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 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.
September 1, 2013 |
CLAY HARBOR will have no regrets if he is told he didn't make the Eagles. The 26-year-old tight end/wide receiver thinks he's done everything humanly possible to prove he belongs on the team. He's built a solid resumé, playing 34 percent of the Eagles' offensive snaps the last two seasons and catching a career-high 25 passes in 2012. He's trained hard and has studied harder. He's put in hours upon hours of extra time on the JUGS machine after practice, has watched God knows how many hours of extra video, and didn't hesitate for a second 2 weeks ago when Chip Kelly asked him to move outside and learn the wide receiver position.
September 27, 2011 |
YOU WERE a first-magnitude wideout in high school and college and the occasion is game No. 1 of your head-coaching career. So, how many passes does your quarterback throw? Ten? Twenty? Thirty? Try none. OK, so the 2009 game was played in heavy rain. And it was muddy. On the flip side, the coach was quite familiar with one of his receivers, who would go on to semi-star that season despite his status as a sophomore. "We joke about that a little now, the no-passes thing," Richard Drayton said.
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.