November 25, 2008

14 Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors

Nov. 25, 2008

Fourteen members of the Yale Football Team were selected to the 2008 All-Ivy Team that was announced today. The Bulldogs, who finished 6-4 overall and 4-3 in league play, had four first-team selections, four on the second and six honorable mentions.

The first-team picks, all seniors, included two on the offense, OT Darius Dale (Seattle, Wash.) and RB Mike McLeod (New Britain, Conn.), and a pair on the defense, LB Bobby Abare (Acton, Mass.) and DT Kyle Hawari (Plano, Texas). McLeod was second in the Ivy with 842 rushing yards and six TDs, while Abare led the league with 55 solo tackles and was second with four interceptions. Hawari tied for the league lead with seven solo QB sacks and had 57 overall tackles.

Yale's second-team selections were all on the defensive side: senior DT Joe Hathaway (Clifton, NJ); senior FS Steven Santoro (Airmont, NY); senior SS Larry Abare (Acton, Mass.) and junior P Tom Mante (Westford, Mass.). Hathaway (5 sacks, 31 tackles), Santoro (3 ints) and Larry Abare (45-23-78) helped form the FCS's top scoring defense (10.5 average). Mante, who punted more (65) times than anyone in the league, had the second-best punting average (41.0) but led the Ivies with 25 kicks inside the 20.

Senior C Ty Davis (Fresno, Calif.) and Mante (PK), who was 8-for-12 on field goals, were the honorable mention picks from the Bulldog offense. Senior DE Brady Hart (State College, Pa.), senior CB Casey Gerald (Dallas, Texas), junior CB Paul Rice (Cleveland Heights, Ohio) and senior LB Jay Pilkerton (Nashville, Tenn.) made it on defense. Hart (29 tackles), Gerald (25), Rice (38, 4 ints) and Pilkerton (65) spearheaded a defense that helped Yale rank sixth in the FCS in turnover margin (1.30).

The Elis had 11 seniors and three juniors earn All-Ivy status this fall. One of the seniors, Larry Abare, had another season of eligibility. Of the 14 overall selected, 10 came from the defense and four from the offense. Ten of those selections were repeat picks: McLeod (2007 Ivy MVP), Davis, Dale, Mante, Hawari, Hart, Rice, Santoro and both Abares.

2008 Ivy League Football Postseason Awards

* - Unanimous Selection

ALL-IVY

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

OL -- Darius Dale, Yale (Sr., Seattle, Wash.)

OL -- Paul Jasinowski, Brown (Jr., Washington, D.C.)

OL -- Shane Kelley, Brown (Sr., Naples, Fla.)

OL -- Chris Kovalcik, Penn (Sr., Westwood, Mass.)

OL -- James Williams, Harvard (Jr., Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

QB -- Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., Reading, Mass.)

RB -- *Jordan Culbreath, Princeton (Jr., Falls Church, Va.)

RB -- Mike McLeod, Yale (Sr., New Britain, Conn.)

WR -- Buddy Farnham, Brown (Jr., Andover, Mass.)

WR -- Matt Luft, Harvard (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

WR -- Bobby Sewall, Brown (Jr., Portsmouth, R.I.)

TE -- *Colin Cloherty, Brown (Sr., Bethesda, Md.)

PK -- Andrew Samson, Penn (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.)

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL -- Matt Curtis, Harvard (Sr., Peabody, Mass.)

DL -- Kyle Hawari, Yale (Sr., Plano, Texas)

DL -- David Howard, Brown (Sr., Columbia, Md.)

DL -- Lou Miller, Columbia (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio)

LB -- Bobby Abare, Yale (Sr., Acton, Mass.)

LB -- Glenn Dorris, Harvard (Sr., Marietta, Ga.)

LB -- Alex Gross, Columbia (So., Kettering, Ohio)

LB -- Eric Schultz, Harvard (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.)

DB -- Andrew Berry, Harvard (Sr., Bel Air, Md.)

DB -- Tim Bax, Cornell (Sr., Chicago, Ill.)

DB -- Nkosi Still, Brown (Sr., Hyde Park, Mass.)

DB -- Chris Wynn, Penn (Jr., Flemington, N.J.)

P -- Robert Ranney, Brown (Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich.)

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

OL -- Matt Adkins, Brown (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.)

OL -- Mike Brune, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)

OL -- Alex Spisak, Harvard (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.)

OL -- Mark Paski, Princeton, Chester, N.J.)

OL -- Steve Valenta, Cornell (Sr., Orland Park, Ill.)

QB -- Michael Dougherty, Brown (Sr., Davie, Fla.)

RB -- Michael DiMaggio, Penn (So., Sewell, N.J.)

RB -- Gino Gordon, Harvard (So., Bonita, Calif.)

RB -- Dereck Knight, Brown (Sr., Pawtucket, R.I.)

WR -- Jesse Baker, Cornell (Sr., Platteville, Wis.)

WR -- Austin Knowlin, Columbia (Jr., Newington, Conn.)

WR -- Will Thanheiser, Princeton (Sr., Houston, Texas)

TE -- Josh Koontz, Penn (Sr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.)

PK -- John Rocholl, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL -- Peter Ajayi, Harvard (Sr., Brookyn, N.Y.)

DL -- Desmond Bryant, Harvard (Sr., Elizabethtown, N.C.)

DL -- Peter Buchignani, Princeton (Sr., Bloomington, Ill.)

DL -- Jim Develin, Brown (Jr., Gilbertsville, Pa.)

DL -- Joe Goniprow, Penn (Jr., Barrington, R.I.)

DL -- Joe Hathway, Yale (Sr., Clifton, N.J.)

DL -- Joe Rost, Penn (Sr., Carmichael, Calif.)

LB -- Jay Colabella, Penn (Jr., West Harrison, N.Y.)

LB -- Jake Lewko, Penn (Jr., Medford, N.J.)

LB -- Drew Quinn, Columbia (Sr., Maineville, Ohio)

LB -- Steve Ziogas, Brown (Sr., Bristol, Conn.)

DB -- Larry Abare, Yale (Sr., Acton, Mass.)

DB -- Chris Perkins, Brown (Jr., Bridgeton, Mo.)

DB -- Steve Santoro, Yale (Sr., Airmont, N.Y.)

DB -- Ian Wilson, Dartmouth (Sr., Burbank, Calif.)

DB -- Collin Zych, Harvard (So., Plano, Texas)

P -- Tom Mante, Yale (Jr., Westford, Mass.)

HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

OL -- Quentin Bernhard, Cornell (Jr., Alameda, Calif.)

OL -- Zach Copple, Harvard (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.)

OL -- Ty Davis, Yale (Sr., Fresno, Calif.)

OL -- Ryan Pilconis, Harvard (Sr., Pottsville, Pa.)

OL -- Tom Rodger, Harvard (Sr., Glen Ridge, N.J.)

QB -- Nathan Ford, Cornell (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)

RB -- Milan Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., Mobile, Ala.)

WR -- Tim McManus, Dartmouth (So., St. Paul, Minn.)

WR -- Brian Walters, Cornell (Jr., Bothel, Wash.)

TE -- Jason Miller, Harvard (Sr., Zionsville, Ind.)

PK -- Patrick Long, Harvard (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.)

PK -- Tom Mante, Yale (Jr., Westford, Mass.)

HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

DL -- Owen Fraser, Columbia (Fr., Newburgh, N.Y.)

DL -- Matt Koch, Princeton (Sr., Ponte Verde, Fla.)

DL -- Guillermo Ruffolo, Penn (Sr., Webster, N.Y.)

LB -- Scott Britton, Princeton (Jr., Newton, Pa.)

LB -- Steven Cody, Princeton (So., Midlothian, Va.)

LB -- Brady Hart, Yale (Sr., State College, Pa.)

LB -- Graham Rihn, Cornell (Sr., Allison Park, Pa.)

DB -- Miles Craigwell, Brown (Sr., Boston, Mass.)

DB -- Britton Ertman, Penn (Sr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.)

DB -- Casey Gerald, Yale (Sr., Dallas, Texas)

DB -- Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Fr., Lafayette, Colo.)

DB -- Jay Pilkerton, Yale (Sr., Nashville, Tenn.)

DB -- Paul Rice, Yale (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio)

P -- Ryan Coyle, Princeton (Sr., Princeton, N.J.)

P -- John Rocholl, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)

P -- Brian Scullin, Dartmouth (Sr., Alexandra, Va.)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., QB, Reading, Mass.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Fr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)

Report filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director

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