Penn Picked First in Preseason Poll at Ivy Media Day

New Haven, Conn. — The Penn football team has been given its marching orders for the 2004 season as the Red and Blue were picked to finish atop the Ivy League for the second-straight season. The preseason poll was announced at today’s annual Ivy League Media Day held at the Yale Golf Club.

The Quakers return 38 letterwinners from last season’s Ivy Championship team as well as seven All-Ivy student athletes, including five on the defensive-side of the ball. Unlike last year when the Quakers received 12 of the 15 possible first place votes, the Ancient Eight seems to be more even from top to bottom. Penn received six first place nods as did Yale, picked to finish third with 105 points, behind the Red and Blue (114) and preseason second-pick Harvard (107). The Crimson tallied four first place votes as well.

Rk.

School (1st)

Pts.

2003

1

Penn (6)

114

10-0

2

Harvard (4)

107

7-3

3

Yale (6)

105

6-4

4

Brown

73

5-5

5

Dartmouth

58

5-5

6

Princeton

51

2-8

7

Columbia

46

4-6

8

Cornell

22

1-9

Head Coach Al Bagnoli on quarterback Patrick McDermott –

“Patrick gives us opportunities we haven’t had in the past with two predecessors. He really adds a new dimension to our offense with his ability to run and create outside of the pocket.”

On Rick San Doval, Duvol Thompson and the Penn Defense –

“We have five defensive All-Ivy honorees coming back this season which gives us great opportunities for success. Two of our three captains, Rick San Doval and Kevin Stefanski return as well as Preseason All-American Duvol Thompson. I think what this squad will bring to the field is speed. They do not have the size of some of the other guys in the League, but their ability to swarm to the ball and force turnovers more than compensates.”

On the upcoming schedule –

“We are very excited to be making our first trip to the West Coast since 1955. As many of the schools in the Ivy League do, we have a good number of student-athletes from California so it will be good to get them a game near home. We return to Franklin Field against arguably one of the best teams in the nation in Villanova on Sept. 25. That game also gives us a chance to unveil the renovations we have made to our home field.”

The Quakers are coming off back-to-back Ivy League Champions and a perfect 10-0 season, 7-0 in the Ancient Eight. Penn opens the year at the University of San Diego on Sept. 18 and hosts No. 4 Villanova at Franklin Field on Sept. 25. The Red and Blue open the Ivy season one week later when Dartmouth comes to Philadelphia on Oct. 2.

Written by Mat Kanan, associate director of athletic communications.