Philadelphia Josh Appell (Woodmere, N.Y.) was honored as this week’s Ivy League Special Teams Player of the Week. The senior two-sport student-athlete (baseball and football) booted a season-matching 56-yard punt in Penn’s 14-3 win over Columbia, marking the third time this season he has hit that distance.
Appell has made a habit out of sending opponents deep into their own territory to field punts. Five games into the season, he has already registered at least one 50-yard punt in every game and has tallied a total of eight on the year. He has yet to finish a game with a punt average less than 40 yards and is currently averaging 44.1 yards per attempt. Against Columbia, Appell kicked five punts for a 41.4 average.
Not only does Appell possess the ability to produce the long ball, he also has the knack for knocking punts down in precise locations. Of his 24 punts, Appell has pinned the opponent within their own 20-yard line nine times, within their own five-yard line four times and on two occasions has had the ball downed by a fellow Quaker at the oppositions’ one-yard line. In a defensive battle, as the game against Columbia turned out to be, Appell is a strategic weapon in the battle for field position.
The Quakers, ranked No. 25 when they faced off against the Lions, are now ranked No. 21 according the latest Sports Network poll released today. Penn, putting its 17-game Ivy League winning streak on the line, travels to New Haven, Conn. to take on Yale at the Yale Bowl. A Red and Blue win breaks Penn’s own record for consecutive League victories set during the 1992-95 seasons.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications