2012 Ivy League Football Preview: The Penn Quakers
Everyone knows it. The Quakers underperformed last season.
After dominating the Ivy League in 2009 and 2010 with back-to-back undefeated seasons, Penn finished with a surprising 4-3 record.
It seemed business as usual for the Quakers last year when they headed into Ivy League play, until Brown completely shut them out in a 6-0 win, which was quickly followed by a beat-down by Harvard and a crushing defeat against Jeff Matthews and Cornell.
But this season, Penn hopes to put that all behind them. The Quakers hit preseason workouts with the intention to regain the title they believe the Crimson took from them.
With dual-threat quarterback Billy Ragone under center, Penn will have a dynamic offense that could surprise opponents in the fall. But their signal-caller will have to improve even on last year’s performance to take Penn’s offense to the heights of Harvard’s and Cornell’s.
On the defensive side of the ball, Brandon Copeland will serve as the key leader. A member of last year’s first-team All-Ivy squad, Copeland will look to surpass his performance last season, but also to elevate the play of the typically solid Quaker defensive unit.
Penn will not face either the Crimson or the Big Red until November, so they will need to be undefeated in Ivy League play up until that point if they intend to take the title.
Their homecoming game against Brown might be more difficult than expected, and should provide quite the insight on this year’s Penn team.
Projected Finish: Third Place
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