New Hampshire Football Report

Ivy League honors Orimolade

NEW YORK, N.Y. — Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade was unveiled as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year and Asa S. Bushnell Cup recipient at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City on Monday afternoon. Princeton running back John Lovett was named the Offensive Player of the Year.

Orimolade, a preseason All-American who was also a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the FCS, made his presence felt on the field every game of his senior season, leading the Big Green with 83 tackles, 14.5 for a loss with nine sacks, and five forced fumbles. He is among the nation’s leaders on a per game basis in each of those categories, topping the FCS with 0.5 forced fumbles per game and ranking 10th with 0.9 sacks per game, both of which lead the Ivy League. His 1.45 tackles for a loss per game also place him second in the conference and 22nd nationally.

Orimolade, a 6-foot, 235-pound senior from Burtonsville, Md., was chosen as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week twice during the 2016 season. Those two weekly honors followed victories over Holy Cross and Cornell as Orimolade registered two sacks in both contests. On three occasions, he posted double-digit tackles, including a career-high 13 in the season finale at Princeton. A first-team All-Ivy League selection each of the past two seasons, Orimolade finished his Big Green career with 143 tackles, 35 tackles for a combined loss of 207 yards, 23.5 sacks (second all-time at Dartmouth) for 173 yards, 10 forced fumbles and eight passes broken up.

Notes: Other Dartmouth players to win the Bushnell Cup are QB Jim Chasey (1970), QB Buddy Teevens (1978), RB Shon Page (1990), RB Al Rosier (1991), QB Jay Fiedler (1992) and RB Nick Schwieger (2010). … Orimolade is the second player to win the Bushnell Cup after playing for a team that finished eighth in the Ivy League standings. … The other Ivy Leaguer to do so was Columbia QB John Witkowski in 1982.

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