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Once upon a time, Lehigh’s football team was many preseason pundits’ consensus No. 1 in the Patriot League. It wasn’t even a question.
Sure, some of that was due to the fact that Fordham, now for the first time in years an full, card-carrying member of the Patriot League, was ineligible.
But in 2010 and 2011, Lehigh was the undisputed king, with wins over their Rivals, undisputed Patriot League championships, and even playoff victories against Northern Iowa and Towson.
This season, it’s a new team with a dynamic offense and a team loaded with talent that is the undisputed champion going into the 2014 season. With one of the best FCS quaterbacks in the nation, QB Michael Nebrich, and a talented defense backing them up, the Rams now have the targets on their backs.
And if Lehigh hopes to stand a chance to challenge the new kings of the hill, they will have to improve immensely on the defensive side of the ball.
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Senior QB Matt McHale? Hurt. Got an injury that he’s rehabbing that has him ruled out of spring ball.
Sophomore QB Nick Shafnisky? Just this week, he got tendonitis in his throwing shoulder, which limited his time this spring.
Senior QB Gerard Poutier? Sorry, no. Still rehabbing a leg injury that he sustained last season.
Suddenly, a former walk-on athlete had gotten most of the reps this spring at the most important position on the field.
Senior QB Albert J. Visconti may not have been the guy that was hyped the most going into the spring, but the former walk-on now has the opportunity of a lifetime that’s every walk-on’s dream: a chance to be “the man” in the highlight of the spring football season.
In my first edition about Lehigh’s spring football season, I take a look at one of the parts of the team that I’ll be watching closely when the Brown vs. White game gets played on April 19th: the secondary.
While one might naturally start one’s focus on Lehigh’s spring season on the offense, and the reps that rising sophomore QB Nick Shafnisky will be taking, I’d argue that it’s equally as important to focus on the battles happening in the Mountain Hawk secondary.
For the first time in a long time, it’s not a foregone conclusion as to whom will be starting come September.
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(Photo Credit: The Morning Call)
Below the flip, enjoy this week’s “LFN Players of the Week” for the Fordham game.
(Photo Credit: Matt Smith/The Express-Times)
Below the flip, enjoy this week’s “LFN Players of the Week” for the New Hampshire game.
(Photo Credit: Gwinn Davis Photos)
I would like to pause here and just say how rewarding it has been to go through the roster and, in a way, “get to know” each and every Mountain Hawk on the 2013 roster. It not only makes the summer go by faster, it also, in a tiny way, allows you to know every story involved with the program, not just one or two stars.
Today At no. 26, we honor incoming freshman DB Brandon Leaks.