Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cowabunga Dude

In a scene straight from City Slickers, freshman running back Cody Patch, right, welcomes quarterback Cam Crage, left, running back Marc Sasso, back, and lineman Sean Ronan to his family's Walhowdon Farm and Orchard in nearby Lebanon. Ronan is holding a day-old calf. The Patch family has been farming in Lebanon since 1775. (Thanks for the photo.)

Throughout the fall The Sports Network has been updating its "Watch List" for the Payton Award as the top offensive performer in the FCS. Each time the list came out I'd quickly check to see if Nick Schwieger had been added. The final list is out and Schwieger is not included among the seven running backs on the 20-player list. I've added him to the list of running back finalists (below) for you to decide whether he belongs. (The columns are games, carries, yards, touchdowns, yards per carry and yards per game.)

Speaking of Schwieger, the Princeton website has a story about Tiger freshman Chuck Dibilio trailing the Dartmouth back by 17 yards in the race for the Ivy League rushing title. That's for Ivy League games only and should be a nice sidebar to Saturday's action.

Schwieger actually enters his final game well ahead in the race for the overall Ivy League rushing title with 1,153 yards. Dibilio is second with 1,002 yards. Barring something strange happening, Schwieger will finish with the highest per-game rushing average among Ivy League runners for the third consecutive year. He topped the league with 78.2 yards as a sophomore, with 125.9 yards per game last fall, and is at 128.1 yards through nine games this year, sixth in the nation.

The Daily Princetonian has a story about the Tigers' league-leading rushing attack.

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