Penn Picked Fourth in Preseason Football Poll

Head Coach Al Bagnoli Media Day Quotes


PHILADELPHIA - The Ivy League has announced its preseason poll for the 2008 football season, and the Penn Quakers have been picked fourth by a vote of selected media members around the league.

The Quakers received 85 voting points, including one first-place vote. They return 10 starters and 34 letterwinners from last season, including four All-Ivy players in Chris Wynn, Jay Colabella, Chris Kovalcik and Tyson Maugle.

In a preseason poll rarity, Harvard and Yale -- who finished first and second last year -- were voted as co-favorites to capture the 2008 Ivy League football title. The 2008 Ivy League Football Media Day was held Tuesday morning at the Yale Golf Course in New Haven, Conn.

The Crimson and the Bulldogs each tallied 124 points and eight first-place votes among the 17 ballots. This voting oddity last occurred in 2000, when Yale and Cornell were selected as preseason favorites. That year, Al Bagnoli coached the Quakers to the Ivy title with a 6-1 League record.

Harvard (8-2, 7-0 Ivy in 2007) is poised to grab back-to-back Ivy titles for the first time since tying for first in both 1982 and 1983. Tim Murphy’s 2008 squad returns 22 starters, led by senior quarterback Chris Pizzotti and senior captain and defensive tackle Matt Curtis.

Yale (9-1, 6-1) counters with 2007 Asa S. Bushnell Cup Winner Mike McLeod, who enters the 2008 season ranked sixth in League history with 3,672 career rushing yards, and an offense that returns seven starters. Jack Siedlecki's team also boasts eight starters returning on defense, captained by senior linebacker Bobby Abare.

Brown (5-5, 4-3), looking to earn its first Ivy League crown since 2005, rounded out the top half of the poll in third with 99 points.

2008 IVY LEAGUE FOOTBALL PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
First-Place Votes in Parentheses
1. Harvard (8) ... 124 points
1. Yale (8) ... 124
3. Brown ... 99
4. Penn (1) ... 85
5. Princeton ... 58
6. Cornell ... 54
7. Dartmouth ... 47
8. Columbia ... 21