PHILADELPHIA Senior captain Tyson Maugle’s team-leading defensive effort and sophomore kicker Andrew Samson’s record-setting day earned each Ivy League Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office Monday. For their efforts in the University of Pennsylvania’s 23-6 win at Cornell in the season finale Saturday, Maugle is this week’s Co-Defensive honoree with Harvard’s Eric Schultz and Samson is the Special Teams recipient.
Maugle had a team-high nine tackles (including five solo), one sack for 16 yards and one forced fumble in the Ivy road win. Three of his tackles were in the Big Red backfield, resulting in a loss of 21 yards. The Duncansville, Pa., native led a Penn defense that held the Ancient Eight’s top offense to 18 rushing yards for an average of just 1.1 yards per carry and 238 yards of total offense. The Big Red was held without a touchdown on their home turf.
Samson had another spectacular day going a perfect three-for-three on a snowy, windy day in Penn’s win. Samson’s three field goals gave him a total of 16 makes on the year, the most by a Quaker kicker in the 131-year history of the program. The West Bloomfield, Mich., native outscored the opponent for the fourth time this season and broke another school record when he remained perfect for his career (49-of-49) with two more made extra points. Samson passed Peter Veldman’s Penn record of 48 consecutive made point after attempts. Veldman set the standard between the 2000 and 2001 seasons.
This is the second such honor for Maugle this season. He also won the award on Oct. 27 after Penn beat Yale, 9-7. Samson has now won three Special Teams awards this yearsetting another school record. He was the recipient on Oct. 6 and Oct. 27the two other occasions in which he made three field goals in a game.
Penn has been well represented among the Ivy League honors this season. Maugle and Samson are the 10th and 11th Quakers this year to be honored by the Ivy Leaguethe most for a Penn team since 11 Quakers won Player of the Week awards in 1993. Penn went undefeated that season and won the Ivy League title. Senior Britton Ertman was the National Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season.
The win over the Big Red in the season finale not only marked the 200th career win for head coach Al Bagnoli, but ensured Penn its first winning season since 2004. Penn finished the 2008 season at 6-4 with a 5-2 mark in Ivy League playjust one game behind the Ivy League champions, Harvard and Brown. The Quakers will return 15 of their 22 starters in 2009 as well as Samson at kicker.
2008-09 Penn Ivy League Award Winners
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nov. 10 - Keiffer Garton
Nov. 17 - Keiffer Garton
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 27 - Tyson Maugle
Nov. 10 - Britton Ertman
Nov. 24 - Tyson Maugle
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Oct. 6 Andrew Samson
Oct. 13 Chris Wynn
Oct. 20 Kyle Olson
Oct. 27 Andrew Samson
Nov. 24 Andrew Samson
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Oct. 20 Matt Hamscher
Penn ON the Ivy League Honor Roll
Week 1 (Sept. 22): Kyle Olson, Chris Wynn,
Week 2 (Sept. 29): Jordan Manning, Robert Irvin, Kyle Olson
Week 3 (Oct. 6): Jake Lewko, Chris Wynn, Michael DiMaggio
Week 4 (Oct. 13): Jay Colabella, Matt Hamscher, Andrew Samson
Week 5 (Oct. 20): Jay Colabella, Britton Ertman
Week 6 (Oct. 27): Joe Goniprow, Jake Lewko
Week 7 (Nov. 3): Keiffer Garton, Tyson Maugle, Brian Wing
Week 9 (Nov. 17): Andrew Goldsmith
Week 10 (Nov. 24): Michael DiMaggio, Matt Hamscher, Brendan McNally