New York City was the place to see two Ivy League standouts be recognized for their great play. Harvard senior quarterback Scott Hosch and Penn senior linebacker Tyler Drake were presented with their prestigious award. Hosch and Drake were named the Ivy League co-players of the year, and a recipient of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup.
During the ceremony, I’m sure some dialogue occurred as Drake has the bragging rights in Penn’s 35-25 victory over Harvard this season.
Hosch is the fifth Harvard quarterback to receive the honor, along with Jim Stoeckel in 1973, Ryan Fitzpatrick in 2004, Chris Pizzotti in 2008 and Colton Chapple in 2012. Fitzpatrick is evidently the most notable Crimson quarterback to receive the award, as he is currently having a successful NFL tenure with the New York Jets.
Will Hosch’s future follow the footsteps of Harvard greats such as Fitzpatrick and the other greats who have received this honor? Only time will tell.
Hosch’s tenure behind center for the Crimson was short but quite impressive. This season alone, he threw for 2,827 yards, and 22 touchdowns. With those numbers, he set a Harvard single-season record for most touchdowns. He was 15-1 as Harvard’s starter the past two seasons.
For his stellar final campaign alone, he was named one of the 25 finalists for the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Year.
Along with Hosch, Penn’s Tyler Drake also had a spectacular season on the defensive side. He was a unanimous All-Ivy selection due to his outrageous numbers. After being the league leader in sacks (8.5) and tackles for loss (12.5), it was obvious that no other defensive player could match those stats. Drake also had three games where he reached double digits in tackles, as the averages don’t do him justice, highlighted by 15 tackles against Dartmouth.
His performances and being a two-time All-Ivy selection have earned him a spot as a top 25 finalist for the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Year, along with Hosch.
The Bushnell Cup award embodies great history and tradition. Hosch and Drake should be honored to receive such an award, as the league’s coaches have recognized their on-field performances.
A lot of people place stereotypes on Ivy League athletes, saying that they’re only focused academically and can’t have any significant impact on the field. Without Hosch and Drake’s performances, these two teams wouldn’t find near the success they’ve had. Therefore, it’s shown that a balance can be had between academic and athletic success, which is a message that needs to be conveyed among college athletics.
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