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PHILADELPHIA - 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.

This installment of Penn Football's Preseason Position Previews involves a glimpse into the 2010 defensive backs and an interview with fifth-year secondaries coach Jon Dupont.


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

Penn Sports Network anchor Dan Fritz sat down with secondaries coach Jon Dupont 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:

9
Bradford Blackmon RB/DB 5-8 170 Sr. Jackson, Miss. (St. Andrews Episcopal)
19   Sam Chwarzynski DB 6-0 200 So. Norwood Park Twp., Ill. (Maine South)
29   Fred Craig DB 6-2 200 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
   Howard Crippen DB 5-10 180 Fr. Clawson, Mich. (Clawson)
35   J.P. Grant DB 5-8 175 Jr. Columbia, Md. (McDonogh)
28 Matt Hamscher RB/DB 5-10 190 Jr. Whitehall, Pa. (Whitehall)
8   C.J. Jackson DB 6-0 180 So. Birmingham, Mich. (Detroit Country Day)
   Evan Jackson DB 6-0 195 Fr. Hamden, Conn. (Choate Rosemary Hall)
   Sebastian Jaskowski DB 6-0 195 Fr. Moorestown, N.J. (Moorestown)
18   Allante Keels DB 6-1 185 So. Washington D.C., (Episcopal)
30   Anthony Marino DB 5-10 175 So. Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)
   Kris Martin DB 5-10 185 Fr. Fairfax, Va. (Chantilly)
37   Jim McGoldrick DB 6-0 185 Jr. Havertown, Pa. (St. Joseph's Prep)
7   Josh Powers DB 5-11 195 Sr. Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
5   Daniel Ritt DB 5-11 205 So. Germantown, Tenn. (Christian Brothers)
22   Jonathan Saelinger DB 6-0 185 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
20   Jason Schmucker DB 6-2 205 Jr. Washington, D.C., (Gonzaga College)
27   Dave Twamley DB 5-11 185 So. Princeton Juniction, N.J. (West Windsor-Plainsboro South)
   Dan Wilk DB 6-0 175 Fr. Bethlehem, Pa. (Nazareth)
3   Justyn Williams DB 5-10 180 So. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
32   Brian Levine DB/DE 6-2 220 Sr. Westport, Conn. (Avon Old Farms/Staples)



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

Pessimists complained and opponents were overjoyed last year with the belief that the Quakers had lost too much in the defensive backfield. They thought the high-powered passing attacks of Ivy rivals Harvard and Brown would be able to rack up the points on a team that had just one proven returnee in that area of the field.

Even the staunchest Penn fans had to admit the Quakers had lost a lot. Graduated seniors Jordan Manning and Tyson Maugle each started nearly 30 games apiece for the Red and Blue, while Tony Moses, Mark Washington, and second-team All-Ivy honoree Britton Ertman all departed as well. Only All-American Chris Wynn was back. It was a group that was going to be tough to replace. But those same Penn fans hardly concern themselves with the pass defense when its led by secondaries coach Jon Dupont and 23-year veteran defensive coordinator Ray Priore

Penn finished with the No. 1-ranked defense in the nation last year. They were also tops in the FCS in scoring defense and seventh in the country in passing defense. They led the Ivy League in every major defensive statistic.

Again, the Quakers lose a lot from this position, most notably, Wynn and first-team All-Ivy honoree Jon Moore. All-Ivy second-teamer Kevin Gray and Brendan McNally, who played in all 10 games last season, are also moving on due to graduation.

Let the skepticism begin. But once again, Dupont and Priore have loaded up at this position. Of the 12 returnees who enter the 2010 preseason listed as a defensive back, 10 have varsity experience.

The free safety position belongs to senior Josh Powers. Powers has manned the position for most of the last two seasons and has a total of 18 career starts. Strong safety, occupied by Kevin Gray throughout 2009, will also be in reliable hands. Jason Schmucker and Fred Craig - each with considerable game-time experience - can confidently fill the void.

Filling the shoes of cornerbacks Wynn and Moore won't be easy. However, a capable bunch has been waiting for the opportunity to do so. They are young, but most have game experience and have been tutored by some of the best corners in team history. Sophomore Anthony Marino should be a seamless fit as he started two games as Wynn's replacement last year. Meanwhile, Jon Saelinger played in every single game as a sophomore and as a junior learning from all of the highly decorated defensive backs mentioned above.

Behind those two, there is not a whole lot of depth at corner. They are either young or inexperienced. For example, Bradford Blackmon hasn't played defense since high school, but he's climbed the depth chart. The same is true for running back Matt Hamscher, though he is expected to serve as an extra safety. Since the end of the 2009 campaign, both have been taking a lot of reps with Priore's defense and learning the playbook. The experiment looks like it may have paid off for the coaching staff. Each of them are expected to log some significant time on the other side of the line of scrimmage. The question is whether it is due to their sheer athletic talent or because the position is so thin. There is still another strong group of skilled DB's, but each has limited varsity action. Dave Twamley, Sam Chwarzynski and Justyn Williams are all sophomores and junior J.P. Grant has just one game under his belt. Their ability to find success in larger roles will directly correlate to the overall success of the defensive backfield.    

In addition, Jim McGoldrick will continue his role as a nickelback and on special teams where he excelled last season. Daniel Ritt was also a key contributer on special teams last season and will most likely add those duties again this year.

The next generation expected to learn and master Priore's defensive playbook are five incoming freshmen: Dan Wilk, Kris Martin, Sebastian Jaskowski, Evan Jackson and Howard Crippen.


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

"Its tough to do anything on these guys, whether its running the ball or passing. Last year, it felt like we could have played for days and not scored again. It's not an easy defense to decipher and so it can't be very easy to disguise and execute. The DB's have to be a smart group and they are taught well."


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

* Matt Hamscher's younger sister, Brooke, was an all-state pole vaulter at their Whitehall High School. She will soon join her brother on the Penn campus as a member of the Class of 2014. In addition, Matt and Brooke will both be competing at Franklin Field for the forseeable future as Brooke is set to join the women's track and field team.


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

Cornerback:
30   Anthony Marino DB 5-10 175 So. Hasbrouck Heights, N.J. (Bergen Catholic)
9
Bradford Blackmon RB/DB  5-8 170 Sr. Jackson, Miss. (St. Andrews Episcopal)
35   J.P. Grant DB 5-8 175 Jr. Columbia, Md. (McDonogh)
 
Cornerback:
22   Jonathan Saelinger DB 6-0 185 Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
27   Dave Twamley DB 5-11 185 So. Princeton Juniction, N.J. (West Windsor-Plainsboro South)
3   Justyn Williams DB 5-10 180 So. Los Angeles, Calif. (Loyola)
 
Strong Safety:
29   Fred Craig DB 6-2 200 Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio (St. Xavier)
20   Jason Schmucker DB 6-2 205 Jr. Washington, D.C., (Gonzaga College)
 
Free Safety:
7   Josh Powers DB 5-11 195 Sr. Fishers, Ind. (Hamilton Southeastern)
28 Matt Hamscher RB/DB 5-10 190 Jr. Whitehall, Pa. (Whitehall)