Ephs' Brendan Fulmer Wins Gridiron Club
of Greater Boston's Swede Nelson Award


December 19, 2006

Williams senior WR/punter/PK Brendan Fulmer (LeRoy [NY] HS) has been named the 2006 Swede Nelson Award winner by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. The 68th annual Gridiron Club of Greater Boston College Awards Night Dinner will be held January 11th at the Burlington [MA] Marriott. The evening will begin with cocktails at 6:00 pm and dinner will follow at 7:00 pm.

The Swede Nelson award goes to the senior player in New England (all four football playing divisions – 52 schools) who demonstrates outstanding achievement in athletics, academics, sportsmanship and citizenship. The Swede Nelson award has been presented annually since 1946 and Nathan Sleeper '94, a defensive lineman, is the only other Eph to win the award.

"Brendan is an outstanding student-athlete and is most deserving of this prestigious award," said Eph head coach Mike Whalen. "Brendan's academic credentials are very impressive, however it's what he accomplished and endured outside the classroom which places him in a class of his own."

Fulmer came all he way back from a serious injury in the final game of 2005 that required surgery and long hours of rehabilitation to be just as dynamic a threat for the Ephs in 2006. A geosciences major with a 3.3 GPA, Fulmer is a Class of 1960 Scholar, and is planning to attend medical school in the future. "I will be finishing up some premed requirements during the upcoming summer and next school year and plan on starting medical school in fall of '09, said Fulmer. "Who knows where in the medical field I will land but orthopedics doesn't look too bad, I certainly have seen them work first hand."

Fulmer was a rare combination of a game-breaking receiver and a game-changing punter. He was always one step from changing the game – one step on a defensive back or one step into a punt to change field position. The 6' 6" Fulmer was a threat to take every pass he caught the distance. He averaged 19.9 yards a catch in his career and he caught a Williams career record 17 TD passes, twice tying the Ephs' single season mark of 8. His 79 career catches went for 1,575 yards. In his career Fulmer scored 153 points to place fourth on the all-time Div. III list at Williams and this season he scored 50.

Six of Fulmer's eight TD catches came from over 20 yards out and two were for more than 70 yards – 74 and 77. He also connected with Jon Drenckhahn on a 23-yard TD pass in the Ephs' 51-21 win over Wesleyan in the seventh game of the season.

Previously this fall Fulmer was named 1st Team All-NESCAC as a wide receiver for the second straight year. Fulmer was just behind classmate Jon Drenckhahn in receiving yards per game, finishing second in the NESCAC with 82.1. He was third in the conference in touchdowns (eight) and eighth in receptions per game (3.5). Fulmer was also recognized as a second-team all-conference selection as a punter. Fulmer averaged a NESCAC-high 39.1 yards per punt and recorded a season-long of 68 yards. Fulmer was a first-team punter in 2005.



      2006 NESCAC FOOTBALL ALL-CONFERENCE

First Team Offense
QB Patrick Lucey Williams Jr. Plymouth, Mass.
RB Kevin Anderson Tufts Jr. Hopkinton, Mass.
RB Gennaro Leo Trinity Sr. Everett, Mass.
RB Jamie Walker Bates Sr. Needham, Mass.
OL Tom Bourdeau Colby Sr. Trumbull, Conn.
OL Rogan Donelly Bowdoin Jr. Osprey, Fla.
OL Chris Kenney Williams Sr. Walpole, Mass.
OL John Mihalko Trinity Jr. Shelton, Conn.
OL Mike Robinson Trinity Jr. Drexel Hill, Pa.
OL John Szalowski Williams So. Hatfield, Mass.
WR Jon Drenckhahn Williams Sr. New Canaan, Conn.
WR Brendan Fulmer Williams Sr. Leroy, N.Y.
WR Mark Hannon Amherst Sr. Glen Rock, N.J.
TE Jamie Staples Middlebury Sr. Pacific Grove, Calif.

Second Team Specialists

PK Scott Sobolewski Williams Fr. Clifton Park, N.Y.
P Brendan Fulmer Williams Sr. Leroy, N.Y.
RS Chris Olenowski Trinity Sr. Shelton, Conn.