Tonight at 8:00 PM, Penn Football will hold its opening workout in a string of 12 spring practices that run through Wednesday, April 8th. These sessions will be highlighted by the Red and Blue's annual Spring Showcase, slated for Sunday, April 5th, in addition to seven other practices featuring full pads, the first of which is set for Tuesday, March 24th. Until then, the squad will practice in helmets and shorts.
For the second straight year, the Penn Sports Network will document the Quakers' spring activities via exclusive content, which can be accessed free of charge. The "Penn Football All-Access: Spring Report" video series debuts today, with new episodes released on a regular basis. In the premiere edition (linked to this article), PSN'S Brian Seltzer sits down with the George A. Munger Head Coach of Football at Penn, Al Bagnoli. The two discuss the current state of the squad, and cover a variety of subjects, such as changes made to the offensive coaching staff, injuries to the team's top two quarterbacks, and the momentum program intends to build towards the start of its 2009 slate.
A blog that chronicles Penn's practices will also be updated frequently, offering breaking news alerts and details on the exercises and drills the club performs during its workouts.
The Quakers hit Franklin Field this evening energized following an encouraging 6-4/5-2 showing in 2008. Persevering past injuries to three quarterbacks and counting on the conference's leading defense, the Red and Blue placed third in the Ivy League standings, with their only Ancient Eight defeats coming against eventual co-champions Brown and Harvard.
Penn welcomes back eight of the 11 starters on offense, seven on defense and all three of the team’s kickers. Five of those are returning All-Ivy honorees and both of Penn’s All-Americans from the 2008 seasondefensive back Chris Wynn and placekicker Andrew Samsonwill also be suiting up in the Red and Blue again.
Penn returns to action this fall, beginning its campaign at home on Saturday, September 19th against rival Villanova at a time yet to be determined.