Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Looking at Lafayette

Mark Leggiero leads the Leopard "D"

The Leopards are without doubt the most complete and balanced team the Lions will face all year.

In short, Lafayette has a good QB, a good RB, a good WR, a great defense, and a great kicker.

If you're pining away for that team that barely beat us last year, (13-3 at Wien Stadium), forget it. Remember that the Leopards top rusher, Maurice White, left that game very early with an injury. If not for that, Lafayette may have won by a lot more.

On the other hand Columbia left A LOT of points on the table in that game, blowing a number of red zone chances. This is a much improved Lions team, especially on offense.

But this post is about Lafayette.

The Leopards have some great experienced weapons on offense.

Senior QB Rob Curley is completing 66% of his passes, throwing for 231 yards per game, and has eight TD passes versus just two picks after four games.

Senior RB Maurice White averages 4.9 yards per carry.

Junior WR Mark Layton already has 359 receiving yards and six TD catches.

Meanwhile, the stingy Lafayette defense has allowed just 13.2 points per game and is led by an All-America candidate linebacker Mark Leggiero.

Another major concern is Andrew Poulson on the defensive line. He's joined up front by an emerging star in Ian Dell.

If Lafayette has a defensive weakness, and that's an IF, it's the secondary which is giving up 200 passing yards per game. If the Lions get decent pass protection for M.A. Olawale, that could become a factor.

I said at the top that the Leopards have a great kicker... but I may have lied. Davis Rodriguez has a gun for a leg and had been "lights out" his first two seasons, but he started out very slow this year at 3-for-8 on FG's and his longest one this season is a 31-yarder.

Columbia has never won at Lafayette, (although they did notch a tie in 1995), and this is surely one of the better Leopard teams they've faced over the decades.

If you want to learn more, Lafayette has just released its games notes here.


At Wed Oct 07, 11:00:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While Lafayette is a good team, I think that you are overstating their strengths. I don't think that they are bigger than we are, and I would put up MA and AK as one of the most dangerous offensive combos I've seen in years.

At Thu Oct 08, 12:51:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Calling all LIONS to Leopard territory. We need to show a presence and make noise in Easton. Wear CU blue and GET LOUD! It all matters! This is an important your support. Forget the lawn, the cleaning, opening mail, homework, shopping...pack up the car and head to PA.

At Thu Oct 08, 03:48:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am doing my part in Vermont by watching the game with two hardcore Lafayette alums via internet feed. We're trash talking and everything. I have an '82 first growth Bordeaux on the line! Wish you hadn't mentioned that Columbia has never won in Easton (!)


At Thu Oct 08, 10:03:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

On last night's Firing Lion, I think someone said the Lafayette game will not be on WKCR-FM but will be on the website.

At Thu Oct 08, 10:05:00 PM GMT+7, Blogger Jake said...

Well, I can promise you the game WILL be on the SideLion pass with Jerry Recco and I starting the pregame at 5:30pm.

ALSO, my special halftime guest is Roger Dennis '66. Roger was QB Archie Roberts' #1 target and actually led the team in receiving AND rushing in 1965! No one has done that since, (and I'm not sure anyone else has ever done that in Ivy play).

At Thu Oct 08, 10:13:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about tailgating at Lafayette? Just got off the phone with the AD and they said you have to park on the street and that's all they can suggest! Never thought there would be a harder place to tailgate than NYC!

At Fri Oct 09, 01:42:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was speaking to a former Yale player today about the Lafayette game. He said that the one play that Yale could not stop was a square out 15 or so yards down the field to their top receiver. To beat Lafayette we will have to pressure their QB by beating their big offensive line and jam their receivers.


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