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Andy

For Killa: "30 days the boogaloo"

The long wait has dwindled down to 30 days starting tomorrow.  Funny how song lyrics stay with you and define moments. For 50 years now, when I hear the words "30 days," the lyrics to that Judge song automatically pop into my head, where he imposes sentence including "30 days the boogaloo."    Not comparing camp to jail, but the guys have 30 days to get the bugaloo down and EXPLODE TO VICTORY on Friday night, September Second, Two Thousand and Sixteen,  in New Britain, Connecticut, The Hardware Capital of the World" !!!!!!!!!   GO PARDS!!!! GO PARDS!!!! LET'S GO!!!!!

(I'm back, killa. Thanks for talking me off the ledge)
killaBee

Yes Andy,

You are not alone in your countdown. The Leopards will shock many teams this year. I'm sure there are many on here who are as excited and as positive  as we are, and most will be watching practices, and preparing for the road trip in the days to come.

This kids are definitely excited, many have been training since last December, and on campus all summer as a 18,19, and 20 year olders? That says a lot!!

There is only 1 reason and that is in 30 day to .....KICK CCSU'S BUTT!!!

Question: How do you keep a CCSU football player off your lawn?
Answer:  Give them a football!!!!!!

Oh and ANDY,

and it is impossible for you to be on the ledge.. Think about it!!!!


GOOOOOO LEOPARDS!!!!!!!!!    2016
1990honda

Counting down with you! I don't know if we can wait until the first home game. We are driving up on the 24th. Will they have practice? Freshmen orientation is the 26th. Probably will fly to Connecticut on the 2nd. I am just ready for some football.
killaBee

Yes camp begins this Friday... You will see some action when you visit.  Lafayette College is such a great experience for you son.. I hope you and your family enjoy your visit.

I want to cheer with you... Hittttt. Suuummmmbodyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!
1990honda

Four weeks and a day to some game action. Killabee, he is expressing massive excitement about the start of practice. Do they put up depth charts?
Andy

1990honda wrote:
Four weeks and a day to some game action. Killabee, he is expressing massive excitement about the start of practice. Do they put up depth charts?


The "two-deep" will be included in each week's "game notes"  which will be posted on the athletics website around Tues of game weeks. The overall depth chart is in Frank's office, only visible to sneaky visitors on Bourger VH tours (not saying I ever took a peak Wink ) and our awesome columnist/blogger, Paul Reinhard, who shares with us from time to time.
1990honda

Thanks Andy(The Diplomat),

I hope you don't mine the nick name. I believe you have the temperament to guide us to a good place on this board. You have facts, you have heart, and you have some fire.  I love your passion.
flyfisher

see you boys in a few weeks. catching a practice next week.
killaBee

Hello fly,  

Looking forward to seeing you.
Andy

My friend,XBO, who is vested with such authority, has informed me that I have been appointed President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Chris Granjean Fan Club, a position that I, quite frankly, campaigned for (although the appointment may have been an effort to shut me up already on the subject).  Therefore, as President, I make the following initial proclamation:

GIVE HIM THE DAMN BALL!!!!

Speed! Wiggle! Speed! Do it!  Very Happy
1990honda

Congrats Andy !!!!!
NewXbo

Andy wrote:
My friend,XBO, who is vested with such authority, has informed me that I have been appointed President of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Chris Granjean Fan Club, a position that I, quite frankly, campaigned for (although the appointment may have been an effort to shut me up already on the subject).  Therefore, as President, I make the following initial proclamation:

GIVE HIM THE DAMN BALL!!!!

Speed! Wiggle! Speed! Do it!  Very Happy


Well you owe me $3.58.  I had to buy 25 votes. Damn LCLF held out, finally gave in for a used golf ball. He lost it two swings later.
zenator

Andy:

Yesterday was the first day of camp with pads, contact and one-on-one drills. Any reports?
NE Leopard

zenator wrote:
Andy:

Yesterday was the first day of camp with pads, contact and one-on-one drills. Any reports?


The first few days of practice are mostly limited to non-contact drill work, conditioning, and instruction. Some NCAA rules around contact are in place also. (I think)
zenator

NE Leopard wrote:
zenator wrote:
Andy:

Yesterday was the first day of camp with pads, contact and one-on-one drills. Any reports?


The first few days of practice are mostly limited to non-contact drill work, conditioning, and instruction. Some NCAA rules around contact are in place also. (I think)


NE Leopard:

Right you are. My mistake on "contact." Heard there were one on one drills, but do not know how anyone did or looked.
1990honda

Full pads start on Thursday.
Andy

zenator wrote:
Andy:

Yesterday was the first day of camp with pads, contact and one-on-one drills. Any reports?


I hope to post a report following Saturday's scrimmage.  Will hit the road early to get my first look at the Leopards as they prepare to SHOCK THE WORLD 2016!  Let's go!
killaBee

e.  Will hit the road early to get my first look at the Leopards as they prepare to SHOCK THE WORLD 2016!  Let's go![/quote]

We will shock some teams Andy... lol

I can smell the CROW stirring..lmao..

CCSU... is definitely the first to go down.  Down goes the Blue Devils!!!!
gopards

I walked over to practice the first two days and plan to go back today. I am going to try to go over there every day for a few minutes so that I can give some reports. On the first day they were only on the field for a little over an hour because of a lightning storm that went through Easton. The receivers looked very good. Josh Davis and Yazir Thomas were very impressive. For the qb’s, Drew Reed looks to be the starter because of his knowledge of the offense, but the qb that looked like the best qb was Austin McCrum. The line looked very good. Defensively they did not really get to much because of the weather, but Tre Jordan was the first safety off the bench and was very athletic and impressive. I will give my thoughts on yesterday’s and today’s practice later today.
Andy

Knew we could count on you, gp. Other locals not so much.  Wink

Keep em coming, gp, pls.
gopards

Camp Day 2 :
Breedlove was in a walking boot as it looked like he had sprained his ankle. He was doing a lot of weight and tire work.  Meriwether and Ollis Robinson were wearing blue shirts. Everyone was just in helmets, so you could not tell a lot, but the offense and the defense looked very good.  
Camp Day 3 :
The team was in uppers today.  Breedlove was out of the walking boot, but still not practicing.  He was doing running, tire work and weight training.  He looks like he should be back soon.  Meriwether and Robinson were still in blue shirts.  On the offensive side, in one on one drills the receivers beat the offense a good number of times, but there were some very good defensive plays by Phil Parham, Draeland James and Tre Jordan.  As a whole during one on one, both the offense and defense looked good.  When we went to the 7 on 7 portion of the practice, again the offense had the advantage at the beginning of the drills, but it evened out as the practice continued.  Tre Jordan continued to make a couple of defensive plays in swatting balls away from receivers.  Also, Rocco Palumbo, Matt Mrazek, Josh Davis and Yasir Thomas made some spectacular catches that went for TDs.  The team portion of the practice was in two sessions, one at the beginning and one session to end the day’s practice.  The offensive line looked good for most of the team practice.  They would get their blocks, but often Brandon Bryant would find a way to make a play.  He seemed to be all over the field making plays. Bryant, who is listed at 225 lbs on the roster, looks to be about 240 – he really looks like he hit the weight room in the off season.  It looks like he is on track to have another impressive season to follow up on the 114 tackles that he made last year. For the quarterback position, the QB who had the best practice today was Drew Reed, followed by Austin McCrum.  Desean Brown had a couple of long TD runs in the team scrimmage, and Matt Mrazek and Rocco Palumbo in team scrimmage had a couple of amazing catches that went for TDs.  This is also the second day in a row that the receivers did not drop one ball.
Andy

gp, who's starting at corner with Phil and at safety with DJ? Thx
gopards

Andy, Parish Simmons is starting at corner and T.J. Jones is at safety.
Clay Rush has also gotten some first team reps at corner
BillS

gopards wrote:
Andy, Parish Simmons is starting at corner and T.J. Jones is at safety.
Clay Rush has also gotten some first team reps at corner
where is Jerry Powe he started 6 games last year and was Defensive rookie of the year ?
Andy

BillS wrote:
gopards wrote:
Andy, Parish Simmons is starting at corner and T.J. Jones is at safety.
Clay Rush has also gotten some first team reps at corner
where is Jerry Powe he started 6 games last year and was Defensive rookie of the year ?


starting "strike."  He was moved there from traditional safety and stuck.
BillS

Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
gopards wrote:
Andy, Parish Simmons is starting at corner and T.J. Jones is at safety.
Clay Rush has also gotten some first team reps at corner
where is Jerry Powe he started 6 games last year and was Defensive rookie of the year ?


starting "strike."  He was moved there from traditional safety and stuck.
Thanks Andy!
gopards

Camp day 4:
Today was a very hot and humid day in Easton, which lead to many players having issues with cramping. Dante Lonardo and Ollis Robinson were in full gear, but did not participate in the team part of the practice. They were working on the bags and using the tires and weights. Michael Root and Josh Davis only played in a limited number of plays as frank was trying to give his vets a little bit of a rest today. I think because of the heat and also he wanted the young guys to show what they can do. there were a lot first teamers mixed with second teamers and first teamers mixed with third teamers. The offensive line looked very good. They have looked very good all the days in camp so far, but today had to be the best. They are really jelling and creating a great rapport and continuity with each other, which has been lacking in our offensive line in the last few years. The starters are LT Cam Smith, LG Connor Staudle, Center Kevin Zataveski, RG Logan Grieser, and RT Nick Zataveski. Drew Reed again showed he was the best QB in camp. Blake had some good passes, but the difference was Drew’s throws into traffic and throws under pressure. The running game was solid today. There a couple of nice runs Desean Brown an C.J. Amil. On the defensive side of the football, there wasn’t much continuity because they were moving players in and out all the time, but as a whole group they played very well. The front seven is one of the biggest we’ve had in many years and they are very physical and pursue the ball relentlessly. They may be able to rival the 2005 defense. Frank has been very fiery and intense in camp this year. I think he is back to the old Frank Tavani, which we have not seen in a few years. Tomorrow is the first full pads practice of the year.
SIDELINER

gopards wrote:
Camp day 4:
Today was a very hot and humid day in Easton, which lead to many players having issues with cramping. Dante Lonardo and Ollis Robinson were in full gear, but did not participate in the team part of the practice. They were working on the bags and using the tires and weights. Michael Root and Josh Davis only played in a limited number of plays as frank was trying to give his vets a little bit of a rest today. I think because of the heat and also he wanted the young guys to show what they can do. there were a lot first teamers mixed with second teamers and first teamers mixed with third teamers. The offensive line looked very good. They have looked very good all the days in camp so far, but today had to be the best. They are really jelling and creating a great rapport and continuity with each other, which has been lacking in our offensive line in the last few years. The starters are LT Cam Smith, LG Connor Staudle, Center Kevin Zataveski, RG Logan Grieser, and RT Nick Zataveski. Drew Reed again showed he was the best QB in camp. Blake had some good passes, but the difference was Drew’s throws into traffic and throws under pressure. The running game was solid today. There a couple of nice runs Desean Brown an C.J. Amil. On the defensive side of the football, there wasn’t much continuity because they were moving players in and out all the time, but as a whole group they played very well. The front seven is one of the biggest we’ve had in many years and they are very physical and pursue the ball relentlessly. They may be able to rival the 2005 defense. Frank has been very fiery and intense in camp this year. I think he is back to the old Frank Tavani, which we have not seen in a few years. Tomorrow is the first full pads practice of the year.


Today's practice, according to a Reinhard blog, has been moved up to 8:45 a.m. because of the intense heat. Times for the next few days may change, too.
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
Today's practice, according to a Reinhard blog, has been moved up to 8:45 a.m. because of the intense heat. Times for the next few days may change, too.


Thanks! Paul says any weekend schedule changes will be mentioned in his Friday Morning Call piece.

Also from Mr. Wilson:

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l...uild_back.html#incart_river_index
Andy

OK, they have begun a Preseason Central, link posted on twitter account:

http://www.goleopards.com/sports/...pec-rel/16-preseason-central.html

Saturday's practice with scrimmage moved to 8am. Yikes!
killaBee

Andy wrote:
OK, they have begun a Preseason Central, link posted on twitter account:

http://www.goleopards.com/sports/...pec-rel/16-preseason-central.html

Saturday's practice with scrimmage moved to 8am. Yikes!


GOOOOOO LEOPARDSSSSSS!!!!!
WE WILL SHOCK THE WORLD.... 2016

THE BLUE DEVILS WILL GO DOWNNNNNN
SIDELINER

The Morning Call's story from Thursday's practice:

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...all-camp-0811-20160811-story.html

Also a Reinhard blog from practice:

www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com
Andy

Love the effort and attitude PR describes!

Depth chart posted:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schoo...n_event/16preseasondepthchart.pdf



****83****
BillS

Andy wrote:
Love the effort and attitude PR describes!

Depth chart posted:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schoo...n_event/16preseasondepthchart.pdf



****83****
I know it's early but Demetrius didn't make the 2 deep hmmm
bethlehempard

Four sophomores on the O/D top 22: is that lower than usual?
Andy

BillS wrote:
Andy wrote:
Love the effort and attitude PR describes!

Depth chart posted:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schoo...n_event/16preseasondepthchart.pdf



****83****
I know it's early but Demetrius didn't make the 2 deep hmmm


Very Happy  Come on, beach bummer!.  No worries, there are only 2 DT spots and 4 good upperclassmen ahead of him.  What would excite me the most is if Labudev is back to pre-metal-rod-in-leg form (And comes back for a redshirt with Cepeda).  Freshmen make preseason 2 deeps because of lack of numbers at a position. Havent had time to beat anyone out yet.  I'd guess Breedlove is a twisted ankle away from getting in game rotation.
1990honda

Great competition at every position. A lot of positives to build on. The freshmen got to fight for P/T. Special teams should be awesome. The scrimmages should give a better look.
BillS

Andy wrote:
BillS wrote:
Andy wrote:
Love the effort and attitude PR describes!

Depth chart posted:

http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schoo...n_event/16preseasondepthchart.pdf



****83****
I know it's early but Demetrius didn't make the 2 deep hmmm


Very Happy  Come on, beach bummer!.  No worries, there are only 2 DT spots and 4 good upperclassmen ahead of him.  What would excite me the most is if Labudev is back to pre-metal-rod-in-leg form (And comes back for a redshirt with Cepeda).  Freshmen make preseason 2 deeps because of lack of numbers at a position. Havent had time to beat anyone out yet.  I'd guess Breedlove is a twisted ankle away from getting in game rotation.
Beach bummer lol you are right Andy his day to shine will come very soon!
SIDELINER

Breedlove had a boot on his leg at the beginning of camp. I don't know if he's had a legit chance to make an impression. If he can take part in scrimmages tomorrow morning and next week, you'll know more about him. As has been said, the d-line is already two-deep without the freshmen.
bethlehempard

Right now it's bearable for a spectator in the shade. Practice is fast-paced. Frank is in form. August in Easton. It's going to be a tough hot week.
Mrazek looks really good today. 24 was yanked after he held a receiver in the end zone.
Blake to Chenoweth, easy TD.
98 is dressed but I don't know if he participated.
1990honda

Anymore info. on the scrimmage?
bethlehempard

I only saw the last 45 minutes. The coaches really kept it moving. I didn't see any injuries. On the OL I think it was 79 Smith looking good. I didnt have a printed roster to take notes though and the heat is sapping my memory.  Lots of subbing. I didn't notice the classes but didn't really see any freshmen doing much.
A walk through campus later and a stop downtown were tough. The heat is fierce today.
I only saw 7 and 9 out there. The QBs threw some nice ones and some with not a lot of zip.
The crowd was maybe 60, 80?
The pace made it fun to watch. Mrazek was my offensive star today.
1990honda

Thanks BP
Andy

I arrived about 8:20, missed the first series with DR at QB.  

Hit of the day goes to KHutch for a jarring tackle on RB (West, I believe) causing a fumble. 5 mins after I got there.  Played strike. Quick, tough.

Parrish Simmons also had a nice smack on my man Granjean, simultaneous with reception causing incompletion. Not bad by CG just excellently played by Simmons. I thought Simmons had an excellent day, several tackles, most improved player IMO.

Biggest surprise was the running of Mayfield. Where has this quickness been???  In an early series he picked up a first down on 3rd and short; next play took it to the house. Ran well all day. This was almost exclusively as a single setback.  Played a little FB on the coming away from goal line series. Mayfield was impressive. Frank - "Like a horse, Kyle" This is the Mayf-monster we've been waiting for.

Second most impressive at RB was Dunn. Good quickness, tough. Nice move after reception in flat for good yardage. We have a winner here.

DeSean was fine in limited carries. (Wait, maybe a fumble...?) CJ I just didnt see much of. Not sure why. No #5 today.

Mrazek scored on a seam route, deep. All alone. Also excellent hands on sideline pattern grabs. No worries here.

QB again I missed Reed's first series, but overall I thought Blake showed the most, although Drew was accurate on several throws. Drew had a poor red zone series.  MCCrum played with 2nd O. He is a skilled ball faker and ran several times. He missed high on a couple throws. "The Future" is just getting started.

Joey had a sweet kick return, and a TD as Bp said.  Joey is a talent, no doubt.

Yasir Thomas was impressive even on an interception where he ran the defender down, making a foot grabbing dive just before the endzone. Coaches loved the effort. Thomas is quick, like him a lot.

Mike Root, Dante,  the kicker and a few others didnt participate.  Only injury was a stinger suffered by TE, former QB from NY whose name escapes me (jeez).  Big dude!

Hmm, cant recall seeing Parham, must have been in blue on far sideline.

Staudle and Grieser back in at guards. QBs had decent time to throw all day.Yeah, Oline!!!!

Young guys receiving punts were shakey. Forrester did fine.

Bosch made plays. 97 got a lot of time at other DE.

Frank seemed more involved, more vocal as gopards had indicated.

830 am, not even sitting in the sun - hot and humid as could be.  Good job by the kids to keep spirits up. I forgot my pen and xbo was no help. Maybe Some other stuff will come to me.

I thought we were told Rose was recruited specifically for strike. Playing inside now.  

We could use another quality QB recruit in 2017.
SIDELINER

The heat obviously didn't fry the brains of bpard and Andy ... good stuff on the scrimmage today. Thanks to both.

All that analysis and not a word about Bryant. Did he play? Also wondering how Draeland James is doing in his return.  Coach Tavani did say the other day that d-backs were athletic but young and would make good and bad plays. The athleticism should help them improve quickly.

Nice to see Hutchinson had a big play. I think he's going to be a starter in his freshman season -- and then he's going to get bigger and bigger over the next few years.

Not surprised about Searfoss looking better than Reed. I've heard BS might have the advantage after one week. Avoid the turnovers ... that's the key.

Mrazek reminds me more and more of MRoss all the time, and I think he's in for a breakout year -- like Mark had as a junior. And if people have to double him in any way, other options at WR are plentiful.

Did the DL get ANY penetration? That's a priority this year and the secondary can really use the help.  And, how about Powe at strike?

Wish I could have been there, but not this time.
bethlehempard

The OL held when I was there.
I don't recall any blitzes, perhaps that's the scrimmage rule. Like some of those high school all-star games.
There were six officials but not many penalties called late beyond the grabbed jersey by 24, who I think was covering Joey C.
It was a good time except for the heat.
We went to the Easton Public Market later. I like the place but some of the prices are insane. I spend time in midtown Manhattan and I compare the prices on that basis. You're paying Easton rent don't try to charge above-NYC prices.
They can't be serving too many real Eastonians.

BTW does anybody else recall the infamous Brigitte Nielsen scrimmage? Maybe the last I attended before today.
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
The heat obviously didn't fry the brains of bpard and Andy ... good stuff on the scrimmage today. Thanks to both.

All that analysis and not a word about Bryant. Did he play? Also wondering how Draeland James is doing in his return.  Coach Tavani did say the other day that d-backs were athletic but young and would make good and bad plays. The athleticism should help them improve quickly.

Nice to see Hutchinson had a big play. I think he's going to be a starter in his freshman season -- and then he's going to get bigger and bigger over the next few years.

Not surprised about Searfoss looking better than Reed. I've heard BS might have the advantage after one week. Avoid the turnovers ... that's the key.

Mrazek reminds me more and more of MRoss all the time, and I think he's in for a breakout year -- like Mark had as a junior. And if people have to double him in any way, other options at WR are plentiful.

Did the DL get ANY penetration? That's a priority this year and the secondary can really use the help.  And, how about Powe at strike?

Wish I could have been there, but not this time.


It's difficult without the ability to replay to see every guy on every play. I'm particularly bad at it. The plays out in the open are what stick in my memory. Brandon and Hinchen started inside. Tackles on inside running plays are hard to see. Also I missed first series which was probably ones vs ones.  Those guys making tackles would be a surprise to no one anyway.

Young Pearson had a nice breakup corner of the endzone on a nicely thrown ball by Reed to fr Liedtka, believe it was.

Hinchen was kicking off, pretty good actually, one at least inside the 5.

Draeland was out there, I didn't focus on him too much but I do recall him positioning the other safety. Being a leader out there. Also making it hard to tell who was who was the DBs practice of pulling their jersey front up into
the bottom of their shoulder pads,  (relief from the scorching heat) exposing the white under shirt and hiding their number.  I was very happy to see Simmons so involved, active, making tackles.

I saw first DL beat up on 2nd OL.  Not on 1st OL.  We've got a good first 5 OL.
1990honda

The excitement is really growing around the team. We are so thankful for the guys who made the trip to the scrimmage. Andy and Bpard thank you. I did hear that although Mitchell had a bad play, he had two picks yesterday and another today. Also, that Jerry Powe had a nice tackle for a lost on the goal line. Can't wait for Sept. 2.
gopards

The offensive line looked very good today. They looked like the best group since Stan has come to Lafayette.  Logan Grieser played fantastic today.  The front seven looked good today.  They received pressure at points, but the offensive line was so good that they mitigated some of the great play of the defensive line.  Linebacker Michael was suited up, but did not play. The defensive secondary played well, considering that most of the starters did not play much.  Phil Parham dressed, but did not play.  Draeland James played one series and TJ Jones only played 2 or maybe 3.  Parish Simmons was the only starter that got a large chunk of play time, and is clearly one of the most improved starters from last year. Frank appears to have changed the offense a bit.  They got rid of the stretch play, which never seemed to work, and also the strange pitch plays which generally ended in a fumble or the running back being stopped 5 yards in the backfield. It looks like we have gone back to the offense that we ran when Bob Heffner and Mike Faragalli. were here.  The play of the day had to be Yasir Thomas running down a defensive back who had intercepted a pass, when Yasir was 25 yards behind him and on the opposite side of the field.  At QB, Drew Reed only played in 3 series.  Blake got most of the work.  The true first team defense (minus Parham and Root), only played in one series the whole time.  It was in the red zone portion of the scrimmage.  It looks like Frank wanted to give the younger guys some work today.
Andy

1990honda wrote:
The excitement is really growing around the team. We are so thankful for the guys who made the trip to the scrimmage. Andy and Bpard thank you. I did hear that although Mitchell had a bad play, he had two picks yesterday and another today. Also, that Jerry Powe had a nice tackle for a lost on the goal line. Can't wait for Sept. 2.


Great to hear of the guys' excitement to get going. They seemed to be all business today in the heat. Very focused. Intense.

For the record and not to take anything away from Mitchell, those picks were on poorly thrown balls by 3rd and 4th string QBs. The hold on Joey may have been a smart reaction by Mitchell realizing he was beaten.  Looking for big things from him.
SIDELINER

Andy wrote:
1990honda wrote:
The excitement is really growing around the team. We are so thankful for the guys who made the trip to the scrimmage. Andy and Bpard thank you. I did hear that although Mitchell had a bad play, he had two picks yesterday and another today. Also, that Jerry Powe had a nice tackle for a lost on the goal line. Can't wait for Sept. 2.


Great to hear of the guys' excitement to get going. They seemed to be all business today in the heat. Very focused. Intense.

For the record and not to take anything away from Mitchell, those picks were on poorly thrown balls by 3rd and 4th string QBs. The hold on Joey may have been a smart reaction by Mitchell realizing he was beaten.  Looking for big things from him.


I think I remember a couple of times when I wished an LC DB would have grabbed a HC WR in the end zone to prevent a game-winning touchdown in the closing minutes of a game. I hope LC DBs don't have to do a lot of that THIS year.
Andy

So, practice scheduled for "10:15","  I get there at 10:25 and somehow have missed the first 2 series of the scrimmage: is there no warm up to start practice?  Was told Reed did pretty well in the first series.  I saw next to nothing positive O-wise from the 3rd series onward. Starting OL stuffed by the 2nd D, Clayton explodes. Come on, OL, we're counting on you this year.

Positives:
McCrum's arm.
The play of Yassir Thomas
The speed of Mitchell.
West and Dunn would do fine if they had a bit of daylight to run to.
Bissell was great on KOs and FG. Forrester looked fine.
First OL did come back and score in red zone drill. Yeah!
Maybe we have something building here with this 2016 defense!

I was too late to see CJ, Brown, Mrazek, Brandon, or 25.
I have no evaluation but it was great to finally see Root and Dante on the field.

Simmons doing well, #10 made a play behind LOS. KHutch I beleve not dressed. TE Evans not dressed.

Caught behind an accident with police investigation on 78E. Brutal.

Bring a Morici's sicilian home, turn my back, wife eats the center slices, leaves me the corners.  One of those days.

Somebody give me something positive. Anything from the post scrimmage stuff? Thanks.
Lafalum

I thought Bissell's leg was amazing placing two balls over Bourger's roof!!
Andy

Lafalum wrote:
I thought Bissell's leg was amazing placing two balls over Bourger's roof!!


Yup, and we couldnt practice a kick return cause he kept kicking them in the endzone.
killaBee

13 days until il kick off..

The Leopards are going to shock some teams...

CCSU .. WILL GO DOWN...
RichH

Gee Andy tne corners are the best part. I usually have to fight for them Smile
1990honda

Man I am jealous!  I've been home waiting on the updates all day. I heard it was a lot of people there today.
SIDELINER

Brad Wilson comes through with some good stories.  Paul Reinhard was at a race at Pocono and had to miss the scrimmage.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l...yettes_in.html#incart_river_index

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l..._to_strik.html#incart_river_index
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
Brad Wilson comes through with some good stories.  Paul Reinhard was at a race at Pocono and had to miss the scrimmage.

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l...yettes_in.html#incart_river_index

http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/l..._to_strik.html#incart_river_index


We miss PR's coverage, but Wilson's "8 takeaways" is a pro writer's version of what I saw yesterday. True.

Rich H, Morici's is all good, I just want right of first refusal. Smile
SixtyEighter

I too attended the scrimmage Saturday AM. I agree with Brad Wilson's analysis. Further it appears that this year's official excuse for being less than stellar is that "Wer're a young team." Bit that defies logic. The class of 2017 was the first scholarship class. Twenty-one wunderkind were annointed with $250000 4 year scholarships to play football.A review of the roster discloses only 13 remain. A comparison with the recruit announcement for the class indicates that amongst the missing are Alex Alford DL ,Conner Bor LB , Ben Carroll DB , Adin Greenfield RB , Devon Leach OL , Matt Mcann OL , Hunter Price LB , and Duncan Sparks DB. Theses are all familiar names because they had significant playing time.This lack of cohesion is the death of a football program. One third of all the recruits for 2017 are MIA for various reasons. However it represents a recruiting failure and an indictment of the program.a college football team cannot succeed without a senior laden starting line up.
1990honda

The Brad Wilson analysis was for the most part a positive review. The last three recruiting classes must have corrected some problems. The coaches admitted to the mistakes they made rushing to fill the first scholarship class. How are the Junior, Sophomore, and Freshmen classes holding up?
NewXbo

SixtyEighter wrote:
I too attended the scrimmage Saturday AM. I agree with Brad Wilson's analysis. Further it appears that this year's official excuse for being less than stellar is that "Wer're a young team." Bit that defies logic. The class of 2017 was the first scholarship class. Twenty-one wunderkind were annointed with $250000 4 year scholarships to play football.A review of the roster discloses only 13 remain. A comparison with the recruit announcement for the class indicates that amongst the missing are Alex Alford DL ,Conner Bor LB , Ben Carroll DB , Adin Greenfield RB , Devon Leach OL , Matt Mcann OL , Hunter Price LB , and Duncan Sparks DB. Theses are all familiar names because they had significant playing time.This lack of cohesion is the death of a football program. One third of all the recruits for 2017 are MIA for various reasons. However it represents a recruiting failure and an indictment of the program.a college football team cannot succeed without a senior laden starting line up.



I'm off topic here 68, but you are a baseball guy and I was wondering if you can confirm that DAVE BEDNAR is not returning for his final year.
bethlehempard

He signed with the Padres a couple days after the draft and has been on one short-season team and was last with Fort Wayne.
NewXbo

bethlehempard wrote:
He signed with the Padres a couple days after the draft and has been on one short-season team and was last with Fort Wayne.


OK, found him, Thanx
1990honda

The roster has 21 Juniors, 23 Sophomores, 26 Freshmen. The Junior class had 26 signees in 2014.  The sophomore class had only 18 in 2015.  The freshmen had 25 in 2016.
bethlehempard

I'm just looking for light at the end of this long tunnel.
That has to be a winning season. Not in the league but the entire schedule.
Just give us 6-5.
Six. And. Five.
Can it be? When?
1990honda

I know I'm an optimist and believe it is more blessed to believe without seeing. But, I see enough to believe we will have a winning season and a shot at the conference championship. I guess if you have been disappointed as much as you guys have in the last several years, you need a little extra proof.  Maybe I would too. The only game that matters right now is CCSU. Lafayette sports are currently undefeated for 2016.
bison137

1990honda wrote:
The roster has 21 Juniors, 23 Sophomores, 26 Freshmen. The Junior class had 26 signees in 2014.  The sophomore class had only 18 in 2015.  The freshmen had 25 in 2016.



Soph class had 18 on signing day - but added 4 more a few days later.   Total of at least 22.
bethlehempard

6-5. The impossible dream? At least FB had consecutive winning seasons in the past decade (2008, 2009).  
For MBB, I don't think Lafayette has done that, consecutive non-losing years, since the glory days at the end of the 1990s. The last century.
WBB: well it's a clean slate.
It's a new season.
zenator

1990honda wrote:
The roster has 21 Juniors, 23 Sophomores, 26 Freshmen. The Junior class had 26 signees in 2014.  The sophomore class had only 18 in 2015.  The freshmen had 25 in 2016.


Not doubting your math, but that means that there are only 12 seniors on the roster, which is a really low number for a team that aspires to a winning season.  

On the other hand, it also means that 27 players will not make the 55 member travel team, most of whom will probably be freshman and sophomores. This is pretty much a good sign, since it suggests that the Pards finally have the luxury of developing its young talent the right way, especially on the OL, DL and QB positions.
killaBee

https://youtu.be/wk0va5JsTOQ



I don't believe a word.. If this does not make you mad, I don't know what will!!!  CCSU will go down!!!  I want to win by 60....

Sept. 2,, .. 10 days left... Goooo Leopards......
pardfan

bethlehempard wrote:
I'm just looking for light at the end of this long tunnel.
That has to be a winning season. Not in the league but the entire schedule.
Just give us 6-5.
Six. And. Five.
Can it be? When?


Six and five against the toughest schedule in (at least) the last fifty years would be quite an accomplishment.  I want us to keep the games close enough that the fans stay in their seats past halftime.  No blowouts.
RichH

PL max on travel squads is 60 for league games..
bison137

zenator wrote:
1990honda wrote:
The roster has 21 Juniors, 23 Sophomores, 26 Freshmen. The Junior class had 26 signees in 2014.  The sophomore class had only 18 in 2015.  The freshmen had 25 in 2016.


Not doubting your math, but that means that there are only 12 seniors on the roster, which is a really low number for a team that aspires to a winning season.  

On the other hand, it also means that 27 players will not make the 55 member travel team, most of whom will probably be freshman and sophomores. This is pretty much a good sign, since it suggests that the Pards finally have the luxury of developing its young talent the right way, especially on the OL, DL and QB positions.



Under PL rules, travel squad is 60 (plus any seniors you want to bring).
bethlehempard

I don't expect 6-5 this year. Maybe not next. When? Ever?
zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I attended my first Lafayette contest in the 1960s. I've seen a lot but dreams of a 4-7 season were never part of the experience.
Especially with scholarships.
"Give us scholarships and we will compete with anybody!"
Four Pinocchios.
1990honda

We have gotten better in many ways. Over all speed is definitely one of those areas of improvement. Team defense (multiple tacklers to the ball), enthusiasm, and multiple play makers will add to the team improvement movement. I hear different names making plays every practice. Hard hits more frequently by different players. Defense wins championships.
1990honda

bethlehempard wrote:
I don't expect 6-5 this year. Maybe not next. When? Ever?
zzzzzzzzzzzzzz
I attended my first Lafayette contest in the 1960s. I've seen a lot but dreams of a 4-7 season were never part of the experience.
Especially with scholarships.
"Give us scholarships and we will compete with anybody!"
Four Pinocchios.


Lafayette got scholarships but everyone else did also (except Georgetown). The competition got greater. The team is going in the right direction and will be more competitive. But the whole culture must change without sacrificing the main reason kids want to go to Lafayette - education and graduation.
Andy

1990honda wrote:
We have gotten better in many ways. Over all speed is definitely one of those areas of improvement. Team defense (multiple tacklers to the ball), enthusiasm, and multiple play makers will add to the team improvement movement. I hear different names making plays every practice. Hard hits more frequently by different players. Defense wins championships.


Took about 5 mins to see that McCrum to YT will be one of the great passing combos in school maybe PL history. Next year, McCrum to Mrazek as well.  But, this year, at least the first half, is about the sr QBs.  Have to get it done.

A challenge, too, is to bring in another quality QB recruit on the heels of McCrum. Other teams have been doing it.
1990honda

Andy(or anyone else who cares to comment) do you think the D-line got better and caused the O-line trouble on Saturday?

Does it seem like the competition for playing time is causing players to step their game up?
Andy

1990honda wrote:
Andy(or anyone else who cares to comment) do you think the D-line got better and caused the O-line trouble on Saturday?

Does it seem like the competition for playing time is causing players to step their game up?


Sure. I missed the first 2 series, but eventually Rothrock and Chuma were on the first with Beau and Colin. The 2nds whom I saw cause problems were Ramsey, Labudev, Cepeda(?), Barnet/Earle/Lonardo. That's the best 2nd DL I've seen at LC under FT.  Starting with good depth this year. Rotate, keep em fresh, keep the pressure coming.  Still, we were looking for more from the OL in that scrimmage. I believe, though!  Come on, OL!

Anyone know what's up with Breedlove? I forgot to look for him.
1990honda

I think the biggs suffer the most from the heat. Maybe they get their legs back under this week
killaBee

9 days away, until CCSU....  GOOO PARDSSSSS!
Andy

Looks like another injury plagued season. Good God....  maybe we need to practice like every other day....  No names please.   The kids, thankfully, can handle this crap better than old fans...
Pardsfriend

Camp update

Visited practice this morning.

Didn't observe any disabling injuries while I was there.  Several kids in 'yard', but all on their feet, performing exercises.  But most, if not all, were dressed.

I focused upon depth in several areas, including OL, secondary, and lbs.  #3 Powe looks dialed in, and covers very well in Strike position.  In secondary, I like 24, Mitchell.  Made a strong break-up on a sideline route thrown by Reed.

 On OL,#75 Marotti displayed very good technique and balance in protection.  He is a big kid, and can support the top 5 capably.

Couple quick notes.  Didn't see #30 Brown on field, #25 ran with first group.

#7 to #17 connected very well on two throws by Reed.

Kids working hard....
pardfan

I think we can take some comfort in the knowledge that things will be better this year--despite the difficult schedule.

Last year included some numbers that will be impossible to duplicate:
1. We lost ten games in which our opponents averaged 36.2 points.
       a.) In those ten games, we averaged 11.5 points.
2. We were involved in six blowout games where our opponents beat us by
    at least 27 points.
       a.) In those six games, we scored 7 points four times and were shut
            out twice.
3.  We gave up an average of 37.8 points to our PL opponents
 
On the positive side, we scored an avg of 26 pts in our final three PL games.  Take that and factor in an improved, deeper defense turning Powe and Bryant loose, and four wins is a real possibility.
SIDELINER

Paul Reinhard's blog has the bad news and a bit more.
Andy

With the shock worn off one has to feel for the injured seniors who've put in so much preparation. Here's hoping they return soon as major contributors. The move of Lavel to DT could be very effective. With Dante back and a couple promising frosh, there is depth at the DE spot. (For now anyway. Yikes!)

Let's go! Let's get this!
BillS

Andy wrote:
With the shock worn off one has to feel for the injured seniors who've put in so much preparation. Here's hoping they return soon as major contributors. The move of Lavel to DT could be very effective. With Dante back and a couple promising frosh, there is depth at the DE spot. (For now anyway. Yikes!)

Let's go! Let's get this!
It's a new season stay optimistic!
Franks Tanks

Sorry to learn about the injuries, but we are again starting a freshman on the OL.  We have no other seniors or juniors who are capable of playing?  Unacceptable.  Year after year we have to play young guys who aren't ready because the coaches bust over and over again in recruiting, and can't develop players.  Typically you aren't going to be very good if you are starting freshman on the OL.
killaBee

7 days away!!! Bring your cheer!!  Its been a long off season, time for the team to fully come together and go out on the field and WIN the game.  Forum writers and readers, we can not go out on the field in New Britain on September 2nd, only the players can.  I hope they are prepared, and believe they can win.

 All things are possible on any given Saturday..

September 2, 2016, CCSU will go down.. I want a 60 point win.. Im not being humble and just asking for a win,, I want to WHOOPIN... lol
Kpard

BillS wrote:
Andy wrote:
With the shock worn off one has to feel for the injured seniors who've put in so much preparation. Here's hoping they return soon as major contributors. The move of Lavel to DT could be very effective. With Dante back and a couple promising frosh, there is depth at the DE spot. (For now anyway. Yikes!)

Let's go! Let's get this!
It's a new season stay optimistic!


It's football. There will always be injuries which is why we need quality depth.
Pards Rule

killaBee wrote:
7 days away!!! Bring your cheer!!  Its been a long off season, time for the team to fully come together and go out on the field and WIN the game.  Forum writers and readers, we can not go out on the field in New Britain on September 2nd, only the players can.  I hope they are prepared, and believe they can win.

 All things are possible on any given Saturday..

September 2, 2016, CCSU will go down.. I want a 60 point win.. Im not being humble and just asking for a win,, I want to WHOOPIN... lol


Haha you missed a 51-0 whopping my sophomore year Sept. 12, 1981 in Easton. Last time I believe the two teams met. Lots of vitriol after LC backup QB Scott Bailey (now there's a trivia answer!) threw a TD to get to the 50 points with the PAT successful. One guy yelled at first game Lafayette Coach Bill Russo, "Hey Bill you want us to stay out here so you can practice some more!!" (as reported in the following days Easton Express - not yet merged with the Bethlehem Globe-Times).
killaBee

Pards Rule wrote:
killaBee wrote:
7 days away!!! Bring your cheer!!  Its been a long off season, time for the team to fully come together and go out on the field and WIN the game.  Forum writers and readers, we can not go out on the field in New Britain on September 2nd, only the players can.  I hope they are prepared, and believe they can win.

 All things are possible on any given Saturday..

September 2, 2016, CCSU will go down.. I want a 60 point win.. Im not being humble and just asking for a win,, I want to WHOOPIN... lol


Haha you missed a 51-0 whopping my sophomore year Sept. 12, 1981 in Easton. Last time I believe the two teams met. Lots of vitriol after LC backup QB Scott Bailey (now there's a trivia answer!) threw a TD to get to the 50 points with the PAT successful. One guy yelled at first game Lafayette Coach Bill Russo, "Hey Bill you want us to stay out here so you can practice some more!!" (as reported in the following days Easton Express - not yet merged with the Bethlehem Globe-Times).


theres my 50 point victory....

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