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By Matt Vensel | July 6, 2011
Former Ravens fullback Lorenzo Neal, who played in Baltimore in 2008, was arrested for driving under the influence on July 4 after he crashed his truck into a pole in California. KSFN in Fresno reported that Neal’s blood alcohol content "was just a couple points above the legal limit" and that charges have yet to be filed. "[He] just ran off the road, struck a pole," police officer told Axel Reyes told the television station Tuesday . "Nothing real major about it. Luckily, he didn't hit anyone and no one else was with him as a passenger.
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By Matt Zenitz and Baltimore Sun Media Group | October 3, 2014
ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay will be part of the crew calling Maryland's game against Ohio Saturday on ABC. To get a better feel for both teams, McShay spent part of this week watching film of the Terps' and Buckeyes' previous games. One of the players McShay apparently liked was Maryland fullback and Gilman alum Kenny Goins. "Maryland FB Kenneth Goins making quick rise to top of my favorite players on tape list,” McShay tweeted Thursday . “No. 30 is gonna find contact when he's on the field!
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | January 31, 1998
Ravens coach Ted Marchibroda sees a tough, balanced offense taking the field in 1998. He sees a diverse attack feeding off an improved running game -- bolstered by a proven fullback -- that will make play-action passes more effective and big plays more frequent.If only Marchibroda held the pieces that will fit the puzzle.With unrestricted free agents across the league set to begin shopping their skills on Feb. 13, and with the NFL draft on tap two months later, the Ravens are studying both areas to fill the many empty spaces in their backfield.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | August 11, 2014
Towson fullback Emmanuel Holder was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association first-team after a 2013 season in which he caught 16 passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns and opened running lanes for record-setting tailback Terrance West. But the Baltimore native and Calvert Hall graduate says he doesn't get consumed by individual attention. “I don't try to get into it a whole lot,” the junior said with a slight smile on his face after Thursday's practice at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1996
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Fullback Carwell Gardner made his statement the first time he touched the ball last night, on the first play from scrimmage of the Ravens' 37-14 rout of the Buffalo Bills.It was a simple dive play, behind strong blocks by center Steve Everitt and right guard Wally Williams. Gardner took a handoff from quarterback Vinny Testaverde and powered his way up the middle for 16 yards.From that point, the Ravens' offense sensed good things would happen, and Gardner sensed his homecoming would be sweet.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | September 17, 2008
For most college football teams, being the fullback on offense is about as glamorous as playing nose guard on defense. Except at Navy, where the case can be made that the fullback should get equal billing with the quarterback and slotback. Since then-coach Paul Johnson brought the triple-option offense to Navy from Georgia Southern in 2002, the fullback has been the team's leading rusher four times, and in 2003 and 2004, Kyle Eckel gained more yards rushing than quarterbacks Craig Candeto and Aaron Polanco did passing.
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By Camille Powell and Camille Powell,The Washington Post | October 8, 2009
At practice on Monday, Navy junior Vince Murray felt a little more tired and sore than usual. But he expected that, after nearly exceeding his career rushing output during the Midshipmen's 16-13 overtime victory against Air Force on Saturday. Murray filled in for starting fullback Alexander Teich for the entire second half and extra period against the Falcons, after Teich hopped off the field with a sprained left ankle. Teich was wearing a protective boot at practice on Monday, and coach Ken Niumatalolo said it's doubtful that the sophomore will be able to play at Rice (0-5)
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By BILL ORDINE | January 25, 2008
Mike Alstott made it official yesterday. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fullback retired. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion. Alstott had spent this entire season on injured reserve and had only 81 touches in the 2006 season. But with Alstott leaving the NFL stage, we are seeing perhaps the last of a breed: the fullback who was truly an offensive weapon. And that's too bad because the fullback, to me, was the quintessential football player. Big and bruising but athletic enough to put points on the board.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun Reporter | October 4, 2006
Navy senior fullback Matt Hall was just glad to be out there again, involved in the Midshipmen's offense. Hall was not happy his increased playing time came at the expense of starter Adam Ballard, the junior who left Saturday's 41-17 rout at Connecticut early in the second half with numbness in his hand, caused by a stinger. But Hall, who gained 38 yards on a season-high eight carries against the Huskies, has been on both sides of unexpected opportunities. As the heir apparent to Kyle Eckel in 2005, Hall was coming into his own, before suffering a season-ending knee injury against Notre Dame.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | January 20, 2003
Maryland fullback James Lynch, who started the last nine games for the Terrapins in 2002, has left the team and declared himself eligible for the NFL draft in April. The junior from Washington made the decision last week. Yesterday, he said he hoped to help his family. His mother, Brenda Lynch, died last summer and his son, James Jr., lives with his sister, Regina Hill. "It's just based on feedback from my coaches and because of my family situation," Lynch said. "It's a huge step to make.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Kyle Juszczyk trudged off the Ravens' practice field as a rookie fullback a year ago, thoroughly frustrated after a training camp blocking drill in which he was stonewalled repeatedly by linebackers and safeties. In the middle of Juszczyk's unconvincing audition as an inexperienced lead blocker, veteran rush linebacker Terrell Suggs shouted that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome needed to bring back Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach. Three days later, Leach was signed to return as the Ravens' starting fullback.
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By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
For a decade in the NFL, fullback Vonta Leach built a reputation as of the most intimidating lead blockers in the game by delivering punishing hits that rattled linebackers' heads. Leach displayed uncommon pop as a blocker and was able to regularly jolt defenders out of the way with his superior strength and leverage. Now, the former Ravens and Houston Texans All-Pro fullback is a free agent hoping to play another year or two in the NFL after being cut by the Ravens in February.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 14, 2013
PHILADELPHIA - Navy freshman cornerback Brendon Clements had gained plenty of on-field experience going into his first Army-Navy game, having started for much of his first year in Annapolis. Yet when Clements woke up Saturday morning at the team's hotel, he was more nervous than he had ever been for a college game. The feeling didn't go away after he went to breakfast, nor did it after he a pregame meeting. “I told some of the other players I haven't been nervous all year and I'm nervous now, and we haven't even left for the game yet,” Clements recalled a few hours later.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
You look at Vonta Leach and it's hard to avoid this conclusion: He was put on Earth to knock people over. Even shorn of his pads, the Ravens fullback resembles a human battering ram - stout from his black cleats up to his boulder of a head. Of course he became a fullback. The universe designed him to obliterate, not evade. And Leach has the outlook to match, equal parts fearless and selfless. "You just can't give a damn," he said with a hearty laugh when asked to explain the fullback mentality.
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By Mike Klingaman and The Baltimore Sun | October 31, 2013
Big Mo moves a little slow these days. But then, he's almost 85. "I've got a hip problem, so I'm walking with a cane," Ed Modzelewski said. "That's OK, because I'm still above ground. " Once, the ground shook when Modzelewski thundered by, football in hand. The star fullback on Maryland's undefeated 1951 team, Big Mo led the No. 3 Terps to an upset of top-ranked Tennessee in the Sugar Bowl, where he was named the game's outstanding player. Four years later, Modzelewski helped the Cleveland Browns win their second straight NFL championship over the Los Angeles Rams.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 25, 2013
Noah Copeland and Chris Swain were stretching together during a practice early last week when Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo approached his top two fullbacks with a little pep talk. "Coach Niumat kind of called us out, told us we need to show up," Copeland recalled this week. "We kind of talked about that in the hotel [on Friday before facing Toledo], that we need to ball this game, and they're going to probably need us. We went out there with a different mentality. We just kept running and doing what we could do. " By the time Copeland and Swain were finished, they had combined for more yards in a game than any pair of Navy fullbacks in three seasons.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | September 16, 2000
Fullback Obafemi Ayanbadejo is the closest thing the Ravens have to a secret weapon. Opposing defenses don't know where to find him, but Ravens quarterback Tony Banks always can. Two games into the season, Ayanbadejo leads the team in receptions with nine. In last week's 39-36 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, he caught seven short tosses from Banks, generating 53 yards and one touchdown. The curiosity is that Ayanbadejo went virtually uncovered most of the day. Consider it a byproduct of the Ravens' multi-dimensional offense.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | April 20, 2007
With each passing day, Justin Green's surgically repaired right knee is improving. So, too, are his chances of becoming the Ravens' starting fullback this season. With the free-agent departures of Ovie Mughelli (Atlanta Falcons) and Nick Luchey (unsigned), Green remains the only fullback on the Ravens' roster. And with a draft class that lacks a standout player at the position, Green is likely to start next to running back Willis McGahee when the Ravens open the regular season against the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sept.
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By Matt Vensel | September 12, 2013
Each week, Baltimore Sun blogger and reporter Matt Vensel will fire a few questions at a random Ravens rookie. This week it was fourth-round pick Kyle Juszczyk, a fullback out of Harvard who has only played on special teams. MV: What was it like playing your first NFL game? I'm sure it's a little different. You probably feel like you're back to being a freshman again and having to earn your stripes on special teams. KJ: It was awesome just to get out there to experience the energy and the enthusiasm of everybody.
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Sports Digest | August 27, 2013
College basketball Former Terp Howard gets OK to play at USC Southern California has added senior point guard Pe'Shon Howard , a transfer from Maryland, to its 2013-14 men's basketball roster, coach Andy Enfield announced Monday. Howard, a Los Angeles native, was given a legislative-relief waiver to be able to return home to be closer to his ailing grandmother. "We are happy that Pe'Shon will be able to spend time with his grandmother who helped raise him here in Los Angeles," said Enfield, a former Johns Hopkins star.
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