Harvard’s Ortiz, Cornell’s Mathews Are Top Ivy Football Players

Harvard University defensive tackle Josue Ortiz and Cornell University quarterback Jeff Mathews are Ivy League football’s Players of the Year.

Ortiz and Mathews received the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, awarded to the league’s top players, at a reception today in New York, the conference said in an e-mailed release. The award is voted on by the conference’s eight football head coaches.

Ortiz led the Ivy League with 10 solo sacks and ranked fourth with 14.5 tackles for a loss this season as the Crimson won their 14th league title, according to the release. The senior was a three-time All-Ivy League selection and is the fifth Crimson member to win Player of the Year honors.

Mathews, a sophomore, set Big Red season records in passing yards (3,412), touchdown passes (25) and completion percentage (.679), according to the release. His 341.2 yards passing per game were the most in the league, more than 100 yards per game more than Yale University’s Patrick Witt, second at 236.8.

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