Penn's Brandon Copeland signs with Ravens

Penn's Brandon Copeland signs with Ravens
April 28, 2013, 12:45 pm
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(Photo courtesy of Penn Athletics)

Brandon Copeland amassed 160 tackles and 11.0 sacks in his career at Penn. (Photo courtesy of Dave Zeitlin)

Penn defensive end Brandon Copeland signed as a free agent with the Baltimore Ravens shortly after the 2013 NFL draft concluded on Saturday, according to Penn's official website.

Copeland, a native of Sykesville, Md., helped lead the Quakers to the Ivy title last season and was the first solo captain for Penn football since 1997.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Copeland was a three-time first-team All-Ivy defensive end in his career at Penn.

In his 39 total games with the Quakers, Copeland amassed 160 tackles, 26.5 tackles for loss, 11.0 sacks, four pass breakups, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, a blocked kick, an interception, a touchdown and a safety.

In addition, fellow Quaker Joe Bonadies was invited to the Minnesota Vikings rookie mini-camp.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive lineman received All-Ivy honors twice and started all 20 games over his final two seasons with the Quakers.

During current head coach Al Bagnoli's tenure as head coach at Penn, 21 Quakers have gone on to sign NFL contracts.

Copeland and Bonadies are part of the class that helped Penn put together back-to-back undefeated Ivy seasons and won three outright Ivy league championships as members of the Red and Blue. 

 

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