PHILADELPHIA - Bradford Blackmon, Joseph D'Orazio, Keiffer Garton and Owen Thomas were voted by their teammates this week as the 2010 team captains of the University of Pennsylvania football team.
"I think our players vote resulted in four great choices as captains to lead this year’s team," head coach Al Bagnoli said. "Those selected are impact players that made numerous plays on our way to the championship last season. They have demonstrated great leadership skills, a terrific work ethic, and are the type of young men worthy of being at the front and center of your program."
Blackmon has truly been an all-around player for the Quakers since joining the team in 2007. He has played in all but one game in the last two seasons, seeing time at running back, receiver, quarterback, punt returner and kick returner. He has excelled at all of them. He has two rushing touchdowns, three receiving touchdowns and has even thrown for a touchdown in his career. He was Penn's top kick returner in 2009 and was second on the team with 555 all-purpose yards.
D'Orazio was a first-team All-Ivy honoree for the 2009 Ivy League champions. He started all 10 games at center and led an offensive line that allowed the fewest sacks in the Ivy League, giving up just six in the final nine games. As a sophomore, he appeared in eight games, which included three starts at center. Among those starts, he blocked for Garton when the quarterback ran for a Bagnoli-era record 174 yards against Harvard.
Garton is the first Penn quarterback to be voted a team captain since Mike Mitchell in 2003. Last season he was limited to just three starts and five appearances due to injury. But he finished the year second on the team in total offense and in the season-finale against Cornell, he rushed for a touchdown and season-high 76 yards in addition to his two touchdown passes.
Thomas was a second-team All-Ivy selection last season after finishing second in the Ivy League in sacks. He started all 10 games on the defensive line for the No. 1-ranked defense in the nation last season. Thomas had six sacks as Penn led the Ivy League in every major defensive category en route to the 2009 title. He finished with 29 tackles and 8.0 tackles for loss, recording a career-high eight tackles in a home win over Bucknell.
The first time Blackmon, D'Orazio, Garton and Thomas walk out to the 50-yard line at Franklin Field for the opening coin toss will be on Sept. 18 when the Quakers open the 2010 campaign at Franklin Field against Lafayette.