May 28, 1999 |
University of Wisconsin tight end John Sigmund is no different than most college athletes. He craves the spotlight, dreams of the day he will be in it and works extremely hard to ensure it will come. It's the patience the 20-year-old Washington Township resident exudes in his progress that stands out, even more so than his 6-foot-6, 270-pound frame. Sigmund was a highly touted, pass-rushing defensive lineman/split end when he played football for Camden Catholic. A host of Division I schools showed interest in the then-215 pounder.
April 17, 2012 |
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone has signed a grant-in-aid form to complete his transfer to Kansas, where he will be reunited with former coach Charlie Weis. Ragone, who was a star at Camden Catholic and a top recruit, has completed his undergraduate degree and will be eligible to play for the Jayhawks immediately. He joins quarterback Dayne Crist and linebacker Anthony McDonald as former Irish players who will finish their college careers in Lawrence. Weis recruited all three players to Notre Dame while he was the head coach in South Bend.
September 5, 2015 |
Before Mike Gesicki could make a case to be the starting tight end for Penn State, he had to pick up a few essentials needed to play the position. Like figuring out how to get into a three-point stance and learning how to block. He did little of the former, and hardly any of the latter, during his record-setting career as a wide receiver at Southern Regional High School in Ocean County, N.J. But he studied the fundamentals, worked hard, put in a good 13-game freshman apprenticeship (one start)
August 29, 1991 |
Keith Jackson is watching Keith Jackson watch Keith Jackson. There's a touch of this in everyone, but with the Eagles' tight end it is more pronounced. He sits with a cluster of microphones clasped to his loose shirt, wires trailing off in a tangle, grinning his broad, playful, toothy grin, throwing his head back in loud laughter, and all the while he is monitoring, adjusting - soaking up the spectacle of himself. Success and celebrity can make a 26-year-old man self-absorbed, but with Jackson it runs deeper.
November 3, 1995 |
It's hard not to notice Interboro quarterback Gary Matthias, who stands 6- foot-5, is a gifted athlete, and has a very strong right arm. The problem is, Matthias doesn't like all the attention that comes with being a star quarterback. The Bucs senior would just as soon play tight end and let someone else stand in the spotlight. "Gary doesn't relish all the attention," coach Steve Lennox said. "He doesn't have an ego. " "I'd still rather play tight end," Matthias said.
September 6, 2001 |
Chad Lewis is full of surprises, but the biggest was not necessarily his appearance - in uniform - at the NFL Pro Bowl in February. Not very many undrafted football players get that far in the professional game, but Lewis beat the odds the same way he beat those linebackers who tried to keep up with his scrambling routes last season. You want a surprise, though? Follow Lewis into a Chinese restaurant, where the former Eagle Scout from Utah - a square-jawed guy who looks precisely like an Eagle Scout from Utah - suddenly breaks into a stream of fluent Mandarin Chinese.
June 21, 2012 |
It looks as if Nick Arcidiacono, a tight end for defending PIAA Class AAA state champion Archbishop Wood, will be teaming up with one of his brothers in college. On Thursday, during a 3 p.m. news conference in the gymnasium of the Warminster school, the 6-foot-4, 238-pounder, a rising senior, is expected to commit to play at Rutgers or Penn State. His brother Brandon was a standout center for Wood's 14-1 squad and will leave Sunday for Rutgers. His eldest brother, Mark, a product of St. Joseph's Prep, is a junior redshirt guard at Penn State.
August 25, 1993 |
Johnny Jones is a quick learner. Last season, in his first game for the Glen Mills varsity football team, the 6-foot-5, 225-pound tight end was assigned to block for running back Keno Shawell against Berwick High's Jason Sobelski, a 270-pound defensive lineman now at Pitt, and against 220-pounder Brad Kishbaugh, who's now at Temple. Berwick was considered the No. 1 team in the country last season. Jones ended up doing a good job despite the Bulls' 33-6 road loss. The assignment was even more difficult the following week - on the road against Valdosta (Ga.)
September 19, 2005 |
L.J. Smith isn't looking at yesterday as the pinnacle of his career, even though the Eagles' third-year tight end has never had a better statistical day. Smith caught nine passes for 119 yards and one touchdown in the team's 42-3 thumping of the San Francisco 49ers at Lincoln Financial Field. His previous single-game high for receptions and yards came during his rookie year in 2003 against Atlanta when he caught six passes for 97 yards in a 23-16 victory. Smith was one of the few who didn't appear overly impressed by his performance against the 49ers.
August 30, 1995 |
Interboro quarterback Gary Mathias will be one of the most-watched football players in the area this season. He has size, speed and power, and he makes playing quarterback look easy. In addition, he has received letters from almost every major college in the country. Yet, it wasn't too long ago that Mathias was an oversized tailback buried deep on the Buccaneers' depth chart. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Mathias wasn't the prototypical running back when he made the varsity his sophomore season.