PHILADELPHIA –An Ivy League championship season continues to pay dividends for the University of Pennsylvania football team as Tyler Drake and Justin Watson have started to rack up All-American nods.
A pair of University of Pennsylvania football players were named third-team STATS FCS All-Americans as announced on December 15. Tyler Drake and Justin Watson, each a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection after a championship campaign for the Quakers, were selected to the STATS FCS All-America team – Penn’s first All-America selections since 2010.
On December 16, Drake was named a third-team AP FCS All-American
Tyler Drake, the Ivy League’s 2015 Asa S. Bushnell Cup winner as Defensive Player of the Year, earned his spot on the All-America team on the strength of a team-high 80 tackles and an Ivy League-leading 8.5 sacks. One of 25 finalists for the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year Award, Drake is seventh in FCS in forced fumbles-per-game (0.40) and ninth in sacks-per-game (0.85) while also ranking 37th among all defensive players with 1.3 tackles for loss-per-game.
Drake’s 8.5 sacks in 2015 are the 10th-most in a single season by a Penn player, and most since Mike Germino had 9.5 during the 1999 season. He will graduate with 17.5 career sacks, fifth-most in program history and most since Steve Lhotak had 19 from 2000-03.
Penn’s first unanimous first-team All-Ivy wide receiver since 2003, Justin Watson was rarely stopped – and hardly contained – during a breakthrough 2015 campaign which resulted in Watson being named a finalist for the Ivy League's Offensive Player of the Year award. The Ivy League’s leader in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,082) and receiving touchdowns (9), Watson finished the regular season ranked No. 7 among all FCS receivers in receiving yards. His 108.2 yards-per-game average ranked fifth in FCS. He totaled seven 100-yard games in 2015, just the fourth Ivy League player to do so. His five consecutive 100-yard games to close the 2015 season mark just the third time in Ancient Eight history that a player posted five straight games with 100 yards receiving.
Watson made his mark on the Penn record book in 2015, becoming just the third receiver in program history to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark (1,082, second on Penn’s single-season list). Through just two seasons, Watson already ranks seventh all-time at Penn in receiving yards with 1,579. His 74 receptions this season rank fourth all-time by a Quaker, and his 116 receptions through two seasons are already seventh-most by a Penn player in program history. Watson consistently found the end zone in 2015, finishing with 10 touchdowns -- nine via reception, the third-most in program history. Through two seasons, Watson already is tied for eighth in touchdown receptions in a career by a Quaker.