HANOVER, N.H. — The Dartmouth football team doubled up on the weekly honors from the Ivy League office with two Big Green players being honored. Senior Folarin Orimolade was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week while freshman Hunter Hagdorn took home the Rookie of the Week award following Dartmouth’s 35-10 defeat of Holy Cross on Saturday.
UPDATE: Orimolade was also honorable mention status for the STATS FCS Defensive Player of the Week award.
Orimolade showed the form that made him a preseason second-team All-America selection, leading the Big Green defense with eight tackles, seven solo, with a career-high two sacks and two more tackles for a loss. The 6-0, 235-pound linebacker from Burtonsville, Maryland, was given the Johnny Turco Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding player of the Crusaders’ homecoming contest.
One of Orimolade’s tackles for a loss came in the final minute of the first half on third down at the Holy Cross five, leading to a punt attempt that was fumbled in the end zone and recovered by Dartmouth to take a 21-7 lead into the locker room. On two other occasions he came up with big plays on third down, both of which forced the Crusaders to attempt 42-yard field goals. Only once did they convert, helping the Big Green pull away in the second half for the win.
A native of Manvel, Texas, Hagdorn did a little bit of everything for the Big Green offense. After returning a kickoff 16 yards, the 6-0, 185-pound wide receiver next touched the ball on an end around, scampering into the end zone for a 10-yard score to tie the game at seven. Later in the opening quarter, his 22-yard reception set up the next Dartmouth touchdown on the very next play, giving the Green a lead it would not relinquish. He caught two more passes on the day, the second of which went for 25 yards on fourth down, allowing Dartmouth to continue its final touchdown drive. Hagdorn ended the day with three catches for 62 yards, three rushes for 15 yards and a touchdown and his one kick return.
This is the fourth straight week Dartmouth has produced the Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week. Graduates Vernon Harris and Cody Fulleton picked up the honor against Brown and Princeton, respectively, in the final two weeks of the 2015 campaign, and junior Brennan Cascarano took home the hardware following the season opener against New Hampshire.
Hagdorn, meanwhile, is the first Big Green player to earn the Rookie of the Week award since Ryder Stone did so in the penultimate week of the 2014 season against Brown.
Dartmouth returns home this week for its Ivy League opener against Penn (0-2) at Memorial Field on Friday night at 7 p.m. The game will be televised by NBC Sports Network and streamed online through the NBC website with Paul Burmeister and Ross Tucker calling the action. Big Green fans can listen to Adam Giardino and Wayne Young ’72 broadcast the game locally on 94.5 ESPN Radio (94.5 FM, 1230 and 1400 AM) or online around the globe at www.945espn.com.