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September 22, 1989 | By M.G. Missanelli, Inquirer Staff Writer
Junior tailback Jeff Dingle, Villa-nova's leading rusher last season, left the team yesterday for what Wildcats coach Andy Talley called personal reasons. Talley said Dingle, a 5-foot-9, 170-pounder from West Hempstead, N.Y., had come to him late Wednesday afternoon to say he was quitting football. "It was voluntary," Talley said. "We encouraged him to stay. But he had his mind made up. " Talley would not elaborate on why Dingle quit the team. A source close to the situation said that Dingle, whose 868 yards rushing last season ranked third in the Yankee Conference, was displeased about having been demoted to the second team.
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July 31, 2012 | By Chad Graff, Inquirer Staff Writer
A decision is expected Monday from Penn State tailback Silas Redd that will impact the perception of the 2012 Nittany Lions tremendously. If Redd, who is considering transferring to Southern California, leaves, Penn State is left to pick up the pieces of an offense suddenly without a standout skill position player. If he stays, Penn State returns one of the nation's top running backs who can be a workhorse in Bill O'Brien's pro-style offense. Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns last season as a sophomore starter.
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September 17, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Michael Zordich knew Penn State needed help in the running game with its first two tailbacks sidelined by injuries, so the fullback badgered coach Bill O'Brien into letting him shift positions for Saturday's game against Navy. "He's always reminded me that, 'I used to run the ball in high school, Coach,' " O'Brien said. "It's like being Ferris Bueller's teacher, it's over and over. " So O'Brien put the 236-pound Zordich at tailback, and he responded with 50 yards on 11 carries as the Nittany Lions showed improvement in their running game from a week ago in their 34-7 victory over the Mids.
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September 7, 1998 | By Joe Santoliquito, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Kevin Jones calls his personal road-paver "The Punisher" for the bruising way Cardinal O'Hara senior fullback Andy Gillin creates running lanes for him. There was plenty of running room for the 6-foot-1, 200-pound Jones on Saturday as the talented O'Hara sophomore tailback rushed for a career-best 206 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in helping the Lions in a 35-7 nonleague romp over Springfield in the season-opening game for both teams....
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August 24, 1990 | By Ray Parrillo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The incredible game was past its fourth hour, and it was well beyond midnight in the East. Not too late, though, for Gary Brown to awaken the feeling he enjoys most on the football field, the feeling of running at full throttle, with the ball tucked under his arm and the end zone in clear view. Brown, blitzing out of the defensive backfield, had just fleeced Brigham Young quarterback Ty Detmer of the ball in the final two minutes of last year's Holiday Bowl in San Diego, with Penn State clinging to a 43-39 edge.
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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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September 15, 2010
The Explorers and Burrs are meeting for the third straight year as defending Catholic League Class AAAA and AA champions, respectively. Both teams feature a quality one-two rushing punch. La Salle is spurred by tailback Jamal Abdur-Rahman and fullback Tim Wade; West is fueled by tailbacks Brandon Hollomon and Joshua Mathis. With first-year quarterback Matt Magarity continuing to impress, we're siding with the Explorers. Pick: La Salle, 23-16.  
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September 22, 1995 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It may have been the most celebrated 2-yard run in Penn State history. An excited voice on the phone call home reported the big event. Eric Gallman had waited patiently for this moment for more than four years. "You what?" said an incredulous Sean Gallman, 18, Eric's younger brother. "I carried the ball," Eric repeated. "I played tailback. " "Really?" Sean replied. "It must have brought back some memories, huh?" Sean quickly spread the word through the small town of Irmo, S.C.: Eric Gallman had finally gotten his hands on the football in a real game.
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December 3, 1987 | By Edward Kracz, Special to The Inquirer
Head coach Joe Ferrainola needed a win against Academy Park to end his first year at Glen Mills with a .500 record. He got his wish as his Bulls bested the Knights, 19-6. Playing a large part in the triumph was Al Blount, a senior whose season was almost wiped out by a scrimmage-game injury. Blount tore ligaments in his ankle and knee on a running play in the team's second scrimmage in early September, forcing him to miss half the season. On Nov. 21, Blount showed no side-effects of his injury as he rushed for 115 yards on 11 carries, including a 49-yard touchdown rumble that tied the contest at 6-6 before halftime.
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August 22, 1990 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Paul Palmer, the former Temple running back who finished second to Vinny Testaverde in balloting for the 1986 Heisman Trophy, was among the latest players cut from the Cincinnati Bengals' roster. The Bengals released seven players Monday, including Palmer, who was a first-round draft pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 1987. Palmer, one of two Plan B free agents the Bengals signed in the off-season, was a tailback who specialized in kickoff returns. The Bengals special teams were weak in that department last season.
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September 27, 2014 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's three-headed tailback system is a luxury for coach James Franklin but a problem of sorts for the participants. Franklin loves the competition generated among the backs - seniors Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak and sophomore Akeel Lynch - because it keeps everyone sharp on the practice field and on the sideline watching the game. The trio has done so well through the Nittany Lions' preseason camp and nearly a month of the regular season that Franklin still can't find one tailback who has emerged above the other two. "I don't think one guy has really separated himself over the others," Franklin said.
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February 3, 2014 | BY JENICE M. ARMSTRONG, Daily News Staff Writer armstrj@phillynews.com, 215-854-2223
DECADES before Tim Tebow came onto the scene, the Eagles had Herb "The Praying Tailback" Lusk, who on Oct. 9, 1977, after his second touchdown of the day in Giants Stadium, made history as the first NFL player to kneel and pray during a televised game. (The Eagles won, 28-10.) Since 1982, the former player, now the Rev. Lusk, has done his praying from the pulpit at North Philly's Greater Exodus Baptist Church, where he's pastor. Greater Exodus was in a sorry state when he arrived - nearly bankrupt and with only a handful of members.
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November 15, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Penn State's situation at running back since the end of spring practice has evolved in ways that no one, not even coach Bill O'Brien, could have predicted. The Nittany Lions adjourned for the summer with Silas Redd, a 1,000-yard rusher in 2011, being counted on to take most of the carries. Converted wide receiver Bill Belton was the top reserve, while 232-pound redshirt sophomore Zach Zwinak was on the fourth string. However, a tailback shuffle began when Redd transferred to Southern California after Penn State was hit by NCAA sanctions.
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October 7, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple is optimistic that Matt Brown will play in next week's game at Connecticut. The Owls tailback injured his left ankle in Saturday's 37-28 Big East victory over South Florida at Lincoln Financial Field. The injury occurred when Brown carried the ball for no gain at the Bulls' 33-yard line early in the fourth quarter. The 5-foot-5, 165-pound senior immediately grabbed his left knee as a sharp pain went up his leg. Despite his eagerness to reenter the game, Brown's day was finished.
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October 1, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Penn State offensive line, with four new starters entering the 2012 season, took time to find its groove but now is contributing to a rushing game that's getting better just as Big Ten play has begun. The Nittany Lions tied a season high with 173 yards rushing in Saturday's 35-7 victory over Illinois in Champaign, Ill., but recorded 200 yards from the tailback position, led by a career-high 100 from 232-pound sophomore Zach Zwinak. (Quarterback Matt McGloin had seven rushing attempts for minus-29 yards.)
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September 19, 2012 | By TED SILARY, Daily News Staff Writer
IN HIS FIRST extended opportunity while serving Haverford School as a varsity football player, Matt Galambos made rushing look like a work of art. Those who've watched him blossom as a well-rounded young man were not surprised in the least. When Galambos, a 6-2, 225-pound senior and Collingdale resident, entered HS as a freshman, he barely knew how to doodle. Now he views himself as a budding artist, and painting is something he could picture doing long-range. Over the summer, Galambos, who's mostly projected to play linebacker, made an oral commitment to Pitt.
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September 17, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Michael Zordich knew Penn State needed help in the running game with its first two tailbacks sidelined by injuries, so the fullback badgered coach Bill O'Brien into letting him shift positions for Saturday's game against Navy. "He's always reminded me that, 'I used to run the ball in high school, Coach,' " O'Brien said. "It's like being Ferris Bueller's teacher, it's over and over. " So O'Brien put the 236-pound Zordich at tailback, and he responded with 50 yards on 11 carries as the Nittany Lions showed improvement in their running game from a week ago in their 34-7 victory over the Mids.
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September 4, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Temple wants Montel Harris to have a nice recovery. With 10 games left, the Owls won't take any chances with his sore hamstring by rushing him back. That's why the tailback's status for Saturday's home game against Maryland changed from "expected to play" to day-to-day over the weekend. "This is not a serious thing right now or anything," Temple coach Steve Addazio said during Monday's Big East coaches teleconference. "But you know what happens [and that] is these things are nagging when you are a running back or a skill player.
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August 9, 2012 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Considering he has yet to make an offensive game-day contribution, Temple's Jalen Fitzpatrick is hardly a proven player. But that doesn't stop the people around him from talking about the sophomore wideout as if he already is. "I will say he will be a very integral part of the offense," Owls coach Steve Addazio said. Running back Matt Brown agreed. "He has everything," Brown said. "He can play running back, receiver. You can probably put him in at quarterback. He's just an athlete.
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