The Trend is Our Friend
Cornell's Derrick Harmon was the 1st Ivy Rookie of the Year in 1981, in 1983 he was player of the year (CREDIT: IvyLeagueSports.com)
One school winning back-to-back Ivy League Rookie of the Year awards is not unprecedented. In fact, it's happened four other times ever since the award was established in 1981:
1984: Rich Comizio (RB, Penn)
1985: Chris Flynn (RB, Penn)
1990: Matt Brzica (QB, Dartmouth)
1991: Jay Fiedler (QB, Dartmouth)
1992: Pat Goodwillie (LB, Penn)
1993: Miles Macik (WR, Penn)
2001: Steve Jensen (DB, Dartmouth)
2002: Josh Dooley (LB, Dartmouth)
2006: Austin Knowlin (WR, Columbia)
2007: Alex Gross (LB, Columbia)
Three of the four previous schools who won the award back-to-back had championship seasons the following year. The 2003 Dartmouth Big Green was the only one not to win the title after getting two straight rookies of the year, but Dartmouth did finish in a four-way tie for second that year.
The 1986 Penn Quakers, coming off the rookie awards for Comizio and Flynn, was one of the best Ivy teams in recent memory. The same was true of the 1994 undefeated Penn team coming off the rookie awards for Goodwillie and Macik.
The key is to get more talented players in the trenches who can help our many young stars shine more often. Phil Mitchell needs more help on that defensive line. Ralph DeBernardo needs more supporting players on the offensive line, etc.
I don't know if the Lions will seriously contend for the Ivy title next year after going 0-7 this time around, but the track record for teams with consecutive rookie award winners makes things look good for a very strong turnaround in 2008 or 2009.