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Frank Tavani likes quarterback Marc Quilling's game experience
For now, Lafayette College’s starting quarterback is Ryan O’Neil.
With preseason camp set to finish up this weekend with the start of classes on Monday, Leopards coach Frank Tavani said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior from White Plains, N.Y. is No. 1.
“At this point, Ryan has established himself as the starter coming out of spring,” Tavani said Friday. “He has had a very good camp and he’s an outstanding athlete.”
But Parkland graduate Marc Quilling, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound senior, may yet have something to say about the top spot.
“Marc has the most game experience,” Tavani said. “And he’s having his best camp ever. He’s competing on a daily basis. Both kids are working hard.”
An early highlight of the camp has come on the defensive side.
“I like the way the secondary has been playing,” Tavani said. “(Sophomore Kyni) Scott has been exceptional at corner. He’s performed at a high level.”
Scott played in seven games as a freshman but Tavani said he has earned a starting job. On the less positive side, the offensive line has been a bit of a puzzle.
“We’re trying to get the offensive line in order, we’ve been piecing it together, mixing and matching players,” Tavani said. “We have some injuries, not serious ones. Matt Welch has played center, guard and tackle to help us out. We have some veterans but then behind them we have young guys and the offensive line is a critical area to prepare the backups. As Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says, it’s about the next man in. Down the stretch of the season, the backups will make the difference.”
The Leopards have been in camp for 2½ weeks and Tavani is pleased with what he sees – or, more to the point, doesn’t see: Any major injuries.
“We have a camp injury list that will clear once we get back to one-a-days,” he said.
Tavani, like almost any coach, doesn’t like to talk too much about freshmen, but said some of his youngsters, including two from the Poconos, have attracted his attention.
“Greg Kessel, who’s from East Stroudsburg South, has looked good at H-back,” Tavani said. “Darius Glover (from Delaware Valley, Pa.) has shown size and strength on the defensive line. And the three young receivers (Matt Grant, Roosevelt Juin and Mark Ross) came in here as good as any.”
Lafayette College football coach Frank Tavani likes quarterback Marc Quilling’s game experience
By BRAD WILSON, The Express-Times