November 7, 1986 |
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.
August 24, 1990 |
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.
October 17, 1998 |
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.
May 7, 2001 |
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.
March 21, 2009 |
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.
September 30, 2010 |
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.
August 3, 2012 |
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.
October 5, 1998 |
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.
September 22, 1989 |
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.
November 20, 1996 |
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.