Jimmy O'Brien

Jimmy O’Brien is a football and NFL Draft junkie, who went to Penn State to major in pigskin, only to learn that you were required to choose an actual academic course of study. Perplexed, he settled on a career as a writer, eventually (7 years later) earning a B.A. and Masters in English, and a Ph.D. in watching college football. He has written articles for the Pro Football 24x7 network of websites for the Steelers, Redskins, Ravens, and Eagles. His film work, featuring small school college players, can be seen on youtube at phillyjimmyphilms, and he can be found on twitter @phillyjimmy or online at phillyjimmy.com


Jordan White – Slot Machine

February 19, 2012

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“Whatever happens is Western Michigan, stays in Western Michigan.”

 

That may not be exactly how you heard it, but that old Vegas adage rings true when it comes to Waldo Stadium in Kalamazoo, where Western Michigan University wide receiver Jordan White may be college football’s best kept secret. Word is slowly getting out about White, whose 2011 totals of 140 catches, 1911 yards, and 17 touchdowns earned him recognition as only the sixth player in MAC Conference history to be named a Consensus All American.

 

White’s work from the slot was machine-like, cranking out 100+ yard receiving totals in 10 of 13 games, including 265 yards versus Purdue in the Little Caesars Bowl. And this two time All MAC performer holds the conference record not only for yards per season, but also career yardage, at 4187, despite missing the 2006 and 2008 seasons with injuries to (read more…)

Jonathan Massaquoi – Mission Impossible

February 6, 2012

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It’s a long road from Monrovia, Liberia to Lawrenceville, Georgia. And it’s an even longer road from the small practice field at Troy University in South Alabama to the big stadiums of the National Football League. But it’s not impossible. And a hard journey is a welcome friend for defensive lineman Jonathan Massaquoi, originally from West Africa, who has already gone from Butler County Community College freshman to solid NFL prospect in only three years.

 

Along the way, Massaquoi has amassed a slew of achievements and awards, including 39 sacks, 48.5 tackles for loss, and recognition as first team All Sun Belt Conference for both of his years at Troy. Now, Massaquoi looks to carry on the tradition established by his cousin, Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, as well as fellow Troy football alums DeMarcus Ware and Osi Umenyiora, by making his mark in the NFL.

 

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Eric Page: Rocket Man

January 31, 2012

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“There is always a next step.”

 

With these words, University of Toledo’s Eric Page ended his decorated college career and entered the 2012 NFL Draft. It was a career littered with accomplishments and awards. With 306 receptions in 3 seasons (and the NCAA record in sight), Page was not only a finalist for this year’s Paul Hornung Award, given to the game’s most versatile player, but also a 2010 first team All American kickoff returner, who also returned punts, was used in the running game, and threw 4 TDs. Page is the definition of ultra-productive, saving his best season for last, being named 1st team All MAC at 3 positions, recording 125 receptions, and ripping through Ohio State’s defense for 12 catches, 145 yards, and 2 TDs.

 

As for the next step, Page projects as a versatile slot receiver and dynamic return man. At 5’ (read more…)

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