It was a big week for Penn sports, with three athletes receiving individual awards following a pair of weekend wins for football and basketball.
In their thrilling win over Harvard, two members of Penn football were honored.
Junior defensive end Louis Vecchio won Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week after finishing the Harvard game with three sacks and a forced fumble. It was one of the three turnovers the Red and Blue forced from the Crimson.
He also had a momentous interception and return for a touchdown in the first half. The TD made up Penn’s lone points of the first half, keeping the Quakers alive long enough for the offense to heat up.
Speaking of offense, junior wide receiver Justin Watson brought home Ivy League Co-Offensive player of the week. He caught ten passes for 120 yards, including the game-winning touchdown with 15 seconds left to defeat Harvard.
The TD ensured the Quakers would have the chance to play for a share of the Ivy League title this weekend.
This is Watson’s second time winning the Ancient Eight honor this season, and his fourth time in his Penn career.
For his performance in Penn basketball’s season opener against Robert Morris, freshman AJ Brodeur Ivy League Rookie of the Week.
The freshman forward started in his first collegiate game, shooting 11 of 14 from the field. He finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds.
All three will return to play on Saturday — Watson and Vecchio when the Quakers travel to Cornell in hopes of winning a second straight Ivy title, Brodeur when the Red and Blue head south to take on Miami in the Sunshine State on Saturday.