Cornell senior offensive lineman Hunter Nourzad has been named to Phil Steele’s All-America third team and seven of his teammates joined him on the All-Ivy team that was announced on Tuesday. In addition, Nourzad was named the Ivy League Offensive Lineman of the Year.
A two-time All-Ivy League selection (first team in 2021, second team in 2019), Nourzad anchored an offensive line that led the Ivy League, ranked fifth nationally and set a school record for fewest sacks allowed with 0.9 per game. That total was three fewer than any other Ivy school. Nourzad started 20 consecutive games at right tackle, including all 10 in 2021. The Big Red averaged 121.7 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns on the ground despite not having one individual average more than 7.0 carries per game. As a sophomore, he opened all 10 contests and anchored a line that helped the offense increase its scoring average, total offense and rushing touchdowns from the previous season despite returning just one starter on the line. The line allowed one sack or less in five of the team’s seven Ivy games. Cornell did not play during his junior season in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so Nourzad is expected to compete next season as a graduate transfer at another institution. He was also chosen to the All-America second team by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA).
Nourzad was one of two Ivy League players chosen to the All-America teams, joining fourth-team linebacker Jeremiah Tyler of Princeton.
Nourzad was joined on the All-Ivy first team by wide receiver Thomas Glover and linebacker Jake Stebbins. Three players earned third-team accolades – offensive lineman Jack Burns, linebacker Lance Blass and defensive back Michael Irons. Offensive lineman Robert Fatovic and safety Logan Thut were selected to the fourth team.