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.
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.
August 23, 2015 |
AS THE EAGLES' second joint practice with the Baltimore Ravens concluded Thursday, players from both sides went through their respective cool-down routines, with some stretching among teammates and others huddling up with their positional groupings. Shortly after, most of the players headed back into the NovaCare Complex to hit the showers, while others stayed to speak with the media or get some extra work in. Connor Barwin was among the latter, sauntering over to the sideline between the first and second practice fields to work on his explosiveness out of a three-point stance and, frankly, beat the living hell out of a practice dummy.
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.
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 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.
June 28, 2012 |
THE COMMITMENTS for the class of 2013 continue to roll in at Penn State. The Nittany Lions received a verbal commitment from outside linebacker Zach Bradshaw, from Damascus (Md.) High, according to recruiting websites. Bradshaw, 6-3, 205, becomes the 13th junior to commit to Penn State. He cannot sign a letter of intent until February. He is considered a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com. Scout has him as the 67th best linebacker in the country in his class.
December 10, 2011 |
Andy Reid is right; his linebackers are young. They range in age from 22 to 26, average out to 23.9 years of age, and are two years younger than the average age of the Eagles roster. "They're just a young group," Reid said Friday, echoing a refrain he's only recently made. "We're young at safety, we're young at linebacker. Zero excuse on that - that's not what that is - that's reality. " Apparently, it took four months for reality to hit Reid. When the Eagles were signing free agents left and right during training camp - sometimes overstocking at positions like cornerback and wide receiver - the general feeling was they also had to add a veteran linebacker at some point.