Penn Football All-Access Blog: Monday, March 30th

Penn Spring Football Practice # 6
Monday, March 30th, 2009: 8:45 PM –10:15 PM
Franklin Field
Philadelphia, PA

Clear, 47° F

Full pads

Practice Notes:
- Monday was the team's first practice after having an extended weekend off. The Quakers last practiced on Wednesday. The four-day layoff is the longest of the spring season, allowing for the opportunity for the players to heal from the first contact of the spring. The team is now exactly halfway through the spring, completing six of the 12 practices. The last six practices will take place in the next 10 days.

- Monday was the third night in which the Quakers wore full pads and they will do so in each practice from now on leading into the Spring Showcase on Sunday.

- Full pads also meant the continuation of contact drills. The late night practice was similar to that of the first two days in full pads. Players participated in cross over periods with sections of the offense and defense matching up head-to-head for some drills.

- With another practice in less than 24 hours after the conclusion of Monday's session, the Quakers had a slightly shorter practice, consisting of 25 of the traditional five-minute practice periods (the last two practices were 28 and 27 periods, respectively). In order to do so, the team shortened its walk through period and cut out its kickoff return periods.

- Also of note, the football staff is pleased with the steps that have been taken this spring to limit mental mistakes. The coaches have enforced a mental accountability rule that punishes the team for the mistake of one. Just as it is in a game. The staff believes that players have been rallying together and working to keep mistakes to a minimum. Just as they hope to do come September.

- The team's bone marrow screening turned out to be a great success. The team joined with Villanova and Temple, the two other Division I programs in Philadelphia, to help gather new registrants to the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP). Last Thursday, the team gathered at the Hall of Flags in Penn's Houston Hall to volunteer their help in the cause. With the team's assistance, nearly 200 were screened and entered into the NMDP registry. If you weren't able to make the bone marrow screening and would still like to help in the cause, go to

- Monday's practice was the first of four this week. The team practices on Tuesday night and then has another set of back-to-back practices on Thursday and Friday nights.

Next Practice:
Tuesday, March 31st; 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. (full pads)