Though Penn football won't take the field until at least January 2021, four Penn football alumni have been making their mark in the NFL this season.
Capped by a 90-yard scoop and score by junior linebacker Donald Panciello, the Quakers defeated the Wildcats, 24-13, in what was the program's first win under new coach Ray Priore.
Multiple games came down to the wire, but a few inches helped the Quakers finish with a 10-0 record and an outright Ivy League title.
Considering Krimm is now a Division I punter, it would not occur to most that he mainly played linebacker and did not punt at all for his high school team before his junior year.
One of the nine conference championships that the Quakers won under coach Al Bagnoli’s tenure, this one was one of the most notable with a 7-0 conference record.
There was not one single ‘color line’ to cross at Penn, but many — and the names and stories of several Quakers who defied the odds to wear the Red and Blue are lost to history.
With a year under his belt, Penn junior quarterback Gavin Hoffman led the Quakers to a 6-1 conference record on his way to becoming the Ivy League Player of the Year.
Mowatt has played nine different sports, including three in high school at Saint Peter’s Preparatory School. Although he stopped after his sophomore year, Mowatt attributes much of his skills to his time playing rugby.
During the 1998 season, the Red and Blue relied heavily on the veteran legs of running back Jim Finn and his historic season to power their squad to their third Ivy League title of the decade.
The Red and Blue relied heavily on strong defensive play to capture back-to-back undefeated seasons en route to two consecutive Ivy League titles.
As Penn athletes continue to wait to see when they will be able to suit up for the Red and Blue again in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, four former Quakers are making their mark in the NFL.
Al Bagnoli was named head coach in 1992 and didn't take long to establish himself as the most successful coach in the history of Penn football.
Class of 2004 graduate Kevin Stefanski made his professional head coaching debut for Cleveland Browns last Sunday.
During his junior year of high school, Smith attended a Penn football summer camp where he immediately felt a connection to head coach Ray Priore and now defensive coordinator Bob Benson.
Penn football regained the Ivy League title in 1988, its fifth in the previous six years and first after missing out in the 1987 season.
For the first time since 1904, the Quakers accomplished a perfect season, en route to their fifth straight Ivy League championship.
In coach Jerry Berndt fifth year, the Quakers finished the 1985 season with a 7-2-1 record — including a 6-1 Ivy League slate — repeating as back-to-back outright championships.
Right in the middle of Penn football's hot streak was the 1984 season, where the Quakers went 8-1 overall and 7-0 in Ivy League play.
So close, yet so far. For the second straight season, Penn football was on top of the Ivy League, once again sharing the title with Harvard.
O’Neill was a multi-sport athlete in high school, but by his sophomore season, he knew he had found a passion in football.