HANOVER, N.H. — The All-Ivy League Football Teams were announced this afternoon with Dartmouth players receiving 15 honors, second only to conference co-champion Princeton, which had 17. Five Big Green players earned a spot on the first team, four were listed on the second team and six received seven honorable mentions.
Making the first team were four seniors — offensive lineman Cohle Fowler, running back Dominick Pierre, linebacker Michael Runger and free safety Garrett Waggoner — and a junior in offensive lineman Scotty Whitmore. Both Runger and Waggoner are on the first team for the second time in their careers, having earned the honor last year as well.
Pierre, Dartmouth’s second-leading rusher all-time with 2,638 yards, became the fifth player in the program’s 132-year history to run for 1,000 yards in a season. The workhorse took the handoff 214 times — far and away the most in the league — to compile his 1,064 yards to rank second in the Ancient Eight. The 5-11, 215-pound native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., ran for 13 touchdowns as well, setting a Big Green record with at least one in every contest. His 30 career rushing touchdowns rank second all-time, and he sits in sixth on the Dartmouth career scoring list with 180 points. Five times Pierre topped 100 yards in a game, with a season-high 167 in a 20-13 homecoming victory over Yale and 160 more in a 56-0 thrashing of Columbia. The tri-captain also had the second most receptions for Dartmouth with 21 for 219 yards.
Fowler, a 6-5, 315-pound native of Claremore, Okla., and Whitmore, a 6-4, 305-pound native of Spring, Texas, comprised the right side of the offensive line for the Big Green throughout the season. Both started every game with Fowler at right guard and Whitmore at right tackle, plowing the way for Pierre to attain his statistical achievements. The duo was integral in allowing Dartmouth to rack up more than 2,000 yards on the ground (a league-leading 2,193) and over 2,000 through the air (2,056) for the first time in program history, while the 4,249 yards are second only to the 1992 squad that was led by future NFL quarterback Jay Fiedler ’94.
Runger finished his Dartmouth career leading the team in tackles for a second straight season with 85, which ranked third in the Ivy League. Four times he had at least 13 tackles in a game, including three of the final four contests. His 14 stops at Brown and season-high 15 in the season finale against Princeton, along with two pass breakups, gave him back-to-back Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week awards. The 6-2, 225-pound senior from Lisle, Ill., also recorded his first career interception with a pick at Penn while collecting 13 tackles against the Quakers. For his career, Runger compiled 212 tackles, five of which went for a loss, with a forced fumble, a fumble recovery, an interception and five passes broken up.
Joining Runger on the defensive first team was Waggoner, a bruising 6-1, 225-pound safety from Sarasota, Fla. He provided 48 tackles and successfully defended six passes during the season, the last of which was an interception that came in the final seconds of the 28-24 victory over 19th-ranked Princeton. Waggoner had at least one tackle in every game, including a season-high nine stops on the road at the other co-champion, Harvard. Oddly enough, the tri-captain matched Runger exactly with 212 tackles in his collegiate career, intercepted three passes, broke up 12 others, forced two fumbles and recovered two more, and even blocked a kick.
The four Big Green players on the second team all came from the defensive side of the ball, as the Dartmouth defense ranked first in the league in scoring defense (19.5 points per game) and pass defense (210.2 yards per game). A pair of linemen were on the second team in junior Evan Chrustic (Andover, N.J.) and sophomore Cody Fulleton (Seattle, Wash.) were both on the second team, as were junior strong safety Stephen Dazzo (Arlington Heights, Ill.) and sophomore cornerback Vernon Harris (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
Chrustic finished the season with 30 tackles from his defensive end position, including a team-high six going for a loss with two sacks, plus batted down six passes at the line of scrimmage. Leading the defensive linemen in tackles was Fulleton with 55, 5.5 of which went for a loss with a team-high 3.5 sacks while forcing a pair of fumbles. Dazzo provided some of the biggest plays of the season with two interceptions and a 33-yard fumble return for a touchdown at Harvard to go along with 24 tackles. As Dartmouth’s top cover man, Harris broke up a team-best nine passes, good for fourth in the league, and matched Waggoner with 48 tackles.
Receiving honorable mention were senior linebacker and tri-captain Bronson Green (Los Angeles, Calif.) with his 61 tackles; senior defensive tackle Elliot Kastner (Kamuela, Hawaii) with 33 tackles, five of which went for a loss; senior tight end Cole Marcoux (New York, N.Y.) who caught 15 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown; junior center Sean Ronan, who was the keystone of the offensive line; sophomore quarterback Dalyn Williams (Corinth, Texas) with 1,773 passing yards and 563 rushing yards, giving him the fourth-most total yards in a season in Big Green history; and junior Bo Patterson (Charleston, S.C.) who earned recognition at two positions — wide receiver as he led the team with 25 receptions, 395 yards and six touchdowns, and return specialist for leading the league with 24 punt returns for 150 yards.
For the complete listing of the teams, visit the Ivy League website.
Notes: This is the third time in the last four seasons that Dartmouth has had five players earn a spot on the All-Ivy First Team. The 2010 and 2011 squads also had five, but they totaled six honors between them as Shawn Abuhoff ’12 made the first team at two positions both years … the last time the Big Green had two offensive linemen on the first team came in 1996 … Harvard and Brown led the league with seven first-team honors, while Princeton had six ... Since the inception of formal Ivy play in 1956, Dartmouth is second to Harvard in first-team selections (224 to 209).