Penn Football All-Access Blog: Wednesday, March 18

Penn Spring Football Practice # 1
Wednesday, March 18th, 2009: 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Franklin Field
Philadelphia, PA

Partly cloudy, 54° F

Helmets / shorts

Injury Report:
The following players have been cleared to return to workouts.
QB John Hurley (knee)
QB Chad Miller (patella)

Practice Notes:

-Tonight marked the opening workout in a string of 12 spring practices for Penn Football. The first three sessions will be conducted in helmets and shorts, with full pad contact drills beginning Tuesday, March 24th.

-The Quakers gathered at the David Rittenhouse Laboratory last night for a full team meeting. The squad broke up for positional meetings at 6:15 PM this evening, prior to practice.

-Under Franklin Field’s lights, the Red and Blue’s first spring practice lasted a healthy 28 periods, with each period running for five minutes.

-The format of the workout was pretty basic; the coaching staff not asking too much of its club the first night back. The session started with two walkthrough periods that led into a series of running and stretching exercises, followed by a heavy does of individual periods and skeleton drills (primarily passing oriented). The practice concluded with two team periods.

-Throughout the evening, the coaching staff placed an emphasis on speed work. The development of this skill was a major focus of Coach Bagnoli and his staff this time a year ago, and he felt that the Quakers’ increased quickness in 2008 paid significant dividends for the program.

-Penn spent two periods on its punting game; however, the team did so absent Kyle Olson, who, as the team’s top punter, represents a pretty critical component of the Quakers’ special teams. Olson is currently rehabbing his knee injury, and last season-his first with the Red and Blue-booted 20 of his 43 total punts inside the opposition’s 20-yard line. Receiving valuable reps in Olson’s place is a pair of freshmen, Dan Lipschutz and Brad Marvin.

-As mentioned in yesterday’s interview with Coach Bagnoli, the Quakers, for a second consecutive spring, will be shorthanded at quarterback. Both Keiffer Garton (ankle) and Kyle Olson (knee) are progressing positively, but won’t be cleared for much, if any, work the next three weeks. So, the Red and Blue’s rotation under center will consist of John Hurley, Chad Miller, and Ryan Brog. Hurley, a rising sophomore, was unable to participate last season due to his knee injury. His classmate Miller gained essential experience backing up Garton on Penn’s JV roster, and appeared in each of the team’s games a year ago. Brog, a walk-on transfer, comes to the Quakers from the University of San Diego, where he was not a member of the football program.

Featured Drill:
Looking forward to incorporating this new element into this year’s spring football blog. For each practice recap, a member of the Quakers’ coaching staff will explain via video the execution of and purpose behind an exercise he instructed during that day’s workout.

Click this link to watch Jon Dupont discuss the drill he ran for his cornerbacks in the 11th period of this evening’s session.

Next Practice:
Friday, March 20th; 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM (helmets/shorts)