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posted Jul 19, 2012, 11:23 AM by William Baldini   [ updated Jul 19, 2012, 11:25 AM ]

Chiefs offense finds help from unusual contributors

posted Dec 19, 2011, 7:38 AM by William Baldini
Chiefs offense finds help from unusual contributors By ADAM TEICHERThe Kansas City Star

The Chiefs knew they would need some help from some unconventional sources if they were going to find enough offense to beat the high-scoring Green Bay Packers Sunday.They received enough of that help to beat the Packers 19-14 at Arrowhead Stadium. Tight end Leonard Pope had two catches for 72 yards. Tight end Anthony Becht and wide receiver Terrance Copper each had two catches for 20 yards.Copper started in place of Dwayne Bowe, who coach Romeo Crennel said was held out of the starting lineup for violating a team rule.Fullback Le’Ron McClain had his busiest day of the season with four receptions and four carries.“That’s the way it developed because if they are covering some of those other guys, somebody’s open and the quarterback was able to get the ball to the open people,” Crennel said.Bowe played most of the game, catching four passes for 49 yards. But he didn’t play until the last snap of the opening drive of the game, which ended with Ryan Succop’s 19-yard field goal.“Dwayne Bowe had a medical situation with his family that he felt like he needed to attend to and he didn’t follow the proper procedures or protocol in getting that done, so I told him he wasn’t going to start,” Crennel said.“He did not miss a practice.”Pope and Becht entered the game with 20 catches between them. Each delivered Sunday in a clutch situation.Pope had catches of 39 and 33 yards, each setting up a field goal. Becht’s 16-yard catch in the fourth put the Chiefs at the Green Bay 5 and set up Kansas City’s only touchdown, a 1-yard Jackie Battle run.“I thought our tight ends showed up,” quarterback Kyle Orton said. “I don’t know if (Crennel) expected them to catch that many passes, but they were open and they did a great job.”Becht was cut twice by the Chiefs this season and was inactive for three of the nine games in which he’s been with the Chiefs.“I wasn’t just happy to be here,” Becht said. “I tried to help out when I can. I wasn’t dressed out for a few games, which was cool. It was one of those deals when I had to be ready when they needed me.”

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Anthony Becht 'Instantly Best Blocking Tight End' On Kansas City Chiefs Roster

posted Aug 25, 2011, 8:12 AM by William Baldini

For fans scratching their heads wondering why Scott Pioli would add another tight end on a roster that already features Tony Moeaki and Leonard Pope among other young hopefuls trying to make the roster, Adam Caplan has your answer. The Sirius/XM NFL reporter sent amessage on Twitter earlier with the simple refrain: “Biggest reason why the Chiefs signed Becht: Instantly the best blocking TE on the roster.”

That could come as a shock to those used to the massive size of Pope, but Pioli’s not going to make a move without it being broken down and well-analyzed. The reality is that the addition of Becht and his size of 6-6, 270-280 lbs frame could enhance the running game even further — one that’s already bolstered by the versatility of a dedicated Dexter McCluster and a Pro Bowl fullback in Le’Ron McClain.

Perhaps Pope and Becht are both open to roster spots and can give the Chiefs the edge in big packages around the goal line or other running situations. Then again, if Becht isn’t going to play special teams and has sat out the last season, he’s got some work to do to make the team. But if his blocking ability is really that strong, the Chiefs orientation around their running game might make this addition a permanent one.

Becht works out for the Falcons

posted Aug 17, 2011, 1:32 PM by William Baldini   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 1:34 PM ]

Posted by Mike Florio on August 14, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

With the last of the four first-round picks of the Jets leaving the organization last week when defensive end Shaun Ellis signed with the Patriots, one of the other three is hoping to get back into the NFL.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, tight end Anthony Becht had a workout earlier today with the Falcons.  He left Flowery Branch without a contract.

Signing with the Falcons would have reunited Becht with former Jets defensive endJohn Abraham, one of the other first-round picks in 2000. (The fourth was quarterback Chad Pennington.)

Becht, 34, also has played for the Buccaneers, Rams, and Cardinals, is represented by Bill Baldini of BAC Sports Management.  Becht was out of the league in 2010.

In 10 NFL seasons, Becht played in 158 of 160 games, missing only two games during his rookie season.

Former Virginia QB Verica signs with Redskins

posted Aug 17, 2011, 1:31 PM by William Baldini

Published: July 30, 2011
Former Virginia quarterback Marc Verica signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins, according to the school.

Prior to Verica’s signing, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan had only two practicing quarterbacks —John Beck and undrafted rookie Ben Chappell — currently in camp. Kellen Clemens signed a free agent deal with Washington but can’t practice with the team until later this week. Under the rules imposed at the end of the NFL lockout, veteran free agents were able to sign their contracts Friday night, but they can’t take part in any sort of physical activity with their teams until next Thursday, assuming a new labor agreement is in place by then.

Verica will help keep Beck’s arm from wearing out until Clemens can practice. Shanahan also expects to re-sign Rex Grossman to compete with Beck for the starting job.

Last season Verica completed 58.8 percent of his passes while passing for 2,799 yards and 14 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for Virginia.

Browns sign undrafted rookie free agents

posted Aug 17, 2011, 1:30 PM by William Baldini

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July 26, 2011

The list is unofficial, but reports that the Cleveland Browns have agreed to terms with a number of undrafted rookie free agents today.

That list includes Kentucky wide receiver Chris Mathews, UTEP running back Donald Buckram, Georgetown College defensive lineman Kyle Anderson, Missouri cornerback Carl Gettis, Notre Dame linebacker Brian Smith, Tennessee State linebacker Sidney Tarver and Division II Hillsdale (Mich.) College quarterback Troy Weatherhead.

Mathews (6-5, 219), the NFL Draft’s No. 45 wideout by Mel Kiper Jr., caught 61 passes for 925 yards and nine touchdowns. Kiper said that Mathews “is one of the more physically imposing wide receivers in this draft. He can go up and get the football with the best of them. … Outside of Julio Jones, he might be the best blocking wide receiver in this draft class.”

Buckram finished among UTEP’s top 10 career rushers with 2,417 yards and 21 touchdowns. That included an amazing 2009 season with 1,594 yards and 18 touchdowns on 259 carries (6.2 average), as well as 30 receptions for 452 yards (15.1) and three scores. A knee bruise hampered him last season.

Smith, a 6-foot-3, 234-pound outside backer, recorded 50 tackles in 13 games with the Fighting Irish this past season. He had 200 career stops in 47 games with a team-high 37 total starts.

Weatherhead led the Hillsdale Chargers to the playoffs for two straight seasons and also topped the nation with a 171.59 passer-efficiency rating last year. He was the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference player of the year and holds school career records for yards passing (9,144), touchdown passes (63) and completions (795)

Hillsdale College senior quarterback Troy Weatherhead named GLIAC Player of the Year for football

posted Aug 17, 2011, 1:29 PM by William Baldini

Published: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 9:30 AM     Updated: Thursday, November 18, 2010, 9:31 AM

Hillsdale College senior quarterback Troy Weatherhead, who has led the Chargers to two straight NCAA Division II playoff berths, was named the Player of the Year in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Wednesday.

Weatherhead is also a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, given to the top player in Division II. He is one of 24 finalists for that award, which will be presented on Dec. 17 in Florence, Ala., on the eve of the Division II National Championship game.

“It’s recognition for a young man who has developed himself into one good football player,” Hillsdale coach Keith Otterbein said. “To be recognized as the top player in the conference is certainly a great honor for Troy and a well-deserved honor.

“The work ethic of a young man in his time in college determines whether or not they turn into great football players.”

Weatherhead set a GLIAC record for single-season completion percentage (.772), completing 220 out of 285 passes in the team’s 10 conference games.

He led the conference in passing yards (2,815) and average passing yards per game (255.9) while setting Hillsdale College career records for most touchdown passes (63), most completions (795) and most passing yards (9,144).

Weatherhead leads the nation in passing efficiency rating and has completed 242 of 311 passes (77.8 percent) with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions in 11 games.

“You never imagine that a quarterback is going to throw for 78 percent,” Otterbein said. “It’s never been done in 119 years at Hillsdale College. It’s never been done in the GLIAC.

“If this was a Division I player, they’d be talking about it every night on ESPN. It’s pretty impressive stuff.”

Other Hillsdale players named to the all-GLIAC first team on offense were sophomore running back Joe Glendening, senior wide receiver Andre Holmes and senior offensive lineman Phil Doerfler.

Holmes led the conference in pass receptions (88) and receiving yards (1,160). He also scored nine touchdowns.

Hillsdale High School graduate Mike Blanchard, a Hillsdale College senior wide receiver, earned second-team honors, as did junior defensive back Nick Hixson.

“You look at our names of our all-conference team, and they’re all outstanding kids,” Otterbein said.

Hillsdale (9-2) opens play in the NCAA Division II tournament at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Cloud (Minn.) State (9-2).

Texas A&M-Kingsville's Corey Robertson honored

posted Aug 17, 2011, 1:27 PM by William Baldini

Updated Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:23 PM 


Texas A&M-Kingsville senior defensive back Corey Robertson of Denison has added more postseason awards, receiving honorable mention on the Don Hansen Division II All-American team as well as first-team honors in Don Hansen's All Super Region 4 and second-team in the Daktronics Super Region 4.

Robertson participated in the Cactus Bowl Division II all-star game on Jan. 7 in Kingsville, where he had seven tackles, the second-most in the game. He also earned Lone Star Conference South Division first-team honors.

Robertson started 12 games, posting 59 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and six pass break-ups. He had a season high 13 tackles against Abilene Christian and a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Incarnate Word.

UVA QB Marc Verica Invited to Inaugural All-Star Game

posted Aug 17, 2011, 1:26 PM by William Baldini

posted Jan 13, 2011 1:32 PM by William Baldini   [ updated Jan 13, 2011 2:45 PM ]

By Heather Dinich
Virginia quarterback Marc Verica has been selected to take part in the inaugural Eastham Energy College Football All-Star Game at 7:30 p.m. ET on Jan. 23 inside Sun Devil Stadium at Arizona State. The game will be televised live on Fox College Sports, including Fox Sports Arizona, Fox Sports West and Fox Prime Ticket Southwest. 

Verica finished his career No. 6 all-time at UVA with 4,992 passing yards, including 2,799 passing yards in 2010. Verica’s passing mark in 2010 trails only Matt Schaub’s 2,976 yards in 2002 and his 2,952 yards in 2003 for most passing yards in a season at UVA. Verica finished his career No. 3 all-time at the school with 487 career completions and a .599 (487-of-813) career completion rate. 

He also finished No. 3 all-time at Virginia with 14 career 200-yard passing games, including eight in 2010. Verica’s six-straight games with 200 or more passing yards in 2008 tied him with Schaub for a program best streak. 

Players representing the six BCS conferences are participating in this inaugural event. This game will be benefiting local Arizona causes, Jared Allen's Homes for Wounded Warriors and Native American Connections.

Verica Selected to Eastham All-Star Game in Arizona

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by William Baldini   [ updated Aug 17, 2011, 1:23 PM ]

The Cavalier quarterback will get to suit up one more time with some of the best players in the BCS conferences.
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January 11, 2011

Cavalier quarterback Marc Verica will have another opportunity to hit the football field, as the Wahoo signal caller has been selected to play in the Eastham Energy All-Star Game in Tempe, Arizona. Verica will join some of the best players from the six BCS conferences in the event.

Verica finished his career sixth on the UVa career list with 4,992 passing yards, while notching 2,799 passing yards in 2010. Verica's passing mark in 2010 trails only Matt Schaub's 2,976 yards in 2002 and his 2,952 yards in 2003 for most passing yards in a season at Virginia. The quarterback set the UVa standard for passing yards in a game when he threw for 417 yards at Duke on November 6.

Verica concludes his career third in completions with 487. The signal caller also finished third at UVa with 14 career 200-yard passing games, including eight in 2010. Verica's six-straight games with 200 or more passing yards in 2008 tied him with Schaub for a program best streak.

His senior year saw Verica throw 14 touchdown passes along with 14 interceptions.

The Eastham Energy All-Star Game will kickoff on January 23 at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, at 7:30 pm ET.

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