Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Records Made To Be Broken

As promised/threatened (pick one), Dartmouth records that are overdue to be broken:

Career rushing yards – 2,252, Al Rosier '91
It doesn't have to be Clifton Dawson (4,841 yards), Mike McLeod (4,512 yards), Nick Hartigan (4,492 yards) or Jordan Scott (5,621 yards), but the record will fall if Dartmouth can simply develop a workhorse back who will do the job for three solid years. Not since Jeff Dufresne from 1978-80 has the Big Green had a player lead the team in rushing for three consecutive seasons. Astonishingly, Rosier's yardage is just 27th on the all-time Ivy League list. Every other Ivy League team has at least one player who has rushed for 3,000 career yards. Yale has had six runners top Rosier's record, Penn five, Princeton and Cornell four each, Harvard and Brown three each and Columbia one.

200-yard rushing game drought
Dartmouth's last 200-yard game by an individual was on Nov. 16, 1991 when Al Rosier ran for 229 yards against Brown. Every Ivy team has had at least two 200-yard games since then. Brown has had 12, Princeton 10, Harvard and Yale six each, Penn and Cornell five each, and Columbia two.

Passing yards in a game – 419, Jay Fiedler, 1992
Hard to believe, but Fiedler's total against Yale is tied for 30th on the all-time Ivy League list. Every Ivy League team has had someone throw for more yards. Brown quarterbacks have surpassed Fiedler's mark 11 times while Princeton's QBs have topped it on seven occasions.

Career interceptions – 13, Scott Sims '89 and Lloyd Lee '98
The Ivy League record book lists the top 16 players for career interceptions and every school is represented with the exception of Dartmouth. The top three players for career interceptions are all from Princeton – Superman Dean Cain with 22, Damani Leech with 20 and Jay McCareins with 18. Cain came within one of Dartmouth's career record in 1987 alone, when he picked off 12 passes.

Incoming offensive lineman Rob Bathe has been chosen to play in the 36th annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game at St. Cloud State's Husky State on June 27.

Our local paper has a story today noting that safety Kyle Cavanaugh, projected to be the only fifth-year senior on next year's team, did in fact tear his ACL in the spring game. Barring a miraculous recovery from surgery, it will be the fourth time in five years that the hard-luck Cavanaugh has had a season ended by injury. He was a starter in the first two games of his collegiate career.

Today's Daily Dartmouth has a story about the retirement of longtime field events coach Carl Wallin.

Tragic news in Cambridge, Mass., where a 21-year-old man was shot and killed Monday afternoon in the entrance to a Harvard dorm. He was not a Harvard student. Find a Boston Globe story here.

And finally, a regular reader sent along a link to a New York Times blog post by a Dartmouth sophomore headlined, "Sober in the Animal House."

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