PHILADELPHIA – Alek Torgersen has been named one of 40 FCS players to the 2016 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) FCS National Performer of the Year Watch List as announced by the CFPA on Tuesday.
Torgersen, a senior quarterback with the Quakers, is coming off a 2015 season which earned him first-team All-Ivy honors as the Red and Blue claimed an Ivy League championship. Torgersen led the Ivy League – and ranked No. 4 nationally – in completion percentage last year, completing 163 of 236 passes for a 69.1% completion rate. In nine games, he threw for 1,996 yards and 19 touchdowns, while he carried the ball 89 times for 320 yards and six more scores.
In two years as a full-time starter, Torgersen has quickly ascended Penn’s all-time record book for quarterbacks. He enters 2016 ranked No. 4 all-time in passing yardage by a Penn QB with 4,794 – just 311 away from taking over the No. 3 spot and 754 away from No. 2.
Torgersen also ranks No. 4 all-time in both passing attempts (667) and completions (429) in the 139-year history of Penn Football. He is within striking distance of setting new highs in both categories as he enters his final season 338 attempts and 223 completions away from the No. 1 spot.
He is also ranked No. 4 all-time in passing touchdowns by a Quaker QB with 35 for his career – 16 away from becoming Penn’s career record holder.
Torgersen and the Quakers are in the middle of the 140th preseason camp in the storied history of Penn Football. The 2016 season will kick off at Franklin Field on September 17 against Lehigh at 5 p.m.