Ivy League Weekly Awards
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior quarterback Dalyn Williams (Corinth, Texas) broke the school record for total yards in a game and accounted for five touchdowns in the Big Green's 42-7 victory at Cornell. Williams threw for 381 yards with four touchdown tosses of 24, 32, 30 and 60 yards. His 70.6 completion rate (24-of-34) was the highest of his career, while the 381 yards -- sixth all-time at Dartmouth -- were seven shy of his top total from four weeks ago. In addition, he carried the ball six times for 62 yards on the ground, including a nine-yard scoring scamper that gave the Big Green the lead for good early in the second quarter. Williams’ 443 total yards topped the Dartmouth record of 440 yards set by Brian Mann against Harvard 12 years ago.
Yale senior tailback Tyler Varga (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada) knifed through the Brown defense for a series-best 204 yards on a season-high 35 carries and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' 45-42 win on the road. Varga muscled his way across the goal line for one of his two scores, plowing a pair of defenders backwards into the end zone. He scored the game-clinching score with just over six minutes remaining on a 23-yard run on a 4th-and-1 play. Then he rushed on every play of Yale’s final drive, going for 33 yards and two first downs to run out the final of the game. Varga is the 10th running back in school history to gain 1,000 yards in a season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Harvard senior linebacker Connor Sheehan (Austin, Texas) tied a school record with two interception returns for a touchdown in the Crimson's 45-0 victory over Columbia. Sheehan finished with 97 return yards (49, 48), with his pick-sixes coming in the first and third quarters. He also recorded four tackles, including a tackle for a loss. Sheehan’s two interception returns for touchdowns in a single game was a first for Harvard since 2000, tied the school’s single-season record with Dante Balestracci and tied the school’s career record with Balestracci and Steven Williams.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton junior placekicker Nolan Bieck (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) provided critical points in the Tigers' 22-17 win, going 3-for-3 on field goals and connecting on his one PAT attempt. Bieck opened and closed the scoring on the day with two first-quarter field goals of 46 and 22 yards and added a 20-yarder in the fourth quarter that gave Princeton the five-point advantage. His 46-yarder established a career high and was the longest by a Tiger in more than a decade.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman running back Semar Smith (Coral Springs, Fla.) ran the ball 11 times for 114 yards and a touchdown in the Crimson's win over Columbia. Smith’s score came on the first drive of the third quarter when he accounted for 37 of Harvard’s 75 yards, capped off by a three-yard scoring run. He averaged 10.4 yards per carry and had a long run of 29 yards.
Jason Alessi, Yale (Fr., DB - Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
12 tkls. (12 solo)
DiAndre Atwater, Princeton (Jr., RB - Duluth, Ga.)
17 car. for 98 yds., 36 rec. yds.
Ty Desire, Princeton (So., DL - Uniondale, N.Y.)
5 tkls. (2 solo), 2.0 TFL, 2.0 Sacks
Chris Fraser, Cornell (So., P - Potomac, Md.)
43.5 yds./punt, 3 in20
Marcus Fuller, Brown (Sr., QB - Ashland, Ohio)
27-39-1, 393 yds., 2 TDs
Luke Hagy, Cornell (Jr., RB - Pittsburgh)
18 car. for 110 yds., 1 TD, 28 rec. yds.
Ryan McDonald, Brown (Jr., LB - Falmouth, Maine)
7 tkls. (3 solo), 53-yd. FR for TD
Alek Torgersen, Penn (Fr., QB - Huntington Beach, Calif.)
40-61-2, 349 yds., 2 TDs
Justin Watson, Penn (Fr., WR - Bridgeville, Pa.)
6 rec. for 76 yds., 1 TD
Sawyer Whalen, Dartmouth (So., DL - Woodinville, Wash.)
6 tkls. (4 solo), 1.0 TFL, 1.0 Sack
Dorian Williams, Princeton (So., DB - Streetsboro, Ohio)
13 tkls. (10 solo), 1 INT, 1 FR, 3 BrUps
Victor Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., WR - Muskogee, Okla.)
7 rec. for 101 yds., 1 TD