Sunday brought Lafayette's 2014 Preseason Training Camp to a close. The Leopards will begin classes Monday morning and will have two more work weeks of practice before opening the season at Sacred Heart on Sept. 6.
Kenya Allen '02 finished off his weekend volunteer photographer "duties" for GoLeopards.com with a photo gallery of the final training camp practice.
Saturday saw practice No. 20 and another morning session. Kenya Allen '02 was on hand again to capture images for GoLeopards.com.
Today, LSN's Mike Joseph '88 wraps up the positional previews with sophomore QB Drew Reed.
Practice No. 19 was an early morning affair. The team was up at the unholy hour of 5 a.m. for a quick bite to eat, followed by a pair of team meetings and a full-team, full-pad practice at 6:30 a.m. With the incoming freshmen attending orientation for the next three days, the Leopards will have to get used to early wakeup calls in order to fit in full-squad practices. Kenya Allen, a 2002 alum, was on hand to capture some images of this morning's practice. Check out Allen's My Rivalry submission.
Senior Demetrius Dixon brings us closer to the end of the positional previews. The wide receiver caught 35 balls in 2013, none more memorable than his game-breaking 68-yard catch and run for TD in the win over Lehigh.
On Saturday, LSN's Mike Joseph wraps up the positional previews with sophomore quarterback Drew Reed.
Campus was abuzz with activity on Thursday as members of the Class of 2018 checked into their residence halls. That whole process wasn't nearly as physically taxing as it could be on parents, as the football team (joined by cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer and volleyball squads) made quick work of loading and unloading. The football program and head coach Frank Tavani helped get the move-in day effort going in 1999 which took the place of the team's morning practice. Freshman have begun their four-day orientation schedule, so just the upperclassmen strapped it up for the mid-afternoon practice.
The GoLeopards.com positional previews continue with tight end Brian Keller. The junior is in an intense battle for playing time after the graduation of Brandon Hall and Morgan Donohue.
On Friday, Demetrius Dixon takes his turn in the interview chair with lead LSN analyst Mike Joseph.
Lafayette held its annual media day on Wednesday morning/afternoon at Pfenning Alumni Center. The senior class, with the addition of sophomore QB Drew Reed, attended the function along with the coaching staff. Head coach Frank Tavani fielded questions from the Lehigh Valley media and provided personnel updates, including the movement of Tyler Vickers and Devon Leach to the defensive side of the ball following the season-ending loss of Robin Cepeda (ACL) and the retirement of Jack Poetzsch who was slated to miss the season due to injury. After lunch and the media obligations, the team took the the surface in Fisher Stadium for a scrimmage at 2:30 p.m.
Tomorrow, the offensive positional previews continue with junior Brian Keller who is battling for a starting spot at tight end.
The big news today coming from College Hill relates to the Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry, as CBS Sports Network inked a deal with the two schools to televise the 150th meeting on Nov. 22, 2014 at Yankee Stadium.
In the short term, practices 15 and 16 took place at Fisher Stadium today. The Leopards are building up to a full contact officiated scrimmage on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. The scrimmage is open to the public and follows the team's media day obligations.
The offense takes its turn this week on GoLeopards.com. Appropriately enough, senior tailback Ross Scheuerman starts things off. Scheuerman rushed for 1,113 yards in 2014, helping spur the Leopards to the Patriot League title. The dual rushing and receiving threat is a three-time All-Patriot League Second-Team honoree and was the 2011 Patriot League Rookie of the Year.
Tomorrow, we'll have full coverage of Lafayette media day on GoLeopards.com.
Just one practice in the morning for the Leopards today, but there were plenty of meetings (no doubt preparation for the corporate world).
Today, GoLeopards.com finishes off the defensive positional previews with strong safety Jared Roberts. The Garden State native burst onto the scene with four interceptions in 2012 and is entering his third year as a starter. Roberts chatted with Mike Joseph about his changing role in the defensive backfield.
Tomorrow, we switch to the offensive side of the line as LSN's Mike Joseph talks with senior tailback Ross Scheuerman who rushed for 1000 yards in 2014.
Sunday brought two more practices in Fisher Stadium. The Leopards cotninued the camp grind with a 16-hour day, including practices at 8:30 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. The Sept. 6 opener at Sacred Heart is quickly approaching, but there is plenty of work left to be done on the field and in the meeting rooms.
On Monday, the positional previews will continue with strong safety Jared Roberts. In the upcoming week, we'll have coverage of Wednesday's media day.
The Leopards had one practice today (number 11) from 9-11 a.m. We'll take a break from the position previews today and point out some great ways to follow the program throughout the season. Aside from the obvious Twitter accounts (@GoLeopards and @LafColFootball), Leopard fans can follow offensive coordinator Mickey Fein (@MicFein) and defensive coordinator Art Link (@LafayetteLink). Coach Fein is also now on Instagram (coachfein). Additional must-follow Twitter accounts for Leopard fans are Lafayette Sports Network (@WatchLSN), game day updates for Fisher Stadium (@LCGameday) and Lafayette football beat writers Brad Wilson (@bradwsports) of The Express-Times and Paul Reinhard (@reinhardpaul) of The Morning Call.
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The Maroon and White (and blue and grey and yellow -- they wear a lot of different jersey colors depending on their side of the ball, position and injury/practice status) closed out the work week with a pair of practices (numbers 9 and 10) on Friday. Saturday will bring a full pad practice as the Leopards continue to work out in an autumnal atmosphere on College Hill.
The week-ending positional preview is another quick hitter with a LSN's Mike Joseph. Joseph interviews senior LB Colton Kirkpatrick who has played in 26 games in his career. Kirkpatrick talks about the Leopards' new defensive scheme.
It feels less like summer and more like fall on College Hill as the Leopards continue training camp. In the morning, the team was focused on assignments -- housing assignments -- as the players moved into their permanent residence halls. A full-team weightlifting session followed. The Leopards suited up for a 2:30 p.m. practice preceded by offensive and defensive team meetings.
Today's GoLeopards.com positional preview features senior defensive end James Coscia who was the defensive line MVP in 2013 and has played in 29 games in three seasons. Coscia talks about the grind of preseason camp and squaring off against the Leopard O-Line.
Tomorrow, we'll keep moving back on the defensive side of the ball as LSN's Mike Joseph talks with senior LB Colton Kirkpatrick.
Wednesday was the first day of double sessions (two-a-days, etc.) with the team practicing at 8:30 a.m. and again at 3:20 p.m. The depth chart is changing daily, as veterans vie with the newcomers for playing time.
Today's GoLeopards.com positional preview features an offensive lineman who forced his way into the starting lineup as a freshman and has refused to leave, having started 33 games in three seasons. He is a Preseason All-Patriot League selection at left tackle...Luke Chiarolanzio.
Tomorrow, we switch to the defensive side of the line as LSN's Mike Joseph talks with senior DE James Coscia.
Practice number five took place beneath the gray sky of College Hill as a light mist coated the players who were in full uniforms for the the first time in the preseason. The Leopards will begin two-a-day practices starting Wednesday, but they still had a full day on Tuesday that began with a 7:15 breakfast and ends with positional meetings 12 hours later.
Today, positional previews begin with the player who took the opening kickoff of 2013 season to the endzone. In 2014, he is a Preseason All-Patriot League selection at kick returner and cornerback...Matt Smalley.
Tomorrow, the previews continue as LSN's Mike Joseph sits down with senior LT Luke Chiarolanzio.
Things heated up (literally and figuratively) in the Leopards' only practice of the day. The players weren't in full pads yet (just helmets and shoulder pads), but that didn't seem to matter in the scrimmaging at the end of practice near 11 a.m. If veteran skill guys are mixing it up after the whistle, it's definitely preseason camp. The "knock it off" and "huddle it up" calls from the coaching staff were faint. It's football.
Immediately after practice, things cooled down dramatically for head coach Frank Tavani as he took part in the ALS Challenge in support of Tom Kirchhoff '93.
Tomorrow, we'll kick off the positional previews as LSN's Mike Joseph sits down with one of the top kick returners in the Patriot League, Matt Smalley.
Top of the morning, Leopard fans! Team breakfast is coming up at 6:45 a.m., followed by a full team practice from 9-11 a.m. The weather forecast again calls for mild August conditions -- partly sunny with a high of 85 degrees.
Paul Reinhard, Lafayette football beat writer from The Morning Call, attended yesterday's practice and caught up with Zach Zweizig - who has surprised many of his teammates by appearing at camp. Reinhard also gives his first impression of the Leopard freshmen. See who stood out to him ...
We also remind Leopard fans that season tickets are available and can be purchased easily online.
The upperclassmen arrived on campus yesterday and went through testing, meetings and, yes, more meetings along with the freshmen. The first full team practice is scheduled for 9 a.m. today and the forecast is good one - mostly sunny and pleasant with a high of 83.
We kick off today's coverage with not one but two stories in The Morning Call by Leopard football beat writer Paul Reinhard.
As the freshmen and their families arrive on campus today, check in, get physicals and photos, undergo testing and become acclimated to life on College Hill, it's important to remind Lafayette fans of two great features leading up to the 150th Lafayette-Lehigh game at Yankee Stadium -- My Rivalry and 150 Countdown.
We also remind Leopard fans that season tickets are available and can be purchased easily online.
The defending Patriot League champions are set to open preseason camp this week and GoLeopards.com is ready with 2014 Preseason Central. We kick things off by giving an early welcome to the Leopards' Class of 2018 who will be arriving on campus tomorrow and undergoing testing, equipment fitting and meetings with the coaching staff.
In case you missed coverage of the 2014 Patriot League football media day, we've got you covered ...
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