HANOVER, N.H. — UPDATE: On Tuesday, Dartmouth linebacker Folarin Orimolade earned a spot on the STATS FCS All-America First Team, becoming just the third Big Green player in the last 20 seasons to be selected for the first team from any organization. The others are Shawn Abuhoff ’12 as a return specialist by The Sports Network in 2010, and Casey Cramer ’04 as a tight end by three separated groups — the AFCA, Sports Network and Walter Camp.
Three other Ivy Leaguers were chosen by STATS for one of the three teams named, with Princeton all-purpose player John Lovett making the first team, Penn wide receiver Justin Watson the second team and Princeton defensive lineman Kurt Holuba the third team.
UPDATE II: Athlon announced its FCS All-Americans on Jan. 9, and Orimolade was one of the three linebackers chosen for the team. This is the fourth All-America team that has included the senior.
Last week the Associated Press listed Dartmouth linebacker as a second-team FCS All-American. On Monday this week the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) did so as well, making Orimolade the only Ivy Leaguer on either of its two All-America teams.
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 AFCA has bestowed the honor on just five Big Green players including Orimolade — center Don McKinnon ’63 (third team) in 1962, defensive back Murry Bowden ’71 (first) in 1970, linebacker Reggie Williams ’76 (first) in 1975 and tight end Casey Cramer ’04 (first) in 2002.
A 6-0, 235-pound senior from Burtonsville, Maryland, Orimolade won the Bushnell Cup 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 23rd 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.
The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all five of its divisions. Beginning this year, the AFCA has started selecting a first and second team.