Aug. 13, 2009
EASTON, Pa. - This season, senior tri-captain Andrew Poulson will be taking fans inside the action of everything that is Lafayette football --practices, off-field anecdotes, road trips, games, the inside scoop on his teammates and more. Be sure to check GoLeopards.com all season to experience preseason football through the eyes of a Leopard.
The `initial' move-in day was yesterday. Not exactly great timing because the weather decided to be about as hot and humid as possible on the first `official' day of camp. Sometimes I get the feeling that Coach Tavani has the ability to control the weather.
In any case, this year we're doing things a little differently. Coach Tavani suggested to the captains, in a meeting one day this summer, of starting a `mentor program'. This entailed the pairing of upperclassman with the incoming freshman class for the first week or so of camp. Mark (Leggiero), Ryan (Hart-Predmore) and I all agreed that this was a great idea. The main thought process behind the program is the idea of helping the incoming freshman with the initial shock that basically everyone goes through when reporting to camp. Remembering my freshman camp a few years ago, I recall the sensation similar to that of a chicken running around with its head cut off. Not knowing what to expect coming into camp really set me up for a rude awakening.
The workouts were brutal and even more so the mental aspect (learning the defense, my responsibilities, everything) was rough to say the least. Mentoring our freshman will be beneficial for everyone. It's going to help out the freshman by keeping their heads above water from the strat and build a stronger bond throughout the entire team; everyone from freshman to seniors will know everyone.
Upperclassmen moved in today bringing the entire team together for lunch. It's always fun seeing everyone again seeing as though the team comes from all over the country. The D-line, ever since my freshman camp, has always sat together for meals giving the likes of Mike Philips, Doug Gerowski, Mike Grimaldi, Andrew Holmes, and Erin Murray all a chance to introduce themselves to the freshman.
The conditioning test is later today for the upperclassmen that didn't stay over the summer for workouts and such. It really provides a good test for everyone to see who has been working and who has been slacking. It tends to be pretty revealing, but my honest hope is that everyone passes and we see a mentally tough group showing today. To see a team focused is seeing a team that is ready to commit and believe. Hopefully all will go well and we can get ready to go for practice Friday.