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Football Bestows Team Awards

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By Bruce Wood
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HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth football team gathered yesterday for its annual team banquet and handed out the team awards with running back Dominick Pierre receiving the Coach Bob Blackman Trophy as the team MVP. He and 17 other players earned awards, including the inaugural Reggie Williams Award with the Big Green and Cincinnati Bengal great on hand to present it. Dartmouth celebrated the accomplishments of the team that finished the season 6-4 overall and a game behind the co-Ivy League champions in third place at 5-2, as well as the 27 seniors associated with the program.

Pierre (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) finished his career second all-time at Dartmouth with 2,638 yards and 30 rushing touchdowns, and became the fifth player in the program’s 132-year history to run for 1,000 yards in a season, finishing the season with 1,064 with a per-game average that ranked 14th nationally. A first-team All-Ivy and FCS All-New England pick, Pierre served as one of the tri-captains this past fall and led the league with 214 rushes while becoming the first Big Green player to run for a touchdown in each of 10 games in a season. The 5-11, 215-pound back ran for a season-high 167 yards in a 20-13 homecoming victory over Yale and was second on the team with 21 receptions for 219 yards.

The Reggie Williams Award, presented to the member of the Big Green football program who through leadership in action and word has made Dartmouth a better place, was bestowed upon linebacker Bronson Green (Los Angeles, Calif.). A two-time team captain, Green finished his career with 245 tackles and helped lead his team to a 23-17 record overall and 16-12 mark in Ivy League play.

One player, Elliot Kastner (Kamuela, Hawaii), earned two awards at the ceremony, taking home the Lester R. Godwin Award, presented to the senior football squad member who has risen above personal disadvantage to contribute measurably to the team, while sharing the John M. Manley ’40 Award with safety Garrett Waggoner (Sarasota, Fla.) for demonstrating the most improvement through their efforts in the weight room. Kastner, a 6-3, 270-pound defensive tackle, earned All-Ivy honorable mention for 33 tackles, five of which went for a loss, after suffering through numerous injuries throughout his career. Waggoner was named to the All-Ivy First Team for the second straight year with his 48 tackles and six passes defended, including the game-clinching interception to end the victory over Princeton in the season finale.

Bo Patterson (Charleston, S.C.) was chosen as the recipient of the Jake Crouthamel Award as the offensive player in the junior or sophomore class who made the most significant contribution to the success of the team. The 6-0, 195-pound junior garnered All-Ivy honorable mention at both wide receiver and special teams as he led the Big Green with 25 receptions, 395 receiving yards and six touchdown catches. The two-sport athlete — currently playing the outfield for the baseball team — also led the Ivy League with 24 punt returns, which he returned a total of 150 yards.

The Kenneth T. Young Award, bestowed upon the top defensive player in the junior or sophomore class, went to junior Evan Chrustic (Andover, N.J.). The 6-4, 285-pounder was a second-team All-Ivy defensive end who recorded 30 tackles while leading Dartmouth with six tackles for a loss. He also batted down six passes at the line of scrimmage, more than any other Big Green lineman, and recorded a pair of sacks, the last of which went for 14 yards against Ivy co-champion Princeton.

Earning the Gordon P. Bennett Award as the outstanding lineman was senior Cohle Fowler (Claremore, Okla.). A 6-5, 315-pound offensive guard, Fowler earned first-team All-Ivy and FCS All-New England recognition as he helped pave the way for Pierre while serving as the keystone of an offense that racked up nearly 425 yards of offense and more than 28 points per game.

The Earl Hamilton Varsity Award went to running back Dan Henggeler (Torrance, Calif.) as the senior who displayed a sincere friendliness and sense of humor plus appreciation of the outdoors that characterized Hamilton, the freshman football coach from 1955-65 and varsity backfield coach from 1966 until his passing in 1968. Linebacker Folarin Orimolade (Burtonsville, Md.) received the Earl Hamilton Freshman Award as the freshman who made the biggest contribution to the team — with six tackles and a pair of sacks — and had the characteristics of Hamilton as well.

Vernon Harris (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) was the recipient of the Doten Award as the member of the sophomore class who made a significant contribution to the success of the team. The 6-1, 195-pound cornerback led Dartmouth and ranked fourth in the Ivy League with nine pass breakups while recording 48 tackles, tied for fifth on the squad. Those numbers earned him a spot on the All-Ivy Second Team.

The 12th Man Award, presented to the member of the varsity football team who demonstrated hard work and dedication regardless of playing time, was given to senior Cole Marcoux (New York, N.Y.), who converted from quarterback to tight end after two years in Hanover and ended the season leading the Big Green tight ends with 15 catches, 206 yards and a spectacular one-handed touchdown grab in the 20-13 homecoming win over Yale.

Senior Michael Runger (Lisle, Ill.) was awarded the Alan Hewitt ’34 and Robert Hewitt ‘40 Award as the player who best epitomizes athletic performance with academic achievement. Runger was named to the Capital One Academic All-America second team and the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Stars thanks to his 3.73 GPA as well as his team-leading 85 tackles. The 6-2, 225-pound linebacker completed his career with 212 tackles and led the Ivy League as a junior with 98. Twice he was named to the All-Ivy First Team and All-New England Team, and four times he earned the league’s Defensive Player of the Week honor.

The Stubby Pearson Award, established in 2007 and presented to an underclassman on the football team whose character, leadership on campus, high academic standing and performance on the playing field most resembles that of Charles “Stubby” Pearson ’42, was given to safety Stephen Dazzo (Arlington Heights, Ill.). The 6-0, 225-pound junior provided some of the biggest defensive plays of 2013, picking off a pair of passes and returning a fumble 33 yards for a touchdown while making 24 tackles.

Senior Chase Womack (Austin, Texas) received the Frank Hershey Award as the player who, judged by his teammates, possesses a genuine zest for life, a strong, upbeat attitude and a sincere desire to win because of his dedication and love for the game, his team and Dartmouth College. A fifth-year cornerback, Womack doggedly rehabbed from injuries to play one more season and made the most of it, recording 43 tackles and breaking up eight passes.

Taking home the Special Teams Award was Will McNamara (Chicago, Ill.) for his work covering on punts and kickoffs. He also spent quite a bit of time as a linebacker throughout the season, even earning the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week honor after intercepting two passes and returning both for touchdowns against Columbia.

The scout team players of the year were freshman offensive lineman David Morrison (Latham, N.Y.) for offense and senior safety Jimmy Johnson (Andover, Mass.) on defense.

Finally, senior running back Kevin Price (Metairie, La.) — a former U.S. Army Ranger — was honored with the Manners Makyth Man Award. This distinction goes each year to the player who best conducted himself to the advantage of Dartmouth and displayed good manners in the sense of William Wykeham’s phrase, “Manners Makyth Man.”