The Penn soccer group wrapped up its spring time table with the Penn Football Quaker Showcase on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers are coming off a 6-4 season, and the feature made some main personnel adjustments. Here’s a observation wherein the team stands.
- Villanova, Penn loses in the second round of Women’s NIT
- Penn basketball now has to replace a unique senior magnificence, Mike Jensen
- There’s a trio of the latest faces within the program.
- Kevin Morris, offensive coordinator
Morris brings 30 years of college coaching experience to University City. He reunites with head instruct Ray Priore and tremendous receivers coach Rick Ulrich, whom Morris coached with at the University of Albany in 1986. In 1987, Morris labored alongside Bob Benson, now Penn’s accomplice head instruct and protective coordinator. His maximum recent paintings turned into at Monmouth University, in which he spent five seasons and helped lead the Hawks to a 2017 FCS Playoffs appearance. The quarterbacks expressed their exhilaration with what Morris can deliver to this system.
Q: How’s it experience to get returned on the field, this time with a new offensive gadget?
Nick Robinson: “We’ve been installing the offense, and to this point, it’s been going really well. There are a few growing pains with studying something new. However, it’s for the fine, and I sense very cozily on this device, and I sincerely love it.” Ryan Glover: “I experience right approximately it. I experience simply proper approximately our offense. I think we can be an explosive offense as soon as we, in the end, execute. I virtually suppose we need to paintings and work and just get higher at getting to know the plays and the playbook, but I assume we’re going to be an effective offense.” Q: What do you suspect this offense will do to improve the way you play the game? Robinson: “I, without a doubt, do like Coach Morris and his machine. We watched quite a few of his films from Monmouth. The principles, I’m absolutely partial to. I like his offensive mentality. It’s something I certainly experience.”
Glover: “I simply think it’s going to allow me to have more freedom in the passing game and a touch bit within the run recreation, too. I’m simply really enthusiastic about the offense. I assume we’ll be able to open some matters up.” Ryan Becker, tight ends teach Becker isn’t any stranger to the Penn program. He becomes a quarterback for the group from 2010-thirteen and gained two Ivy League championships during his playing days. From 2014-16, Becker served as an excellent manipulate instruct at Florida State University. He got here again to the Quakers in 2017 as assistant director of operations earlier than becoming the train of the tight end at East Tennessee State University the remaining year. “It’s exceptional to carry back another Penn individual,” Priore said of Becker’s go back to the crew.
Maurice Banks, doors linebackers train
From 2014-18, Banks become the shielding backs instructor at Georgetown, his alma mater. Before that, Bankshung out in Austria, Brazil, Germany, and Italy and was a educate in the Arena Football League 2. “He’s a first-rate young soccer mind and any other growing megastar within the training global,” Priore stated of Banks in Penn’s legitimate statement of the hiring in February. “He’s helped produce protection that is aggressive and disruptive, and we’re excited to have him rejoin his antique head teach, Bob Benson, as they accomplice again at the protecting aspect of the ball.”
Ryan Glover and Nick Robinson competed for the beginning quarterback position final season, with Glover taking the spot. There’s no doubt that the 2 will be back at it once more come summer camp. Robinson: “I’m going to keep working, though. I want this crew to win, and we want to win an Ivy League championship. That’s our goal at the cease of the day, and anything gets us there, that’s what we’re going to do.” Glover: “At the beginning of the spring, it changed into basically like I was a freshman once more. Literally, the whole thing starts offevolved over, and also, you’ve got to study the entire playbook like a freshman. I sense like me, and all quarterbacks are stepping in the proper route to being exact. I experience true approximately it.”
A experience to China
The group spent from March 3-10 on the Penn-China Global Ambassadors Bowl, going to Beijing and Shanghai to spread the football game, take part in sightseeing, and experience a cultural enjoy.
The university has a strong hobby within the Asian community, with “Asian American/Pacific Islander” being the second-highest race/ethnicity in undergrad enrollment as of 2017. Travis Wang, a sophomore offensive lineman, and Michael Wang, a freshman forward at the guys’ basketball group, are from China. They have an impact on American football that has grown in China. Penn gained 85-zero, simultaneously as the use of fourth-string players or even having tight ends in as jogging backs. Although down big, the Chinese group didn’t need to prevent. It turned into a more magnificent experience. “It turned into a wonderful opportunity for each person no longer most effective to bond as a team and come together, however, to play football and unfold American football globally,” Priore stated. “I may also say that it became onerous. It becomes arduous because our kids had to put together a shorter iciness application and start spring ball earlier. The worst element turned into the jet lag on the manner again. Our children had to close it down for some time. However, they got here again and surely fought tough the ultimate two and 1/2 weeks.”