HANOVER, N.H. — The New England Football Writers’ Association unveiled its selections for the All-New England Football Team on Tuesday, and two Dartmouth players were honored with their inclusion — offensive lineman Dave Morrison and linebacker Folarin Orimolade.
Comprised of football student-athletes from Division I schools — both FBS and FCS — in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, a total of nine players from the Ivy League garnered spots with Harvard and Brown each having three, and Yale one.
Morrison, a 6-5, 315-pound right tackle from Latham, New York, served as one of the three team captains for Dartmouth and was also named to the All-Ivy League First Team as announced yesterday. He was the rock of an offensive line that yielded fewer sacks (13) than any other Ivy League squad while ranking first in the conference in passing yards. Morrison’s prowess at his position helped the Big Green amass over 400 yards per game this season to rank second in the league behind co-champion Princeton, including 615 against Brown in the penultimate game, the most by a Dartmouth team in 79 years. The product of Shaker High School started all 10 games and played in 38 of the 40 games in his four-year career, starting 21.
Already a finalist for both the Ivy League’s Bushnell Cup and the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defender in the FCS, Orimolade made his presence felt on the field every game of his senior season, leading the Big Green with 83 tackles, 14.5 for a loss with nine sacks, and five forced fumbles. He is among the nation’s leaders on a per game basis in each of those categories, topping the FCS with 0.5 forced fumbles per game and ranking 12th with 0.9 sacks per game, both of which lead the Ivy League. His 1.45 tackles for a loss per game also place him second in the conference and 22nd nationally.
Like Morrison, Orimolade was a tri-captain and All-Ivy League First Team performer. A Preseason All-American, the product of Blake High School out of Burtonsville, Maryland, twice was chosen as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week during the 2016 campaign. Those two weekly honors followed victories over Holy Cross and Cornell as he registered two sacks in both contests. On three occasions, he posted double-digit tackles, including a career-high 13 in the season finale at Princeton.
A first-team All-Ivy League selection each of the past two seasons, Orimolade finished his Big Green career with 143 tackles, 35 tackles for a combined loss of 207 yards, 23.5 sacks (second all-time at Dartmouth) for 173 yards, 10 forced fumbles and eight passes broken up.