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.
August 26, 1993 |
Johnny Jones is a quick learner. Last season, in his first game for the Glen Mills varsity football team, the 6-foot, 5-inch, 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.)
January 26, 1995 |
For Anthony Becht, the uneasiness has ended. It disappeared Sunday when Becht, a wide receiver and tight end for Monsignor Bonner, gave an oral commitment to attend West Virginia on a football scholarship in September. Becht felt uneasy about what college he would attend after he helped Bonner to its first Catholic League football title in 33 years. The 6-foot-6, 205- pounder caught 46 passes for 755 yards this season, but while he was successful on the field, he was finding nothing but frustration in the recruiting game.
September 16, 1994 |
Show Ray Wilks a shot-put circle or a football field and he knows what to do. Just about everything. Wilks, not yet 17 years old and a senior at Bridgeton, won Group 3 state championships in the spring in the discus and shot put. At the Meet of Champions, he won the shot put and placed second in the discus. Each fall, Wilks takes his athletic gifts to the football field, where he plays just about wherever he wants to play, including the defensive line. All of this is not bad for a guy who's listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.
October 31, 2014 |
IN THE FALL OF 2008, Chris Maragos and J.J. Watt were walk-ons at the University of Wisconsin, Watt having transferred back to his home state after not getting much playing time as a freshman tight end at Central Michigan, Maragos having left Western Michigan in search of a bigger stage. Watt - shifted to defense and still growing into his 6-5, 289-pound frame - sat out the season under NCAA transfer rules, but a few practices taught Maragos a lot about the man who remains his friend and offseason workout companion.
September 7, 2014 |
The draft had just ended, and Trey Burton was fielding calls like most of the rookies who just missed out on being selected. He knew the Eagles were interested. The feeling was mutual. But the post-draft scramble for undrafted rookies is a free-for-all, and while Burton's multiposition four years at Florida might have lowered his draft stock, it would certainly make him an appealing addition to any training camp. The Eagles had more in mind than just a camp body, though, and Burton envisioned as much, because of his familiarity with Chip Kelly's offense.