Wynn Honored as Special Teams Player of the Week

PHILADELPHIA – Penn never trailed en route to a 27-7 win over the Hoyas on Saturday, largely due to the efforts of junior Chris Wynn, who ran 88 yards for a touchdown on the opening kickoff. Wynn’s second career kickoff return touchdown earned him Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week honors as announced by the league office on Monday.

The Flemington, N.J., native set the tone for Penn in the team’s second consecutive victory. It was the only kickoff return of the day for the Quakers and raised Wynn’s return average by more than eight yards. He is now second in the Ivy League in that category. Wynn, who leads the country in passes defended, also had five tackles on the day.

Wynn’s effort was the first kickoff return touchdown for the Quakers since Tyler Fisher raced 96 yards against Columbia on Oct. 13, 2007. It is also the first time in at least 25 years that a Penn player has returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.

This marks the second consecutive week a Penn player has been named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week. Sophomore placekicker Andrew Samson received the distinction last week.

Wynn and the Quakers are back in action on Saturday when Ivy opponent, Columbia, comes to Franklin Field for a 1 p.m. start.

2008-09 AWARDWINNERS
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sept. 22 — Chris Pizzotti (Harvard)
Sept. 29 — Buddy Farnham (Brown)
Oct. 6 — Brian Anderson (Princeton) and Jesse Baker (Cornell)
Oct. 13 — Michael Dougherty (Brown)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sept. 22 — James Develin (Brown)
Sept. 29 — Chris Perkins (Brown) and Anthony Sabo (Cornell)
Oct. 6 — Bobby Abare (Yale)
Oct. 13 — Glenn Dorris (Harvard)

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sept. 22 — Patrick Long (Harvard)
Sept. 29 — Connor Louden (Princeton)
Oct. 6 — Andrew Samson (Penn)
Oct. 13 — Chris Wynn (Penn)

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Sept. 22 — Foley Schmidt (Dartmouth)
Sept. 29 — Kalasi Huggins (Columbia)
Oct. 6 — Matthew Hanson (Harvard)
Oct. 13 — Adam Chrissis (Harvard)