One of the more interesting aspects of covering Lehigh football for so long is the fact that you end up seeing future NFL players on their rise to the big show.
In fact, two players who squared off against the Mountain Hawks in particular have an excellent chance of being drafted on Day 2 or Day 3 of the NFL draft.
But those not the only Lehigh football opponents that will be hoping to get a phone call from an NFL team this Friday or Saturday.
Though few Patriot League, Ivy League or even CAA players enter their football programs with the NFL as their main goal, every football player that matriculates to these schools still harbor the dream of dominating their league and as a result get an opportunity to pursue their NFL dream.
And it is true that NFL scouts come to FCS football games to look for talent that might have been overlooked. Many years ago I was in Hofstra's press box, watching the Pride take on New Hampshire, with NFL scouts from the Colts and Saints there to watch WR Marques Colston
play. The Saints decision to pursue Colston may very well have come from that game in Hempstead, New York.Read more »
WR Lee Kurfis
literally came out of nowhere last year on the Patriot League and national scene.
Hard to believe now, but going into the 2013 season, he wasn't a member of the preseason all-Patriot League team, despite playing very well in several games his junior year when WR Ryan Spadola
, now with the NFL's Miami Dolphins, was out with mono.
Maybe it was the unorthodox style of running. Or maybe it was because people forgot about his sneaky quickness to break for the ball. But after Kurfis almost singlehandedly helped Lehigh overcome a three-score opening-game deficit to Central Connecticut State
, Lehigh Nation certainly knew that Lee had the potential to be a great one in the annals of Lehigh history.
Now of course, the rest of FCS Nation knows who Mr. Kurfis is, as he finished atop the FCS on average yards per game (122.8), 3rd in FCS in receptions per game (9.0), and finding his name
on the ECAC All-Star Team, the AP FCS All-America team, Sports Network All-Star Team, the College Sporting News All-Star Team, and, most recently, the College Sports Journal All-Star team
Now, he's headed to the campus of Furman University to showcase his talents in front of NFL scouts.Read more »
During the football season, I've gotten in the writing habit of picking a "Sunday Word", and using it to describe what happened the previous week.
I've been slack in getting this going this preseason, but the only possible word that can perfectly summarize this Lehigh football offseason is "pro
The NCAA's big ad campaign for years now has been that "most athletes go 'pro' in something other than sports". And for the great majority of Lehigh athletes, year-in and year-out, this is still true.
But this offseason we've seen an unprecedented number of Lehigh athletes trying their hand at 'pro' ball - and Lehigh fans everywhere couldn't be more thrilled or excited. There are a lot of "pro" adventures to follow for Lehigh fans right now, and it's damned exciting stuff.Read more »
It may be 21 days until the start of Lehigh's football season, but there's plenty of football on TV for Lehigh fans to get excited about tonight.
For all the information you need on catching LB Billy Boyko, OG Will Rackley
and WR Ryan Spadola
this weekend, just check below the flip.Read more »