Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brown/White Game Press - The Best-Covered Spring Game Ever

(Photo courtesy of Kevin Mingora, The Morning Call)

Junior QB J.B. Clark and junior WR Craig Zurn seem pretty excited about something in this picture - could it be all the press coverage of Lehigh's Sprng game?

The press reports are in from the Brown & White game - including a photo gallery from the Morning Call (and one from yours truly - coming soon when I get a spare moment!)

There are no fewer than three press release articles and three blog postings (including the one from yours truly), making this arguably the best-covered spring game in all of FCS. The consensus was that it things seem pretty hopeful on South Mountain after Saturday's final contact until August.

The Morning Call: QBs Shine in Lehigh Spring Game


‘’We’re definitely headed in the right direction,'’ [Coen] said. ‘’This is the best I’ve ever felt at this time of year during my tenure here. I don’t know what that means, but I like the attitude of our guys and we’ve got a good recruiting class coming in. I’m excited.'’

Easton Express-Times: Lehigh University offense shines in 53-20 win


"I was happy with how the quarterbacks played, particularly when they were on the move," coach Andy Coen said. "They scrambled out of there a couple of times and made nice plays. We haven't made those plays in the past couple of years and I think we have the ability to do those things now."
Groller's Corner: Lehigh football's solid effort has fans saying "See you in September"

Matt Cohen, a rising senior linebacker, was named one of the team's two captains. Defensive tackle B.J. Benning was the other selection as captain.

"It's a nice honor and I was very happy to hear it," Cohen said. "It's nice to be looked up to, but we have a lot of leaders on this team. Every senior is a leader."

As for the defense's effort, Cohen said, "The offense kind of hit on some big plays and after that we didn't fly around as much as wanted to. We have a lot of experience back, and we rallied after that. But it was also good to see the offense play well. That had a lot of guys step up."
Easton Express-Times: Lehigh University football team in ‘right direction’

“Jay Campbell, you can’t ever count him out,” Coen said. “He’s not the biggest guy or strongest guy but he gets you yards and he really improved catching the ball in the last week of the spring. Matt Fitz had a nice spring after missing a lot of fall (shoulder). I feel good about the direction those kids are going in and we’ve got good recruits we’ll throw in the mix. RB Jaren [Walker] runs hard, you can’t help but notice that when he’s out there. He’s a fierce competitor.”


Around the FCS: A [Lehigh and Lafayette] Spring Fling

"We are going to open it up next season," said Coen, who was pleased with the development of his quarterbacks, receivers and offensive line during the spring. "That's the direction football is going and we have the players to be able to do that."

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[Fred] Mihal, a sophomore linebacker waiting to see his first actual game experience, was a chore for the Lehigh offensive line to block. Mihal had five tackles, three tackles for loss, an interception and a sack.

"Fred has had a great spring and we expect some big things from him," said Coen.
Add to the mix the Brown & White article about the "Be the Match" program that the Lehigh football team sponsored the following day - and that's a lot of coverage.

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