Dec. 17, 2003
The American Football Coaches Association has named Yale tight end Nate Lawrie to its I-AA All-America Team. Lawrie and Penn offensive lineman Chris Clark were the only Ivy Leaguers named to the team.
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.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team every year since 1945. The AFCA's Division I-AA All-America Selection Committee is made up of three head coaches from each of the AFCA's nine districts, one of whom serves as a district chairman, along with another head coach who serves as the chairman of the selection committee. The coaches in each district are responsible for ranking the top players in their respective districts prior to a conference call between the district chairmen and the committee chairman on which the team is chosen.
Lawrie's 2003 honors:
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity Department