Dec. 3, 2008
Providence, RI - Four members of Brown's 2008 Ivy League Champion football team were selected to the All-New England Football Team. Junior wide receiver Buddy Farnham (Andover, Mass.) earned All-New England honors for the second straight season, while senior defensive tackle David Howard (Columbia, MD), senior offensive tackle Shane Kelley (Naples, FL) and junior wide receiver Bobby Sewall (Portsmouth, RI) earned All-New England honors for the first time.
Brown finished its 2008 season with a 6-1 Ivy League record, winning its fourth Ivy League title, and third Ivy Championship in the last 10 years under head coach Phil Estes.
Now a two-time first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, Farnham twice earned the Boston Globe Gold Helmet Award winner as the New England Player of the Week. His 63 receptions and 816 receiving were third in the Ivy League, while he ranked second in the league with 149.5 all-purpose yards per game. Farnham's 1,892 career receiving yards are 27th in the Ivy League record book, while his 155 career receptions are 20th in Ivy history. Farnham earned one of his Gold Helmet awards against Princeton with 228 all-purpose yards, including 79 receiving yards with a 20 yard touchdown, 27 rushing yards with a three-yard touchdown run, 55 kickoff return yards, and 67 punt return yards.
Howard, a first team All-Ivy selection, had a breakout season for the Bears, playing a key role in Brown's stingy rushing defense that allowed just 77.1 yards per game to lead the Ivy League and rank fourth nationally. Howard led the Bears and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with 13 tackles for a loss of 69 yards. He also made 6.5 quarterbacks to rank third in the Ivy League, and finished the season with 30 total tackles, including 17 solo stops.
Kelley, playing the key left tackle position, has been a three-year starter for coach Estes' Brown football team. Kelley, who earned first team All-Ivy honors, helped the Bears' offense to 379.5 total yards per game, third in the Ivy League, and the league's second best passing offense with 267.7 yards per game. Brown's 29.3 points per game led the Ivy League. As a group, the Bears' offensive line allowed an Ivy League best seven sacks all year, sixth best in the nation, while passing 384 times.
A triple receiving, running and passing threat, Sewall, a first team All-Ivy selection, ranked ninth in the nation with 6.9 receptions per game, and 14th nationally with 94.80 receiving yards per game. He led the Ivy League in receptions (69), receiving yards (948) and scoring (8.4 points per game), registering eight receiving touchdowns and six touchdowns via the run. Sewall also etched his name in the Ivy League record book with 144 career receptions, 25th best in Ivy football history. Against Cornell, Sewall made 11 receptions for 181 yards with touchdown grabs of 52 and 33 yards.
2008 All-New England Football Team DEFENSE DL Don Smith Bryant Jr. DL Matt Curtis Harvard Sr. DL Jovan Belcher Maine Sr. DL David Howard Brown Sr. LB Bobby Abare Yale Sr. LB Eric Schultz Harvard Sr. LB Phil Higgins Northeastern Sr. LB Matt Parent New Hampshire Sr. LB Matt Hansen Rhode Island So. DB Andre Isla Sacred Heart Jr. DB Andrew Berry Harvard Sr. DB Courtney Robinson Massachusetts Sr. DB Ian Wilson Dartmouth Sr.
OFFENSE QB Chris Pizzotti Harvard Sr. QB Dominic Randolph Holy Cross Sr. RB Tony Nelson Massachusetts Jr. RB James Mallory Central Conn. Jr. WR Bobby Sewall Brown Jr. WR Mike Boyle New Hampshire Sr. WR John Brock Holy Cross Sr. WR Buddy Farnham Brown Jr. TE Brian Mandeville Northeastern Sr. OL Darius Dale Yale Sr. OL Shane Kelley Brown Sr. OL Ryan Canary Maine Sr. OL James Williams Harvard Jr. OL Josh Droesch New Hampshire Sr.
SPECIAL TEAMS PK Matt Partain Holy Cross Sr. P Brett Arnold Massachusetts Sr. KR Brett McDermott Holy Cross Sr.