HANOVER, N.H. — Fitting that a stellar football career should be concluded with a stellar honor.
Dartmouth senior running back Nick Schwieger was named by the Associated Press as a member of its Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Third Team on Thursday afternoon. The Big Green’s all-time leading rusher is the first Dartmouth player to be chosen an All-American since return specialist Shawn Abuhoff last year by the Sports Network and Phil Steele, while tight end Casey Cramer was the most recent AP All-American for Dartmouth in 2002 when he was named to the second team.
Schwieger, also an All-America second-teamer as chosen by College Sports Madness, is the 63rd Dartmouth player to be selected as an All-American in 72 seasons, and the 22nd AP selection.
Schwieger finished the season second in the FCS with 131.0 rushing yards per game while leading the Ivy League in overall rushing average for a third consecutive season. A co-winner of the 2010 Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s Most Valuable Player, Schwieger was a finalist for the award this year while piling up 1,310 yards on the ground, which ranks second in Dartmouth history and among the top 20 all-time by a player from the Ancient Eight. He also led the league in all-purpose yardage (1,429) and was fifth in scoring (10 touchdowns, 6.0 points per game).
Eight times Schwieger ran for at least 100 yards in a game, 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 the 10 games, including three to match a career-high in a 37-0 shutout win over Columbia. Against Brown, Schwieger took the handoff 37 times and hammered out 137 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter 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.