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Lafayette Preseason Football Camp Begins with Freshmen Orientation

Aug. 7, 2006

EASTON, Pa. ( - The 36 members of Lafayette's incoming freshman class began their indoctrination to college football on Monday morning with a two-hour session at the Metzgar Fields Athletic Complex. The freshmen reported to preseason camp on Sunday, one day ahead of the upperclassmen, which will acclimate them to the Leopards' program, according to head coach Frank Tavani.

"It was good to get out here and watch the freshmen run around and test their conditioning," said Tavani, who is entering his seventh year as head coach at Lafayette and 20th overall. "It will take a few days to get used to the tempo of practice once the veterans are on the field with them tomorrow, but this entire process is a learning experience for them and one that they'll benefit from."

The Leopards' upperclassmen checked in on Monday morning and joined their freshmen teammates for lunch. The rest of the day includes team and position meetings before their first conditioning test in the evening. The entire squad will run through its initial practice together on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 for the first of five single sessions mandated by the NCAA before two-a-days begin on Sunday, Aug. 13. From there, Lafayette will alternate single and double practice days until classes begin on Monday, Aug. 28.

"We have some outstanding athletes and a lot of team speed among this group of freshmen," Tavani said. "We're in the fortunate position to not have to use a lot of these guys in their first year and allow them to get comfortable in our system, but you can't overlook exceptional speed, especially on special teams. We'll be looking for players that are able to perform in that area, and you never know where you'll need contributions from scrimmage."