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December 6, 2010

Dartmouth's Schwieger, Harvard's Gordon Share 2010 Football Player of Year Award

Presentation Video: Part I | Part II | Part III
Photo Gallery (Photos courtesy of Gene Boyars)

Dartmouth: Nick Schwieger Stats | Nick Schwieger Interview | Buddy Teevens Interview
Harvard: Gino Gordon Stats | Gino Gordon Interview | Tim Murphy Interview

Complete 2010 Football All-Ivy in pdf format

NEW YORK -- Two players who share the connection of the same position and jersey number on the football field will now be connected to each other forever in the Ivy League annals.

Dartmouth junior tailback Nick Schwieger and Harvard senior running back Gino Gordon were unveiled as the 2010 recipients of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which honors the Ivy League Football Player of Year, at a special reception and press conference in the Hilton Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel as part of the festivities surrounding the 53rd National Football Foundation Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.

For the second-straight season and just the third time in 41 years, Schwieger and Gordon share the award, following the two previous occurrences in 1970 (Dartmouth quarterback Jim Chasey and Cornell running back Ed Marinaro), the first year of the award, and in 2009 (Brown wide receiver Buddy Farnham and Penn linebacker Jake Lewko). Marinaro has the distinction as the only Bushnell Cup winner elected to the College Football Hall of Fame (1991).

Selected by a vote of the League's eight head coaches, Schwieger and Gordon were chosen from a list of nominees that included finalists Billy Ragone, a sophomore quarterback from Penn, and Trey Peacock, a senior wide receiver from Princeton. Sharing this honor could not be more fitting for Schwieger and Gordon as the two share the same No. 22 jersey number and produced similar seasons for their respective teams, each earning first-team All-Ivy recognition for the second-consecutive year.

A native of Norton, Mass., Schwieger enjoyed one of the best seasons ever for a Big Green running back, accumulating 1,133 yards -- the second most in school history -- on 242 carries to lead the Ivy League in rushing for the second-straight year and rank sixth nationally at 125.9 yards per game while tying a school record with 14 rushing touchdowns. He also was second on the team with 28 receptions for 210 yards, plus he tossed a 62-yard touchdown pass during the season. Six times Schwieger posted 100-yard games with a season-high of 216 at Bucknell. He was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week three times and led the League in scoring at 9.3 points per game (84 total) and all-purpose yards (158.8 per game), ranking among the top 15 in the country in both statistical categories.

"Nick certainly was the difference-maker on offense, our go-to guy," said Dartmouth head coach and 1978 Bushnell Cup winner Buddy Teevens. "He not only made the big plays, but also was a very unselfish player in the backfield as a competent blocker. A tough, physical, aggressive and very intelligent runner, Nick will deliver on every hit; he does not have a self-preservation reflex. We could confidently throw the ball to Nick as well, and he could turn throws behind the line into 15-20 yard plays. Even with all of his talent, he is a very humble kid, always giving accolades to his teammates and thankful for the blocking he gets up front."

A native of Bonita, Calif., Gordon ran for 1,059 yards this season, the seventh-highest single-season mark at Harvard, and became the first Crimson player in four years to reach the 1,000-yard mark. Gordon led the Ivy League at 6.3 yards per carry and became just the fifth player at Harvard to record 10 rushing touchdowns in a single season. For his career, he ran for 2,643 yards – the fourth-highest mark in school annals. He ran for 23 touchdowns and had 25 scores in all. Gordon will graduate as Harvard's all-time leader in yards per carry at 5.3, ahead of the Ivy League's all-time leading rusher Clifton Dawson. Following the season, he was chosen by his teammates to receive the Frederick Greeley Crocker Award as the program's most valuable player.

"Gino was our most valuable player in so many ways," said Harvard head coach Tim Murphy. "First and foremost he produced at an extremely high level on the field game after game since his freshman year. He was perhaps the best open field runner in Harvard history with an amazing 5.3 yards per carry for his career, which is among the best in Ivy League history. What made Gino special though was the fact that he was the rare running back with no weaknesses. He was a great inside and outside runner. He was perhaps the best blocking back in Harvard history and was flexible enough to play wide receiver. What really distinguished Gino among his peers and coaches was his leadership. No one worked harder, no one was did a better job leading by example and he was always willing to hold his team mates to the same high standard he held himself.

"As coaches and players we are driven enough at times not to want to share anything. However, in this season, it seems appropriate that Nick and Gino, Dartmouth and Harvard share this award as these two student-athletes represent the best of what college football has to offer."

NICK SCHWIEGER QUOTES
On winning the award...
"It is with great honor that I accept this award. So many great players have won this award before me, and to be considered amongst the likes of Keith Elias, Jay Fiedler and Ryan Fitzpatrick is a privilege. I want to thank my offensive line and our tight ends for all they did this year. They know that much of my success can be attributed to their hard work. The receivers also did a great job blocking downfield, and [quarterback Conner] Kempe really stepped up as a leader of our offense.

Looking ahead to the 2011 season...
"With a lot of starters returning on offense for us next year, I'm really looking forward to a potential Ivy League Championship. Receiving this award only makes me hungrier for next year's possibilities."

GINO GORDON QUOTES
On winning the award...
"First of all, it is a great honor to win this award. I took a look at the names of past winners and it is great to be sharing it with them and it is also great to be sharing it with Nick [Schwieger] because he is a great athlete and a really great player. I think, especially for a running back, this turns into a team award because as a running back you are only as good as your offensive line. This award also says a lot about how well our team came together so, again, it is a great honor.

Reflecting on his four years with the Harvard football team...
"I have had a lot of personal success and I cherish that but what really warms my heart is that I spent four years getting to know new players each year, creating a brotherhood where all of us struggled together, bled together, did everything together; it was a great experience and I am so thankful to have been a part of it."

 

Presented annually since 1970, the Asa S. Bushnell Cup honors its namesake, a 1921 Princeton alumnus and the commissioner of the Eastern College Athletic Conference from 1938 to 1970. The Bushnell Cup is presented by the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials and is awarded by a vote of the Ivy League's eight head football coaches to the player who displays outstanding qualities of leadership, competitive spirit, contribution to the team, and accomplishments on the field..

Asa S. Bushnell Cup All-Time Recipient List
1970 - Jim Chasey, QB, Dartmouth & Ed Marinaro#, RB, Cornell
1971 - Ed Marinaro#, RB, Cornell
1972 - Dick Jauron*, RB, Yale
1973 - Jim Stoeckel, QB, Harvard
1974 - Walt Snickenberger, RB, Princeton
1975 - Doug Jackson, RB, Columbia
1976 - John Pagliaro, RB, Yale
1977 - John Pagliaro, RB, Yale
1978 - Buddy Teevens, QB, Dartmouth
1979 - Tim Tumpane, LB, Yale
1980 - Kevin Czinger*, MG, Yale
1981 - Rich Diana*, RB, Yale
1982 - John Witkowski, QB, Columbia
1983 - Derrick Harmon, RB, Cornell
1984 - Tim Chambers, DB, Penn
1985 - Tom Gilmore*, DT, Penn
1986 - Rich Comizio, RB, Penn
1987 - Kelly Ryan, QB, Yale
1988 - Jason Garrett, QB, Princeton
1989 - Judd Garrett, RB, Princeton
1990 - Shon Page, RB, Dartmouth
1991 - Al Rosier, RB, Dartmouth
1992 - Jay Fiedler, QB, Dartmouth
1993 - Keith Elias*, RB, Princeton
1994 - Pat Goodwillie, LB, Penn
1995 - Dave Patterson, LB, Princeton
1996 - Chad Levitt, RB, Cornell
1997 - Sean Morey, WR, Brown
1998 - Jim Finn, RB, Penn
1999 - James Perry, QB, Brown
2000 - Gavin Hoffman, QB, Penn
2001 - Carl Morris, WR, Harvard
2002 - Carl Morris, WR, Harvard
2003 - Mike Mitchell, QB, Penn
2004 - Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Harvard
2005 - Nick Hartigan*, RB, Brown
2006 - Jeff Terrell, QB, Princeton
2007 - Mike McLeod, RB, Yale
2008 - Chris Pizzotti, QB, Harvard
2009 - Buddy Farnham, WR, Brown & Jake Lewko, LB, Penn

# Denotes an inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame
* Denotes a recipient of an NFF National Scholar-Athlete Award