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November 7, 1986 | By Sarajane Freligh, Inquirer Staff Writer
In football's I-formation, the fullback is the player who lines up behind the quarterback and in front of the tailback. The tailback is the one who carries the ball and scores touchdowns. Now and then the fullback will get to carry the ball, for a yard or two of hard-earned real estate, but mostly the fullback runs interference for the tailback. His job is to follow the blocking of the offensive line and pick off with his body any remaining opponents pursuing the tailback. That usually turns out to be a linebacker, who may outweigh the fullback by 20 pounds or so. The linebacker is the guy with flecks of foam on the side of his mouth, fire in his eyes and an immense disdain for anything in his way, which usually turns out to be the fullback.
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August 24, 1990 | By M. G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple lost a starting fullback yesterday when Jamie Dimond, a 6-foot-2, 245-pound product of Penn Charter High, quit the team. Temple coach Jerry Berndt said Dimond had approached him after yesterday morning's practice session, saying he was leaving the team because he had gotten tired of football. Dimond, a junior, could not be reached for comment yesterday. But Berndt said Dimond planned to remain a student at Temple. "It was a total shock to us," Berndt said. "He just decided he didn't want to play anymore, that he was no longer having fun playing football.
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October 17, 1998 | by Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
The blood that runs through Kyle Eckel's veins is still red. Perhaps down the line, way down the line, that blood will turn blue, but don't expect the change to happen any time soon. Kyle Eckel lives in Haverford Township and attends Episcopal Academy. His heart? That remains in the Packer Park section of South Philadelphia. "I moved a few years ago," Eckel said, "but I keep in touch with my friends downtown. " (Downtown. That's what all natives call South Philly.
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May 7, 2001 | Daily News Wire Services
Cincinnati fullback Nick Williams tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during workouts yesterday at the Bengals' minicamp. Williams will require reconstructive surgery that will sideline him for at least half of the regular season. He was injured on a pass play when he bumped into a linebacker and his knee twisted. Williams became the starting fullback in the second half of last season. In other news: PACKERS: Re-sign Green Restricted free agent Ahman Green, who led Green Bay in rushing and receiving last season, signed a one-year contract with Packers for worth $1.1 million, the minimum under the collective bargaining agreement.
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March 21, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A year ago at this time, the Eagles signed Dan Klecko, a defensive tackle, and told the world he was a fullback. It was the first misstep in a fullback saga that didn't truly get straightened out until late in the season. A year later, the Eagles again have signed a fullback who might be something more, but this time the uncertainty could have a truly positive impact on the offense. After flirting with the idea of signing elsewhere, free-agent fullback Leonard Weaver decided yesterday that the Eagles were the best fit. He signed a one-year deal that his agent, Harold Lewis, said could be worth as much as $2.5 million.
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September 30, 2010 | By JOSEPH SANTOLIQUITO, For the Daily News
PART OF THE CAST that encased the Strath Haven High fullback Thurman Fortune's left arm last summer sits somewhere in his basement, an instant reminder of where he was, and where he doesn't want to return. The powerful and speedy 5-7, 170-pound senior occasionally catches a glimpse of the cast, and for a brief instant, it brings him back to the day he heard the snap of his bones during a scrimmage that forced him to miss five games last year. Entering this season, Fortune vowed that he wouldn't be derailed again - that nothing would prevent him from playing football.
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August 3, 2012 | By Zach Berman, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A fullback has been a staple on the Eagles' depth chart, used to represent a spot in the base offense. But because that offense is seldom basic, there is a slight chance the position will disappear this season. The Eagles used fullback Owen Schmitt on just 15.8 percent of their offensive snaps last season, according to Pro Football Focus, and passed on re-signing the veteran. They neither signed an established fullback nor selected one in the draft. Three fullbacks are in training camp: Stanley Havili, a 2011 seventh-round pick who learned the Eagles' system last season on the practice squad; Emil Igwenagu, an undrafted rookie out of Massachusetts who is versatile enough that he has been playing tight end in Brent Celek's absence; and Jeremy Stewart, an undrafted rookie who played running back at Stanford.
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October 5, 1998 | By Marc Narducci, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Holy Cross junior quarterback Jason Amer was hoping to get into Saturday's game against Delran - at fullback. Amer is the backup quarterback, but he had worked mainly at fullback this season. Even in pregame warm-ups, he was working out more at fullback. Those plans changed when starter Brian Obuchowski left the game with a bruised right elbow. In stepped Amer, who completed 8 of 16 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown in the Lancers' 33-29 comeback win. Before the game, he had been 0 for 2 passing as a quarterback.
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September 22, 1989 | By Ted Silary, Daily News Sports Writer
Maurice Williams is a rarity among Public League football players. He already has been to college. Girard College, that is - the private, coeducational school, located on Girard Avenue in North Philadelphia, for fatherless students from first grade through 12th grade. On a scale of 1 to 10, Maurice Williams would award Girard a 9.9 for being a Great Place for a Young Person to Develop. As for that last tenth of a point, Williams would have to withhold it because of one glaring deficiency.
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November 20, 1996 | By Chris Morkides, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
The music pulsating in the Interboro locker room yesterday was loud, loud enough to drown out the voice of Steve Lennox in the Interboro coach's room. Still, the sound of Interboro's first official football practice since the death of senior fullback/linebacker Ed Hocker in a fire early Sunday morning wasn't the same. "This is subdued," Lennox said. "You should hear it in here normally. " Normally. The word doesn't fit. It won't fit for a long, long time for a group of teenagers who shared more than football with Ed Hocker.
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March 24, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
One of the feel-good stories last season for Temple's football team was Nick Sharga, who transferred from Division II West Virginia Wesleyan. After redshirting in 2014, he ended up being so valuable that he played on both sides of the ball for last season's 10-4 team. Sharga appeared in all 14 games, with four starts. He played at linebacker and fullback. Sharga recorded 15 tackles. On offense the 6-foot-2, 240-pound Sharga had one main job: clear the path for Temple tailbacks. This spring, coach Matt Rhule has decided to leave Sharga on offense but says he could see time on defense during the fall.
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July 28, 2013
The New York Giants have signed former Rutgers fullback Ryan D'Imperio and waived placekicker David Buehler. The Giants announced the moves Friday as the team reported to training camp. D'Imperio, a graduate of Washington Township High School, appeared in two preseason games last year with Kansas City before being waived. A seventh-round draft choice by Minnesota in 2010, he appeared in 12 games for the Vikings. Giants starting fullback Henry Hynoski is recovering from knee surgery.
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July 11, 2013
ON MEMORIAL DAY, former West Chester fullback Brian McDermott (Harriton High) was involved in an automobile accident in which he lost his left leg below the knee. So his football family is trying to do what it can to help the Golden Rams' 2011 captain begin to get on with his recovery. "He's a great kid from a great family," said coach Bill Zwann. "And they have a tough road ahead, especially financially. " On July 21, from 2-6 p.m., there will be a benefit at The Great American Pub in Conshohocken.
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June 12, 2013 | Associated Press
Vonta Leach was released Tuesday by the Baltimore Ravens, who failed to agree on a restructured contract with the all-pro fullback. Leach was an integral part of a running game that helped the Ravens become champions last season and was also a key figure in the locker room. Leach will visit the Miami Dolphins on Wednesday. Bradshaw to Colts. The Indianapolis Colts agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ahmad Bradshaw, adding a veteran running back to their crowded backfield.
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April 20, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Coyer heads into Saturday's Cherry and White spring game as Temple's starting fullback. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound fifth-year senior was expected to battle Juice Granger for the starting quarterback spot. However, Connor Reilly was promoted from fourth-string quarterback to starter after his arm impressed the new coaching staff this spring. As a result, Coyer, who dropped to fourth string quarterback, started practicing at other positions. Coyer was named Temple's starting quarterback with four games left in 2011.
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November 14, 2012 | The Inquirer Staff
A late ejection erased any chance for Holy Cross to rally past Notre Dame on Tuesday afternoon, and the Lancers fell, 7-3, in the quarterfinals of the South Jersey Non-Public A boys' soccer tournament. Trailing by just a goal, Holy Cross lost a fullback to a red card. That spurred Notre Dame to score three straight goals to complete the scoring. Kevin Bodine, a senior, scored two goals and senior Jon Mackie added another for Holy Cross. Senior Keenan Campbell and junior Evan Kirton scored twice each for Notre Dame.
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November 1, 2012
THE SOUL has re-signed another key piece to its record-setting offense, general manager Tom Goodhines announced. Fullback Derrick Ross, who set a team record with 32 rushing touchdowns last season, has agreed to a 3-year contract with the team, according to an Arena Football League source. Financial terms could not be determined. Ross turns 28 in December. He would join quarterback Dan Raudabaugh, who re-signed last week. Both players were with new head coach Clint Dolezel when Dolezel was the coach in Dallas 2 years ago. Dolezel, the Soul's offensive coordinator in 2012, took over for Doug Plank after the season when Plank took the head-coaching job in Orlando.
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October 18, 2012 | By Rick O, Inquirer Columnist
One accomplishment down, a bigger one to go. Kennett's Jordan Lardani reached a personal goal in last Saturday's Ches-Mont League American Conference game vs. Great Valley, eclipsing the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season in a 17-14 overtime triumph. Now, taking a big-picture approach, the bruising fullback is focused on helping lead the 5-2 Blue Demons to their first PIAA District 1 Class AAAA playoff berth. "It's something we've talked about as a team," he said. "We're probably going to have to run the table to make it happen.
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October 4, 2012
CONTRARY TO popular opinion, Andy Reid does not hate running the football more than anything else in the world. There are several other things he hates more - walking barefoot over hot coals and Monday afternoon news conferences, just to name a few. Reid understands that you've got to mix in the run with the pass every now and then, particularly when you happen to have one of the two or three best ballcarriers in the NFL on your payroll. The problem, though, is that he and his offensive copilot, Marty Mornhinweg, both have Run ADD. Which is to say it doesn't take much to make them lose interest in running the football.
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September 29, 2012 | By Phil Anastasia, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When John Chamberlin was five years old, his youth football coaches took one look at him and made him a guard. That lasted a week. Chamberlin has been a fullback ever since. He's a junior in high school now. On Friday night, he played a fullback game for the ages. The 5-foot-9, 200-pounder lugged the ball 41 times for 189 yards and two touchdowns to power No. 3-ranked Williamstown to a 26-18 victory over No. 2 Timber Creek in a highly anticipated clash of Top 10 teams. "I wish he would have carried 42 times," Williamstown coach Frank Fucetola said after his Braves controlled the second half before a crowd of around 3,000 spectators at the Chargers' field.
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