PHILADELPHIA - Shortly after the conclusion of the 2013 NFL Draft on Saturday night, three-time first-team All-Ivy defensive end Brandon Copeland signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens.
Copeland was the first solo captain for Penn football since 1997 and led the Quakers to the Ivy title last season. In all, he was a three-time Ivy League champion (2009, 2010, 2012) and three-time first-team All-Ivy (2010-12) recipient. He played in the final 39 games of his career, including 30-straight starts in his last three seasons. The Gillman School product and Sykesville, Md., native finished his career with 160 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, four pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick, an interception, a touchdown and a safety.
In addition to Copeland, senior offensive lineman Joe Bonadies was invited to the Minnesota Vikings rookie mini-camp and punter Scott Lopano will head to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers mini-camp. Bonadies was a two-time All-Ivy recipient and started all 20 games over his final two seasons. Lopano was also a two-time All-Ivy honoree and finished his career as Penn's all-time leader in punt yards.
With the addition of Bonadies, Lopano and Copeland, 22 players have signed NFL contracts during the tenure of current head coach Al Bagnoli. Last season, offensive lineman Greg Van Roten signed with the Green Bay Packers prior to training camp. Van Roten made the team and played in two playoff games for the NFC North Champions.
Copeland and Bonadies won three outright Ivy League championships as members of the Red and Blue. The seniors finished with a record of 28-12 (70.0%), including an impressive mark of 24-4 (85.7%) against the Ivy League and a 12-1 (92.3%) mark against Ivy opponents at Franklin Field. The 24 Ivy wins are the most for a senior class at Penn in seven years. This class was also a part of back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons (just the third time that's ever happened), and won 18 consecutive Ivy League games - the second-longest streak in league history.