PHILADELPHIA - Senior wideout Ryan Calvert added another postseason honor for the University of Pennsylvania football team when the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame presented him with a Scholar-Athlete Award at its annual banquet Wednesday on the campus of Villanova University.
Calvert, a native of Studio City, Calif., is set to graduate from Penn's College of Arts and Sciences later this month with a major in economics and a minor international relations. The banquet honors scholar-athletes from ten local colleges and thirty area high schools, and recognizes excellence in exhibiting superior qualities of scholarship, citizenship and leadership.
The prize comes on the heels of an outstanding career on and off the field for Calvert. He played in 19 games in his final two seasons and started every game in 2011. A first-team All-Ivy selection as a senior, Calvert finished second in the Ivy League with the eighth-highest single-season reception total in program history (58). He also finished second in the Ivy League and ninth all-time in single-season program history with five receiving touchdowns in 2011. The Harvard-Westlake High School product had at least three receptions in every game as a senior, including at least eight in each of his last three games. His 641 receiving yards in 2011 - aided by three 100-yard receiving games - ranked fourth in the Ivy League and 15th all-time at Penn.
Off the field, Calvert was recognized for his efforts in the classroom as a 2011 Academic All-Ivy honoree and a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection, in addition to Wednesday's honor.
Calvert and the 2011 Penn seniors finished their careers with a 28-12 record overall, including a 23-5 mark against the Ivy League. They won two Ivy League titles, were just the third team to ever put together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons, and won 18 consecutive Ivy League games - the second-longest streak in league history.