PRINCETON, N.J. -- Simply superlative.
These two words most accurately describe a 2011 Ivy League football season that was peppered with many career performances on both sides of the ball as evidenced by the announcement of the League's Rookie of the Year and All-Ivy teams.
Eleven players received first-team All-Ivy honors for a second-straight season, paced by Columbia senior offensive lineman Jeff Adams (Western Springs, Ill.) and Dartmouth senior tailback Nick Schwieger (Norton, Mass.), who were voted to the first-team for the third-consecutive season. Adams and Schwieger become the 38th and 39th players in Ivy football history to receive first-team recognition in three different seasons.
Adams has been on the left side of the Columbia offensive line, starting all 27 games he has played. A 2011 unanimous first-team choice, Schwieger led the Ivy League in rushing average for the third straight year (131.9 in League games) while currently ranking fourth nationally with 131.0 yards per game. His 1,310 yards on the ground are the second-most ever at Dartmouth, and Schwieger posted eight 100-yard games during the season, just the fifth player in conference history to produce as many in one year. He also set school career records for rushing attempts (649) and all-purpose yards (4,115).
Schwieger's classmate, cornerback/return specialist Shawn Abuhoff (Hialeah, Fla.) completed a unique All-Ivy double-double to close out his Big Green career. For the second-consecutive year, Abuhoff was named to the first-team as a defensive back and as a return specialist. He will go down as one of the best return specialists in Ancient Eight history, placing in the top five in kickoff returns (5th, 70) and kickoff return yards (4th, 1,761) and in the top 10 in punt returns (8th, 59) and punt returns yards (9th, 679). In the Dartmouth secondary this season, Abuhoff recorded 47 tackles, eight passed defended, three blocked kicks,two interceptions, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
Harvard senior defensive lineman Josue Ortiz (Avon Park, Fla.) not only received first-team honors for a second-straight year, but he did so as the coaches' unanimous choice for the second time in as many seasons. This year, Ortiz led the Ivy League with 10 solo sacks, ranked fourth among Ivy defenders with 14.5 tackles for a loss, had two fumble recoveries and forced one fumble.
A couple of Penn seniors -- offensive lineman Greg Van Roten (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and linebacker Erik Rask (Newport Beach, Calif.) -- were also unanimous first-team All-Ivy. Van Roten started 30 straight games for the Quakers at left tackle becoming a mainstay for an offensive front that has been one of the best in the League the past three seasons. Rask ended his final season in red and blue with 83 tackles, 11.5 for loss, for the first 80-tackle season for Penn since Joe Anastasio had 102 in 2006. Rask added 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry to lead the Quaker defense in 2011.
The League also boasted a unanimous selection in the secondary in Harvard senior defensive back Matthew Hanson (Lafayette, Colo.). Hanson was named Rookie of the Year in 2008 and second-team All-Ivy in 2009 and 2010. He tied for the Ivy League lead with 10 passes defended, adding 39 tackles with 26 of those unassisted.
Other two-time picks for the first-team were Brown junior defensive back A.J. Cruz (Lake Forest, Calif.) Dartmouth senior offensive lineman Ryan O'Neill (Orland Park, Ill.), Penn junior defensive lineman Brandon Copeland (Sykesville, Md.) and Yale senior linebacker Jordan Haynes (Folsom, Calif.).
With the most impressive season of an Ivy League freshman running back in 56 years, Princeton's Chuck Dibilio was the top choice for the Ivy League Rookie of the Year and was voted first-team All-Ivy. Dibilio ended the season second in the League rushing race with 815 yards (116.4 per Ivy contest) behind Schwieger's 923 yards. He ended the season with a total of 1,068 rushing yards, the sixth-highest total in Princeton history. Dibilio set the record for most consecutive weeks receiving a weekly award, being named Rookie of the Week for four-straight weeks from Oct. 24 to Nov. 14. He tied with Harvard's Eion Hu in 1994 for the Ivy record for most Rookie of the Week awards in a season with six during his first season on Old Nassau.
For the second-consecutive year, the Ivy League and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) are partnering to co-host the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which honors the Ivy League Football Players of the Year, as part of the festivities surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. For the first time in the award's 41-year history, the Ivy League is recognizing Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, honoring each as a recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup from their respective sides of play.
The Asa S. Bushnell Cup will be presented Monday, Dec. 5, the day before the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, at a special reception and press conference in the Astor Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel at 11:30 a.m. Two offensive and two defensive finalists will be on hand at the press conference along with their respective head coaches. The names of the 2011 finalists will be released Tuesday, Nov. 29 on IvyLeagueSports.com.
Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris will unveil the winners' names at the event in front of a packed crowd of media representatives, NFF Board members and notable Ivy League football alumni and dignitaries. George Pyne, president of IMG Worldwide's Sports & Entertainment Group and NFF Board Member, will emcee the Bushnell Cup presentation for the second-straight year. Pyne, who has served on the NFF Board since 2008, played offensive tackle at Brown, captaining the 1988 football team and earning All-Ivy League and All-New England honors.
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Jack Templeton, Brown (Jr., OL, Ramsey, N.J.)
Jeff Adams, Columbia (Sr., OL, Western Springs, Ill.)
Ryan O'Neill, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Orland Park, Ill.)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard (Sr., OT, San Clemente, Calif.)
*Greg Van Roten, Penn (Sr., OL, Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (So., QB, Camarillo, Calif.)
*Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth (Sr., RB, Norton, Mass.)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Jr., H-Back, Medina, Ohio)
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
Shane Savage, Cornell (Sr., WR, Leesburg, Va.)
Ryan Calvert, Penn (Sr., WR, Studio City, Calif.)
John Gallagher, Dartmouth (Sr., TE, Salem, Ore.)
Kyle Rettig, Brown (Sr., DL, Clearwater, Fla.)
*Josue Ortiz, Harvard (Sr., DL, Avon Park, Fla.)
Eddie Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., DL, Louisville, Ky.)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Jr., DL, Sykesville, Md.)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Jr., DL, Bronx, N.Y.)
Brett Wyman, Brown (Sr., LB, Bridgewater, Mass.)
Alex Gedeon, Harvard (Sr., LB, Hudson, Ohio)
*Erik Rask, Penn (Sr., LB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Haynes, Yale (Sr., LB, Folsom, Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Jr., DB, Lake Forest, Calif.)
Stephen Peyton, Brown (Sr., FS, Woodland, Calif.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., CB, Hialeah, Fla.)
*Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Sr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)
Brad Greenway, Cornell (Sr., PK, Encinitas, Calif.)
Nathan Lovett, Brown (Sr., P, East Providence, R.I.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., RS, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., RS, Hialeah, Fla.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Jr., OL, Akron, N.Y.)
Austen Fletcher, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Jr., OL, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Matt Allen, Princeton (Sr., OL, Tulsa, Okla.)
Jack Geiger, Brown (Sr., OL, Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Gabriel Fernandez, Yale (Sr., OL, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Collier Winters, Harvard (Sr., QB, Claremore, Okla.)
Treavor Scales, Harvard (Jr., RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Alex Thomas, Yale (Sr., RB, Ansonia, Conn.)
Alexander Tounkara-Kone, Brown (Sr., WR, Staten Island, N.Y.)
Kurt Ondash, Cornell (Jr., WR, New Canaan, Conn.)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., WR, Midlothian, Va.)
Cameron Brate, Harvard (So., TE, Naperville, Ill.)
Clayton McGrath, Brown (Sr., DL, Longmeadow, Mass.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DT, Brockton, Mass.)
Jared Sholly, Penn (Sr., DL, Clear Lake, Iowa)
Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL, Bayville, N.Y.)
Jake Stoller, Yale (Sr., DL, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Jr., LB, Aurora, Colo.)
Steven Cody, Princeton (Sr., LB, Midlothian, Va.)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Jr., LB, Plainfield, Ill.)
Will McHale, Yale (Jr., LB, Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Daniel Smithwick, Brown (Sr., DB, Danville, Calif.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., CB, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Brian Owusu, Harvard (Jr., DB, Oxnard, Calif.)
Matt Hamscher, Penn (Sr., DB, Whitehall, Pa.)
Drew Baldwin, Yale (Sr., DB, Alexandria, Va.)
Patrick Jacob, Princeton (Sr., PK, Solon, Ohio)
Joe Cloud, Princeton (Jr., P, Edwards, Ill.)
Gio Christodoulou, Yale (Sr., RS, Miami)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., RS, Midlothian, Va.)
HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY
Scott Ward, Columbia (Jr., OT, Costa Mesa, Calif.)
Kyle Cook, Dartmouth (Sr., OT, Anaheim, Calif.)
Joe Bonadies, Penn (Jr., OL, Leonia, N.J.)
Kyle Newhall-Caballero, Brown (Sr., QB, Gilbert, Ariz.)
Sean Brackett, Columbia (Jr., QB, Brooklyn, Conn.)
Patrick Witt, Yale (Sr., QB, Atlanta)
Mark Kachmer, Brown (Jr., RB, Wheaton, Ill.)
Brandon Colavita, Penn (Jr., RB, Sewell, N.J.)
Luke Tasker, Cornell (Jr., WR, East Aurora, N.Y.)
Chris Lorditch, Harvard (Sr., WR, Chalfront, Pa.)
Deon Randall, Yale (So., WR, San Diego)
Hamilton Garner, Columbia (So., TE, Duluth, Ga.)
Ryan Houska, Cornell (Sr., TE, Plymouth, Mich.)
Luke Nawrocki, Penn (Sr., TE, Syosset, N.Y.)
Zack Imhoff, Cornell (Sr., DE, Cincinnati)
John Lyon, Harvard (Jr., DE, Durham, N.C.)
Matthew O'Donnell, Brown (Sr., LB, Tipton, Iowa)
Brandon Lainhart, Cornell (Sr., LB, Cincinnati)
Bronson Green, Dartmouth (So., LB, Los Angeles)
Joshua Boyd, Harvard (Jr., LB, Hyde Park, Mass.)
Alexander Norman, Harvard (Jr., LB, Lewisville, Texas)
Joey Casey, Dartmouth (Sr., DB, Noblesville, Ind.)
Dan Minamide, Harvard (Sr., DB, Escondido, Calif.)
Foley Schmidt, Dartmouth (Sr., PK, Inver Grove Heights, Minn.)
Jacob Dombrowski, Harvard (Jr., P, Gaylord, Mich.)