PHILADELPHIA - Senior Jake Lewko, a team captain for the 2009 Ivy League football champion Penn Quakers, was recognized Monday night as the FCS College Player of the Year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club of South Jersey.
The Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club is a New Jersey State authorized, Non-Profit Organization. It has recognized a College Player of the Year every year since 1945.
Lewko, a native of Medford, N.J., was named the co-Ivy League MVP shortly after the conclusion of the 2009 season where he led the nation's top-ranked defense. Lewko and the Quakers won the final eight games of the season and clinched the program's record 11th outright Ivy League title.
Lewko led the Quakers with 76 tackles as Penn ranked first in the nation in total defense, scoring defense and red zone defense. They were second in the country in rushing defense and pass efficiency defense. They led the Ivy League in nearly every single defensive category.
The Shawnee High School product was twice named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. In what may have been the most important game of his collegiate career, he had a career-best 15 tackles in the Ivy title-clinching game against Harvard on Nov. 15.
Lewko, a two-time All-Ivy honoree, also led the team in tackles as a junior and finished with 174 in his career, 20 of which went for loss. In starting the last 20 games of his career in the Red and Blue, Lewko finished with four career sacks, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.
Lewko is the first Penn player to earn the distinction since Kevin DeLuca won the award in 1994. Last year, Northeastern's Anthony Orio took home the honor.