Football Takes to the Road For First Time in 2013
Sept. 17, 2013
THE OPENING KICK
MATCH-UP: The Leopards take to the road for the first time in 2013, searching for their first victory of the season. It will be no easy task as the reigning Ivy League champion Penn Quakers open their 10-game season at historic Franklin Field.
Penn begins its 2013 season after going 6-4 a year ago and capturing the Ivy League title with a 6-1 league record. All eight members of the of the Ivy League play 10 games without a bye week. The Ivy League does not compete in the FCS playoffs.
The Quakers bring back 18 starters, nine on offense and nine on defense as they look to defend their Ivy League crown.
Five of the last six meetings between the Leopards and Quakers have been decided by one possession.
Senior quarterback Billy Ragone returns for a fifth year. Ragone threw for nearly 1,300 yards last season to go along with 11 touchdown passes. He was also second on the team in rushing, compiling 476 yards on 114 carries. Ragone has started 27 games in his Penn career.
Senior wide receiver Conner Scott earned All-Ivy Second Team honors last season after missing the entire 2011 season with an injury. Scott racked up team bests in receptions with 52, yards with 691 and touchdown catches with five.
Senior safety Sebastian Jaskowski is one of the team's top returning tacklers. Jaskowski earned All-Ivy First-Team honors last season after leading the Quakers in total tackles with 72 stops.
Head coach Al Bagnoli (Central Connecticut State, '75) enters his 21st season at Penn. Last year's Ivy League championship was Penn's ninth since Bagnoli took over in 1992 and was the school's third title in the past four seasons.
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