Skip to main content

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.

Comments

Anonymous said…
I question how Coen is handling this entire QB situation.

You cant tell me that the coaching staff doesn't have a front runner at this position.

Procrastinating on this decsion can only cause internal issues, not give the team a leader to look to, and not let the recievers and QB gel.

I think he is loosing ground the entire spring session with his inability to make the call.

Cant be good for the team.
Anonymous said…
you're a knucklehead
Anonymous said…
Scrap the 3-4. It won't work at this level of football. Not unless you have truly exceptional LBs. And considering how miserable the pass rush has been for the past two years I'd have thought AC would consider building a strong D-line the #1 priority.

Prediction: Another 5-6 mediocre season.
ngineer said…
Competition is what makes players better. Until he and we see the QB's in game conditions will anyone have an idea who is going to under center come September.
Anonymous said…
yea, then you all can bitch and complain about his choice. Get a life...

I didn't realize you are part of the coaching staff "ngineer" "not until he and WE" since when do the blogers on this board get a say in who's at any position!
ngineer said…
Who said anything about having a "say" in making a decision. I said until ANYONE gets to see the competitors in game conditions will we have an "idea" as to who might be playing.
Tough day with the boss man dumping on you at the office? Kick the dog too?

Popular posts from this blog

Nick Shafnisky Is Pushing Hard to Get To Play at the Next Level in Football

"Don't take anything for granted, just keep pushing."
Those are the words of QB Nick Shafnisky, told to The Whitehall-Coplay Press all the way back in 2013, about his preparation as a high school athlete.
And they seem to summarize the Whitehall, PA native perfectly, then as now.
Dubbed the "Male Athlete of the Year" by that publication, the article goes on about Shaf's many exploits at Whitehall high school - leading the Zephyr football team to a co-Lehigh Valley Conference title, becoming the first player ever in that conference to rush and pass for over 1,000 yards, and earning the league's co-MVP award as well.
He also was a member of the Zephyrs playoff basketball team, and for good measure also helped set a record for the 4x100 relay team as well.
At Whitehall, and at Lehigh, coaches pushed him, but it was his own hard work that helped make him the best athlete he could be.
This weekend, Shaf, like every eligible college football player, will be …

#TheRivalry Flashback: November 21st, 1987: Lehigh 17, Lafayette 10

Since becoming an undergrad at Lehigh back in the late 1980s, I first heard about the historic nature of the football team and "The Rivalry" through the stories that fellow students would share.

I did not attend the final meeting between Lehigh and Lafayette at Taylor Stadium, which was the final time a football game would be played there.

Those that did attend said that was that it was cold.

"I remember it being one of the coldest games ever," Mark Redmann recollected, "with strong Northwesterly winds and the temperature hovering around 20.  By the end of the game, the stands were half empty because most of the fans just couldn't take the cold.

"Fortunately, several of my fraternity brothers snuck in flasks to help fend off the chill."

Dominick Bragalone Goes Into Monster Mode As Lehigh Is One Win Away From Title

It has been a most unusual season for Lehigh.

Starting the year off at 0-5 and getting swept in their out-of-conference schedule, the Mountain Hawks were in danger of having their season go off the rails.

But two things have come together over the last five football games that have put Lehigh on the brink of back-to-back championships.

The first is the late blooming of the Lehigh defense, which kept battling every week since the low point of the September 30th loss to Wagner to do the job in four of their five Patriot League conference games. 

The second is the development of junior RB Dominick Bragalone into a bellcow running back, a back who has to be in the conversation for Patriot League offensive player of the year.

In five Patriot League games, Bragalone has run for 863 yards in 5 games, rushing for 11 touchdowns and adding two more receiving touchdowns as well. 

The South Williamsport, PA native certainly wasn't unknown before this week - after all, as a freshman and a sop…