Complete All-Ivy Teams
PHILADELPHIA - Eighteen members of the University of Pennsylvania football team have been selected as All-Ivy League, including six on the first team. Seniors Sean Estrada, Brian Fairbanks, Chris Mizell, and Joe Sandberg and juniors Joe Anastasio and Naheem Harris were selected as first-team All-Ivy honorees. Estrada and Mizell were unanimous selections.
On the second team, seniors Matt Carre, Kory Gedin, Marko Grzan and Scott Williams are all honorees.
Seniors Tom Stone and Andrew Wietstock, juniors Gregory Ambrogi, Nick Cisler, Braden Lepisto and Anthony Melillo, and sophomores Robert Irvin and Tyson Maugle were all named honorable mention All-Ivy.
Penn's six first-teamers marks the most for the Quakers since the 2003 season; its 18 selections overall are the most since 2002.
First Team All-Ivy
Anastasio turned in one of the most dominating seasons by a Penn linebacker in history. He led the team and was second in the League with 102 tackles, becoming the first Quaker since 1997 to cross the century mark in that category. His 10.5 tackles for loss were also a team best, and his three sacks tied for the lead. His average of 10.2 tackles per game ranked 18th in NCAA Divsion I-AA.
Estrada, who was named honorable mention All-Ivy last season, anchored an offensive line that allowed just 10 sacks (10th-best in the nation) and helped Sandberg to a 104.2 yards-per-game rushing average. The left guard was also co-captain of the 2006 squad.
Fairbanks had a tremendous year at defensive tackle, racking up 42 tackles, three sacks and 10 tackles for loss. The senior also recovered a fumble and forced another. He was named honorable mention All-Ivy last season.
Harris, like his linemate Fairbanks, was a key component to Penn's defensive success. Harris, who was named second team All-Ivy as a sophomore, compiled 24 tackles -- seven for a loss -- with three sacks.
Mizell, who was also an honorable mention pick in 2004 and 2005, was unanimously selected as the Ancient Eight's best tight end. In addition to his key blocking ability, Mizell was third on the team in receiving andaveraged 29.2 yards per game. The senior caught 31 passes for 292 yards with a touchdown this season.
Sandberg was the team's top offensive threat out of the backfield. The 2005 second-team honoree torched opposing defenses for 1,042 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, and another 189 yards and a touchdown receiving. He turned in the 11th 1,000-yard rushing season by a Quaker and is just the eighth different player to do it. His four-touchdown performance against Cornell marked the most by a Quaker since 2000.
Second Team All-Ivy
Carre had a break-out season as the team's leading receiver. The senior caught 43 passes for 697 yards, including three touchdowns. He was named Ivy League Player of the Week after his two-touchdown performance at Princeton. Carre finishes his career with 1,450 receiving yards, good for sixth on Penn's all-time list. A big-play receiver, Carre averaged a team-best 16.2 yards per catch.
Gedin joined Anastasio to form one of the League's top linebacker corps. He was second on the team with 71 tackles, and had three for a loss. A fine pass defender, Gedin also had five tipped or batted passes this season. He was an honorable-mention pick in 2005.
Grzan was a solid presence at left tackle, helping protect Irvin's blind side while allowing a League-low 10 sacks. Grzan was a second-team pick last year.
Williams, who served as co-captain with Estrada this year, had a fantastic senior campaign at safety. The versatile defender had 61 tackles -- eight for a loss -- and two sacks. He also intercepted two passes and recovered three fumbles, one of them for a touchdown. Williams was honorable mention All-Ivy in 2005.
Honorable Mention All-Ivy
Ambrogi served as both cornerback and punt returner for the Quakers and excelled at both positions. Defensively, the junior made 33 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, and finished fifth in the nation in passes defended. On returns, he led the Ivy League averaging 11 yards per return, and he had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown against Villanova.
Cisler is a first-time honoree who proved to be an additional weapon for Penn out of the fullback spot. Cisler caught nine passes for 96 yards and ran for 29 yards and a touchdown. His blocking skill was key in helping Penn's running gamecompile 1,229 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground this year.
Irvin proved his skill as the starting quarterback, passing for 2,128 yards and 10 touchdowns. He became just the second sophomore in Penn history to pass for more than 2,000 yards, and his seasontotal is sixth-most all-time. Irvin completed 55.8 percent of his passes, and also scored two touchdowns rushing.
Lepisto teamed with Carre to form one of the League's top receiving units. He led the team with 47 catches and compiled 625 yards and two touchdowns. He also took over placekicking duties late in the season, booting three field goals.
Maugle had a break-out year as a sophomore cornerback. He racked up 52 tackles, but his pass defense was among the nation's elite. Maugle had three interceptions and 13 pass break-ups, and finished second in the nation in passes defended. The defensive back also had two sacks and forced and recovered fumbles.
Melillo earns his second All-Ivy honor after a solid year as the team's punter. A second-teamer last year, Melillo put 21 punts inside the 20 this season. He was named Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week after the Harvard game when he put three-straight punts inside the three in the fourth quarter.
Stone is one of three Penn defensive tackles to be honored. The senior compiled 30 tackles - three for a loss - and had a sack. It is the first League honor for Stone.
Wietstock is one of three members of Penn's solid offensive line to be honored. The senior right tackle started nine games before suffering a season-ending injury against Harvard. He anchored the right side of a line that allowed just one sack per game over the course of the season.