Freshman Chuck Dibilio, who has rushed for more yards this season than any true freshman in Ivy League history, just set another freshman Ivy League record. He passed Columbia linebacker Alex Gross by winning his fifth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor.
Dibilio, who has earned the honor four of the last five weeks, rushed for 130 yards and added three receptions for 23 yards in Princeton's 37-9 loss at Penn Saturday. He now has 824 yards this season, one more than Brown's Marquis Jessie, who rushed for 823 yards during the 1993 season. No true freshman had ever run for more prior to Dibilio; Harvard's Clifton Dawson, a transfer from Northwestern, ran for 1,187 yards for the Crimson in 2003, but he was ineligible for all Ivy League Rookie honors.
Dibilio has now won more than half of the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season, and he is one away from matching the all-time league record. The only player with more Ivy Rookie of the Week honors was Harvard’s Elon Hu, but he did so as a sophomore during the 1994 season.
Dibilio also matched an Ivy League record by winning one award three straight weeks. Only Craig Morton (Rookie), Chris Zingo (Defensive) and Chad Levitt (Offensive) have won one award three straight weeks, and nobody had done it since 1996. If Dibilio earns the award one more time, he will match Hu and Brown's Nick Hartigan (Offensive) as the only players to win six weekly honors in one season.
Dibilio might not be done rewriting the record books this season. He could be the first true freshman to reach the 1,000-yard mark in Ivy League history, which would also mark only the ninth time in Princeton history that a runner has reached that level. He is also in the hunt to become the first freshman to win the Ivy League rushing title. He is currently second in the Ivy League rushing race, which only accounts for rushing yards in Ivy games. Dartmouth’s Nick Schwieger, who won the rushing title last year, leads the field with 629 yards, while Dibilio ranks second with 571 yards. No other Ivy League player has more than 500 yards rushing.
Princeton and Dartmouth play in the final week of the Ivy League season. Dibilio will see his first Princeton-Yale game Saturday when the 134th game of this historic series is played at noon Saturday on Powers Field at Princeton Stadium. The game will be televised live by the YES Network.