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Tyler Drake Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year

Tyler Drake (Via Penn Athletics)

Tyler Drake (Via Penn Athletics)

Tyler Drake, of the University of Pennsylvania, received the Ivy League’s Asa S. Bushnell Cup as the 2015 Defensive Player of the Year. Drake is the fifth Quaker to win the POTY honor and the first since fellow linebacker Jake Lewko in 2009.
He is one of the 25 finalists  for the STATS FCS National Defensive Player of the Year award. The senior linebacker led his team to a conference championship title.
Drake earned unanimous first-team All-Ivy honors for 2015 with a team-high 80 tackles and led the conference with 8.5 sacks. In addition, the LB led the Ivies in sacks and fumbles. Drake is also fourth in the country with forced fumbles (4).
The Plantation, Fl. native ranks 37th in all FCS defensive players with 1.3 tackles for loss-per-game. He ranks seventh in FCS in forced fumbles (.40 avg.) and ninth in sacks-per-game (.85). Drake finishes his career 10th in Penn history for sacks in a single season and the most since Mike Germino in 1999. Drake has a total of 17.5 career sacks, the fifth-most in Penn history and most since Steve Lhotak in 2000-2003 (19).

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