Penn Football Earns 14 All-Ivy Nods; Five First-Team Selections

All-Ivy League Release

Princeton, N.J.
– The 2004 Penn football team fought together tooth and nail throughout the entire campaign and Tuesday’s announcement of the All-Ivy League teams showed how 14 members of the Red and Blue helped lead the way this season. The Quakers earned 14 All-Ivy selections, including five first-team nods.

“We are delighted with our selections to the 2004 all Ivy League team. Given the unparalleled success that this team has brought forth,it is a fitting tribute to the quality of student-athletes that have proudly worn the Red and Blue,” Head Coach Al Bagnoli commented.

Penn had a pair of unanimous first-team selections, including one of only two unanimous selections on the defensive side of the ball, Duvol Thompson. Thompson proved again in 2004 to be the League’s premier shutdown cornerback, finishing the season with 29 tackles (23 solo), six pass break ups and one interception. The Quakers’ second unanimous first-team selection was two-sport student-athlete Josh Appell. The senior punter has led the Ancient Eight in punting the entire season and finished 2004 with a 40.9 yards per punt average. Appell recorded only two games this season with an average under 40 yards, pinned the opponent inside the 20-yard line 17 times and had punts in excess of 50 yards or more 12 times. His longest of the season was 58 yards, two yards shy of his career-long 60-yarder against Harvard on
Nov. 16, 2002.

Three seniors round out the first-team All-Ivy selections for the Quakers. Dan Castles was selected first-team for the second-consecutive season. Castles finished 2004 with 966 yards and eight touchdowns on 70 catches. During the course of the season, the Toms River, N.J. native became Penn’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions (27), moved into second all-time in receiving yards (2,444) and third all-time in receptions (167). Castles recorded five 100-yard games with a season high of 145 and three scores on nine catches against Dartmouth on Oct. 2. Luke Hadden led the Quakers with 66 tackles (32 solo) en route to his first-team selection. Hadden recorded three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles, stopping 32 ball carriers over that span. Michael Sangobowale earned first-team All-Ivy on the strength of nine tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks, which knocked the opposing signal caller back a combined 23 yards. His 43 tackles (26 solo) ranked sixth on the team.

Earning second-team All-Ivy nods were seniors Bobby Fallon and Michael Pierce as well as junior Sam Mathews. Fallon was the team leader in tackles for loss (10.5) for a combined 67 yards from his defensive end position, while Pierce started all 10 games on the offensive line for the Quakers. Mathews rushed for a team-leading 716 yards and seven touchdowns on 178 carries (4.0 ypc). The running back added 314 receiving yards for a season total of 1,030 all-purpose yards. It is the second All-Ivy selection in as many years for Mathews.

Rounding out Penn’s selections were Don Snyder (OL), Chris Mizell (TE), Casey Edgar (DB), Michael Johns (DB), Kevin Stefanski (DB) and Pat McDermott (QB). All received honorable mention for All-Ivy League. Snyder also started all 10 games on the Quakers’ offensive line. Johns and Edgar combined for 49 and 46 tackles, respectively, while Stefanski tied Johns for third on the team in tackles with 49 (39 solo). Mizell started all 10 games at the tight end position, hauling in 11 receptions for 132 yards and providing key blocks to support Penn’s rushing attack. McDermott, in his first year as a starter, was 159-for-294 passing with 12 touchdowns and 1,995 yards through the air. It was the ninth-most passing yards by a Quaker quarterback in program history and the junior now sits 12th on Penn’s all-time career passing list. His 384 yards against Bucknell on Oct. 9 were the fifth-most in a single game by a Quaker.

The Red and Blue concluded their season with an 8-2 record overall and a 6-1 mark in the Ivy League. Penn ended the 2004 campaign ranked No. 21 in both the Sports Network and the ESPN/USA Today polls.

The Quakers will look to replace a senior class of 21 student-athletes that leave an imprint on the football program with the highest winning percentage at Penn in the modern era (.897) and tie the Penn Class of 2004 with the highest Ivy winning percentage (.929) in the history of the League.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications