September 22, 1989 |
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.
July 31, 2012 |
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.
September 17, 2012 |
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.
September 7, 1998 |
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....
August 24, 1990 |
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.
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.
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.
September 22, 1995 |
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.
December 3, 1987 |
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.
August 22, 1990 |
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.