July 20, 2011
EASTON, Pa. -
Lafayette football was well-represented on college football guru Phil Steele's preseason All-Patriot League teams released today, as 13 Leopards were named to either the first- or second- team, the highest total of any team in the conference. Of the 13 student-athletes honored, 12 are going into their senior seasons.
Six players earned first-team recognition and four were on the offensive side of the ball, including two senior skill players in running back Jerome Rudolph and wide receiver Mitchell Bennett. Also named to the unit were senior offensive linemen Scott Biel and Anthony Buffolino - both All-Patriot League second-team honorees at the end of last season.
The lone representative on the first team defense was defensive back Brandon Ellis, also a first teamer at the end of 2010, while punt returner Greg Stripe earned 1st Team recognition for special teams.
Seven Leopards were acknowledged on the second team unit, led by senior quarterback Ryan O'Neil, who was joined on offense by his receiving targets on the field, wide receiver Kyle Hayes and tight end Kevin Doty, both seniors. Doty earned second team laurels by the conference at the end of last season as well.
Lafayette was represented on all three levels of the second team defense, starting with senior Mike Grimaldi
and junior Tahir Basil
- the team's lone underclassmen recognized - up front on the defensive line. Senior linebacker Ben Eaton
and senior defensive back Kyle Simmons
round out the Leopards named to Steele's preseason team.
The Leopards are coming off a 2-9 showing season and open up their 2011 campaign Saturday, Sept. 3 at North Dakota State.