Six Brown Bears Named To All-Ivy League Football Teams Tuesday
Brown University Press Release
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Six members of the Brown football team were named to the 2021 All-Ivy League Football Team, the league announced on Tuesday. The teams were selected by the league’s eight head coaches.
Leading the way for Brown on the First Team was senior quarterback EJ Perry. Brown landed three players on the Second Team with senior offensive lineman Chad Broome-Webster and junior wide receiver Wes Rockett, along with junior linebacker Junior Gafa. Senior running back Allen Smith and sophomore wide receiver Graham Walker both earned All-Ivy Honorable Mention accolades.
For his work in the classroom, Broome-Webster was also named Academic All-Ivy.
Perry earns his second straight First Team recognition after another historic campaign in 2021. He finished the year second all-time at Brown for single-season pass completions (295) and total offense (3,435), third in completion percentage (.664) and fifth in passing yards (3.033). His 295 pass completions this season were the second-most in Ivy League history, just 14 behind head coach James Perry‘s Ivy League record total from 1999. His 3,435 total yards of offense was also third-most in any season in Ivy League history, giving him two of the top three spots on the total offense list in league history. On Monday, Perry was named one of 25 finalists for the Walter Payton Award, which is presented to the top offensive player in FCS Football.
Broome-Webster earns Second Team honors for the second straight season, anchoring an offensive line that helped Brown lead the Ivy in total offense (445.2 ypg) and passing yards this season (311.9). Brown’s offense also ranked No. 2 in the Ivy on third and fourth down conversion percentage this season, marks that both rank in the top 20 in FCS Football. He has started all 30 games the last three seasons.
Rockett earns the first All-Ivy honor of his career after a breakout junior campaign. He led the team and the Ivy League with eight touchdown receptions this season, while tying for the team lead with 664 receiving yards and was second with 56 receptions. His 56 receptions ranked third in the Ivy and he was tied for fourth in receiving yards. Also serving as Brown’s primary punt returner, Rockett ranked eighth in the league with 79.1 all-purpose yards per game. He had two games this season where he caught three touchdown passes against Princeton and Yale.
Gafa represents the Bears’ defense with his Second Team honor, posting career-highs and leading the team with 61 total tackles, including 8.5 for a loss. He also chipped in two sacks and a pair of pass breakups. He posted a season-high eight tackles against Yale on Nov. 6 with 1.5 TFLs and one sack.
Smith earns honorable mention recognition after leading the Ivy League this season with 107.7 all-purpose yards per game. Serving as the team’s starting tailback and kick returner, Smith rushed for 540 yards, added 270 yards receiving and averaged 19.1 yards per kickoff return while totaling four touchdowns. He topped the century mark once this season, rushing for exactly 100 yards on 17 carries in a win at Cornell.
Walker burst onto the scene this season as a sophomore and led all Ivy League rookies with 54 receptions, 664 receiving yards, 64.4 receiving yards per game and six touchdowns. His six scores ranked third in the Ivy League, as Brown players swept the top three spots for receiving touchdowns in the league this season. His receiving yards and total receptions both ranked fifth overall in the Ivy. He was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on two occasions, the first time following a nine catch, 132 yards performance at Harvard on Sept. 24, and an 11-catch, 103-yard game against Dartmouth on Nov. 20.
Earning Academic All-Ivy honors for the second straight year, Broome-Webster has excelled on the field and in the classroom throughout his Brown career. He is one of a select few students to work in the Brainard Lab at Brown, studying different species of fish and snakes to determine their movements. He uses x-ray technology to chart and investigate the movements of the animal’s skeletons.
The 2021 Asa S. Bushnell Cup Presentation, honoring the Ivy League Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, will take place on Monday, Dec. 13, at the famed New York Athletic Club. The Bushnell Cup finalists will be announced on Tuesday, Nov. 30.