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Everything you need to know about the Lafayette Football Class of 2017
Lafayette turns its attention to Lehigh for No. 148
Players from nine states, 16 offensive, 13 defensive and one special teamer are set to join program
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Mickey Fein enters his fifth season at Lafayette and third as the offensive coordinator. Fein served as the passing game coordinator in 2008 and continues to oversee the quarterbacks and wide receivers.
2011 saw Andrew Shoop emerge as the starter at quarterback, starting nine of 11 games. Shoop was the first Lafayette player since 2003 to throw for 400 yards in a game, completing 32-of-56 passes for 400 yards at Stony Brook. In all, Shoop managed to toss for 230 yards or more in five games.
In 2010, QB Ryan O'Neil `12 turned in a solid season in his first as a starter. With Fein as his position coach, O'Neil threw for 2,183 yards, 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions and completed 67 eprcent of his passes. His year was highlighted by a career day vs. Holy Cross on Nov. 13, going 35-for-42 for 335 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. The performance garnered him his first career Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors. In that same game, senior wide receiver Mark Layton `11 also set a school record with 13 receptions for 175 yards and two touchdowns.
Under Fein's tutelage, Rob Curley '10, turned in a record-breaking 2009 campaign on his way to All-Patriot League honors and a professional football career. Curley set single-season records for passing yards (3,044), touchdowns (28) and completions (231). He also established a single-season mark for completion percentage (68.8, 231-of-336) and career completion percentage (63.8, 429-of-672) and finished third in the nation in passing efficiency (165.2). He ranks fifth in career touchdown passes at Lafayette with 44.
In the final five games of Curley's career, he threw for 300+ yards in each contest. He tossed a school-record seven touchdowns in a win over nationally ranked Colgate, going 18-for-31 for a career-high 373 yards. The effort earned him Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors and handed him National Player of the Week honors from The Sports Network, College Sporting News and the ECAC.
As a team, Lafayette led the nation in passing efficiency (161.58), was 11th in passing offense (277.18) and finished 15th in the country in total offense (406.91). Fein's impact could immediately be seen on the Lafayette offense in 2008, as the Leopards led the nation in fewest turnovers per game with just 11 in 11 games, down from 27 in 2007. Lafayette was picked off just five times, down from 17 in 2007.
Before arriving on College Hill, Fein spent 2006 and 2007 at Murray State in Murray, Ky. as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Murray State finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference and 20th in the nation in total offense with 430.5 yards per game in 2007. The squad finished first in the OVC in passing yardage and first downs and featured freshman quarterback Jeff Ehrhardt who earned OVC Newcomer of the Year Honors after leading the league in total offense, touchdown passes and passing yards.
In 2006, the Murray State offense finished third in the conference with 189.8 passing yards per game. Fein's offense generated 300 yards or more in five games, including a season-best 514 yards against Indiana State. Fein moved to MSU after spending three seasons (2003-05) at the University of Tennessee-Martin, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. In 2005, the Skyhawk offense finished the season ranked second in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring and rushing offense, and fourth in total offense. Under Fein's guidance, UT Martin running back Don Chapman led the OVC with an average of 126.9 rushing yards per game, and quarterback Brady Wahlberg finished the season third in total offense and fourth in passing yards per game (216.8).
Before arriving at Tennessee-Martin, Fein served as the wide receivers coach at his alma mater, the University of Maine, in 2002. He helped lead the squad to an 11-3 record and a share of the Atlantic 10 Conference championship that season. Fein began his coaching career at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Mass., where he was the team's offensive coordinator during the 1999 and 2000 seasons.
As a player, Fein was the starting quarterback at the University of Maine for four seasons (1995-98). He was the team MVP in 1997 and 1998 and team captain in 1998. When he graduated in 1999, he held 17 school records.
The Barnstable, Mass., native went on to play two seasons of professional football. In 2000 he played for the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League, and in 2001 Fein was the starting quarterback for the Norfolk Nighthawks of the AFL2. Fein earned a bachelor of science degree in Business Administration from Maine in 1999. He and his wife, Courtney, have two children, Jacklyn and Ty.
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