Cowan Earns Gold Helmet Award

Nov. 27, 2003

New Haven, CT - The New England Sports Writers named Yale quarterback Alvin Cowan the recipient of the 2003 Boston Globe's Gold Helmet Award for the top I-AA player in New England.

Cowan, a finalist for the Walter Payton Award for the top I-AA player in the nation, is the first Yale player to earn that distinction. The Gold Helmet was first awarded in 1975.

The senior Eli offensive leader plans to take his final year of eligibility next fall after breaking 16 Yale passing or total offensive records and helping the Bulldogs erase 43 records overall.

Here are some of Cowan's accomplishments in 2003.

  • Only Ivy Player among finalists for Payton Award (I-AA Player of the Year)
  • Won Boston Globe's Gold Helmet Award for top I-AA player in New England
  • Second-team All-Ivy
  • New Haven Gridiron Club Captain's Award
  • Verizon Academic All-District
  • Don Hansens Football Gazette National Player of the Week on 10/20/03
  • ECAC co-Player of the Week on 10/13/03
  • Broke 16 school records including season TD passes (22), completions (227), passing yards (2,994) and total offense (3,429)
  • 466 yards total offense at Colgate on 10/18/03 broke Yale record
  • 407 yards total offense vs. Dartmouth on 10/11/03 is 5th all-time
  • In 12 collegiate starts (11 full games) he has 25 passing TDs and 10 rushing scores over two seasons
  • Record as a Yale starter is 8-4
  • Six game streak of TD passes ended at Columbia on 11/1/03
  • Only Yale player to throw for 300+ in five games during a season
  • 5-time Yale offensive back of the game award