Penn Spring Football Practice #10
Sunday, April 5th, 2009: 4 PM 6 PM
Sunny, 65° F
- It was a perfect day for football in Philadelphia Sunday. The sun was bright, the wind was calm and the temperature was just right.
- The team started with a few light drills as well as getting some work for the specialists, prior to an extended scrimmage. The practice session consisted mostly of the offense-defense scrimmage and ended on an exclamation point touchdown from freshman quarterback John Hurley to freshman wide receiver Brendan Putnam.
- With the offense in its traditional white practice jerseys and the defense in its traditional blue, the scrimmage did not include kickoffs, but the ball was spotted at specific spots on the field by the coaching staff. The offense would start from that spot and would continue down the field until the defense was able to force a fourth down. Then the offense would move back to another starting point.
- For the most part, the offense started around the 30 to 50 yard-line. Though on some occasions, the offensive drive was set to start in opposing territory or backed up in their own end.
- Usually the offense would reset to 1st and 10 after being held, but the coaching staff did send out the punting unit twice during the hour and a half scrimmage. Junior Scooter Belasco booted a punt 40 yards, forcing Bradford Blackmon to call a fair catch just outside his own 10-yard line. On the other occasion, the punt from freshman Brad Marvin was blocked near their own end zone by Luke DeLuca.
- Sophomore All-American Andrew Samson had 34-yard field goal attempt blocked, by what looked to be Brian Wing. Wing blocked a field goal and extra-point for the Quakers last season. Samson was successful on his only extra-point attempt as he has never missed during a game in his collegiate career, holding the Penn record with 49 in a row.
- Without either Keiffer Garton of Kyle Olson suiting up at quarterback, Hurley and freshmen Chad Miller and Ryan Brog saw action at that spot. Each had some really good moments. In the spirit of attempting to keep up with some of the numbers from practice, Hurley saw the most time and threw for about 125 yards, completing about 50% of his passes. Miller was 8-of-10, going for about 50 yards and Brog was 9-of-13 with around 125 yards.
- The top receivers for the Quakers included walk-on Joe Holder, who led the team in receptions with four. Matt Tuten, Blake Adams and Blackmon all had three catches, while Belasco led the squad with about 50 yards receiving. His 33-yard reception at the midway point of the scrimmage was the highlight of the offense's day until the final play.
- It was a dominant day for the defense though. But if you follow the Quakers, you know that is nothing new. The running game was stuffed much of the day. Blackmon had about six carries for 20 yards and freshman Matt Hamscher ran the ball seven times for around 15 yards.
- The defense combined for six sacks in holding the offense off the scoreboard for nearly the entire scrimmage. Junior Jon Moore appeared to lead the team in tackles. Our unofficial stats had him for about five, along with five from Kevin Gray. Jake Peterson had the only fumble recovery, and Moore and Nate Powers had an interception apiece. Moore returned his from his own 20-yard line to about midfield and Powers saved a touchdown with a pick inside the 10.
- All three quarterbacks led lengthy drives, but the Quakers in blue forced a fourth down or turnover each time before allowing the offense to get in the end zone - until the last play.
- The last drive: starting at the 50 and heading into the horseshoe side of Franklin Field, Hamscher ran for two and then Hurley connected with Ryan Calvert for 10 and a first down. After an incomplete pass, Hurley hooked up with Hamscher for 20 yards to get to the 18-yard line. On the next play, Hurley lofted a pass to the far side of the end zone, Perlman edged past his defender and made a full-out diving grab for the score.
- After the ensuing point after attempt, Coach Bagnoli blew the whistle and concluded practice.
- Both Hurley and Putnam missed most of the season with injuries during fall practice and neither was able to suit up for the varsity last season.
- Also of note, sitting out the scrimmage portion of practice was running back Michael DiMaggio, offensive lineman Drew Luongo, defensive back Jon Saelinger and All-American defensive back Chris Wynn. All were precautionary reasons.
- Former Quakers Jim Dunsmore, Tom Agnew, and Gary Vura as well as Dan "Coach Lake" Staffieri, were all in attendance on Sunday. Soon-to-be alums Tyson Maugle, Britton Ertman and Jason Miran were also on hand to take in the action.
Tuesday, April 7; 8 p.m. 10 p.m. (full pads)