Jan. 12, 2004
Yale tight end Nate Lawrie has been selected for the Las Vegas All-American Classic, a college all-star game scheduled for Saturday January 17, 2004 at UNLV's Sam Boyd Stadium. The Classic will have 110 of the top college athletes from around the country. It pits players from the East against players from the West.
Lawrie, a senior, is an NFL prospect and participated in this year's Blue-Gray Classic. He was also named to the New England Football Writers I-AA All-Star team, won the New Haven Gridiron Club Offensive Award, and set the school season record for catches by a tight end with 72. His 16 catches at Colgate were second most by a Yalie all-time, and his 167 yards in that game ranked eighth. His 116 career receptions is second all-time. The 6'7", 256-pounder was also Yale's starting punter.
Previously known as the Paradise Bowl, the Classic is now in its third year. It is broadcast on Fox Sports Net to all Western states and throughout the Midwest (approximately 40 million homes).
Lawrie's 2003 honors:
- Selected to play in Blue-Gray Classic
- Associated Press I-AA All-America (1st team)
- AFCA I-AA All-America Team (1st team)
- The Sports Network 2003 I-AA All-America (3rd team)
- First Team All-Ivy and All-ECAC
- NE Football Writers I-AA All-Star
- New Haven Gridiron Club Offensive Award
- Owns school season record for catches by a TE with 72 (31 more than last year)
- NFL prospect because of size, hands and blocking abilities
- 16 catches at Colgate were 2nd most by a Yalie all-time, 167 yards ranked 8th
- Also starting punter and tallest Yale player
- 72 catches rank 2nd all-time for any receiver at Yale
- 116 career receptions is 2nd at school
- 5-time offensive line game MVP for Yale this season
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department