PHILADELPHIA - 20 members of the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team garnered All-Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) honors on Monday, led by senior captain and quarterback Mike McCurdy being named the unanimous Player of the Year.
McCurdy was previously named co-MVP a season ago for the Red and Blue. 2016 marks the eighth time a Penn player has been tops in the league.
A native of Bethesda, Md., McCurdy led the league in nearly every offensive category this fall. The senior was tops in total offense (258 ypg), passing yardage (248.6), and passing touchdowns (17) while also adding in two rushing touchdowns. McCurdy wraps up his career for the Quakers having rewritten the record books, owning the most career passing yards in Penn's 85-year history, as well as earning the single-season mark this year.
Joining McCurdy on the first team were his two favorite receivers, Aidan Kelly and Marcus Jones, as well as his backfield mate, Jake Klaus. Kelly led the league in receiving yards per game, at 89.7. The sophomore corralled 27 passes on the year for a total of 628 yards and four touchdowns. Jones ranked ninth in the CSFL in receiving yards per game, with an average of 51.4. Jones hauled in 23 catches for 360 yards and a team-high five touchdowns.
Klaus' sophomore campaign was capped off by a breakout performance in the final game of the season, rushing for 248 yards, the fourth-best single-game rushing performance in program history.
Offensive lineman Benji Friedman earned first-team All-CSFL honors after helping to pave the way for the illustrious and record-setting Quaker offense this season. The sophomore started every game for the Red and Blue.
On defense, senior captain Patrick Boyle collected his third All-CSFL honor in his career after leading the league in sacks with seven on the year, for an average of one per game. His total of 11 tackles for loss ranked second in the CSFL. Senior linebacker and fellow captain Chris Colavita also earned a spot on the first team, making 35 tackles this fall for the Quakers with one interception and a fumble recovery.
Matt Caltabiano was pegged the top punter in the league, leading the CSFL with an average of 36.5 yards per kick, including a long of 60. The junior had four kicks longer than 50 yards and pinned his opponent within the 20-yard line seven times.
The Red and Blue featured nine second-team All-CSFL selections. On defense, Tom Console, Arthur D'Angelo, Robert Diorio, James Juliano, and Quinn Karam got the nod. Console ranked third in the league in total tackles with 61 on the year, while also collecting three interceptions this fall, second-most in the CSFL. D'Angelo logged three sacks, while senior captain Diorio notched 35 tackles and a league-best four interceptions. Juliano had the fourth-highest average in the league with 7.8 tackles per game, while Karam notched 47 on the year.
Offensively, wide receiver Andrew Sutton was named second-team All-CSFL after hauling in 21 catches from McCurdy on the year, averaging 77.3 yards per game with three touchdowns. Neither the running or passing game could have happened at such a high level without the offensive line, and Matthew Hermann landed second-team honors for his efforts. Console was also named second-team All-CSFL as an all-purpose player.
Receiving honorable mention All-CSFL honors was Ed Cai, Jonathan Weyand and Matteo Murgia. Cai logged 37 tackles and 2.5 sacks on the year, as well as forcing one fumble. Weyand was a key member of the offensive line as a senior, while Murgia collected two passes as a tight end.
The Quakers finished the 2016 season with a perfect 7-0 record for just the second time ever, winning its first outright CSFL trophy since 2000. The team will honor these All-CSFL honorees, among others, in its early-December team banquet.