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- Leading up to Penn Football's first day of preseason practice on Aug. 24, the Penn Sports Network and PennAthletics.com will provide an in-depth look into the 2010 Penn Quakers. Each position will be previewed with analysis, a preseason depth chart and an interview with the position coach.

The first installment of Penn Football's Preseason Position Previews involves a glimpse into the 2010 offensive line and an interview with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin.


INTERVIEW WITH THE COACH
A full discussion with the position coach:

Penn Sports Network anchor Dan Fritz sat down with offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Jon McLaughlin earlier this week to discuss the status of the position heading into preseason practices. Click the above link to see the full interview or visit the Penn Sports Network multimedia page by clicking here.


WHO'S ON THE ROSTER?
A look at who is listed at this position entering the preseason:

   Christian Bersani OL 6-4 260 Fr. Syracuse, N.Y. (Christian Brothers Academy)
54   Hunter Blackmore OL 6-2 265 So. Covington, Wash. (Kentwood)
69   Joe Bonadies OL 6-5 275 So. Leonia, N.J. (Leonia)
   Christopher Bush OL 6-3 245 Fr. Westwood, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)
59   Joseph D'Orazio OL 6-2 270 Sr. Bryn Mawr, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
78   Pete Dandrea OL 6-5 285 So. Longport, N.J. (St. Augustine Prep)
72   Chris Fortunato OL 6-4 275 Sr. Manasquan, N.J. (Wall Twp.)
64   Sam Graham OL 6-2 255 So. Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville)
60   Drew Luongo OL 6-2 280 Sr. Germantown, Md. (St. John's College)
   Sean McGinn OL 6-4 270 Fr. West Chester, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
74   Joseph McKendry OL 6-4 285 Sr. Jenkintown, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
71   Jared Mollenbeck OL 6-6 295 Sr. Hampton, Iowa (Hampton-Dumont)
79   Garrett Moore OL 6-4 255 So. Mclean, Va. (Langley)
73   Michael Pinciotti OL 6-3 285 So. West Chester, Pa. (St. Joe's Prep)
76   Anthony Ramirez OL 6-3 285 Jr. Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
67   Luis Ruffolo OL 6-2 270 Sr. Webster, N.Y. (Webster Thomas)
75   Dan Saris OL 6-4 285 So. Ardmore, Pa. (Lower Merion)
   Jake Schwertner OL 6-5 275 Fr. Hinckley, Ohio (St. Edward)
77   Alec Smith OL 6-5 290 Jr. Vernon Hills, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)
   Steve Szostak OL 6-2 265 Fr. Fort Washington, Pa. (La Salle College)
62   Greg Van Roten OL 6-4 285 Jr. Rockville Centre, N.Y. (Chaminade)
75   Zack Vrtis OL 6-4 275 So. Kennesaw, Ga. (Kennesaw Mountain)



A LOOK INTO THE 2010 OFFENSIVE LINE
A PennAthletics.com preview of what and who to expect at this position:

This is one of the strongest groups returning for the Quakers in 2010. Four starters from the 2009 team return to defend the Ivy League title, as does a 10-game starter from the 2008 campaign. Preseason All-American Joe D'Orazio (center), second-team All-Ivy honoree Luis Ruffolo (left guard), honorable mention All-Ivy selection Greg Van Roten (left tackle) and right tackle Jared Mollenbeck all return from the 2009 squad. Drew Luongo, who started 10 games in 2008, is also back after missing all of last season due to injury.

Without Luongo, the 2009 offensive line consisted of three underclassmen - two of which had never started a varsity game before - and just one senior. Heading into the season, this group was easily one of the biggest question marks for a team with championship aspirations. Then, in the first game of the year, the Quakers surrendered six sacks in a 14-3 loss. However, that came against the eventual national champions, and for the remainder of the season, the offensive line became a key cog in the championship run. They gave up just six sacks in the final nine games (0.67/game) and finished atop the Ivy League in fewest sacks allowed. Behind their efforts, Penn forged the third-best ground game in the league last year at an average of 148.5 yards per game, had the Ivies best third-down conversion rate (37.9%), the Ivies top fourth down conversion rate (50.0%), and led the league in red zone with a scoring rate of 80.0 percent. In addition, the offensive line allowed Penn to dominate the time possession - another category in which the Quakers finished first in the Ivy League. 

Luongo will most likely slip into the right guard position vacated by Matt Schaefer, meaning the starting jobs for the five highly credentialed linemen, will be theirs to lose. But they will face some pressure from several underclassmen. Sam Graham, Mike Pinciotti and Garrett Moore are all sophomores already grabbing the attention of the coaches. They, along with a solid trio of upperclassmen in senior Joe McKendry, junior Anthony Ramirez and junior Alec Smith, will have no trouble stepping in if needed. They'll most likely need to earn it though - Penn's opening day offensive line combined to miss just one game due to injury last season and all four returnees started every game. 

To insure the competition for starting positions stays at its peak, the Penn coaching staff has brought in five more offensive linemen in the Class of 2014 - freshmen Christian Bersani, Chris Bush, Sean McGinn, Jake Schwertner and Steve Szostak.


WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
A perspective from an anonymous opposing coach:

"We expected to handle them a little better than we did last year. We underestimated them for sure. With pretty much all those guys coming back next year, we won't make that mistake again."


SOMETHING YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE OFFENSIVE LINE
A little known detail about the players at the position:

* Joe D'Orazio spent some of his summer working closely with Philadelphia's best football players. D'Orazio worked as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles Operations staff during the team's training camp in Bethlehem, Pa.


A PRESEASON OFFENSIVE LINE DEPTH CHART
A look into where the players at this position stand heading into preseason practice:

Left Tackle:
62   Greg Van Roten OL 6-4 285 Jr. Rockville Centre, N.Y. (Chaminade)
74   Joseph McKendry OL 6-4 285 Sr. Jenkintown, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
 
Left Guard:
67   Luis Ruffolo OL 6-2 270 Sr. Webster, N.Y. (Webster Thomas)
76   Anthony Ramirez OL 6-3 285 Jr. Orlando, Fla. (Dr. Phillips)
 
Center:
59   Joseph D'Orazio OL 6-2 270 Sr. Bryn Mawr, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
64   Sam Graham OL 6-2 255 So. Woodinville, Wash. (Woodinville)
79   Garrett Moore OL 6-4 255 So. Mclean, Va. (Langley)
 
Right Guard:
60   Drew Luongo OL 6-2 280 Sr. Germantown, Md. (St. John's College)
73   Michael Pinciotti OL 6-3 285 So. West Chester, Pa. (St. Joe's Prep)
 
Right Tackle:
71   Jared Mollenbeck OL 6-6 295 Sr. Hampton, Iowa (Hampton-Dumont)
77   Alec Smith OL 6-5 290 Jr. Vernon Hills, Ill. (Carmel Catholic)