What does the future hold for Lehigh Football?
A team filled with youth, that struggled throughout the year, ended its 2014 campaign scrambling for answers.
Lafayette did what they wanted in a 27-7 victory at Yankee Stadium in the 150th meeting between the two programs. Lehigh loses three starters from the defense (OLB Isaiah Campbell, NG Arturo Gyles and First Team All-Patriot DL Tim Newton), but I believe the playing time the young guys received this season is very beneficial to Lehigh’s growth heading into next season. The strength of next year has to be the linebackers, as leading tackler Prince Ripanti, Second Team All-Patriot League Colton Caslow and team leader in TFL Matthew Laub all return to the LU Mountain Hawks next season.
The offensive side of the ball loses four players (First Team All-Patriot League OT Ned Daryoush, WR Josh Parris, TE Tyler Coyle and RB Rich Sodeke). Brandon Yosha and Chris Leigh take over the reigns at running back, and freshman sensation Troy Pelletier is ready to become the top guy at wideout in 2015. The Mountain Hawks have all the making to be among the top teams in the league next season, although Bucknell looks to be the toughest test. Reigning Patriot League champs Fordham will lose 10 players on defense and eight offensive players to graduation this year.
The talent Lehigh brings back will be much prepared to take on the PL in 2015. Watch out for Lehigh head coach Andy Coen’s Mountain Hawks in 2015, as he hopes to return the squad to its winning ways of 2010-2013 (39-9 record with two first-place finishes in the Patriot League over those four seasons).
Photo: Brent Hugo