Freshman running back Chuck Dibilio, who takes aim at the 2011 Ivy League rushing title Saturday at Dartmouth, continued to rewrite the league record book this past weekend. His best effort of the season earned him his sixth Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor, as well as his fourth in a row.
Dibilio, who trails 2010 Ivy rushing champion Nick Schwieger of Dartmouth by 17 yards entering the final weekend, rushed for 178 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 33-24 home loss to Yale. His final rush of the game gave him 1,002 yards for the season, making him the first true freshman in Ivy League history to hit that milestone.
When you amass more than 1,000 yards in nine weeks, you're bound to get your share of rookie honors. Dibilio had won more Rookie of the Week honors than any freshman in Ivy League history prior to the game, but he moved into more elite territory Monday when the league named him Rookie of the Week once again.
He matched only Nick Hartigan (Brown, 2005) and Eion Hu (Harvard, 1994) as the only players in league history to win a single award six times in one season. Hartigan won Player of the Week honors six times during his Bushnell Cup season, while Hu won six Rookie of the Week honors as a sophomore for the Crimson.
Dibilio also became the first player in Ivy history to win the same honor four straight weeks. Only Craig Morton (Rookie), Chris Zingo (Defensive) and Chad Levitt (Offensive) had won one award three straight weeks prior to this season, but they each take a backseat to Dibilio's fourth straight honor.
While the Ivy League rushing total accounts for league games only, Dibilio's season average of 111.33 yards per game ranks him 16th nationally. He is one of only two freshmen in the national Top 50 in rushing.