Hagdorn finished the season second in the league in both receptions (56) and yardage (706), smashing Dartmouth freshman records in the process. The native of Manvel, Texas, caught at least one pass in every game, topping out with 13 in the final home game of the year against Brown. His 171 receiving yards against the Bears was a season high and the third of the games in which he topped 100, collecting 114 at Columbia on just three catches (one of which was a 65-yard touchdown catch), and 118 more the next week at home against Harvard on 11 hauls.
The six-foot, 185-pound rookie wasn’t merely a wide receiver for the Big Green. Hagdorn was the primary kickoff returner during the season, averaging nearly 20 yards on his 14 returns. On occasion he took a handoff on an end around, picking up 24 yards on six carries with a 10-yard score during the 35-10 victory at Holy Cross in the second week of the season. Hagdorn was one of four Ivy League players to top 1,000 all-purpose yards on the season, just eclipsing the mark with 1,002.
Morrison, a 6-5, 315-pound right tackle from Latham, New York, was one of three captains for Dartmouth this fall, anchoring an offensive line that helped the Big Green rank second in the league in total offense and first in passing while yielding a league-low 13 sacks. The senior started all 10 games this season and appeared in 38 of the 40 games throughout his career, starting 21. This is the seventh straight year the Big Green have had at least one offensive lineman get a spot on the first team, their longest streak at any position.
Named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the nation’s top defensive player among FCS programs, Orimolade backed up his preseason All-America status by leading the Ivy League in sacks (9.0) and forced fumbles (5) while finishing second in tackles for a loss (14.5) and fifth in tackles (83). The 6-0, 235-pound senior from Burtonsville, Maryland, leads the nation in forced fumbles per game (0.5) and ranks 11th in sacks per game (0.9) as well. Twice he was chosen as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the week during the season, and three times he recorded two sacks in a contest. An All-Ivy League First Team honoree last year as well, Orimolade capped his career by making a career-high 13 stops against the Ivy League co-champions, Princeton, on Saturday.
Of the second-team members, Miller is the only one wrapping up his Dartmouth career. The 6-0, 190-pound senior safety from Shoreview, Minnesota, played in nine games, starting eight, recording 41 tackles, 1.5 for a loss, a pair of interceptions and five passes broken up. Miller also blocked a field goal that helped preserve a 20-17 victory over Towson on Oct. 15, earning Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors in the process.
Tomkins, a 6-3, 270-pound junior from Matawan, N.J., led all of Dartmouth’s defensive linemen with 37 tackles, five for a loss, and three sacks, plus batted down four passes at the line of scrimmage and forced a fumble. The end started all 10 games and made at least four stops in seven contests with a season-high six in a close battle with Harvard.
Six other Big Green players earned honorable mention: senior nickelback Lucas Bavaro (61 tackles, 3.0 TFL, 1.0 sack, four passes defended, two fumble recoveries), senior defensive linemen Brandon Cooper (32 tackles, 1.0 TFL, 0.5 sacks) and Zach Husain (34 tackles, 2.5 TFL), junior linebacker Eric Meile (64 tackles, 2.0 TFL, two fumble recoveries), sophomore offensive lineman Matt Kaskey and sophomore running back Miles Smith (third in the Ivy League with 64.5 rushing yards per game on 99 carries with three touchdowns).
The other major award given today went to Princeton’s Bob Surace, who was tabbed as the Ivy League Coach of the Year after guiding the Tigers to a share of the conference crown. The finalists for the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be unveiled on Tuesday, Nov. 29. The finalists will travel to New York City for the Asa S. Bushnell Cup presentation at a special reception and press conference on Dec. 5 as part of the festivities surrounding the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Annual Awards Dinner.
Notes: Hagdorn is the eighth Dartmouth player to be named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year — first bestowed in 1981 — more than any other Ancient Eight team … the league co-champions, Penn and Princeton, led the league with six first-team selections apiece, while the Tigers had a total of 18 honors across the first and second teams as well as honorable mention … the Quakers had 14 honors, Harvard 13 and Dartmouth had the fourth-most with 11.