One More Present Under the Tree for Indian Football

Indians junior running back Nick Schwieger was named co-recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell trophy yesterday, which signifies the Ivy League Player of the Year, sharing the honor with Harvard’s Gino Gordon. Appropriate, considering the two wear the same number (22), play the same position and rushed for similar yardage totals. One wonders where he’ll find space in his trophy case. Schwieger, right, has been a force in the backfield for Dartmouth

The real treat for Indians fans is that Schwieger has another year here in Hanover. He’s less than 500 yards behind the school’s all-time rushing yardage leader, Al Rosier ‘91 and a few dozens carries behind him on the all-time attempt list. He’s making quite the case to be recognized as one of Dartmouth’s greatest backs, a fact Buddy Teevens is certainly aware of, calling  Schwieger “the difference-maker on offense, the go-to guy.”

Now, as far as presents under your tree next year, you might want to consider asking for season tickets, folks. The squad returns key figures on both sides of the ball: Kempe, Reilly, Schmidt and the aforementioned Schwieger on offense, Abuhoff, Womack and Waggonner and Casey on defense. It may seem wild to say, but Dartmouth appears positioned to make an Ivy title run only three years after going winless. A large portion of the credit goes to head coach Buddy Teevens ‘79 who had to come in and rebuild a program that had been dwelling in the cellar for some time.



Sterling C. Beard