Monday, March 28, 2016

To whet your appetite, here's a look at Leopards' two-deep for spring

With the first spring practice scheduled for 4:30 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, March 29) in Fisher Stadium, I thought I'd give you the Lafayette football two-deep chart as I saw it recently. The class listed is as of the fall semester.

OFFENSE

1ST TEAM O-LINE-- LT -- Tanner Kern (So., 6-3, 310); LG -- Connor Staudle (Sr., 6-6, 320); C -- Kevin Zataveski (So., 6-4, 300); RG -- Logan Grieser (So., 6-3, 310); RT -- Cam Smith (Jr., 6-5, 310).

2ND TEAM O-LINE -- LT -- Nick Zataveski (Sr., 6-6, 305); LG -- Anders Warfel (Jr., 6-5, 300); C -- Mike Donnelly (Jr., 6-4, 305); RG -- Collin Raysor (Jr., 6-7, 305); RT -- Toussaint Helm (Sr., 6-6, 305).

TE -- 1ST -- Dylan Wadsworth (Jr., 6-3, 240) ... 2ND -- Angus Evans (So., 6-5, 250).

QB -- 1ST -- Drew Reed (Sr., 6-1, 195) ... 2ND -- Blake Searfoss (Sr., 6-2, 210).

TB -- 1ST -- DeSean Brown (Jr., 6-0, 205) ... 2ND -- C.J. Amill (So., 5-9, 190), Tyler West (So., 5-10, 205), Rajhan Meriwether (Jr., 5-11, 210).

FB -- 1ST -- Kyle Mayfield (Sr., 6-1, 225) ... 2ND -- Will Eisler (So., 6-2, 230).

WR (Z) -- 1ST -- Matt Mrazek (Jr., 6-4, 215) ... 2ND -- Joey Chenoweth (So., 5-11, 170), Nick Franzese (Jr., 6-0, 185).

WR (X) -- 1ST -- Tim Vangelas (Sr., 6-2, 200) ... 2ND -- Rocco Palumbo (Jr., 6-3, 190).

DEFENSE

1ST TEAM D-LINE -- DE -- Collin Albershardt (Sr.6-2, 255) and Beau Bosch (Jr., 6-5, 260); DT -- Matt Rothrock (Sr., 6-2, 280) and Jarred Fragapane (Jr., 6-3, 255).

2ND TEAM D-LINE -- DE -- Lavel Ramsey (So., 6-5, 275) and Dante Lonardo (So., 6-3, 270); DT -- Andrew Chuma (So., 6-3, 260), Robin Cepeda (Sr., 6-2, 280), Andy Labudev (Sr., 6-3, 270).

MLB -- 1ST -- Michael Root (Jr., 6-1, 230) ... 2ND -- Rob Hinchen (Jr., 6-2, 225).

WLB -- 1ST -- Brandon Bryant (Jr., 5-11, 225) ... 2ND -- Jacob Rose (So., 6-1, 215).

STRK -- 1ST -- Jerry Powe (So., 6-1, 210) ... 2ND -- J.J. Conn (Jr., 6-2, 225).

CB -- 1ST -- Parish Simmons (Jr., 5-11, 180) and Phillip Parham (Jr., 5-10, 180) ... 2ND -- Izaiah Avent (So., 5-11, 185) and Clay Rush (So., 5-11, 185).

S -- 1ST -- Kaizer Butler (So., 6-0, 205) and Draeland James (Sr., 6-2, 205) ... 2ND -- T.J. Jones (Jr., 6-3, 205).

SPECIAL TEAMS

PK & KO -- 1st -- Jacob Bissell (So., 6-1, 175).

P -- 1ST -- Ryan Forrester (Sr., 6-1, 185) ... 2ND -- Bissell.

KR -- 1ST -- C.J. Amill and Joey Chenoweth.

PR -- 1ST -- Tim Vangelas ... 2ND -- Joey Chenoweth.

LSNP & SSNP -- 1ST -- Michael Shiffert (Jr., 6-0, 240).

HOLD -- 1ST -- Blake Searfoss.

Notes: Bold face print means the player started at least six games in 2015 ... Butler started four in 2015, and James started 6 in 2013, 8 in 2014 and 1 in 2015 ... Nick Zataveski will not be practicing in spring because he is taking a medical red-shirt this year and will return for preseason camp.

The update weights are somewhat interesting because some of them are significant -- Andrew Chuma, for example, was listed at 215 but who is now 260. Bigger jerseys had to be purchased to fit him, Coach Tavani told me. And DE Dante Lonardo, the Bethlehem Catholic grad who missed all of last season with a torn ACL but never stopped training, is now 270 
and should impress. You can look for my spring preview on the Leopards in Tuesday's Morning Call.

Trivia: Did you know that Lafayette punter Ryan Forrester made three tackles last season and that kickoff man Jacob Bissell made one?  






    

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