Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Scouting Report Lycoming vs Lebanon Valley

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Scouting Lycoming
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Style

Lycoming enters Saturday's game ranked seventh in the MAC in scoring offense (24.6), sixth in rushing offense (146.8), seventh in passing offense (201.0) and seventh in total offense (347.8).

The team does have one of the most accurate passing attacks in the MAC, though, as junior quarterback Tyler Jenny is second in the league in completion percentage (65.9) and passing efficiency (146.3). His two favorite targets are among the top 10 receivers in the league, with sophomore Ryan Umpleby sixth in receptions per game (4.6) and receiving yards (352) and senior Matt Atkinson is tied for second in the league in touchdown receptions (4) and fourth in receptions per game (5.6).

The running game is led by junior Craig Needhammer, who has notched four straight 100-yard games. He is second in the MAC and 12th nationally with 650 rushing yards.

Defense: 4-3
The Warrior defense, after allowing 30 points to Brockport in the opener, has settled in to allow just 15.5 points per game in the last four, all Warrior wins. The team is second in the MAC in scoring defense, allowing 18.4 points per game.

The defense is paced by a pair of players in the top 10 in the league in sacks, with senior Dwight Hentz sitting third at 0.8 per game and junior Braden Zeiner ninth at 0.5.

After posting three interceptions  in the 19-16 win over 16th-ranked Delaware Valley, the Warriors also moved into a tie for the league lead in the category with Albright. Junior Tanner Troutman is second in the league with three picks and senior Tyler Denike is fifth with two.

Scouting Lebanon Valley
Offense: Multiple/Pro-Set
Lebanon Valley enters the game ranked second in the MAC in scoring offense (32.6), fourth in rushing offense (174.0), fifth in passing offense (208.4) and fourth in total offense (382.4).

The Dutchmen offense is led by junior quarterback Brian Murphy, who leads the MAC in passing efficiency (148.3) and is fifth in passing yards (947). He is also fifth in the league in total offense (203.2) and completion percentage (55.6). His favorite targets are seniors Jake Zeigler and Joey Miller, who are eighth (286) and 12th (242) in the league, respectively, in receiving yards.

Two of Lebanon Valley's running backs are among the top 15 in the conference, with sophomore Austin Hartman fifth in the league with 381 yards and freshman Brendan Irving 12th with 200.

Defense: 3-4
The Dutchmen defense leads the MAC in total defense (293.4), as they have allowed just 44 points during their current three-game win streak. They are ranked third overall in scoring defense (18.6), third in passing defense (199.0) and first in rushing defense (94.4).

The defense is paced by one of the best linebackers in the MAC in junior Frank Gaffney. Gaffney leads the conference in solo tackles (6.6), tackles for loss (2.6) and he is second in the nation in sacks (2.0).

His outrageous total of 10 sacks through the first five games was greatly aided by posting four in the Dutchmen's 17-6 win over Wilkes, helping him earn the MAC Defensive Player of the Week award along with Lycoming's Tanner Troutman. Gaffney also had 12 tackles and blocked an extra-point attempt in the win.