PHILADELPHIA - As the University of Pennsylvaina Football team gets ready to start its spring season, the team held its ninth annual Iron Quaker competition on Wednesday inside theGeorge A. Weiss Pavilion’s varsity weight room. Offensive lineman Tanner Thexton was crowned this year's Iron Quaker, while defensive back Kenny Thomas took home the pound-for-pound title.
Thexton, who will enter his senior season in 2015, won one individual event with an impressive 555 pounds in the squat, and won the overall title with a combined total of 1,225 pounds. Thomas, who will also be a senior next season, earned the 2015 pound-for-pound title with an average of 5.55.
Other individual winners were defensive lineman Solo Ceesayin the bench press at a solid 395 pounds, and junior defensive end Tyler Drake with a clean lift of 345 pounds.
The Iron Quaker is awarded to the player with the highest index score. This score is the cumulative tally of several lifts, namely the clean, squat and bench press, andmultiplied by a constant assigned depending on the player's weight, in order to compensate for size differences.
In 2007, the Penn Football coaching staff created the Iron Quaker competition as a finale to the team's off-season conditioning.Under the direction of Head Strength and Conditioning CoachJim Steeland his staff,the team competes in various lifts-clean, squat and bench press.Awards are given to those who lift the most weight in each category as well as the Iron Quaker award.
Penn begins its Spring Season on March 17. Complete spring season schedule can be found here. The Spring Game is set for April 11 at Franklin Field and is open to the public.
Past "Iron Quaker" Winners:
2015 - Tanner Thexton (overall), Kenny Thomas (pound-for-pound)
2014 -Tyrone Quarterman (overall)
2013 -Dexter Davis(skill),David Park(semi) andMatt Kiefer(big)
2012-Michael Pinciotti(overall),Kyle Wilcox(pound-for-pound)
2011-Brandon Colavita(overall),Justyn Williams(pound-for-pound)
2010-Jared Sholly(overall),Jake Peterson(pound-for-pound)
2009-Eric Jett(overall),Chris Wynn(pound- for-pound)
2008-Jake Peterson(overall),Tyson Maugle(pound-for-pound)