Ivy League Football Media Day Central
PHILADELPHIA – In the preseason poll released by the Ivy League on Tuesday, the University of Pennsylvania football team was picked to finish as the Ancient Eight’s runner-up to defending co-champion Harvard. The Quakers, who received four first-place votes from the 17 media members that were polled, have now been selected in the top four of the preseason poll for 17 consecutive seasons.
The 17 voters consist of two media members from each school and one national media representative. Ten members of the poll slated Harvard as the favorite to repeat as Ivy League champion, while the other three voters selected Brown to win the 2009 Ivy League championship.
Penn’s 117 poll points was 12 behind Harvard and 11 in front of third-place Brown. Yale (82 points) was picked to finish fourth, followed by Princeton (67), Columbia (44), Cornell (44) and Dartmouth (23).
Penn returns 18 of its 25 starters from last season, including All-Americans Chris Wynn and Andrew Samson. 2008 All-Ivy honorees Jake Lewko and Joe Goniprow return along with Wynn to a defense that finished atop the Ivy League and fourth in the nation last year.
Last season, the Quakers were picked to finish fourth in the preseason poll and received one first-place vote. The 2008 team went on to finish third, one game back of co-Ivy League champions Harvard and Brown.
The last time the Quakers were not predicted to finish in the top half of the Ivy League was 1992, one month prior to the program's first game under the direction of head coach Al Bagnoli.
2009 Ivy League Football Preseason Media Poll
1. Harvard (10), 129
2. Penn (4), 117
3. Brown (3), 106
4. Yale, 82
5. Princeton, 67
6. Columbia, 44
6. Cornell, 44
8. Dartmouth, 23