Dec. 5, 2005
Providence, Rhode Island - Brown University senior runningback Nick Hartigan '06 (Fairfax Station, VA), a National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete and finalist for the Draddy Award, considered the "Academic Heisman," has been named the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine National Academic All-American of the Year in football, the highest academic recognition attainable for a student-athlete. He was also named a First Team National CoSIDA Academic All-American for the second consecutive season.
Hartigan is the second Ivy League football player in 50 years to be honored as the Academic All-American of the Year. He burst onto the national scene in 2005 with record setting performances on the playing field and in the classroom, and has earned a myriad of honors and awards after helping the Brown Football Team to the 2005 Ivy League Championship. He has posted a 3.91 GPA, concentrating in Political Science and History.
Hartigan, the unanimous winner of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, finished in the top three in the voting for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top I-AA player, and has been invited to attend the 19th Annual I-AA College Football Awards Dinner on December 15th in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where the winner of the Payton Award will be announced.
A six-time Ivy League Player of the Week and holder of three career Ivy League scoring records, Hartigan is the first Brown player to be included in the top three of the Payton voting. Hartigan, led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game).
Hartigan is also the first player in Brown football history to win the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the outstanding Division I football player in New England. He will be presented with the Agganis/Zimman Award at the New England Football Writers Awards Banquet on December 8th.
Hartigan ran for 100 or more yards 23 times in his Brown career, and rushed for a Brown record 1,727 yards in 2005, second best in Ivy League football history. He set additional Brown records for touchdowns (21) and points (126) in a season. His 4,492 career rushing yards are third best in the Ivy record book and rank 20th in NCAA history.
His 172.7 yards per game this season ranks 15th in the NCAA I-AA record book, while his 144.9 career yards per game average is ninth in the NCAA record book. In addition, Hartigan's 52 rushing touchdowns in 31 career games rank ninth in NCAA history.
Hartigan also established several Ivy League career records, including new 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).