HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth freshman Dalyn Williams was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year by the league’s coaches while nine Big Green players earned All-Ivy honors as announced today by the Ivy League office. Four of the nine — center Rob Bathe, wide receiver Michael Reilly, linebacker Michael Runger and safety Garrett Waggoner — were chosen for the first team, linebacker Bronson Green, running back Dominick Pierre and defensive end Teddy Reed were selected for the second team, and left guard Patrick Lahey and wide receiver Ryan McManus earned honorable mention.
A 5-11, 205-pound quarterback from Corinth, Texas, Williams is the first Dartmouth player to earn the league’s top rookie award since 2002 when linebacker Josh Dooley claimed the honor, and the seventh in the program’s history. He played in all 10 games in his first season with the Big Green, taking over as the starter in the final three contests. Williams completed 73-of-114 passes (64.0 pct.) for 974 yards and seven touchdowns without throwing an interception while posting an efficiency rating of 156.07, second best in the league. Most of his work throwing the ball came against conference teams with 839 yards and all seven touchdowns. But he was also a threat running the football, finishing second on the team with 262 rushing yards on 89 carries with three more scores. Twice he was chosen as the league’s Rookie of the Week for leading Dartmouth to victories on the road at Cornell and Princeton.
Bathe, a 6-3, 275-pound senior center from Plymouth, Minn., anchored an offensive line that allowed the Big Green quarterbacks to post the second-highest completion percentage (63.3) in the league and the third most passing yards despite attempting the fewest passes. His work helped pave the way for second-team honoree Pierre to average over 90 yards per game and five yards per carry on the ground. The offense ranked third in the league in total yards (3,829), yards per play (5.6) and touchdowns (31). In conference play, Dartmouth ranked first in passing efficiency, second in total offense, third in scoring and passing yards, and fourth in rushing yards.
After sitting out the 2011 season, Reilly came back strong in his senior campaign. The 6-2, 190-pound receiver from Denver, Colo., finished the season leading Dartmouth with 44 catches for 682 yards and six touchdowns while ranking 10th in the league in receptions per game and seventh in receiving yards per game. His two biggest games came against the two teams that came in first and second in the league standings — Penn and Harvard. Against the Quakers, Reilly hauled in seven passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. Four weeks later, he achieved career highs with 12 passes and 165 yards with another score. Reilly ended his career at Dartmouth among the all-time top 10 in both receptions (106, ninth) and receiving yards (1,745, sixth).
Runger twice was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week while amassing 98 stops to become the first Big Green defender to lead the conference in tackles since Josh Dooley ’08 in 2007. A 6-2, 225-pound strong-side linebacker, Runger posted double-digit tackles in six of the 10 games during the season and averaged 10.1 tackles in league contests, far and away the most among Ivy players. Against Princeton in the season finale, he racked up 17 tackles, the most by an Ivy player all season, to help the Big Green post a 35-21 victory. Runger also had 15 tackles at Holy Cross and 13 more against Harvard while forcing a key fumble. The junior from Lisle, Ill., also broke up three passes during the season and recovered a fumble in the season opener against Butler.
A tri-captain for the Big Green, Waggoner ranked third on the squad with 56 tackles and tied for team-high honors with a pair of interceptions and five passes defended from his free safety position. The 6-1, 205-pound senior from Sarasota, Fla., also forced a fumble in a 13-10 victory at Holy Cross and another that set up the go-ahead score in the third quarter of the 35-21 win at Princeton this past Saturday. At Columbia, Waggoner recorded a season-high 10 tackles, and he picked off passes against Cornell and Princeton.
An honorable mention All-Ivy player a year ago, weak-side linebackerearned a spot on the second team this year while ranking fourth on the squad with 51 tackles despite missing two games with an injury. The 6-0, 215-pound tri-captain from Los Angeles returned a fumble 19 yards against Butler and had two quarterback hurries.
A 5-11, 215-pound junior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla, Pierre was also slowed by injuries but still managed a spot on the second team. He ran for 830 yards, averaging 92.2 per game and 5.0 per carry, and was second in the league with nine rushing touchdowns. In addition, Pierre caught 18 passes — third on the squad — for 119 yards. Three times he ran for at least 100 yards and two scores during the season with a career-high 170 yards in the season opener against Butler.
Reed, a 6-4, 280-pound senior from Boxford, Mass., came up with some big plays for the Big Green throughout the season. He made 27 tackles, 3.5 for a loss of 23 with 2.5 sacks, batted down a pair of passes, forced one fumble and recovered another with 11 seconds to play at Holy Cross that set up the game-winning field goal in the 13-10 triumph.
The honorable mention selections also contributed much to Dartmouth’s 6-4 season and third-place finish in the league standings at 4-3. McManus, a 5-11, 190-pound sophomore from Mendota Heights, Minn., caught 42 passes for 664 yards and a pair of touchdowns, leading the team with a 15.8-yard average on his receptions. Lahey, a 6-3, 280-pound senior from North Andover, Mass., started all 10 games at left guard to help open the holes for Pierre and protect the two quarterbacks’ blind side.
The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) and the Ivy League are partnering for the third-consecutive year to co-host the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup on Monday, Dec. 3 at 12:30 p.m. as part of the festivities surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City.
The Asa S. Bushnell Cup which honors the Ivy League Football Players of the Year, will be presented the day before the NFF Annual Awards Dinner, at a special reception and press conference in the Hilton Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
The two offensive and two defensive finalists will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 27 on IvyLeagueSports.com, where the complete list of All-Ivy honorees can be found as well.