Big Green Picked Fourth In Ivy League Media Poll
Princeton, n.j. — Picked to win its fourth title in five years, Penn was the preseason selection of a panel of media representatives to win the 2013 Ivy League football title. Dartmouth was picked fourth.
Penn (6-4, 6-1 Ivy League in 2012) received 11 of the 17 first-place votes and a total of 129 points. The Quakers have been voted the preseason favorite twice in the last three polls (2011 and 2013) and 10 times under head coach Al Bagnoli, who embarks on his 22nd season roaming the Franklin Field sidelines.
With 76 points, Dartmouth rounded out the top half of the preseason poll, marking the first time the Big Green has been voted fourth or higher since 2003.
Dartmouth went 4-3 last year in Ivy League play, with its three losses to the three teams ahead of the Green in the preseason poll — Penn, Harvard and Brown. Dartmouth coach Buddy Teevens knows that his squad has its work cut out for it to move up in the standings with all three of those contests on the road this fall.
“I think the coaching, recruiting and development of players in this league is as good as anywhere in the country,” Teevens said during a conference call with the media Tuesday. “Obviously we all coach intelligent young men, so because of that I think we collectively as a league can do more things on both sides of the football. The physicality in the league has gotten better and better, which has been demonstrated by the number of young men that have gone on to sign as free agents and draft choices.”
Dartmouth is hopeful for a breakout year on the offensive side of the ball with the dynamic duo of sophomore quarterback Dalyn Williams, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, and senior running back Dominick Pierre, who enters his senior campaign needing 426 rushing yards to become the third Big Green player to reach 2,000 in a career.
Looking to capture its fourth League title in five years, Penn has a lot of experience returning in its offensive backfield with quarterback Billy Ragone and running backs Lyle Marsh and Brandon Colavita, all donning the Red and Blue for fifth seasons.
Junior linebacker Daniel Davis, a first-team All-Ivy pick from a year ago, is set to anchor the Quakers’ always-tough defense.
Harvard (8-2, 5-2 Ivy) grabbed five first-place votes and 121 points to place second just behind Penn.
The Crimson has been voted third or higher in the preseason poll every year since 2001.
Brown (7-3, 4-3 Ivy) collected the remaining first-place vote, totaling 88 points, to place third. The Bears were voted third for the fourth time in the past six years.
Princeton (5-5, 4-3 Ivy) paced the second half of the poll in fifth-place with 73 points, followed by Cornell (5-5, 4-3 Ivy) in sixth with 57 points, Yale (2-8, 1-6 Ivy) in seventh with 46 points and Columbia (3-7, 2-5 Ivy) in eighth with 22 points.