2009 ECAC All-Stars
PHILADELPHIA - After a career year for the University of Pennsylvania football team, senior defensive back Jonathan Moore was selected as an ECAC All-Star Wednesday afternoon as announced by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Moore is one of just 24 players to earn the conference's FCS All-Star distinction and is one of just four defensive backs to make the list.
Starting all 10 games this season, Moore led the Quakers and was third in the Ivy League with four interceptions. He also finished with the team-lead and was fourth in the league with 11 passes defended.
A first-team All-Ivy honoree, Moore was the team's top cornerback with 2008 All-American Chris Wynn sidelined for much of the first four games of the season. In that time, Moore had three interceptions and four pass breakups. When Wynn returned, the two combined to form what was undoubtedly one of the best defensive backfields in the country. Penn led the nation in total defense, finished second in the FCS in pass efficiency defense and was seventh in the country in pass defense.
Moore was a main reason the Quakers defensive unit led the Ivy League in nearly every single statistical category. In helping the Quakers win the final eight games of the season and claim the 2009 Ivy League championship, Moore had his best season in the Red and Blue. In addition to his career-high interception and pass breakup totals, the Stake Jesuit Prep product had a career-best 39 tackles. He forced a key fumble in Penn's overtime victory at Brown on Oct. 31 and recorded his first career sack in his final game.
The Missouri City, Texas, native is one of seven Ivy League players to earn the ECAC All-Star honor this year. This also marks the second straight season in which the Quakers were represented on the list as kicker Andrew Samson garnered the recognition last year.
The ECAC is the nation’s largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with approximately 300 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging across 16 states from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois.
Following their success this season, the Quakers have been racking up the postseason honors. There were 18 that earned All-Ivy honors, senior Jake Lewko was named co-Ivy League MVP, the Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club's FCS Player of the Year and an AFCA All-American, while head coach Al Bagnoli is a National Coach of the Year finalist and Moore's defensive coordinator, Ray Priore, is a finalist for National Coordinator of the Year.