There's a lot to catch up on, but here's an overview of the seven Penn Athletics programs in competition this fall:
Athletes are creatures of habit. Whether it’s Dwight Howard singing “Single Ladies” on the free throw line, or Bryce Harper showering seven times a day, or senior sprint football linebacker Quinn Karam wearing the same upper body garment (I don’t think it qualifies as a shirt anymore) under his pads for every game for seven years, most athletes tightly clutch these insane superstitions or routines and swear they are essential for peak performance.
One of the most ubiquitous of these routines is the pregame playlist.
For many, summer is a great time to relax and recover from nine months of late-night cramming and early-morning rising. But for Penn student-athletes, summer isn't much of a rest. It might be the offseason, but few athletes can afford to take the summer off. On top of all of the training, throw in a full work day in the office and suddenly, a warm summer's day doesn't seem so pleasant anymore. For DP Sports' three varsity student athletes, however, it is nothing they aren't used to. Check out how they are balancing it all below.
As the 2016-17 school year nears its close, there have been some incredible Penn Athletics feats to reflect upon. But with so many Penn teams having such thorough success this year, there’s one natural question to ask — which one was best? DP Sports set out to find out.
I didn’t love football immediately. I played tackle football for the first time in eighth grade on a team of 16 players and decided I wanted to play quarterback the day before my first practice. My coaches let me because I could remember all the plays, and I didn’t mind touching the center’s butt before every play — quite a consideration for 13 year olds.
With the addition of Caldwell University, the CSFL will now be split into a North and South division. This change allows the CSFL to hold a championship game between the two division winners to determine the league champion. Before these changes, the league’s champion was determined only by the best regular season record.
These conversations did, however, make me think about how finite my own athletic career is, and what I want to make of it. As everyone reminded me when talking about sports, “it goes fast” and “you only get so many games.”
Sometimes, there are just no words.
Summing up the experiences of sprint football’s championship season is not a feasible task, but these past few months were so magical, so unprecedented, so perfect, that I owe it to my squad to try.
First off, the hunger this team had was unlike anything I’d ever seen before.
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For me, the best part of Penn Athletics this year was sprint football winning its first outright CSFL title since 2000, so the best moment should come from that season.
It just keeps getting better.
Just a few weeks removed from Penn sprint football's first outright Collegiate Sprint Football League title since 2000, senior quarterback Mike McCurdy was named league MVP for the second straight season.
And then there was one.
On Saturday, Penn completed the dream season, defeating Post 41-12. The win gave Penn (7-0) the outright championship, and marked only the second time in school history that the Quakers have finished the season alone at the top of the standings.
If there’s one thing Penn Sprint Football hates, it’s sharing.
They’ve been lightweight football national champions five times in the last eighty years – and shared the title four of them.
I have never won anything in my entire life.
Let’s back up a second. First, some background: This loser is a back up quarterback for Penn sprint football.
Penn sprint football is back on top.
With a 27-20 double overtime win over Cornell on Friday, the Quakers clinched at least a share of the Collegiate Sprint Football League title for the first time since 2010.
The season might not be over, but one thing is clear. Up until this point, Penn has been the best team in the Collegiate Sprint Football League.
Looking to play spoiler to Penn’s championship pursuit, Chestnut Hill came ready to throw everything they had at the Quakers.
In order for Penn to have a shot at the College Sprint Football League title, they had to beat one of the service academies, something they haven't done since 2010.
And just two weeks into their season, they've done just that.
Much like the stature of the players, the sphere of recruitment is much smaller for Penn sprint football than with many other sports.
Since the team largely eschews the nationwide recruiting effort of many other Penn teams, most players hail from the metropolitan Philadelphia and South Jersey area.
The Quakers made a statement on Saturday, but returned home needed to ask themselves some questions.
Opening the year on the road against Mansfield, Penn sprint football cruised to a 31-7 win but was dealt a heavy blow when sophomore running back Max Jones went down in the fourth quarter with a broken ankle.
“Mike isn’t even here tonight — he’s president of an a cappella group — he’s gotta audition people, he’s doing that and he can throw the ball 60 yards.”
Sometimes your quarterback has to miss practice because of injury.
“Safety School! Safety School! Safety School!”
The year is 2007. I am a brazen and beautifully snarky middle school student sitting with a group of 10 friends at Jadwin Gym for a Princeton-Penn men’s basketball game.
Chaz Augustini is still playing varsity football at a Division 1 school. But this year, it's a bit different.
Augustini, a wide receiver, will have an entirely new setting when he lines up for the Quakers this Saturday.
Last Monday, Princeton announced that it was discontinuing its long-beleaguered sprint football team, effective immediately.
Better late than never.
For Penn Athletics, the timeless idiom has never been more true, as several transfer students have found their respective ways to 33rd Street and quickly made an impact on the Quakers’ athletic program.
Bill Wagner, who has headed Penn’s sprint football program for the past forty-five years, has coached thousands of players during his time in Franklin Field.
Technically, two teams stepped on Franklin Field to play a game of sprint football. Based on the final score, however, only one actually showed up.
There might not be much left at stake, but there is still plenty to play for.
After being eliminated from CSFL championship contention in last week's double overtime lose to Army West Point, the Penn sprint football team (4-2) looks to reset and finish the season on a high note against rival Princeton (0-6) in the season finale this Friday.
So that's what the sprint in sprint football stands for.
The team travelled to Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell’s home turf — to take on the Big Red in a key Collegiate Sprint Football League (CSFL) matchup. As the fourth quarter clock ran down, the score read 29-12 in favor of the Red and Blue.
Penn football’s recent upset victory over Villanova — the program’s first in more than 100 years — has sent tremors throughout the Penn Athletics community.
Number 29 got the ball with just under seven minutes left in the first quarter of Penn sprint football’s home opener. With the Quakers already up 7-0, the freshman running back looked like he wasn’t going to gain any yardage as multiple Franklin Pierce players made contact with him.
But he shocked everyone by fending off the Quakers' opponents before reeling off another 20 yards into the endzone.
The game was over, and although he stood watching on the sidelines for the last 12 minutes of the fourth quarter, Max Jones was still registering the results of first collegiate game.
While Mike Beamish may have graced the gridiron at Franklin Field last Saturday, Penn sprint football will have to adjust to life without its former star and captain this season.
Beamish participated for the fifth time in the program's annual Alumni Game last weekend, but not as a member of the Quakers' current team.
Out with the old, in with the... Wait, not this week.
Penn sprint football played its annual Alumni Game last Saturday, as the current Quakers' squad took on a group of recent program graduates.
Up in Rindge, N.H., lies Franklin Pierce. Perhaps it’s not an institution that Penn students hear about frequently in the world of Penn athletics, but for the 49 players on the Quakers’ sprint football roster, it’s a household name nonetheless.
This weekend, Penn sprint football will officially begin its season against its New England counterpart, under the sun at Franklin Field on Saturday.
What is one of, if not the fastest-growing intercollegiate varsity sport in the United States?
If you guessed sprint football, you’re correct!
For Penn sprint football, Eric Furda is something more than the Dean of Admissions.
The Red and Blue (2-1) is quietly putting together a strong resume heading into its week four matchup with Franklin Pierce (1-2) on Friday night.
Penn sprint football is usually not the target of a national audience. But things will be different for the Quakers’ season opener.
By the end of the 2013 season, Penn sprint football thought it had found a gunslinger in quarterback Mike McCurdy. And as the 2014 campaign dawns, the time is now to develop the strong-armed sophomore into a pure passer.
With a strong alumni game, a government shutdown and the mercy rule, Penn sprint football had an interesting 2013 to say the least.
Penn took on Navy after their originally scheduled matchup was cancelled due to the government shutdown earlier in the season. The Midshipmen punished Penn on the ground, racking up four rushing touchdowns en route to a 35-14 victory over the Quakers.
The Quakers were able take apart an undermanned Princeton squad on senior night and obliterate the Tigers, 72-29, to win the Ivy League title in their seniors’ final game at Franklin Field.
After Penn jumped out to a 24-13 lead in the first half, the defense continued to give up big plays that ultimately led to a loss.
The government shutdown at Washington already had wide-reaching effects at Penn. Now it is touching Penn athletics, as Penn vs. Navy sprint football has been postponed
For three consecutive seasons now, the Penn sprint football team has enjoyed the coaches’ dream of having three returning starters on its offensive line. These three seniors: Chris Nagle, Matthew Paige and Jordan Colbert, have provided a bedrock for the running game and a great wall for the passing game.
Penn broke out of its early-game passing struggles in the second half and also posted 311 total rushing yards en route to a commanding 28-14 victory, its second straight.
Penn has already seen major changes at quarterback, wide receiver and on the defensive line for a laundry list of reasons, ranging from significant injury, to personal issues, to good old-fashioned ineffectiveness.
Freshman quarterback Mike McCurdy delivered a timely statement performance, slinging four second-half touchdowns to spearhead the Quakers’ 42-14 shellacking of Mansfield at Franklin Field Friday night.