Sunday brought Lafayette's 2015 Preseason Training Camp to a close. The Leopards begin classes Monday morning and have one more work week of practice before opening the season by hosting William & Mary on Sept. 5.
The Leopards had one practice today, hitting the Fisher Stadium turf at 9:55 a.m. Meetings, lifting, meals filled the rest of the day for the upperclassmen while the freshmen participated in Lafayette's orientation activities.
For those not in the Lehigh Valley, Lafayette football tickets are being promoted heavily as usual throughout the region. Ticket package sales have already exceeded last season. The commercial below is airing on numerous over-the-air and cable TV channels.
GoLeopards.com has confirmed the rumors of a 6 a.m. practice, although most of us were otherwise occupied (Zzzzzzzzz). The Lafayette football staff greeted the world with this cheerful tweet which can only mean that the grind of training camp is coming to an end.
The Leopards had the morning off (from football at least) to help the rest of the Class of 2019 move into the College's residence halls as part of the freshman move-in program. The football team helped start the inititive in 1999, providing the muscle to families arriving on campus with all of the college necessities (flat screen TVs, Keurigs, Ramen noodles, refrigerators, etc.) After the light lifting, the team was back practicing in the late afternoon.
Positional previews continue today with the defensive backs, a position Mike Joseph knows a little about playing. He chatted with senior cornerback and All-Patriot League selection Matt Smalley:
Friday, special teams will get its due.
Wednesday was Lafayette media day and the team joined the reporters in between practice sessions. The seniors, along with junior QB's Drew Reed and Blake Searfoss, attended the event in the early afternoon in Kirby Sports Center.
Head coach Frank Tavani talked about the team's progress as it inches closer to game week. Wednesday's media day was shown live on Periscope, something Leopard fans can look forward to at upcoming Tuesday media luncheons.
Thursday, positional previews return with the defensive backs.
The mercury was in the low 80s but the temperatures got a little hotter between the offense and the defense on Tuesday. Then, there was running (lots of running) and the not the off-tackle kind.
Today, senior STRIKE linebacker Chris Brockman took his turn in the interview chair with LSN's Mike Joseph, who talked with the Texas native about "playing fast" in 2015:
Wednesday will feature comprehensive coverage of Lafayette Media Day with all of the team's seniors and select underclassmen scheduled to attend.
The Leopards were back at it after a Sunday off following two intense weeks of practice and a scrimmage on Saturday.
This week, LSN's Mike Joseph and GoLeopards.com turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. It all starts up front where Steve Mercado anchors the line.
The linebackers are the focus on Tuesday.
Since the Leopards got a well-deserved rest day today, now is a great time to remind fans to purchase season tickets and bring your friends. Ticket package sales for 2015 Lafayette football have already surpassed those from the 2014 season and it's important to keep building on that momentum. Tell your friends. Tell your friends' friends. Let's make Fisher Stadium even more of a home-field advantage for Lafayette's six home games.
For those not in the Lehigh Valley and those who somehow missed them, Lafayette football tickets are being promoted heavily on more than 10 digital billboards throughout the region.
The Leopards return to the field tomorrow, as do positional previews on GoLeopards.com's Preseason Central.
The Leopards suited up for an intrasquad scrimmage on Saturday morning. The young guys got a lot of reps and took full advantage of the opportunity. Family and friends were invited to today's open practice, but if you weren't in attendance here is what you missed:
The team went back out on the field in the afternoon (helmets only) to lightly work through a few things. They will get a much-deserved rest day on Sunday.
It was one and done (practices at least) for the Maroon and White on Friday. Coach Tavani closed the morning workout with the option for gassers (sprints) or a dip in the pool to soothe some injuries after a rough second week of camp. As you can imagine, there weren't a lot of takers for the sprints. The team wrapped up the day with meetings before and after dinner in preparation for Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage.
Saturday, GoLeopards.com invites you to see camp for yourself beginning at 10:15 a.m. in Fisher Stadium. We'll be back with more positional previews on Monday.
Don't tell the defense, but the Lafayette first-team offense moved the ball quite well on the ground against the first-team defense during this morning's practice. The team intended to go back at it in the afternoon, but Mother Nature had other plans and today's second practice was rained out.
The tight ends will continue to be a big part of the game plan in 2015, helping the growth of the young offensive line. LSN's Mike Joseph talked with senior Bobby DePietro, who finds himself leading the pack:
Friday, GoLeopards.com will discuss the offensive line.
The Leopards received a slight reprieve from the weather during their morning session as the 90s turned into 80s. The team continued its work installing the game plan leading up to the season opener with William & Mary on Sept. 5 at Fisher Stadium.
Who is going to catch the ball this year? Coming off an impressive 2014 rookie campaign, the fast-talking, sure-handed Matt Mrazek is planning on being a top option. He discussed the receiving corps with LSN's Mike Joseph:
Two-a-days (double sessions) have begun at the Fisher Stadium complex. The temperature remained in the low 90s, but tell that to the players and coaches on the turf where the "real feel" temp was in the triple digits. The Leopards' morning workout went from 10:15 a.m. to noon and they practiced again (helmets only) from 4:15-6 p.m. with meetings and meals in between. GoLeopards.com captured some of the action from the morning session.
We continue our positional preview coverage with the running backs, a group that has plenty of questions surrounding it after the graduation of Ross Scheuerman. LSN's Mike Joseph tries to get to the bottom of those with junior tailback Kyle Mayfield:
The high temps from this weekend were still lingering on College Hill as of Monday morning. There were water breaks aplenty as everyone tried to beat the heat. We must give a special shout out to our fantastic sports medicine staff, who have also been outside all preseason keeping our athletes healthy and hydrated.
Tomorrow, we continue on the offensive side of the ball with our running backs.
Sunday brought the first double session for the Leopards as higher humidity rolled in and temps climbed into the 90s for most of the day. Sunday also brought the announcement of a new social media account for Lafayette's football program.
The Leopards had their first practice in full pads in noticeably warmer temps at Fisher Stadium. The weekend offers a perfect time to point out some great ways to follow the program throughout preseason camp and 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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Changing the schedule up a bit today, practice shifted to 10 a.m. this morning. A few of our astute scholar-athletes had picked up summer classes in order to knock out some credits while they were here training during the offseason. Now that the summer academic semester has concluded, one-a-day practices will take place in Coach Tavani's preferred morning time slot from here on out.
As we get over the hump this week, the veterans are looking sharper and the freshmen are showing potential. There's an energy amongst the team that should get Leopard fans very excited about the 2015 season.
The Leopards had their second full-team practice of training camp on Wednesday evening at Fisher Stadium. Temperatures did not stray above the low 80s, offering the team more time to acclimate to summer temperatures that are expected to soar into the 90s by the weekend.
The forecast this morning was looking pretty ominous, but the sun broke through the rain clouds just in time for this afternoon's practice. There was a buzz of excitement in the air as the full squad was finally able to step on the field together. Some of the upperclassmen shared their thoughts on the day:
The 2015 Lafayette Football season is officially underway! After a morning filled with physicals and meetings, the freshmen stepped onto Fisher Field for the very first time this afternoon to nail down some of the basics of the playbook. We spoke to a few of them afterwards to see how their first day of college ball went:
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