HANOVER, N.H. — The finalists for the STATS FCS major postseason awards were announced with Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade among the 25 listed for the FCS Defensive Player of the Year, known as the Buck Buchanan Award. Orimolade is the only Ivy League player among the finalists for the award.
A preseason All-American, Orimolade certainly lived up to his billing by leading the Ivy League with nine sacks and five forced fumbles, while ranking second with 14.5 tackles for a loss and fifth with 83 total tackles. On a per game basis, the senior from Burtonsville, Maryland, leads the nation in forced fumbles (0.5), plus ranks 11th in sacks (0.9) and 22nd in tackles for a loss (1.45).
Twice Orimolade 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.
An All-Ivy League First Team selection in 2015, 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.
The Buchanan Award, along with the other major FCS awards, will be celebrated at the STATS FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation, scheduled for Jan. 6 in Frisco, Texas, on the eve of the national championship game.