One more sleep before the 2017 football season is finally under way. The team will have its walk through today at Fisher Stadium followed by team meetings and an 8 p.m. departure
2017 Lafayette Football Media Guide
Only a couple of more practices until opening day for the Leopards...
Today's Feature: Leopards' wide receiver coach Gunnard Twyner steps in front of the GoLeopards camera's to talk about an experience group.
The team practiced from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday and will continue that schedule through Thursday, slated for a final practice on Friday from 5-6 p.m.
Today's Feature: Linebackers coach Nick Lezynski chatted with Mike Joseph about the preseason and the corps of experience linebackers led by Brandon Bryant.
It's back to work on the field today with the 2017 season opener quickly approaching on Saturday at Monmouth. The first game-week media luncheon was held today in Pfenning Alumni Center with senior DB Tymir Jones, DL Matt Rothrock and TE Dylan Wadsworth in attendance along with head coach John Garrett. Garrett announced freshman Sean O'Malley as the starting quarterback. We have full coverage of the luncheon here.
Practice: The team had off from practice today on the first day of classes on the College Hill campus. The Leopards are scheduled for a team photo tonight at 5:30 p.m. in Fisher Stadium. On Tuesday, we'll have plenty of coverage from our weekly media luncheon from Pfenning Alumni Center.
Practice: Another early-morning practice (6:30 a.m.) greeted the Leopards on Saturday, as Lafayette is just a week away from opening the 2017 season at Monmouth. The Lafayette coaching staff is finalizing the depth chart entering week one and the team will have Monday off on the first day of classes.
Practice: It was an early morning wake up call for the Leopards on Friday as they practiced at 6:30 a.m. ahead of a full day of mandatory freshman orientation for the Class of 2021. The team assisted with freshman move-in day, helping first-year students and their families efficiently move everything into their residence halls. Tomorrow, Lafayette will be back on the field at the same time before they enter game week preparation for Monmouth on Sept. 2.
Practice: On Thursday, the Leopards were back on the field at their normal time (10-12). On Friday and Saturday, if you want to catch them in action, set your alarm clock early. They are practicing at 6:30 a.m. due to the extensive freshman orientation program at the college. After practice on Friday morning, the team will also be helping out with freshman move-in day, as the Class of 2021 comes to campus. The football team, along with other fall sports teams and campus groups, will be doing much of the heavy lifting for parents and first-year students as they move into their dorms.
Practice: Wednesday's morning workout came amid cooler temperatures (75ish) and less humidity in Fisher Stadium after a thunderous overnight storm that threatened 70 m.p.h. winds and ping pong ball-sized hail in the Lehigh Valley.
New Gear: The Leopard coaching staff received a significant technological upgrade recently, adding new coaching headsets to their gameday equipment.
2017 Lafayette Football Media Guide
Campus continues to get busier and busier with the arrival of groups of students who are also prepping for the new school year. The cheerleaders are here, the band is here, along with hundreds of others in preparation for the imminent arrival of the student body. Things haven't slowed down at all on the front football front either, as the Leopards had their morning practice at Fisher Stadium.
LSN's Mike Joseph interviewed senior DE Beau Bosch in the latest preview as part of our training camp coverage.
GoLeopards.com continues to provide our path of totality for full training camp coverage. Today we recognize the nominal contributions of wide receivers Nick PearSON and offensive lineman Colin RAYSor who are well on their way to Patriot League All-Eclipse Team honors.
We mic'd up first-year coach Marc Nudelberg and his work with the special teams units...
The Friends of Lafayette Football and the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley hosted the annual kick-off event on Saturday at Fisher Stadium. Attendees ate breakfast in the Coke Zone taking in practice from the stands and later spending time in Bourger Varsity Football House for presentations and a Q & A with John Garrett. The team had a full scrimmage, including game officials.
The Leopards got an early start to this morning's practice, getting going around 8 a.m. to avoid some of the poorer weather predicted for today. That will give them an extra couple of hours to rest up for Saturday's practice when the Friends of Lafayette Football and the Lafayette Alumni of the Lehigh Valley will host the annual kick-off event. The up-close look at the Leopards is FREE and breakfast will be provided.
The weather predicted earlier in the day came to fruition for Friday's walk through...
Today, we mic'd up Christian Pace whose is overseeing the continued development of the tight ends, including Preseason All-Patriot League selection Dylan Wadsworth.
The sun beat down on Fisher Stadium on Wednesday morning, making for a steamy practice. At the midway point following some re-hydrating (technical term for drinking water), head coach John Garrett gathered the players and urged them to make the most of every rep, imploring them to focus on the task at hand.
Tuesday was Lafayette football media day at Fisher Stadium. The team practiced from 10 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. in a light mist before breaking for lunch and joining the Lehigh Valley media for interviews in Pfenning Alumni Center.
Dylan Wadsworth Interview
The Leopards' second full week of practice began Monday at at Fisher Stadium. The temps remain on the cool side (relative to many recent camps), staying in the mid 70s for this morning's workout and are not expect to rise above the mid 80s the rest of the week.
A day off from practice on Sunday saw the entire Leopard team and coaching staff head to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs game at Coca Cola Park. The first 1,500 fans 17-under received socks with Lafayette logos when they entered the game against the Charlotte Knights.
The Maroon and White had their final practice of the week on Saturday morning at Fisher Stadium. An overnight thunderstorm dumped plenty of rain on the new turf and cooled things off for the morning. The team is getting a much-need break from workouts on Sunday and will be taking in a Lehigh Valley IronPigs (Philadelphia Phillies AAA affiliate) afternoon game at which head coach John Garrett is slated to throw out the first pitch.
The Leopards were at it again, practicing for about two and a half hours on Friday morning. A few water droplets were felt at practice, which may have been a misty rain or just residual precipitationflying off a helmet.
-- Here are some photos from Friday's practice... Photo Gallery
Practice seven saw the Leopards working out in full pads on Thursday morning. Temperatures reached the mid 80s, but it was much toastier on the articifcial surface of Fisher Stadium. Personnel wise, there were very few blue jerseys (non-contact injuries) roaming the sidelines as a brisk competition for positions continues and practices are limited to one per day.
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It was another gorgeous day in Fisher Stadium for the Leopards' sixth practice of training camp. Things wrapped up just after noon with several players headed for media interviews with the Express-Times and lehighvalleylive.com reporter Brad Wilson. Others broke practice and headed to the cold tanks while the majority made a quick exit up the hill for lunch.
The Leopards took part in an intense two and a half hour practice on Tuesday morning beneath the blue skies of College Hill. Temperatures stayed in the high 70s, unseasonably cool for training camp.
Sunday was a day of rest, injury treatments and meetings. The team was back on the practice field on Monday morning at a rainy Fisher Stadium for practice No. 4. The newly installed FieldTurf received a good soaking over the last 24 hours and weather chased the Leopards inside slightly earlier than planned. The team is scheduled to practice again tonight from 5-6 p.m. for its walk-through (rehearsal) with the next full practice slated for Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Weekends are for other people...Here is the view from Bourger Varsity House as the Leopards get read for their third practice of training camp.
It was practice at Fisher Stadium on Friday morning for the Leopards who have just begun their work toward the season opener at Big South Conference opponent Monmouth on Sept. 2.
A forceful nighttime thunderstorm provided some pyrotechnics when the Leopard players gathered for their team meetings on Thursday night. Things cooled off temporarily but the mercury was back into the high 70s by the time the Leopards finished off their Friday workout.
With the second day of practice comes the first training camp depth chart. Those two-deep slots are likely to change as the Class of 2021 makes its mark and upperclassmen vie for open spots. Lafayette head coach John Garrett has said that his coaching staff is constantly evaluating personnel and that each practice is an opportunity for an increased role on the team.
The Lafayette football program officially opened training camp Thursday morning with a two-hour practice at Fisher Stadium. (check out the photos here) The team's month-long training session will be significantly different this year for the Leopards under first-year head coach John Garrett. The Maroon and White will practice once daily from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Saturday. The team will have a second "rehearsal" planned for 5-6 p.m. each of those days. Sundays are slated to be off days, reserved for injury treatments and team meetings.
Members of the team, the majority of whom had been training on campus during the summer, officially arrived back on campus Wednesday for introductory meetings, equipment fittings and photos. They were greeted with this upon entering the locker room...
-- Beyond the incoming recruiting class, there are plenty of new faces in Fisher Stadium, as 10 of 11 coaches are in their first full seasons with the Leopards' program.
-- For the second straight season, the Leopards will be playing (and practicing) on a new FieldTurf surface. The most recent installation was finished in early July and has been in use for training and sports camps since.
-- The season officially opens a month from now, when Lafayette travels to Monmouth on Sept. 2 for a 3 p.m. kick-off at the Hawks's new facility, Monmouth Stadium.
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