Dec. 18, 2001
Brown University junior wide receiver Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD), the nation's leading wide receiver, has been selected a second team NCAA I-AA All-American by The Sports Network.
Gessner is following in the footsteps of a long line of All-American wide receivers at Brown. Stephen Campbell '01 was a first team All-American last year after setting an NCAA record with 120 receptions. Sean Morey '99 was also a first team All-American, and holds the Ivy League record for receiving yards in a season and career.
Gessner's 1,182 receiving yards in 2001 were first nationally with 131.3 yards per game. A first team All-Ivy and All-New England selection, Gessner made 83 catches in nine games and ranked second in the nation with 9.2 receptions per game.
A finalist for the prestigious Walter Payton Award, presented annually by The Sports Network to the nation's top I-AA player, the 6-5, 220 Gessner was named the Ivy League Player of the Week and the NCAA I-AA National Player of the Week after a record-setting performance against Rhode Island. He tied the Brown record with 19 receptions against the Rams, and smashed the Brown record for receiving yards with 269, the most yards ever by an Ivy League player in a non-league game.
Gessner, a former Ivy League Rookie of the Year, is listed 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.