Philadelphia Bryan Walker (Agoura Hills, Calif.) was selected as the season’s final Ivy League Rookie of the Week after leading Penn to a 20-14 win over Cornell in just his second-career start. The freshman notched career highs in completions (19), attempts (36) and yards (257).
Walker stepped into the starting role against Harvard in relief of the injured Pat McDermott. The rookie stepped in the Penn’s only Ivy loss with 178 yards and one touchdown on 18-of-30 passing in his collegiate debut. Walker finishes the season 37-of-68 (54.4 percent) with 435 yards passing and one touchdown. The scoring throw was a history-making toss as it helped senior wide receiver Dan Castles pass Miles Macik for the all-time lead in touchdown receptions at Penn.
The Red and Blue ended 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