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1990honda

What will be different this Spring?

With all of the new pieces of the Lafayette football program, how will spring training camp be different? Will we be hitting in practice or will we still be doing donut rolls?
Franks Tanks

A head football coach who actually works, and is competent. Otherwise who knows, but I have faith that practice will be run properly.
SIDELINER

Coach Garrett has said there will be a lot of teaching this spring, I think, because new systems have to be put in place and players will have to be schooled in the style that Garrett plans to use. Fifteen practices in the spring will go flying by. If he is having a spring ga,e on April 22, the players will have to know a lot in a short amount of time. Every day should be interesting.
PardDad71

Agree with sideliner, the purpose of spring for a new staff with new systems (both sides of the ball) will be to get the system and terminology ingrained in the players.

I would think there will also be a focus on strength and conditioning.

This way you hit August and are able to focus on execution and improvement, not who should be doing what
Andy

Re: What will be different this Spring?

1990honda wrote:
With all of the new pieces of the Lafayette football program, how will spring training camp be different? Will we be hitting in practice or will we still be doing donut rolls?


Our tackling left much to be desired last year. I was surprised when the lack of live tackling wasn't pointed to as one of the reasons. However, if I recall correctly, the job description in the on-line HC want-ad included something like "will take action to minimize head trauma" so donuts aren't going away, except maybe on Sunday mornings.
Yankeefan1922

I think the goal of Garrett this spring and beyond is, in the immortal words of Joe Maddon, "Try not to suck".

That way you can avoid halftime interviews like this gem by Tavani

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs
NewXbo

Re: What will be different this Spring?

Andy wrote:
1990honda wrote:
With all of the new pieces of the Lafayette football program, how will spring training camp be different? Will we be hitting in practice or will we still be doing donut rolls?


Our tackling left much to be desired last year. I was surprised when the lack of live tackling wasn't pointed to as one of the reasons. However, if I recall correctly, the job description in the on-line HC want-ad included something like "will take action to minimize head trauma" so donuts aren't going away, except maybe on Sunday mornings.


Andy, can't confirm yet, but have heard that there will be a live scrimmage at the end of spring practice.
PardDad71

Re: What will be different this Spring?

Andy wrote:
1990honda wrote:
With all of the new pieces of the Lafayette football program, how will spring training camp be different? Will we be hitting in practice or will we still be doing donut rolls?


Our tackling left much to be desired last year. I was surprised when the lack of live tackling wasn't pointed to as one of the reasons. However, if I recall correctly, the job description in the on-line HC want-ad included something like "will take action to minimize head trauma" so donuts aren't going away, except maybe on Sunday mornings.



I believe the ivies are severely restricting contact drills and Dartmouth has been out in front eliminating contact in practice.   Now it helps if you can shell out for remote controlled tackling dummies, but a lot of our poor tackling was the result of very poor techinique.    Head up, wrap up, go through the target.
1990honda

I agree, the technique was the problem. I watched the clips on Dartmouth tackling drills in practice. They spend a lot of time working on it with the dummies. The simulations of the different phases of tackling are pretty close. The only other option, when you don't have the dummy system they have, is teaching how to hit without using your head. Both ways are done with intensity and some full speed practice. If you practice just thudding, good running backs will break your tackle.
bethlehempard

Early AM sessions have started and are expected to be tougher than before.
Andy

My friend Xbozo says "spring game" will be full game conditions.  Cool! However, he also reports hearing voices and has taken to wearing a foil cap for protection "from the microwaves." So......
PardDad71

Whats wrong with Foil hats?????
Andy

PardDad71 wrote:
Whats wrong with Foil hats?????


You, too!   Laughing   Big things ahead for Pardball, Dad!
killaBee

I purchased a fitted Foil cap!! Except I used it for the last 2 years...
Andy

killaBee wrote:
I purchased a fitted Foil cap!! Except I used it for the last 2 years...


Sure, you go top-shelf. I've got the crappy snap back.  Throw 'em away, new era!
1990honda

Anybody have information on spring practice schedule? I know it starts the week of March 21st. With the game being April 22, they have 4 !/2 weeks to do 14 practices.
Andy

Last year was the first in memory that we didn't get a Spring Prospectus.  If that is the case again, Paul R. will no doubt help us out with a schedule.
SIDELINER

Andy wrote:
Last year was the first in memory that we didn't get a Spring Prospectus.  If that is the case again, Paul R. will no doubt help us out with a schedule.


People on the sports side have said the starting and finishing dates are the only ones coach Garrett has released at this time. Spring consists of 15 practices and in the past have gone every other day for the most part. Info is slow coming out, but that could be because of all the prep work the staff has to do for the first spring camp.
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
Andy wrote:
Last year was the first in memory that we didn't get a Spring Prospectus.  If that is the case again, Paul R. will no doubt help us out with a schedule.


People on the sports side have said the starting and finishing dates are the only ones coach Garrett has released at this time. Spring consists of 15 practices and in the past have gone every other day for the most part. Info is slow coming out, but that could be because of all the prep work the staff has to do for the first spring camp.


Thanks!  

Looking for an updated roster as well. Tweets indicating uniform number changes not reflected on most recent roster (losses or just # switching?) and position changes, i.e. - Pearson at WR.  Speed!
Andy

Way to work!!!

Mobile: https://mobile.twitter.com/LafCol...status/836684463685971968/video/1

Desktop: https://twitter.com/LafColFootball/status/836684463685971968
LC Fan

SO COOL!
Bogus Megapardus

Andy wrote:
Way to work!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/LafCol...status/836684463685971968/video/1


I just watched that four times.
seenalot

Required viewing for all coaches, all players, all sports!.  No where to go but up in each and every sport we play - get to it.
PardDad71

The benefit of a new regime.  Instant energy.  No one is an incumbent, everyone must prove themselves, not only in talent, but in desire and enthusiasm.

#RollPards
Andy

Introduced to the brilliance of Inky a few months back (thanks, Honda), now c.t. fletcher.  ("mediocre" dialogue in background of video)

"Let the 'I can't' fuel your fire."

http://www.bing.com/videos/search...3A32B&fsscr=0&FORM=VDFSRV

Great job @lafcolfootball putting that video up.  New era!

Way to work!
Andy

Please make Matt Mrazek the most thrown to receiver in the FCS. Thank you. Great talent, underused.
SIDELINER

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Andy wrote:
Way to work!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/LafCol...status/836684463685971968/video/1


I just watched that four times.


Great stuff, but I thought coaches were not allowed to be present for those workouts -- only perhaps the strength and conditioning guy (Potts). I thought I saw Coach Bartel and maybe another one. Was I mistaken?

Less than three weeks to the start of spring practice.
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:
Andy wrote:
Way to work!!!

https://mobile.twitter.com/LafCol...status/836684463685971968/video/1


I just watched that four times.


Great stuff, but I thought coaches were not allowed to be present for those workouts -- only perhaps the strength and conditioning guy (Potts). I thought I saw Coach Bartel and maybe another one. Was I mistaken?

Less than three weeks to the start of spring practice.


No "skill instruction" outside of spring practice allocated hours and in- season.  There are hours of mandatory conditioning and film review.  Don't know of any rule that says no coaches present. During "discretionary" periods, no coaches present.  Also, during summer school mandatory conditioning hours, coaches may be present.
Bogus Megapardus

Maybe I'm way off base here, but is the new scheme/learning curve issue overstated? Yes, it's a new coach and a new scheme, but it's still football. We've had new assistants and new schemes before.

The typical Lafayette student-athlete probably can memorize a new playbook over a weekend. They're wicked smart in addition to being physically gifted. Many (if not most) players were high school team captains; they probably knew the plays for every other position on the field in addition to their own. A lot of them played multiple sports, too. We've got kids who played football in the fall, basketball in the winter and lacrosse in the spring, all while earning 3.8 GPAs, scoring 1350 SATs and being merit scholars.

Every year a new crop of freshman comes in. Only a couple will see playing time in their first season but every one of them is expected to know the scheme inside and out. They have to be able to come into the game and execute at any given time, on a moment's notice. Woe be unto them if they are not prepared.

The players are going to have learn how to meet the (perhaps idiosyncratic) expectations of their new position coaches, of course. But I just don't see familiarization with a new scheme as an overarching challenge.

I didn't play football past my freshman year in high school ("skinny wrists," they said) so maybe I'm way off here. But is it conceivable that the "learning curve" pressure is more on the new staff than it is on the players?
Andy

New roster tonight.  88  Strasburger gone. still checking.
RichH

Probably a bit of both Bogoe. Learning new scheme is not hard playing itvwell is. Upperclassmen have to shed reactions geared to their training under old system. Frosh likely can learn new scheme quicker. Their hyrdle is transiting yp to D 1 college game speed. Some can quickly but most take a year or more.
LeopardBall10

Andy wrote:


No "skill instruction" outside of spring practice allocated hours and in- season.  There are hours of mandatory conditioning and film review.  Don't know of any rule that says no coaches present. During "discretionary" periods, no coaches present.  Also, during summer school mandatory conditioning hours, coaches may be present.


I'm oversimplifying a bit, but I believe that as long as there are no football present (and it is not during the mandatory down time for the SA) the practice is deemed "strength and conditioning" and all of the coaches can be there. Same idea as morning conditioning.
LeopardBall10

RichH wrote:
Probably a bit of both Bogoe. Learning new scheme is not hard playing itvwell is. Upperclassmen have to shed reactions geared to their training under old system. Frosh likely can learn new scheme quicker. Their hyrdle is transiting yp to D 1 college game speed. Some can quickly but most take a year or more.


I would say that it really depends on the system. Learning a true 4-3 Zone Blitz scheme similar to the one run under Loose can take forever to learn because assignments change depending on blitz and formation and about a million other things. If they are moving from the 3-3-5 to a 3-4 system then it will be an easier transition because a lot of the fits and assignments will remain the same. You also forget the different techniques needed to play in each system. If you are a DL in a 3 down system your first step, hand placement, and reactions are entirely different than in a 4 down system.

Offense will probably move ahead faster at first because they will just need to learn terminology. I don't think Coach Garrett likes to do a lot of reading that the QBs would have to learn so the basic concepts will be the same. Watch the OL though, they are going to be learning a ton of new blocking schemes. I am curious to see if these guys pick up on the new ones better than the old. I always wondered if Coach Clayton was making the blocking schemes too complicated by bringing in NFL type ideas.
PardDad71

Watching the last few years I think Clayton was running mostly a zone blocking scheme.   Which can be very effective, but needs to be well coordinated and depends on communication.   We never looked "together" the last 2 years, which I think really hurt the running game.   It also depends how it is coordinated with the backs.   I am not a fan of the backs reading the offensive zone blocks, and defensive sets to pick the gap/hole to run.   I prefer it be set and the oline working to create that gap
RichH

LeopardBall10 wrote:
RichH wrote:
Probably a bit of both Bogoe. Learning new scheme is not hard playing itvwell is. Upperclassmen have to shed reactions geared to their training under old system. Frosh likely can learn new scheme quicker. Their hyrdle is transiting yp to D 1 college game speed. Some can quickly but most take a year or more.


I would say that it really depends on the system. Learning a true 4-3 Zone Blitz scheme similar to the one run under Loose can take forever to learn because assignments change depending on blitz and formation and about a million other things. If they are moving from the 3-3-5 to a 3-4 system then it will be an easier transition because a lot of the fits and assignments will remain the same. You also forget the different techniques needed to play in each system. If you are a DL in a 3 down system your first step, hand placement, and reactions are entirely different than in a 4 down system.

Offense will probably move ahead faster at first because they will just need to learn terminology. I don't think Coach Garrett likes to do a lot of reading that the QBs would have to learn so the basic concepts will be the same. Watch the OL though, they are going to be learning a ton of new blocking schemes. I am curious to see if these guys pick up on the new ones better than the old. I always wondered if Coach Clayton was making the blocking schemes too complicated by bringing in NFL type ideas.


Pretty much agree on D. Most 3 line sets are similar with position assignments. A 4 set howevewits quite different.
O however presents many more issues depending on how Garrett wants to stage his offense with a rookie QB. My guess is he will start with a very basic O scheme limiting QB reads. OL scheme likely will be much different. Clayton ran a scheme based on positioning and mobility ( yet recruited size more suited to power blocking). With the current players he has no option but play call specific line assignments. Man on or man inside on most plays. Pards have some talented bigs just not many very mobile ones
Bogus Megapardus

For the life of me I cannot remember - did Luke Thompson run a base 3-4 at Georgetown? I know he had some very talented LBs. Do we know that Garrett and Thompson are going with a base 3-4 for 2017?

Second uninformed question - since Scheuerman, have we had a back who can read zone blocking well?

Third uninformed question - 4-3 DEs have to drop and cover at times. If Garrett/Thompson decide to go with a 4-3 (or some variation), does the present roster have that capability?

Also - watching the high school videos, one of the new tailbacks (I can't recall which but I'll look again) seems to thrive by going straight to the A-gap - no reading, no bouncing, no dancing. Reminds me of that NJ kid from Sacred Heart who caused us so much trouble. That would make life a pleasure for our jumbos, would it not?
bethlehempard

Spring outlook for the Patriot League:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www....ing-outlook-172348148--ncaaf.html

A minor point, I think Davis threw one pass at Yankee Stadium and he is a QB/WR now. Actually the article says "last season" so they're right.

Lehigh' offense could be great.

I didn't realize Bucknell lost all five on the OL. We won't have to watch Davenport push guys around now. Various reports suggest he will go in the third or fourth round. We will see.

Also, former Colgate and Kansas City RB Nate Eachus is giving football another shot with a new indoor league team in Boston. He's only 26.
Pardsfriend

Coach John Garretts Offense

LeopardBall10 wrote:
RichH wrote:
Probably a bit of both Bogoe. Learning new scheme is not hard playing itvwell is. Upperclassmen have to shed reactions geared to their training under old system. Frosh likely can learn new scheme quicker. Their hyrdle is transiting yp to D 1 college game speed. Some can quickly but most take a year or more.


I would say that it really depends on the system. Learning a true 4-3 Zone Blitz scheme similar to the one run under Loose can take forever to learn because assignments change depending on blitz and formation and about a million other things. If they are moving from the 3-3-5 to a 3-4 system then it will be an easier transition because a lot of the fits and assignments will remain the same. You also forget the different techniques needed to play in each system. If you are a DL in a 3 down system your first step, hand placement, and reactions are entirely different than in a 4 down

Offense will probably move ahead faster at first because they will just need to learn terminology. I don't think Coach Garrett likes to do a lot of reading that the QBs would have to learn so the basic concepts will be the same. Watch the OL though, they are going to be learning a ton of new blocking schemes. I am curious to see if these guys pick up on the new ones better than the old. I always wondered if Coach Clayton was making the blocking schemes too complicated by bringing in NFL type ideas.


 Agree with most of LB10 observations regarding the new system he installs with the LC offensive attack, with one significant exception.   Based upon my review of JG body of work at Richmond and earlier at Oregon State, his quarterback is expected to demonstrate multi-faceted skills to run his attack effectively.  Outstanding footwork, play faking, reads, and mobility in every sense of the word are absolutes.  And without question, he will expect our signal caller to make tough throws into narrow windows.  Yes, he will have to adapt to the talent in front of him, but I'm sure Garrett has confidence in his system.  There's a reason he has eight guys competing for this job.  As I've said earlier, with the incoming guys, not including our current players, Mussina appears to be the closest match to a Garrett qb.  And most importantly, our qb must be a leader by example.

 I agree with significant, and long overdue changes to OL blocking schemes.  I will be shocked if these schemes aren't drastically simplified and more downhill oriented.  In my experience and reviewing the Richmond OL, look closely at who is the left tackle going into the season.  If history is a precursor, he will be our most athletic lineman with outstanding mobility and reach.  That will tell us a lot about the prototype lineman this staff prefers up front.  The games are won there.
Andy

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
For the life of me I cannot remember - did Luke Thompson run a base 3-4 at Georgetown? I know he had some very talented LBs. Do we know that Garrett and Thompson are going with a base 3-4 for 2017?

Second uninformed question - since Scheuerman, have we had a back who can read zone blocking well?

Third uninformed question - 4-3 DEs have to drop and cover at times. If Garrett/Thompson decide to go with a 4-3 (or some variation), does the present roster have that capability?

Also - watching the high school videos, one of the new tailbacks (I can't recall which but I'll look again) seems to thrive by going straight to the A-gap - no reading, no bouncing, no dancing. Reminds me of that NJ kid from Sacred Heart who caused us so much trouble. That would make life a pleasure for our jumbos, would it not?


Even Ross had 40 yd rushing games, holes were scarce. I'm STILL waiting for/expecting a monster year from DeSean.  

What the staff does personnel wise with the OL will be my main area of interest. And,of course, the QB situation come August.
SIDELINER

A spring practice schedule and some other related material is available on a Reinhard blog. 11 days until the opener, and now it looks like we're going to get some winter weather over the next few days.

www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com
Andy

SIDELINER wrote:
A spring practice schedule and some other related material is available on a Reinhard blog. 11 days until the opener, and now it looks like we're going to get some winter weather over the next few days.

www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com


Thanks, Mr. R.,  for the schedule.

"Garrett said his incoming class “is pretty much set” but didn’t rule out adding additional players before the summer practices begin..."

So, we await resolution on a pair of apparent commitments; QB O'Malley and punter Turk. Could be walkons looking to earn scholarship money next year, I guess.  I'm not sure on rules re coaches discussing walkons and any possible trigger date.  (Turk's bro, Joe, tweets "full ride" status for Mike)


Cub Football and Loyola Athletics
February 23, 2017    

Cub quarterback Sean O'Malley headed to Lafayette

Senior quarterback SEAN O'MALLEY, who finished his signal calling career with the Cubs with more passing ards (4,199) than any other player who lined up behind center in Loyola grid annals, will take his field generalship skills to Lafayette College.  Lafayette is a member of the Football Championship Subdivision (NCAA Division IAA) Patriot League.  O'Malley is the seventh senior Cub football player to commit to play at the collegiate level./////

http://www.loyolagridironvanguard.com/blog/



https://twitter.com/somalley10
pardfan

All kinds of reasons for optimism as we go forward.  How 'bout this one?  For some reason, I thought Beau Bosch was Class of '17.  He's Class of "18.  Number 91 is back!  Now THAT is the best news I'VE seen or heard  since the season ended.
SixtyEighter

Is O'Malley the 8th QB ? I haven't looked at the new roster.
1990honda

O'Malley will be the 8th QB on the roster. That is if you count Josh Davis as QB and not WR. I guess coach Bartel will be running a QB camp. Whoever wins the job should be great.
SIDELINER

Maybe the paperwork is not completed on O'Malley and punter Burk because their names have never been released officially by the college. Is it possible both are walk-ons and can't be given official announcement?  Coach Garrett was quoted as saying two of his four incoming quarterbacks are walk-ons.


the snow from Tuesday has been taken off the field at Fisher, but it's not yet really ready for play. Maybe today's sun gave it a boost, but now they're talking about more snow Saturday. But not like this last one.

4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the new season begins!
PardDad71

I believe Mussina is a walk on.    Not sure who else would be.   There are a couple others in the class as well.   At least one OL, Burk? not sure at all about that.

At any rate, walk ons are still announced.   Might have something to do with official acceptance
Andy

Very encouraging comments from some of the players. McCrum's especially, really like what he had to say.

Feeling great then you get to the part about KZat's suspension, what a downer.  Will see if he appeals. Kern back, Kevin gone. So it goes...

Thanks to PR for getting out there.


http://ramblingsfromthebench.blog...n-stop-action-is-opening-day.html
edge29

Andy wrote:
Very encouraging comments from some of the players. McCrum's especially, really like what he had to say.

Feeling great then you get to the part about KZat's suspension, what a downer.  Will see if he appeals. Kern back, Kevin gone. So it goes...

Thanks to PR for getting out there.


http://ramblingsfromthebench.blog...n-stop-action-is-opening-day.html


2 steps forward, 1 step back should be the motto of our program.  Hopefully one of the rising sophomore OLinemen is indeed rising!

I'm also encouraged by the player's attitudes.  I lost my maroon colored glasses a year or so ago.  But, I will say I believe we have the talent to compete with any team in the league.  

Did anyone go to the first practice?  Will anyone be attending any?  Would love some reports!
1990honda

I believe the first change must be mental. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. The mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart. From what I am hearing, I believe the heart of the team has changed. The greatest description of practice I heard from a player is it's fast and fun. The head coach participating with stretching drills is a highlight.
Andy

edge29 wrote:


Did anyone go to the first practice?  Will anyone be attending any?  Would love some reports!


Soon.
Andy

Andy wrote:
edge29 wrote:


Did anyone go to the first practice?  Will anyone be attending any?  Would love some reports!


Soon.


Ok, edge, so Paul was right on with his "non-stop action" description. It's a 6 ring circus,  a 78 rpm record played at 45, a precision practice on speed.  At the end of every 5or 10 min segment, the position groups hustle to a different part of the field(s), somehow the kids know where to go. The staff is encouraging, instructive, sometimes scolding, loud but not a hint of the formerly rampant profanity. There is extremely little down time for individuals. There is so much running built into the 2 hours Coach doesnt even have them doing wind sprints (although Coach Sammis had his guys doing some extra conditioning after practice. Tanner is far from where he'd like to be condition wise, I'm sure.)

No pads, yet.

QBs - paired up McCrum and Meyer,  Davis and Lewis. The former pair spending the most time with Coach Bartel. McCrum's accuracy might not be where he wants it yet, but he throws a 60 yard bomb effortlessly and threw an absolute laser on a post pattern completion. Davis seems most accurate, Meyer most mobile. Some "instruction" on missing the  appropriate receiver. Lot's of incoming talent this summer.

RB - DeSean, CJ were running 1,2 today.  Merriwether looked to be injury free finally and his speed is evident. (Remember, there are simultaneous drills going on, so while Brown, cj were working w/ McCrum and OL; West and Dunn were in the skeleton. It might switch on Monday. )

OL - prob little resemblance to what we'll see come summer, however today L to R  Marotti, Rayzor, Bradley, Grieser, Donahue.  Cam with the walking wounded, not participating. Kevin practicing but....  Tanner getting in shape. OL could see a frosh or 2 seriously involved come camp even w/out any injuries. BTW centers today were Bradley, Kern, KZat. The latter will be missed. But, Bradley our most mobile OL by a long shot.

WR/SB -  no surprises Mrazek, Rocco, Joey (quicker than ever). Pierson over from DB very fast.

DL - who will have a better DL than us? (FU with some talent coming back from injury, maybe?).  Chuma at DE today with Beau; Breedlove & ? at DT(Cant recall, sorry). Giudice and Dante (DT -DE) bring energy and mobility. I believe heck of a group when Rothrock and Labudev get added to mix. Earle's listed 225 seems light, unfortunately he is among the walking wounded.

LB - this untrained eye saw no difference in alignment from Link's 4-2-5.  
Powe with Hutch backup at what was "strike."  Starters return inside.

DB - Parham & Mitchel; Jones and I believe, 26 (Dmitry) at S first group.  

Walking wounded - an all star team not participating BB, YT, TreJ, Cam, Earle, Dixon (hobbling), a few others. Nice to see Kaiser back, not participating but we're hopeful.

Matt Smalley and, surprise, Steve Mercado on the sideline. Looked like Colin Alb. out there encouraging the guys in warmup. Nice!

Fantastic to see Major J. and Dickens in attendance, as well as several 2018s wearing visitor passes/name tags or whatever. David Strzeminski‏ Tweets he was there. http://www.hudl.com/profile/6261016/david-strzeminski

STs gets much attention. Coach Nudel is extremely enthusiastic, love it!  We could live with Bissell at P if need be, ball jumps off his foot. Nudel prefers the "shield" punt formation, 3 deep blockers.

Coach JG there early, even welcoming an old goofball fan in the stands. Coach is involved in all phases. High energy, baby. (BTW a modest donation with a welcome Coach JG tag was met with a 2 page hand written note. This guy is terrific!)  

Good to see my friend, LCLF.  Go Pards!
zenator

Thanks, Andy.

Have been hearing good things. Coach G is perceived as a "good guy," and a football fanatic, who sets high standards on and off the field.
bethlehempard

I haven't seen a practice yet nor could I give as complete a report, but I will get over soon.
Things I've heard from the field have been all good.
--practices are "crisp" no time wasted.
--competition at every spot is for real not a buzz phrase. Some spots may be all but set but nobody will get anything without hard work.
--the conditioning sessions earlier were more intense than ever. Even some workout freaks were gassed.
--the coaches are upbeat and blunt at the same time.
--the coaches are all-in. All In. All the time. They are expecting the same from the team in football and academics and behavior.
I am curious about the format of the spring scrimmage.
The future looks good. Hey, the present looks good.
Direction and dedication. Go Pards!
BillS

Andy wrote:
Andy wrote:
edge29 wrote:


Did anyone go to the first practice?  Will anyone be attending any?  Would love some reports!


Soon.


Ok, edge, so Paul was right on with his "non-stop action" description. It's a 6 ring circus,  a 78 rpm record played at 45, a precision practice on speed.  At the end of every 5or 10 min segment, the position groups hustle to a different part of the field(s), somehow the kids know where to go. The staff is encouraging, instructive, sometimes scolding, loud but not a hint of the formerly rampant profanity. There is extremely little down time for individuals. There is so much running built into the 2 hours Coach doesnt even have them doing wind sprints (although Coach Sammis had his guys doing some extra conditioning after practice. Tanner is far from where he'd like to be condition wise, I'm sure.)

No pads, yet.

QBs - paired up McCrum and Meyer,  Davis and Lewis. The former pair spending the most time with Coach Bartel. McCrum's accuracy might not be where he wants it yet, but he throws a 60 yard bomb effortlessly and threw an absolute laser on a post pattern completion. Davis seems most accurate, Meyer most mobile. Some "instruction" on missing the  appropriate receiver. Lot's of incoming talent this summer.

RB - DeSean, CJ were running 1,2 today.  Merriwether looked to be injury free finally and his speed is evident. (Remember, there are simultaneous drills going on, so while Brown, cj were working w/ McCrum and OL; West and Dunn were in the skeleton. It might switch on Monday. )

OL - prob little resemblance to what we'll see come summer, however today L to R  Marotti, Rayzor, Bradley, Grieser, Donahue.  Cam with the walking wounded, not participating. Kevin practicing but....  Tanner getting in shape. OL could see a frosh or 2 seriously involved come camp even w/out any injuries. BTW centers today were Bradley, Kern, KZat. The latter will be missed. But, Bradley our most mobile OL by a long shot.

WR/SB -  no surprises Mrazek, Rocco, Joey (quicker than ever). Pierson over from DB very fast.

DL - who will have a better DL than us? (FU with some talent coming back from injury, maybe?).  Chuma at DE today with Beau; Breedlove & ? at DT(Cant recall, sorry). Giudice and Dante (DT -DE) bring energy and mobility. I believe heck of a group when Rothrock and Labudev get added to mix. Earle's listed 225 seems light, unfortunately he is among the walking wounded.

LB - this untrained eye saw no difference in alignment from Link's 4-2-5.  
Powe with Hutch backup at what was "strike."  Starters return inside.

DB - Parham & Mitchel; Jones and I believe, 26 (Dmitry) at S first group.  

Walking wounded - an all star team not participating BB, YT, TreJ, Cam, Earle, Dixon (hobbling), a few others. Nice to see Kaiser back, not participating but we're hopeful.

Matt Smalley and, surprise, Steve Mercado on the sideline. Looked like Colin Alb. out there encouraging the guys in warmup. Nice!

Fantastic to see Major J. and Dickens in attendance, as well as several 2018s wearing visitor passes/name tags or whatever. David Strzeminski‏ Tweets he was there. http://www.hudl.com/profile/6261016/david-strzeminski

STs gets much attention. Coach Nudel is extremely enthusiastic, love it!  We could live with Bissell at P if need be, ball jumps off his foot. Nudel prefers the "shield" punt formation, 3 deep blockers.

Coach JG there early, even welcoming an old goofball fan in the stands. Coach is involved in all phases. High energy, baby. (BTW a modest donation with a welcome Coach JG tag was met with a 2 page hand written note. This guy is terrific!)  

Good to see my friend, LCLF.  Go Pards!
Thanks Andy good stuff I'm very hopeful and optimistic!
Andy

BillS wrote:
Thanks Andy good stuff I'm very hopeful and optimistic!


Thanks guys. The new shirts are along the lines of "Why not - 2017 Champions."  Not THAT crazy an idea (as Coach builds confidence) to those of us who dont see much of a talent differential from the rest of the league at most positions.  Coach often comments on "reliability and dependability" and moving from last year we need to see that at QB, DB, OL.  We need consistency at QB to put drives together. I believe the receiver corps can be very consisitent. We'll see what system Coach deems appropriate, especially regarding the OL.. The DB s will be more mature this year, hopefully we won't get burned deep as we often did last year. I'm expecting serious pressure on the QB from this group of DL.

Several of the comments in this thread are reflected in what I saw on field - the coaches are definitely all in and the kids are buying in. There's not a lot of vocalizing by the kids, they're too focused and definitely competing.  

Wondering if Coach will call plays? coordinators on field?  Looking forward more immediately to a full pads practice.
Andy

zenator wrote:
Thanks, Andy.

Have been hearing good things. Coach G is perceived as a "good guy," and a football fanatic, who sets high standards on and off the field.


Indeed. Coach will throw out a question every now and then during practice, ie "Hey, Kaiser, do you love football?!"  There's no doubt the Coach does. This is going to be a fun ride.

Big guy, Bryce Ramer was here:

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2211826/57fec4db90f9930ee482d932
zenator

Andy wrote:
zenator wrote:
Thanks, Andy.

Have been hearing good things. Coach G is perceived as a "good guy," and a football fanatic, who sets high standards on and off the field.


Indeed. Coach will throw out a question every now and then during practice, ie "Hey, Kaiser, do you love football?!"  There's no doubt the Coach does. This is going to be a fun ride.

Big guy, Bryce Ramer was here:

http://www.hudl.com/video/3/2211826/57fec4db90f9930ee482d932


I too am starting to become optimistic. Under Garret, things are basically being run like a "no nonsense" FBS program, including off the field with  drug testing, supervised study hall etc. I love the emphasis on hard work, personal accountability and the other "old school" values that are the bedrock of personal and team success.
edge29

Great info Andy!!  

A head coach on the practice field early??  That's new!! Wink
Pardsfriend

Spring Practice

edge29 wrote:
Great info Andy!!  

A head coach on the practice field early??  That's new!! Wink


 Visited a wet, spring practice at Fisher tonight, and observed second half, 530-630.

The workout was broken into ten minute segments with little down time, one two-minute break.  Guys in full pads, about six in shorts that accounted for the walking wounded.  In total, about sixty players present.

 There was a live segment early, and then one late prior to the conclusion.

This staff spends a lot of time teaching, and is focused on details.  I will start with Special Teams.  Coach N is totally engaged, and I observed the punt team going through reps.  It is basically a 7-3-1 formation.   Great day to do this work, because the guys will have to play in the same weather during the season.  Chenoweth and Mrazek handling returns.

 On offense, Davis appeared to have a strong practice.  He received many live reps, and handled his exchanges well. His throws were timely, leading his receivers with tight spirals.  On OL, I paid close attention to LT,  #75 Marotti, who was flanked by #72 Murphy.  In my view, Marotti is talented , but short on experience.   If he stays here, his development will go a long way in determining how effective both our run and pass blocking shake out in September.  In the backfield, DB caught my eye because he appears more lean, and consequently, faster upfield.

Defensively, Bosch appears to have made a concerted effort to blow up plays on the offensive side.  To his right were Giudice, Breedlove and Leonardo.  Others substituted into the mix.

Across the board, with health, there is experience and depth in the secondary. But understand, this group can only cover and defend for so long.  Their proficiency is dependent upon pressure from the front 4-5.  I thought #10 Jones played well.  With his size, he's a natural fit in middle of field at safety.

I'm more concerned about our second level. A healthy Bryant to compliment Hinchen would be a nice addition.  We have to develop this group quickly.

Lou Holtz made what I consider one of the most prophetic statements about developing your team.  Championships are won between January and August.
Our strength and conditioning is very important in the upcoming off season.

Looking forward to Sept. 7th@Monmouth.....
LeopardAlum

Guys I know we are excited about spring ball and hearing about the new coaching staff and what they're doing.  But, saying that each period is ten min long and every player seems to know where to go once the horn hits is nothing to get riled up about. To say that no player has enough time to hang out during practice because things are so upbeat isn't anything to get wet in the pants about. Many high schools run practice the same way.  And every college does it as well. Now I havent watched practice as closely as most of you fellas (and i love the updates you guys give) but I played under Tavani during the Heff and Loose days and practice was run the same way.  Maybe because we gave a shit and whatnot but everything was uptempo that we did.  Bc football is supposed to be taught in the meeting room on the chalk board and on film.  Not on the field.  Defining the tools is whats being done and giving you more film to dissect after practice.
However, I am not going to lie, I was a little weary about this coaching staff (and still kinda am), but if the aggressiveness and mentality has changed within our guys in maroon and white, then I'm on the Garrett train as well.  

I really hope they turn this thing around and dont just get content about winning the patriot league or beating lehigh. I really hope they are looking to push the gas pedal and expect big time wins in playoffs.  It always seemed like "as long as u beat lehigh" was acceptable.  Well bullshit.  Going into the national playoffs with a 6-5 record after beating lehigh has been an embarrassment long enough.  Why Not Us for once!     End of rant!
Franks Tanks

LeopardAlum wrote:
Guys I know we are excited about spring ball and hearing about the new coaching staff and what they're doing.  But, saying that each period is ten min long and every player seems to know where to go once the horn hits is nothing to get riled up about. To say that no player has enough time to hang out during practice because things are so upbeat isn't anything to get wet in the pants about. Many high schools run practice the same way.  And every college does it as well. Now I havent watched practice as closely as most of you fellas (and i love the updates you guys give) but I played under Tavani during the Heff and Loose days and practice was run the same way.  Maybe because we gave a shit and whatnot but everything was uptempo that we did.  Bc football is supposed to be taught in the meeting room on the chalk board and on film.  Not on the field.  Defining the tools is whats being done and giving you more film to dissect after practice.
However, I am not going to lie, I was a little weary about this coaching staff (and still kinda am), but if the aggressiveness and mentality has changed within our guys in maroon and white, then I'm on the Garrett train as well.  

I really hope they turn this thing around and dont just get content about winning the patriot league or beating lehigh. I really hope they are looking to push the gas pedal and expect big time wins in playoffs.  It always seemed like "as long as u beat lehigh" was acceptable.  Well bullshit.  Going into the national playoffs with a 6-5 record after beating lehigh has been an embarrassment long enough.  Why Not Us for once!     End of rant!


Haven't seen a practice, but tend to agree this is sort of normal by D1 standards.  It is however a giant leap forward from the last 7 years or so, and the kids are receiving quality coaching and solid leadership.  I don't know if the Leopards will be consistently better prepared than their opponents, but they will no longer be at a disadvantage before stepping on the field.  

Garret is a pro and knows how to run a program.  Looking forward to seeing a well coached team take the field next year and moving the needle in the right direction.
Andy

I've been to dozens of Tavani practices, sure he used a segment timer/counter (JG was using the scoreboard last week) but the practice I saw was noticeably more uptempo. Maybe because it was a no-pads practice that several segments were only 5 minutes and then on to another part of the field, keep 'em moving. The main difference of course was the involvement of the head man. Frank had taken to standing apart usually kibitzing with people. I hope you can get out to Fisher, LeopardAlum, and give us your impressions.  

BTW I've kept VHS tapes of many of the games from your era.  If you or anyone on the board has interest in any I would be happy to have them converted to DVD.

Good stuff, p-friend!  I especially like and agree with your observation of a slimmed down, quicker, DeSean. I'd love to see him operate with an effective OL.
LeopardBall10

Andy wrote:
I've been to dozens of Tavani practices


No doubt, and from what you are saying there is a noticeable difference. I know what leopardalum is saying, but the last few years that had changed a lot under Frank. Excited to hear about the developments.

Andy wrote:
I especially like and agree with your observation of a slimmed down, quicker, DeSean. I'd love to see him operate with an effective OL.


I'm interested to the the offense in general. But the one I am most curious about is Rajhan. I fell in love with his film out of HS, his burst, and his strength but because of injury and lack of development he never saw the field. I hope this battle is as hotly contested as the QB race.
Andy

LeopardBall10 wrote:


Andy wrote:
I especially like and agree with your observation of a slimmed down, quicker, DeSean. I'd love to see him operate with an effective OL.


I'm interested to the the offense in general. But the one I am most curious about is Rajhan. I fell in love with his film out of HS, his burst, and his strength but because of injury and lack of development he never saw the field. I hope this battle is as hotly contested as the QB race.


Yeah, man. Looks injury free and very fast! A crowded field at the position, but he brings the pure speed maybe lacking in the other contestants (non-freshmen).  Kind of another Rudolph.
SixtyEighter

I am happy about DeShaun's rededication but fumbling at crucial times is his Achille's heel.
Yankeefan1922

Some video from the most recent practice

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs
1990honda

Yankeefan1922 wrote:
Some video from the most recent practice

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs


This is not practice footage.
Andy

1990honda wrote:
Yankeefan1922 wrote:
Some video from the most recent practice

https://youtu.be/1KeK8ZRVWXs


This is not practice footage.


It's the 2nd time in this thread that he's linked it. I think YankeeFan has "reached his ceiling."
bethlehempard

Next fall will be the fifth anniversary of the league title.
Ideally Frank will be ready to return for any commemoration of the 2013 season. Just four years ago. Somehow it seems longer.
Franks Tanks

Sorry, Yankeefan made me laugh with that one.  How bout a supercut of Frank's greatest hits?  That would be awesome.  

As Mr. Jordan may say "the ceiling is the roof" for the football program under Garrett and excited for his "hard to beat" Pards.
Bogus Megapardus

Andy wrote:
Andy wrote:
edge29 wrote:


Did anyone go to the first practice?  Will anyone be attending any?  Would love some reports!


Soon.


Ok, edge, so Paul was right on with his "non-stop action" description. It's a 6 ring circus,  a 78 rpm record played at 45, a precision practice on speed.  At the end of every 5or 10 min segment, the position groups hustle to a different part of the field(s), somehow the kids know where to go. The staff is encouraging, instructive, sometimes scolding, loud but not a hint of the formerly rampant profanity. There is extremely little down time for individuals. There is so much running built into the 2 hours Coach doesnt even have them doing wind sprints (although Coach Sammis had his guys doing some extra conditioning after practice. Tanner is far from where he'd like to be condition wise, I'm sure.)

No pads, yet.


Awesome report.  Thank you, Andy.
Bogus Megapardus

Re: Spring Practice

Pardsfriend wrote:
edge29 wrote:
Great info Andy!!  

A head coach on the practice field early??  That's new!! Wink


 Visited a wet, spring practice at Fisher tonight, and observed second half, 530-630.


Great stuff, Pardsfriend!
Bogus Megapardus

Re: Spring Practice

Pardsfriend wrote:
edge29 wrote:
Great info Andy!!

A head coach on the practice field early??  That's new!! Wink

I will start with Special Teams.  Coach N is totally engaged, and I observed the punt team going through reps.  It is basically a 7-3-1 formation.   Great day to do this work, because the guys will have to play in the same weather during the season. Chenoweth and Mrazek handling returns.



It didn't take the new staff very long to gather that those two have the best hands on the team.
SixtyEighter

I don't agree with exposing Mrazik that way - #Jason Sehorn.
PardDad71

my take on Saturday's practice (second one I have made).

all the energy is still the same.  good up tempo.  to be clear as a previous poster mentioned - this is at the level I would expect.  its not that it is really super fast compared to our competitors, its where it should be.   go to a Chris Ash practice sometime, that is an almost insane pace.

a lot of work on ST this week.    

Dline looks like the strongest group so far.  Bosch had a really strong practice hard to judge secondary with walking wounded.   Backers look good too.

Offense will be interesting.  IMO Crum stood out.   Line needs better unity.  marotti tweaked an ankle but came back.  

few live drills were generally dominated by defense imo

good showing of rising seniors watching practice.  no idea who was who.   recruits only one I know is Jordan.   he was there.   he hung out with two other guys.   one is a house was wearing a Parsippany football shirt, so that would be Burk.   Other went to position coaches with Jordan so assuming it may be Dickens.
LeopardBall10

Andy wrote:

Yeah, man. Looks injury free and very fast! A crowded field at the position, but he brings the pure speed maybe lacking in the other contestants (non-freshmen).  Kind of another Rudolph.


He may be a step slower than Ruddy (I mean he did win the PL 100m dash while here). But Ruddy is 5'10 and listed at 170...

Rajhan is about the same height but weighs in around 210. Imagine if you can get his speed with the added size. That is a dream back if you ask me. I just don't know enough about what has happened since he got on campus to know why he never really got a shot to show what he can do.
1990honda

I am glad to hear that the coaches are working on player weaknesses. In a discussion with my son, he told me about some constructive criticism that he was given. The analysis was spot on. I can't wait to get up there the week of the 17th. I will be there for the whole week. Although I probably won't be able to match Andy's report, I will try to deliver as much information as I can.
SIDELINER

A couple of camp updates from The Morning Call.

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...otball-update-20170405-story.html

www.ramblingsfromthebench.blogspot.com
Andy

1990honda wrote:
I am glad to hear that the coaches are working on player weaknesses. In a discussion with my son, he told me about some constructive criticism that he was given. The analysis was spot on. I can't wait to get up there the week of the 17th. I will be there for the whole week. Although I probably won't be able to match Andy's report, I will try to deliver as much information as I can.


Looking forward to your reports, Honda. I'm back from vacation; Monday Night Football as described by Paul sounds interesting; thinking about heading down.
1990honda

Any news from the hill. Anyone  planning on coming to the game?
john14810

Commit Jake Taggart will be at the spring game this weekend.   Would be at practices to watch if we could but the 3.5 hr drive makes it impossible
PardDad71

assuming many of the recruits will be on hand.   I wont make it there either, but will be depending on the reports on this site to get a read on where we stand
1990honda

After attending Tuesday and Thursday practices, I can see a definite higher energy level. The coaches are thoroughly engaged and the players seem to be very motivated. Head coach involvement in every phase. I know this is only the beginning and still very early in the process but I believe we are way ahead of the curve. Every player seems to be getting reps.

Defense ahead of offense right now. I hate to single out players but I feel a need to mention soon improvements. TJ (10) looked very good on Thursday. He made two major stops in a row on short yardage. The team rallied around him. I hope he can keep improving. Tuesday (45) Trent Crossan made a lot of plays at strong safety.  This is not to say they were the best performers but they were noticeably improved.
Pardsfriend

Coaching

1990honda wrote:
After attending Tuesday and Thursday practices, I can see a definite higher energy level. The coaches are thoroughly engaged and the players seem to be very motivated. Head coach involvement in every phase. I know this is only the beginning and still very early in the process but I believe we are way ahead of the curve. Every player seems to be getting reps.

Defense ahead of offense right now. I hate to single out players but I feel a need to mention soon improvements. TJ (10) looked very good on Thursday. He made two major stops in a row on short yardage. The team rallied around him. I hope he can keep improving. Tuesday (45) Trent Crossan made a lot of plays at strong safety.  This is not to say they were the best performers but they were noticeably improved.


 I've observed practice up close and make one finding regarding the delivery and content of our head coach.

 As a coach , I can say confidently that your number one assignment is to place your players individually in the best position to succeed in every game, and every practice.  From my perspective, our hc is making a concerted effort to deliver proactive messages with every X And O.  He's dialed in not only to the end, but making sure players understand why we handle each assignment in specifics.

 In regards to game management, I'm already looking forward to the tempo of our offensive scheme.  This is because I'm convinced that our clock management will be very efficient.
1990honda

Today is finally here! Having a spring game helps to set the tone for the off season. Since football is a contact sport, tackling in game like situations is crucial. I pray no player gets hurt today but I expect a very physical game. The format today will probably resemble the "team" period in practice. There isn't enough players to break up into two complete teams - especially offensive linemen.
Andy

1990honda wrote:
Today is finally here! Having a spring game helps to set the tone for the off season. Since football is a contact sport, tackling in game like situations is crucial. I pray no player gets hurt today but I expect a very physical game. The format today will probably resemble the "team" period in practice. There isn't enough players to break up into two complete teams - especially offensive linemen.


Oh, is that how the BCS programs do it, 2 full teams? I've never witnessed one of their spring games.  Here it's always been the squad divided into offense vs defense, alternating 1s vs 2s, 2s vs 3s.....there will be a lot of 7X 7:

"Normal game and clock rules will be used and the teams will play four, 15-minute quarters. The teams will alternate between 11-on-11 and 7-on-7 units by series."

Interested particularly in OL - from videos I'm expecting Marotti, Murphy, Bradley, Grieser, Cam (not sure if he is back healthy).  Looks like the sophs have benefitted impressively from the weight program.
1990honda

That's why I will leave the reporting to the more informed. I always thought a spring game was an actual game. I guess watching the televised spring games fooled me. Either way, there will be contact today.
SIDELINER

A short advance  of today's spring game from The Morning Call.

http://www.mcall.com/sports/colle...tball-advance-20170421-story.html
Andy

So many not participating - giudice, Brown, Wadsworth, cam,, YT, Earle....
edge29

Of course the live broadcast doesn't work! :/
Bogus Megapardus

edge29 wrote:
Of course the live broadcast doesn't work! :/


Why, oh why, do they keep doing this to us?
rjphog

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
edge29 wrote:
Of course the live broadcast doesn't work! :/


Why, oh why, do they keep doing this to us?



Because athletics has never been a priority for the school.
Bogus Megapardus

If they were not going to bother with the PLN broadcast (after promoting it and all) maybe they could have let us know?
rjphog

Bogus Megapardus wrote:
If they were not going to bother with the PLN broadcast (after promoting it and all) maybe they could have let us know?


Just keep waiting...should go live any second now!!   Evil or Very Mad
Bogus Megapardus

rjphog wrote:
Bogus Megapardus wrote:
If they were not going to bother with the PLN broadcast (after promoting it and all) maybe they could have let us know?


Just keep waiting...should go live any second now!!   Evil or Very Mad


Right . . . and according to the twitter feed they just started the second half!  Rolling Eyes
Bogus Megapardus

I'm up in Woostah Mass for the moment so couldn't make it to Easton for the spring game. I put aside this entire afternoon and re-arranged everything so I could watch the PLN stream.

But nooooooo . . . . . . . Evil or Very Mad
edge29

Yeah, a rainy day...perfect for catching the spring game on the big screen.  😏Many questions on twitter about why it isn't working are falling on deaf ears. Who is responsible for this??
rjphog

edge29 wrote:
Yeah, a rainy day...perfect for catching the spring game on the big screen.  😏Many questions on twitter about why it isn't working are falling on deaf ears. Who is responsible for this??


I think it's safe to say, live feeds haven't changed
Bogus Megapardus

edge29 wrote:
Who is responsible for this??


Probably somebody whose job was replaced by yet another unnecessary "Dean of Pointless Objectives."
bethlehempard

Another winless Saturday is in the books, and the one easy, sure chance to earn goodwill from the fans was squandered. It's another insult to the few left who care.
This so-called sports program deserves nothing but contempt.
Coach Garrett, it's an unfair and heavy load, but you carry the only hope for respectability. At least in football we have legitimate professionals guiding the team.
I hope baseball can pick up a win before this wretched year ends. These kids have lost by every way possible late in games and can't get a break.

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