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Captain and senior defensive lineman Jake Heimlicher during the game against Colgate at Franklin Field on Sept. 17. Credit: Anna Vazhaeparambil

Penn football’s Jake Heimlicher is our DP Sports Player of the Week following another impressive showing on Saturday to shut down Lafayette's offense in a 12-0 victory. 

The fifth-year defensive lineman's success also amounted his being named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, the first such honor in his collegiate career. 

Heimlicher recorded 10 tackles, with three for a loss, and a sack against the Leopards. 

Only two games into the season, Heimlicher is already leading the Red and Blue in several statistical categories, as well as the team itself as one of its four captains. The Aurora, Colo. native tops five metrics: solo tackles (9), total tackles (15), tackles for loss (5), sacks (3), and forced fumbles (1). 

Last season, he was also a leader on the defense, accumulating 51 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and 12 quarterback hurries. Heimlicher had his best game during week seven in a 45-17 win against Brown, where he totaled three sacks.

The defensive lineman received honorable mention All-Ivy for his performance across the whole season, the first such honor of his career.  

The Quakers return to the field and start their conference play this Friday night at 7 p.m. when they face Dartmouth (1-1) in Hanover, N.H.