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Williams Earns Ivy Rookie of the Week Honor

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Dalyn Williams became the first freshman quarterback since 2005 to win a start for the Big...     By John and Matt Risley
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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth freshman Dalyn Williams was named the Ivy League Football Rookie of the Week for his performance in the Big Green’s resounding 44-28 victory at Cornell on Saturday. Williams is the seventh Dartmouth football player to win a weekly award this season — the most of any of the league schools — and second to earn the rookie honor.

Williams, a 5-11, 205-pound quarterback from Corinth, Texas, made his first collegiate start behind center and proceeded to lead the offense to its most points in five years. He completed 14-of-20 passes on the afternoon for 160 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Both of his scoring strikes came in the second quarter, the latter from 22 yards out with just 1.2 seconds remaining in the half.

The first Big Green freshman quarterback to start and win a game since 2005, Williams was just as effective running the ball with 96 yards on just eight carries. Among those rushes was an elusive 35-yard scamper into the end zone that gave the Big Green a 35-7 lead early in the third quarter.

As a team Dartmouth racked up a season-high 490 yards of offense — 330 on the ground — for its second highest output in the past 10 seasons.

Other Big Green players to earn a weekly honor this season are junior running back Dominick Pierre for offense and senior Miles Gay for special teams on Sept. 19, junior linebacker Michael Runger on defense and sophomore kicker Riley Lyons on special teams on Sept. 26, freshman running back Brian Grove as the league’s top rookie on Oct. 8, and junior linebacker Bronson Green for defense on Oct. 22.

Dartmouth (5-3, 3-2 Ivy) continues to cling to its hopes for a share of the Ivy title as Brown (5-3, 2-3 Ivy) comes to town for the final home game of the season on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Fans can watch the game by subscribing to Big Green Insider on the official website of Dartmouth athletics, Dick Lutsk and Wayne Young ’72 will call all of the action on the broadcast and can be heard locally on WFRD 99.3 FM and online on the Big Green website.