July 1, 2015 |
KELLEN KEMP still remembers the first time he saw Jarin Giesler arrive on campus in 2006 at Delaware State University in Dover. Kemp watched as a raised Ford F-150 with 6 inches of lift added and 40-inch rims drove up. "The first thing everyone is thinking is, 'Who is this?' " Kemp said. "Out of that hops a 5-7, 200-pound long snapper. Everyone is looking around, going, 'What is going on here?' " "It kind of stuck out like a sore thumb," Giesler recalls. Add to the equation that Delaware State is a historically black university, and Giesler's arrival to the football team as a short white kid from Cortez, Colo., was certainly out of the ordinary.
June 18, 2015 |
IT'S HARD to contend that the Eagles will have a better offensive line without two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis, so Chip Kelly didn't try all that hard. "We obviously are down a good football player, but we're confident in the guys we have, and that's why we made the decision we made," Kelly said yesterday, as the team opened a three-day mandatory minicamp. Kelly had not previously addressed the release of Mathis, which happened last Thursday. Kelly called Allen Barbre, expected to take over for Mathis at left guard, "an outstanding football player," but said "we'll see what happens at the other [guard]
June 10, 2015 |
Temple football players Haason Reddick and Dion Dawkins, who face trial on felony aggravated assault and conspiracy charges in connection with an off-campus fight at a North Philadelphia nightclub, will not face any sanctions from the university, according to their attorney. "There was a hearing [Monday] and the Temple Student Conduct Board found that Dion and Hasson were not responsible for the allegations lodged against them," James Funt said. "They are free to go to school and class and engage in football activities.
June 8, 2015 |
TWO TEMPLE FOOTBALL players will face trial on felony aggravated assault and conspiracy charges and related misdemeanor charges in connection with an off-campus fight at a North Philly nightclub earlier this year, a Common Pleas judge ruled yesterday. Haason Reddick, 20, of Camden, and Dion Dawkins, 21, of Rahway, N.J., are accused of seriously injuring Benjamin Wood, 21, another Temple student. Judge Michael Erdos' ruling reverses one made by Municipal Judge Joyce Eubanks in April.
June 7, 2015 |
Temple football players Haason Reddick and Dion Dawkins will face trial on felony aggravated assault and conspiracy charges and related misdemeanor charges in connection with an off-campus fight at a North Philadelphia nightclub. Common Pleas Judge Michael Erdos reversed an earlier ruling by Judge Joyce Eubanks in April that had dismissed all charges against Reddick and dismissed most of the charges against Dawkins, holding him for trial only on a misdemeanor simple-assault charge.
May 20, 2015
ACCORDING TO multiple reports, the cause of death of former Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson was suicide. Robinson, 25, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was the MAC defensive player of the year in 2009 and was one of the leaders in the turnaround of Temple's football program under coach Al Golden. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls. The Harrisburg native played in the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
May 4, 2015 |
Preston Brown packed up a teenager's future this week. He gathered up the recruiting letters for one of Woodrow Wilson High School's most promising football players and delivered them to the family, along with his condolences. Brown said Ja'Meer Bullard was a "special talent" on the football field. But that's hardly the only reason why Brown has been so devastated by Bullard's death - so haunted by the eerie familiarity of the violence, so shocked by the harsh reality of another young life lost on Camden's streets.
May 1, 2015 |
A MUNICIPAL COURT judge yesterday dismissed all assault charges against one Temple University football player and most charges against another after an alleged victim testified about an off-campus fight at a North Philly nightclub earlier this year. Judge Joyce Eubanks ruled that there was insufficient evidence to hold Haason Reddick, 20, of Camden, for trial on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering another person and conspiracy. She dismissed three of those charges against Dion Dawkins, 21, of Rahway, N.J., but held his case for trial on simple assault.
April 21, 2015 |
Martin Moran estimated that 60 to 70 people, mostly from St. Denis Catholic School in Havertown, gathered Saturday at coach Bill Clinton's home to remember Ryan Gillyard. "He was a really good kid, a really good athlete," said Moran, who was Gillyard's basketball coach at St. Denis in fifth and sixth grades. "Everyone is so upset over losing him. I can't imagine how his family is getting through something like this. " Gillyard, a 15-year-old freshman football player at St. Joseph's Prep, died Saturday morning after collapsing briefly after warm-ups during a spring workout session at the team's practice field at 11th Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
April 20, 2015 |
All Ryan Gillyard wanted this past Christmas was a rope ladder and a set of field cones. The 15-year-old St. Joseph's Prep freshman was determined to play Division I college football, and, despite the rigorous workouts he endured at Prep, he wanted to keep doing drills at home. "That's how dedicated he was to football," his mother, Shannon Gillyard, said Saturday. On Saturday, the Upper Darby Township teenager, who had no known previous health problems, collapsed and died during the team's spring conditioning at its Cecil B. Moore Avenue practice field, shocking the closely knit school community.