PHILADELPHIA -- Unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection Tyler Drake has been named one of 25 finalists for the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award.
A two-time All-Ivy selection, Drake capped his Penn career as an Ivy League champion as part of Penn's 17th Ancient Eight championship run.
A force at linebacker for the Quakers, Drake led the Ivy League with 8.5 sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss while also pacing the Ivy League with four forced fumbles. His 80 total tackles were most among Penn defenders, and third in the Ivy League.
Nationally, Drake ranked No. 12 among FCS defenders with his 8.5 sacks and is No. 7 in forced fumbles-per-game.
An honorable mention Preseason All-America selection by USA College Football, Drake is also on the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Linebacker Award Watch List.
A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the winner, which is based on the regular season.
The top three in votes for each award will be invited to the announcement of the winners at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 8 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the FCS championship game.