Josue Ortiz Named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week

Josue Ortiz was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week on Monday! (Photo courtesy of Harvard Athletics)


On Monday, the Harvard University Athletic Department and Ivy League announced that Crimson defensive tackle Josue Ortiz was named the Ivy League Player of the Week.

Ortiz turned in an impressive performance on Saturday against University of Penn with 10 tackles, (6 solo, 4 assist), one forced fumble and two sacks.

Here’s the press release courtesy of Harvard University Athletics:

PRINCETON, N.J. – Harvard senior defensive tackle Josue Ortiz (Avon Park, Fla.) has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week.

Junior linebacker Alexander Norman (Lewisville, Texas) was named to the Honor Roll.

Ortiz led a punishing Harvard defense in its 37-20 victory over Penn as the Crimson claimed its 14th Ivy League championship and sixth under head coach Tim Murphy. The senior All-American had two first quarter sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss before sitting out much of the fourth quarter with his team ahead 37-7 at the time.

Ortiz also forced and recovered a fumble that led to Harvard’s first score of the day and finished with a game-high 10 tackles (6 solo).

Despite being double-teamed on nearly every snap, Ortiz leads the Ivy League with 9 sacks (all solo) and ranks second with 13.5 tackles for a loss.

With its win, Harvard clinched an outright Ivy League championship in Week 9 of the season for the first time in program history. The team has won three championship in the past five years and five in the last 11.

Harvard has scored at least 30 points in seven straight games, marking the first such occurrence since 1890.

Harvard returns to action this Saturday at Yale in the 128th playing of The Game. Harvard is searching for its fifth-straight win over Yale as well as its 10th win in the last 11 years. 

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