LFN Season Preview: Veteran Offense Should Deliver Even More Excitement In 2016

The 2016 Mountain Hawks will be leaning on their offense to carry them in the early going on the season.

That's because they return eight starters from last year's squad, which was one of the more prolific offenses in all of FCS.

Looking over the stat sheet from 2015, there's plenty of athletes carrying over that makes Lehigh Nation drool.  The return of a sophomore that was a 1,000 yard rusher as a freshman.  The return of an experienced quarterback that has started games each of the last three years.  The return of a deep threat receivers that invokes fear in opposing defensive coordinators.

There's not a lot of drama on the offensive side of the 2016 Lehigh football depth chart.  But there's a lot that has Lehigh Nation extremely excited about the potential for this year.
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LFN Season Preview: Searching For Lehigh Defensive Identity

There is one real adage when it comes to defensive football: if you sit around and wait for something bad to happen, it probably will.

This season, the Lehigh Mountain Hawk defense knows it can't afford to hang back and let bad things happen.

The 2015 Lehigh defense was a unit that saw flashes of strong play - just not enough of them.

And in 2016, this unit knows that the statistics from last year indicate a unit that needs to get better.

Most of all the identity of this defense needs to be formed.

In most places, we know the athletes.  We know they have flashes of great play.  The question that needs to be answered: what will its identity be?
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Know Your 2016 Opponents: Penn

We continue the series "Know Your 2016 Opponents" a mere 9 (!) days away from the opening of the 2016 football season.

This might be a good time, for your reading pleasure, to remind you that these are modified with some more awesome Lehigh information from the originals over at The College Sports Journal.

It's also a good time to remind you that I already have written a bunch of these:

Bucknell
Georgetown
Fordham
Holy Cross
Lafayette
Princeton
Yale

To come: Colgate, Villanova, and, of course Monmouth, the season opener on September 3rd.  And also, this preview of Penn.  Below the flip.
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First Week Of Lehigh Preseason Camp In The Books

It's hot, it's muggy and it's sticky, but all that's doing for Patriot League football fans is getting them in the mood for football season.

The Mountain Hawks, who are finishing up their second week of practice and their first scrimmage with full contact.

"Our kids really competed well," head coach Andy Coen said. "It was good to see sophomore RB Nick Thevanayagam play really well for us. Really, the thought process was to get Dom a series and get him out and get Nick and sophomore RB Micco Brisker involved. (Micco) did a nice job. Caught the ball out of the backfield. I think he's going to be somebody that's going to be a different guy this year than he was last year."

The news wasn't all good, however, as it was revealed via Twitter that senior LB Colton Caslow was battling an injury.


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Know Your 2016 Opponents: Fordham

We continue the series "Know Your 2016 Opponents" a mere 16 days away from the opening of the 2016 football season.

This might be a good time, for your reading pleasure, to remind you that these are modified with some more awesome Lehigh information from the originals over at The College Sports Journal.

It's also a good time to remind you that I already have written a bunch of these:

Bucknell
Georgetown
Holy Cross
Lafayette
Princeton
Yale

To come: Penn, Colgate, Villanova, and, of course Monmouth, the season opener on September 3rd.  And also, this preview of Fordham.  Below the flip.
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LFN’s Five Burning Questions Of Preseason Camp

It's almost here - the 2016 football season.

On August 8th, the Lehigh football team finished their offseason testing and officially started in with the incoming freshman class.

Head coach Andy Coen was very impressed with the 20 new faces of the incoming class.

"It's always a huge for the freshmen coming from high school to college but I think that group of kids did a really good job," he told LehighSports.com.  "I was really impressed that we didn't have as many mental mistakes, especially the young guys," he continued. "That's always good to see. The guys are keeping their faces in the playbook, learning and trying to get better."

So what will Lehigh Nation be looking at during the 2015 preseason?
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Lehigh Picked Tied for 3rd At Patriot League Media Day, Eager To Get To Work

The Patriot League officially kicked off the 2016 football season with football media day at the Green Pond Country Club, and Lehigh was picked in a tie for 3rd.  Colgate was picked 1, Fordham was picked 2, and tied with the Mountain Hawks was Holy Cross at 3.

Senior OL Zach Duffy and senior LB Laquan Lambert, were asked what they thought of the preseason pick.

In other years, you might have gotten a bit of a chest-thumping response, but this year's group was notable in the calm way they answered the questions.

"I think that's fair," Zach said.  "It's where we finished last year, and we haven't proved much yet.  We haven't achieved our goals yet.  I wouldn't have wanted to be picked any higher since we haven't earned it."

"We have high expectations on ourselves," Laquan added.  "This fuels the fire for us.  We're just going to have to take it day by day if we want to win a championship."

No cries of disrespect - just a quiet sense of needing to return to work, which seems to summarize fairly well the attitude I sensed from the Lehigh table at Media Day.  "Workmanlike."


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Know Your 2016 Opponents: Yale

Today's "Know Your 2016 Opponents" series continues with the team that is predicted by College Sports Journal to finish 3th in the Ivy League: Yale.

Although it would have been a great narrative coup if Hilary Clinton and Bill Clinton met at the classic 14-12 upset of the Bulldogs by Harvard in 1970 at wind-swept Cambridge, they instead, the world learned this week, met in the spring of 1971 at the law school library.

One of the curious things about the Clintons is their lack of association with the "Yale-Harvard Football Game", as it's now known, even though Bill Clinton is a self-admitted sports nut, able to recall times when he congratulated winning teams that visited him in the White House, or times as President or at the Clinton Foundation reminiscing about Montana Grizzlies football.

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Know Your 2016 Opponents: Holy Cross

Today's "Know Your 2016 Opponents" series continues with the team that is predicted by College Sports Journal to finish 3th in the Patriot League: Holy Cross.

Scared of the Purple People eaters this year?  I am.

They're a veteran-laden offense, with a four year letterman at quarterback, hosting Lehigh this year at their home in "Woostah".  Defensively, conventional football scholarships have the Crusaders with a quickly built defense that got better as the season went along.

They're a team that hasn't made the jump - yet - but could, playing Lehigh at home, poach the Mountain Hawks.

It's a game I have circled on the calendar.

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