September 1, 2014

FOOTBALL | With Aggressive Play on the Mind, Defense Resets

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When outside linebacker Tre’ Minor ’14 broke through Penn’s offensive line and blocked an extra point attempt that would have tied the final game of the Red’s 2013 season, Minor proved the timeless adage that defense wins championships. It may be cliché, and it may not have been a championship, but at the very least Minor was able to take the defensive preachings of his coaches, tie them up neatly with a bow and pass them along for the next generation of Big Red defenders. And it was the very last thing he did in a Cornell uniform.

As the team’s aggressive defensive play continues to evolve, senior captain Lucas Shapiro says that the Red has “emphasized the importance of … having the mentality that the ball is ours,” this offseason.Xiaoyue Guo / Sun Staff Photographer