Leopards Return Home to Face Edmonds and Fordham
Oct. 3, 2017
| Lafayette vs. Fordham
|Gameday Info||GoLeopards.com Gameday | Youth Day Promotions|
|Date & Time||Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 - 3:30 p.m.|
|Location||Easton, Pa. | Fisher Stadium|
|Tickets||Lafayette Athletics Ticket Office|
|Game Notes||Lafayette | Fordham|
|TV|| Lafayette Sports Network (RCN 1004/608 HD, WBPH-60 HD)
Play by Play: Gary Laubach
Analyst: Mike Joseph
Sideline: John Leone
|Social Media||Twitter & Facebook|
The Match-Up: Coming off its first win of the season, Lafayette continues on in Patriot League play, hosting Fordham on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. The Rams have finished in second place in the conference standings the last two seasons.
Youth Day: Saturday is Youth Day at Fisher Stadium. All Boys & Girls Club members (with ID) and their immediate family members will receive free tickets as will all youth team members and coaches in uniform. Free youth tickets with each adult ticket purchase for those not affiliated with a team or the Boys & Girls Club will also be available.
The National Anthem will be performed by 10-year-old Mylee Hauser, who has performed at Flyers, Phantoms and IronPigs games and is attending the Arts Academy Charter Middle School while pursuing her dream of being on Broadway.
The honorary coin tosser will be a key member of the Boys & Girls Club of Easton and prominent and noteworthy Boys & Girls Club members, board and administration will be recognized throughout the game.
The Garrett Era: John Garrett began his first head-coaching assignment on Dec. 21, 2016 when he was introduced at a press conference on the Lafayette College campus. Garrett, the Fred M. Kirby '42 Head Football Coach, brings more than 25 years of coaching experience at the NFL, NCAA FBS and NCAA FCS levels. His most recent stints included offensive coordinator gigs at Richmond and Oregon State. In his first season, Garrett is handling the offensive play-calling duties, taking over a Leopard squad that was 3-19 over the last two seasons.
Last Time Out: Jeffrey Kordenbrock's 43-yard field goal as time expired lifted Lafayette to a 10-7 win over Holy Cross in the Leopards' Patriot League opener. The victory marked the first career coaching win for head coach John Garrett.
Miscelleanous Stats From Holy Cross:
Lowest scoring game Lafayette has been in since 9/15/07 -- an 8-7 win at Penn
QB Sean O'Malley was 8-of-10 on third down
Time of possession favored Holy Cross by just two seconds -- 30:01 to 29:59
O'Malley was sacked a season-high four times
At the Horn: Lafayette's last-second win was the first in the final minute since
Oct. 10, 2009. In that game, Maurice White '09 punched in a two-yard score with 13 seconds left on the clock to cap a 13-play, 88-yard march in a 24-21 win over Columbia.
Weekly Honors: Senior LB Brandon Bryant has been named the Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week and freshman PK Jeffrey Kordenbrock garnered Rookie of the Week honors. Kordenbrock also garnered honorable mention status
in the running for STATS FCS Special Teams Player of the Week after his game-winning 43-yard field goal.
Kordenbrock may never have had that opportunity were it not for the effort of the Lafayette defense led by Bryant. He finished with a season-high 15 tackles including two tackles for a loss (one sack) of 10 yards. Bryant's biggest stop came on 4th-and-1 at the Holy Cross 33 when he stuffed Diquan Walker for no gain and the Leopards took over on downs. Bryant leads the team with 11.6 tackles per game, ranking him second in the Patriot League.
Defensive Stand: The Leopards' defense held fifth-year senior QB Peter Pujals in check at Holy Cross. He entered the game averaging 281 yards passing with eight touchdowns and finished with just 191 yards and no touchdowns. Lafayette stopped Holy Cross on 4-of-6 fourth-down attempts.
Stat Watch: Senior WR Matt Mrazek needs two more catches to take over sole possession of second place on Lafayette's career receptions list. He currently has 161 career grabs, one behind John Weyrauch '04 (162).
Punting Prowess: Freshman Michael Turk has been solid in his first five games as the team's punter. He is averaging 42.1 yards per attempt (which would rank him second in single-season average at Lafayette) with a long of 64 yards and seven punts of 50-plus yards. Turk developed his skills in 2016, training with his uncle Matt Turk, who was an NFL punter for 19 seasons. Prior to that, he had not punted in high school.
Fresh Contributions: Five freshmen have cracked the starting lineup. Sean O'Malley has been under center since the beginning of the season while Gavin Barclay has played at left guard in three games and at right tackle in two. Taron Hampton has started one game at right tackle and two at left guard. Kicker Jeffrey Kordenbrock stepped into the starting kicker role after a week one injury to junior Jacob Bissell. Jake Taggart got his first career start at Holy Cross when the Leopards used two tight ends to open the game. Two other members of the Class of 2021 are in the two-deep as back ups: QB Cole Northrup and LS/LB Ryan Dickens. Northrup has seen limited snaps and Dickens has played on special teams, serving as the long snapper in the Princeton game while also appearing on other coverage units throughout the season.
Defensive Leader: Senior linebacker Brandon Bryant has led by example from his spot at linebacker. The team captain has a team-high 58 tackles including 42 over the last three contests. He also managed his first career interception vs. Princeton.
The Opponent: Fordham enters its Patriot League opener at 1-4, losing to Army, No. 12 Eastern Washington, Bryant and Yale while beating Central Connecticut in week two. Fordham finished second in the Patriot League standings the last two seasons, ending 2016 at 8-3, 5-1. The Rams return 45 letterwinners and 15 starters (eight on offense, six on defense).
The biggest name of those returners is senior RB Chase Edmonds who was a consensus All-American as a junior when he led the FCS in rushing (163.5). He's missed several games this season due to injury and is averaging 66 ypg.
Defensively, freshman LB Glenn Cunningham leads the team with 41 tackles and has a 65-yard INT return.
Fordham is coached by Andrew Breiner (9-7) who is in his second season.