PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Christian Pearson's first collegiate catch went for a 45-yard touchdown and earned him Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Monday.
Pearson made an immediate impact for the Quakers in his collegiate debut. The rookie caught a 45-yard touchdown pass in stride from junior Alek Torgersen as the Quakers tried to mount a comeback in the fourth quarter. With just that one reception, Pearson leads all Ivy League freshmen in receiving yards after Week 1.
Much of Pearson's playing time in the season opener came on special teams where he also added a tackle for the Red and Blue.
The Northridge, Calif., native is the first Penn player to win Ivy Rookie of the Week accolades since punter Hunter Kelley earned the recognition after the 2014 season opener.
Pearson and the Quakers will have a short week with a matchup against Villanova on Thursday night. The cross-city foes will play a mid-week game due to the Pope's impending visit to the city of Philadelphia this weekend. The 2015 edition of the Schuylkill Showdown will take place at Villanova Stadium and kick off at 7 p.m.