BOSTON, Mass. – Harvard football will be well-represented at the annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night with senior quarterback Colton Chapple and defensive coordinator Scott Larkee earning awards as announced by John Ingoldsby, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston president. The awards night takes place January 10, 2013 at the Westin Hotel in Waltham, Mass.
Chapple is the recipient of the 74th 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 Bowl and Championship Divisions. Chapple will share the honor with Boston College linebacker Nick Clancy.
Larkee, meanwhile, will be the Assistant Coach of the Year. Harvard can now boast having two of the game's elite coordinators as Larkee joins offensive coordinator Joel Lamb, who won the award following the 2008 season.
Chapple, the New England Football Writers Association Player of the Year and Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, finished the regular season as the second-rated passer in the country. He achieved single-season records for touchdown passes, totaling 24 touchdown passes to surpass the previous high-water mark of 18. He also set the single-season record for total offense, accounting for nearly 320 yards of offense per game, on 66 percent passing while rushing for 602 yards (5.5 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns.
His emergence in the ground game was nothing short of spectacular, given that he had run for 186 yards and one touchdown during the first three years of his career. He had a pair of 100-yard rushing games including 120 yards and two touchdowns in one half of play against Bucknell and 128 yards and a touchdown against Yale.
Chapple leaves the program as owner of two of the top three single-game passing records in terms of yardage including the top mark with 448 yards on 31 of 45 passing with five touchdowns at Princeton this year.
For his career, he recorded five games with at least four touchdown passes – no other Harvard QB has more than two such performances (Ryan Fitzpatrick.)
His 39 career touchdown passes leave him tied with Fitzpatrick for second all-time and just two shy of the all-time mark by Neil Rose. His .622career passing completion percentage is also second by the slimmest of margins, just .002 behind Rose.
Larkee coached the nation's top-ranked rushing defense as the Crimson allowed just 69.4 yards per game on the ground. The Crimson boasted one of the nation's deepest front lines and continuously got into the backfield, finishing first in sacks at over 4 per game while ranking 13th in tackles for a loss at nearly 7.5 per game. All told, Harvard ranked 19th nationally in total defense (321 yards per game) and eighth nationally in scoring defense as the team allowed just 17.4 points per game.
Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of ten. Order them online at www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com, through members of the Gridiron Club, or by calling club secretary Dick Lawrence at (781) 231-0372. Social hour begins at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:00.
About the Gridiron Club, "Keepers of the Flame": Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston (www.gridclubofgreaterboston.com) promotes the game of football at all levels and nurtures the ideals of citizenship, sportsmanship, leadership, and athletic and academic achievement. Through its annual dinners and golf tournament, the club carries on its tradition of honoring exemplary players, coaches and officials at all levels of the sport, and supporting worthy charitable causes, especially those that assist children.
The Gridiron Club is steward of some of the most storied awards in American sport. The George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award, established in 1939 and awarded to New England's best college football players, is the country's oldest accolade of its kind after the Heisman Trophy and the Maxwell Award. The Nils V. "Swede" Nelson Award, inaugurated in 1946, recognizes football players who also distinguish themselves in the classroom. In 1977, the club assumed stewardship of the Walter Brown Award, the nation's oldest college hockey honor, which is given to the best American-born college player in New England.