October 24, 2015 |
After being named a New Jersey Athletic Conference first-team linebacker for two years running, Rowan's Darren Dungee went into the offseason wanting even more. The senior decided that if he got in the best shape of his life over the summer, he'd have no problem excelling. He lost about 20 pounds off his listed weight of 250, and now the tackling machine at middle linebacker is having another great season. "He probably trimmed down 20-25 pounds and just came in in the best shape of his life," Rowan coach Jay Accorsi said.
October 5, 2012 |
Artie Flemming doesn't have to look for Chance Negri on the football field. He usually can hear him. "Chance gets fired up out there," Flemming said of his fellow inside linebacker on the Triton defense. "He plays with so much emotion. " The old friends and old teammates will face one of the key challenges of their careers in Friday night's game at Kingsway. In a game loaded with West Jersey Football League National Division and South Jersey Group 4 playoff implications, Flemming and Negri will lead Triton's sturdy run defense against Kingsway's potent run offense.
December 21, 2013 |
Raise your hand if you were certain before or even during this season that Trent Cole wouldn't be back with the Eagles in 2014. Count Cole among the many. In fact, the defensive-end-turned-outside linebacker wasn't sure he would make it to 2013 after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly and he was told the defense was moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4. "There's a lot of things you think about when a new coaching staff comes in," Cole said Thursday. "They'll bring their own players in, and they do their own thing.
November 6, 2015 |
There's nothing fortunate about an NFL starter being lost to injury for part of the season. Not for the player, and usually not for the team. When inside linebacker Kiko Alonso was injured in the second game of the year against Dallas, an injury that would require arthroscopic surgery on his previously repaired left knee, the Eagles were forced to stick rookie Jordan Hicks into the fray and hope for the best. And that's exactly what they got. Hicks stepped in, played extremely well, and has turned what was a three-man rotation at inside linebacker into what will be a four-man rotation when everyone is healthy, which could be as soon as this Sunday.
December 5, 2013 |
BEFORE THE BALL is snapped, Archbishop Wood junior Jake Cooper lurks at middle linebacker. His eyes dart side to side, reading offensive keys he picked up from film study. He gesticulates furiously, playing maestro while his teammates move to the rhythm of his hands. Opposing running backs must also see this from the backfield. The irony is thick, because both ballcarrier and defender must decipher where the line will fracture. What happens next comes down to something else. And, only one outcome is on Cooper's mind.
October 31, 2015 |
Vandevere's instincts and solid tackling at inside linebacker have helped the Hawks go 5-2 overall and 2-0 in Catholic League Class AAAA games. The 6-foot, 220-pound senior registered 13 tackles, including six solos, as the Prep rallied with four fourth-quarter touchdowns to turn back Father Judge, 35-13, in a league contest last Saturday night. Two weeks earlier, Vandevere was involved in nine stops, with five solos, in a 28-5 nonleague romp over North Jersey power St. Joseph Regional.
January 21, 2012 |
T.J. White, a rugged senior linebacker for West Chester Henderson, has committed to play football at Villanova. "I had a few other offers on the table," the 6-foot-2, 220-pounder said on Friday. "Villanova was a great fit for me, academically and football-wise. And I think I have an opportunity to play early on there. " White, a three-year starter who also played tight end, also had scholarship offers from Bucknell, Coastal Carolina, New Hampshire, Towson, and Western Michigan.
August 20, 2014 |
BRANDON BELL is still figuring out the category of linebacker into which he best fits. He could be suited for the strong side, but could also very well have a future on the weak side or even in the middle. As of the start of Penn State's fall practices 2 weeks ago, that was still to be determined. What's certain is that Bell, a true sophomore from Mays Landing, N.J., has a chance to start for the Nittany Lions this season on either side of middle linebacker and fifth-year senior Mike Hull.
April 22, 2012 |
When the Eagles traded for DeMeco Ryans, the feeling of relief and excitement among fans was palpable. The team had picked up a name linebacker. Finally. But the big move doesn't necessarily mean the Eagles solved the linebacker problems that were so plain and painful to see last season. Ryans is a two-time Pro Bowler and renowned leader, but after an Achilles tear in 2010 he wasn't the same player in 2011. The Eagles are optimistic about his health and returning him to the 4-3 system in which he excelled, but even if he returns to form, the team might need insurance and definitely needs an upgrade at outside linebacker.
October 7, 2014 |
Late in Week 4, when starting quarterback Connor O'Keefe went down with an injury and backup Matt Szczypiorski was unavailable for the same reason, Central Bucks East had no choice but to hand the reins to an emergency signal-caller. With that, Jack Lamb, previously a full-time inside linebacker and part-time running back for the Patriots, went under center for the first time since he was an eighth-grader at Holicong Middle School. "I was a little bit rusty at first, but I'm improving with each week," the 6-foot, 200-pound junior said.