Six Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-Ivy Teams
The remaining four players were included on the second team, with junior Ryan McManus earning mention at both wide receiver and punt returner. Joining him on the second team were senior running back Dominick Pierre, senior linebacker Bronson Green and junior kick returner Kirby Schoenthaler.
Both Runger and Waggoner were named to the 2012 All-Ivy First Team by the league’s coaches after the season. Runger enjoyed a fine junior campaign, leading the conference with 98 tackles, including 17 (the most by an Ivy player all year) in the season finale at Princeton to earn the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor for the second time. The native of Lisle, Ill., also was named to the FCS All-New England Team, the Capital One Academic All-District I Team and the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
Waggoner, meanwhile, will serve as a tri-captain for a second straight season after receiving Dartmouth’s Bob Blackman Award, the equivalent of the team MVP. A product of Riverview High out of Sarasota, Fla., the fifth-year senior was third on the squad in tackles in 2012 with 56 and tied for the team lead with a pair of interceptions, five passes defended and two fumbles forced from his free safety position. This all came a year after he missed all but two games due to an injury following a breakout sophomore season in which he led the Big Green defense with 61 stops.
Pierre and Green join Waggoner as tri-captains for the 2013 season and have certainly earned their place on the second team. Pierre, an All-Ivy Second-Team performer last year, was one of the conference's top rushers last season, gaining 830 yards in nine games while scoring nine touchdowns. The native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., also showed sure hands out of the backfield by catching 18 passes for 119 yards in his first year as the featured back.
Playing alongside Runger, Green helps give Dartmouth the most formidable linebacking corps in the Ivy League. A three-year starter, Green was a member of the 2012 All-Ivy Second Team as he posted 51 tackles in eight games. The Los Angeles native has 184 stops in his career, seven passes broken up, one forced fumble and three fumbles recovered.
McManus provided some great highlights during his sophomore season last year, ranking second on the squad with 42 catches and 664 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns to earn All-Ivy honorable mention. Hailing from Mendota Heights, Minn., the 5-11, 190-pound receiver caught the longest pass of the season (68 yards) by breaking six tackles to make ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays of the Day, and even threw a 54-yard touchdown bomb in the season finale at Princeton. McManus also led the league with 21 punt returns and ranked second with a 7.6-yard average.
Schoenthaler served as the primary kickoff return man for the Big Green last year. Among the returns for the native of Bartlesville, Okla., was a 79-yard touchdown burst against Sacred Heart. For the season, he averaged over 20 yards on his 18 returns.
The publication also gave its predictions for the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year with Cornell quarterback Jeff Mathews and Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid getting the nods. Harvard had the most positional selections with 11.