Not since Doug Butler earned the honor in 1983 had a Princeton football player earned the Ivy League Rookie of the Year award. As Chuck Dibilio, one of eight Princeton Tigers named to the 2011 All-Ivy League team, continued to rewrite the record books this year, it became clear that Princeton would finally earn that honor one more time.
Both Dibilio and junior defensive lineman Caraun Reid earned first-team All-Ivy League honors, while teammates Matt Allen (senior, offensive line), Mike Catapano (senior, defensive lineman), Joe Cloud (junior, punter), Steven Cody (senior, linebacker), Patrick Jacob (senior, kicker) and Andrew Starks (junior, linebacker) each earned second-team All-Ivy League honors.
Finalists for both the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year will be announced next week by the Ivy League office. Wide receiver Trey Peacock '11 was a Princeton finalist last year, and both Dibilio and Reid could be finalists after their standout seasons.
Dibilio was the breakout star of the Ivy League this year after rushing for 1,068 yards, the most by any true freshman in Ivy history and the sixth-most by any Princeton running back in a single season. He tied an Ivy League record by being named Rookie of the Week six times, and he set a record by earning the same award during four consecutive weeks. He rushed for 815 yards during the Ivy League season, a total that would have won the league rushing crown in both 2009 and 2010. He placed second to fellow All-Ivy first-teamer Nick Schwieger, the reigning Bushnell Cup winner.
Reid had one of Princeton's best defensive seasons in years; he led all Ivy League defensive linemen with 68 tackles, and he finished second in the league in tackles for loss (16.0) and third in sacks (8.0). He earned the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honor after blocking two extra points in the season finale against Dartmouth, and he made a career-high 11 tackles one week earlier against Yale.
Linemate Catapano wasn't far behind in the sack category; he ranked fourth in the league with five sacks. He recorded 49 tackles, including 10 for losses, and added three pass breakups, two hurries and a blocked kick.
Two of Princeton's leading tacklers were All-Ivy linebackers. Starks led the team with 80 tackles, despite missing the Brown game, and his 8.9 stops per game ranked fourth in the Ivy League. Cody fought back from a broken leg in the 2010 season opener to return to his starting position at middle linebacker, and he finished third on the team with 61 tackles.
Allen was the driving force on an offensive line that guided Princeton to the top-ranked rushing offense in the league. He started 20 straight games at guard, and he helped the Tigers average 201.8 rushing yards per game.
Both Cloud and Jacob are on the All-Ivy team for a second straight season. Cloud ranked second in the Ivy League with a 40.7-yard average, while Jacob led the league in field goals (15), and hit kicks of 46 and 47 yards in his final three games.
2011 Ivy League Football Postseason Awards
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY
Jack Templeton, Brown (Jr., OL, Ramsey, N.J.)
Jeff Adams, Columbia (Sr., OL, Western Springs, Ill.)
Ryan O'Neill, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Orland Park, Ill.)
Kevin Murphy, Harvard (Sr., OT, San Clemente, Calif.)
*Greg Van Roten, Penn (Sr., OL, Rockville Centre, N.Y.)
Jeff Mathews, Cornell (So., QB, Camarillo, Calif.)
*Nick Schwieger, Dartmouth (Sr., RB, Norton, Mass.)
Kyle Juszczyk, Harvard (Jr., H-Back, Medina, Ohio)
Chuck Dibilio, Princeton (Fr., RB, Nazareth, Pa.)
Shane Savage, Cornell (Sr., WR, Leesburg, Va.)
Ryan Calvert, Penn (Sr., WR, Studio City, Calif.)
John Gallagher, Dartmouth (Sr., TE, Salem, Ore.)
Kyle Rettig, Brown (Sr., DL, Clearwater, Fla.)
*Josue Ortiz, Harvard (Sr., DL, Avon Park, Fla.)
Eddie Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., DL, Louisville, Ky.)
Brandon Copeland, Penn (Jr., DL, Sykesville, Md.)
Caraun Reid, Princeton (Jr., DL, Bronx, N.Y.)
Brett Wyman, Brown (Sr., LB, Bridgewater, Mass.)
Alex Gedeon, Harvard (Sr., LB, Hudson, Ohio)
*Erik Rask, Penn (Sr., LB, Newport Beach, Calif.)
Jordan Haynes, Yale (Sr., LB, Folsom, Calif.)
A.J. Cruz, Brown (Jr., DB, Lake Forest, Calif.)
Stephen Peyton, Brown (Sr., FS, Woodland, Calif.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., CB, Hialeah, Fla.)
*Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Sr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)
Brad Greenway, Cornell (Sr., PK, Encinitas, Calif.)
Nathan Lovett, Brown (Sr., P, East Providence, R.I.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., RS, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Shawn Abuhoff, Dartmouth (Sr., RS, Hialeah, Fla.)
SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY
J.C. Tretter, Cornell (Jr., OL, Akron, N.Y.)
Austen Fletcher, Dartmouth (Sr., OL, Old Brookville, N.Y.)
Jack Holuba, Harvard (Jr., OL, Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Matt Allen, Princeton (Sr., OL, Tulsa, Okla.)
Jack Geiger, Brown (Sr., OL, Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Gabriel Fernandez, Yale (Sr., OL, Honolulu, Hawaii)
Collier Winters, Harvard (Sr., QB, Claremore, Okla.)
Trevor Scales, Harvard (Jr., RB, Stone Mountain, Ga.)
Alex Thomas, Yale (Sr., RB, Ansonia, Conn.)
Alexander Tounkara-Kone, Brown (Sr., WR, Staten Island, N.Y.)
Kurt Ondash, Cornell (Jr., WR, New Canaan, Conn.)
Chris Smith, Yale (Jr., WR, Midlothian, Va.)
Cameron Brate, Harvard (So., TE, Naperville, Ill.)
Clayton McGrath, Brown (Sr., DL, Longmeadow, Mass.)
Nnamdi Obukwelu, Harvard (Jr., DT, Brockton, Mass.)
Jared Sholly, Penn (Sr., DL, Clear Lake, Iowa)
Mike Catapano, Princeton (Sr., DL, Bayville, N.Y.)
Jake Stoller, Yale (Sr., DL, Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Josh Martin, Columbia (Jr., LB, Aurora, Colo.)
Steven Cody, Princeton (Sr., LB, Midlothian, Va.)
Andrew Starks, Princeton (Jr., LB, Plainfield, Ill.)
Will McHale, Yale (Jr., LB, Old Greenwich, Conn.)
Daniel Smithwick, Brown (Sr., DB, Danville, Calif.)
Rashad Campbell, Cornell (Sr., CB, Cheltenham, Pa.)
Brian Owusu, Harvard (Jr., DB, Oxnard, Calif.)
Matt Hamscher, Penn (Sr., DB, Whitehall, Pa.)
Drew Baldwin, Yale (Sr., DB, Alexandria, Va.)