Philadelphia - Senior punter Josh Appell joins four other Ivy League football student-athletes as a member of the 2004 Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team, announced by the DI-AA ADA.
Appell, a sociology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, is accompanied by Yale quarterback Alvin Cowan, Dartmouth linebacker Josh Dooley, Brown running back Nick Hartigan and Columbia defensive lineman Michael Quarshie as one of only 36 selections to this year's team. Appell has done his job on and off the field as the Woodmere, N.Y. native was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection earlier this month. He led the Ancient Eight in punting the entire season 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.
The winners were chosen from 86 nominees and were announced at the Division I-AA football championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. Football players from all Division I-AA institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees were required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or key player with legitimate athletics credentials. He must have reached his second year of athletics and academic standing at the nominated institution and have completed a minimum of one full academic year at the nominated institution. He must also have participated in 50 percent of the games played at his designated position.
Now in its 12th year, the Division I-AA Athletics Directors Association’s mission is to enhance Division I-AA football. The Association is administered by NACDA, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. NACDA is the professional and educational association for more than 6,150 athletics directors, associates, assistants and conference administrators at more than 1,600 institutions throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
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