Press Release Colgate
Sat., Sept. 17 – at Dartmouth (Hanover, N.H.), 1:30 p.m.
The Colgate Raiders (1-1, 0-1) will continue their three-game road trip on Saturday, Sept. 17 when they travel to Dartmouth (0-0). Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at Memorial Field.
This will be the 25th meeting between Colgate and Dartmouth, with the Raiders leading the all-time series 18-5-1. Colgate has won the last four matchups including a 34-15 victory in Hanover in 2009.
Colgate head coach Dick Biddle, who has the most wins in school history, is in his 16th season at the helm of the Raiders. His overall record is 121-56, and 10-1 against Dartmouth.
Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens is in his 12th season with the Big Green and has compiled an overall mark of 41-67-2 and is 1-4 against Colgate.
The Big Green (0-0), will try to claim its first victory of the season on Saturday as it kicks off the 2011 season at Memorial Field.
Dartmouth is led by a trio of seniors in cornerback/return specialist Shawn Abuhoff, tailback Nick Schwieger and offensive lineman Ryan O’Neill. All three have garnered recognition across several preseason teams.
Abuhoff was a first-team All-Ivy selection as a defensive back and return specialist, plus made The Sports Network/Fathead.com’s FCS All-America first team and Phil Steele’s third team as a punt returner, last season. On the NCAA’s active career charts, Abuhoff ranks among the top 20 nationally in eight statistical categories, including touchdown on punt returns (3, tied for first), punt return average (11.9 yards, third) and interceptions per game (0.33, 20th).
Schwieger accumulated 1,133 yards, the second most in school history, on 242 carries to lead the Ivy League in rushing average for a second consecutive season. He also led the league in scoring average (9.3 points) and all-purpose yards (158.8 yards per game), while ranking seventh and 14th nationally in those two categories, respectively. With 413 more yards on the ground, Schwieger would become Dartmouth’s all-time leading rusher.
O’Neill has started the last 16 games at left guard for the Big Green and was an All-Ivy first-team selection in 2010. He anchored an offensive line last year that paved the way for Schwieger’s breakout season and kept quarterback Conner Kempe off the turf by yielding just seven sacks all season. Only two teams in the FCS allowed fewer sacks. With that protection, Kempe was able to pass for 1,647 yards, the 15th most by a Big Green quarterback.
FRIEL EARNS CFPA HONORABLE MENTION
Junior linebacker Patrick Friel has been recognized by CollegeFootballPerformance.com for his performance in Saturday’s game against Holy Cross.
Friel earned College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Honorable Mention after recording a game-high 16 tackles against the Crusaders. Friel also recorded three tackles for a loss and forced one fumble. The 16 tackles are the most recorded by a Raider since Mike Gallihugh recorded 17 against Massachusetts in 2007.
RAIDERS PICKED SECOND IN PL PRESEASON POLL
Colgate was picked to finish second in the Patriot League preseason poll of head coaches and sports information directors; the announcement came during the annual football media day.
Defending champion Lehigh topped the poll with a total of 58 points and eight first place votes, while the Raiders placed second with 55 points and six first place votes. Holy Cross 38 points and Lafayette 36 points were selected third and fourth in the poll, followed by Georgetown (fifth, 19 points) and Bucknell (six, 16 points).
In addition to the preseason poll, the Patriot League named senior running back Nate Eachus the preseason Offensive Player of the Year. Eachus is the second-straight Raider to earn this preseason honor as Greg Sullivan was named the preseason Player of the Year last year.
EACHUS NAMED TO WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST
After receiving numerous preseason All-America nods following an outstanding 2010 campaign, Colgate senior running back Nate Eachus has claimed his top distinction to date heading into the fall as he was selected as one of 20 candidates on the watch list for the 2011 Walter Payton Award.
Presented by The Sports Network and sponsored by Fathead.com, the Walter Payton Award enters its 25th season as the top individual honor in the Football Championship Subdivision. Eachus finished sixth in the voting last year, making him the second-highest returning vote-getter behind only Appalachian State quarterback DeAndre Presley, who placed third.
The 2010 Patriot League Football Offensive Player of the Year, Eachus has received a plethora of honors heading into the upcoming season. He was ranked as one of the top running backs in the nation by The Sports Network and received first-team preseason All-America recognition from numerous outlets including Sporting News, Athlon, Lindy’s and Consensus Draft Services.
Eachus earned consensus first-team FCS All-America honors following his stellar 2010 campaign. He had one of the best seasons for a running back in school and Patriot League history, carrying 317 times for 1,871 yards and 21 touchdowns for the year while also catching 17 passes for 160 yards and a score. The 1,871 rushing yards stood third in a single-season in Patriot League history, just four yards behind former teammate Jordan Scott (2007). Eachus averaged 170.1 rushing yards per game, which led the FCS by nearly 25 yards per contest. It was the second-best mark in Patriot League annals, just behind Scott’s 170.5 average in 2007.
CAREER RUSHING CHART
All-American running back Nate Eachus is climbing up the Colgate record books. He currently has 3,983 rushing yards and 49 touchdowns, both rank fourth overall. Eachus needs 1,017 yards to become just the third Raider to amass 5,000 yards in a career, while he needs 1,638 yards to break the all-time rushing record of 5,621 set by former teammate Jordan Scott ’07. Scott also holds the all-time record in rushing touchdowns with 57.
EACHUS, OTTANELLI NAMED TO LINDY’S PRESEASON TEAMS
Running back Nate Eachus was named to the Lindy’s 2011 All-FCS Offensive first-team, while offensive lineman Vittorio Ottanelli was named to the second-team. As a team the Raiders were ranked No. 23 in the magazine’s Preseason Top 25.