Senior wide receiver standout Patrick Monaghan is sure to be an influential figure for the Penn Quakers Sprint Football team this year. The Wayne, N.J. native not only has talent on the field, but also possesses a positive leadership role for the team. One of this year’s captains, Monaghan was also named first-team All-CSFL last year and will look to repeat that accomplishment this season. Within the team Monaghan also received the Special Teams award in 2003.
Monaghan is very dedicated to the sport of sprint football and makes it a point to train year round. A lot of times he has to schedule workouts on his own, and discipline like that will show younger players that it can be done and it is rewarding.
“Patrick is a 150-pound dynamo that has such a strong athletic ability and versatility to be one of the top players in this league,” Head Coach Bill Wagner said. “He’s not only an outstanding receiver, but he’s also our backup quarterback, something he can transition into without any problem at all.
“As a leader, he says the right things at the right time and he does it by example.”
Monaghan tries to set an example with his dedication to weight training and practicing hard. He shows that sprint is important and the program offers the opportunity to put in that extra time it takes for someone to reach for their goals.
“I believe in sprint football because it gives players, like myself, who are undersized an opportunity to play,” Monaghan said. “I want to show my teammates that they should stick with it because they can really get a lot out of it.”
This has obviously paid off on the field because he is also chasing Penn’s career receiving record. Entering the 2004 campaign, he has 774 receiving yards, just 203 shy of Scott Moore's record of 977 set in 2000.
Of course Monaghan also wants what every good athlete wants a championship. He feels that this year’s team is strong and has what it takes for a good season. But he also knows that some of the games will have an opportunity for the team to step-up big.
The Navy and Army games are two that come to mind for the season outlook. Against Army, the Quakers have home field advantage and against Navy, the Red and Blue will look to upset on the Midshipmen’s turf. But, it doesn't matter who the Quakers play, winning is always the plan.
“Perennially they are the top teams in the league,” he said. “I think those games are a good measuring stick of where we are and where we’re going as a team.”
The most important key to success in 2004 is meshing the veteran and rookie talent into one team working together.
“The key is definitely to build on the strengths of last year and getting the new guys integrated into the system as quickly as possible,” he said.
Off the field, Monaghan is also on his way to success. He majors in PPE, Philosophy Politics and Economics. On top of that he is also studying pre-law. Over the summer he had an internship with financial firm of RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Conn. He wanted to get away from the law side of things and actually worked in the real estate finance department which he found very interesting. However, after graduation he’s planning on attending Fordham Law School.
Patrick Monaghan is an exceptional student-athlete and his role model type persona offers a lot to the team. A leader by example is always a positive for any team, and, for the sprint football team, it will not be any different. This season the record books may even be rewritten for the receiving record and hopefully, after the season is complete, both the team and Monaghan will accomplish all they set out to do this year.
~ Written by Maren McCauley a junior in the College