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Tribe4SF

89 days...

...and I'll be in Easton again. Optimism is growing in Williamsburg with the prospect of an improved offense, and a couple of key transfers coming in. Picked up a place kicker from Pitt and a DB from Temple to help with unsettled safety position. Still waiting to hear on possible DE transfer from Va Tech. DE the other unsettled spot on defense. Pards' improved defense should get a quick test from Tribe offense featuring stellar o-line, returning CAA rushing leader, and expectation of much improved QB play.

Tribe Captains are returning All-CAA performers RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor, CB Deandre Houston-Carson, OC Andrew Jones, and MLB Luke Rhodes. All are 5th year seniors, with Abdul-Saboor beginning MBA program this summer.

LeopardBall10

Hopefully, your guys have a better place to stay this time. I heard that the coach/support member who made the hotel reservations last time was eventually fired by Laycock for that debacle.

Anyone know where the opposing teams even stay when playing in Easton? Not a whole lot of options for hotels with meal service for any significant number of people.
carney2

Hi, Sandy.  A little surprised by your statement about "improved QB play."  Isn't QB another of your "unsettled" situations for 2015?
Bogus Megapardus

LeopardBall10 wrote:
Hopefully, your guys have a better place to stay this time. I heard that the coach/support member who made the hotel reservations last time was eventually fired by Laycock for that debacle.

Anyone know where the opposing teams even stay when playing in Easton? Not a whole lot of options for hotels with meal service for any significant number of people.


Hampton Inn Easton on Rt. 248 seems best though the league will push the Lehigh Valley Best Western due to the sponsorship deal.  What happened with the Tribe hotel last time?
flyfisher

I would think most teams would stay over in Jersey. teams need hotels with meal service. that eliminates a lot of teh hampton's and such. Need to look Marriott, Hilton, Embassy Suites, Westin and such. No really good places in easton for that. Not much in Allentown or Beth. I would think W&M would get closer to I-95 for the drive home.

they dont eat cereal and a danish in the morning. Plus dinners are usually served night before.

Back to the game. W&M offense should be much improved and as Tribe says, their O-line will be strong. I would expect them to try to run the ball. Plus that is what Laycock likes to do. W&M has a fabulous O-line coach in Solderitch. He played there, got his MBA there, and then played for the Vikings. Great coach, great person.
Tribe4SF

carney2 wrote:
Hi, Sandy.  A little surprised by your statement about "improved QB play."  Isn't QB another of your "unsettled" situations for 2015?


QB is anything but unsettled. Steve Cluley started all 12 games last fall, and showed exceptional improvement this spring. He's always had the arm and the athleticism. Command of the offense and decision making much improved.

Replacing Tre McBride and Sean Ballard at WR is the big task for the offense. Devonte Dedmon should be the go to guy, and Christian Reeves and Kevin Hart have started in the past but both have had nagging injury issues. Redshirt freshman David Carlisle is a big addition at 6'3" 210, and Daniel Kuzjak and Flynn Heald are experienced. Isaiah Kinder switched from QB mid-spring and showed promise. True freshman Chris Conlan (son of Penn State great Shane Conlan) is another big receiver at 6'5" and could get in the mix.
Tribe4SF

flyfisher wrote:

Back to the game. W&M offense should be much improved and as Tribe says, their O-line will be strong. I would expect them to try to run the ball. Plus that is what Laycock likes to do. W&M has a fabulous O-line coach in Solderitch. He played there, got his MBA there, and then played for the Vikings. Great coach, great person.


Your kudos for Bob Solderitch are spot on. This may be the best 0-line he's had, and is certainly the deepest. Big, athletic, and nine-deep with starting experience and a couple of very promising redshirt freshmen. Best of all we only lose one starter after this season.

Solderitch is an Eastern PA guy who played for Whitehall H.S.
Andy

Re: 89 days...

Tribe4SF wrote:
...and I'll be in Easton again. Optimism is growing in Williamsburg with the prospect of an improved offense, and a couple of key transfers coming in. Picked up a place kicker from Pitt and a DB from Temple to help with unsettled safety position. Still waiting to hear on possible DE transfer from Va Tech. DE the other unsettled spot on defense. Pards' improved defense should get a quick test from Tribe offense featuring stellar o-line, returning CAA rushing leader, and expectation of much improved QB play.

Tribe Captains are returning All-CAA performers RB Mikal Abdul-Saboor, CB Deandre Houston-Carson, OC Andrew Jones, and MLB Luke Rhodes. All are 5th year seniors, with Abdul-Saboor beginning MBA program this summer.



We'll be a lot younger, for sure, with one 5th year medical,  and we haven't had a transfer in years.

Strength will be our defense, although looking for depth at DE and DB.  Your OL will be a good test.

On O, we'll have an experienced QB.  We have a budding star WR in soph Mrazek and much speed brought in for the slot, frosh whom we are all looking forward to seeing.  We lose our RB of course, but I love this kid Brown based on glimpses last year, very versatile, want to see durability.  Also expecting a lot from #25, Mayfield, a bigger guy, who has been injury plagued.  OL being revamped and we've traditionally taken a while to gel, so holding my breath here.  Could be ugly early, although talented frosh in the mix.  Supposedly we've brought in a stud kicker and Smalley, if they keep him there, is a truly dangerous return man.
flyfisher

Tribe4SF wrote:
flyfisher wrote:

Back to the game. W&M offense should be much improved and as Tribe says, their O-line will be strong. I would expect them to try to run the ball. Plus that is what Laycock likes to do. W&M has a fabulous O-line coach in Solderitch. He played there, got his MBA there, and then played for the Vikings. Great coach, great person.


Your kudos for Bob Solderitch are spot on. This may be the best 0-line he's had, and is certainly the deepest. Big, athletic, and nine-deep with starting experience and a couple of very promising redshirt freshmen. Best of all we only lose one starter after this season.

Solderitch is an Eastern PA guy who played for Whitehall H.S.


he would make a great Head Coach for us when Frant retires. I always thought he was in line for Laycock's job. He's perfect. Knows the game, recruits well, kids love him, everyone respects him, smart, and a W&M guy.
Bogus Megapardus

Re: 89 days...

Andy wrote:
On O, we'll have an experienced QB.  We have a budding star WR in soph Mrazek and much speed brought in for the slot, frosh whom we are all looking forward to seeing.


Freshmen at Lafayette don't redshirt so they don't often have a featured role.  Exceptions include the recently-graduated Luke Chiarolanzio, Shane Black and  Ross Scheuerman.  But I have a hunch we're going to see more of them this year.  One guy I'm looking at who hasn't been mentioned is WR Joey Chenoweth from St. John Bosco in Los Angeles.  Chenoweth was an RB who converted to WR/SLOT after he transferred in his senior year.  He excelled against elite, top-shelf competition on California, catching fastballs from one of the nation's very best QBs (5 star QB Josh Rosen who's now at UCLA).  Chenoweth could be someone who takes up the screens and in-the-flat passes that Scheuerman leaves behind.  Maybe he gets some of Scheuerman's runs, too.  Who knows?

Chenoweth is listed as running a 4.51 forty but I'm told by a double-secret inside source that he plays much faster and that he could really dominate here with his speed, just as Scheuerman did.

Note to Tribe4SF and other Tribe posters - This year's seniors represent the last and final non-scholarship class at Lafayette.
Andy

Yes!  Chenoweth, C.J. and Granjean.  Can't wait!  And not to slight Crawford who may be the starter at slot. (?)

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