HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade added to his postseason accolades on Thursday by being chosen as a second-team FCS All-American by the Associated Press. He is one of four Ivy Leaguers to a spot on one of the three teams, and the first Big Green player to earn All-America status since running back Nick Schwieger made the third team in 2011.
A 6-0, 235-pound senior from Burtonsville, Maryland, Orimolade last week was unveiled as the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year. A finalist for 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 ninth with 0.9 sacks per game, both of which led the Ivy League. His 1.45 tackles for a loss per game also place him second in the conference and 22nd nationally.
The tri-captain and All-New England performer 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 Orimolade 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.
Orimolade is the 64th player in Dartmouth history to earn All-America honors in football, with nine of those players receiving the honor twice for a total of 73 selections. The Associated Press has bestowed the honor on Big Green players — including notables such as Reggie Williams, Jay Fiedler and Casey Cramer — 23 times.
Notes: Other Ivy Leaguers to earn recognition were Penn senior OL Nick Demes on the second team, and Harvard senior OL Max Rich along with Cornell defensive back Nick Gesualdi on the third team.