Experience Will be the Key for Leopards in 2013

The Lafayette football team is coming off a 5-6 campaign and a third-place finish in the Patriot League standings, a place Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani would like to see behind him and his program as they begin the 2013 season. The Leopards have their sights set on a seventh Patriot League championship, a laudable but achievable goal considering the nucleus returning on both sides of the ball. Tavani feels that experience will be the key in 2013.

As a team, the Leopards have 36 letterwinners coming back while losing 16 as part of a small graduating class. Only two underclassmen are projected in the starting lineup entering training camp. By comparison, at this time last season, seven underclassmen were likely filling 22 starting positions on offense and defense. In terms of quality, Lafayette has a previous All-Patriot League selection returning at six positions: wide receiver, tailback and return specialist, fullback, offensive tackle and strong safety.

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opponents

    returning all-patriot league selections

    Mark Ross (Senior)
    10 Position: Wide Receiver
    Height/Weight: 6-3 / 207
    Named to the 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Team in a vote of league coaches and also selected for First-Team Offense by Phil Steele's College Football Preview...tabbed for the College Football Performance Awards Wide Receiver Watch List...ranks first in career receiving touchdowns at Lafayette, seventh in career receiving yards and ninth in career receptions.
    Ross Scheuerman (Junior)
    29 Position: Tailback / Return Specialist
    Height/Weight: 6-1 / 202
    Named to the 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Team in a vote of league coaches and also selected Second-Team Offense by Phil Steele's College Football Preview...tabbed for the College Football Performance Awards All-Purpose Watch List.
    Luke Chiarolanzio (Junior)
    61 Position: Offensive Tackle
    Height/Weight: 6-5 / 294
    Named to the 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Team in a vote of league coaches and also selected for First-Team Offense by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
    Jared Roberts (Junior)
    1 Position: Strong Safety
    Height/Weight: 6-2 / 192
    Named to the 2013 Preseason All-Patriot League Team in a vote of league coaches and also selected for First-Team Defense by Phil Steele's College Football Preview.
    Pat Creahan (Senior)
    42 Position: Fullback
    Height/Weight: 6-1 / 233
    Saw action in 11 games while making two starts at fullback...earned his third varsity letter...made two catches for 16 yards including a 12-yard reception at Fordham (11/10)...returned two kicks for 22 yards...recorded three tackles on the season as a key special teams' contributor.

    2012 stats

    passing
    name comp-att yds pct td/int effic
    Andrew Shoop 142-232 1657 61.2 14/6 135.9
    Zach Zweizig 71-111 927 64.0 8/8 143.5
    rushing
    name rush yds avg td long
    Ross Scheuerman 146 701 4.8 5 65
    Vaughn Hebron 111 505 4.5 3 63
    Andrew Shoop 59 88 1.5 1 27
    receiving
    name rec yds avg td long
    Mark Ross 75 1030 13.7 10 44
    Rodney Gould 26 259 10.0 2 25
    Ross Scheuerman 21 151 7.2 0 24
    Mike Duncan 19 371 19.5 3 49
    defense
    name tack sack tfl int pd
    Mike Boles 88 2.0 6.0 1 2
    Shane Black 73 0.0 1.5 4 9
    Colton Kirkpatrick 71 3.0 4.0 2 4
    Rick Lyster 54 3.0 6.5 1 1
    Jared Roberts 53 0.0 1.0 4 12
    Kyni Scott 49 0.0 2.5 3 12
    kicking
    name fgm-fga pct long xpm-xpa pts
    Ryan Gralish 6-8 75.0 46 28-31 46