December 22, 2005

Brown's Nick Hartigan Earns NCAA Top VIII Award

Dec. 22, 2005

Indianapolis, Indiana - He led Brown to the Ivy League championship by running for school and Ivy League records. He is the Ivy League Player of the Year and a first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Sports Network and the American Football Coaches Association. He is the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year and a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award winner. He'll be playing in the 2006 East-West Shrine Game in San Antonio, Texas in January. He was a final three selection for the Walter Payton Award as the nation's top I-AA player, and even received two Heisman Trophy votes.

Now Brown running back Nick Hartigan (Fairfax Station, VA) can lay claim to one of the penultimate awards the NCAA can present a student-athlete, the prestigious NCAA Top VIII Award.

Each year, the NCAA honors eight standout student-athletes for their athletics success, academic achievements and community service as recipients of the NCAA Today's Top VIII. The honorees, chosen by the NCAA Honors Committee, will be recognized January 7, 2006 during the Honors Dinner at the 100th annual NCAA Convention in Indianapolis.

Hartigan was unanimous selection for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year, after leading Brown to a 9-1 record and the Ivy League Championship. He was also named the ECAC Division I-AA Player of the Year.

An exemplary student-athlete, Hartigan was honored as the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine National Academic All-American of the Year, the highest academic recognition attainable for a student-athlete. He was also named a First Team National Academic All-American for the second consecutive season, and was one of 16 players in the nation to be awarded a National Football Foundation Scholarship.

A first team All-American by the Associated Press, Walter Camp, the Sports Network and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Hartigan is the second player in Ivy League Football history to be honored as a First Team All-American and First Team Academic All-American. He joins Yale's Rich Diana as the only Ivy Leaguers to earn first-team All-America and Academic All-America status in the same season.

He is a six-time Ivy League Player of the Week and holder of three career Ivy League scoring 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).

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. He also led the nation in rushing (172.7 yards per game) and scoring (12.6 points per game).

Hartigan is the first player in Brown football history to win the Harry Agganis/Harold Zimman Award as the outstanding Division I senior football player in New England. The award was presented December 8th at the New England Football Writers Annual Dinner. He has also been chosen the winner of the Swede Nelson Award by the Gridiron Club of greater Boston.

To read the NCAA release on its Top VIII award winners go to: http://www2.ncaa.org/media_and_events/press_room/2005/december/20051221_topviii_rls.html