Ivy League Release
PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Joe Bonadies, Brandon Copeland and Scott Lopano, junior Sebastian Jaskowski and sophomore Dan Davis were named first-team All-Ivy by the league office on Tuesday. In all, 13 members of the 2012 Ivy League champion University of Pennsylvania football team earned All-Ivy accolades.
Seniors Mike Pinciotti, Dave Twamley and Lyle Marsh, and juniors Christopher Bush, Conner Scott and Dan Wilk were named second-team All-Ivy, while senior Billy Ragone and sophomore Connor Loftus garnered honorable mention All-Ivy honors.
Copeland, who served as Penn's first solo captain since 1997, earned his third career first-team All-Ivy selection. A three-year starter on Penn's defensive line, Copeland matched a career-high with 51 tackles and led the Quakers with a career-best 5.0 sacks. He finished his illustrious career at Penn with 160 tackles, 11.0 sacks, 26.5 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, an interception, a blocked kick, a touchdown and a safety.
Lopano played in every Penn game over the past four seasons. He finished with a school record 198 career punts and 7,683 career punt yards. In 2012, the Quakers led the Ivy League in punting as Lopano averaged a collegiate-best 41.0 yards per punt. Of his 60 punts, none were blocked, 23 were pinned inside the 20 - a career high - and eight were of 50 or more yards, including a 67-yarder against Villanova. He also forced 23 fair catches and three of his nine kickoffs went for touchbacks. Lopano was also an All-Ivy selection as a sophomore when he earned honorable mention status.
Despite missing one game to injury, Jaskowski led the Quakers with 72 tackles. The safety averaged 8.0 tackles per game to rank fifth in the Ivy League. Davis was third on the team with 58 tackles, which was tops among linebackers. He led Penn and finished fourth in the Ivies with 13.5 tackles for loss, including 2.0 sacks. This is the first All-Ivy award for both players.
Bonadies, Pinciotti and Bush anchored an offensive line that featured two rushers among the top 10 in the Ivy League, including Marsh, who finished the season with three-straight 100-yard rushing performances. Each member of the trio has started 20 or more games for the Red and Blue, including eight together this season. This is the first All-Ivy honor for Pinciotti and Bush, while Bonadies added to his 2011 honorable mention distinction.
Marsh finished the year eighth in the Ivy League in rushing and ninth in all-purpose yards. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry and finished with a team-high 515 rush yards. The running back, who elcipsed 1,000 career yards during the 2012 season, also finished second on the team with 34 receptions and 276 receiving yards. He was tops among Penn's position players in scoring with six touchdowns - two rushing and four receiving.
Scott started all 10 games at wideout for the Quakers and finished the season with 52 receptions. That is tied for 11th-most in a single-season at Penn. He is just the ninth Quaker to haul in more than 50 or more catches in a season. His 691 receiving yards this year rank 12th all-time in a single-season at Penn and are the most since Matt Carre had 697 in 2006. In addition, his team-high five receiving touchdowns rank tied for ninth-most in a season at Penn.
Cornerbacks Wilk and Twamley guarded a defensive backfield that ranked second in the Ivies with 12 interceptions - 10 of which came in the last four games of the season en route to four-straight wins and the Ivy title. Wilk was fifth in the league with a team-best three interceptions, while Twamley finished with a pair. Twamley also finished second on the team in tackles (63) and pass breakups (five). Wilk was fourth among Quakers with 56 tackles and was seventh in the Ivy League with eight pass breakups. The duo tied for the team lead with 43 solo tackles.
Ragone wrapped up another stellar season as the starting quarterback for the Red and Blue. He finished in the top 10 of the league in rushing, passing and total offense. He led the Quakers with 1,288 passing yards on 118-of-210 (56.2%) passing and was second on the team with 476 rushing yards. He threw for 11 touchdowns and ran for four. Ragone ranks in the top five all-time at Penn in career pass yards (3,999), pass attempts (602), completions (342), passing touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (47), total offense (5,513) and completion percentage (56.8%).
Loftus was an All-Ivy pick for the first time in his career. The placekicker led the Quakers in scoring for the second straight year with 49. He led the Ivy League with a perfect 28-for-28 mark on extra-point attempts and was second in the Ivies in field goal percentage (7-of-10). He was named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week following his game-tying (career-long 45 yards) and game-winning (35 yards) field goals in the final minutes against Brown on Oct. 27.
For the third-consecutive year, the Ivy League and the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) are partnering to co-host the presentation of the Asa S. Bushnell Cup, which honors the Ivy League Football Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year, as part of the festivities surrounding the NFF Annual Awards Dinner in New York City. The names of the 2012 finalists will be released Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Asa S. Bushnell Cup will be presented Monday, Dec. 3 at a special reception and press conference in the Astor Room of the famed Waldorf=Astoria Hotel at 11:30 a.m.
Penn's Senior Class of 2013 claimed its third outright Ivy title on Saturday. 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.