Dec. 15, 2003
New Haven, Conn. - Yale offensive lineman Rory Hennessey and tight end Nate Lawrie have been named Third Team I-AA All-Americans by The Sports Network. The Bulldogs were one of only three Ivy schools to land players on the team -- Harvard and Penn had one player each.
Hennessey, a junior, was a key part of the Elis' record-setting offense. Yale broke or tied 43 different individual and team offensive records in 2003. The Elis led the Ivies in points (35.4), passing (307.3) and total offense (479.7).
Lawrie, a senior, is an NFL prospect and will participate 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.
Both players were also named First Team All-Ivy.
Voting for the All-America team was conducted among I-AA Sports Information Directors and selected I-AA media, with more than 100 ballots being cast.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Information Department