PHILADELPHIA- Junior kickerJimmy Gammillwas named the National FCS Special Teams Player of the Week byThe Sports Networkand College Sporting News, and Co-Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.He was also named the National Placekicker Performer of the Week byCollege Football Performance Awards(CFPA), and ECAC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Gammill set a single-game school record with five field goals and tied the school kicking record with 16 points on Saturdayas the University of Pennsylvania football team lost its final non-conference game of the season on Saturday at No. 14/18 Fordham.
Gammill connected on all five of his field goal attempts with makes from 29, 32, 27, 48 and 35 yards -- his 48-yarder was the longest for a Penn player since 2004 -- and started the day with an extra point. The five field goals are tied for second-most in a game in Ivy history and the 16 points are tied for fourth-most in league history.
Both of these honors are the first of Gammill's career. He is the first Penn player to earn a National Player of the Week award since Brandon Copeland was the NCAA National Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 13, 2012 after an Ivy title-clinching win at Harvard. Gammill is also the first Quaker to win the Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week award since former teammateScott Lopanogarnered the acclaim after that same win over the Crimson.
A native of New Albany, Ohio, Gammill is the second Penn player to win an Ivy accolade this season. Freshman punterHunter Kelleywas theIvy League Rookie of the Weekfollowing the season opener at Jacksonville.
Gammill and the Quakers take on Columbia at Franklin Field Saturday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m., and the game can be seen on the Ivy League Digital Network.