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.
September 7, 2000 |
Maple Shade's first-team offense huddled, the chatter louder than the coach's commands from the sideline. "You guys know how to play," senior tight end Chris Loomis said. "Then quiet down. " Say no more. The talk was turned off, and the attention went back to the coach and the practice at hand. This scene does not happen often with the Wildcats football team. When it does, though, Loomis steps in. "Mentally, he is always there," friend and linebacker Jason Zurn said.
January 18, 2006 |
Matt Leddy, a standout at tight end for Catholic League Red Division champion St. Joseph's Prep, has issued an oral commitment to attend Elon University in North Carolina on a football scholarship. Elon, a Division I-AA program in the Southern Conference, is coached by Pete Lembo, who was hired away from Lehigh last month. "All he's done everywhere he's gone is win," Leddy said of Lembo. "With the new coaching staff there, it's going to be a great program. " Leddy, who also played defensive end for the Hawks, was second on the team this year with 316 receiving yards, though he played through an injury.
September 9, 1993 |
Near the end of last season, Oxford football coach Dennis Baumgardner promised Nate Burroughs a crack at fullback this year. Burroughs, a tight end in 1992, has the size, quickness and blocking ability to be a solid fullback. But Baumgardner was forced to make some changes that will reduce Burroughs' chances of playing that position. "We had to switch Nate from tight end to tackle - out of necessity," explained Baumgardner, whose team is thin on the offensive line. "We must have seven linemen and 13 wide receivers," he said with a chuckle.