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Gold rush for Schwieger and Gibson

Posted by Craig Larson, Globe Staff  September 22, 2010 04:04 PM

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schwieger.jpgNick Schwieger is not real vocal. He lets his bullish play do the talking on the football field.

On Saturday, the Dartmouth junior tailback delivered a smashing performance in his first start since breaking his hand in Week 8 last season at Harvard. The 5-foot-10, 220-pound Schwieger delivered 216 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries as the Big Green rallied from a 20-9 halftime deficit for a 43-20 victory at Bucknell.

His rushing total was the sixth-highest in program history, while his 273 all-purpose yards were the third best total. On Wednesday, the Bishop Feehan graduate earned his second Gold Helmet in two years from the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston and the New England Football Writers.

"He's a tough kid, pound-for-pound, he's one of the strongest kids on the team," said former Dartmouth quarterback Brian Mann, now the program's director of football operations under coach Buddy Teevens.

"He's a workhorse, it fits his personality. More than anything he comes to work every day, and the offense is starting to take on his personality a little bit. He's willing to put his nose in there."

Mann was at Harvard's Dillon Fieldhouse on Wednesday to collect Schwieger's helmet while the Norton native was attending the first day of classes back up in Hanover. Schwieger and the Big Green will host Sacred Heart Saturday in Hanover.

gibson.jpgAssumption sophomore Uly Gibson made quite a statement in the first start of his career to collect the Division 2-3 Helmet honors.

With star senior Herb Woodard (ankle) out, the 5-10, 190-pound Gibson racked up 234 yards and three touchdowns on 39 rushes in an impressive 45-28 Northeast-10 win at New Haven.

"We ran iso 16 times for him," said Assumption assistant Shane Braman. "He came in and gave us a physical presence that Herb might not bring. He does everything we ask of him. He comes prepared every day.:

His 234-yard effort was the fifth-most in program history. The Middleton, N.J. native also added 27 yards on three receptions. Coach Cory Bailey and the Greyhounds will take on his alma mater, Fordham, on Saturday. Woodard, 69 yards shy of becoming the first Assumption player to rush for 3,000 in his career, is expected to be back on the field.

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