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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 line and an interview with 19-year defensive line coach Jim Schaefer.


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

Penn Sports Network anchor Dan Fritz sat down with defensive line coach Jim Schaefer 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:

   Tosan Eyetsemitan DE 6-1 205 Fr. Lincoln, R.I. (Moses Brown School)
58   Kameron Jones DE 6-2 235 Jr. Cypress, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
57   Peter Miller DE 6-3 235 So. Brookville, N.Y. (Friends Academy)
51   Anthony Stroffolino DE 6-1 230 So. Manahawkin, N.J. (Southern Regional)
52   Adam Triglia DE 6-0 225 Sr. Ramsey, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional)
90   Drew Goldsmith DE/DL 6-3 260 Sr. Jupiter, Fla. (Benjamin School)
97   Derric Bath DL 5-11 265 Sr. Mattoon, Ill. (Mattoon)
55   Taylor Brown DL 6-1 270 So. Fair-Haven, N.J. (Rumson Fair-Haven Regional)
68   Brandon Copeland DL 6-1 270 So. Sykesville, Md. (Gillman School)
63   Zac Costlow DL 6-2 255 So. Toronto, Ohio (Catholic Central)
56   Brian Giesecke DL 6-4 235 Jr. Manhasset, N.Y. (Chaminade)
   Alex Kahn DL 6-3 250 Fr. San Clemente, Calif. (San Clemente)
32   Brian Levine DB/DE 6-2 220 Sr. Westport, Conn. (Avon Old Farms/Staples)
61   Aubrey Moore DL 6-1 245 Jr. Mechanicsburg, Pa. (Redland)
39   Jake Peterson DL 6-0 245 Sr. Gardnerville, Nev. (Douglas)
   Matt Rea DL 6-2 245 Fr. Rochester, Mich. (Rochester Adams)
93   Jared Sholly DL 6-1 250 Jr. Clear Lake, Iowa (Clear Lake)
69   Joseph Silberzweig DL 6-0 275 Jr. Scarsdale, N.Y. (Scarsdale)
   Eric Smith DL 6-3 250 Fr. Warren, Mich. (De La Salle)
94   Daniel Wallach DL 6-3 250 Sr. Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Central)
92   Brian Wing DL 6-3 265 Sr. West Bloomfield, Mich. (Brother Rice)



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

Penn's defensive line certainly took a hit with the graduation of two-time All-Ivy defensive tackle Joe Goniprow. The 2009 preseason All-America selection was a dominating force up the middle. He finished fifth in the Ivy League last season with four sacks, but he can be attributed to many, many more. The Quakers led the league in sacks mainly due to the double teams that Goniprow drew. 

But the team's most crushing blow came in April with the tragic loss of Owen Thomas. Just weeks after he was selected as a captain by his teammates, the Quakers lost Owen forever. He was an asset both off the field and on it, and will be tough to replace along that defensive front.

So who will try to fill these voids? The Quakers have a couple proven options, but deeper on the depth chart there is little game experience. The best news this offseasons for the front lines of the defense? Drew Goldsmith will be returning after missing all of last season due to medical issues. Goldsmith led the team in sacks in 2008. He'll be helped down the middle by nose guard Brian Wing. Wing has seen a lot of time over the last two seasons and will be taking a lot of snaps in Goniprow's vacated position. On the other side of Wing, junior Jared Sholly will most likely maintain his starting position. He played in every game last season, though Quakers' fans will most remember his efforts against Yale where he scored the game's only touchdown on a 15-yard interception return.

On the outside, Brian Levine and Kameron Jones combine for 23 games of varsity experience. They will be slotted atop the depth chart at defensive end when the preseason gets underway later this month. Those who follow Penn football know that the Quakers don't use the defensive end in a traditional sense, instead they act almost as outside linebackers many times. Levine played this role last year and earned All-Ivy honors, finishing fifth on the team in tackles. Jones played in nine games in 2009, which included an interception at Columbia. 

The starting defensive line should be a solid unit, but in order to reach the high standards set for the Penn defense each year, it will be up to the rest of the lineman to add some much needed depth. Brandon Copeland raised expectations for himself with a breakout freshman campaign last year and has the potential to be a force along this line all year long. Senior Derric Bath will also be seen this year in the nose guard position, sharing time with Wing. However, those are the only two other defensive lineman with significant game-time experience. Seniors Daniel Wallach and Adam Triglia will need to play a larger role this season to create some depth, while junior Brian Giesecke and sophomore Anthony Stroffolino will also have a chance to earn some playing time and make an impact.


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

"They were a very good line last year. They were a handful. They've clearly lost a lot though and there's no replacing some of those guys. But we know it'll be a whole new challenge for us next year and we're looking forward to taking them on."


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

* In honor of fallen teammate Owen Thomas, the Quakers will implement several initiatives to honor the memory of the former defensive lineman. Owen's No. 40 jersey will not be worn this year and his locker will go unused. The team is also in the process of ordering a "#40" helmet decal and another helmet decal that simply says "Lake" in honor of the late Dan "Coach Lake" Staffieri. 


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

Defensive End:
58   Kameron Jones DE 6-2 235 Jr. Cypress, Calif. (Los Alamitos)
52   Adam Triglia DE 6-0 225 Sr. Ramsey, N.J. (St. Joseph Regional)
51   Anthony Stroffolino DE 6-1 230 So. Manahawkin, N.J. (Southern Regional)
 
Defensive Tackle:
90   Drew Goldsmith DE/DL 6-3 260 Sr. Jupiter, Fla. (Benjamin School)
94   Daniel Wallach DL 6-3 250 Sr. Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Central)
 
Nose Guard:
92   Brian Wing DL 6-3 265 Sr. West Bloomfield, Mich. (Brother Rice)
97   Derric Bath DL 5-11 265 Sr. Mattoon, Ill. (Mattoon)
 
Defensive Tackle:
93   Jared Sholly DL 6-1 250 Jr. Clear Lake, Iowa (Clear Lake)
68   Brandon Copeland DL 6-1 270 So. Sykesville, Md. (Gillman School)
 
Defensive End:
32   Brian Levine DB/DE 6-2 220 Sr. Westport, Conn. (Avon Old Farms/Staples)
56   Brian Giesecke DL 6-4 235 Jr. Manhasset, N.Y. (Chaminade)