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Three Named to FCS All-New England Team

Courtesy: Dartmouth
Release: 11/30/2011
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HANOVER, N.H. — The New England Football Writers announced their 2011 FCS All-New England Team today, and three seniors from the Dartmouth Big Green were honored with their inclusion. Offensive lineman Ryan O'Neill (Orland Park, Ill.) and running back Nick Schwieger (Norton, Mass.) are repeat selections from 2010, while defensive lineman Eddie Smith (Louisville, Ky.) joined the offensive duo this year. Only two other teams had more players chosen for the team — Harvard and New Hampshire, each of which is nationally ranked, had four apiece.

Schwieger, a finalist for the 2011 Asa S. Bushnell Cup that will be announced next week, finished off one of the most prolific offensive careers in Dartmouth history, leading the Ivy League in rushing once again in 2011 with 131.0 yards per game while currently ranking second in the nation in the FCS. 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, including a school record 257 yards on Nov. 5 against Cornell. He scored at least one touchdown in seven of Dartmouth’s 10 games, including three in a 37-0 shutout win over Columbia. For his career, Schwieger registered 3,150 rushing yards, nearly 900 more than anyone in the Dartmouth annals, and set a school record with 4,115 all-purpose yards. He is just the fifth Big Green player to be named to the All-Ivy First Team three times.

O’Neill was the keystone of an offensive line that not only paved the way for Schwieger on the ground, but also yielded just nine sacks. Only nine teams at the FCS level allowed fewer. Dartmouth’s rushing offense ranked 27th nationally and second in the Ivy League at 188.9 yards per game. In addition to being a two-time All-New England player, O’Neill is also a two-time All-Ivy First Team offensive lineman and started nine of the 10 games in 2011, missing the one due to an ankle injury. He started 25 games in his career, including all 10 as a junior.

Like the other two, Smith was chosen as an All-Ivy First Team member after a terrific senior campaign. The Louisville native recorded five of the team’s 11 sacks on the season, ranking seventh in the conference. The defensive tackle also led Dartmouth with eight tackles for a loss among his 35 stops. The three-year starter finished his career with 115 tackles, 19 for a loss and 11 for sacks, while recovering two fumbles and blocking a kick.
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