Sprint Football Celebrates Season at Banquet

PHILADELPHIA – Gathering to commemorate the 2015 season, the University of Pennsylvania sprint football team held its annual banquet on Dec. 5, in Houston Hall.

On Saturday, the Quakers were joined by their families and numerous alumni supporters in Houston Hall to celebrate a second place finish in the CSFL, finishing 5-2, and honoring the 13 All-CSFL individual selections, along with the programs traditional awards voted on by the players and coaches.

Junior Mike McCurdy took home a pair of awards, winning the Sean Madden Captains Award and a share of the Timothy Ortman Award - outstanding offensive player. The awards cap off a season that saw McCurdy named Co-Offensive MVP of the CSFL.

McCurdy finished the season with over 1,500 yard passing and 13 touchdowns, leading the league in both catergories. He also led the CSFL in total touchdowns with 20, scoring seven times on the ground.

Henry Mason was given the Timothy Ortman Award along with McCurdy for his efforts in 2015. The senior finished the season as the league-leader in receptions (42) and second in yards (627) and touchdowns (9). His six receptions-per-game were also a CSFL-best, and his 627 yards accounted for over 40 percent of the receiving yards the Quakers logged on the season. He will graduate with1,003 receiving yards for his career – making him just the third receiver in school history to surpass the 1,000-yard mark.

Also earning two awards was junior Patrick Boyle who took home the Sean Madden Captains Award, while winning the Dr. Paul Mitchell Award - outstanding defensive lineman - for the second straight year. Boyle recorded 3.5 sacks, recovered three fumbles, and forced a fumble.

Boyle shared the Dr. Paul Mitchell Award with senior Derek Shnider who ended up with 24 tackles, a sack, and two forced fumbles.

Senior Stu Helgeson was honored with the Robert J. Mongeluzzi Award - best linebacker or defensive back - as well as the Lt. Charles Schumucker Award - ideal football player - for a season that saw him record 40 tackles, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries. Helgeson was named to First-Team All-CSFL

Donnie Kneisel earned the Dan Doheny Award – outstanding offensive lineman – for the second consecutive season. The senior was the centerpiece of an offensive line that finsihed second in the CSFL in total offense and first in passing. Kneisel was also named to the First-Team All-CSFL.

Max Jones and James Juliano were awarded the Thomas Stilwell Award - outstanding freshman - for their impressive first seasons.

Jones lead the team in rushing with 566 yards on 124 carries, while scoring four times. He also caught 14 passes for 134 yards and two scores on his way to a First-Team All-CSFL selection.

Juliano was also selected to the First-Team All-CSFL. His 58 tackles and nine tackles for loss led the team, and he added two interceptions and a fumble recovery. He finished fourth in the CSFL in tackles-per-game (8.3) and seventh in tackles for loss (1.42/gm).

Sophomores Andrew Sutton and Guiseppe Bevacqua were given the awards for most improved player on their sides of the ball. Sutton won the Rich Schnall Award - offensive - and Bevacqua won the Dan Harrell Award - defensive.

Zach DiGregorio was selected as the Benjamin F. Wagner Spirt Award winner and Tom Console took home the Special Teams Award for their contributions to the team this season.

Three players also were named second-team All-CSFL and were honored at the baquet. Linebacker Robert Diorio was a standout for the Quakers, recording 17 tackles alongside a forced fumble and team-high three interceptions. Sam Smallzman, a freshman linebacker, led the team with seven sacks (third-best in the CSFL) while also adding 38 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, and a forced fumble. Sophomore defensive end Marcus Jones led the league with four fumble recoveries and his 5.5 sacks were fifth in the CSFL.

Receiving All-CSFL honorable mention recognition were junior defensive back Chris Colavita, who logged 28 tackles, two interceptions, and six tackles for loss on the year; sophomore linebacker Quinn Karam, who contributed 36 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks to the 2015 campaign; and sophomore linebacker Hunter Heflin who was fifth on the team with 37 tackles alongside six tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks.

Concluding the banquet, Head Coach Bill Wagner introduced the 2015 captains – Patrick Boyle, Robert Diorio, Mike McCurdy, and Chris Colavita