Philadelphia Senior All-Ivy standouts Josh Appell and Dan Castles received yet another postseason award as both were named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division I-AA All-Star Team as announced today by ECAC Commissioner Phil Buttafuoco. Appell, a unanimous All-Ivy League selection, was one of only three special teams selections and Castles received honorable mention.
Appell, a native of Woodmere, N.Y., led the Ancient Eight in punting the entire season and finished 2004 with a 40.9 yards per punt average. Appell recorded only two games this season with an average under 40 yards, pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times and had punts in excess of 50 yards or more 12 times. His longest of the season was 58 yards, two yards shy of his career-long 60-yarder against Harvard on Nov. 16, 2002.
Castles finished 2004 with 966 yards and eight touchdowns on 70 catches. During the course of the season, the Toms River, N.J. native became Penn’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (27), moved into second all-time in receiving yards (2,444) and third all-time in receptions (167). Castles recorded five 100-yard games with a season high of 145 and three scores on nine catches against Dartmouth on Oct. 2.
The Red and Blue concluded their season with an 8-2 record overall and a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League. Penn ended the 2004 campaign ranked No. 21 in both the Sports Network and the ESPN/USA Today polls.
The Quakers will look to replace a senior class of 21 student-athletes that leave an imprint on the football program with the highest winning percentage at Penn in the modern era (.897) and tie the Penn Class of 2004 with the highest Ivy winning percentage (.929) in the history of the League.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications