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.
The football team put on their pads for the first time Monday and began hitting for real as 2008 spring practice
continued at Bowers Stadium.
The Montana State Bobcats are adding a pair of familiar names to the football roster this spring.
Louis Saucedo, who started on the offensive line two years ago before sitting out last season for academic reasons, and Mecklen Davis, who recently completed his career with the MSU basketball team, are expected to be on the field Friday afternoon when the Bobcats begin spring practice.
His first night in Africa, at a mission outpost in Zimba, Zambia, he was asked to tell a story to children in a Bible study class.
“The way they do it there, the children all sit outside in a circle, and the storyteller sits in the middle of them,” Rick Chamberlin said. “I decided on the tale of David and Goliath, but I didn’t just tell it to them, we acted it out. So you can imagine what part I played.
Anthony Campbell and Kenneth Smalls fit the description of what type of player new South Carolina State running backs coach Danny Lewis wants to see.
Both last saw significant playing time in high school, yet remain hungry and eager to finally prove themselves as worthy of contributing after spending last season on the scout team. Each player is also motivated by a sense of urgency as the clock ticks down on their collegiate eligibility.
HARRISONBURG - The start of spring football practice at James Madison might have been more noteworthy for who wasn’t on the field than who was.
Beyond the graduations of stars like Tony LeZotte and L.C. Baker, the Dukes opened the spring without two expected starters on offense, one of whom is gone for good.
Guard Vernon Eason has left the program to take care of his child in Virginia Beach, JMU coach Mickey Matthews said during Thursday afternoon’s damp, helmets-only practice at Bridgeforth Stadium.
Lafayette’s inspirational linebacker pronounces himself fit for 2008.
It had been an awfully long time since Andy Romans was able to joyfully skip off the football field without grimacing through the pain of a nagging injury.
Lafayette’s standout linebacker ran the medical gamut last season, enduring a frustrating assortment of ailments that included cracked ribs, a bruised tailbone, a strained hip flexor and even the stomach bug.
Jonathan Woods is still running for South Carolina State.
The only difference is instead of charging through movable objects on a grass-like surface, he’s leaping over immovable objects on a rubber track.
While the football team holds its first team scrimmage at 10 a.m. today at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, Woods will accompany the SCSU track and field team to the University of South Carolina where he’s scheduled to run in the 110-meter hurdles at the Weems Baskin Invitational.
Putting a football schedule together is a lot like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube. Getting one part done is pretty easy, but the completed portions are at risk every time you address the other sides.
Nine of the games on its 2008 schedule were easy to lock in for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. There were the eight against Southern Conference teams and the continued home-and-home series with Jacksonville State. After that, however, nothing came without hurdles to clear.
Patience, persistence and some creativity are required.