Andover, MA).
In addition, senior tight end David Turner (Cincinnati, OH), senior full back Carson Brennan (Westwood, MA), senior center Noori Abdul-Ghani (Cincinnati, OH), junior offensive tackle Alex Doty (Sacramento, CA) and senior linebacker/defensive end James Frazier (Bellwood, IL) were second team All-Ivy selections. Junior wide receiver Lonnie Hill (Salem, MA), junior quarterback Joseph DiGiacomo (Doylestown, PA) and senior defensive end Steven Storrs (Coppell, TX) earned honorable mention All-Ivy honors.
Hartigan, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top player, is the third Brown player to earn the Bushnell Cup in 50 years of Ivy League football. Bears' wide receiver Sean Morey captured Ivy Player of the Year honors in 1997, and quarterback James Perry earned the Bushnell Cup in 1999.
A National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, Hartigan led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game). He rushed for a Brown record 1,727 yards in 2005, second best in Ivy League football history. His 4,492 career rushing yards are third best in the Ivy record book and 20th in NCAA history. Hartigan established several Ivy League career records, including 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).
His 172.7 yards per game this season ranks 15th in the NCAA I-AA record book, while his 144.9 yards per game career average is ninth in the NCAA record book. In addition, Hartigan's 52 rushing touchdowns in 31 career games rank ninth in NCAA history.
DeOssie, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation's top defensive player, 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. Now a two-time first team All-Ivy selection, DeOssie 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.
Schreck also earned first team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season after ranking second in the Ivy League with 78.1 receiving yards per game, 24th best in the nation. His 2,440 career receiving yards rank fourth in the Brown record book and 13th in Ivy history, while his 145 career receptions are fifth in the Bears' record book. Schreck had a big game against Harvard for the second straight season, making 9 catches for 223 yards and two touchdowns. His 223 receiving yards rank third in Brown football history, and ninth-best in the Ivy League record book. He also made an 85-yard touchdown reception against Cornell, the second-longest pass play in Brown football history.
Morgan, the nation's leader in field goals (1.80 per game, picked-up where he left off a year ago, when he was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a first team All-Ivy kicker. Morgan established a new Ivy League record for kick scoring this season with 98 points, eclipsing the Ivy League record of 84 points. 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. Morgan finished the season ranked seventh nationally in scoring with 9.80 points per game.
Gasparella, a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, 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.
Curran, a 6-3, 260 tackle, earned All-Ivy honors for the first time in his career. His 10 tackles for a loss ranked second on the Brown team and eighth in the Ivy League. Curran was sixth on this year's team with 48 total tackles, including 23 solo stops. He also recorded four quarterback sacks for a loss of 28 yards.
Jury, a second team All-Ivy selection in 2004, Abdul-Ghani and Doty were all standouts on an offensive line that helped clear the way for Hartigan's nation leading 172.7 rushing yards per game. The trio 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.
Frazier, a second team All-Ivy selection a year ago, was the ultimate team player for the Bears, switching from defensive end to inside linebacker in four games this year due to team injuries. He made a team-leading 80 tackles, including 42 solo hits, while making 4.5 tackles for a loss. Brown's tri-captain had a season-high 11 tackles vs. Dartmouth and 10 tackles against both Cornell and Columbia. . He made seven tackles against Penn in helping the Brown defense limit the Quakers to just 110 yards on the ground, including one tackle for a loss.
Turner earned second team All-Ivy honors for the second straight season. An outstanding blocker, Turner was third on this year's team with 21 receptions, catching two touchdowns, the game-winner against Princeton, and one against Columbia.
Brennan earned All-Ivy honors for the first time in his career after making 8 catches for 122 yards, and rushing for 11 yards. He hauled in a 22-yard touchdown pass in Brown's win over Penn. Brennan was used primarily as a blocking back in Brown's high-powered offense.
DiGiacomo completed 121 of 231 passes for 1,800 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2005. His 3,314 career passing yards rank fourth in the Brown record book, while his 233 career completions rank fifth in the Brown record book. Digiacomo scored on a dazzling 40-yard scramble against Penn, and passed for 224 yards and two touchdowns against Cornell, including an 85-yard touchdown pass completion to senior Jarrett Schreck, the second longest pass play in Brown football history. In addition, DiGiacomo's 20 career touchdown passes rank seventh in the Brown record book.
Hill, a second team All-Ivy selection in 2003, ranked second on the Bears' squad with 33 receptions for 563 yards and five touchdowns. Hill's 1,432 career receiving yards rank seventh in the Brown record book, while his 109 career receptions rank sixth in Brown football history. Hill had 109 receiving yards vs. Rhode Island, making four catches, including a long reception of 66 yards. He made two big touchdown receptions vs. Fordham, making TD catches of 27 and 34 yards, making five catches overall for 85 yards.
A two-year starter for the Bears, Storrs ranked eighth on this year's squad with 33 total tackles, including 17 solo hits. Among his 4.5 quarterback sacks was a big hit against Cornell that forced a fumble and led to a Brown fourth-quarter touchdown. He also forced a fumble at the goal line vs. Dartmouth that was recovered in the end zone for a touchdown. Storrs also had 5.5 tackles for a loss of 24 yards.