Friday, March 25, 2016

Linebackers In The News

Dion King, who played linebacker at Lafayette before graduating in 2014 and starting his coaching career at Moravian, will serve as Dartmouth's defensive quality control assistant this year per Football Scoop and his own Twitter account.

King, who grew up in Douglasville, Ga., and appeared in 22 games with the Leopards, follows the path blazed by Dartmouth strength coach Spencer Brown, himself a former Lafayette linebacker who came to Hanover after a stint at Moravian.
Speaking of linebackers, Dartmouth senior Zach Slafsky has been named to the Jewish Sports Review’s 2015 College Football All-America Team. Other Ivy Leaguers named to the squad are Harvard tight end Anthony Firkser, Princeton defensive lineman Harry Schlossberg and Brown linebacker Michael Walsh.

From the JSR release:
The Big Green went 9-1 as ZACHARY SLAFSKY posted 21 UTs and 27 ATs for 48 Ts (#4), 3 TLs/8 yds, 2 PBUs, 1 FF, 2 PDs and 2 FRs while starting all 10 games. Zachary was named All-Ivy League, 2nd team.
I may have to tease a certain head coach about a line in a story out of Indiana's News-Sentinel about veteran high school coach Johnny Curtis joining the staff at Ball State. From the story:
As much of a football decision that (Ball State head coach Mike) Neu was making, he viewed hiring Curtis, who played for renowned college coaches Jackie Sherrill and Buddy Teevens, as a personal decision.
And if you haven't figured it out yet, it isn't Jackie Sherrill who I will be teasing about being called "renowned." ;-)
One of the favorite sayings of the late Dartmouth Sports Information Director Kathy Slattery Phillips was, "Ouch, babe." Couldn't help but hear her say it when I read the headline on a CBS Sports story spun out of the Ivy League's ban on tackling in practice. That headline:
Pitt coach on possible no-contact practices: 'We're not playing soccer'
Guess that the yinzers plan on tackling in practice, huh?
Former Dartmouth defensive line coach Calvin Thibodeaux, who played for Oklahoma from 2002-06, says he has his "dream job" as he starts his first year as a Sooner assistant. He coached last year at Kansas. (LINK)