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.