Football Season Begins at Penn

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – It is officially football season at the University of Pennsylvania as 110 players reported to campus for the start of the Quakers’ preseason camp on Thursday.

This marks the 17th preseason camp for Penn Head Coach Al Bagnoli, making him the longest tenured coach in the history of Penn football. He and the 2008 Quakers are searching for his seventh Ivy League championship.

“We have a lot of good players; we have a terrific school and a terrific city – those things give you a chance and that’s all you can ask for,” Bagnoli said.

Five offensive and five defensive starters return for the Quakers in 2008, including four All-Ivy honorees from the 2007 campaign. Among the 26 members from the recruiting class of 2012, four are products of the state of Pennsylvania, while three more are Philadelphia natives.

“Overall, we feel it is a very solid class,” said Bagnoli of the incoming freshman. “With some luck and hard work, we feel these young men can be a positive addition to our squad.”

After checking in with the coaching staff, players reported for physicals, were fitted for equipment, and went through a series of meetings as a team and with their position coaches. The team will have their first official practice Friday afternoon.

Season and single-game tickets for Penn football are available through Penn’s website at www.PennAthletics.com. Tickets are also available at the ticket office located at Weightman Hall on 235 South 33rd Street, or by phone at 215-898-6151. The ticket office is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the month of August, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting Sept. 2.