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HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth senior tailback Nick Schwieger, Cornell sophomore quarterback Jeff Mathews, Harvard senior defensive lineman Josue Ortiz and Penn senior linebacker Erik Rask were named the finalists for the 2011 Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which honors the the Ivy League Football Players of the Year. For the first time in the award’s 41-year history and in the conference’s 56-year history, the Ivy League is recognizing Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, honoring each as a recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup from their respective sides of play. Mathews and Schwieger are Offensive Player of the Year finalists; Ortiz and Rask are the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Schwieger (Norton, Mass.) provided quite an encore to a junior season in which he was co-winner of the Bushnell Cup, leading the Ivy League once again in rushing in 2011 while ranking second in the nation at the Football Championships Subdivision classification. His 1,310 yards on the ground are the second most in Dartmouth history, and ranks among the top 20 all-time by a player from the Ancient Eight. Eight times he put up at least 100 yards in a game this year, making him the fifth Ivy player to accomplish the feat, and his 16 career games of 100 or more yards tie him for sixth in League history. Schwieger set a school record on Nov. 5 by amassing 257 rushing yards against Cornell on just 26 carries, a 9.9-yard average, to help Dartmouth defeat the Big Red and begin the first three-game winning streak for the Big Green in eight years. He scored at least one touchdown in seven of Dartmouth’s 10 games, including tying a career-high with three in a 37-0 shutout win over Columbia. Against Brown, Schwieger took the handoff 37 times and grinded out 137 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the 21-16 road win.

For his career, Schwieger registered 3,150 rushing yards, nearly 900 more than anyone in the Dartmouth annals and the 12th most in the Ivy League. He set a school record with 4,115 all-purpose yards as well, which also places him 12th in the conference record books. Just the fifth Big Green player to be chosen as an All-Ivy first-teamer three times, Schwieger was selected as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week five times during his career. His 26 rushing touchdowns are the second most in the program’s history, while his 156 career points rank sixth.

The Ivy League and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF), for a second consecutive year, are partnering to co-host the Asa S. Bushnell Cup presentation, which will take place Monday, Dec. 5, the day before the NFF Annual Awards Dinner. The reception and press conference will begin at 11:30 a.m. in the Astor Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City and streamed live on and

The four finalists, along with their head coaches, will be on hand at the presentation. Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris will unveil the winners’ names at the presentation. George Pyne, president of IMG Worldwide’s Sports & Entertainment Group and NFF Board Member, will emcee the event for the second straight year. Pyne, who has served on the NFF Board since 2008, played offensive tackle at Brown, captaining the 1988 football team and earning All-Ivy and All-New England honors.

All four finalists were named first-team All-Ivy this season. Schiweger, Ortiz and Rask were unanimous selections and three of 11 players to receive first-team recognition for a second straight season. Mathews earned the first-team spot at quarterback following his freshman season in 2010 when he was the unanimous choice as Ivy League Rookie of the Year.