PHILADELPHIA Linebacker Joe Anastasio, fullback Nick Cisler and safety Pat Kimener have been elected captains of the 2007 Penn football team, Head Coach Al Bagnoli announced Friday.
They are the 181st, 182nd and 183rd captains in Penn history.
“I feel our players have chosen three outstanding candidates to lead them this fall,” Bagnoli said, “All three are great kids, outstanding players and terrific students. They possess excellent leadership skills and have a great work ethic. I am excited to work with them as we prepare for the challenges of the upcoming season.”
Anastasio had a breakout junior year in 2006 that saw him become the first Penn player in over a decade to rack up 100 tackles in a season. His 102 tackles gave him an average of 10.2 per game, ranking 18th-best in the nation. After the season, Anastasioearned several honors, including first-team All-Ivy, honorable mention all-region, and the Reds Bagnell Award for Penn’s most improved player.
Cisler also had a big year as a junior, emerging as an offensive threat and a critical piece of Penn’s offense. An honorable mention All-Ivy, Cislerturned in96 yards receiving and 29 yards and a touchdown rushing. His blocking skills were most valuable, however, as he helped the Penn running game compile 1,229 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground.
Kimenermade 52 tackles as a junior, including two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He is part of an excellent Penn secondary that returns three of its four starters from a year ago.
The Quakers, who recently completed spring practices, will begin the 2007 season on Sept. 15 against Lafayette at Franklin Field.