PHILADELPHIA - Tuesday marked the first spring practice of 2012 for the University of Pennsylvania football team. The Quakers will hold 12 practices during the next four weeks, including an intrasquad scrimmage on April 1.
For live practice updates, video, pictures and exclusive interviews, follow along with Penn Football's twitter account (@PennFB). Members of the Penn football staff will be tweeting during practices and throughout the spring season.
For Al Bagnoli, the program's all-time winningest head coach, this marks his 21st season of spring practice at Penn. It officially starts Tuesday night at 8:15 p.m., with the program's first official practice inside the Seasonal Air Structure at Dunning-Cohen Champions Field. The team will then practice 11 more times during the 24-day spring season.
A full practice schedule can be found here. Multiple rain dates have been scheduled to ensure that Penn gets in all 12 practices.
Penn finished the 2011
season tied for second in the Ivy League with a 4-3 conference record and
5-5 mark overall. The Quakers are returning 17
of their 25
starters, including three
All-Ivy honorees last season. On offense, four of five offensive linemen return as well as quarterback Billy Ragone and All-Ivy running back Brandon Colavita. Defensively, seven regular starters are back in 2012, including All-Ivy defensive lineman Brandon Copeland. The Quakers lose two-year long-snapper Ed Kispert, but return punter Scott Lopano and kicker Connor Loftus on special teams.