Penn Football Announces Class of 2009

Philadelphia – The University of Pennsylvania football program has added to its arsenal for the 2005 season after coming off an 8-2 campaign in 2004. This new crop of Quakers have a history of success to follow as the past two graduating classes rank first and second, respectively, in the modern era of Penn football and in the history of the Ivy League in winning percentage. The team returns 40 letterwinners from a year ago and joining this group will be 33 rookies, hailing everywhere from California to right here in Pennsylvania.

The George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Al Bagnoli enters his 14th season at the helm of the Quakers. The Penn coaching staff welcomes 18 newcomers on the offensive side of the ball, eight at skills positions. The Quakers replenish its receiving corps with four wide outs and five tight ends, while also bringing in two running backs, two quarterbacks, one fullback and four offensive linemen. Seven defensive backs lead a group of 15 freshmen on the defensive side, also consisting of two linebackers, three defensive linemen and three defensive ends.

Although the state of Pennsylvania will contribute seven rookies to the Class of 2009, the Red and Blue spread their search beyond the Delaware Valley as seven more recruits hail from California. New York will send four of its own to Philadelphia come this fall and three student-athletes call New Jersey home. Georgia and Illinois will each send a pair to Penn, while eight more states (Arizona, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island) are represented by one student-athlete apiece.

The Delaware Valley will send 10 rookies to the Penn football program in 2005, seven from Pennsylvania and three from the Garden State. A pair of all-state players will don the Red and Blue as Mechanicsburg’s Josh Koontz (Mechanicsburg, Pa.), first-team all-state, and Hollidaysburg Area’s Tyson Maugle (Duncansville, Pa.), second-team all-state, traverse across the Keystone State this fall. Fellow Pennsylvanians joining the duo are Harriton’s Kevin Baidoo (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.), Jordan Manning (Harrisburg, Pa.), a running back/defensive back out of Central Dauphin, Jay Miran (Pottstown, Pa.), Andrew McMillen (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and out of the Penn Charter School, Philly-native James Hannah (Philadelphia, Pa), a 6’4 quarterback. Pennsylvania’s neighbor to the east, New Jersey, sends Alex Cesan (New Vernon, N.J.), a 6’3, 270-pound offensive lineman to Penn, as well as running back Kelms Amoo-Achampong (Somerset, N.J.) and Mark Washington (Clark, N.J.). Washington, an all-conference defensive back, and Amoo-Achampong will get the chance to be on the same team after having been opponents throughout their high school careers at Johnson and Immaculata, respectively.

Making the cross country trek to Philadelphia are seven Californians. Three of the seven defensive backs recruited hail from the Golden State and a pair of high school teammates will continue their careers together with the Quakers. Matt Appenfelder (Culver City, Calif.) was rated one of the top-25 best defensive backs in Southern California by the Los Angeles Times after his senior season at Loyola. Joining Appenfelder in the defensive backfield will be Britton Ertman (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) and Tony Moses (Huntington Beach, Calif.). Moses, will rejoin fellow Servite graduate Matt Reinert (Santa Ana, Calif.). Reinert was All-Serra League as a senior, a Shrine All-Star participant at wide receiver and was a 2005 Scholar Athlete of the Year. Also leaving the “left coast” are a pair of defensive linemen, Carson Cooper (Santa Rosa, Calif.), out of Montgomery High School, and Joe Rost (Carmichael, Calif.), from Jesuit, and Tyler Anthony (Woodside, Calif.), an offensive lineman from Bellarmine College Prep.

The great state of New York sends four student-athletes to Penn in the fall, all on the defensive side of the ball, including a pair of linemen, an end and a linebacker. Kevin Dooley (Massapequa, N.Y.) is a 250-pound lineman from Chaminade and was a league MVP in both football and baseball. Joining Dooley on the line will be Webster Thomas’ Guillermo Ruffalo (Webster, N.Y.). Jay Colabella (West Harrison, N.Y.), a four-time all-league selection at Harrison, will join an already strong corps of linebackers at Penn.

Illinois and Georgia each send a pair of student-athletes to Penn this fall. Sam Shepherd (Algonquin, Ill.), a wide receiver out of H.D. Jacobs, holds the state records for kickoff return touchdown’s in a game (three) and in a season (five). Fellow receiver Michael Cortese (Elk Grove, Ill.), from St. Viator, joins Shepherd on the squad. Hailing from Georgia are Buford’s J.D. Black (Buford, Ga.), an all-region linebacker, and Shiloh’s Zack Trocheck (Snellville, Ga.), an all-county and academic all-state defensive lineman from Shiloh High School.

Geographically rounding out the Class of 2009 are Andrew Thurston (Mesa, Ariz.), Chris Chatterton (Tampa, Fla.), a National Football League Scholar Athlete of the Year,Chris Kovalchik (Westwood, Mass.), Grandville’s Matt Laskovy (Grandville, Mich.), Jack Anderson (St. Louis, Mo.), a 2004 St. Louis Post Dispatch first-team all-metro offensive lineman, Robert Irvin (Davidson, N.C.), a Wendy’s Heisman nominee at quarterback, James Wheeler (Toledo, Ohio) and Ryan Wirth (Barrington, R.I.). Wheeler holds a pair of school records as a receiver, scoring a 91-yard touchdown in a playoff game and averaging 24 yards per reception this past season. As a defensive back, Wheeler broke up 19 pass attempts as a senior, tying a school record.

The Quakers will look to replace a senior class of 21 student-athletes that left a major imprint on the football program with the highest winning percentage at Penn in the modern era (.897) and tied the Penn Class of 2004 with the highest Ivy winning percentage (.929) in the history of the League. This spring’s graduating seniors were also victorious in 17 of 19 games played in Franklin Field, a .895 winning percentage. The Quakers also eclipsed their own record of consecutive Ivy wins by running off 20-straight, culminating in a 16-15 thriller over Princeton on Nov. 6. Penn will open the 2005 season against Duquesne on Sept. 17 at Franklin Field.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications

Penn Football Class of 2009


Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Yr.

High School/Hometown

Kelms Amoo-Achampong

RB

6'2

200

Fr.

Immaculata/Somerset, N.J.

Jack Anderson

OL

6'2

265

Fr.

MICDS/St. Louis, Mo.

Tyler Anthony

OL

6'3

280

Fr.

Bellarmine College Prep/Woodside, Calif.

Matt Appenfelder

DB

5'9

175

Fr.

Loyola/Culver City, Calif.

Kevin Baidoo

WR

6'2

180

Fr.

Harriton/Bala Cynwyd, Pa.

J.D. Black

LB

5'11

205

Fr.

Buford/Buford, Ga.

Alex Cesan

OL

6'3

270

Fr.

Delbarion/New Vernon, N.J.

Chris Chatterton

TE

6'3

230

Fr.

Jesuit/Tampa, Fla.

Jay Colabella

LB

6'1

220

Fr.

Harrison/West Harrison, N.Y.

Carson Cooper

DL

6'4

245

Fr.

Montgomery/Santa Rosa, Calif.

Michael Cortese

WR

6'1

185

Fr.

St. Viator/Elk Grove, Ill.

Kevin Dooley

DL

6'4

250

Fr.

Chaminade/Massapequa, N.Y.

Britton Ertman

DB

6'0

185

Fr.

Mira Costa/Manhattan Beach, Calif.

James Hannah

QB

6'4

210

Fr.

Penn Charter/Philadelphia, Pa.

Robert Irvin

QB

6'5

205

Fr.

North Mecklenburg/Davidson, N.C.

Josh Koontz

TE

6'4

230

Fr.

Mechanicsburg/Mechanicsburg, Pa.

ChrisKovalcik

OL

6'4

290

Fr.

St. Sebastian's/Westwood, Mass.

Matt Laskovy

DB

6'1

200

Fr.

Grandville/Grandville, Mich.

Jordan Manning

RB/DB

5'11

190

Fr.

Central Dauphin/Harrisburg, Pa.

Tyson Maugle

DB

5'11

183

Fr.

Hollidaysburg Area/Duncansville, Pa.

Andrew McMillen

FB

6'0

230

Fr.

North Allegheny/Pittsburgh, Pa.

Jay Miran

TE

6'3

230

Fr.

The Hill School/Pottstown, Pa.

Tony Moses

DB

6'3

200

Fr.

Servite/Huntington Beach, Calif.

Matt Reinert

WR

6'1

165

Fr.

Servite/Santa Anna, Calif.

Joe Rost

TE/DE

6'3

240

Fr.

Jesuit/Carmichael, Calif.

Guillermo Ruffalo

DL

6'3

235

Fr.

Webster Thomas/Webster, N.Y.

Sam Shepherd

WR

5'11

185

Fr.

H.D. Jacobs/Algonquin, Ill.

Andrew Thurston

TE

6'4

225

Fr.

Dobson/Mesa, Ariz.

Zachary Trocheck

DE

6'1

235

Fr.

Shiloh, Snellville, Ga.

Mark Washington

DB

6'0

200

Fr.

Johnson/Clark, N.J.

James Wheeler

DB

5'11

200

Fr.

St. John's Jesuit/Toledo, Ohio

Ryan Wirth

DE

6'1

205

Fr.

Barrington/Barrington, R.I.