Dec. 5, 2003
New Haven, CT - Nate Lawrie, a senior tight end at Yale, has been selected to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic, a college all-star game in Montgomery, Ala., that features some of the best Division I players in the country.
This year's game, televised by ESPN2, is Dec. 25 at 3 p.m. EST at Movie Gallery Veterans Stadium on the Troy State University campus.
Lawrie, an All-America candidate, is the first Eli to suit up for the Christmas Day game since 1998 when offensive lineman Marek Rubin wore the Yale helmet at the Classic.
The 6-foot-7, 256-pound receiver broke the Yale record for receptions by a tight end this fall with 72 catches for a squad that was among the nation's best in passing and scoring. Lawrie, a first-team All-Ivy and All-New England performer who finished his collegiate career with 116 receptions (2nd best at Yale), was named the team's most valuable offensive lineman in five of the 10 games this fall.
A legitimate National Football League prospect, Lawrie showed his versatility by becoming Yale's starting punter (35.0 average) and holding on to the job the entire 2003 campaign.
Here are some of Lawrie's 2003 season accomplishments:
- Selected to play in Blue-Gray Classic
- First Team All-Ivy
- 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 Steve Conn, Assistant Athletic Director/Director of Sports Publicity