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Five Closing Thoughts On The 2018 Spring Session

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Five Closing Thoughts On The 2018 Spring Session

(Photo Credits: Lehigh Athletics)Just like that, the 2018 Spring Session comes to a close this week, giving us a taste of what is to come in the late summer and fall.Here are my quick observations about what I saw at Murray Goodman on Saturday.Read mor…

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Five Closing Thoughts On The 2018 Spring Session

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Five Closing Thoughts On The 2018 Spring Session

(Photo Credits: Lehigh Athletics)Just like that, the 2018 Spring Session comes to a close this week, giving us a taste of what is to come in the late summer and fall.Here are my quick observations about what I saw at Murray Goodman on Saturday.Read mor…

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Improved Defense Shines In 23-21 Win Over Offense in Brown/White Game

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Improved Defense Shines In 23-21 Win Over Offense in Brown/White Game

The Lehigh coaching staff took a page from Ole Miss’ spring game in their annual Brown/White scrimmage at Murray Goodman stadium.

The scoring system Ole Miss used was to spot their defense a 23-0 lead, and the scrimmage’s goal was to  have the offense drive on the defense just like a regular football game.

It is the hope of every Lehigh football fan in every game in the upcoming 2018 season that the offense scores more than 23 points a game.  Last year, the Lehigh offense averaged for than 35 points per contest.

But the Brown defense this Saturday was up to the challenge of containing the White offense.

Twelve times, the offense lined up with a potential drive to score points, and nine of those times, the defense forced the offense to punt or stuffed a 4th down conversion.

It’s true that the offense scored three touchdowns, one from rising senior QB Brad Mayes, one from junior QB Tyler Monaco, and one from sophomore QB Addison Shoup.   It is also true that the offense had some really good moments.  But on Saturday the main story was the defense, who looked really good in holding the offense to only those three scores – almost getting two pick sixes, and getting a blocked field goal attempt in another drill to boot.
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Improved Defense Shines In 23-21 Win Over Offense in Brown/White Game

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Improved Defense Shines In 23-21 Win Over Offense in Brown/White Game

The Lehigh coaching staff took a page from Ole Miss’ spring game in their annual Brown/White scrimmage at Murray Goodman stadium.

The scoring system Ole Miss used was to spot their defense a 23-0 lead, and the scrimmage’s goal was to  have the offense drive on the defense just like a regular football game.

It is the hope of every Lehigh football fan in every game in the upcoming 2018 season that the offense scores more than 23 points a game.  Last year, the Lehigh offense averaged for than 35 points per contest.

But the Brown defense this Saturday was up to the challenge of containing the White offense.

Twelve times, the offense lined up with a potential drive to score points, and nine of those times, the defense forced the offense to punt or stuffed a 4th down conversion.

It’s true that the offense scored three touchdowns, one from rising senior QB Brad Mayes, one from junior QB Tyler Monaco, and one from sophomore QB Addison Shoup.   It is also true that the offense had some really good moments.  But on Saturday the main story was the defense, who looked really good in holding the offense to only those three scores – almost getting two pick sixes, and getting a blocked field goal attempt in another drill to boot.
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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Offense

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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Offense

(Photo Credit: Brown and White)

Lehigh had one of the best offenses statistically in all of the FCS last year, excelling offensively in pretty much every facet.

Look at the statistics page for FCS last year.

Rising senior QB Brad Mayes, 4th in passing yardage.  Rising senior RB Dominick Bragalone, 1st in rushing yardage with 1,388.

Both Mayes and Brags return next year, and huge things will be expected of them for certain.

But the spring is about finding out who’s stepping up to the plate to keep the train rolling.

There’s little doubt that, barring injury, Mayes and Bragalone will be lining up in that first offensive possession vs. St. Francis (PA) at Murray Goodman this September.  But the 2017 offense is so much more than those two guys – the Mountain Hawks will need to replace the best receiving tandem ever to suit up at Lehigh, and will also need to replace the fiery leadership on the offensive line that, at times, seemed to will this team to their Patriot League Championship last year.

This Saturday, we get our first peek.
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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Offense

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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Offense

(Photo Credit: Brown and White)

Lehigh had one of the best offenses statistically in all of the FCS last year, excelling offensively in pretty much every facet.

Look at the statistics page for FCS last year.

Rising senior QB Brad Mayes, 4th in passing yardage.  Rising senior RB Dominick Bragalone, 1st in rushing yardage with 1,388.

Both Mayes and Brags return next year, and huge things will be expected of them for certain.

But the spring is about finding out who’s stepping up to the plate to keep the train rolling.

There’s little doubt that, barring injury, Mayes and Bragalone will be lining up in that first offensive possession vs. St. Francis (PA) at Murray Goodman this September.  But the 2017 offense is so much more than those two guys – the Mountain Hawks will need to replace the best receiving tandem ever to suit up at Lehigh, and will also need to replace the fiery leadership on the offensive line that, at times, seemed to will this team to their Patriot League Championship last year.

This Saturday, we get our first peek.
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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Offense

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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Offense

(Photo Credit: Brown and White)

Lehigh had one of the best offenses statistically in all of the FCS last year, excelling offensively in pretty much every facet.

Look at the statistics page for FCS last year.

Rising senior QB Brad Mayes, 4th in passing yardage.  Rising senior RB Dominick Bragalone, 1st in rushing yardage with 1,388.

Both Mayes and Brags return next year, and huge things will be expected of them for certain.

But the spring is about finding out who’s stepping up to the plate to keep the train rolling.

There’s little doubt that, barring injury, Mayes and Bragalone will be lining up in that first offensive possession vs. St. Francis (PA) at Murray Goodman this September.  But the 2017 offense is so much more than those two guys – the Mountain Hawks will need to replace the best receiving tandem ever to suit up at Lehigh, and will also need to replace the fiery leadership on the offensive line that, at times, seemed to will this team to their Patriot League Championship last year.

This Saturday, we get our first peek.
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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Defense

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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Defense

According to the FCS record books for 2017, there are 123 Division I schools listed in the team statistical Rankings. 

Out of 123 teams, Lehigh was ranked 119th in total team defense, allowing 477.7 yards per game.

And the defensive numbers don’t get much better the more you look.

Rushing defense, 117th.  Passing yards allowed, 89th.  Team sacks, 118th.  Red zone defense, 103rd. 

Total sacks in 12 games: 10, or 0.8 per game.  Total interceptions in 12 games: 4, or 0.25 per game.  Total takeaways: 13, or a little over 1 per game.

Though the final defensive numbers from 2017 are unable to be sugar-coated, nobody involved with Lehigh’s defense is running away from the facts this spring.  In fact, they feel they are better than this.

“When you hear so much about your defense not being good,” defensive coordinator Craig Sutyak said this week, “you start to believe it, and I think our kids started to believe it too the last couple of years.  But we’re not going to beat ourselves.  We’re going to have faith in ourselves, faith in the guys next to us, and we’re going to continue to grow as a unit.”

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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Defense

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2018 Lehigh Football Spring Preview: The Defense

According to the FCS record books for 2017, there are 123 Division I schools listed in the team statistical Rankings. 

Out of 123 teams, Lehigh was ranked 119th in total team defense, allowing 477.7 yards per game.

And the defensive numbers don’t get much better the more you look.

Rushing defense, 117th.  Passing yards allowed, 89th.  Team sacks, 118th.  Red zone defense, 103rd. 

Total sacks in 12 games: 10, or 0.8 per game.  Total interceptions in 12 games: 4, or 0.25 per game.  Total takeaways: 13, or a little over 1 per game.

Though the final defensive numbers from 2017 are unable to be sugar-coated, nobody involved with Lehigh’s defense is running away from the facts this spring.  In fact, they feel they are better than this.

“When you hear so much about your defense not being good,” defensive coordinator Craig Sutyak said this week, “you start to believe it, and I think our kids started to believe it too the last couple of years.  But we’re not going to beat ourselves.  We’re going to have faith in ourselves, faith in the guys next to us, and we’re going to continue to grow as a unit.”

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Spotlight: Brad Mayes Using Spring Ball To Build For Chance To Threepeat

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Spotlight: Brad Mayes Using Spring Ball To Build For Chance To Threepeat

Lehigh’s spring session is in full swing, and there’s no question who the opening-day starter will be at quarterback, barring injury – that would be rising senior QB Brad Mayes.

Mayes had a great season last year, helping the Mountain Hawk offense to tremendous production again, picking up exactly where Montreal Alouette QB Nick Shafnisky left off after the 2016 season.

That doesn’t mean Mayes is sitting back sipping an iced tea while his teammates are busting their humps this spring, however.  He’s been busy.

“This off season was a lot of fun for me,”  he told me. “I got to take on more of a leadership role which allowed me to make great strides in the weight room. We had an outstanding leadership council as well make some great strides in equipment and gear, nutrition, and alumni partnership. Although those may seem like little things when it comes to the game of football, stuff like looking like a team and matching on Saturdays really go a long way.”

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