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Runger Earns Second Straight Defensive Player of the Week Honor

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 11/25/2013
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Ivy League announced its weekly football award winners today, and Dartmouth linebacker Michael Runger was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Week for a second straight week. It was also the fourth honor of his career, tying the school record for a defensive player.

Runger, who was also named the Ivy Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness, ended his collegiate career with a season-high 15 tackles in the Big Green’s 28-24 victory over 19th-ranked Princeton on Saturday at Memorial Field. The senior from Lisle, Ill., led the defensive effort that contained one of the most potent offenses in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In addition to those 15 stops, the 6-2, 225-pound linebacker broke up a pair of passes, one of which came during a fourth-quarter, goal-line stand that led to the Tigers settling for a field goal. With their lead intact, the Big Green did not allow any more points the rest of the way as they handed Princeton its first conference loss and kept it from winning the league crown outright.

The Dartmouth defense as a unit held the Tigers to a season-low 24 points and 409 yards of total offense, more than 100 yards under their season average of 523.

The weekly honor is the ninth for a Dartmouth player this year, spread out among seven players. Only Yale garnered more throughout the year with 10.

Earning a spot on the Ivy League Honor Roll this week as senior running back Dominick Pierre, who ran for 112 yards to surpass 1,000 for the season and scored a touchdown in his 10th straight game. Junior defensive end Evan Chrustic, meanwhile, received honorable mention from the College Football Performance Awards for the FCS Defensive Lineman Performer of the Week as he had four tackles, three of which went for a loss, and batted down three passes at the line of scrimmage.

The Big Green finished the season on a three-game winning streak to finish the year 6-4 overall and all alone in third place at 5-2 in the Ivy League, just a game behind co-champions Princeton and Harvard.
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