Five Lions Named to All-Ivy League First Team
NEW YORK - Columbia had a total of eight student-athletes named All-Ivy League in football, including five first team honorees, the second most in school history and the most first team players since 1994.
Sean Brackett, Alex Gross, Andrew Kennedy, Calvin Otis, and Jeff Adams were all named to the All-Ivy League first team, while Josh Martin was named to the second team. Nico Gutierrez and Adam Mehrer were named honorable mention All-Ivy League.
Senior linebacker Alex Gross, a 2010 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy finalist and scholarship winner, led the Ivy League in tackles with 124 and ended the season ranked fourth in the FCS in tackles per game. Gross, a two-time Columbia captain, finishes his outstanding career with 330 tackles, six sacks, 17.5 TFLs, and four interceptions. Alex Gross was the 2007 Ivy League Rookie of the Year and a two-time first team All-Ivy League honoree.
Sophomore quarterback Sean Brackett becomes the first quarterback since Jamie Schwalbe (1994) to be named first team All-Ivy League. Brackett amassed 2072 passing yards with 19 touchdowns,ranking fourth all-time in the Columbia single-season record books. Brackett led the Ivy League in passing efficiency, while ranking 28th in the Football Championship Subdivision. The dual-threat personified, Brackett also ran for 516 yards with three rushing touchdowns, ranking him 21st in the FCS in points responsible for. For 2010, Brackett totaled 2588 yards of total offense, which led the Ivy League, ranked 16th in the FCS, and was the fifth highest total offense yardage in a single-season in Columbia history. Brackett also was just the third Columbia quarterback in school history to throw for five touchdowns (vs. Princeton, 2010), joining Columbia greats Paul Governali and John Witkowski.
Senior tight end Andrew Kennedy, a two-time All-Ivy League honoree, has been one of the most consistent and impressive ends in the Ivy League for the past two seasons. Kennedy totaled 50 receptions in 2010 for 616 yards and nine touchdowns. On his career, Kennedy amassed 102 receptions, 1187 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Kennedy is the first Columbia tight end since Wade Fletcher (2004) to be named first-team All-Ivy League.
Senior corner back Calvin Otis had an outstanding year with 40 tackles, three interceptions, 13 pass breakups. On his career he totaled 104 tackles and six interceptions. He is also the first Columbia defensive back since Tad Crawford (2006) to be named to the All-Ivy League first team.
This is Jeff Adams' second consecutive season on the All-Ivy League first team. Adams protected Brackett's blind side all season and is widely regarded as one of most athletic offensive linemen in the League.
The lone Lion on the second team was Josh Martin, an athletic and explosive defensive end, who ranked in the top 10 in the Ivy League in sacks much of the season. Martin lived in opponents' backfields, totaling four sacks, seven quarterback hurries and three recovered fumbles.
Gutierrez ranked second on the team in receiving yards with 471 with two touchdowns earning him honorable mention All-Ivy League honors, while Mehrer finished second on the team with 67 tackles and nine pass breakups on the season.
The Lions finished 4-6, 2-5 Ivy League, marking the second consecutive year Columbia has finished with four or more wins for the first time since 1997-1998.
The 2010 All-Ivy League football teams are selected by vote of the conference's eight head coaches. The teams were announced by the Ivy League Office earlier today.