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.
September 28, 2015 |
Last season, after two weeks of offensive struggles, Chip Kelly opened up his playbook, tinkered with his base running plays, and resurrected a moribund ground game against the St. Louis Rams and then, most impressively, the next week against the New York Giants. There were a few dips in production the rest of the season, but the Eagles never hit a valley as low as they did when they traveled to the 49ers in Week 4 and rushed for only 22 yards on 12 carries. Kelly was able to identify tendencies based on pre-snap formations and adjusted accordingly.
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.
October 17, 2015 |
Kip Patton caught the pass and immediately turned upfield. He shrugged off an attempted tackler and turned on the jets before finally being tackled on the Tulane 5-yard line. All told it was a 43-yard completion, showing both the big-play ability and improvement in the 6-foot-4, 241-pound tight end from Norristown High. It was one of the Owls' many highlight plays from a 49-10 win over visiting Tulane on Saturday. "I caught the ball and felt somebody hit me and bounce off and it was a great feeling," said Patton, whose 5-0 Owls host Central Florida (0-6)
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.
June 29, 2015 |
Cheltenham quarterback Brandon Mack isn't sure what position he will play in college, but he knows where he will be playing. Mack, a senior-to-be, made an oral commitment over the weekend to Temple, which also received a commitment from Kareem Gaulden, a defensive back from Lincoln High in Jersey City, N.J. Both players announced their intentions on Twitter, and a person familiar with Temple recruiting confirmed the information. Gaulden and Mack recently attended a Temple football camp.
June 17, 2014 |
ONCE THE SEVENTH and final round of the NFL draft concludes each spring, it's typically interesting to learn which undrafted free agents the Eagles are bringing in for training camp. There's usually a good story or two among them, perhaps a kicker with a unique nickname or a former star running back who overcame extreme medical odds to earn a pro contract. But of the 15 undrafted rookies the Eagles signed after last month's draft, there is perhaps none a more intriguing prospect in Chip Kelly's system than Trey Burton, the multifaceted tight end from the University of Florida.
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.