Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Lehigh Practice Featured Again in Morning Call

Quick hit: coach Coen was interviewed in today's Morning Call about spring practice. Here's some of the highlights:

“We’ve gone away from any kind of option stuff that we did a lot with Sedale,” Coen said. “We’re concentrating on these guys being more dropback-style quarterbacks.”

Coen said the three-way battle for QB will not be decided during spring sessions.

“I don’t want to make a rash decision,” he said.

Coen wants the competition to continue into August, although he doesn’t necessarily want it to come down to the final week before the Sept. 6 opener against Drake.

“Bokosky has got a better grasp of the offense because he’s been here longer, but each day someone does something different,” Coen said. “The decision could possibly come down to our last intrasquad scrimmage [in August], but I hope I can say ‘here’s our guy’ before that.

“This is a new situation for me. It hasn’t happened in my time here and it didn’t happen at Penn when I was an offensive coordinator except for one year, and even then things sorted themselves out fast.”


Clearly the buzz is still focused on the QB battle this spring - with no frontrunner at this point.

After Keith Groller does an article on Lehigh football, sometimes he follows up with a blog posting. And today, Keith did not disappoint:

Things seem positive over on South Mountain. I think Coen knows that this year -- year No. 3 -- it will be more his style of football team and his players, and he's confident that a turnaround is going to happen. He would never say this, but I don't think Sedale Threatt and his offensive philosophy were ever a good fit. Threatt was athletic and dynamic, but lacked consistency and accuracy. Coen would prefer a strong-armed, stay-in-the-pocket passer for his offense.

The question is: Who's going to get that quarterback job? I agree with those who say that if you have two quarterbacks, you really have none. One of the three -- Chris Bokosky, J.B.Clark or Trace Cisneros -- has got to separate himself and become a clearcut choice for 2008 to be a good year. And, the earlier the better.

I also have my doubts about the defense, which has struggled for several seasons to make a big stop when it was most needed. But Coen said the team is getting bigger and stronger, which is key, because too many times lately, the Mountain Hawks have been pushed around when it mattered the most. At 2-4 in the league last season, Lehigh has a lot of catching up to do before it can be considered a playoff and championship-contender again.


Tough words, but very true. At 2-4 in the league last year and losing so many to "that school in Easton" in a row it's worth repeating that Lehigh has a long way to go to get back to expectations of playoffs and titles every year.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Brett Snyder '00 Featured In Fight Against ALS

Brett Snyder '00, forever and always a Lehigh football alumnus, recently appeared in the Morning Call detailing his fight against ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease.

Keith Groller of the Morning Call has done a fantastic job bringing information about Brett Snyder's foundation, Tackle ALS. Keith has done so through his articles, of course, but has also talked about Brett in his blog as well.

Last weekend, Brett held an Tackle ALS fundraiser in Starters Riverport in Bethlehem, where Brett presented a $15,000 check to another ALS foundation called ALS Hope:

"The money we're donating is going to help the clinic that Dr. Heiman-Patterson runs at the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown and also will go to her research and drug trials," Snyder said. "The pharmaceutical companies come to her, and she conducts her own research. We want to help people and increase awareness about ALS."

"It's all dedicated to making a difference for people living with ALS," Heiman-Patterson said. "The money that Brett has raised allows us to support the clinical arena and the research and to help take care of people, especially with their breathing, which ALS affects."

Coach Coen, who was an assistant coach at Lehigh when Brett was playing, stopped by as well along with assisant coaches Donnie Roberts and Trey Brown.

"I applaud Brett and his friends for starting this organization," Coen said. "Brett's the same way he was as a player -- he's going to take this thing head-on and be as productive with it as he can be. I was an assistant coach at Lehigh when he was here, and I loved coaching him. Of all the people I've coached, I don't know that I've ever had a better kid in terms of attitude and that's what makes this all the more despicable that he's dealing with this. It's really unfair. He was a great player, but he's an even better person."

I'm really glad to be able to pass on the information about the event, and the links to stories about upcoming events as well. I'd like to put something up on the blog in order to raise awareness about Tackle ALS and raise money for the cause - to make it easy for people to donate directly to Brett's foundation.

I don't know Brett personally but like many people I have been deeply moved by his story and his determination to make things better for people living with ALS.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Another Name To The Class Of 2012

Some sharp eyes looking at Lehigh's spring prospectus have found another name added to the class of 2008: LB/TE Mark Wickware. Originally reported to have accepted a scholarship at a Division II school, he has chosen (much to the delight of Lehigh fans) instead to suit up in the Brown & White instead to play Division I football. (Note: I added his name to my original blog posting on the class of 2012 as well.)

Heavily recruited by schools like Rutgers as a junior, an injury at the end of that year had him drop off the radar screen of other Division I schools. Even recovering from injury as a senior he did well enough to be an all-South jersey selection, and just recently was selected to play in the 30th annual North-South Jersey Classic which will take place at the Meadowlands on June 30th. Though listed as a TE, he will be playing the game as a LB - where he'll be playing alongside another Lehigh recruit, LB/FB Bryce Arruda, on the South while LB Mike Groome will be suiting up for the North.

Speaking of Groome, an article came out recently talking about how Groome (a linebacker and fullback for Lenape Valley) may eventually be facing off against his big pee-wee and high school rival Kyle Hayes (a "slash" type RB/WR/QB for Kittatinny HS).

From the article:

Groome will play inside linebacker, with his days as a 1,000-yard fullback possibly behind him. The Lenape Valley senior epitomized the old-school, hard-nose player. He wasn’t flashy but he would runover anyone that stood in his way.
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