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O'Neill Named Preseason All-American by Lindy's

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By Beverly Schaefer
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HANOVER, N.H. — Lindy’s Magazine announced its 2011 Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) Preseason All-America Teams recently, and Dartmouth senior offensive lineman Ryan O’Neill was pegged for the second team. O’Neill is one of just two Ivy Leaguers to be named to one of the two teams, the other being Brandon Copeland, a junior defensive lineman from Penn.

O’Neill, a 6-4, 285-pound left guard from Orland Park, Ill., has started the last 16 games at left guard for the Big Green and was an All-Ivy first-team selection in 2010. He anchored an offensive line last year that paved the way for classmate Nick Schwieger to amass 1,133 rushing yards, the second most in school history, and kept quarterback Conner Kempe off the turf by yielding just seven sacks all season. Only two teams in the FCS allowed fewer sacks. With that protection, Kempe was able to pass for 1,647 yards, the 15th most by a Big Green quarterback.

Coming off its first winning season in 13 years at 6-4, Dartmouth boasts nine senior starters returning on the offense, including four of the five linemen. The defense also has an experienced group returning with nine players who started at least seven games last year, and two more who started four.

Head coach Buddy Teevens, in his second stint as the Big Green head coach and 12th season overall at the school, is aiming to guide his talented and experienced squad to a record 18th Ivy League title this fall.