Penn's Alek Torgersen talk to the media as he prepares to lead the Quakers this season. Credit: UPenn Athletics
No matter what the level, it usually starts — and often ends — with the quarterback.
That’s Alek Torgersen for the Penn Quakers this year, a strapping California kid who went 6-for-10 for 109 yards and two touchdowns in his only 2013 appearance, the season finale vs. Cornell
But head coach Al Bagnoli thinks the 6-2, 230 pound sophomore could wind up being pretty special.
"He’s got that rare ability to throw balls accurately short, intermediate and long," said Bagnoli at his final media day press conference after 23 years. "He throws it with great touch and he can make them out of the pocket and in the pocket. It ‘s just a matter of getting him more comfortable within our offense, but he’s really gifted."
Now all Torgersen has to do is to make his coach prophetic is produce, with perennial Ivy contender Penn is picked to finished only fourth. But with nearly a month before the season opens at Jacksonville Sept. 20, he’s taking nothing for granted — even the starting job.
"If I get the start it’ll be awesome," said Torgersen, who’ll have reliable receivers like Connor Scott and Mitchell King , along with running back Kyle Willcox to take some of the load off his shoulders, while a veteran defense should do its part. "Getting playing time in that game was really helpful for me. Now we’re playing with a chip on our shoulder, because no one expects you to do well."
Rifle-armed Alek Torgersen and the rest of the Quakers can’t wait to prove them wrong.