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carney2

Questions For 2015

WHAT WILL BE THE KELLER EFFECT?

The tragic death of Brian Keller will be the big story for this season and probably for some time thereafter.  What will be the lingering effect?  Will it be “win one for the Gipper,” or will it be a season long distraction?

CAN OUR PERPETUAL BLACK HOLE BE FILLED?

Of course we’re talking about the offensive line.  We could just photocopy last year’s top problem and the one from the year before that, etc., and plug it in here.  This year Stan has to replace six guys who were on the 2014 roster.  As you sit there wringing your hands over this, consider that those six did not get the problem solved.  Perhaps new faces are the answer.

In any event, the loss of experience means that, at a minimum, things will not turn around in a hurry. If things can get sorted out before the beginning of the League season perhaps this team can make a run at another trophy.  If not, …

WHAT DO WE REALLY HAVE AT QUARTERBACK?

On paper we have the best quarterback corps in the league.  So, I guess if we play the games on paper we’re in good shape.  Unfortunately, last year’s quarterbacking, injuries notwithstanding, took a noticeable step backwards from 2013.  At least one of the top three needs to play up to his potential.

HOW GOOD WILL THIS DEFENSE BE?

Can we withstand injuries, particularly in the front line?  Depth is a serious issue up front.

Behind the front four there appears to be both talent and experience.  Defensive Coordinator Art Link is probably still looking for those “hybrid” guys to play his 4-2-5, but things look promising.  How will they do against the four “big kids” on the schedule?

WILL WE HAVE A RUNNING GAME?

Ross is gone and cannot be replaced.  The faithful seem content that the running game will be in good hands, but none of it is proven.  So, for at least the first few games, we are looking at unproven backs running behind a traditionally sub-standard offensive line.  This is not a formula for success.

WHAT ABOUT THE RECEIVING CORPS?

Last year’s receivers were below average.  Folks are putting a lot of faith in sophomore Matt Mrazek.  That’s one.  We need more than one.  If anything, we saw last year that we can’t rely on freshmen to bail us out here.  We need some people to step up.  And we need a deep threat.

CAN WE SURVIVE THE OPENING SALVO?

William & Mary followed by Delaware followed by Princeton is a heluva way to open the season.  Princeton appears to be the weakest of the three, but you know the history of this series.  We need to win at least one of these.  Another League championship for a 5-6 or 6-5 team is not anything to get excited about.
Leopard Loyalist

Another league championship, 6-5 (not 5-6)--including another win over LU--would actually be very satisfying.
Bogus Megapardus

SIDELINER wrote:
Summer camp preview from The Morning Call:

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...w-0810-20150810-story.html#page=1

Borrowing this from the other thread, Carney2's observations look like they line up pretty well with Paul Reinhard's outlook.
flyfisher

You use the memory, work ethic, and leadership of Brian Leller to push yourself to play as he would play. Losing a captain is tough. You don't try to win one for Brian. That usually doesn't work. Play the game as he would.

Lots of good questions by Carney. Hoping the O line had a great summer. Very little depth there. Smith, Raysor, and Donnelly need to have a good year. I would expect a freshman or two on the two deep.

I feel good about everything else. Defense is going to be bad ass. If O line comes around QB position will excel as well as WR. Losing Keller was a big loss in all  the intangibles but he was also a great TE.

Lots of questions. Team has the potential to do well. Depth is better but still not where we want it to be.
Andy

Fly, isn't Raysor out for the season with a knee?  

In his interview with Gary, Zataveski had the OL - he and Cam Smith at the tackles, Staudle and a question mark at the guards, Donnelly at C.  Will be fun to see who emerges at that G position.

Great to hear about the work put in over the summer by the OL kids. Music to a fans ear.  Nice job!

I guess  the QBs are healed after their respective surgeries.  DR made some poor decisions, uncharacteristically so, last season, need to see the player we were all so impressed with in 2013.  Fly's point well taken that the kid needs time to throw. Stability on the line will help with the snap count penalties as well.  

Hoping that big DT Cepeda is near 100% after injury.
flyfisher

Not sure about Raysor
Bogus Megapardus

Re: Questions For 2015

carney2 wrote:
Questions For 2015


WHAT WILL BE THE KELLER EFFECT?

If there is a positive to be taken from the tragedy of Brian Keller’s death, perhaps we can look at the 2009 Harvard game.  Many here recall that FB Pete Bross had just been diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer.  The team dedicated the game to Bross and came away with a 38-18 thrashing of the Cantabs.

FYI – it appears that Mr. Bross has gone on to earn his Masters in Biomedical Science and now is studying for his M.D. at Jefferson Medical School.  This is what Pards do, right?

CAN OUR PERPETUAL BLACK HOLE BE FILLED?

There’s nowhere to go but up.  Paul Reinhard points out that Frank had only seven OL in spring camp.  Look at it this way – the Jumbo Beef in the class of 2019 are going to be plenty experienced by the time they graduate.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least two freshmen starting by the time we get to Lehigh this season.

WHAT DO WE REALLY HAVE AT QUARTERBACK?

The potential appears to be a direct function of durability.  Let’s face it, for all their talent, Reed and Searfoss seem to be fragile.  We do not have a 6’3” 245 lb. Tim Tebow-like behemoth who can force yards regardless of the OL play (or lack thereof).  If the team focuses on quick releases and receivers in position on every down, we’ll win a few.  But both guys have to be fully prepared for every game.

We haven’t seen Josh Davis yet but he played in a tough, physical conference in Southern California.  I’d wager Carney2’s paycheck that we’ll see him before the season is out.

HOW GOOD WILL THIS DEFENSE BE?

I think the DL will be good.  There’s a bunch of returning talent and some sophomores who are itching to get in the game.  And I think the secondary will be even better – I really think we’ll have the PL’s best DBs.  The issue of the LBs adapting to the Linkosaurus defense should be resolved this season.  I think they’ll shine as run-stoppers and should be much improved against the short passing game we’ll see vs. Princeton and Harvard.  As pass rushers?  Well . . .

WILL WE HAVE A RUNNING GAME?

Frank Tavani’s bread and butter is the running game.  The incredible talent of Ross Scheuerman changed the way our offense played because our opponents put all their focus on him.  But Frank knows how to run the football.  For the last two-plus decades Lafayette has had a litany of outstanding, all-league tailbacks too long to list.  You all know their names.  The running game will be better than we think (barring catastrophic injury).  DeSean Brown will carry much of the burden and Mayfield will get some yards, but don’t count out freshman Tyler West. The kid rushed for 2,081 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior and 2,230 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior in Virginia’s top H.S. classification.

WHAT ABOUT THE RECEIVING CORPS?

It’s all about Matt Mrazek.  He’s the deep threat, the short threat, and everything in between.  Tim Vangelas will be the #2 and I expect to see Joey Chenoweth starting in the slot by season’s send.  I happen to know a little bit about Mr. Chenoweth from personal contacts and I’ve seen him play. He's the real thing. Chenoweth can run the ball from scrimmage as well.

I am concerned about TE, though.  Somebody new will have to step up.  Quinn Smith?  Dylan Wadsworth?

CAN WE SURVIVE THE OPENING SALVO?

I am of a mind that The Curse doesn’t necessarily carry over from season to season, like your cell phone minutes.  It’s a psychological thing – we beat Penn because we know we can; we lose to Princeton because we know we must.  Notwithstanding the money I paid to Princeton U. for graduate school, I’m a dyed-in-maroon Lafayette fan and I want to beat them as much as anyone.  So I say, eff Princeton.  The newer players from the nether regions of America don’t know Princeton from Shinola.  The Curse ends in Easton, 2015.

That said, I see little prospect for victory over Tribe or Hens.  But those games will teach us what we have and what we don’t.
Newleopardfan2

Is Ryan Gralish back? If so, in what condition?

If not, who fills his shoes? A kid who played club football at George Mason?
Bogus Megapardus

Newleopardfan2 wrote:
Is Ryan Gralish back? If so, in what condition?

If not, who fills his shoes? A kid who played club football at George Mason?


Freshman Jacob Bissell from Parkland H.S. - they raved about him on signing day.  Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1dg4fmagTo
Newleopardfan2

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Newleopardfan2 wrote:
Is Ryan Gralish back? If so, in what condition?

If not, who fills his shoes? A kid who played club football at George Mason?


Freshman Jacob Bissell from Parkland H.S. - they raved about him on signing day.  Watch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1dg4fmagTo


Nice. Will look for game film. Good mechanics, looks well-coached.

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