Ivy League Award Winners
PHILADELPHIA - For the fifth week this season, members of the University of Pennsylvania's football team have been awarded Ivy League Player of the Week honors. This week, Penn players took home two of the four awards issued to outstanding performances within the conference. On Monday, the league office announced senior linebacker Jake Lewko as the Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, and senior quarterback Kyle Olson as the Offensive Player of the Week. The awards come subsequent to the Quakers' 17-7 Ivy League championship victory at Harvard.
In what was most likely the biggest game of his career, Lewko had a career day. With the Penn defense holding the top scoring offense in the Ivy League to just seven points, Lewko recorded a career-high 15 tackles, six of those being solo stops and two were tackles for loss. He led a Quaker defense that forced two turnovers and held the League's top rushing unit to just 2.7 yards per rush.
Olson also had a stellar day despite a driving rainstorm throughout the game. He accounted for both ofthe Quakers'touchdowns, throwing for 159 yards and a touchdown on 14-of-24 passing, while also rushing for the game-winning touchdown in the second quarter. He led an offense that outgained the Ivy League's top offensive unit. Maybe most importantly, he did not turn the ball over once and was not sacked.
Olson marks the first Penn player to be honored as Offensive Player of the Week this season, while this is the third time a Quaker has been awarded Defensive Player of the Week.
The Quakers return to Franklin Field this Saturday, when they take on the visiting Cornell Big Red in the season's final game. Penn looks to claim the Ivy title outright with a win. Kickoff is at 1 p.m.