HANOVER, N.H. — The honors keep rolling in for Dartmouth senior running back Nick Schwieger. Chosen for the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) All-America Third Team two weeks ago by the Associated Press, Schwieger was honored by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston last week with his selection as one of the two recipients of the 73rd annual George “Bulger” Lowe Award, “New England’s Heisman Trophy” and one of America’s oldest college football accolades.
The Bulger Lowe Award recognizes the New England’s best offensive and defensive players in the NCAA Football Bowl and Championship Divisions (FBS and FCS), with the defensive award being bestowed upon Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly. Kuechly and Schwieger head an all-star slate of players, coaches and officials to be honored by the club at its annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.
Schwieger, just the fifth Dartmouth player honored with the Bulger Lowe Award, finished the season second in the FCS with 131.0 rushing yards per game while leading the Ivy League in overall rushing average for a third consecutive season. A co-winner of the 2010 Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League’s Most Valuable Player, Schwieger was a finalist for the award this year while piling up 1,310 yards on the ground, which ranks second in Dartmouth history and among the top 20 all-time by a player from the Ancient Eight. He also led the league in all-purpose yardage (1,429) and was fifth in scoring (10 touchdowns, 6.0 points per game).
Eight times Schwieger ran for at least 100 yards in a game, making him the fifth Ivy player to accomplish the feat, and his 16 career games of 100 or more yards tie him for sixth in League history. Schwieger set a school record on Nov. 5 by amassing 257 rushing yards against Cornell on just 26 carries, a 9.9-yard average, to help Dartmouth defeat the Big Red and begin the first three-game winning streak for the Big Green in eight years. He scored at least one touchdown in seven of the 10 games, including three to match a career-high in a 37-0 shutout win over Columbia. Against Brown, Schwieger took the handoff 37 times and hammered out 137 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter in the 21-16 road win.
For his career, Schwieger registered 3,150 rushing yards, nearly 900 more than anyone in the Dartmouth annals and the 12th most in the Ivy League. He set a school record with 4,115 all-purpose yards as well, which also places him 12th in the conference record books. Just the fifth Big Green player to be chosen as an All-Ivy first-teamer three times, Schwieger was selected as the Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week five times during his career. His 26 rushing touchdowns are the second most in the program’s history, while his 156 career points rank sixth.
The four other Dartmouth players to earn the Bulger Lowe Award are Joe Sullivan (1948), John Clayton (1949), Joe Palermo (1957) and Don McKinnon (1962). The award was initially given to one Division I player until the club split the award for an offensive and defensive player beginning in 1982.
Tickets for the awards dinner ($50 each of $500 for a table of 10) on Thursday, Jan. 12 can be purchased at the official website of the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston, gridclubofgreaterboston.com, or by calling club secretary Dick Lawrence at (781) 231-0372. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m.