PHILADELPHIA Six members of the Penn football team have been named all-region by Don Hansen’s Football Gazette.
Running back Joe Sandberg, tight end Chris Mizell, defensive tackle Brian Fairbanks and punt returner Greg Ambrogi were all named to the third team, while defensive lineman Naheem Harris and linebacker Joe Anastasio were honorable mention picks.
Sandberg was the team's top offensive threat out of the backfield. The first-team All-Ivy honoree torched opposing defenses for 1,042 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground, and another 189 yards and a touchdown receiving. He turned in the 11th 1,000-yard rushing season by a Quaker and is just the eighth different player to do it. His four-touchdown performance against Cornell marked the most by a Quaker since 2000.
Mizell was a unanimous first-team All-Ivy honoree. In addition to his key blocking ability, Mizell was third on the team in receiving and averaged 29.2 yards per game. The senior caught 31 passes for 292 yards with a touchdown this season.
Fairbanks, a first-team All-Ivy had a tremendous year at defensive tackle, racking up 42 tackles, three sacks and 10 tackles for loss. The senior also recovered a fumble and forced another.
Ambrogi, a second-team All-Ivy selection served as both cornerback and punt returner for the Quakers and excelled at both positions. Defensively, the junior made 33 tackles, two interceptions and 11 pass break-ups, and finished fifth in the nation in passes defended. On returns, he led the Ivy League averaging 11 yards per return, and he had a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown against Villanova.
Harris, like his linemate Fairbanks, was a key component to Penn's defensive success. Harris, who was named first-team All-Ivy this year, compiled 24 tackles -- seven for a loss -- with three sacks.
Anastasio, a first-team All-Ivy, turned in one of the most dominating seasons by a Penn linebacker in history. He led the team and was second in the League with 102 tackles, becoming the first Quaker since 1997 to cross the century mark in that category. His 10.5 tackles for loss were also a team best, and his three sacks tied for the lead. His average of 10.2 tackles per game ranked 18th in NCAA Divsion I-AA.