Lafayette Football Game Notes - Pennsylvania

Go Leopards! Sophomore tailback Bill Stocker is ranked 30th among NCAA Division I-AA rushing leaders with an average of 105.50 yards per game.
Sophomore tailback Bill Stocker is ranked 30th among NCAA Division I-AA rushing leaders with an average of 105.50 yards per game.

Sept. 19, 2000

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    Penn Head Coach Al Bagnoli

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    The Series
    (Pennsylvania leads, 57-18-4) Lafayette and Pennsylvania have met 79 times on the gridiron, dating back to the first encounter in the 1882 season, which was the Leopards's second football game ever and a contest in which scores were listed goals first, touchdowns second, and safeties third. The two teams have met in Philadelphia 60 times, with the Quakers holding a 46-10-4 advantage. The largest margin of victory in the series was an 82-0 Penn win on Oct. 28, 1893.

    The Last Meeting
    (Pennsylvania 28, Lafayette 8 -- Sept. 23, 1995, in Easton, Pa.) Penn quarterback Mark DeRosa completed 14-of-23 passes for 200 yards and three touchdowns as the Quakers extended what was then the longest winning streak in the nation to 23 games. (see page 3 for complete recap and game statistics)

    The Head Coaches
    The newest era in the proud history of Lafayette football began on Dec. 11, 1999, when Frank Tavani was named the 27th head football coach in the history of the program. Tavani had been a top member of the College's coaching staff for the past 13 seasons, serving most recently as associate head coach since 1994. Tavani is 1-1 at Lafayette and 1-1 overall in his career.

    Al Bagnoli (Central Conn. St. '75) is in his eighth season at Pennsylvania and 18th as a collegiate head coach. His overall career record stands at 138-47-0 (.746), including a mark of 52-18-0 (.743) at Penn.

    Top 10 in Graduation Rates
    The Lafayette football program is ranked 10th in all of NCAA Division I in graduation rates for student-athletes who entered from 1989 to 1992. The Leopards' 81 percent graduation rate ties them with Stanford and Vanderbilt.

    Media Information
    "The Weather Channel" forecast: Scattered showers with a high of 69 and a low of 43.
    Radio: WEST (1400 AM Stereo), 65th Season, Aired Live on www.lafayette.edu. - Dick Hammer, play-by-play (34th season)
    Television: none
    Media Luncheons: Head Coach Frank Tavani and at least two members of the team will address the media at noon each Tuesday during the season. Members of the media are invited to join Coach Tavani at Larry Holmes' Ringside Restaurant in downtown Easton.
    Quotes: Written excerpts and audio files from the weekly Lafayette football media luncheon will be available by 5:00 p.m. each Tuesday. They can be obtained by calling Lafayette's Office of Athletic Communications or by logging on to the Lafayette Athletics Web site at www.lafayette.edu.
    Interviews: All interview requests for Head Coach Frank Tavani and members of the team should be submitted to Lafayette's Office of Athletic Communications. No player interviews will be granted on game day until after the game.
    Practices: Members of the media wishing to attend a practice must be accompanied by a member of the Lafayette Athletic Communications staff.

    "Air Canada" Makes Impressive Debut
    Lafayette freshman quarterback Marko Glavic (Pickering, Ontario/St. Mary Catholic) made his collegiate debut with 1:36 remaining in the second quarter vs. Princeton, and impressively completed 18-of-30 passes for 243 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. His first TD pass was a 66-yard bomb to Andrew May (Poughkeepsie, N.Y./Ketcham), and his second was a game-winning two-yard fade to Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) with :02 remaining in the game. Perhaps the most incredible play of the game came on a third and 10 in the waning seconds when he directed and completed a 55-yard strike to Yarberough to set up the game-winning score. For his efforts, Glavic was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week.

    Mr. Sure Hands
    Leopard senior co-captain Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) is quickly moving up Lafayette's all-time receiving charts, and he is coming off one of his best performances. In the Leopards' 24-17 win over Princeton, Yarberough caught 11 passes for 119 yards and the game-winning touchdown with :02 remaining. He also caught a crucial 55-yard pass to set up the final go-ahead score. Yarberough's 11 receptions vs. Princeton was the first time a Lafayette receiver caught 10 or more passes in a game since Frank Corbo, the Leopards' second all-time leading receiver, caught 11 passes vs. Columbia on Sept. 24, 1983.

    Lafayette vs. the Ivy League
    The Leopards have played 199 games against the eight members of the Ivy League, and are 56-136-7 (.299) in those contests. Lafayette vs. the members of the Ivy League: Brown 3-8-0 Cornell 8-14-2 Harvard 2-3-0 Princeton 3-32-3 Columbia 20-10-2 Dartmouth 2-6-0 Pennsylvania 18-57-0 Yale 0-6-0

    Contending for an Ivy League title?
    For four consecutive weeks, Lafayette will face Ivy League opponents, hosting Princeton this past weekend, traveling to Pennsylvania this week, hosting Harvard on Sept. 30, and playing at Columbia on Oct. 7.

    It's A Whole New Ball Game -- The First Victory
    The Lafayette - Towson game marked the debut of Lafayette first-year head coach Frank Tavani. The Lafayette - Princeton game marked the first victory in the Tavani era of Lafayette football, as the Leopards earned a dramatic, come-from-behind 24-17 victory over the Tigers. Tavani, a Lafayette assistant coach for 13 seasons, was named the 27th head coach in Lafayette football history. He took over for Bill Russo, who stepped down after 19 seasons at the helm of one of college football's most storied programs.

    Lafayette vs. the Patriot League
    The Leopards have played 292 games all-time against the six fellow members of the Patriot League, and are 146-130-16 (.527) in those contests. Since the Patriot League began play in 1986, the Leopards are 40-30-1 (.570) vs. member schools and have won league titles in 1988, 1992, and 1994. Lafayette vs. the Patriot League: Bucknell 41-30-6 Fordham 15-2-1 Lehigh 71-59-5 Colgate 9-30-4 Holy Cross 8-6-0 Towson 2-3-0

    Leopards Blitz the TV Airwaves ... Again!
    The 2000 Lafayette College football season will see a minimum of five contests, including the Lafayette-Lehigh game, hit the television air waves via the Lafayette Sports Network. The Lafayette Sports Network, the most expansive television package in the Patriot League three years running, can be seen by more than 5.2 million viewers in the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia, central New Jersey, New York City, and Boston. Locally, the telecasts are aired on RCN TV-4 and WBPH-TV 60, and can be seen on RCN Cable channels 4 and 60, Service Electric Cable channel 51, Suburban Cable channel 17, Blue Ridge Cable channel 5, and broadcast channel 60.
    Renowned local sports broadcaster Gary Laubach handles all of the Leopards' play-by-play duties for the fourth season. In his third full season of football broadcasts is John Leone, Lafayette's Acting Director of Alumni Affairs, who provides color analysis. In his fourth season on the crew, RCN's Scott Barr handles analysis on the Leopards from the sidelines.

    Top 10 in Graduation Rates for Football -- 1st in Basketball
    The Lafayette football program is ranked 10th in all of NCAA Division I in graduation rates for student-athletes who entered from 1989 to 1992. The Leopards' 81 percent graduation rate ties them with Stanford and Vanderbilt.
    In fact, Lafayette College is the only NCAA Division I institution in the nation with a perfect graduation rate for men's and women's basketball players who entered from 1989 to 1992. The College is ranked first in the nation as one of four Division I institutions to graduate all men's basketball players entering during that time within six years, which is how the NCAA measures graduation rates. Lafayette is also among 13 schools from which all women's basketball players earned degrees.

    NCAA Division I-AA Leaders
    Through games of Sept. 16, 2000, Lafayette senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) is ranked third among NCAA Division I-AA leaders in receptions per game with an average of 9.50. The Leopards among the top-40 NCAA Division I-AA leaders:

    INDIVIDUAL: Receptions per game -- Phil Yarberough (9.50 avg.) -- 3rd Receiving yards per game -- Phil Yarberough (100.00 avg.) -- 13th Field goals per game -- Martin Brecht (1.50 avg.) -- 14th Passing efficiency -- Marko Glavic (150.00 rating) -- 17th Rushing yards per game -- Bill Stocker (105.50 avg.) -- 30th

    TEAM: Passing offense -- 24th (254.50 avg.) Total offense -- 36th (408.50 avg.)

    Two Academic All-Americans Return
    Earning a spot on the 1999 CoSIDA/GTE District II Academic All-America team were Lafayette defensive back Kenya Allen (Imperial, Pa./West Allegheny), who carries a cumulative grade point average of 3.56 majoring in Business/Economics, and tight end Stewart Kupfer (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Plymouth Whitemarsh), who carries a 3.41 GPA in Economics. Kupfer earned a spot on the first team while Allen was named to the second team.

    No Respect
    The Lafayette football program, Patriot League Champions in 1988, 1992, and 1994, received no respect in the head coaches' 2000 preseason poll. The Leopards were picked to finish last of the seven teams in the conference. The League sports information directors picked the Leopards to finish sixth, ahead of Fordham.

    2000 Team Captains
    The 2000 Lafayette College football team captains, as chosen by their teammates, are senior defensive tackle Mike Levy (Bel Air, Md./Fallston), and senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon).

    Weekly Radio Show
    Lafayette Sports Weekly, a comprehensive half-hour radio show will air live each Thursday at 7 p.m. from September through March on the Lafayette Sports Network's flagship radio station, WEST AM Stereo 1400, and online at www.lafayette.edu. WEST-AM's Jack Logic will be joined each week by either Gary Laubach or John Leone, Lafayette Sports Network's television commentators, for an exciting half-hour devoted exclusively to Lafayette sports. Head football coach Frank Tavani will be a featured guest during the football season.

    Yarberough Moving Up the Charts
    Lafayette senior split end Phil Yarberough (Lebanon, Pa./Lebanon) is currently fifth all-time in Lafayette history in career receptions with 102, and sixth in career receiving yards with 1,446. He needs three receptions to move into fourth place ahead of Craig Roubinek (1990-93, 104 rec.), and 228 receiving yards to move into fifth place ahead of Jamal Jordan (1990-92, 1,634 yds.)

    Home Sweet Home
    Erected in 1926, Lafayette College's Fisher Field is in its 74th season as the home of the Leopards, having played host to 356 Lafayette football games. Lafayette has recorded 12 undefeated home seasons at Fisher Field. The Leopards are 214-129-13 (.619) overall at Fisher Field.

    All-Time Record
    The Leopards are in their 119th football season, having played 1,119 games. Lafayette boasts an impressive all-time record of 589-491-39 (.544) and ranks 30th on the nation's all-time victories list. Lafayette leads the Patriot League in all-time wins, with Lehigh the closest at 555.

    Hello . . . Nice to Meet You
    There are a total of seven changes made to the Lafayette football coaching staff for the 2000 season, most notably the naming of Frank Tavani as the 27th head coach in the history of the program. Tavani's first order of business was naming Mike Faragalli as offensive coordinator and John Loose as defensive coordinator. Faragalli served as the offensive coordinator at Division I-A Bowling Green eight of the past nine seasons, while Loose was the linebackers coach at Division I-A Army the past eight seasons. Tavani has also named Matt Hachmann as the running backs coach, Bryan Cook as a defensive assistant, and both Kevin Keating and Keita Malloy as offensive assistants.

    Leopard Injury Update
    The current listing of Lafayette football injuries:
    - Michael Beatrice -- out for the season (knee).
    - Rachaud Evans -- probable (ankle sprain).
    - Casey McKeen -- out 6-10 weeks (thigh contusion).
    - Mike McTavish -- out indefinitely (minor knee surgery).
    - Kevin Pickering -- out for the season (back).
    - Paul Stack -- probable (shoulder).
    - Trey Weaver -- out for the season (knee).
    - Rob Wildasin -- out indefinitely (hamstring).

     

     

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