Senior Sendoff, Ivy Rushing Title On Line When Football Heads To Dartmouth
While the 24-member Class of 2012 is hoping to end its career with a memorable road win, a talented runner is looking to begin his career by becoming the first freshman in Ivy League history to win the league rushing crown. All of that will be determined Saturday at 1:30 when Princeton takes on Dartmouth in Hanover, N.H.
Though the game will be played at Dartmouth, all subscribers to GoPrincetonTigers.TV will have access to the Dartmouth feed.
|Date/Time||Nov. 19/1:30 p.m.|
|Location|| Hanover, N.H.
|Radio||GoPrincetonTigers.com/WPRB 103.3 FM|
|All-Time Series|| Tied 43-43-4
|Last Year|| Dartmouth 31, PRINCETON 0
|Last At Site|| Princeton 23, DARTMOUTH 11 (2009)
|Last Five Years|| Princeton 4-1
|Current Streak|| Dartmouth 1
Game Notes • Week 10
A Few Fast Facts To Get You Ready…
Up For Grabs
In all likelihood, the 2011 Ivy League rushing champion will be determined on Memorial Field, as Dartmouth senior Nick Schweiger and Princeton freshman Chuck Dibilio lead the rest of the Ivy League field by 180 yards. Schweiger, the reigning Ivy League rushing champion and co-winner of the 2010 Bushnell Cup, has rushed for 766 yards in six Ivy League games (the Ivy rushing title is based on league games only).
Dibilio enters the game with 749 rushing yards, including his season-best 178-yard effort last weekend against Yale. Princeton’s last Ivy League rushing champion was Jordan Culbreath, who rushed for 853 yards during the 2008 Ivy season.
No freshman has ever won the Ivy League rushing title.
Freshman Chuck Dibilio 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.
Run To Glory
After rushing for 178 yards and three touchdowns (the most since the 2003 Harvard game) last weekend, Chuck Dibilio has rushed for 1,002 yards this season. No true freshman has ever rushed for more than 1,000 yards in the Ivy League. His current season total ranks ninth on the all-time single-season list. If he rushes for at least 80 yards, he would end up with the fifth-best single-season total in Princeton history.
Chuck Dibilio was recently named to the Jerry Rice Award Watch List; this is the
inaugural year for the award, which honors the outstanding freshman in the Football Championship Subdivision. The award is presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com.
Head Of The Class
Freshman Matt Costello was announced as one of five winners of the 2011 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award, given by The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF). Costello is the second Princeton football player to win this award in as many years. Offensive lineman Max Coale, who has started each of Princeton’s last two games at right guard, earned the honor in 2010.
Fountain Of Youth
Like Chuck Dibilio, Matt Costello is having a record-setting season for Princeton. Despite missing the Penn game, Costello has caught 29 passes for 341 yards this season; both totals are freshman single-season records, eclipsing totals set by Blair Morrison during the 2000 season.
Without Costello against Penn, Princeton relied on its freshman class in the ground game. Led by Chuck Dibilio, Princeton’s four top rushers at Penn were freshmen: Dibilio (130), Quinn Epperly (33), Jon Esposito (19) and Will Powers (four).
Junior Shane Wilkinson has had a pair of eight-catch games in the last four weeks. He caught eight passes for 108 yards and a score against Harvard, and he caught eight passes for 88 yards last weekend at Penn. He leads Princeton with 34 catches for 343 yards this season.
Senior quarterback Tommy Wornham moved to fifth on the all-time Princeton passing list with his 277-yard effort against Harvard. He also became the fifth Princeton quarterback to throw for at least 4,000 yards in his career; he currently has 4,012 passing yards in his career.
After not blocking one punt over a span of 58 games, Princeton has blocked three in the last three weeks. Freshman Will Powers has blocked one in each of the last two games, while classmate Seth
DeValve had the other block last week.
Reid It And Weep
Junior Caraun Reid has been one of the most disruptive forces in the Ivy League this season. He ranks third in the league with seven sacks this season (including two last weekend), and he is in second in the league with 13.5 tackles for loss. He has led Princeton in tackles each of the last two weeks, including a career-best effort with 11 stops against Yale last weekend.
Quick As A Cat
Senior Mike Catapano is also having a terrific season on the defensive line. He is second on the team with 10 tackles for loss, which ranks seventh in the Ivy League, and he ranks sixth in the Ivy League with five sacks.
The last time Princeton had two first-team All-Ivy League selections on the defensive line was 2003, when both Joe Weiss and Tim Kirby earned the honors. That pair combined for 135 tackles, 25 tackles for loss and eight sacks during the season.
With one game remaining, Reid and Catapano have combined for 104 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks this year.
Sparks By Starks
Junior linebacker Andrew Starks leads Princeton with 67 tackles this season. He currently ranks sixth in the Ivy League with 8.4 tackles per game.
The Princeton rush defense will be looking to both pick up a victory and help Chuck Dibilio to the Ivy League rushing title this weekend. The Princeton run defense heads into the weekend ranked second in the Ivy League, allowing only 115.6 rushing yards per game.
Dartmouth currently ranks last in the Ivy League, allowing 192.3 yards per game.
On The Road Again
Princeton is looking for its first road victory since the 2009 season finale, when the Tigers defeated Dartmouth 23-11. Senior Kenny Gunter rushed for 173 yards and two touchdowns in that victory.
Princeton has had several special teams highlights through the first half of the season, including:
• Patrick Jacob leads the Ivy League with 14 field goals this season. He is the reigning first-team All-Ivy placekicker and made 14 field goals last season.
• Joe Cloud ranks second in the Ivy League with an average of 40.6 yards per punt; he was a
second-team All-Ivy pick last season after leading the Ivy League in punting average.
• Ivan Charbonneau recorded Princeton’s first kickoff return for a touchdown since 2005 with a 92-yard score against Lehigh. The last kickoff return for a touchdown was by Jay McCareins, and it provided the winning margin in a 27-24 victory at Harvard Stadium.
• Caraun Reid blocked a field goal attempt in the season opener against Lehigh, while Mike Catapano blocked one against Hampton.
• Freshman Will Powers blocked punts in back-to-back games against Cornell and Penn, while Seth DeValve added a blocked punt against Penn.
Yes We Cam
Senior offensive lineman Cameron Browne, a native of Lakewood, Colo., earned a Community
Service Award from Princeton Human Relations Commission director Cynthia Mendez this past week in recognition of his work as coordinator of the Summer Youth Employment Program. Browne has overcome injuries to move into the offensive line rotation.
The Crystal Ball
The 2012 Princeton football season will include five home games, including four in the Ivy League and one against a team Princeton hasn’t seen since 1923. It also includes four of five road games that will be within three hours of the University.
The season will open Sept. 15 at Lehigh, which has already clinched its second straight Patriot League championship. The Princeton home opener will be Sept. 22 against Georgetown in the first meeting between the two programs since 1923. The Tigers are 5-0 all-time against the Hoyas, although Georgetown finished 8-3 this season and second in the Patriot League.
Princeton will open its Ivy League season Sept. 29 at Columbia, and follow with an Oct. 6 matchup at Lafayette. The Tigers own wins over both teams over the last two years, though both came at Princeton Stadium. Following the Lafayette game, Princeton will play six straight in the league, including four at home: Oct. 13 vs. Brown, Oct. 20 vs. Harvard, Nov. 3 vs. Penn and Nov. 17 vs. Dartmouth.
All dates are tentative, pending television decisions.