Football Opens Spring Practice Today
March 22, 2012
EASTON, Pa. - The Lafayette football program kicks off spring practice today at 4:30 p.m. at Fisher Stadium.
The season includes 15 scheduled practices as allowed by NCAA rules and concludes with the annual Maroon vs. White Scrimmage which will be held Saturday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at Fisher Stadium.
Offensively, rising senior Andrew Shoop returns in the quarterback role after throwing for 2,024 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2011 campaign. Shoop completed 56 percent of his passes and averaged 184 yards per game.
Joining Shoop in the backfield is 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year Ross Scheuerman. Scheuerman led the team with 499 rushing yards and was fourth on the squad in receiving. Scheuerman was an All-Patriot League Second-Team selection at tailback and return specialist and was the ninth Lafayette player to achieve Patriot League Rookie of the Year status.
The Leopards' top receiving threat also returns in the person of Mark Ross. Ross was an All-Patriot League Second-Team honoree in 2011 and was named to the Academic All-Patriot League Team. He caught 49 balls for 703 yards and nine touchdowns. The rising sophomore's 14.3 yards per catch average ranked fourth in the League and he had 11 plays of more than 20 yards to his credit, including a 73-yard touchdown in a win at Penn.
Defensively, Lafayette has many holes to fill, as the team's six top tacklers graduated. The defensive line will be led by senior defensive tackle Rick Lyster who garnered All-Patriot League Second-Team honors after starting 11 games in 2011. Lyster led the team in sacks and quarterback hurries.
In the secondary, senior cornerback Darius Safford is one of the top returning corners in the Patriot League. Safford led the team with four interceptions for 135 yards and is the team's top returning tackler.
Lafayette is coming off a 4-7 season in 2011 during which it played the toughest schedule in the nation in terms of cumulative opposition. Seven starters return on offense while four return on defense. The Leopards open the regular season on Sept. 8 at William & Mary.
SPRING PRACTICE SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 22 4:30 p.m.
Friday, March 23 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 24 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, March 27 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 31 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 3 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 5 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 10 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 12 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 14 9:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 17 4:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 19 4:30 p.m.
Friday, April 20 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 21
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