A preseason All-American, Orimolade did not disappoint in 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.
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, following 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.
This is the seventh year that the league has announced finalists for the honor, and the fifth in which Dartmouth has had a player among them. Running back Nick Schwieger shared the award in 2010 and was a finalist again the following year when the award was split into an offensive and defensive component. In 2014, quarterback Dalyn Williams was up for the offensive award, and linebacker Will McNamara was listed for the defensive honor last year.
The Ivy League and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) are once again partnering to co-host the announcement of the Bushnell Cup, which will take place in the Vanderbilt Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Park Avenue in New York on Monday, Dec. 5 at 12:30 p.m. This year’s announcement, presented by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, will be shown live and free of charge on The Ivy League Digital Network (ILDN).
The two offensive and two defensive finalists, along with their respective head coaches, will be on hand as Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris unveils the winners' names in front of a packed crowd of media representatives, NFF Board members and Ivy League football alumni, dignitaries and friends.