Veldman earns prestigious award from National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.
Dec. 22, 2003
Cleveland - Senior Peter Veldman was among 31 football student-athletes named to the Sixth Annual Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
Veldman, who was named Verizon Academic All-District II earlier this season, capped off his second-straight first-team All-Ivy selection and first All-ECAC nod in 2003 after converting 13 field goals, including all three attempts from a distance of 30 yards or more. In addition, Veldman kicked 37 succesful extra points and finished seventh in the Ivy League in scoring and second in the Ancient Eight in kicking points with 7.6 per game. The Granger, Ind. native, who was also named Academic All-Ivy for the second-straight season in 2003, finished his Red and Blue career second all-time with 85 extra points.
Veldman was chosen from a nominee pool of 93 eligible student-athletes who have a minimum grade point average of 3.2 and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletic credentials. Veldman was one of just four Ivy League student-athletes awarded this prestigious honor.
Penn's season-ending 57-9 victory over Cornell at Franklin Field on Nov. 22 put an exclamation point on one of the best seasons, and top four-year runs, of any team in Ivy League history. The 2003 Red and Blue became just the third team in Ancient Eight history to clinch the Ivy crown with two games remaining and became just the second team in Ancient Eight history to post back-to-back perfect Ivy campaigns (joining the 1993-94 Quakers).
Penn finished the season with a 16-game winning streak, 19-game home winning streak and 15-game Ivy League winning streak. The Red and Blue's senior Class of 2004 became the first in program history to win every game at Franklin Field (19-0) and finished their four-year run with an Ivy best 26-2 record (.929).