Penn Football All-Access Blog: Friday, April 3rd

Penn Spring Football Practice #9
Friday, April 3rd, 2009: 8 PM –10 PM
Franklin Field
Philadelphia, PA

Windy, 61° F

Full pads

Practice Notes:
- On the second night of another session of back-to-back practices, it was once again fairly warm in Philadelphia, but the wind was nearly constant throughout much of practice. For this Quakers team, the wind has never been much of a deterrent, especially with its depth at the running back position. During an extraordinarily windy (and cold) day at Cornell last season, Penn passed just 11 times, but ran for more than 280 yards in the win.

- The squad was in full pads again, but it was a much lighter day than in the past few practices. Though there were 28 periods (typically five minutes each), the team had fewer live drills on Friday night. The Quakers spent about four periods on skelly 7-on-7 drills, but, unlike the last few nights, there was no tackling in the drill.
- Nearly another half hour of practice No. 9 was spent on individual drills. The respective position coaches worked with their players on improving technique and fine tuning some fundamentals.
- Toward the end of the day, as usual, the squad went into its team drills, featuring the offense against the defense in scripted situations. The focus of Friday night's team periods was red zone offense. The Quakers had one of the best red zone offenses in the Ivy League in 2008, finishing second in that category.
- The offense worked in the other direction as well, having to work their way up field from inside their own five-yard line.
- On the other side of the ball, the defense gets to work on keeping teams out of the end zone once they reach the red zone - which the Quakers did better than any other school in the Ivy League last season - and trying to force a punt while defending a long field when the offenses are deep in their own territory.
- The coaching staff implemented fewer contact drills Friday night to allow the players to stay fresh for one of the team's scrimmages on Sunday. Per NCAA rules, teams are allowed a maximum of three intrasquad scrimmages during the spring season. The Quakers will be spending much of their practice on Sunday in this format with the offense matching up with the defense in some live action plays.

- Also of note. Former Quaker and long-time supporter of Penn Football, Bill Constantine, C'66, WG'68, stopped by on Thursday night to check out the 2009 Quakers.

Next Practice:
Sunday, April 5; 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (full pads)