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Spring Football Game This Saturday

April 25, 2000

Easton, Pa. - The 2000 Lafayette College Spring Football Game will be played Saturday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. There will be no admission fee charged at Fisher Field for this first-hand look at the 2000 Leopards under first-year Head Coach Frank Tavani.

Lafayette returns eight starters on offense and five on defense, including two Academic All-Americans and two All-Patriot League honorees.

Senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon), a second-team All-Patriot League receiver last season, returns with a host of Leopard receivers that should anchor that position. Junior tight end Stewart Kupfer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh), a 1999 GTE/CoSIDA District II Academic All-American, returns on an offensive line that lost two starters to graduation.

The defense, which led the Patriot League and ranked 17th in NCAA Division I-AA in passing defense, returns two-time All-Patriot League senior defensive back Elijah Beamon (Middletown, N.Y./Middletown). Beamon led the Patriot League last season with six interceptions. Two other starters in the defensive backfield - senior Bryant Ibekwe (Laurel Springs, N.J./Paul VI) and junior Kenya Allen (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny) return to the fold.

The Lafayette football program is under new and different leadership. Tavani, who was named the 27th head coach in the program's history on Dec. 11, 1999 after serving on the staff for 13 seasons, has hired three new coaches from Division I-A programs. Mike Faragalli, formerly the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green, was hired as Lafayette's offensive coordinator, while former Army linebackers coach John Loose was named the Leopards' defensive coordinator. Former Maryland offensive assistant and director of football operations Matt Hachmann is the most recent addition to the full-time staff, and he will coach Lafayette's running backs.

Lafayette concluded its 118th season of college football with a 4-7 overall record, and 2-4 and fifth place in Patriot League play. Lafayette opens the 2000 season by hosting Towson on Sept. 9 at 1:30 p.m.