PHILADELPHIA - Former captain Brandon Copeland W'13 officially signed with the NFL's Detroit Lions on Friday. A former standout for the University of Pennsylvania football team, Copeland had previous stints in the NFL with the Tennessee Titans and Baltimore Ravens.
In 2012, Copeland was named the first solo captain for Penn football in 15 years, and led the Quakers to the Ivy title that 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.
During Copeland's time at Penn, the Quakers 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%) record against Ivy opponents at Franklin Field. His senior 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.
The Lions will start their voluntary offseason workouts on April 20, and will hold OTA sessions May 26-28, June 2-4 and June 8-11. The team's mandatory minicamp will take place June 16-18.