PHILADELPHIA – For almost a century and a half, football has been a vibrant part of campus life at the University of Pennsylvania, and the 140th season officially began for the public with Media Day on August 29.
For almost three hours, the Red and Blue spent time with local and regional media in addition to stepping in front of – and often behind – the camera for photos and video.
The day started bright and early with individual headshots before the seniors and coaches gathered on Franklin Field for group photos. After the official 2016 team photo was taken, the squad split off into geographical and positional photos while the dozen-plus members of the media spent time with George A. Munger Head Coach of Football Ray Priore and returning first-team All-Ivy selections Alek Torgersen and Justin Watson.
Following official availability for those three, individual media breakouts were held with another 15 Quakers as the media converged upon the team entering 2016 with the third-longest winning streak in all of FCS.
While media hits were occurring, the Penn Sports Network was on the scene to document all of the questions – both from the established media as well as our locker room correspondents Cameron Countryman and Mason Williams who were not afraid to pepper their teammates with the tough questions.
With classes starting on August 30, Media Day served as an unofficial close to camp with a normal practice schedule set to commence.
The Quakers, who received the most No. 1 votes of any team in the Ivy League’s Preseason Media Poll, enter 2016 chosen No. 2 by the Ancient Eight’s media and in search of Ivy League championship No. 18.
Penn opens its 140th season of football on September 17 against Lehigh. Kickoff from Franklin Field is at 5 p.m. and the game can be watched online via the Ivy League Digital Network.