PHILADELPHIA - Senior Brandon Copeland, who served as Penn Football's first sole captain since 1997, and head coach Al Bagnoli, who guided the University of Pennsylvania football team to its ninth Ivy title under his tenure, were honored at the 109th annual Philadelphia Sports Writers Association (PSWA) Awards Dinner Monday night in Cherry Hill, N.J.
Copeland and Bagnoli were joined by fellow honorees Cole Hamels (Philadelphia Phillies), Jimmy Rollins (Philadelphia Phillies), Mike Trout (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim) and Todd Herremans (Philadelphia Eagles).
Bagnoli was honored with a Special Achievement Award. In 2012, Penn clinched the Ivy League title with four straight last-minute victories. The Quakers beat Brown with a late game-winning field goal, stopped Princeton on third-and-goal in the final seconds, topped Ivy-favorite Harvard on Senior Day and, with a backup quarterback making his first career start, scored the game-winning touchdown with 1:00 left at Cornell. It was the program's 16th Ivy title (second-most all-time), 13th outright title (league record), and Coach Bagnoli's ninth title overall (one behind the all-time record) and ninth outright (league record).Just the second player to serve as sole captain of the Penn Football team over the past 35 years, Copeland was a first-team All-Ivy selection in 2012. It was his third first-team All-Ivy honor en route to his third outright Ivy League title as a member of the Red and Blue. A three-year starter on Penn's defensive line, Copeland matched a career-high with 51 tackles and led the Quakers with a career-best 5.0 sacks. He finished his illustrious career at Penn with 160 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception, a blocked kick, a touchdown and a safety.
Made up of the most prominent media members in the Philadelphia area,
the Philadelphia Sports Writers Association was founded on May 12,
1904, and the first of what would become an annual Awards Dinner was
held Feb. 15, 1905.