Wednesday, March 25th, 2009: 8:00 PM 10:00 PM
Cloudy, 45° F
- After spending Tuesday night inside the confines of Franklin Field, the team was practicing for the second night in a row on Wednesday. It was the first time this spring in which the team had back-to-back practices. In the coming weeks, the squad will have three more sets of back-to-back practices.
- Wednesday was also the second night in which the Quakers wore full pads and allowed some heavy contact drills. And once again the added intensity was evident with the sounds of coaches, players and support staff consistently echoing off the Franklin Field bleachers.
- The team followed much of the same format from Tuesday night's practice. This included the cross-over drills between offensive and defensive players, five or so skelly and team periods in which tackling was involved for some of the drills. In all, practice lasted for 27 periods (as is custom at Penn, the practices are broken into a set number of five-minute periods). After running approximately 24 or so plays, the fifth spring practice of the year came to an end.
- The coaching staff, which had implemented a mental accountability punishment on Tuesday, did not have to put it into effect very often on Wednesday night. The rule punishes the entire group for any mental mistakes made by a player, except for the player that committed the mistake. That player is forced to watch the rest of his team run for his wrong doing.
- There have been an increasing amount of former Quakers at each successive practice. Jason Miran, a senior fullback on the 2008 team, was in attendance for another practice as were several other members of the Class of 2009. All-Ivy honorees Robert Irvin and Britton Ertman and two-time honoree Chris Kovalcik were also there. Former QB Irvin spent time working with Coach Woods and the quarterbacks, Kovalcik with the offensive line and Ertman with the defense.
- Also at practice was former Quaker Ted Rosenbaum. Rosenbaum was the long snapper for the Quakers in 2006 and 2007 and he spent some time working with the current Quakers at that position prior to practice. Linebacker Jake Lewko took most of the long snapping duties last season.
- Wednesday's practice also marked the last for Penn's Director of Football Operations Daniel Kuhn. Known only as D.K. around the Penn football and athletic department circles, DK will be heading across the country to take over the same duties at Portland State - a scholarship and playoff-eligible school in the Big Sky Conference. At Portland State, DK will be working with former NFL head coach Jerry Glanville who has now taken over the Vikings' head coaching position. Glanville spent 19 years in the NFL, working eight as a head coach for the Houston Oilers and Atlanta Falcons.
- DK spent three seasons with the Quakers. As the man behind the scenes (not much was done in the football offices in the past few years without DK having a hand in it) his efforts day-in and day-out usually went unnoticed - which, in his profession, is just another sign of how well he did his job. The program is certainly better off for having him as a part of it. He will undoubtedly be missed by the players, coaches, alumni and athletic department members that were lucky enough to associate themselves with such a classy individual. We wish him the best in all his future endeavors. Thank you for giving us your best everyday, DK. We truly appreciate everything you've done for us. Once a Quaker, always a Quaker.
- Penn has four days off before its next practice on Monday night. However, the team will be volunteering at a bone marrow screening as part of the "Get in the Game. Save a Life" campaign on Thursday. Along with the other two Division I football programs in Philadelphia - Temple and Villanova - the Quakers are hoping to recruit 5,000 new members to join the NMDP registry. You can join the Quakers and potentially save a life at Houston Hall on Spruce Street from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Monday, March 30th; 8:45 PM 10:45 PM (full pads)