Williams, Runger Earn Weekly Football Honors
Williams was also named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness and earned honorable mention as the FCS Quarterback Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
A 5-11, 205-pound quarterback from Corinth, Texas, Williams had a direct hand in four of the five Big Green scores, and indirectly in the fifth. The rookie threw three touchdown passes and ran for another, plus tossed the lateral to sophomore Ryan McManus near the sideline that turned into a 54-yard scoring strike by the wide receiver to sophomore Bo Patterson. For the game, Williams completed 20-of-35 throws for a season-high 284 yards and ran for 43 yards, a misleading total as he gained 82 yards on the ground but lost 39, mostly due to five sacks.
Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Williams put the Big Green on the comeback trail with completions of 23 and 32 yards before connecting with senior tight end Justin Foley on a seven-yard score. In the second half, Dartmouth tied the score quickly on the McManus lateral and bomb, then took the lead less than two minutes later when Williams hit another senior tight end, Mitch Aprahamian, in the end zone from four yards out. After a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, Williams guided the Green 25 yards, culminating with his own two-yard option run for a 28-14 lead.
In the fourth quarter, Williams converted a 4th-and-12 the hard way by throwing a pass 37 yards into the end zone to senior Michael Reilly.
Williams finished his freshman campaign completing 64.0 percent (73-of-114) of his passes for 974 yards with seven touchdown and no interceptions, plus was second on the team with 262 rushing yards while playing in all 10 games, starting the final three.
Runger, a 6-2, 225-pound linebacker from Lisle, Ill., led the Dartmouth defense by recording a career-high 17 tackles, which were the most by an Ivy League player all season. Of his 17 stops, 13 came in the first half, one of which halted the Princeton quarterback cold at the two to help the Big Green remain within seven points at 14-7. He only had four tackles after the intermission due to the fact that Dartmouth was on offense for nearly 22 of the 30 minutes. In the fourth quarter, Runger also broke up a pass when the Green were holding on to a 14-point lead. His first weekly award came back on Sept. 24 following a 15-tackle performance in a 13-10 road win at Holy Cross.
Runger finished the season leading the Ivy League with 98 tackles.
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. 17, sophomore kicker Riley Lyons on special teams on Sept. 24, 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 completed the season with a 6-4 overall record and a 4-3 mark in Ivy League play, tying for third in the final standings with Princeton and Brown.