American Football Coaches Association
PHILADELPHIA - Senior captain Jake Lewko was named to one of the most exclusive All-America teams in the country on Wednesday when he was honored by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). The AFCA All-America team consists of just one team of 25 players, and Lewko was one of the three All-America linebackers.
Lewko, a native of Medford, N.J. and a product of Shawnee High School, is the only Ivy League player to make the 2009 AFCA All-America team. In the last 31 years, there have been just 28 Ivy League players to receive the distinction.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. These teams are the only ones chosen exclusively by the men who know the players the best — the coaches themselves.
Lewko was the leading tackler for the nation's top-ranked defense. He and the Quakers won the last eight games of the season - which will stand as the second-longest active winning streak in the nation when the team resumes play in 2010 - en route to the 2009 Ivy League title. During that stretch, the Penn defense was nearly impenetrable. Penn allowed no more than seven points in any of its final five games, posting two shut outs in that time. Behind Lewko, the Red and Blue allowed a total of 10 points in the fourth quarter all season.
On Monday, Lewko was named as the FCS College Player of the Year by the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club. He was also selected as the co-Ivy League MVP and was a first-team All-Ivy recipient earlier this month.