HANOVER, N.H. — With Player of the Week awards already from the Ivy League and the College Football Performance Awards, Dartmouth senior Nick Schwieger was bestowed with another. The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the New England Football Writers selected Schwieger for the Gold Helmet Award as the top New England player at the FCS level this past week, the third time he has been chosen for the award in his career.
Schwieger set a Dartmouth school record by rushing for 257 yards in a 33-24 victory over Cornell on Nov. 5, 190 of those yards coming after the Big Green fell behind, 17-16, with 1:25 left in the third quarter. Three of his final nine runs were of at least 40 yards, including a 65-yard touchdown burst up the middle that gave Dartmouth a 30-17 lead early in the fourth quarter.
The 257 yards also pushed Schwieger past 1,000 yards for the season, making him the first Big Green player to reach the milestone in two seasons. Dartmouth's all-time leading rusher with 2,856 yards is fifth nationally with 127 yards per game and has two contests remaining to become the first player in the program’s history to surpass 3,000 career yards.
Schwieger has three 200-yard games during his Dartmouth career, and each one earned him a Gold Helmet Award. Last year he scorched Bucknell for 216 yards in the season opener, and as a sophomore in 2009 he set the single-game rushing record for the first time with 242 yards versus Columbia. That record lasted a total of two weeks as teammate Greg Patton topped that total by a single yard against Cornell.
The first opportunity for Schwieger to take a shot at 3,000 yards comes this Saturday at Brown at 12:30 p.m. The Bears (7-1, 4-1 Ivy) have won six straight games and held Yale to a paltry seven rushing yards in a 34-28 victory last week.