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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:05 am

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Just went through the interview clips last night and this morning (thanks whoever posted those).

Overall I like what we have done, and I am assuming we pick up younger and douglass (Kerstetter would be nice too).

QB we definitely have added options.   Be interesting to see how the guys on the roster look at spring practice, and if any of the freshman can push them in August

OL we are finally 3 deep, I try to avoid negative comments with the old staff, but we were very thin on oline.   Like to see a couple of these guys get down under 300, but they all move well (OL is in my heart, so I went to their hudl tapes), so shedding a few should only make them more dangerous.   By end of season I think there are 2 who could be getting significant playing time

Love the additions of Revere and  Simpson.   See if it translates to college football but I think Simpson could be a beast.   Is Douglas a WR or a DB?

Guidice and Taggert are solid adds.  I love the upside Taggert has, and I think Guidice can make a difference right away

LBs Smith, Dickens, Jordan all nice adds.  Obviously if Jordan lives up to his resume he could be a great.

DBs I have loved Thrasher all along.  I like his speed, intuitition and he plays with an edge.  Murdock can move!  I assume younger will also be a DB, so even more speed.

I think we have added depth and toughness on OL, options at QB, and speed overall.   Great foundation.  Very exciting

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:22 am

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Andy ....this might be interesting https://mobile.twitter.com/Akouyate10?p=s  coach Thompson and Abdoul seem to be following each other on twitter.
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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:09 am

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BillS wrote:
Andy ....this might be interesting https://mobile.twitter.com/Akouyate10?p=s  coach Thompson and Abdoul seem to be following each other on twitter.


Yeah, former Coach Dell recruit and other PL but this kid transferred from Hayes in the city to Joes Montvale then to Blair PG trying to up his level. OV to UCONN last weekend.  UCONN board is unsure of his status. Coach Thompson followed recently and wasnt followed back for a few days. Apparently did not sign anywhere, hopefully does not want to walkon anywhere. So who knows. Would be a nice addition.

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:13 am

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What happened to Clennie Murphy?

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:20 am

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Is there anyone better than Mike Joseph at helping us analyze our football players? It as a pleasure watching him and coach describe the talented recruits.

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 9:31 am

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Is there anyone better than Mike Joseph at helping us analyze our football players? It as a pleasure watching him and coach describe the talented recruits.


Mike is awesome, does his homework on the kids, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. A real treasure for LC.

Dad - excellent post, will respond.  

Murphy is a Posse scholarship recipient so would not sign a NLI.  I'm not sure as to when schools can talk about walkons, or players such as Murphy. Maybe Tanks or RichH can explain.  Also, he prob fits the description of an unrecruited walk on and will not "count" against the 60 schol limit.  If there is evidence of an official visit then obviously this would not be the case.  There is also the possibility that he wont be playing here, just attending. He cared enough about football to post his hudl and attend a combine; however, I may have jumped to conclusion that he will play. He does "follow" Coach McFadden and Coach Nudel.

Our former DE Kyvory H. was also a Posse schol recipient.

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:02 am

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Should have realized that with Murphy

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:03 am

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Paul with Coach JG:

Additons coming:

How do you feel about a class of 17? – “That’s about right. And we have room to add some, so we feel good where we are.”

For the classes that are here, the current guys, and guys we’ve added and continue to add, we’ll have a really good shot to have a full roster.”

Mike J. in last night's half time interview hinted at additions but JG wouldn't touch it. This guy is conservative and by the book.  Cant talk about guys until officially signed.

A bit disappointed PR didn't ask about the transfer, maybe off limits per some regulation. IDK.

http://ramblingsfromthebench.blog...g-day-can-you-believe-7.html#more

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:31 am

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PardDad71 wrote:
Just went through the interview clips last night and this morning (thanks whoever posted those).

Overall I like what we have done, and I am assuming we pick up younger and douglass (Kerstetter would be nice too).

QB we definitely have added options.   Be interesting to see how the guys on the roster look at spring practice, and if any of the freshman can push them in August

OL we are finally 3 deep, I try to avoid negative comments with the old staff, but we were very thin on oline.   Like to see a couple of these guys get down under 300, but they all move well (OL is in my heart, so I went to their hudl tapes), so shedding a few should only make them more dangerous.   By end of season I think there are 2 who could be getting significant playing time

Love the additions of Revere and  Simpson.   See if it translates to college football but I think Simpson could be a beast.   Is Douglas a WR or a DB?

Guidice and Taggert are solid adds.  I love the upside Taggert has, and I think Guidice can make a difference right away

LBs Smith, Dickens, Jordan all nice adds.  Obviously if Jordan lives up to his resume he could be a great.

DBs I have loved Thrasher all along.  I like his speed, intuitition and he plays with an edge.  Murdock can move!  I assume younger will also be a DB, so even more speed.

I think we have added depth and toughness on OL, options at QB, and speed overall.   Great foundation.  Very exciting


I share your excitement, Dad.  

First off, I'm so impressed with Coach JG and his staff. They really hit the ground running. The "high energy" talk is not just talk.  With their knowledge, enthusiasm, recruiting ability,and 15 full (which sadly Tavani wasn't given) I have no doubt "The New Era" will include competing for championships sooner than later.  

Coach gave some insight into his thinking upon arrival. He wasn't going to back off any commitments made by prior staff regardless of quality.  "I have to go into these high schools for the next 20 years."  So, initially that didn't give the impression that he was high on the inherited 8. But, then he talked about them individually, about how he evaluated them, and he sounded genuinely impressed - recall positive comments  on Cole, big John, Hampton and Barclay, Jordan, Thrasher, Revere and Jake.  Nice!

The progress beyond the 8 has been remarkable.  We know little about how he acquired the transfer, but that was certainly an early statement that JG meant business.  Dickens and Pyne were 2* types, talented and well known. Those are impressive gets!  Dickens is a great example of what happens when a SA gets a close look at LC. A lot of kids just don't know about "the small school with big school resources." Or whatever that slogan is.  Then there were the signings of the guys who might be considered "sleepers." JJ and Selwyn. (Douglas & Scott) There wasn't apparently a lot of recruiting interest in these guys, but JG knew what he had there. Impressive to find those guys!  Douglas and or Scott would be super additions based solely on their hudls.  How LC will handle the announcement is questionable. I guess we should look for a release when all are finalized, not piecemeal or just added to the roster.  Then there was the big QB. What a last minute surprise!  This kid would've been the prize recruit in previous classes.  Except in the case of landing a transfer, this group of 3 QBs added to the mix is as good as we could've expected IMO. What's not to like?  And I'm really looking forward to what this staff can put together with a full cycle.

Additions - WR, DB, maybe DL.  Douglas will be a help at either S or WR. I'm thinking CB for JJ just because JG is aware of the depth already at the RB position, but who knows.


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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:37 am

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Guidice was Phil's find.

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 11:43 am

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Zeus wrote:
Guidice was Phil's find.


Thanks. Nice job Coach Phil! (those Cuse ties!)  (I've expressed my opinion that once FT gave Phil the coordinator position, things were on the up swing) But he had apparently verballed to FU, so credit, too, to JG. (without knowing anything further).

The idiocy, incompetence, whatever, of our "leadership" having FT and staff go to battle with 13.5 really makes my blood boil. But, I better be quiet.

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 12:09 pm

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One fact I missed the first time was Burk evidently has an uncle or something that played for Lafayette.   Tommy someone?    Anyone know who this is?

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Watch Aichholz's footwork. His left foot (he's left-handed) doesn't leave the turf after his release - and he appears to be very conscious of maintaining that. Somebody's been coaching him up.

Either that, or he's a lacrosse player in the off-season. Wink

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:21 pm

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PardDad71 wrote:
One fact I missed the first time was Burk evidently has an uncle or something that played for Lafayette.   Tommy someone?    Anyone know who this is?



Guess I need to be more thorough.   In the Bio.   Thomas Unger LC '68

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:23 pm

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PardDad71 wrote:
PardDad71 wrote:
One fact I missed the first time was Burk evidently has an uncle or something that played for Lafayette.   Tommy someone?    Anyone know who this is?



Guess I need to be more thorough.   In the Bio.   Thomas Unger LC '68

Unger was a tackle and class of 67 and had died recently in an accident on his property after a storm.

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Posted: Thu Feb 02, 2017 3:09 pm

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Tom Unger was erroneously listed in the press release as being in my class. I checked the Directory and found him in the class of 1967. There was no entry for him in the 2014 Directory which is explained by his death.He is listed in the overall listing at the end of the book asdeceased  I didn't know him but he was a DU.He is listed in the 2009 Directory as living in Northampton, PA. He was a Chem. E. major with an MBA from Rutgers.

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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:07 am

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Andy wrote:
PardDad71 wrote:
Just went through the interview clips last night and this morning (thanks whoever posted those).

Overall I like what we have done, and I am assuming we pick up younger and douglass (Kerstetter would be nice too).

QB we definitely have added options.   Be interesting to see how the guys on the roster look at spring practice, and if any of the freshman can push them in August

OL we are finally 3 deep, I try to avoid negative comments with the old staff, but we were very thin on oline.   Like to see a couple of these guys get down under 300, but they all move well (OL is in my heart, so I went to their hudl tapes), so shedding a few should only make them more dangerous.   By end of season I think there are 2 who could be getting significant playing time

Love the additions of Revere and  Simpson.   See if it translates to college football but I think Simpson could be a beast.   Is Douglas a WR or a DB?

Guidice and Taggert are solid adds.  I love the upside Taggert has, and I think Guidice can make a difference right away

LBs Smith, Dickens, Jordan all nice adds.  Obviously if Jordan lives up to his resume he could be a great.

DBs I have loved Thrasher all along.  I like his speed, intuitition and he plays with an edge.  Murdock can move!  I assume younger will also be a DB, so even more speed.

I think we have added depth and toughness on OL, options at QB, and speed overall.   Great foundation.  Very exciting


I share your excitement, Dad.  

First off, I'm so impressed with Coach JG and his staff. They really hit the ground running. The "high energy" talk is not just talk.  With their knowledge, enthusiasm, recruiting ability,and 15 full (which sadly Tavani wasn't given) I have no doubt "The New Era" will include competing for championships sooner than later.  

Coach gave some insight into his thinking upon arrival. He wasn't going to back off any commitments made by prior staff regardless of quality.  "I have to go into these high schools for the next 20 years."  So, initially that didn't give the impression that he was high on the inherited 8. But, then he talked about them individually, about how he evaluated them, and he sounded genuinely impressed - recall positive comments  on Cole, big John, Hampton and Barclay, Jordan, Thrasher, Revere and Jake.  Nice!

The progress beyond the 8 has been remarkable.  We know little about how he acquired the transfer, but that was certainly an early statement that JG meant business.  Dickens and Pyne were 2* types, talented and well known. Those are impressive gets!  Dickens is a great example of what happens when a SA gets a close look at LC. A lot of kids just don't know about "the small school with big school resources." Or whatever that slogan is.  Then there were the signings of the guys who might be considered "sleepers." JJ and Selwyn. (Douglas & Scott) There wasn't apparently a lot of recruiting interest in these guys, but JG knew what he had there. Impressive to find those guys!  Douglas and or Scott would be super additions based solely on their hudls.  How LC will handle the announcement is questionable. I guess we should look for a release when all are finalized, not piecemeal or just added to the roster.  Then there was the big QB. What a last minute surprise!  This kid would've been the prize recruit in previous classes.  Except in the case of landing a transfer, this group of 3 QBs added to the mix is as good as we could've expected IMO. What's not to like?  And I'm really looking forward to what this staff can put together with a full cycle.

Additions - WR, DB, maybe DL.  Douglas will be a help at either S or WR. I'm thinking CB for JJ just because JG is aware of the depth already at the RB position, but who knows.


JG and staff did an excellent job given amount of time they've been on campus. Take a look at the roster by position.  We now have depth (and talent) at every position.  LB and OL was a worry. Not anymore!!  DB depth was a worry but Powe now moves back to the secondary. Would love to have Kaizer but Paul was unclear on his status. Interior DL could use an extra body...boom!  We got one. A good one who will be ready to play!
6/7 Qbs doesn't seem to make sense given the small roster.  JG and Bartel will find or make a star out of McCrum, Cole, or Reed.  Looking forward to reports from spring practice!!


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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:34 am

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I usually don't get too excited about spring football........gotta say, I might have to make a couple practices

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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 8:32 am

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Thomas Unger died in 2012 in a tractor accident. He was clearing debris from the family farm in Northampton after Hurricane Sandy. He was 67.

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Posted: Fri Feb 03, 2017 9:56 am

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My cousin played football at Harvard and we have discussed  his experiences a lot. He was a starting defensive tackle in the 29-29 tie Harvard-Yale game in which Calvin Hill, Brian Dowling and other notables played. He told me that Harvard recruited numerous quarterbacks with the theory being that quarterbacks are usually good athletes and those who don't end up playing QB can be utilized at other positions.Bill Russo followed that model as well.With the size and athleticism of the QB's recruited by our new staff at least one could be converted to TE another possibly to WR or safety.Jim Kelly left Penn State for Miami because Joe Paterno wanted him to play LB.

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