McLeod Named Ivy MVP

Nov. 19, 2007

Junior TB Mike McLeod won the Asa A. Bushnell Cup as the 2007 Ivy League most valuable player while 16 Yale football players were named to the 2007 All-Ivy League football team announced today.

McLeod, a first-team All-Ivy pick for the second season, became Yale's first Ivy MVP in 20 years (QB Kelly Ryan in 1987) after running for a school-record 1,619 yards and 23 TDs and leading the nation for most of the year in average yards per game. He managed these numbers despite playing the last five games with a broken bone in his toe.

Four other Bulldogs earned first-team status. OG Jeff Monaco, NG Brandt Hollander and LB Bobby Abare were all repeat selections while TE Langston Johnson moved up from the 2006 second-team.

Yale's 16 overall selections included six on offense, eight from the defense and both kickers.

The Elis, who had just 13 All-Ivy players during the 2006 championship season, finished 9-1 overall (6-1 Ivy) and second in the league.

YALE'S ALL-IVY PICKS

FIRST TEAM (5: 3 offense, 2 defense)-- Langston Johnson, TE (Sr., Los Altos, Calif.); Jeff Monaco, OL (Sr., McDonald, Pa.); Mike McLeod, RB (Jr., New Britain, Conn.); Brandt Hollander, DL (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.); Bobby Abare, LB (Jr., Acton, Mass.)

SECOND TEAM (6: 2 offense, 3 defense, 1 special)-- Darius Dale, OL (Jr., Seattle, Wash.); Joe Fuccillo, RB (Sr., Rockville, Md.); Alan Kimball, K (Sr., Olathe, Kan.); Jared Hamilton, DL (Sr., Alpine, Utah); Brady Hart, LB (Jr., State College, Pa.); Steve Santoro, DB (Jr., Airmont, N.Y.)

HONORABLE MENTION (5: 1 offense, 3 defense, 1 special) -- Ty Davis, OL (Jr., Fresno, Calif.); Kirk Porter, DL (Sr., Silver Spring, Md.); Paul Rice, DB (Soph., Cleveland Heights, Ohio); Nick Solakian, DB (Sr., Santa Barbara, Calif.); Tom Mante, P (Soph., Westford, Mass.)

2007 ALL-IVY FOOTBALL *Unanimous

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

WR -- Buddy Farnham, Brown (Soph., Andover, Mass.)

WR -- Corey Mazza, Harvard (Sr., Thousand Oaks, Calif.)

WR -- Austin Knowlin, Columbia (Soph., Newington, Conn.)

TE -- Langston Johnson, Yale (Sr., Los Altos, Calif.)

OL -- Jeff Monaco, Yale (Sr., McDonald, Pa.)

OL -- Andrew Brecher, Harvard (Sr., Needham, Mass.)

OL -- Brian Brazinski, Penn (Sr., Basking Ridge, N.J.)

OL -- David Paine, Harvard (Sr., South Attleboro, Mass.)

OL -- James Williams, Harvard (Soph., Chestnut Hill, Mass.)

QB -- Chris Pizzotti, Harvard (Sr., Reading, Mass.)

RB -- *Mike McLeod, Yale (Jr., New Britain, Conn.)

RB -- Joe Sandberg, Penn (Sr., Oradell, N.J.)

K -- Steve Morgan, Brown (Sr., New Albany, Ohio)

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE DL -- *Brad Bagdis, Harvard (Sr., Paxton, Mass.)

DL -- Naheem Harris, Penn (Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)

DL -- Matt Curtis, Harvard (Jr., Peabody, Mass.)

DL -- Brandt Hollander, Yale (Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.)

LB -- Bobby Abare, Yale (Jr., Acton, Mass.)

LB -- Glenn Dorris, Harvard (Jr., Marietta, Ga.)

LB -- Justin Cottrell, Dartmouth (Sr., Somers Point, N.J.)

LB -- Tim Boardman, Princeton (Sr., Staten Island, N.Y.)

DB -- *Steven Williams, Harvard (Sr., San Antonio, Texas)

DB -- Andrew Berry, Harvard (Jr., Bel Air, Md.)

DB -- Chris Wynn, Penn (Soph., Flemington, N.J.)

DB -- Doug Hewlett, Harvard (Sr., Wellington, Fla.)

P -- Ryan Coyle, Princeton (Jr., Princeton, N.J.)

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

*Mike McLeod, Yale (RB, Jr., New Britain, Conn.)

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Alex Gross, Columbia (LB, Fr., Kettering, Ohio)

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

WR -- Bobby Sewall, Brown (Soph., Portsmouth, R.I.)

WR -- Paul Raymond, Brown (Sr., Miami, Fla.)

WR -- Brian Evans, Dartmouth (Sr., Fairfield, Texas)

TE -- Colin Cloherty, Brown (Jr., Bethesda, Md.)

OL -- Paul Jasinowski, Brown (Soph., Washington, D.C.)

OL -- Steve Valenta, Cornell (Jr., Orland Park, Ill.)

OL -- James Tull, Brown (Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio)

OL -- Taylor Layman, Dartmouth (Sr., Brentwood, Tenn.)

OL -- Darius Dale, Yale (Jr., Seattle, Wash.)

QB -- Michael Dougherty, Brown (Jr., Davie, Fla.)

RB -- Cheng Ho, Harvard (Soph., Augusta, Ga.)

RB -- Rob Toresco, Princeton (Sr., Flemington, N.J.)

RB -- Joe Fuccillo, Yale (Sr., Rockville, Md.)

K -- Alan Kimball, Yale (Sr., Olathe, Kan.)

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DL -- Jim Develin, Brown (Soph., Gilbertsville, Pa.)

DL -- Jared Hamilton, Yale (Sr., Alpine, Utah)

DL -- Kai Brown, Brown (Sr., Bellevue, Wash.)

DL -- Peter Ajayi, Harvard (Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)

LB -- Eric Schultz, Harvard (Jr., Alpharetta, Ga.)

LB -- Joe Anastasio, Penn (Sr., Camp Hill, Pa.)

LB -- Jay Colabella, Penn (Jr., West Harrison, N.Y.)

LB -- Brady Hart, Yale (Jr., State College, Pa.)

DB -- Tim Bax, Cornell (Jr., Chicago, Ill.)

DB -- John Hopkins, Harvard (Sr., The Woodlands, Texas)

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