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.
Brandon Bryant 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.
Check out the Leopards' full day at Coca Cola Park...
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.
-- Lafayette Football (@LafColFootball) August 10, 2017
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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