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2013 Mountain Hawk Season Preview: The Defense And Special Teams

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2013 Mountain Hawk Season Preview: The Defense And Special Teams

Last season, Lehigh’s defense was expected to help carry an offense a little as a new offense learns the ropes.

This time around, though, it’s a completely different situation.

Eight starters depart last year’s starting squad, including key members of both the defensive line and defensive backfield rotation.  Oh yeah, and LB Billy Boyko, an undrafted free agent signee by the Raiders in the offseason, graduates as well.

It’s not like the cupboard is bare by any means.  But, man, eight starters?

While the expectation is that Lehigh’s offense will proceed just fine, the defense just has so many departing seniors that it’s worth asking the question: what’s the expectation for 2013?
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98 Days Until CCSU – No. 98, Rickey Layton

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98 Days Until CCSU – No. 98, Rickey Layton

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The football season starts in 98 days, and continue our 98 day countdown towards the Lehigh football season.

Today, we highlight senior DL Rickey Layton.
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Lehigh Spring Football – The Defense and Special Teams

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Lehigh Spring Football – The Defense and Special Teams

Last season, there was little drama on the defensive side of the ball going into the spring season.

With all-Patriot League names like DT Sajjad Chagani, DE Tom Bianchi, LB Billy Boyko and CB Bryan Andrews on the roster, you knew that the squad was more in a mode to “tweak” rather than to “retool”.

This season sees not only these three position leaders graduate, but plenty more, making the defense much less experiences, and a much larger area of competition, than last season.

“The defense needs to get better,” head coach Andy Coen said in this week’s release. “They didn’t perform very well in our last scrimmage and our coaches have challenged them. We haven’t had a lot of live tackling because we’re in a tailback situation. Last week we got more into it, we scrimmaged, and we didn’t tackle very well. We have to improve upon that.”
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