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Reigning Champs Place Four on Preseason All-Patriot League Squad

July 30, 2014

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette garnered four Preseason All-Patriot League selections and the reigning Patriot League champions were picked to finish third in the preseason poll of Patriot League coaches and sports information directors announced on Wednesday at Patriot League media day.

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 2014 Patriot League Preseason All-League Teams
QB Mike Nebrich, Fordham (Sr.)
RB Ross Scheuerman, Lafayette (Sr.)
RB C.J. Williams, Bucknell (So.)
FB/HB Ed Pavalko, Colgate (Sr.)
WR Sam Ajala, Fordham (Sr.)
WR Tebucky Jones, Fordham (Sr.)
WR Brian Wetzel, Fordham (Sr.)
TE Dan Light, Fordham (Sr.)
OL Luke Chiarolanzio, Lafayette (Sr.)
OL Ned Daryoush, Lehigh (Sr.)
OL Julie'n Davenport, Bucknell (So.)
OL Mason Halter, Fordham (Sr.)
OL Lonnie Rawles, Bucknell (Sr.)
RS Kalif Raymond, Holy Cross (Jr.)
RS Matt Smalley, Lafayette (Jr.)
PK Michael Marando, Fordham (Sr.)

DL Demetrius Baldwin-Youngblood, Bucknell (Sr.)
DL Brett Biestek, Fordham (Gr.)
DL Tim Newton, Lehigh (Sr.)
DL DeAndre Slate, Fordham (Sr.)
LB Nick Alfieri, Georgetown (Sr.)
LB Evan Byers, Bucknell (Sr.)
LB Stephen Hodge, Fordham (Sr.)
LB Kris Kent, Colgate (Sr.)
DB Mike Armiento, Colgate (Sr.)
DB Matt Smalley, Lafayette (Jr.)
DB Matthew Steinbeck, Bucknell (Sr.)
DB Ian Williams, Fordham (Sr.)
P Joe Pavlik, Fordham (So.)
Senior tailback Ross Scheuerman, a three-time All-Patriot League Second-Team selection, heads the list. Scheuerman rushed for 1,113 yards in 2013, accounting for 14 rushing touchdowns and four receiving scores. He ranks eighth in career rushing at Lafayette with 2,313 yards and produced the Leopards' first 1000-yard season since 2006. In his career, he has churned out 4,478 all-purpose yards in three seasons as the Leopards' top running back, a solid receiver and an all-conference caliber kick returner. In July, he was named Preseason Second-Team All-American by The Sports Network as an all-purpose player.

Helping pave the way for Scheuerman is senior Luke Chiarolanzio who secured Preseason All-Patriot League honors on the offensive line. Chiarolanzio has been part of the starting front five his entire career, starting 33 games in three seasons, including 23 stars at left tackle the past two seasons.

Scheuerman's run game and Chiarlanzio's trench play helped open up things for the passing game in 2013 which set program single-season records with 257 completions for 3,241 yards, mostly from the arm of a freshman qurterback Drew Reed. Reed completed a school-record 73 percent of his passes. The Lafayette offense hit its stride in Patriot League play, averaging 38.2 points and 411.2 yards per game during a 4-1 stretch that included a 27-14 win over a previously undefeated Fordham squad that was ranked fifth in the nation and a 50-28 win over No. 15 Lehigh on the way to a Patriot League championship.

Junior Matt Smalley who was tabbed twice on the Preseason All-Patriot League team. Smalley was a 2013 All-Patriot League First-Team selection at cornerback and return specialist, the positions at which he also was slotted for preseason status. He picked off five passes as a sophomore and is the team's leading returning tackler after making 63 tops. Smalley's most notable contributions came on special teams. He finished eighth in the nation, returning kicks an average of 29.6 yards per attempt. He set and then broke his own school record with touchdown returns of 98 and 99 yards, scoring runs that placed him third in the nation.

In the preseason poll, the Leopards, who had 51 points and received two first-place votes, were picked third behind Fordham (72 points,12 first-place votes) and Lehigh which had 54 points. Lafayette sat ahead of Bucknell (43), Colgate (33), Holy Cross (29) and Georgetown (12).

The Maroon and White report to camp on Aug. 6 and open the season a month later on Sept. 6 at Sacred Heart.