Football's Middleton Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

PHILADELPHIA – Penn’s senior defensive back Doug Middleton was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the week for his performance in Penn’s 44-16 rout of Columbia on Oct. 15.

Middleton had eight tackles in the game including five solo stops. The native of La Habra, Calif., had 1.5 tackles for a loss of three yards and a pass breakup. Late in the fourth quarter he returned an onside kickoff 43 yards for a touchdown.

This season Middleton is one of the top defensive players on the team in tackles. Middleton has 25 stops (17 solo) and 2.5 tackles for a loss of 5 yards on the season. He has broken up two passes, caught an interception for seven yards and returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

He is a part of a defense that ranks first in the nation in rushing defense. Penn has allowed only 245 total rushing yards this season, an average of just 49.0 per game. The Quakers are seventh in scoring defense, allowing only 14.8 points per game and 15th in total defense, allowing just 270 yards per game.

Penn welcomes the Yale Bulldogs to Franklin Field on Oct. 22 for Family Weekend. The Quakers and Bulldogs are the only two unbeaten Ivy League teams. The game is slated for 3:30 p.m. and will air live on CN8.

Written by Heather Palmer, associate director of athletic communications.