PHILADELPHIA - Cornerback Dan Wilk, quarterback Billy Ragone and center Chris Bush were each named team captains for the upcoming 2013 University of Pennsylvania football season, as announced by head coach Al Bagnoli on Wednesday. Selected by their teammates, the senior trio has combined for four All-Ivy honors and seven Ivy League championship rings.
"Our squad has demonstrated great judgment in their selection of captains," said Bagnoli, who enters his 22nd season in 2013. "Personally, I feel all three were excellent choices and will do a great job leading our squad as we attempt to defend our title. They are quality young men and consistently demonstrate the qualities we want associated with Penn football. They are hardworking, accountable, dependable and motivated. They have excelled both on and off the field and will be excellent ambassadors for the program and the University."
Wilk was named second-team All-Ivy last year after he protected a defensive backfield that ranked second in the Ivies with 12 interceptions - 10 of which came in the last four games of the season en route to four-straight wins and the Ivy title. Wilk was fifth in the league with a team-best three interceptions. The Bethlehem, Pa., native was also fourth among Quakers with 56 tackles and was seventh in the Ivy League with eight pass breakups.
Ragone is a two-time All-Ivy selection and wrapped up another stellar season as the starting quarterback for the Red and Blue in 2012. He finished in the top 10 of the league in rushing, passing and total offense. He led the Quakers with 1,288 passing yards on 118-of-210 (56.2%) passing and was second on the team with 476 rushing yards. He threw for 11 touchdowns and ran for four more. Ragone ranks in the top five all-time at Penn in career pass yards (3,999), pass attempts (602), completions (342), passing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (47), total offense (5,513) and completion percentage (56.8%).
Bush was a second-team All-Ivy honoree last season as well as a Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection. He anchored an offensive line that featured two rushers among the top 10 in the Ivy League, including Lyle Marsh, who finished the season with three-straight 100-yard rushing performances. The Westwood, N.J., native started nine games at center for the Ivy League champions, who finished with the third-best rushing offense in the Ancient Eight.
The Quakers won their third outright Ivy League title in four years in 2012 - a feat which had not been accomplished since 1977-80, but has now been duplicated twice in a decade under Coach Bagnoli. Penn finished with a 6-1 league record and 6-4 mark overall. In 2013, Penn will be vying for an unprecedented fourth outright title in five years and has eight returners that were named All-Ivy last season, including all three captains.
The first time the trio will walk out to the 50-yard line for the opening coin toss will be on Sept. 21 when the Quakers open the 2013 campaign at historic Franklin Field against Lafayette. Game times as well as radio and television schedules will be announced later this summer.