The New York Times details the career of Jamal Patterson, a Colgate football alum who is salesman by day.. and ranked fighter at night.
FAIR LAWN, N.J. — He had wrestled as an all-American, led high school and college football teams to winning seasons and once rushed for six touchdowns in a game. He was in Sports Illustrated, a teenaged Face in the Crowd.
But that was all more than a decade ago, before the coaches in the N.F.L. and the Canadian Football League saw him and did not take a second look. That was before the Colgate University diploma and the years of corporate consulting, and before his company transferred him to the Chicago office and transferred him back to the New York office, and before the bald spot and the new job selling orthodontics.
With 48 letterwinners and 12 starters returning from only the third Northeast Conference team to go undefeated in league play, the defending champion University at Albany football team began spring practice Sunday with plenty of confidence.
The Great Danes will have 15 NCAA-allowed spring workouts, and will use both the Alumni Turf Field (artificial) and Mara-Tisch Field (natural) as practice sites.
Scouts pay visit; Gateway awaits.
Wintry weather wasn’t enough to prevent two of pro football’s most prominent scouting services - BLESTO and National Football Scouting - from getting a look at four South Dakota State standouts during the school’s annual junior day held Monday in Brookings.
Defensive lineman Eric Schroeder, receiver JaRon Harris, safety Brock Campbell and quarterback Ryan Berry ran the 40-yard dash (twice), underwent physical measurements and took the Wonderlic Test.
Liberty football coach Danny Rocco has certain criteria for scheduling games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents. Is it a quality opponent from the Big East or ACC? Is it a regional opponent, one that LU fans can easily reach by car? Will it give the Flames a boost in one of their traditional recruiting areas?
Check all three on West Virginia, Liberty’s opponent to open the 2009 season. The Flames will meet the Mountaineers in Morgantown Sept. 5, 2009, starting a run of games against regional FBS opponents in the next six years.
Appalachian State defensive line coach Mark Speir felt the heat of an inexperienced defensive line last year.
Though the Mountaineers went on to win their third straight national championship, they also struggled when it came to stopping the run. Much of the problem stemmed along a defensive line that was one of the youngest in recent memory, at least for Appalachian State.
What a difference a year makes.
Tailgates could become more regulated next football season as Lower Saucon police seek a grant to help them better patrol the roads around Goodman Campus.
Drinking that occurs on Goodman before and during sporting events is a large concern of the township.
At this point in spring football workouts, it’s usually a safe assumption that the defense is ahead of the offense. Throw in four inexperienced quarterbacks and a new offensive line, and it quickly becomes a fact.
A solid pass rush and turnovers helped the Sam Houston State defense outshine the offense Saturday morning as the Bearkats held their first intrasquad scrimmage of the spring at Bowers Stadium.
Former Georgetown backup QB, 4.0 student and, honors his mother’s memory and teaches us what life is really about as he finishes his master’s degree at Oxford.
When David Fajgenbaum was 18 years old, he had a horrible shock. Just as he was gearing up for his new life at Georgetown University, his mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. Instead of jumping into the freshman whirlwind of libraries, parties, and football games, he spent every weekend at home with his family. “I had three feelings: I felt alone, I felt helpless, and I felt guilty for being at school,” he says now.
HARRISONBURG - It was a simple change in direction that helped give the James Madison football team perhaps its most explosive weapon.
“I’m better running forward than backwards,” Kerby Long said with a smile during spring drills recently.
Long arrived at JMU last season as a cornerback, a position he picked up during his post-graduate year at Fork Union Military Academy. At that level, Long could get by on his blazing speed and athleticism. JMU’s coaches salivated at the prospect of having Long hawking interceptions.
But it didn’t take long for Long to figure out he wasn’t comfortable playing defense in college, so the coaching staff moved him to offense this spring.
The new Hornet wide receiver is learning fast after just one season at his new position.
DOVER – Nothing Laronne Moore does suggests rookie. At 6-foot tall, Moore has that sinewy, streamlined leanness of a veteran wide receiver. He can reach out to pull in a pass even the best sometimes miss.
But the Delaware State junior is quick to remind people that last season was his first year playing wide receiver.
Now, Moore is the Hornets’ heir apparent.
Harvard recently put a moratorium on transfer students, following Princeton’s lead. Will that prevent exceptional students like former RB Clifton Dawson coming to Harvard?
When a football player at Northwestern University named Clifton Dawson decided to transfer to the Ivy League in 2003, Harvard was not his first choice.
“At the time, I was giving a lot of consideration to Princeton,” Dawson said last week. “But at the time they had a policy where they were not accepting transfer students for the next two years even though the football staff wanted me there.”
Travers Schmidt (and incoming Cornellian) was named the 47th Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete on Sunday evening as a packed house at Pine View Acres looked on during the annual Schuylkill Chapter No. 25 of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame dinner.
Schmidt, a three-sport athlete for the past four seasons at Tamaqua Area High School, is the third Blue Raider to have his name called as the Schuylkill County Scholar-Athlete.
The last such honor for the school was in 1976 when Mike Miorelli earned the honor. Robert Hartwig was the first honoree in 1967.
The victory also ended a string of three straight Pottsville Area scholar-athletes winning the award. Ryan Pilconis won in 2005, David DeMarkis in 2006 and Brad Hallick in 2007.
Last year’s Penguin QB talks about the incoming crop of quarterbacks looking to talk the helm in 2008.
Youngstown State senior Tom Zetts was at the Penguins spring practice last week, but for the first time in five years the standout quarterback was not on the field, or even in uniform.
Zetts completed an outstanding career at YSU last fall and will graduate this spring, but he just couldn’t stay away and needed to take a look at the Penguins’ future.
When the Montana State coaching staff schedules the start of spring practice, the weather is always a little iffy.
And this spring so is the Bobcat quarterback situation.