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 Practice Schedule | Season Schedule
 All Practices are Open to the Public
 Mon., Aug. 8  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 Tue., Aug. 9  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 Wed., Aug. 10  9 a.m. to 12 p.m..
 Thurs., Aug. 11  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
 Fri., Aug. 12  1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
 Sat. Aug. 13  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Sun., Aug. 14  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Mon., Aug. 15  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Tue., Aug. 16  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Wed., Aug. 17  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Thurs., Aug. 18  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Fri., Aug. 19  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Sat., Aug. 20  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Sun., Aug. 21  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Mon., Aug. 22  2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 Tue., Aug. 23  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Wed., Aug. 24  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Thurs., Aug. 25  6-7:15 a.m.;
 7:45-9:30 p.m.
 Fri., Aug. 26  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Sat., Aug. 27  8:30-10:15 a.m.;
 4:15-6 p.m.
 Sun., Aug. 28  8:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
 Sat., Sept. 3  Game 1 at North Dakota State;
 7 p.m.
 
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   Sunday, August 28
 
OK, we know last day of 2011 Preseason Central on GoLeopards.com has come and gone but everyone loves bonus coverage. Since many Leopard fans will be taking cover from Hurricane Irene, here's a special bonus entry. The Express-Times distributed its annual football preview tab with today's edition. Lafayette football beat writer Brad Wilson has a season preview and nice feature on Leopard senior linebacker Tyler McFarlane, who will be seeing game time for the first time since 2007 after transfers from Bucknell and Hofstra. Enjoy the articles available through the Lafayette News Stand link below and be safe weathering the storm. As always, GO LEOPARDS!
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   Friday, August 26
 
It's the last day of 2011 Preseason Central and to be honest, we're not upset about it one bit. For the third consecutive year, GoLeopards.com has enjoyed providing the most expansive coverage in the Patriot League, taking you inside camp from the start, including the week that will set the tone for this season at Fort Indiantown Gap. However, now it's time for some football. Time for gameweek and the much-anticipated trip out to Fargo, North Dakota in just one week. To wrap up Preseason Central, we catch up with senior quarterback Ryan O'Neil and find out why this season is different than last. It was also announced Thursday that O'Neil and Mitch Bennett and Ben Eaton will serve as the team captains. Thanks for following throughout camp. Game week coverage starts on Monday with new features to prepare you game-by-game on GoLeopards.com. Quick reminder, next Saturday's game vs. North Dakota State will only be available on GoLeopards.com, free of charge. Until then and as always, HAIL LAFAYETTE!
Video  Preseason Central: Quarterbacks - Ryan O'Neil
Bennett, Eaton, O'Neil Named Captains
Lafayette News Stand

   Thursday, August 25
 
We know, we know. A little late today/night. We have an excuse though. Big day on College Hill as Lafayette welcomed the class of 2015 onto campus. With that, the football squad changed up its routine accordingly, with the freshmen practicing early this morning at 6 a.m. Following that practice, they were joined by the upperclassmen and along with the coaching staff, took part in Freshmen Move-In Day, a tradition started by head coach Frank Tavani in 1999 (see the front page of GoLeopards.com for details and some pictures). This afternoon, it was some positional meetings before dinner at 4:30 p.m. Tonight, upperclassmen took part in practice that began at 7:15 p.m. Today, GoLeopards.com catches up with Ethan Swerdlow to preview the kicking game for 2011. We're single digits until gameday in Fargo. ROLL 'PARDS!
Video  Preseason Central: Special Teams Preview - Ethan Swerdlow
Lafayette News Stand

   Wednesday, August 24
 
GoLeopards.com appreciated Brad Wilson's feature on Leopard senior center Jake Crooks in this morning's edition of The Express-Times so much that it heads the Lafayette News Stand link below. A single, long morning practice at Fisher Stadium highlighted today's schedule as the Leopards prepare to start the 2011 season with four straight road games. After a REALLY early practice tomorrow morning, the Leopards will join with Lafayette's other fall sports teams in a special service started by Lafayette head football coach Frank Tavani in 1999 -- assisting all Lafayette freshmen with moving into the College's residence halls. As any parent can imagine, this is an extremely well-received voluntary service performed simply as a welcoming effort to the campus community. It is one more element that makes Lafayette a truly special place. GO LEOPARDS!
Media Day Coverage: Lafayette News Stand

   Tuesday, August 23
 
GoLeopards.com brewed the coffee extra early this morning to share all of the media coverage from yesterday's Lafayette Football Media Day event. Be sure to check out the Lafayette News Stand. The Leopards are also at it early again today with an 8:30 a.m. practice at Fisher Stadium. Once you're done catching up on the morning news, GoLeopards.com takes you inside the captains room of Bourger Varsity Football House as senior Jerome Rudolph and junior Alan Elder preview the 2011 running backs. Good news, the third year of Preseason Central will come to a close on Friday. Why good news? Because game week coverage starts on Monday. As always, HAIL LAFAYETTE!
Video  Preseason Central: RB's Preview - Rudolph and Elder
Media Day Coverage: Lafayette News Stand

   Monday, August 22
 
After an off-day for the squad, we're back for today's Media Day on College Hill. Full coverage from Pfenning Alumni Center including an exclusive interview with head coach Frank Tavani, as well as his Q&A session with the media and the first installment of "Behind the Mic" with the LSN team of Gary Laubach and Mike Joseph. In addition, GoLeopards.com continues its positional preview today, as Matt Panto sits down with senior wide receiver Kyle Hayes. Need a little Monday "pick-me-up?" This time next week, it will be GAME WEEK. 12 days until kick-off in Fargo! As always, GO LEOPARDS!
Video  Preseason Central: WR's Preview - Kyle Hayes
Video  Preseason Central: GoLeopards.com Exclusive - Coach T
Video  Preseason Central: Behind the Mic - Preseason
Video  Preseason Central: Media Q&A
Video  Preseason Central: Coach Tavani Addresses Media

   Saturday, August 20
 
The much-anticipated intrasquad scrimmage took center stage at Fisher Stadium this morning and it did not disappoint. The Leopards ran 87 plays and worked on different game situations, including opening drives from their own goal line, 35-yard line and 50-yard line. Time was also spent on kickoffs, punts and overtime scenarios, with the first team offense and defense squaring off for a solid portion of the scrimmage. Coach Tavani was pleased to leave the session with no serious injuries. Lafayette beat writer Paul Reinhard of The Morning Call in Allentown was impressed with the Leopard freshmen. Check out the scrimmage recap and photo gallery as well as Reinhard's blog through the links below. Enjoy the weekend and, as always, GO LEOPARDS!
Scrimmage Recap
Scrimmage Photo Gallery
More Coverage: Lafayette News Stand

   Friday, August 19
 
It's Friday and the working world is sneaking glimpses of the tiny clocks on their computers screens, eagerly awaiting 5 p.m. College students across the country are just beginning to pack their clothes, sheets and Playstations for their trips back to school (or more likely just adding to a few new items to bins that were never unpacked). The Lafayette football team, on the other hand, has been in camp since August 7 and is gearing up for its biggest scrimmage so far in the preseason. The Leopards had a short practice this morning with full gear and will have a second practice with helmets and shoulder pads only from 4:15 - 6 p.m. The contact was scaled back in the first session in preparation for the team's 80-play intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. A lot of assignments are still up from grabs, but the coaching staff is waiting for the second-teamers to provide more resistance to their first-team counterparts. No doubt that will come to a head Saturday when the intermittent scrimmaging and frequent woofing from the offense and defense turn into a full-blown scrimmage (a prolonged chance to smash each other in the face). Check back after the scrimmage tomorrow to read a recap and see a photo gallery. Right now, GoLeopards.com makes the switch to the offensive side of the ball in its positional previews, as we catch up with the big guys up front, three-year starters Anthony Buffolino and Scott Biel.
Video  Preseason Central: OL Preview - Anthony Buffolino and Scott Biel

   Thursday, August 18
 
Sixteen more days until the Leopards kick off the 2011 season against North Dakota State. When the two teams square off on Sept. 3, NDSU will hold a No. 11 preseason ranking according to The Sports Network Preseason Poll. Thursday, it was more of the same...6:45 a.m. breakfast in Farinon followed by taping, specialists (kickers, punters, snappers, holders, etc.) workout and then a full-team practice at 8:30 a.m. Today on Preseason Central, see what Blake Constanzo had to say about his new California locale, as the 2006 graduate recently signed with the San Francisco 49ers. In addition, we catch up with linebacker Leroy Butler to discuss the men in the middle of the Leopards' 4-3 defense.
Video  Preseason Central: LB Preview - Leroy Butler
Q&A With the 49ers Blake Costanzo

   Wednesday, August 17
 
Enough about the weather (although it was quite pleasant this morning). GoLeopards.com sat down with head coach Frank Tavani and hit him up with 10 random questions. Check out what Coach T had to say about the team after its 10th day of practice. Also, senior cornerback Brandon Ellis previews one of the Leopards' most-experienced positions going into the 2011 season, the defensive backs.
Video  Preseason Central: DB Preview - Brandon Ellis
10 Questions With Coach T

   Tuesday, August 16
 
The morning practice opened with gray skies and the Fisher Stadium light banks shining down on the Fieldturf. The skies cleared briefly before opening up on the team and a smattering of fans around 10 a.m. Beyond the frequent rains that dumped more than four inches on the Lehigh Valley over the weekend, the heat has not been an issue like in recent training camps. The rains have brought cooler temperatures, mostly in the 70s, but the intensity on the field has not been diminished. Tuesday morning's practice was in full gear. The team practiced just once, foregoing an evening session for weight training and positional meetings. Take a look at a photo gallery from this morning's practice. On Wednesday, the positional previews continue on GoLeopards.com with cornerback Brandon Ellis.
Photo Gallery: Morning practice

   Monday, August 15
 
Two-day practice for the squad today, as they opened Monday with a 6:45 a.m. breakfast in Farinon Student Center. Specialists kicked off a humid and cloudy full-pad practice at 8:15 a.m. this morning before the full squad joined them from 8:30-10:15 a.m. Following lunch, the Leopards will break into positional meetings inside Bourger Varsity Football House before their second practice of the day scheduled for 3:15 p.m. Today, GoLeopards.com begins its preview to each position of the 2011 football squad with the defensive line. Senior Mike Grimaldi takes us inside the trenches and tells us why tenacity and energy is the key to 2011.
Video  Preseason Central: D Line Preview - Mike Grimaldi

   Sunday, August 14
 
A steady rain welcomed the Leopards to an 8:30 a.m. practice this morning inside Fisher Stadium. The Leopards capped off the two-hour session with an energetic final period, as the offense took on the defense in spirited "live" scrimmage. The drive, that started on the 25-yard line, stalled with a strong stand from the defense and ended with a field goal. More meetings on the schedule for tonight before the Leopards get ready for another morning practice to start on Monday. Go Leopards!
  More Coverage: Lafayette News Stand
Video  Preseason Central: Fort Indiantown Gap
Photo Gallery: Fort Indiantown Gap

   Saturday, August 13
 
First full day for the football squad in Easton on Saturday. The Leopards headed to breakfast at approximately 6:30 a.m. before getting taped up for an 8 a.m. practice inside state-of-the-art Fisher Stadium. Following the two-hour practice, the team headed back to the dorms for some rest then grabbed some lunch before some afternoon positional meetings. A 3:45 p.m. special teams practice was cut short thanks to storms and lightning in the Easton area. GoLeopards.com will be back following tomorrow morning's 8 a.m. practice. We're exactly THREE WEEKS from kick-off in Fargo. As always, HAIL LAFAYETTE!
  More Coverage: Lafayette News Stand
Video  Preseason Central: Fort Indiantown Gap
Photo Gallery: Fort Indiantown Gap
2011 Media Guide

   Friday, August 12
 
Home Sweet Home. Lafayette left its off-campus site after one week for the comforts of Fisher Stadium at 8 a.m. this morning. Upon arrival, the team turned on their cell phones for the first time in a week and checked into their on-campus residence halls that will be their home until the classes commence. After unpacking, it was onto the forgiving turf of Fisher Stadium for the first time this preseason from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Following dinner, the Leopards will head back to Bourger Varsity Football House for positional meetings. Today, we take you inside the Leopards' home for the first week of camp, Fort Indiantown Gap, located about 75 miles west of Easton. "FIG," as its known out in that area, was exactly what head coach Frank Tavani envisioned when he decided to take the team off-campus, just the team and just football. Between now and then, GoLeopards.com will catch up with some of the squad to discuss life at FIG. In the meantime, here's a brief look into week one of preseason camp. Happy Friday and Go Leopards!
Video  Preseason Central: Fort Indiantown Gap
Photo Gallery: Fort Indiantown Gap
2011 Media Guide

   Thursday, August 11
 
We're winding up here at "Camp Confidential." Less than 24 hours until their arrival back in Easton, the Leopards shifted their daily routine around, taking notes from a very moving speaker in the morning followed by positional meetings and lunch. Today's practice was moved practice back to 2 p.m. under a sun-drenched field for the second consecutive day. GoLeopards.com wrapped up and headed back to Easton today, but not before it caught up with head coach Frank Tavani. Join us tomorrow as Lafayette arrives home mid-morning and GoLeopards.com is able to release everything you've missed all week long. ROLL 'PARDS!
Video  Preseason Central: Practice Report, Day Four
2011 Media Guide

   Wednesday, August 10
 
More of the same for the Leopards at "Camp Confidential." The morning sun (or whatever is out at 5 a.m.) greeted the team on its third day of practice as positional meetings followed breakfast before a 9 a.m. practice. The team which was drenched with rain in its Tuesday practice, was soaked with sun on Wednesday, wearing helmets and shoulder pads for the third or four practices in their "shells." Check out the training camp team depth chart. Tomorrow, get your first look at the 2011 Media Guide and catch up with Frank Tavani. Friday, we'll show you what you've been missing at training camp. Beat Lehigh! (Too soon?).
Training Camp Depth Chart

   Tuesday, August 9
 
5 a.m. wake-up call for the Leopards this morning, as they entered day two of practice at their off-campus site. Breakfast followed by positional meetings at 7 a.m. led to a morning practice (helmets only per NCAA regulations) that was moved up to 8:45 a.m. in an effort to beat the heavy rain that was suppose to enter the area in late morning. That rain came a little early and the majority of practice was spent in a driving rainstorm. Dinner and positional meetings at 7 p.m. on the schedule for this evening. GoLeopards.com caught up with head coach Frank Tavani for an exclusive interview following practice number two of 2011 preseason camp.
Video  Preseason Central: Practice Report, Day Two

   Monday, August 8
 
WE'RE BAAACCCKKKKK. The third consecutive year of Preseason Central kicks off today with a little bit of a twist this year. The Leopards reported to College Hill yesterday, but were immediately informed by head coach Frank Tavani they would be spending the first week of camp at an off-campus site. After testing, equipment and physicals inside Bouger Varsity Football House, Lafayette packed up its bags and headed for their off-campus destination at 7 p.m. Sunday evening. This morning, it was practice number one for the Leopards, under sunny and humid conditions. While NCAA regulations don't permit inside access while the squad is away, GoLeopards.com will still provide daily updates all week long on Preseason Central, as well as Facebook and Twitter, and will release the inside look at the week once the team returns to College Hill on Friday. Just like the Leopards have big plans things for 2011, so does GoLeopards.com for Preseason Central. Welcome back, enjoy day one and as always, Go Leopards!
Video  Preseason Central: Practice Report, Day One
Season Outlook

  Sunday, August 7
 
Three former members of the Lafayette football program have been named to the Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team, as announced on July 25 by the league office. Defensive back B.J. Gallis '97, placekicker Jason McLaughlin '95 and linebacker Andy Romans '09 were voted to the silver anniversary squad by the seven current football member schools of the Patriot League.

Lafayette Football Headlines
Football Nears End of Summer Workouts
Trio Named to Patriot League Football 25th Anniversary Team
Thirteen Named to Phil Steele's Preseason All-Patriot League
Video  Patriot League Media Day

 
 

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