Tuesday, April 7th, 2009: 9 11 p.m.
Clear, 45° F
- The second to last practice of the spring season was one of the latest for the Quakers. The team had to wait for the men's lacrosse game to end at Franklin Field. Naturally, it went to overtime, where the Red and Blue nearly knocked off arch rival Princeton, who is ranked No. 2 in the country.
- For the first practice after the extended scrimmage, the team did not dress in full pads, wearing uppers only.
- It was a lighter practice for the squad, allowing the team to recover a bit from the increased hitting and contact from the extended scrimmage on Sunday afternoon.
- After the traditional walk through warm-up periods, the team spent some time on special teams, taking about 10 to 15 minutes working on kickoffs. For a part of the 7-on-7 skelly drills, the Quakers focused on red zone execution.
- There was some hitting at practice, of course, as the team spent a couple of periods working on inside runs which involved some contact. And during the team periods at the end of practice, there was an emphasis on outside runs and on the two-minute drill.
- Just one practice is left for these Quakers. The 2009 spring season will be officially over in less than 24 hours after the conclusion of Tuesday's practice. After that, individual preseason workouts and lifting will lead into the start of the season come August.
- Also of note during this spring season: the Penn coaching staff made several trips already during the offseason to work and collaborate with other college coaching staffs. The Quakers' offensive staff had a clinic with the Miami Hurricanes staff in March. Coach Bagnoli has ties to both coordinators at the U as he hired both on his original Union College staff. The defense had a clinic with Rutgers, while some more of the staff paid a visit to the Delaware Blue Hens.
Click this link to watch LB Coach Cliff Schwenke diagram a drill from tonight's practice, and then set up a highlight in which the taught technique is applied.
Wednesday, April 8th; 8 PM 10 PM (full pads)