2005 Hula Bowl
Philadelphia Duvol Thompson will represent the University of Pennsylvania and the Ivy League in the 2005 Hula Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 22 at 2 p.m. HST at War Memorial Stadium on the Island of Maui.
Football student-athletes from all over the United States were selected earlier this winter to represent their respective programs in this end-of-the-year showcase of their talents. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 with kick off slated for 7 p.m. EST.
Thompson, who was one of only two unanimous first-team All-Ivy selections on the defensive side of the ball, concluded his career in the Red and Blue this fall. The Calumet City, Ill. native led the Quakers in kick returns with 10 returns for 237 yards. Thompson finished with 29 tackles (23 solo), six pass deflections and one interception. He was a preseason All-American according to the Sports Network.
“We are very proud and excited to have Duvol participate in such a prestigious postseason all-star game. It is a wonderful opportunity for Duvol to showcase his individual skills and provides positive exposure for the entire Ivy League,” commented Penn football coach Al Bagnoli.
The Ivy League will be represented by not only Thompson but also Harvard’s Ryan Fitzpatrick, making them the only Ancient Eight players to havfe earned the trip to Hawaii.
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. This spring’s graduating seniors were also victorious in 17 of 19 games played in Franklin Field, a .895 winning percentage.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications