August 29, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - Much of the excitement surrounding Penn State's 2014 season is generated from what's new, most notably first-year head coach James Franklin. While the hype is there for Franklin's inaugural campaign, injuries and departures - two aspects of football any team likes avoiding - will play a significant role in the Nittany Lions' upcoming season. And Franklin knows it. Franklin, who made Vanderbilt relevant in his 3 years as head coach before succeeding Bill O'Brien at Penn State on Jan. 11, and his team's concerns include lack of offensive line depth and the loss of Allen Robinson, one of the most prolific wide receivers in school history.
August 16, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Of the Eagles' pass catchers, Zach Ertz made the biggest impression during three scrimmages with the Patriots this week. Most of the tight end's work came against the second-team defense. But when the Eagles went with two or three tight ends against New England's starters, Ertz got open nearly as much. His play through all of training camp - which ended with Thursday's light practice - and the first preseason game has suggested that Ertz needs to see more time with the first team.
May 18, 2014 |
Alejandro Villanueva has already accomplished and seen more in his 25-plus years than most of us will in a lifetime. The imposing 6-foot-9 rookie defensive end arrived at the NovaCare Complex earlier this month as a long shot to make the Eagles' 2014 roster, but even if he does not land on the opening-day roster, he'll still be the most decorated player invited to training camp. Sure, running back LeSean McCoy is a two-time all-pro and last year's NFL rushing champion. Sure, cornerback Cary Williams has a Super Bowl ring from his time with the Baltimore Ravens.
May 5, 2014 |
If the Eagles are looking for DeSean Jackson's "replacement," they need to look no further than to their own roster and tight end Zach Ertz. The Eagles, of course, have added two pieces - Jeremy Maclin and Darren Sproles - to supplement the 2013 production that left with Jackson. But of their current players, Ertz has perhaps the best chance to dramatically increase his numbers now that Jackson is in Washington, especially if the second-year tight end delivers upon Eagles expectations.
June 11, 2014 |
IF THE ONLY thing you looked at was his receiving numbers, you might conclude - mistakenly, I might add - that Brent Celek didn't have a particularly good season last year. The Eagles tight end's 32 catches were his fewest since he became a full-time starter in 2009. Twenty-seven tight ends hauled in more passes. While his six touchdown receptions were the third most on the team, and his four red-zone TDs tied Riley Cooper for the team high, he was targeted only 51 times, which also was the fewest since he became a full-time starter.
October 12, 1987 |
It was last fall, on the trip back to West Chester from his official recruiting visit to the University of Pittsburgh, that Eric Seaman almost caused a major pileup on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. His mother, Barbara, was asleep in the back seat. His father, Norton, was concentrating on the monotonous stretch of highway when Eric asked what Norton thought of Pitt. "I liked it," said Norton Seaman cautiously. "So did I," said Eric. "That's where I'm going. " "Dad was so excited," recalled Eric Seaman, "that he almost drove off the road.
April 27, 2013
Day 1 LANE JOHNSON First round, fourth overall Position: Tackle College: Oklahoma Size: 6-foot-6, 303 pounds Hometown: Groveton, Texas Skinny: A former high school and junior college quarterback, Johnson moved to tackle only two years ago. He played both left and right tackle for the Sooners and said he is comfortable on either side. But he is likely to be the starter at right tackle. He started at tackle his final two college games then rose up the draft chart after the Senior Bowl and the combine.
January 19, 1987 |
In the end, the University of Pittsburgh won out. After visiting the school Jan. 10 and 11, West Chester East football star Eric Seaman made a verbal commitment to attend. Under college rules, he is allowed to sign a letter of intent after Feb. 11. Seaman, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound tight end and defensive end for the Vikings, was named to The Inquirer's all-area team for the season. Although he had visited Notre Dame and was scheduled to visit Syracuse and Rutgers, Seaman said that the minute he stepped on Pitt's campus, he knew it would be his choice.
August 14, 2013 |
IF CLAY HARBOR weren't such a positive, upbeat guy, he might think the Eagles were trying to tell him something. Something not very good. The fourth-year tight end caught a career-high 25 passes last season, then watched as the team added not one, but two highly touted tight ends in the offseason - free agent James Casey and second-round pick Zach Ertz. Then, during OTAs in May, the coaches asked Harbor to take some reps at outside linebacker. The experiment lasted only a day, and coach Chip Kelly said it was nothing more than food for thought in the event of an emergency, but still.
September 18, 1988 |
Haddon Township football coach Bill Hoover hopes his team will turn the corner to respectability this season. After finishing with a 3-5-1 record last season in the Colonial Conference - Haddon Township's fifth straight year without a winning season - Hoover is looking for his Hawks to reach the .500 level this season. Haddon Township had six straight winning seasons between 1977 and 1982. But only a 4-4-1 record in 1986 has relieved the string of losing seasons in recent years.