The Leopards had an early start with a 6 a.m. wakeup call (or so we've been told). An hour-long practice followed before the Leopards climbed up the hill for breakfast at Farinon. The morning continued to be busy, as the upperclassmen and coaching staff took two hours out of the camp schedule to assist with freshman move-in day, a program the football team helped start in 1999. Members of the volleyball, women's soccer (coming off a Thursday night victory over Binghamton) and cross country teams also lent their time to the effort.
We are a little more than a week away from the opener on Sept. 2 at Central Connecticut State. The team had its only practice of the day at 10:15 a.m., a session attended by local media dignitaries including Gary Laubach and Mike Joseph of the Lafayette Sports Network and Paul Reinhard of the Morning Call. The team will have lifting sessions tonight and meetings after a 6 p.m. dinner.
Not a cloud in the sky for Wednesday's morning practice on the new turf at Fisher Stadium. The session was highlighted by a pair of spectacular grabs by Matt Mrazek and Josh Davis in the red-zone offensive drills. The team, which was in full pads, will be in just helmets for Wednesday's 8 p.m. session.
The team had Sunday off to rest and recuperate before undertaking practices 18 and 19 of training camp on Monday. The iPads (used for scout team looks) were out at the morning practice session which means preparation for Central Connecticut State has begun in earnest with the season opener set for Friday, Sept. 2. In the morning session, Clay Rush made a one-handed interception that had his defensive mates a little more vocal than usual.
Saturday saw the Leopards get after it in their morning practice, a scrimmage that served as a kick off to the Football Forum. Game officials were on hand to simulate game situations (and penalties) as players continued to compete for playing time. Coverage of the scrimmage by The Express-Times' Brad Wilson can be found in the GoLeopards.com News Stand.
Friday brought coverage of Lafayette's football media day and the return of higher temps and increased humidity. Leopard fans can follow regional newspaper coverage of the Leopards in the GoLeopards.com News Stand. Lafayette football beat writers from both The Express-Times and The Morning Call can also be followed on Twitter. Find Brad Wilson of The Express-Times at @bradwsports and Paul Reinhard of The Morning Call at @Reinhardpaul.
Thursday marked practice No. 14 for the Maroon & White since they trotted into camp on Aug. 5. The team had a two-hour workout in full pads beginning at 10:15 a.m. The coaching staff, along with the 13-member senior class, had additional responsibilities after the morning practice, attending football media day on the second floor of Kirby Sports Center.
"Wake Up and Hydrate" That's the charge every morning on the Leopards' training camp itinerary and the "hydrate" part is in bold. Hence the sightings of big dudes with jugs of water. The Leopards have a 10:15 a.m. practice in the books and another one to come at 4:15 p.m. at Fisher Stadium. The weather has given the team a reprieve, as the temperature (now in mid 80s) and the humidity have dropped after their combination forced the coaching staff to move several practices to early mornings and late evenings.
Lafayette continued its early morning practice routine on Tuesday, suiting up for an 8:20 a.m. practice. The team is expected to get back to its planned training camp schedule Wednesday when the weather "dips" into the 80s. The Maroon and White are slated to practice at 10:15 a.m. and again at 4:15 p.m. pushing back the morning reveilee two hours. Coming up on Thursday, GoLeopards.com will have full wrap up of Media Day.
The Leopards returned to an early morning practice schedule on Monday, getting things going at 5:45 a.m. before an 8:20 a.m. practice. They will have a second session under the lights at Fisher Stadium tonight at 8 p.m. Here's your first look at the 2016 Football Media Guide. Tuesday's lone practice will be held at 8:20 a.m. and practice time adjustments will continue to be posted on GoLeopards.com as available.
Aside from the seemingly unbearable heat and humidity, today's scrimmage was highlighted by some big plays on both sides of the ball and some big hits. The indisputable Friday night highlight for the Leopards and their fans was seeing four-time All-Patriot League First-Team selection Matt Smalley '16 getting action with the NFL's New York Giants during their preseason game.
An earlier practiced provided a slight break from the heat, as the team got things going around 8 a.m. and wrapped just over two hours laters. They will do it again on the first day of double sessions tonight at 8 p.m. The player will spend the early afternoon moving into permanent housing around campus before meetings and dinner in the late afternoon. Want a little more insight into personnel, check out the preseason depth chart below to see where players were slotted entering preseason camp. Check back on Monday to get a look at the 2016 Media Guide.
The team got an unscheduled early start to practice this morning, looking to avoid the high temperatures (90s) and humidity (60%) that have put the "real feel temperatures" into triple digits in the afternoon. The team was in full equipment for Thursday morning's practice.
Friday will bring these college students a fate far worse than practicing in the heat, as a 5:45 a.m. wake up call will rouse the team on the first day of two-a-days. The team is slated to practice at 8:20 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday's practice has been moved to 8 a.m.
A morning shower did nothing to give the team a break from the sweltering heat and sauna like conditions in the squad's afternoon practice that started at 3:45 p.m.
Today was a full day that began with wakeup (7:45 a.m.) and ended with curfew (10:30 p.m.), nearly 15 hours later. The morning was filled with meetings and walk through with additional meetings before the 4:15 practice in helmets and shoulder pads. A team meeting, positional meeting and special teams meeting closed out the night.
The team's second practice saw a well-rested bunch take to the heat for a 4:15 practice at Fisher Stadium. The Leopards were coming off a rest day.
Head coach Frank Tavani made one roster move, sliding freshman TE David Nelson to the offensive line and assigning him No. 76.
The freshmen arrived to training camp on Friday morning while the upperclassmen rolled in several hours later. Both groups went through an equipment check and met for dinner. Saturday marked the opening of practice with the Leopards taking to Fisher and Kirchhoff Fields in the late afternoon in just helmets. Sunday was an "off" day, reserved for injury treatments and meetings, as the Leopard coaching staff looked to simulate a typical week during the regular season.
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