Spring Season Begins As Lehigh Sees Benefits In Off-Season Weight Training Program

This week, Lehigh's football program officially kicked off their spring season, starting the series of practices that will start the process of bringing this team together for the fall football season.

But that's not to say that the football team has been sitting back and drinking Yuenglings and sitting on the couch since November.

Through Lehigh's strength and conditioning program, run by Ed Ruisz and Eric Marcovsky, Lehigh's football players have been working in the weight room since November in order to get to peak physical condition for the spring - and fall.
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Patsy Ratings – Lehigh’s Class of 2018

Most Patriot League fan bases would be quite happy if you told them that a two-year won/loss record would be 18-4 with a couple of wins over perennial Top 25 teams, a sweep of Ivy League opponents, and a victory over your biggest rival.

But head coach Andy Coen, despite all the success, has plenty to wonder in regards to what could have been in the last two years.

One half away from a title in 2012.  One touchdown away from a fifth straight win over that school in Easton.  In a couple of seasons of fantastic comebacks and thrilling victories, its the two times where they couldn't execute the comeback that stick out the most.

The offensive talent Lehigh has graduated too during this time - QB Michael Colvin, QB Brandon Bialkowski, WR Ryan Spadola, WR Lee Kurfis, RB Keith Sherman, OL Matt Lippincott, and FB Zach Hayden are but a few of those names - is substantial.  If Lehigh hopes to transform oh-so-close into Patriot League Championships again, they'll need to add new names to this list above.

Did this year's recruiting class come close to doing so, according to the Patsy Rating system?

Let's find out.

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Patsy Ratings – Lafayette’s Class of 2018

Lafayette head coach Frank Tavani holds a fairly odd distinction: in the last four seasons, his Leopards have finished the season with a sub-.500 record, yet the Spotted Ones also have - of all things - a Patriot League championship, and a trip to the FCS Playoffs last season to show for it.

Such is life in the seven-team Patriot League: you can struggle like a Leopard in a freezer in September and October, yet thaw out in time for league play and make a run to win the Championship.

In fact it was one of the players represented in last year's Patsy Ratings, rising sophomore QB Drew Reed, that was a critical piece to their title run.  Perhaps unsurprisingly, he was a two-star rated player by all the major scouting agencies, and was a huge factor in their Patsy Rating.

This season, will the Leopards have another Reed in their class?  Will they have several?  Will they have more than several?  Will they have enough to have one of the best recruiting classes in the Patsy ratings this season?

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