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 4, 2015 |
It's that time of year again. While sportswriters and fans make a game of predicting the Eagles' 53-man roster, some players will have their lifelong dreams of playing in the NFL spoiled by the time the cutdown deadline rolls around Saturday at 4 p.m. Chip Kelly, given complete control of personnel this offseason, assembled a roster that is deep at running back, wide receiver, tight end, defensive line and inside linebacker. But there are still areas of concern like the offensive line, outside linebacker and the secondary, and that is where the Eagles coach may have to make some of his most difficult 53-man decisions.
August 28, 2014 |
THE GUY WHO is going to make you forget about DeSean Jackson this season isn't Jeremy Maclin or Riley Cooper or even rookie Jordan Matthews. The guy who is going to make you forget about Jackson isn't even a wide receiver. He's a tight end. He's Zach Ertz. He's not Jimmy Graham. Yet. He'a not Jason Witten or Rob Gronkowski. Yet. And while you might think I'm jumping the gun mentioning somebody who has played only 459 NFL snaps in the same breath with three of the most dangerous pass-catching tight ends in the NFL, Ertz has that kind of ability, that kind of upside.
September 25, 2015 |
AFTER SPENDING 11 years in the league as an offensive lineman and another two-plus decades breaking down miles and miles and miles of film for his TV jobs as a college and NFL analyst, Brian Baldinger is a pretty good judge of offensive line flesh. He can tell a good one and he can tell a bad one. Even with the offseason releases of veteran guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, he felt fairly confident that the Eagles had a good one. So, he is as surprised as anyone by the Keystone Kops routine he's seen the last two weeks.
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.
August 7, 2015 |
Coach Derek Lewis knew that Trey Burton could excel at tight end for Florida, but in 2010 he couldn't persuade the freshman to trade six spots for one. Burton shuffled from wide receiver to running back to fullback to slot receiver to stand-up tight end, and even started at quarterback against Florida State. Against Kentucky, Burton set a school record with six touchdowns, five on the ground and one in the air. As the only first-year starter that season, he led Florida with 12 touchdowns, more than a fourth of the team's season total.
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.