Ivy League Award Winners
PHILADELPHIA - With another dominating defensive performance by the University of Pennsylvania football team in Saturday's shutout win over Yale, linebacker Jake Lewko was named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday. This is the first such honor for the senior captain who has served as a leader for one of the best defenses in the nation all season.
Lewko once again led the Penn defensive unit last week as the 9-0 win for the Red and Blue came without an offensive touchdown. In posting the team's first shut out since Nov. 3, 2007 against Princeton (7-0), Penn allowed just 25 yards rushing and a total of just 163 yards of offense. Lewko had six tackles, two of which went for a loss, and a sack as Yale managed just 10 first downs and averaged less than a yard per rush (0.8).
Penn's defense actually outscored both offenses combined as it was sophomore defensive lineman Jared Sholly who had the biggest play of the game, running back a 15-yard interception for a touchdown in the first quarter. But it was the presence of Lewko, the team's leading tackler, that made the difference the rest of the way. As has been the case all season. Lewko has led a defense that ranks third in the nation in total defense and rushing defense. The Quakers are also in the top ten in the country in scoring defense, sacks, tackles for loss and pass defense.
The Medford, N.J., native is the third Quaker in the last two weeks to claim Ivy League Player of the Week honors and the second straight to claim the league's weekly defensive accolade. Sophomore Erik Rask won the award last week in addition to freshman Scott Lopano garnering Rookie of the Week honors.
Lewko and the Quakers head to Brown this week with their perfect Ivy record on the line. The Quakers will set an NCAA record with the 12:30 p.m. kickoff in Providence as Penn will be the first program in college football history to play in 1,300 games.