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Hawk Squawk: Matt Lippincott

(Photo Credit: Lehigh Valley Live)

Junior OL Matt Lippincott took some time out from his busy schedule this week to share with me his thoughts on the end of camp and the 2012 season.

His simple statement of "Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner, I was getting my classes set up," somehow, speaks volumes about FCS football at this level, and where the priorites lie, as they should.

LFN: How great is it that camp is over?

Matt Lippincott: It is bittersweet that camp is over, but now besides football there will be tons of work to do for class.

LFN: How do you feel, as a unit, the "O" line has progressed through camp?

Matt: The O-line as a unit has overcome injuries and growing pains during camp. Older guys missed practices, which allowed the young guys to get yelled at while taking reps.  But that made them better.

LFN:
Do you find yourself looking back at the example of OL Keith Schauder or OL Will Rackley on the "O" line at all, in terms of either technique or leadership?

Matt:
In today's game, every player watches hours of film. Eventually, film surfaces from guys who played before you. I always find myself watching former players to see how they perform against a certain type of defense or one of our plays.

LFN:
How is it working with Mike as a QB? Has anything changed from last year to this year in that regard?

Matt:
Mike has really grabbed hold of the team as his own. He wants the pressure of calling the shots and making the plays. The team trusts him that he will come through when the time comes.

LFN:
  Finally, what's the "O" line's goal vs. Monmouth, and what special challenges do they pose this week?

Matt:  Our goal is pretty simple. It starts up front.  If we cant get the ball rolling, then it doesn't matter who is running, throwing, or catching the football if we cant block anyone.


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