Philadelphia Senior All-Ivy standout Josh Appell was named to the Jewish Sports Review 2004 College Football All-American Team. He is one of only nine student-athlete football players from Division I-AA to receive the distinguished honor.
Appell, a native of Woodmere, N.Y., joined fellow Ancient Eight football players Matt Schindel and Michael Berg from Harvard on the All-American Team. The senior led the Ivy League in punting the entire season en route to a first-team All-Ivy League selection and finished 2004 with a 40.9 yards per punt average. Appell recorded only two games this season with an average under 40 yards, pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times and had punts in excess of 50 yards or more 12 times. His longest of the season was 58 yards, two yards shy of his career-long 60-yarder against Harvard on Nov. 16, 2002.
The Red and Blue concluded their season with an 8-2 record overall and a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League. Penn ended the 2004 campaign ranked No. 21 in both the Sports Network and the ESPN/USA Today polls.
The Quakers will look to replace a senior class of 21 student-athletes that leave an imprint on the football program with the highest winning percentage at Penn in the modern era (.897) and tie the Penn Class of 2004 with the highest Ivy winning percentage (.929) in the history of the League.
Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications