PHILADELPHIA – Penn’s sprint football team held its annual banquet on Dec. 7, honoring the achievements of the squad during the 2013 season. The Quakers were joined by their families and numerous alumni supporters in Houston Hall to officially cap the 2013 campaign.
In addition to honoring the 23 All-CSFL selections the Red and Blue earned this past season, the program’s traditional awards were handed out as voted on by the coaches and players.
Mike Beamish was named the Lt. Charles Schmuker Award recipient as the ”Ideal Sprint Football Player” for 2013. A first-team All-CSFL selection at both running back and punter, Beamish ran for 574 yards and five touchdowns in 2013 while leading the League in punt average. Beamish was also named one of two recipients of the Timothy Ortman Award as Outstanding Offensive Back/Receiver.
Michael Bass was the other recipient of the Timothy Ortman Award, adding the Most Improved Offensive Player Award as well. Bass was a first-team All-CSFL selection at wide receiver in 2013 after tying for second in the League with four touchdowns and averaging 59.9 yards-per-game.
Carl Wittig was named the Dr. Paul Mitchell Award selection as the Outstanding Defensive Lineman in 2013. An honorable mention All-CSFL selection this season, Wittig had 20 tackles this season – including two sacks.
Donnie Kneisel was named the recipient of the Dan Doheny Outstanding Offensive Lineman Award. The sophomore was named first-team All-CSFL this season, blocking for a rushing attack which averaged 140.1 yards-per-game.
First-team All-CSFL selection Stu Helgeson was chosen as the 2013 recipient of the Robert J. Mongekuzzi Award as the Outstanding Linebacker or Defensive Back. Helgeson led the Quakers – and the CSFL – with 62 tackles this season, including 44 solo stops.
Patrick Boyle was chosen as the 2013 Dan Harrell Award recipient as the Most Improved Defensive Player. He had 22 total tackles this season, including 5.5 for a loss while recovering two fumbles en route to honorable mention All-CSFL honors.
Robert Diorio and Mike McCurdy were named the Thomas Stillwell Award recipients as the Outstanding Freshmen on the defensive and offensive sides of the ball. Diorio was named second-team All-CSFL at linebacker, ranking second on the team with 47 tackles. McCurdy was second-team All-CSFL at quarterback, finishing the season with 1,403 yards passing and 14 touchdowns.
Joe Raso was named the Special Teams Award recipient for his work as a gunner on the Red and Blue’s punt unit all season. Raso had 10 tackles on special teams during the season.
Seniors Jordan Colbert and Matt Pellegrino were both named recipients of the Benjamin F. Wagner Spirit Award. Two of Penn’s captains, both were named second-team All-CSFL – Colbert at offensive line and Pellegrino at linebacker – while serving as emotional catalysts for the Quakers all season.
Mike Beamish, Jordan Colbert and Matt Pellegrino were all honored with the Sean Madden Captains Award for their work as tri-captains during the 2013 season.