Nine Yale football players earn All-Ivy League honors

Yale running back Alan Lamar runs past Harvard linebacker Luke Hutton (35) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
Yale running back Alan Lamar runs past Harvard linebacker Luke Hutton (35) for a touchdown during the first half of an NCAA football game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass. Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

By: Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity

PRINCETON, N.J. – Nine Yale football players earned post-season honors as the 2016 All-Ivy League Team was announced today. The Bulldogs had two second-team selections and seven in the honorable mention category.

Tailback Alan Lamar and special teams star Jason Alessi were the second-team picks.

Lamar led all rookie Ivy runners with a 61-yard average, which was fifth overall. He racked up 557 total rushing yards, a 4.3 average and five touchdowns after taking his first snap in the backfield in game four. Prior to that, Lamar, named Yale’s freshman MVP on Sunday, had been used exclusively on kick returns. His most important score came last Saturday in a 21-14 victory over Harvard at Boston.

Alessi, the team MVP and starting defensive back, was a return weapon on punts and kickoffs. The junior who is the only Bulldog ever to return a pair of punt returns for more than 80 yards, had a 10.6 average, which was top 10 in the FCS all season. He had a 16.1 mark on kickoffs.
Alessi had a team-high 10 pass breakups while he was fourth on the squad with 49 tackles.

The honorable mention Bulldogs included cornerback Dale Harris, right guard Mason Friedline, defensive end Marty Moesta, center Karl Marback, linebackers Matthew Oplinger and Darius Manora and defensive end Kyle Mullen.

Harris, who missed two games with injuries including the finale, had 39 tackles and two forced fumbles. However, he was one of the most impactful Elis any time he stepped on the field. The versatile senior, who was supposed to play tailback all season but was needed on defense more, earned the team’s hammer award for his physical play. Many of his defensive highlights came on special teams where he would make stunning tackles as the punt return man caught the football.

Harris had Yale’s top individual highlight of the 2016 season at Fordham on Oct 15. He started at corner while playing special teams and making a few runs at tailback when needed. Yale’s top two runners got hurt, so Harris stepped up and ran for four TDs and a two-point conversion while totaling 136 yards. He also finished with an important catch and three solo tackles in one of the most versatile performances in the long history of Yale football. Harris’ top day on defense came against Penn with eight solos and 12 overall tackles.

Friedline, a senior, was named Yale’s top offensive lineman after starting every game this season. He and Marback, the junior starting center, helped protect a freshman quarterback who led the Blue to victory in The Game.

Moesta and Mullen were Yale’s best pass rushers. The senior/sophomore tandem coming off the edge combined for 11 sacks and 83 tackles. Both players disrupted the Crimson backfield all game on Nov. 19.

Oplinger, a junior who was all over the field making plays, including seven tackles and 1.5 sacks at Harvard last weekend, finished with 43 tackles, including eight for lost yardage.

FIRST-TEAM ALL-IVY
Offense
Larry Allen, Jr., Harvard (Jr., OL – Danville, Calif.)
*Nick Demes, Penn (Sr., OL – Western Springs, Ill.)
Dave Morrison, Dartmouth (Sr., OL – Latham, N.Y.)
Max Rich, Harvard (Sr., OL – Portland, Ore.)
Mitchell Sweigart, Princeton (Jr., OL – Washington Boro, Pa.)
*Alek Torgersen, Penn (Sr., QB – Huntington Beach, Calif.)
*John Lovett, Princeton (Jr., RB – Wantagh, N.Y.)
*Tre Solomon, Penn (Jr., RB – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Chris Walker, Cornell (So., RB – Lewisburg, Tenn.)
Alexander Jette, Brown (Sr., WR/RS – North Attleboro, Mass.)
*Justice Shelton-Mosely, Harvard (So., WR – Sacramento, Calif.)
*Justin Watson, Penn (Jr., WR – Bridgeville, Pa.)
Anthony Firkser, Harvard (Sr., TE/HB – Manalapan, N.J.)

Defense
*James Duberg, Harvard (Sr., DT – Chula Vista, Calif.)
Kurt Holuba, Princeton (Jr., DL – Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Richard Jarvis, Brown (Sr., DE – Watertown, Mass.)
Louis Vecchio, Penn (Jr., DE – Orange, Calif.)
Luke Catarius, Princeton (Sr., LB – Sandwich, Mass.)
Folarin Orimolade, Dartmouth (Sr., LB – Burtonsville, Md.)
Gianmarco Rea, Columbia (Sr., LB – Birmingham, Mich.)
William Twyman, Brown (Sr., ILB – Sudbury, Mass.)
James Gales, Princeton (Sr., DB – New York)
*Nick Gesualdi, Cornell (Jr., S – Sykesville, Md.)
Mason Williams, Penn (So., DB – Pasadena, Calif.)
Dorian Williams, Princeton (Sr., DB – Streetsboro, Ohio)

Special Teams
*Oren Milstein, Columbia (Fr., PK – Boca Raton, Fla.)
Chris Fraser, Cornell (Sr., P – Potomac, Md.)
Alexander Jette, Brown (Sr., WR/RS – North Attleboro, Mass.)

SECOND-TEAM ALL-IVY
Offense
Dakota Girard, Brown (Sr., OL – Wellfleet, Mass.)
Matthew Girard, Brown (Sr., OL – Holyoke, Mass.)
Kendall Pace, Columbia (Sr., OL – Suitland, Md.)
Daniel Poulus, Penn (Sr., OL – Park Ridge, Ill.)
Eric Ramirez, Princeton (Jr., OL – York, Pa.)
Chad Kanoff, Princeton (Sr., QB – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
Alan Lamar, Yale (Fr., RB – Olive Branch, Miss.)
Joe Rhattigan, Princeton (Sr., RB – Naperville, Ill.)
Alan Watson, Columbia (Sr., RB – New Albany, Ohio)
Hunter Hagdorn, Dartmouth (Fr., WR/RS – Manvel, Texas)
Christian Pearson, Penn (So., WR – Northridge, Calif.)
Scott Carpenter, Princeton (Sr., TE – Vienna, Va.)
Matt Sullivan, Cornell (Sr., TE – Pittsford, N.Y.)

Defense
D.J. Bailey, Harvard (So., DE – San Juan Capistrano, Calif.)
Lord Hyeamang, Columbia (Jr., DL – Lakeville, Minn.)
Henry Schlossberg, Princeton (Sr., DL – Los Angeles)
Nick Tomkins, Dartmouth (Jr., DL – Matawan, N.J.)
Luke Hutton, Harvard (Jr., LB – Austin, Texas)
Rohan Hylton, Princeton (Sr., LB – Orlando, Fla.)
Nick Miller, Penn (So., LB – New Market, Md.)
Colton Moskal, Penn (Jr., LB – Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Brock Kenyon, Columbia (Sr., DB – Austin, Texas)
Raishaun McGhee, Harvard (Sr., CB – Windsor, Conn.)
Charlie Miller, Dartmouth (Sr., DB – Shoreview, Minn.)
Sam Philippi, Penn (So., DB – Coto De Caza, Calif.)
Cameron Roane, Columbia (Jr., DB – Durham, N.C.)

Special Teams
Jake McIntyre, Harvard (Fr., PK – Orlando, Fla.)
Cameron Nizialek, Columbia (Sr., P/PK – Chantilly, Va.)
Jason Alessi, Yale (Jr., RS/DB – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)

HONORABLE MENTION
Offense
John Foster, Cornell (Sr., OL – Scituate, Mass.)
Mason Friedline, Yale (Sr., OL – Seattle)
Matt Kaskey, Dartmouth (So., OL – Winnetka, Ill.)
Nathan Kirchmier, Penn (Jr., OL – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Karl Marback, Yale (Jr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Reily Radosevich, Princeton (Fr., OL – Manalapan, N.J.)
Dalton Banks, Cornell (So., QB – San Antonio)
Miles Smith, Dartmouth (So., RB – Alpharetta, Ga.)
Isaiah Barnes, Princeton (Sr., WR – Freeport, N.Y.)
Jesper Horsted, Princeton (So., WR – Shoreview, Minn.)
Ben Rogers, Cornell (Sr., WR – Geneva, Ill.)
Adam Scott, Harvard (So., WR – Denton, Texas)

Defense
Brandon Cooper, Dartmouth (Sr., DE – Grand Prairie, Texas)
Zach Husain, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Evanston, Ill.)
Marty Moesta, Yale (Sr., DE – Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
Kyle Mullen, Yale (So., DE – Manalapan, N.J.)
Birk Olson, Princeton (Sr., LB – Monticello, Minn.)
Langston Ward, Harvard (Sr., DE – Spokane, Wash.)
Connor Jangro, Penn (Fr., LB – Jessup, Md.)
Darius Manora, Yale (Sr., LB – Alexandria, Va.)
Eric Meile, Dartmouth (Jr., LB – Ramsey, N.J.)
Matt Oplinger, Yale (Jr., OLB – Summitt, N.J.)
Jackson Weber, Cornell (Sr., OLB – Whitefish Bay, Wis.)
Max Tylki, Brown (Sr., ILB – Wethersfield, Conn.)
Sean Ahern, Harvard (Sr., CB – Cincinnati)
Lucas Bavaro, Dartmouth (Sr., DB – Boxford, Mass.)
Dale Harris, Yale (Sr., DB/RB – Brooklandville, Md.)
Tanner Lee, Harvard (Jr., S – Spanish Fort, Ala.)

Special Teams
Hunter Kelly, Penn (Jr., P – Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Tyler Roth, Princeton (Sr., P – Pittsburgh)
Trevor Osborne, Princeton (Sr., WR – Peoria, Ariz.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
Hunter Hagdorn, Dartmouth (Fr., WR/RS – Manvel, Texas)

COACH OF THE YEAR
*Bob Surace, Princeton

*-Unanimous selection

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