Before I get to the football updates, a quick tidbit that I found interesting. I mentioned in an earlier post how it just looked a little strange that Arron Zimmerman participated for the gold medal-winning U.S. basketball team in the Maccabiah Games this summer in Israel (essentially the Jewish Olympics) yet she plays for a Catholic school (St. John Vianney). Apparently that is par for the course, as I’ve been informed that five players on Zimmerman’s team in the Maccabiah Games either currently attend or had recently graduated from Catholic schools. Goes to show that many times it’s more about the sports and academics than the religious aspect of it for top players, which seems to make sense because I get the feeling that religion has become more of an aspect that is private among families.
Anyway, congrats again to Zimmerman on what I’m sure was a fun experience this summer, and now on to some tidbits.
Knowshon Moreno (Middletown South) may be listed as fourth on the depth chart at running back for the Broncos, but he’s already getting first-team snaps and will play in Denver’s preseason game on Friday night.
Wait, T.O. isn’t on the Cowboys any more? I hadn’t heard much about that. That leaves a sizeable opportunity for Miles Austin (Monmouth University) to step up and take his career to the next level.
If Wisconsin is going to have a big season, one of the top tight ends in the country, Garrett Graham (Brick Memorial), is going to have to have a standout year.
Rutgers offensive lineman Art Forst (Manasquan) may only be a sophomore, but he’s already one of the leaders in organizing team-bonding activities. No shock that a kid from Manasquan would organize a fishing trip. I also forgot that Mike Teel’s potential replacement at QB, Dom Natale, is from Sea Girt. Natale played for the Hun School and went to Michigan State before transferring to Rutgers.
The regular season might not be here yet, but Bowling Green linebacker/strong safety Jerett Sanderson (Long Branch) is ready to hit somebody.
If Lou Eliades (Ocean Twp.) is going to get that starting spot on the offensive line at Penn State, he’s going to have to fight through some injuries to secure it.
After handling his business in the classroom, Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry (Neptune) is hoping to now make an impact on the field.
On the basketball side, Denver Nuggets guard J.R. Smith (Lakewood/St. Benedict’s Prep) was recently back in his old territory and vowing to grow up after serving 24 days in the Monmouth County jail for reckless driving that led to an accident that killed one of his good friends. I hope this time it sets in because I remember writing the “I’m more mature now” J.R. Smith story when he transferred from Lakewood to St. Benedict’s Prep, and that was about seven years ago. He has all the talent in the world, so hopefully this is the final wake-up call. He is still only 23 years old and is definitely the most naturally talented player I have ever covered. He also has Chauncey Billups helping him out, which can’t hurt.
One interesting tidbit in that story – his father saying, “He grew up in the woods of Millstone…” Uh, then how exactly was he attending Lakewood when Millstone is part of the Upper Freehold Regional School District? You gotta love it.