Columbia Makes Decent Showing on All-Ivy League Teams

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Columbia Makes Decent Showing on All-Ivy League Teams


Chris Pizzotti: Your Ivy League Player of the Year



I was pretty close to getting everything I wanted from the All-Ivy honors list for Columbia's top players. There were some minor snubs, but nothing major.

Here's the complete list below.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., QB, Reading, Mass.)



ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Fr., DB, Lafayette, Colo.)



ALL-IVY

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

OL -- Daris Dale, Yale (Sr., Seattle, Wash.)
OL -- Paul Jasinowski, Brown (Jr., Washington, D.C.)
OL -- Shane Kelley, Brown (Sr., Naples, Fla.)
OL -- Chris Kovalcik, Penn (Sr., Westwood, Mass.)
OL -- James Williams, Harvard (Jr., Chestnut Hill, Mass.)
QB -- Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., Reading, Mass.)
RB -- *Jordan Culbreath, Princeton (Jr., Falls Church, Va.)
RB -- Mike McLeod, Yale (Sr., New Britain, Conn.)
WR -- Buddy Farnham, Brown (Jr., Andover, Mass.)
WR -- Matt Luft, Harvard (Jr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.)
WR -- Bobby Sewall, Brown (Jr., Portsmouth, R.I.)
TE -- *Colin Cloherty, Brown (Sr., Bethesda, Md.)
PK -- Andrew Samson, Penn (So., West Bloomfield, Mich.)



FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DL -- Matt Curtis, Harvard (Sr., Peabody, Mass.)
DL -- Kyle Hawari, Yale (Sr., Plano, Texas)
DL -- David Howard, Brown (Sr., Columbia, Md.)
DL -- Lou Miller, Columbia (Jr., Cincinnati, Ohio)
LB -- Bobby Abare, Yale (Sr., Acton, Mass.)
LB -- Glenn Dorris, Harvard (Sr., Marietta, Ga.)
LB -- Alex Gross, Columbia (So., Kettering, Ohio)
LB -- Eric Schultz, Harvard (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.)
DB -- Andrew Berry, Harvard (Sr., Bel Air, Md.)
DB -- Tim Bax, Cornell (Sr., Chicago, Ill.)
DB -- Nkosi Still, Brown (Sr., Hyde Park, Mass.)
DB -- Chris Wynn, Penn (Jr., Flemington, N.J.)
P -- Robert Ranney, Brown (Sr., West Bloomfield, Mich.)



SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

OL -- Matt Adkins, Brown (Sr., Alpharetta, Ga.)
OL -- Mike Brune, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)
OL -- Alex Spisak, Harvard (Jr., Charlotte, N.C.)
OL -- Mark Paski, Princeton, Chester, N.J.)
OL -- Steve Valenta, Cornell (Sr., Orland Park, Ill.)
QB -- Michael Dougherty, Brown (Sr., Davie, Fla.)
RB -- Michael DiMaggio, Penn (So., Sewell, N.J.)
RB -- Gino Gordon, Harvard (So., Bonita, Calif.)
RB -- Dereck Knight, Brown (Sr., Pawtucket, R.I.)
WR -- Jesse Baker, Cornell (Sr., Platteville, Wis.)
WR -- Austin Knowlin, Columbia (Jr., Newington, Conn.)
WR -- Will Thanheiser, Princeton (Sr., Houston, Texas)
TE -- Josh Koontz, Penn (Sr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
PK -- John Rocholl, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)



SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL -- Peter Ajayi, Harvard (Sr., Brookyn, N.Y.)
DL -- Desmond Bryant, Harvard (Sr., Elizabethtown, N.C.)
DL -- Peter Buchignani, Princeton (Sr., Bloomington, Ill.)
DL -- Jim Develin, Brown (Jr., Gilbertsville, Pa.)
DL -- Joe Goniprow, Penn (Jr., Barrington, R.I.)
DL -- Joe Hathway, Yale (Sr., Clifton, N.J.)
DL -- Joe Rost, Penn (Sr., Carmichael, Calif.)
LB -- Jay Colabella, Penn (Jr., West Harrison, N.Y.)
LB -- Jake Lewko, Penn (Jr., Medford, N.J.)
LB -- Drew Quinn, Columbia (Sr., Maineville, Ohio)
LB -- Steve Ziogas, Brown (Sr., Bristol, Conn.)
DB -- Larry Abare, Yale (Sr., Acton, Mass.)
DB -- Chris Perkins, Brown (Jr., Bridgeton, Mo.)
DB -- Steve Santoro, Yale (Sr., Airmont, N.Y.)
DB -- Ian Wilson, Dartmouth (Sr., Burbank, Calif.)
DB -- Collin Zych, Harvard (So., Plano, Texas)
P -- Tom Mante, Yale (Jr., Westford, Mass.)



HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

OL -- Quentin Bernhard, Cornell (Jr., Alameda, Calif.)
OL -- Zach Copple, Harvard (Sr., Lincoln, Neb.)
OL -- Ty Davis, Yale (Sr., Fresno, Calif.)
OL -- Ryan Pilconis, Harvard (Sr., Pottsville, Pa.)
OL -- Tom Rodger, Harvard (Sr., Glen Ridge, N.J.)
QB -- Nathan Ford, Cornell (Sr., Palo Alto, Calif.)
RB -- Milan Williams, Dartmouth (Sr., Mobile, Ala.)
WR -- Tim McManus, Dartmouth (So., St. Paul, Minn.)
WR -- Brian Walters, Cornell (Jr., Bothel, Wash.)
TE -- Jason Miller, Harvard (Sr., Zionsville, Ind.)
PK -- Patrick Long, Harvard (Jr., Wilmington, N.C.)
PK -- Tom Mante, Yale (Jr., Westford, Mass.)



HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

DL -- Owen Fraser, Columbia (Fr., Newburgh, N.Y.)
DL -- Matt Koch, Princeton (Sr., Ponte Verde, Fla.)
DL -- Guillermo Ruffolo, Penn (Sr., Webster, N.Y.)
LB -- Scott Britton, Princeton (Jr., Newton, Pa.)
LB -- Steven Cody, Princeton (So., Midlothian, Va.)
LB -- Brady Hart, Yale (Sr., State College, Pa.)
LB -- Graham Rihn, Cornell (Sr., Allison Park, Pa.)
DB -- Miles Craigwell, Brown (Sr., Boston, Mass.)
DB -- Britton Ertman, Penn (Sr., Manhattan Beach, Calif.)
DB -- Casey Gerald, Yale (Sr., Dallas, Texas)
DB -- Matthew Hanson, Harvard (Fr., Lafayette, Colo.)
DB -- Jay Pilkerton, Yale (Sr., Nashville, Tenn.)
DB -- Paul Rice, Yale (Jr., Cleveland Heights, Ohio)
P -- Ryan Coyle, Princeton (Sr., Princeton, N.J.)
P -- John Rocholl, Columbia (Sr., Fort Wayne, Ind.)
P -- Brian Scullin, Dartmouth (Sr., Alexandra, Va.)

* - Unanimous Selection

 

My biggest regret is that Ralph DeBernardo was not mentioned at all, but it's a tough deal when you play O-line on a team that scored so few points overall.

The good news was the recognition of both Fraser and Knowlin.



Other points of note

- Junior Lou Miller was the only non-senior defensive lineman on the first team.

- Sophomore Alex Gross was the only non-senior linebacker on the first team. Gross and Penn's kicker Andrew Samson were the only sophomore first-teamers.

- Cornell and Dartmouth were completely shut out of the first team roster. Dartmouth had only one player on the second team, and Cornell had just two.

- All the wide receivers on the first team were juniors, along with Austin Knowlin, who made the second team as a junior WR.

- I thought choosing Pizzotti for the Bushnell Cup was a solid choice. As a graduating senior, he goes out on top. Not on top was last year's winner Mike McLeod. We'll probably never know if offensive line attrition or injury was the biggest reason for his drop-off from 2007.

- It's downright scary that Harvard's Luft and Brown's Sewall and Farnham will be back next season. It really makes it a lot easier for both of those teams as they look for new starting QBs.

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