PRINCETON, N.J.—Led by four First Team selections—sophomore wide receiver Josh Wainwright, senior defensive back Cameron Roane, senior defensive lineman Lord Hyeamang and senior punter Parker Thome—a school-record 12 Columbia football players earned All-Ivy League football honors, the conference office announced on Tuesday afternoon.
In addition, Columbia Head Coach Al Bagnoli was named the Ivy League Coach of the Year after leading the Lions to their best overall record (8-2), best Ivy League record (5-2) and highest Ivy League finish (second place) in 21 years since 1996. In his third year at Columbia, Bagnoli guided the Lions from a 3-7 record in 2016 to an 8-2 record this year. Yesterday, Bagnoli was announced as a finalist for the STATS FCS Eddie Robinson Award, the organization’s national coach of the year award. Read more about Bagnoli here.
Earning Second Team honors for Columbia were senior quarterback Anders Hill, senior offensive lineman Bewley Wales and senior defensive back Landon Baty. Columbia’s honorable mention picks included senior offensive lineman Markham Paukune, sophomore wide receiver Ronald Smith II, senior defensive lineman Dominic Perkovic, sophomore linebacker Michael Murphy and first-year kick returner Will Allen.
The 12 selections marked the most All Ivy League selections for Columbia since the Ivy League was formed in 1956. Previously, Columbia had nine student-athletes earn All-Ivy League football honors in 1994. Roane and Hyeamang both earned All-Ivy League honors for the second time in their careers.
The All-Ivy League Team and yearly football awards are picked and voted upon by the conference’s eight head football coaches.
A native of Austin, Texas, Wainwright set a school-record for most receiving yards in a season with 1,001, topping the previous record held by Don Lewis (1,000 in 1982) by one yard. Wainwright led Columbia in receptions (78), receiving yards (1,001), receiving touchdowns (eight), all-purpose yardage (1,127) and punt returns (16-98) and totaled four 100-yard receiving games, three 10-plus reception games and two multi-touchdown games. Wainwright concluded the year ranked No. 6 nationally in receptions per game (7.8), No. 11 in receiving yards per game (100.1), No. 16 in receiving yards (1,001) and No. 24 in receiving touchdowns (eight) and ranked among Ivy League leaders in receptions/game (No. 3, 7.8), receiving yards per game (No. 3, 1,001), scoring (No. 9, 4.8 per game) and all-purpose yardage (No. 5, 112.7). He was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 16 after he caught the game-winning touchdown (one of two TDs), 10 passes for a career-best 193 yards in a 34-31 overtime win over Penn. He caught a career-high 13 passes in the season finale vs. Brown. In his two-year career, Wainwright has made 120 receptions for 1,516 yards, 13 touchdowns and registered five 100-yard receiving games. He is enrolled at Columbia College.
Roane earned All-Ivy League honors for the second consecutive season. Last year the Durham, N.C. native was a Second Team pick. A superb one-on-one cornerback in Columbia’s defensive scheme, Roane ranked tied for No. 4 in the Ivy League and led the Lions with nine pass breakups. He also totaled 25 tackles (19 solo). Over his four-year, 35-game career, Roane has made 76 tackles, intercepted one pass and broke up 20 passes. Roane, who concluded his career by starting 20 consecutive games, is an Architecture major.
A two-time All-Ivy League selection, Hyeamang also earned All-Ivy League honors for the second straight year as he was a Second Team pick in 2016. Hyeamang ranked No. 17 in the Ivy League in tackles for loss (5.0-17 yards) and finished with 24 total tackles (nine solo) and 1.0 sack from his defensive tackle position. At 6-feet-4-inches tall and 285 pounds, Hyeamang has amassed 77 total tackles, 14.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks in his 39-game career. A Lakeville, Minn. native, Hyeamang served as one of four Columbia captains in 2017 and majors in Psychology/Pre-Med.
For the third year in a row, a Columbia punter has earned All-Ivy League honors as Thome earns First Team All-Ivy League accolades. Thome led the Ivy League and ranks No. 11 nationally in punting with a 42.9 yards per punt average. In 50 punts, Thome had 10 punts travel 50 yards or more, placed 23 inside the 20-yard line and 12 end in a fair catch. His long was a 66-yard punt. A native of Hortonville, Wis., Thome is a Biological Studies major.
A native of Boulder, Colo., senior quarterback Anders Hill set a school-record for season completion percentage (63.4 percent) while completing 206 of 325 passes for 2,407 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also led the Lions in total offense with 2,550 yards and rushed for 143 yards on 118 carries and three touchdowns. Overall, he was responsible for 19 of Columbia’s 31 touchdowns on the year. Among national FCS statistical leaders, he ranks No. 17 in completion percentage (63.4%), No. 17 in completions per game (20.6), No. 23 in passing yards per game (240.7) and No. 26 in total offense (255.0). In addition, Hill ranked No. 2 in the Ivy League in total offense (255.0 per game), No. 2 in passing yardage per game (240.7) and No. 5 in passing efficiency (135.7). Hill concludes his career after having started 18 consecutive games and led Columbia to an 11-7 overall record, the best record for a Lions starting quarterback in over 70 years. Over his four-year, 31-game collegiate career, Hill ranked among Columbia’s all-time career leaders in several statistics: No. 5 in pass completions (399), No. 5 in passing yardage (4,612), No. 6 in touchdown passes (27) and No. 5 in total offense (5,777). He completed 399 of 645 career passes for 4,612 yards and 27 touchdowns. A team captain, Hill is a Political Science major.
A Tulsa, Okla. native, senior offensive lineman Bewley Wales started all 40 of his career games played at Columbia. Ironically, Wales started at a different position during each of his four seasons at Columbia: left guard as a freshman, center as a sophomore, right tackle as a junior and left tackle as a senior. A team captain, Wales is a Political Science major.
Senior co-captain and safety Landon Baty earns All-Ivy League Second Team honors. Baty tied for the Ivy League lead with four interceptions and ranked No. 23 nationally interceptions per game (0.4). He also placed among league leaders in tackles (No. 9 with 66) and fumbles forced (No. 4, 0.2). Baty also finished second on the squad with 66 tackles (32 solo) and totaled five pass breakups and forced two fumbles. He has started 20 consecutive games and has made 122 total tackles (65 solo) with four interceptions and 11 pass breakups over a 22-game career. Baty, who is a native of Mountain View, Calif. and Political Science major, will have the opportunity to compete at Columbia for a fifth season next year.
A Fort Worth, Texas native, senior Markham Paukune has started all 10 games at right tackle for Columbia in 2017. He has played in 17 games with 12 career starts. Paukune will also have the opportunity to compete at Columbia for a fifth season. Paukune is a Political Science major.
Despite missing three games with an injury, sophomore wide receiver Ronald Smith II managed to make 31 receptions for 437 yards and four touchdowns. Columbia’s deep threat was named the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week and earned various national weekly awards on Oct. 2 after he set a Columbia game-record with 236 yards on 10 catches and two touchdowns, including the game-winning TD at Princeton. In his two-year and 12-game career, Smith has caught 52 passes for 829 yards and eight touchdowns. Smith is an Engineering major.
Senior defensive lineman Dominic Perkovic is a four-year starter at Columbia after having seen action in 37 games and 30 starts. The Bloomfield Hills, Mich. native finished the 2017 season with 26 tackles (nine solo) 4.0 tackles for loss and two sacks. Over his four-year career, Perkovic has made 97 tackles. He is a Political Science major.
Despite missing the season’s final two games with an injury, sophomore linebacker Michael Murphy ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 42, led the Lions in tackles for loss with 6.0 for 30 yards, recovered two fumbles, intercepted a pass and broke up three passes. On Oct. 16, Murphy was named the STATS FCS National and Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after he led Columbia with 12 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, a sack and recovered two fumbles in a 34-31 overtime win over Penn. A native of Tampa, Fla., Murphy is an Economics major.
First-year defensive back Will Allen was named an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection as a kick returner. On the year, Allen ranked No. 25 nationally and led the Ivy League in kickoff return yardage as he finished with a 24.1 yards per return average. The speedy Allen returned 21 kicks for 507 yards with a long of 48 yards. He also ranked second on the Lions with three plays going for more than 40 yards. Allen also blocked two kicks and made two tackles on the year. A Pembroke Pines, Fla. native, Allen is enrolled at Columbia College.
Below is the Ivy League selections and award-winners:
2017 ALL-IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL SELECTIONS
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
*Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., RB – Kittanning, Pa.)
COACH OF THE YEAR
Al Bagnoli, Columbia
Jon Bezney, Yale (Sr., OL – Cincinnati)
Matt Kaskey, Dartmouth (Jr., OL – Winnetka, Ill.)
Nathan Kirchmier, Penn (Sr., OL – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
Karl Marback, Yale (Sr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Mitchell Sweigart, Princeton (Sr., OL – Washington Boro, Pa.)
*Chad Kanoff, Princeton (Sr., QB – Pacific Palisades, Calif.)
*Zane Dudek, Yale (Fr., RB – Kittanning, Pa.)
Charlie Booker III, Harvard (Jr., RB – Houston)
*Jesper Horsted, Princeton (Jr., WR – Shoreview, Minn.)
Josh Wainwright, Columbia (So., WR – Austin, Texas)
*Justin Watson, Penn (Sr., WR – Bridgeville, Pa.)
Jaeden Graham, Yale (Sr., TE – Aurora, Colo.)
John Herubin, Yale (Sr., DL – Coppell, Texas)
Lord Hyeamang, Columbia (Sr., DL – Lakeville, Minn.)
*Richard Jarvis, Brown (Sr., DE – Watertown, Mass.)
Louis Vecchio, Penn (Sr., DE – Orange, Calif.)
Tom Johnson, Princeton (Jr., LB – Moorestown, N.J.)
Nick Miller, Penn (Jr., LB – New Market, Md.)
*Matthew Oplinger, Yale (Sr., LB – Summit, N.J.)
*Jack Traynor, Dartmouth (Sr., LB – Lake Forest, Ill.)
Hayden Carlson, Yale (Sr., DB – Glen Ellyn, Ill.)
*Nick Gesualdi, Cornell (Sr., S – Sykesville, Md.)
Cameron Roane, Columbia (Sr., DB – Durham, N.C.)
Spencer Rymiszewski, Yale (Sr., DB – West Chester, Pa.)
Jack Soslow, Penn (Jr., K – Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Parker Thome, Columbia (Sr., P – Hortonville, Wis.)
*Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS – Sacramento, Calif.)
Eric Ramirez, Princeton (Sr., OL – York, Pa.)
Patrick Kilcommons, Dartmouth (Jr., OL – Berwyn, Ill.)
J. Edward Keating, Cornell (Jr., OL – Birmingham, Mich.)
Anders Huizenga, Yale (Sr., OL – Trophy Club, Texas)
Christian Montano, Brown (Sr., OL – Orange, Conn.)
Clay Eubank, Brown (Sr., OL – Coto De Caza, Calif.)
Bewley Wales, Columbia (Sr., OL – Tulsa, Okla.)
Tommy Dennis, Penn (Jr., OT – East Setauket, N.Y.)
Reily Radosevich, Princeton (So., OL – Manalapan, N.J.)
Sterling Strother, Yale (So., OL – Moraga, Calif.)
Anders Hill, Columbia (Sr., QB – Boulder, Colo.)
Tre Solomon, Penn (Sr., RB – Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Charlie Volker, Princeton (Jr., RB – Fair Haven, N.J.)
Stephen Carlson, Princeton (Jr., WR – Jamestown, N.Y.)
Hunter Hagdorn, Dartmouth (So., WR – Manvel, Texas)
Chris Williams-Lopez, Yale (Sr., WR – Duluth, Ga.)
Nick Bokun, Penn (Sr., TE – Hobart, Ind.)
Charles Callender, Yale (So., DE – Cutler Bay, Fla.)
Stone Hart, Harvard (Sr., DT – Olympia, Wash.)
Kyle Mullen, Yale (Jr., DE – Manalapan, N.J.)
Nick Tomkins, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Matawan, N.J.)
Kurt Frimel, Cornell (Sr., LB – Cream Ridge, N.J.)
Luke Hutton, Harvard (Sr., LB – Austin, Texas)
Eric Meile, Dartmouth (Sr., LB – Ramsey, N.J.)
Foyesade Oluokun, Yale (Sr., LB – St. Louis)
Landon Baty, Columbia (Sr., DB – Mountain View, Calif.)
Tanner Lee, Harvard (Sr., S – Spanish Fort, Ala.)
Danny McManus, Dartmouth (Sr., DB – Mendota Heights, Minn.)
Sam Philippi, Penn (Jr., DB – Trabuco Canyon, Calif.)
Isiah Swann, Dartmouth (So., DB – Queen Creek, Ariz.)
Nickolas Null, Cornell (So., K – Bradenton, Fla.)
Alex Galland, Yale (Jr., P – Bakersfield, Calif.)
Tiger Bech, Princeton (So., WR/RS – Lafayette, La.)
Jack Anderson, Dartmouth (Sr., OL – Palo Alto, Calif.)
Greg Begnoche, Penn (So., OT – Delray Beach, Fla.)
Dieter Eiselen, Yale (So., OL – Stellenbosch, South Africa)
Markham Paukune, Columbia (Sr., OL – Fort Worth, Texas)
Jack Heneghan, Dartmouth (Sr., QB – Atherton, Calif.)
Kurt Rawlings, Yale (So., QB – Bel Air, Md.)
Karekin Brooks, Penn (So., RB – Marietta, Ga.)
Deshawn Salter, Yale (Sr., RB – Syracuse, N.Y.)
Ryder Stone, Dartmouth (Sr., RB – Calgary, Alberta, Canada)
Jakob Prall, Brown (So., WR – Tipp City, Ohio)
Justice Shelton-Mosley, Harvard (Jr., WR/RS – Sacramento, Calif.)
Ronald Smith II, Columbia (So., WR – St. Louis)
Graham Adaomitis, Princeton (Jr., TE – Ross Township, Pa.)
Stephen Johnston, Dartmouth (Sr., TE – Potomac, Md.)
Rocco Di Leo, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Elmhurst, Ill.)
Kurt Holuba, Princeton (Sr., DL – Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.)
Dominic Perkovic, Columbia (Sr., DL – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
Charlie Pontarelli, Dartmouth (Sr., DL – Glenview, Ill.)
Richie Ryan, Harvard (Jr., DT – Pittsburgh)
Jay Cammon, Jr., Penn (Jr., LB – Landover, Md.)
Colton Moskal, Penn (Sr., LB – Lake Zurich, Ill.)
Michael Murphy, Columbia (So., LB – Tampa, Fla.)
Colin Boit, Dartmouth (Jr., DB – Sammamish, Wash.)
Connor Coughlin, Brown (Sr., FS – Medford, N.Y.)
Malcolm Dixon, Yale (So., DB – Gardena, Calif.)
Jason Alessi, Yale (Sr., DB – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)
David Jones, Cornell (So., DB – Sugar Land, Texas)
C.J. Wall, Princeton (Fr., DB – Plano, Texas)
DJ Woullard, Cornell (JR., DB – Fullerton, Calif.)
David Smith, Dartmouth (Sr., K – Montreal)
Hunter Kelley, Penn (Sr., P – Huntington Beach, Calif.)
Nickolas Null, Cornell (So., P – Bradenton, Fla.)
Will Allen, Columbia (Fr., DB – Pembroke Pines, Fla.)
^-second team expanded due to ties in the voting