Football Well Represented on All-Ivy League Squads

PRINCETON, N.J. — Columbia football saw 11 student-athletes earn All-Ivy League selections, the conference office announced Tuesday. Sophomore wide receiver Bryson Canty, senior linebacker Scott Valentas and senior placekicker Alex Felkins were named to the first team to highlight the honorees.

On the second team, senior offensive lineman Will Hamilton, junior running back Joey Giorgi, sophomore defensive lineman Justin Townsend and junior William Hughes were the Lions’ representatives. Senior offensive lineman Stew Newblatt, senior wide receiver JJ Jenkins, senior defensive back Fara’ad McCombs and sophomore defensive back Seth Parker rounded out the award winners as honorable mention recipients.

Canty had a breakout sophomore campaign, registering 53 catches for 733 yards and six touchdowns, which was good for second in the league. On September 24 at Georgetown, Canty had a career-high 138 receiving yards and a touchdown to earn Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Pfafftown, North Carolina, product also eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark at Penn when he racked up 122 yards to go with a touchdown.

Valentas was a unanimous selection on the first team and has earned All-Ivy League status in all three seasons he’s played at Columbia. He led the conference in solo tackles (63) and interceptions (four) and passes defended (13). The linebacker from Wichita, Kansas, was Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks after wins at Harvard and Brown. Valentas registered double-figure tackles in five consecutive games from October 15-November 12, and his 93 takedowns were the most for a Columbia player since Ryan Gilbert and 95 in 2017.

Like Valentas, Felkins picks up All-Ivy League honors for the third time in his career after a solid senior campaign. Felkins converted on 11-of-16 field goal tries and was 28-for-28 on extra points. His make from 53 yards in the season opener at Marist set a program record for the longest field goal and was the longest kick in the league this season. Felkins, who hails from Tulsa, Oklahoma, is one of two Ivy League kickers to convert three times from 50 or more yards in a career. In the season finale against Cornell, Felkins set a pair of Columbia career records for most made extra points (75) and points by a placekicker (183).

Hamilton started all 10 games at center for the Lions, who averaged 148.0 yards per game on the ground. He has been a three-year starter and anchored the offensive line that limited opponents to 17 sacks on the year.

Giorgi emerged as the team’s leading rusher with 624 yards to go with five touchdowns. He averaged 5.5 yards per attempt and posted a pair of 100-yard games. At Marist, he racked up 103 yards on 16 carries to help the Lions earn a win in their season opener. Giorgi exploded for 159 yards rushing at Brown, including a 60-yard touchdown run in another road win.

In his first season seeing significant action, Townsend was one of the best pass rushers in the conference with six sacks, which tied for third in the Ivy League. Three of those sacks came in the Ivy League opener over Princeton. A converted running back from Randolph, New Jersey, Townsend was a starter in all 10 games and racked up six tackles (1.5 TFLs) against Dartmouth on Homecoming.

Hughes had a significant impact on Columbia’s late-season success, serving as the team’s first-string punter in the final four games of 22. The junior from Fairfax, Virginia, averaged 43.6 yards per attempt and had five punts of over 50 yards, which was tied for second in the conference despite his limited action. Hughes’ season-long of 69 yards at Brown was the longest punt of any Ivy Leaguer

A two-time team captain, Newblatt started all 10 contests at left tackle and played in 31 games during his Columbia career. The Lions’ offensive line was one of the least penalized units in the nation in 2022. The Clarkston, Michigan, product was also a semifinalist for the 2022 William V. Campbell Trophy.

Among a deep group of wide receivers, Jenkins was another standout after finishing his senior campaign with 38 catches for 440 yards and three touchdowns. He hauled in 162 yards at Penn in October, the third-highest single-game total in the conference, to go with a touchdown. Jenkins also scored on a 64-yard pass under the lights against Yale.

McCombs posted a career-best 64 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss from his safety position. He started all 10 games and registered a pair of interceptions in Columbia’s overtime win at Brown on November 12.

Parker saw his role increase as a sophomore, starting all 10 games at cornerback. He posted 36 tackles and added an interception and four pass breakups.

The Lions’ Academic All-Ivy League recipient was senior defensive lineman Mitch Moyer. One of four captains, Moyer posted 36 tackles in 10 games in 2022. He was one of the team leaders in quarterback hurries with eight. He is an economics major from Wilmington, Delaware. Each institution nominates one member from their program from their eligible junior or senior student-athletes.

Columbia placed 10 or more on All-Ivy League squads for the second consecutive year and the fourth time since 2015, when Al Bagnoli took over as head coach of the program. The Lions completed the 2022 campaign with a 6-4 overall record, their fourth winning season in the past five years.

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2022 ALL-IVY LEAGUE TEAMS

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Joshua Pitsenberger, Yale (Fr., RB – Bethesda, Md.)

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Tony Reno, Yale

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-IVY^

OFFENSE

Mason Williams, Harvard (Sr., OL – Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

Trevor Radosevich, Penn (Sr., OL – Englishtown, N.J.)

*Henry Byrd, Princeton (Sr., OL – Nashville, Tenn.)

*Nick Gargiulo, Yale (Sr., OL – Yorktown Heights, N.Y.)

*Kiran Amegadjie, Yale (Jr., OL – Hinsdale, Ill.)

Nolan Grooms, Yale (Jr., QB – Lake Wylie, S.C.)

*Aidan Borguet, Harvard (Sr., RB – Franklinville, N.J.)

Trey Flowers, Penn (Sr., RB – Miami, Fla.)

Joshua Pitsenberger, Yale (Fr., RB – Bethesda, Md.)

Bryson Canty, Columbia (So., WR – Pfafftown, N.C.)

*Andrei Iosivas, Princeton (Sr., WR – Honolulu, Hawaii)

Dylan Classi, Princeton (Sr., WR – Englewood Cliffs, N.J.)

Tyler Neville, Harvard (Jr., TE – Williamsburg, Va.)

 

DEFENSE

*Truman Jones, Harvard (Sr., DL – Atlanta, Ga.)

Thor Griffith, Harvard (Jr., DL – Portsmouth, N.H.)

Jake Heimlicher, Penn (Sr., DL – Aurora, Colo.)

Matthew Jester, Princeton (Sr., DL – Spring, Texas)

*Scott Valentas, Columbia (Sr., LB – Wichita, Kan.)

Jack McGowan, Harvard (Sr., LB – Canton, Mass.)

Garrett Morris, Penn (Sr., LB – Auburn, Ala.)

*Liam Johnson, Princeton (Jr., LB – Moorestown, N.J.)

Kendren Smith, Penn (Sr., DB – Charlotte, N.C.)

Michael Ruttlen Jr., Princeton (Sr., DB – Mount Juliet, Tenn.)

*Wande Owens, Yale (Jr., DB – Cooksville, Md.)

CJ Wall, Princeton (Sr., DB – Plano, Texas)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Alex Felkins, Columbia (Sr., K – Tulsa, Okla.)

Jack Bosman, Yale (Jr., K – San Diego, Calif.)

Ben Krimm, Penn (Sr., P – Columbus, Ohio)

Julien Stokes, Penn (So., RS – Newbury Park, Calif.)

 

SECOND TEAM ALL-IVY ^

OFFENSE

Donovan Allen, Brown (Sr., OL – Douglasville, Ga.)

Will Hamilton, Columbia (Sr., OL – Suwanee, Ga.)

Joe Kelly, Cornell (Sr., OL – Leawood, Kan.)

Jake Rizy, Harvard (Jr., OL – Westport, Conn.)

Ben Hoitink, Penn (Sr., OL – Hartford, Wis.)

Jalen Travis, Princeton (Jr., OL – Minneapolis, Minn.)

Blake Stenstrom, Princeton (Jr., QB – Highlands Ranch, Colo.)

Allen Smith, Brown (Sr., RB – Westerville, Ohio)

Joey Giorgi, Columbia (Jr., RB – Grafton, Wis.)

Wes Rockett, Brown (Sr., WR – Marblehead, Mass.)

Thomas Glover, Cornell (Sr., WR – Pasadena, Calif.)

Kym Wimberly, Harvard (Sr., WR – Slidell, La.)

Rory Starkey, Penn (Sr., WR – Atlanta, Ga.)

Carson Bobo, Princeton (Sr., TE – Birmingham, Ala.)

Jackson Hawes, Yale (Jr., TE – Salt Lake City, Utah)

 

DEFENSE

Justin Townsend, Columbia (So., DL – Randolph, N.J.)

Shane Cokes, Dartmouth (Sr., DL)

Reid Nickerson, Yale (Sr., DL – Friendswood, Texas)

Clay Patterson, Yale (Jr., DL – Frisco, Texas)

Jake Stebbins, Cornell (Sr., LB – Cranberry Township, Pa.)

Joe Heffernan, Dartmouth (5th, LB)

Ozzie Nicholas, Princeton (Jr., LB – Encinitas, Calif.)

Hamilton Moore, Yale (Jr., LB – Raleigh, N.C.)

Josh Ofilli, Brown (Sr., DB – Katy, Texas)

Paul Lewis III, Cornell (Sr., DB – Middle River, Md.)

Quinten Arello, Dartmouth (Sr., DB)

Jaden Key, Penn (Sr., DB – Neptune, N.J.)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Jackson Kennedy, Cornell (Jr., K – Aldie, Va.)

William Hughes, Columbia (Jr., P – Fairfax, Va.)

Davon Kiser, Cornell (Fr., RS – Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.)

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-IVY

OFFENSE

Hunter Folsom, Brown (Sr., OL – Ocala, Fla.)

Stew Newblatt, Columbia (Sr., OL – Clarkston, Mich.)

Micah Sahakian, Cornell (Jr., OL – Mount Prospect, Ill.)

Nick Schwitzgebel, Dartmouth (Jr., OL)

Austin Gentle, Harvard (So., OL – Chattanooga, Tenn.)

Scott Elliott, Harvard (Sr., OL – Holliston, Mass.)

Connor Scaglione, Princeton (Sr., OL – Closter, N.J.)

Jonathan Mendoza, Yale (Jr., OL – Westhampton Beach, N.Y.)

Cubby Schuller, Yale (Sr., OL – Bedminster, N.J.)

Jameson Wang, Cornell (So., QB – El Segundo, Calif.)

Aidan Sayin, Penn (So., QB – Carlsbad, Calif.)

Ryan Butler, Princeton (Fr., RB – Plainfield, N.J.)

Tre Peterson, Yale (Jr., RB – Columbus, Ga.)

JJ Jenkins, Columbia (Sr., WR – San Clemente, Calif.)

Mason Tipton, Yale (Jr., WR – Akron, Ohio)

Ryan Lindley, Yale (Jr., WR – Austin, Texas)

Matt Robbert, Cornell (Jr., TE – Centereach, N.Y.)

Jace Henry, Dartmouth (Jr., TE)

 

DEFENSE

Max Lundeen, Cornell (5th, DL – East Grand Rapids, Mich.)

Nate Leskovec, Harvard (Sr., DL – Solon, Ohio)

Joey Slackman, Penn (Jr., DL – Commack, N.Y.)

Micah Morris, Penn (Sr., DL – Pittsburgh, Pa.)

Uche Ndukwe, Princeton (Sr., DL – Dedham, Mass.)

Alvin Gulley, Yale (So., DL – Belleville, Ill.)

Adam Raine, Yale (Sr., DL – Basingstoke, England)

Connor Henderson, Cornell (Jr., LB – Matthews, N.C.)

Jake Brown, Harvard (Sr., LB – Fredon, N.J.)

Jonathan Melvin, Penn (Sr., LB – Hampton, Va.)

Jack Fairman, Penn (Jr., LB – Bloomfield Hills, Mich.)

Joseph Vaughn, Yale (Sr., LB – San Jose, Calif.)

Isaiah Reed, Brown (So., DB – Tampa, Fla.)

Cooper DeVeau, Brown (Sr., DB – Foxboro, Mass.)

Fara’ad McCombs, Columbia (Sr., DB – Passaic, N.J.)

Seth Parker, Columbia (Jr., DB – Hoover, Ala.)

Demetrius Harris, Cornell (5th, DB – Muskegon, Mich.)

Alex Washington, Harvard (Sr., DB – Hoover, Ala.)

Khalil Dawsey, Harvard (Sr., DB – Detroit, Mich.)

Shiloh Means, Penn (Jr., DB – Indianapolis, Ind.)

Kyle Ellis, Yale (Sr., DB – Cumming, Ga.)

 

SPECIAL TEAMS

Will Powers, Princeton (Sr., P – Manhattan Beach, Calif.)

Sebastien Tasko, Harvard (So., P – Ridgewood, N.J.)

AJ Barber, Princeton (So., RS – Old Greenwich, Conn.)

Jack Bill, Harvard (Sr., RS – Huntington, N.Y.)

 

*Unanimous Selection | ^ Team Expanded Due to Tie in Voting

 

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