Schmucker Named Ivy Defensive Player of the Week

Ivy League Release

PHILADELPHIA - Juniordefensive back Jason Schmuckerwas honored as theIvy League Defensive Player of the Week by the league office on Monday for his instrumentalrole inthe University of Pennsylvania football team's 27-20 win overYale onSaturday.

Yale entered the game with the top-ranked offense in the league, however, Schmucker and the rest of the Quakers held the Bulldogs at bay. The Washington, D.C., native had ahuge game for the Red and Blue, recording his first career sack and first interception of the season - the second of his career.

Schmucker made two big plays to keep the Bulldogs off the scoreboard. With Yale at the Penn 38-yard line with 1:33 left in the first half, he sacked Patrick Witt for seven yards to help force Yale into a punt and maintain Penn's 10-point halftime lead.

Later, with Yale attempting a fourth-quarter comeback, Schmucker intercepted Witt at the Penn 14-yard line with 3:49 remaining to preserve the Quakers seven-point win. Against the league's top passing unit, he also added four tackles (three solo) and a pass breakup.

It is the fourth straight week a member of the Red and Blue has been honored by the league, and the third time this season that a Quaker has been named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Jon Saelinger was the league's top defensive player in the first week of the season when he also earned Co-National Defensive Player of the Week recognition with three interceptions in a home win against Lafayette (Sept. 20). On Oct. 4, sophomore quarterback Billy Ragone was named the Ivy Offensive Player of the Week, while freshman quarterback Ryan Becker was selected as the league's Rookie of the Week on Oct. 11. Last week, fellow junior defensive teammate, Matt Hamscher was also honored as Ivy Defensive Player of the Week.

Up next is Homecoming weekend for the Quakers as they take on the visiting Brown Bears Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Both teams are unbeaten in league play. The game can be seen in HD online on the Penn Sports Network.