Spring Football Practice Update: Penn Quakers

Matt Leon
April 04, 2018 - 12:07 pm
Penn Football Coach Ray Priore

Ray Priore is 20-10 in three seasons as the head football coach at the University of Pennsylvania. / Photo credit: Penn Athletics

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The University of Pennsylvania football team is winding down spring workouts as they prepare for their spring game on Saturday at Franklin Field.

The Quakers are coming off a 6-4 2017 season (4-3 Ivy) that saw them finish on a four-game winning streak as they played their best football of the season down the stretch.

Head coach Ray Priore is happy with what he has seen out of his team in these offseason spring practices.

"I think the key thing is we've remained pretty healthy during the spring," Priore told KYW Newsradio. "You get a great opportunity to look at your younger players and see them progress and going through it. Through nine practices so far, things are on the upswing."

The Quakers are adjusting to life without wide receiver Justin Watson. His four-year run on campus saw him set the program career records for receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns. He turned a lot of heads in postseason all-star games and workouts, and is likely to be selected in the NFL Draft later this month. 

"I don't think you ever replace him," Priore said. "He was such a complete player, off the field, on the field. What you hope to do is see players step up, kids that may have been in his shadow for the last handful of years and we've seen that. Christian Pearson's had a really, really good offseason, Steven Farrell and others have really stepped to the plate working hard."

The quarterback position will be one to watch for Penn. Three players saw action in 2017 and two of those signal callers will return in rising sophomore Ryan Glover and rising junior Nick Robinson. Robinson played in six games with one start while Glover got snaps in a win over Princeton.

"They are both working real hard, demonstrating their skills," Priore said. "Last year, they were both first-time players and real, real difficult to put their stamp on what they are capable of doing. Every day is a lesson to be learned and we just see bright skies here as we enter the end of spring into summer."

Penn will open its 2018 season on September 15th against Bucknell.

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