May 20, 2013 |
MOST GRADUATES of now-closed high schools such as North Catholic, William Penn and Cardinal Dougherty would not know Vito Goggins from a veto of a bill passed by the house or senate, but they've certainly experienced his upcoming pain. Edward Bok Tech is in its final weeks and Goggins still can't come to grips. "We'll want to come back to Bok, but . . . can't do it. It's gonna disappear," he said. "We won't even be able to go to a football game and sit up in the stands and yell, 'Let's go Bok!
April 24, 2013 |
ONCE, IT WAS a question asked with anticipation. Now it is one posed with fear. Which of our pro teams, we have been quizzed at various intervals over the last 15 years, is closest to a championship. Anyone, anyone? The Eagles? Man, you must loooove Chip Kelly. The Phillies? With all their ifs, buts and nuts? And speaking of nuts, are we really sure the Flyers will be better without Ilya Bryzgalov? Based, exactly, on what? And speaking of nuts again, maybe the Sixers should sign Andrew Bynum.
April 22, 2013 |
Deion Barnes showed considerable talent last season as a first-year defensive end at Penn State, finishing in the top five of the Big Ten with six sacks and being named the conference's freshman of the year. Now the North Philadelphia native thinks he can be a better football player in 2013 because he's more aware of what his colleagues on the defensive line are doing, and getting better at reading opposing offenses. "I'm doing better recognizing offenses and playing together as a unit on the defensive line because you need your inside guys, you need your other guys to be successful," the 6-foot-4, 244-pound Barnes, a former Northeast High star, said Saturday after the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium.
April 20, 2013 |
As a top prospect at George Washington High School in 2009, Sharrif Floyd visited the Eagles' training facility when the team recognized academic and athletic achievers in local high schools. He remembers the visit four years later, including then-coach Andy Reid's calling him by his nickname, "Reef. " On April 5, Floyd again visited the NovaCare Complex. He was still being honored for his achievements, but the Eagles had more immediate interests, too. The Eagles welcomed Floyd because the defensive tackle from Florida is one of the top prospects in the draft.
April 8, 2013 |
With less than three weeks left until the NFL draft, there are 10 players the Eagles could conceivably select with the No. 4 overall pick, assuming they don't trade down. Here they are, ranked according to how likely they are to be Chip Kelly's first selection as coach, taking into account their availability when the Eagles pick. 1. Eric Fisher, tackle, Central Michigan. Momentum has gathered behind the idea that Fisher is the No. 1 tackle in the draft. Mike Mayock of NFL Network recently slotted him ahead of Luke Joeckel, who was once viewed as a lock to be the first offensive lineman off the board.
March 28, 2013 |
The Eagles are scheduled to host Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd for a pre-draft workout on April 5, an NFL source said. Even though Floyd is considered a local prospect - he graduated from George Washington High - he will count against the Eagles' 30 allotted workouts. NFL teams are given one day before the draft to work out any players that either hail from nearby or attended a college in the vicinity. Floyd is considered a certain top-10 pick and a likely top-five selection.
March 24, 2013 |
Temple quarterback Clinton Granger has not received any promises, he said. Everything he wants, he said, he has to earn. And now the Washington High product nicknamed "Juice" is in position to earn the Owls' starting job. He entered Friday's first day of spring practice tied atop the quarterback depth chart with fellow senior Chris Coyer. Head coach Matt Rhule plans to have the Owls pass more this season, something that has raised the receivers' morale, Coyer said. Last season, Coyer threw for 946 yards, 8 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions.
March 22, 2013 |
Matt Rhule didn't have time to spare. After being formally announced as the Owls' 26th head football coach on Dec. 17, Rhule hit the ground running, embarking on the recruiting trail for the first time as a collegiate head coach. "We feel really good about it," said Rhule, who has 15 seasons of professional and collegiate coaching experience under his belt. "People really responded well to us. We're going to take that Temple 'T' further across the country and let people see us. " Along with recruiting, Rhule composed a staff of his own, bringing in offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield, defensive coordinator Phil Snow, offensive line coach Allen Mogridge, defensive line coach Brandon Noble and wide receivers coach Terry Smith.
March 20, 2013 |
PHOENIX - You could open up your hands and count the number of prospects the Eagles might draft with the No. 4 overall pick. Howie Roseman narrowed the number to a shorter list of candidates on Monday. "When you're at four it's a smaller pool of players that you're looking at with that pick. You're not looking at 10 players," Roseman said at the NFL owners meetings. "You're down at this point to six or seven names. " The ranking of top players will ebb and flow right up until the draft, and the Eagles board will be shrouded in secrecy, but the shallow waters Roseman and coach Chip Kelly will fish from should look like this: Brigham Young defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher, Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd, Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel, Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner, and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.
March 18, 2013 |
After watching Matt McGloin learn his complicated pro-style offense and go on to shatter nine school passing records, Penn State coach Bill O'Brien will try to identify a replacement at quarterback when the Nittany Lions begin spring practice Monday. The Lions, who posted an 8-4 record (6-2 Big Ten) in O'Brien's rookie season, will have 15 practices leading up to the annual Blue-White Game on April 20 at Beaver Stadium. McGloin set a Penn State record last season with 3,266 passing yards, and tied another mark with 24 touchdown passes.