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What I Did (Or Am Doing) This Summer

I'm away on summer vacation, but I couldn't resist getting in a few tidbits of information about Lehigh before I left. (I wrote this post earlier.)

While I'm enjoying the seaside, junior RB Jaren Walker was volunteering at the Sports Camp at Lehigh. The Johnson-McCormick family tried to blog about the experience without me knowing, but - let's just say I have ways to find out things.

This past week Kyle and Owen were in Sports Camp at Lehigh. They had their most fun week yet of the entire summer! They LOVED LOVED LOVED it. They just soaked it all up and could not have been happier with it.
Last week, fall practice started. In the official release, coach Coen makes one very interesting note:

Freshman RB Zach Barket and freshman RB Tony Kablan have a great opportunity in front of them; the running backs always see a lot of action and get a high number of reps during camp so each one of those guys will have a chance to show what he’s capable of.”
I haven't made an official determination (yet) of preseason camp needs, but you can bet No. 1 is the battle between Barket, Kablan, Walker, junior RB Jay Campbell and sophomore RB Matt Fitz. You've got to believe that Walker has the inside edge - as long as he's 100% - but after that it gets real, real interesting.

Sharp-eyed roster watchers saw a new face on the Lehigh roster: sophomore OL Blake McCroskey, a 6'5 300 lb lineman who transferred to Lehigh from Cincinnatti of the Big East. He originally was planning to come to Colgate - but it was reported to be Lehigh's business school which tipped him to come to Lehigh instead. Will he step into the "O" line right away? We'll see.

Lehigh also added a name to the coaching staff a few weeks ago: young Moravian coach Sal DeWalt, who will be coaching the "O" line. He did a great job with D-III Moravian's line the past two years. Coach Coen had this to say about him:

"I am excited to announce Sal as a member of our staff," Coen says in a news release. "He comes highly recommended as a football coach and as a person.

"In the short time he has been with us, I am impressed and I know he will help us as we work towards our goal of winning a ninth Patriot League championship."

Finally - since I've got to get going - if you saw someone who looked like Matt Millen at a Lehigh game last year, it was probably him:

"This off-season, after I got fired in Detroit, I watched high school football, I watched Division III football, I’d go to Muhlenberg, Moravian, local high schools around there (in Pennsylvania). I went to a couple Lehigh games, I watched Lafayette and went to the Lafayette-Harvard game, and that was really interesting. You can see where football’s going and how the top influences the bottom. It’s really fascinating. I went to the Harvard game and was shocked how much is taken away from the field and is on the sideline. I couldn’t believe it.”
Yes, Matt, we really do play football here at Lehigh (and "that school in Easton").

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