Gridiron grit garners two Quakers weekly rewards

Jake Heimlicher of the football team has been named Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week and Charles Tauckus of the sprint football team has been selected CSFL Rookie of the Week.

 Senior defensive lineman Jake Heimlicher of the football team (left) and first-year linebacker Charles Tauckus of the sprint football team (No. 42). (Images: Penn Athletics)

Double-digit tackle days for senior defensive lineman Jake Heimlicher of the football team and first-year linebacker Charles Tauckus of the sprint football team have reaped weekly rewards from their corresponding conferences. Heimlicher has been selected Ivy League Defensive Player of the Week and Tauckus picked up Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) Rookie of the Week honors.

On Saturday against Lafayette at Franklin Field, Heimlicher produced 10 tackles (seven solo), three tackles for loss, and one sack in Penn’s 12-0 shutout win.

After two weeks of play, Heimlicher, from Aurora, Colorado, ranks third in the conference in tackles (15), first in tackles for loss (five), and third in sacks (three).

Tauckus had 13 tackles (six solo), 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception, and two quarterback hurries in the Quakers’ 17-21 loss to Saint Thomas Aquinas on Saturday in Sparkill, New York.
 
Hailing from Cold Spring Harbor, New York, Tauckus ranks second in the CSFL with 20 total tackles.  
 
The football team, 2-0 for the first time since 2018, faces Dartmouth on Friday at 7 p.m. in New Hampshire in their first conference contest of the season. The sprint football team (1-1) battles Army West Point on Friday at 7 p.m. at Franklin Field.