Malan and Gessner Earn All-New England HonorsSenior runningback Michael Malan (St. Louis, MO), Brown's all-time career rusher, and junior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD), the nation's top receiver, have been named to the 27-player All-New England Division I-AA All-Star Team as selected by the New England Football Writers.
Malan , a two-time first team All-Ivy selection, finished his Brown career as the most prolific runner in Brown football history, rushing for a school record 3,266 yards, shattering the previous mark of 3,098 yards by Marquis Jesse from 1993-1996. Malan also became the first Brown player to run for 1,000 yards in consecutive years, rushing for 1,059 yards this season.
Malan was named the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Week and the New England Sportswriters Gold Helmet Award after rushing for a school record 267 yards and five touchdowns against Fordham. He broke the previous Brown rushing mark of 237 yards held by Marquis Jessie '97 vs. Columbia in 1993. Malan's five touchdowns came on runs of 7, 2, 31, 1 and 84 yards, tying a 96-year old Brown record of 30 points held by Guss Russ against Vermont in 1905.
A punishing runner with a 5-11, 235 pound frame, Malan also made an impact on the Ivy League record book. His 3,266 rushing yards is fifth best in Ivy League history, while his 39 career touchdowns ranks fourth best in the Ivy record book. Malan tied the Brown mark for touchdowns in a season with 15 touchdown, seventh best in Ivy League history.
Ranked the number one wide receiver in the nation, Gessner's 1,182 receiving yards were first nationally with 131.3 yards per game. A first team All-Ivy selection, Gessner made 83 catches in nine games and ranked second in the nation with 9.2 receptions per game.
The 6-5, 220 Gessner, a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, was named the National Player of the Week after a record-setting performance against Rhode Island, where he tied the school record with 19 receptions, and smashed the Brown record for receiving yards with 269. Gessner's 269 receiving yards are the most by an Ivy League player ever in a non-league game.
Gessner's name also resonates throughout the Ivy League record book. This year's 1,182 receiving yards by Gessner are 5th best in Ivy history, while his 83 receptions are 8th in the Ivy record book. Gessner's 12 touchdown receptions this season and 24 career TD receptions are 5th in Ivy football history. He is currently 6th in all-time Ivy League receptions with 180 catches.