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Game Preview, #Rivalry150, Yankee Stadium, 11/22/2014

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Game Preview, #Rivalry150, Yankee Stadium, 11/22/2014

I know it’s been several years in the making.  I know we are almost at the eve of the biggest edition of the Lehigh/Lafayette Rivalry yet, the one in Yankee Stadium, the 150th meeting, the one I’ve been waiting for years to arrive.

Yet it’s one play, one play, that I keep thinking about in the run-up to this game.

Bubble screen.

I keep seeing that bubble screen in the 149th meeting of Lehigh and Lafayette, the one that put the game out of reach, the one that turned Lehigh’s bid for a championship last season become one that fell just short of a championship.

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Game Preview: Lehigh at Yale, 9/21/2014

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Game Preview: Lehigh at Yale, 9/21/2014
New Haven Register

When you Google “Yale Football”, you get to Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniaki.

The reason for that is the golf superstar and the rising women’s tennis star showed up at at Yale a few years ago.  Apparently Yale’s football team had been making a habit of showing up as a team at the New Haven Open and cheering Wozniaki on, so Caroline and her then-boyfriend Rory (wearing a Yale football jersey, at that), showed up at a practice.

Head coach Tony Reno, though, is hoping that’s not the only thing that shows up when you Google “Yale Football” after this season, which is the 100th anniversary of their football home, the Yale Bowl.

The best way for Yale to kick off their 100th Yale Bowl season would be a win over Lehigh.
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Lehigh Fights Hard, But Bolt Of Lightning and James Madison Power Surge Leads to Defeat, 31-28

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Lehigh Fights Hard, But Bolt Of Lightning and James Madison Power Surge Leads to Defeat, 31-28

It could be that a bolt of lightning, which hit ground supposedly eight miles from Murray Goodman stadium, helped short out a possible Lehigh victory.

Going into halftime, all the electricity was on Lehigh’s side.

Sophomore CB Brandon Leaks unleashed a powerful hit on scrambling JMU QB Vad Lee, stopping him a yard short of the end-zone pylon and giving Lehigh a 21-10 lead going into halftime.

Momentum was all Lehigh in an incredible first half for the Mountain Hawks.-

Before that lightning came down, that is.

The strike – if there actually was a strike, because I didn’t see or hear it – caused a half-hour delay at halftime, despite nothing but blue skies with some clouds at Murray Goodman stadium.

But the lightning gave James Madison, gathering under a tree right before the second half began, the power surge they needed to earn the victory.
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Lehigh Offense Mic’Ed Up And Jacked Up For The Season

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Lehigh Offense Mic’Ed Up And Jacked Up For The Season

Lehigh’s newest online multimedia involves the Lehigh coaching staff on microphone.

This week it was newly-promoted defensive coordinator Joe Bottiglieri, and in the video below you see the coach in various stages of instruction.

The piece of the video that relates to the offense, though, is the highlight of the piece.

Sophomore TE Zach Bucklin, “built like a small Volkswagen”, as coach Bott himself mentioned, barreled into Lehigh’s defensive coordinator, sending them both to the ground.

In an odd sort of way, Bucklin’s tire tracks over Bottiglieri’s back signifies what Lehigh’s offense hopes to be in the 2014 season as well.

Sure, Lehigh will still have the type of offense that will work fast and spread things out.  Sure, the playbook will still be as think as a phone book.  But to think of this as a finesse team may be a mistake.  They may very well be a team that simply is also going to try to out-run and out-muscle you more often.

And, if necessary, run you over.
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Spring Season: Offensive Line and Tight Ends

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Spring Season: Offensive Line and Tight Ends

It’s not exactly a secret that the foundation of Lehigh’s offense in the Andy Coen era is an exceptional pass blocking unit.

With graduates from this unit like OL Keith Schauder, OL A.J. Hood, OL Troy McKenna, C Matt Lippincott and OL Will Rackley, who earns his paycheck on the offensive line of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, it’s clear that offensive line is always a priority for Coen and offensive line coach Brett Sawyer.

This year sees Lippincott and Hood graduate, but also sees a lot of excitement with a lot of returning starting talent – including a bookend tackle in senior OL Ned Daryoush.

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Before Looking Ahead, A Peek At Lehigh’s "Achievements"

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Before Looking Ahead, A Peek At Lehigh’s "Achievements"

(Photo Credit: Bob Cornell/Colgate Sports Information via the Morning Call)

There will be an entire week to get ready for the 149th meeting between Lehigh and a certain school from Easton.

But it’s worth taking a tiny peek back at this weekend’s game – just a tiny one – to see how far this team has come.

This Lehigh team has gone through a multitude of challenges this season, on the field and off.

And it’s a true “achievement”, no matter what happens this Saturday, that this team is in a position to win the Patriot League the final weekend of the year.
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2013 Mountain Hawk Season Preview: The Offense

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2013 Mountain Hawk Season Preview: The Offense

“At least we have him returning.”

That’s what Lehigh fans have been able to say to themselves each offseason for the last five years.

Some first-team all-Patriot League offensive weapon.  Some top Patriot League defensive leader.  Something… measurable.  “We lose a lot, but at least we have him.”

When Lehigh saw record-breaking QB Chris Lum lost to graduation, the Nation turned to QB Michael Colvin and WR Ryan Spadola to keep the offensive machine humming.

During the past three season, Mountain Hawk fans have grown accustomed to head coach Andy Coen and offensive coordinator Dave Cecchini’s abilities to mold new players and plug them in, not missing a beat.

But they’ve never had to replace this much.  Last season’s top rushers are gone.  The receiver who’s noe made the 53 man roster of the Jets.  The linchpin of the offense – the quarterback – gone.

As we finally enter the 2013 Mountain Hawk football season, the biggest question to answer is: can Lehigh reload on offense?
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70 Days Until CCSU – No. 70, Ned Daryoush

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70 Days Until CCSU – No. 70, Ned Daryoush


Are we really down to 70 days?

Unbelievably, we cross the threshold to 70 days until the beginning of the 2013 football season.

At no. 70, we find junior OL Ned Daryoush as our highlighted Lehigh football athlete in today’s countdown.

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Lehigh Puts Eleven On All-Patriot League Teams, Two on All-Academic Teams

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Lehigh Puts Eleven On All-Patriot League Teams, Two on All-Academic Teams

(Photo Credit: Express-Times)

For their end-of-the-season awards, the Patriot League released their postseason all-Patriot League teams for both academics and athletics, and unsurprisingly, Lehigh athletes put plenty of athletes on both lists.

Seven Lehigh athletes made the first team offense and defense: senior WR Ryan Spadola, senior OL Mike Vuono made it on offense, and senior DT Sajjad Chagani, senior DE Tom Bianchi, senior LB Billy Boyko, senior CB Gabe Johnson and senior FS Billy O’Brien cracked the first team.

Senior QB Mike Colvin, senior LB Sam Loughery, junior LB Nigel Muhammad and sophomore OL Ned Daryoush all made the Patriot League second team, while Spadola and senior RB Zach Barket made the more important list: the Patriot League All-Academic team.

More academic awards and athletic awards await, but congratulations on these awesome Lehigh athletes for what they’ve accomplished.
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