Leopard Football Undertakes its First Full-Team Practice

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Aug. 7, 2007

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette underwent its first full-squad practice on Tuesday afternoon, as the Leopards' upperclassmen joined the freshmen at Fisher Stadium for a day of non-contact drills.

"Per NCAA rules, the team's first two practices must be in helmets only, so it was a non-padded practice," said head coach Frank Tavani underneath the overcast skies at Fisher Stadium. "We got a lot of installation done on both sides of the ball.

"Basically, we spent much of today and will spend most of tomorrow on our team script," Tavani said following the team's three-hour practice. "Right now, everyone is getting equal reps in these practices. We're just trying to tune things up until we can get pads on and start playing some real football."

Thus far, Tavani has been pleased with the energy that the group of 98 has brought to the practice field.

"I thought we had great intensity and pushed a through a hard practice," the eighth-year year head coach said. "We had our first real taste of the heat coming off the artificial surface, and we adjusted well."

The Leopards endured a three-hour practice on Tuesday during which temperatures reached the mid 90's with high humidity that pushed the heat index to near 100 degrees.

"Everybody has been sharp and in good shape coming into camp," Tavani said. "Right now, we're just zeroing in and learning assignments. When we get into full contact practice, then we'll see how the team takes shape."

Lafayette will wind up another day during its busy preseason practice schedule with two hours of team and positional meetings, followed by a 9:15 p.m. snack.

The Leopards return to practice on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., the second of five consecutive single sessions. All practices are open to the public.