PHILADELPHIA - At the University of Pennsylvania football team's annual postseason banquet, the Quakers celebrated their third outright Ivy League championship in the last four years, honored the Class of 2013 and recognized 2012's outstanding performers on Friday night.
Edgar Church Memorial Award
Senior quarterback Billy Ragone received the Edgar Church Memorial Award, designated to the players who, by vote of the letterwinners, made the biggest overall contribution to the team. Ragone, who ranks in the top five of the school record book in nearly every career passing category, started nine games under center for the 2012 Ivy League champions. He was an honorable mention All-Ivy recipient and ranked sixth in the Ivy League in total offense, seventh in passing yards and ninth in rushing. He finished the season 118-of-210 passing for 1,288 yards and 11 touchdowns and also rushed for 476 yards and four touchdowns to lead the team with 1,764 yards of total offense.
Chuck Bednarik Award
The Bednarik Award, given to the most outstanding offensive and defensive linemen, was presented to senior offensive lineman Joe Bonadies and senior defensive tackle Taylor Brown. Bonadies was a first-team All-Ivy and Academic All-Ivy selection. He started all 10 games at right tackle for the second consecutive season and protected blind side of Ragone. Penn had a 100-yard rusher in each of its final three games and finished third in the league in rushing offense (149.4 ypg). Brown started all 10 games on the defensive line for the second straight year as Penn finished 16th in the FCS in rushing defense (117.10 ypg). He was second on the team with 3.0 sacks and third on the team with 8.0 tackles for loss.
George Munger Award
The prestigious George A. Munger Award, named after Penn's Hall of Fame coach and presented to the team's offensive and defensive most valuable players, was handed to senior running back Lyle Marsh and senior captain Brandon Copeland. Marsh was a second-team All-Ivy selection as he led Penn and finished eighth in the Ivy League in rushing with 515 yards. He also led Penn and finished ninth in the Ivies with 791 all-purpose yards, while his 5.4 yards per carry ranked fifth all-time at Penn in a single season. He was also tops among Quakers positional players in scoring with two rushing touchdowns and four receiving touchdowns, and was second on the team with 34 receptions and 276 receiving yards. Copeland was Penn's first solo captain in 15 years. He was named first-team All-Ivy and started all 10 games for the third straight season. The captain led Penn and finished seventh in the Ivy League with 5.0 sacks and was second on the team with 8.5 tackles for loss. He finished third in the Ivy League with two fumble recoveries and had the game-clinching safety in Ivy title-clinching victory over Harvard (Nov. 10).
Reds Bagnell Award
Seniors Ryan Allen and Steve Lias were presented with the Bagnell Award, named after Hall of Fame back Francis (Reds) Bagnell. This award is given to the team's unsung heroes. Allen played in all 10 games and had a catch in seven of them as he finished season with nine catches for 107 yards and 11.9 yards per catch, while Lias started all 10 games for the Ivy League champions, had at least three tackles in every game and finished with 43 on the year in addition to 3.0 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.
George A. Weiss Award
Junior Chris Bush was honored with the George A. Weiss Award, given to the player who most embodies the grit and determination that is the "Pennsylvania kind of football." Bush was a second-team All-Ivy selection and Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area honoree. He started nine games at center for the Ivy League champions and played through injury throughout most of Penn's season-ending four-game winning streak. Two Penn rushers finished in the top 10 of the Ivy League and the Quakers finished in the top half of the Ivy League in nearly every offensive category.
Football Club Award
The Football Club Award for distinct athletic achievement was given to junior wideout Conner Scott on offense, senior cornerback Dave Twamley on defense, and senior punter Scott Lopano on special teams. Sophomore tight end Mitchell King and sophomore linebacker Dan Davis also received the award as offensive and defensive rookies. Scott had the 11th-most receptions (52), 12th-most receiving yards (691) and ninth-most touchdown catches (five) in a season at Penn. Twamley earned second-team All-Ivy and Academic All-Area status as he led the team with 43 solo tackles and finished second on the team with 63 total tackles and two interceptions. Lopano set Penn's career records for punts (184) and punt yards (7,111), while King played in all 10 games and finished with six catches for 90 yards and two touchdowns.
Coach Lake Award
Awarded for the first time in 2010, the Lake Award is presented to the player who has displayed dedication to leadership, team spirit and Penn pride in honor of Coach Dan "Lake" Staffieri, a team motivator for 33 seasons. Senior Jeff Jack was the recipient of the award for the 2012 season. Jack played in all 10 games and started the last seven for the Ivy League champions. He led the team with four rushing touchdowns, was third on the team with 413 rushing yards and third in all-puropose yardage (521).
In addition to the player awards, Hench Murray, C'66, GEd'67, was named the Man of the Year for his continuous dedication to and support of Penn's football program. Murray is a former baseball player at Penn and has served as the color analyst for the football team for 33 seasons.