PHILADELPHIA - Senior defensive back Josh Powers added yet another postseason honor for the University of Pennsylvania football team, when the Philadelphia Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame presented him with a Scholar-Athlete Award at its annual banquet Wednesday on the campus of Villanova University.
Powers, a native of Fishers, Ind., is set to graduate from Wharton later this month. The banquet honors scholar-athletes from ten local colleges and thirty area high schools, and recognizes excellence in exhibiting superior qualities of scholarship, citizenship and leadership.
The prize comes on the heels of an outstanding career on and off the field for Powers. He started 27 games in his career, including all 20 during Penn's back-to-back Ivy title seasons. A first-team All-Ivy selection in 2010, Powers was second in tackles, interceptions and passes defended for the Ivy League's top defensive unit. A year earlier, he finished third in tackles for a defense that finished 2009 ranked No. 1 in the nation.
The two-time Ivy League champion finished his career with 147 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, six interceptions and one forced fumble. In the final game of his career, he tallied a career-best 11 tackles and recorded his first career sack at Cornell (11/20/10).
Off the field, Powers was recognized for his efforts in the classroom as a two-time CoSIDA Academic First-Team All-District honoree and three-time Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection. He was also a member of the 2010 Academic All-Ivy team.
In his final two years with the Red and Blue, the three-year letterwinner helped to guide the Quakers to back-to-back undefeated Ivy League seasons - a feat that has occurred only three times in the history of the league. Penn is 17-3 since 2009 and currently owns the longest active conference win streak in the nation at 15, which is also the third-longest streak in Ivy history. The team finished 2009 ranked No. 20 in the nation by The Sports Network (TSN) media poll and No. 23 by the FCS Coaches' Poll, and then finished the 2010 season ranked No. 18 by TSN and No. 16 by the coaches.