Leopard Freshmen Begin Football Camp 2000

Go Leopards! The 2000 Lafayette football freshmen moved in over on Sunday, August 13, and hit the practice field on Monday.
The 2000 Lafayette football freshmen moved in over on Sunday, August 13, and hit the practice field on Monday.

Aug. 15, 2000

Comments from Frank Tavani

EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - The Lafayette College football program, under the direction of first-year head coach Frank Tavani, welcomed 37 freshmen to preseason camp over the weekend and hit the practice fields for the first time on Monday, August 14. Upperclassmen report today and Wednesday, and the entire squad will work together for the first time on Thursday.

The freshmen class, which according to Tavani "looked better than expected" during its first day of practice, is extremely diverse. There is a balanced mix of skill players and linemen.

"Yesterday, we got chased in early because of the rain ... but today, we are seeing some of the young kids do some nice things," said Tavani, the 27th head coach in Lafayette football history. "They all came in great shape."

Tavani believes three recruits have stood out in the early going - quarterback Marco Glavic from Pickering, Ontario, wide receiver Jeremy Burkes from Memphis, Tenn., and defensive end Pat Brown from Bethlehem, Pa.

At 6-6, 225-pounds and possessing a strong, accurate arm, Glavic has already dubbed "Air Canada" by Tavani.

"At this point, all eyes are upon Marco," said Tavani. "I've just been really impressed with his mechanics and how strong he is. His arm is actually a little stronger than I anticipated at this stage."

Burkes, the 1999 Tennessee State Scholar-Athlete of the Year, is a speedy receiver who is expected to battle immediately for playing time.

An All-State offensive lineman at nearby Bethlehem Catholic High School, Brown is extremely athletic for his 6-5, 260-pound body.

Other freshmen expected to make an impact in the early going include All-State linebacker Cory Balliet (6-2, 225), who starred for a strong Marian Catholic (Pa.) program.

Lafayette opens its 119th season of football on Sept. 9, when Towson visits Fisher Field for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The Leopards' 2000 schedule features five home contests, including Ivy League foes Princeton and Harvard, as well as Holy Cross and the 136th meeting with archrival Lehigh.



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