|Head Coach Jay Civetti|
MEDFORD - The Gridiron Club of Greater Boston will bestow its New England Division III Player and Coach of the Year honors to Tufts University senior running back Chance Brady and head coach Jay Civetti at its upcoming college awards night.
Founded in 1932, the Gridiron Club promotes the game of football at all levels. Brady and Coach Civetti will receive their honors at the Club's annual Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night on Thursday, December 15 at the Marriott Hotel in Burlington, Massachusetts.
Brady will receive the 21st annual Joe Zabilski Award as the top offensive player in New England Division III. Civetti is the Head Coach of the Year honoree for Division III.
The Jumbos posted their most successful season since 1998 with their 7-1 finish this fall. They took sole possession of second place in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Brady broke Tufts' single-season and all-time rushing records this fall, along with the single-game, single-season and career touchdowns records. In the eight-game NESCAC season, he gained 1,099 yards (137.4 per game) and scored 17 touchdowns on the ground, while adding two receiving scores to bring his 2016 TD total to 19. His 17 rushing TD's and 114 points scored this fall were also NESCAC records. The scoring total replaced Paul Abrahamian's 92 points from the 1957 season in the Tufts annals. Brady was Tufts' first 1,000-yard back since 2001.
The Jumbo tri-captain capped his career by scoring a Tufts single-game record five touchdowns to go with 185 rushing yards in a 48-35 win at Middlebury on November 12. The two-time New England Football Writers Gold Helmet Award recipient this season had 165 yards and four touchdowns (tied single-game rushing TDs mark) versus Williams on October 22. He went for 174 yards and three TDs against Colby on November 5, totaled 151 yards with two TDs facing Wesleyan on September 24 and ran for 136 yards and two touchdowns at Amherst on October 29.
During the course of the season, Brady broke four Tufts career marks. He set the program's all-time touchdowns record (35) as well as the career rushing touchdowns mark (33). The 35 touchdowns equate to 210 points scored, which replaced Tufts legend Fred "Fish" Ellis's 181 points from 1926-28 in the record book. In the season finale against Middlebury, he surpassed the Jumbo program's all-time rushing record by finishing his career with 2,692 yards.
Coach Civetti had the Jumbos competing for a conference championship on the last day of the season. The team's 7-1 success this season is just three years removed from the Tufts program's 31-game losing streak. Combined with last year's 6-2 record, Tufts' 13-3 mark over the past two seasons is the best back-to-back records for the program since 1979-80. The back-to-back winning seasons are the first by the Jumbos since 1990-91. The 2016 season included Tufts' first win over Amherst since 2007 and the Jumbos' first victory at Middlebury since 1999.
"The 2016 season was a great year and the class of 2017 did an amazing job leading this team," Civetti said. "We are all very proud of what has been accomplished, but from the class of ’17 down there is a hunger to not be satisfied and a focus to never forget where we came from and what it took to get here."
For information on attending the Gridiron Club Bob Whelan College Football Awards Night, visit http://gridclubofgreaterboston.com/events/bob-whelan-awards-night.html.