August 21, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Lafayette football program is in search of their first winning season since 2009 and after 17 years it will be under someone other then Frank Tavanni. Head coach John Garrett, is looking to right the ship and his energy, enthusiasm and overall love for the game really has the guys buying into him, as well as his system. This is great news considering the fact that the guys will be playing with a rookie quarterback. The Leopards have 7 players fighting for the job, but none have any game experience. However, the fact that they have been playing together since June has the guys confident that no matter who is calling the plays, they will click.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Leopards return a core of experience, which they will certainly rely on after being ranked last in the Patriot League last season. They do have a new coordinator in Luke Thompson, who comes from Georgetown, but it will be up to the guys to step up when the time comes.
The players admit they are getting more and more anxious the closer it comes to opening kick-off. They went 1-10 at home over the last two years and they are eager to show their fans that hard work pays off. Lafayette opens the season September 2 at Monmouth, and then returns home the following week vs. Sacred Heart.