New Haven, Conn. - The University of Pennsylvania football team will once again have a target on its back as the Quakers were picked as the preseason favorite in this year's Ivy League media poll announced at the Yale Golf Course on Monday. Penn edged 2004 Ivy champions Harvard by the slimmest of margins, garnering 120 (8)votes to the Crimson's 119 (8).
"In order to be successful this season, we need to try to make the big plays and protect the ball on the offensive side and ondefense, we need to try and not give up a big play, cause turnoversand lengthen the field for our opponents," saidHead Coach Al Bagnoliduring an interview with the YES Network.
Penn returns 40 letterwinners including All-Ivy League captains, Don Snyder (OL), Sam Mathews (RB) and two-time All-Ivy League senior Ric San Doval (LB). The Quakers said goodbye to a talented Class of 2005 at the end of last season, a crew that included preseason All-American and unanimous first-team All-Ivy League selection Duvol Thompson (DB). The Calumet City, Ill. native is currently in camp with the St. Louis Rams of the National Football League (NFL).
Both the Red and Blue and Harvard earned eight first-place votes but the Quakers earned one more overall vote to lead all Ancient Eight teams. Brown followed the winners of the last five Ivy League champions (Penn - 2000, 2002-03; Harvard - 2001, 2004) with 91 points. Some separation occurs after the top three as Yale edged out Cornell for fourth, earning 66 votes to the Big Red's 63. Princeton, Dartmouth and Columbia rounded out the League with 57, 36 and 24 votes, respectively.
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