Michael Sangobowale Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Philadelphia – Michael Sangobowale (Bronx, N.Y.) was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Oct. 17 due to his performance against Columbia in No. 25 Penn’s 14-3 victory on Oct. 16. The senior defensive end made a career-high eight stops as the Quakers tied themselves for the most consecutive Ancient Eight wins in League history (17).

Sangobowale came into the contest against the Lions with nine tackles on the season and his eight-tackle effort (six solo) nearly equaled his previous season total in one afternoon. Prior to last Saturday’s defensive classic, Sangobowale’s previous single-game tackle total was seven against Harvard on Nov. 15, 2003.

The senior also registered a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss, knocking the Columbia ball carrier back a combined 14 yards. He now has 5.5 TFL for a combined 23 yards as well as 2.5 sacks for a combined15 yards.

The Quakers, ranked No. 25 when they faced off against the Lions, are now ranked No. 21 according the latest Sports Network poll released today. Penn, putting its 17-game Ivy League winning streak on the line, travels to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale at the Yale Bowl. A Red and Blue win breaks Penn’s own record for consecutive League victories set during the 1992-95 seasons.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications