CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard junior linebacker Jordan Hill has been named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. The award is the first of Hill's career and comes seven days after the Crimson collected the Ivy's special teams and rookie of the week honors.
In Harvard's 35-22 home win over Cornell on Saturday, the Silver Spring, Maryland native paced the Crimson defense with 10 tackles (five solo, five assisted), including 2.5 tackles for loss. Hill was also credited with a quarterback hurry, as Harvard moved to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the Ivy League.
Hill has headlined a defensive unit that ranks first in the FCS in rushing defense, allowing just 65.0 yards per game on the ground, and sacks (5.25 per game). Harvard's special teams group has also shined, ranking first nationally in blocked punts (5) and blocked kicks (5).
For the season, Hill leads the Crimson with 20 tackles and four sacks, while adding three tackles for loss and one fumble recovery.
Hill and his Harvard teammates will hit the road this week for a Saturday afternoon non-conference tilt at Holy Cross. Kick-off is scheduled for 1 p.m., with the game airing on the Patriot League Network.