HANOVER, N.H. — Dartmouth linebacker Jack Traynor was named the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Big Green’s 16-13 victory at Penn in a battle of undefeated teams on national television this past Friday night.
A six-foot, 230-pound junior from Lake Forest, Illinois, Traynor spearheaded the defensive effort against a Quaker team that entered the game averaging 587 yards and over 50 points a game. Traynor led the Big Green with nine tackles, eight solo with one for a loss, along with a pass breakup as the defense held Penn to a mere 243 yards and 13 points in the contest.
With Dartmouth leading 10-7 late in the third quarter and Penn threatening to score in the red zone, Traynor batted away a pass then stuffed a runner at the line of scrimmage on third down to force the Quakers to settle for a game-tying field goal. He also produced his tackle for a loss during Penn’s next drive, helping keep the Ivy League’s co-defending champion out of the end zone once again to set up the game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes.
For the season, Traynor leads the Big Green with 25 tackles, ranking seventh in the league on a per-game average, plus has two tackles for a loss with one sack.
This is the second straight week Dartmouth has had a player recognized by the league office with defensive end Jeremiah Douchee earning the special teams weekly award following the Green’s 27-26 overtime triumph over then-25th-ranked Holy Cross on Sept. 23.
Dartmouth (3-0, 1-0) returns to Hanover this weekend for its homecoming game against another undefeated team in Yale (3-0, 1-0), which leads the Ivy league in scoring at 48.7 points per game. Kickoff on Saturday is set for 1:35 p.m. and will be streamed live on both ESPN3 and the Ivy League Network with Bob Lipman and Ken Cail calling the action. Big Green fans can also listen to Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 over the airwaves on 94.5 ESPN Radio and around the world online at 945espn.com.