Dec. 2, 2003
Brown University defensive end Jessie Hawkins (Ojai, CA) and sophomore runningback Nick Hartigan (Fairfax, VA) have been named to the 2003 New England Football Writers Division I-AA All-Star Team. The duo helped Brown to a second place finish in the Ivy League standings with a 4-3 league mark, 5-5 overall.
Hawkins, a first team All-Ivy selection, established himself as one of the premier defensive ends in the Ivy League. A relentless pass rusher, Hawkins made 8 quarterback sacks, second best in the Ivy League, and registered 13 tackles for a loss of 56 yards.
Hawkins was named the Ivy League's Defensive Player of the Week after making seven tackles against Penn, including four tackles for a loss of 21 yards and three tackles for a loss. He also caused a fumble vs. the Quakers, stripping the ball away from Penn QB Mike Mitchell. Hawkins finished the season with 41 total tackles, including 31 solo stops.
Hartigan, a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection, set a single season Brown rushing record with 1,498 yards, the most ever by an Ivy League sophomore, breaking the previous mark of 1,409 yards by Cornell's Ed Maranaro in 1965. He ranked second in the nation in rushing with 149.8 yards per game, rushing for 200 or more yards three times, including a 214 yard performance against Fordham, the fifth best rushing day in Brown football history.
In addition, Hartigan ranked second nationally in all-purpose running with 180.6 yards per game, and eighth nationally in scoring with 9.6 points per game (16 touchdowns). His 96 points also set a single season Brown record, breaking the previous mark of 90 points by Guss Russ (1905), Sean Morey (1997) and Michael Malan (2000, 2001).
Hartigan rushed for 100 or more yards in eight of Brown's 10 games this season, and ran for 1,103 yards in seven Ivy League games this season, fourth best in the Ivy League record book. With Hartigan running for 1,498 rushing yards this year, only Ed Marinello (1,881 yards in 1971) and Keith Elias (1,701 yards in 1992, and 1,575 yards in 1993) have run for more yards in a season.