February 21, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Chip Kelly once preferred Brett Hundley to Marcus Mariota. But Hundley chose UCLA and Kelly settled on Mariota, and somewhere over the next three years Oregon proved to get the better college quarterback. Mariota is also expected to be the better NFL prospect and likely out of reach for Kelly and the Eagles, who have the 20th overall selection in the first round of the NFL draft. But Hundley should be available when the Eagles pick, and possibly in the second or third round, as well.
February 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Evaluating quarterbacks never has been easy. In the past 40 years, there have been far more early-round busts at the position than success stories. But the popularity of the spread offense in the college game and all of the bells and whistles that go with it have turned the imperfect science of judging quarterback flesh into something akin to nuclear physics. "It's getting harder and harder [to evaluate them]," Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.
December 13, 2014 |
Archbishop Wood is on the doorstep of a third state title. In their fifth championship-game appearance in seven seasons, the Vikings (13-1) clash with District 7's Central Valley (15-0) at 7 p.m. Friday at Hersheypark Stadium. Central Valley, of suburban Pittsburgh, was founded five years ago after the merger of the Center Area and Monaca school districts. Wood is focused on slowing Warriors running back Jordan Whitehead. The 6-foot, 185-pounder has carried 135 times for 1,899 yards and 22 touchdowns.
October 29, 2014 |
WHEN YOU have a high-octane, fast-paced team with a pro-style spread offense and a strong-armed quarterback like La Salle College High features, it can translate to many points on the scoreboard. That was the case Saturday night, when Kyle Shurmur completed 14 of 19 passes for 229 yards and two scores in a 31-7 rout of Father Judge in the Catholic League AAAA contest at Northeast High. "We certainly wanted to finish this regular season strong and carry it into the [Catholic League]
September 6, 2014 |
Josh Huff expected something different. The rookie receiver the Eagles selected in the third round of this year's draft figured he would arrive in Philadelphia and quickly assimilate Chip Kelly's offensive system. He had good reason to believe it, too. Huff had played for Kelly at the University of Oregon. He was Kelly's leading receiver as a junior in 2012 and ran the same system in 2013 under coach Mark Helfrich when he was again the Ducks' top pass catcher. All Huff had to do was show up at the NovaCare Complex and start running those plays that made him a star at Oregon.
September 1, 2013 |
PREP CHARTER wasted no time setting the tone yesterday afternoon when it took on Southern. It took the Huskies three plays and 28 seconds to find the end zone in their 32-8 thrashing of the Southern Rams. Quarterback Vian Dolo led the charge for Prep, completing nine of his 13 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown. Not only did Dolo and Prep waste no time finding the end zone, but also wasted no time between plays. The Huskies ran a high-velocity spread offense for the first time under new head coach David Hand.
September 1, 2013 |
They didn't have a coach. Some days, they didn't even have a field. But that didn't stop the Prep Charter football players from gathering on their own most days this winter to throw the ball around. Maybe that's why Vian Dolo seemed to always know where John Graham was Friday in a 32-8 win at Southern. The pair connected four times for 69 yards and a touchdown - they appeared to have another, but it was ruled down just short of the goal line - as Prep Charter successfully debuted a no-huddle, spread attack.
August 23, 2013 |
Decisions, decisions. That's what Thursday will about for the Temple football team, because that is when coach Matt Rhule and his coaching staff expect to let the players know who will be in the starting lineup when the Owls begin their season Aug. 31 at Notre Dame. Among those decisions will be, most likely, the announcement of the starting quarterback. Following a scripted scrimmage Wednesday afternoon at their Chodoff Field practice facility, Rhule said that a decision was coming on the team's top signal- caller, most likely on Thursday.
June 6, 2013 |
Eagles coach Chip Kelly didn't seem to care much about the projected starting offensive linemen's practicing together for the first time. "Can I make this the last time I have to say this?" Kelly said Tuesday when asked about rookie tackle Lane Johnson's insertion into the first team. "I don't care who was in. " The new Eagles coach has emphasized repeatedly throughout the offseason that he does not yet have a depth chart, and, in truth, the team is a long way from the start of the season.
May 24, 2013 |
Jeremy Maclin was recently asked about Chip Kelly's offense and which skill-position players would thrive in it. The Eagles wide receiver did not mention obvious names such as DeSean Jackson, LeSean McCoy, or even himself. He singled out Damaris Johnson, the small and speedy receiver who made the roster last season as an undrafted rookie but hardly did enough to suggest a quantum leap in Year 2. Kelly's offense, though, offers a new dynamic. While details such as scheme and starting quarterback are great unknowns, the players, after more than a month of workouts, have intimated that they know enough about the offense to project.