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Wednesday, April 27, 2011 Hoskins lands his dream job

MILAN — Jesse Hoskins said he has been preparing to be Milan’s head football coach all his life.
The former Big Red football player was hired Tuesday as the new varsity coach, replacing Steve Robb who stepped down after 25 years at the helm.
Hoskins has lived in Milan all his life and has taught at Milan schools since graduating in 2006 from Hillsdale College, where he played football. He has been Milan’s freshman and junior varsity coach and became varsity assistant in 2009.
“I played here at Milan under Steve Robb in the late ’90s and 2000,” he said. “When I went to college, I wanted to be a teacher. My dream was always to come back and teach and coach at Milan and one day take over for Coach Robb. It always was my dream job. It’s something I’ve been preparing for every single day.”  

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chicago Sun Times: Ex-DePaul star Kevin Holmes excited about son’s NFL draft chances

Sean Jensen
Chicago Sun-Times
April 26, 2011

Kevin Holmes, a four-year basketball starter at DePaul in the 1980s, didn’t hesitate when presented with a scheduling conflict last week.

Grover Cleveland High School in Reseda, Calif., planned to retire his jersey number Friday while his eldest son, Andre, would be waiting near Hillsdale College in Michigan to see when and if he’s
selected in the NFL draft.

‘‘It’s kind of unfortunate that it happened around the same time,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘But that [decision] was a no-brainer. This is a big time in my son’s life, and I definitely have to be there for him. I’m an old guy. My window has closed. It’s his time now.’’

Andre Holmes didn’t generate much of a buzz at Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, but he dominated at Hillsdale — most notably setting school records for catches (104) and receiving yards (1,368) last season — and has impressed scouts and coaches in the months since. He has talked to numerous teams and visited with the Bears, Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots.

At 6-4, 210 pounds with 4.4-4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash, Holmes could be the sort of pick who’d make casual football fans scratch their heads if his name was called during the draft later this week.
Holmes relishes that position.

‘‘I just figure that playing Division II, I’ve always been kind of under the radar, and that gives you a lot more motivation to get your name out there,’’ Holmes said. ‘‘People are starting to get to know my name; I’m getting a lot of calls from teams. I feel like every day my name gets a little bigger.’’

Sunday, April 24, 2011 Former Charger Heckert prepares for NFL Draft as Browns' GM

System for Browns opening pick Thursday in 2011 NFL Draft refined

By Nate Ulrich
Beacon Journal sports writer

Tom Heckert turned his computer monitor around, pointed at the screen and passionately explained the system he devised to conquer the NFL draft.

Heckert has used it for most of his adult life, ascending through the ranks of personnel departments since the early 1990s and ultimately earning a swank, second-floor office in the Browns' headquarters in Berea. The system has not steered him wrong — yet.

''Obviously, you have to work at it,'' Heckert said. ''You have to watch tape. It's endless. You're a general manager of a football team. It's the greatest thing in the world, but you also have to know there's a lot of sacrifices you have to make to do that.''

When Heckert was working for the Miami Dolphins, his confidence in the system prompted him to advise coach Jimmy Johnson to take cornerback Sam Madison in the second round because defensive end Jason Taylor, whom Johnson preferred, would still be available a round later. Johnson listened, and the Dolphins drafted Madison and Taylor, both of whom became perennial Pro Bowl selections.

Last year in his first draft as the Browns' general manager, the system guided Heckert to select four of the eight players he had targeted in the first three rounds: cornerback Joe Haden, safety T.J. Ward, running back Montario Hardesty and offensive lineman Shawn Lauvao. The Browns also drafted quarterback Colt McCoy in the third round because Heckert and President Mike Holmgren couldn't resist the urge to pounce when he unexpectedly fell to them.

As Heckert's career has progressed, the presentation of the system has evolved. It now takes form in sets of scenarios separated by columns on Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, which are printed and piled atop Heckert's desk.

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Cleveland Browns GM Tom Heckert answers questions about the upcoming draft at a press conference at the team training complex on Thursday in Berea. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)


Friday, April 22, 2011

Collegian: Charger LB sets school record in shot put.

English sets shot put record

Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011

A smaller than usual complement of the men and women of the track and field team competed in nasty weather this past week at Northwood University, netting several first places and many more top performances.

Senior Nate English had big day. He won the shot put with a mark of 16.41 meters, which provisionally-qualified him for the national meet. He also set a new school record with this throw, passing the previous high mark set in 1987 by Hillsdale All-American John Chandler.

"It was my best series of throws ever with every throw over 50 feet and two throws over 53," English said.

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Dallas Morning News shares details of Andre Holmes visit to Cowboys Stadium

           Cowboys woo draft-worthy visitors

The Dallas Cowboys' list of pre-draft visitors included wide receiver Andre Holmes, of Division II Hillsdale, Mich., College.

Despite his low-key pedigree, Holmes received the full treatment, which he described to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper.

The Cowboys gave Holmes the full tour of their stadium in Arlington. When Holmes walked into Cowboys Stadium, his named was scrolling across the mammoth video screen.

Holmes ate lunch at a stadium suite, talked with owner-general manager Jerry Jones and met with receivers coach Jimmy Robinson.

The highlight, Holmes said, was an encounter with Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.

"You think of the top receivers to ever play, you think of Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, in my mind," Holmes said.

Holmes was listed at 6 feet 4 1/2 and 208 pounds at Michigan State's pro day, and he ran the 40 at 4.45 and 4.51 seconds. He has also had private sessions with Cleveland and New England. 

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Andre Holmes in Chicago Sun Times: Workout for Bears the Stuff of Dreams

Chicago Sun Times
  Apr 20, 2011 02:15AM

The Bears stoked the dreams of at least two rookies during a workout for players with local ties Saturday at Halas Hall.

Corbin Bryant of Chicago and Andre Holmes of Hoffman Estates — both Bears fans — couldn’t contain their excitement Saturday.

“It was a dream,” said Holmes, a receiver who starred at Hillsdale College in Michigan. “It was crazy because they put us in a rookie locker room and had our names up, and they gave us a practice jersey and Bears shorts.”

Added Bryant, “It was a humbling experience, but a fun experience also.”

Unlike Holmes, Bryant hasn’t ventured very far from home. After starring at Morgan Park, Bryant earned a scholarship to Northwestern and started all 13 games in each of his final two seasons at defensive tackle.

Neither player is projected as a first-round pick, yet both have been working out and working hard to impress NFL coaches and scouts to get selected in the NFL draft next week.

And given their positions and the Bears’ needs, Bryant and Holmes well might fulfill dreams.

“My mind-set is, I would be grateful to play on any team,” Holmes said. “But if it was the Bears — my hometown team, the one I grew up watching — that would be amazing.”

Thursday, April 14, 2011 Hillsdale College football spring game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday

Hillsdale College football spring game scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday

Chargers wrapping up spring practice

April 14, 2011 - The spring portion of the Hillsdale College football schedule wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday, with the team's annual spring game at Frank "Muddy" Waters Stadium.

It's been a spring of change for the program, as it faces the challenge of replacing several longtime starters at key positions as it heads into the 2011 campaign. Hillsdale has lost seven starters on offense, including the quarterback, top three wide receivers, and three starters along the offensive line. news story image

Filling those holes won't be easy, especially considering the level at which those starters have performed over the past two seasons. QB Troy Weatherhead set the NCAA all-division record with a .769 pass completion percentage in 2010, and was named the GLIAC Player of the Year. His favorite target was wide receiver Andre Holmes, who set Charger single-season records for receptions and receiving yards. Both Holmes and Weatherhead have gotten long looks from the NFL, and could be selected at the NFL Draft April 28-30.

Equally as important as the loss of those two players is the absence of starting offensive linemen Phil Doerfler, Evan Duey and Patrick Harbour. The Charger offensive line has enjoyed great talent and continuity over the past few seasons, but will have to replace more than half of that starting unit in the fall.

Many of those players were multi-year starters, helping the Chargers to back-to-back NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010. Combining the skill and experience of those players now graduated, the coaching staff is faced with the challenge of determining who can fill those gaps as we focus on the 2011 season. However, it's not like this program is starting back at zero, either.

The right side of the line returns intact, with D.J. Loy at guard and Reid Meador at tackle. Loy is a rapidly improving "brawler" type at guard, while Meador, a 6-foot-7 behemoth, anchors the unit from his right tackle spot.

Running back Joe Glendening was the conference's top rusher last year, and figures to be the focal point of the offense this fall. Glendening will be a junior next season, and has already established himself as a mainstay in the offense.

Bren Bergquist and Cam White were two players who emerged as top-flight contributors last season, and both will return, as the starters at tight end and H-back, respectively. Both players are powerful, but also good at finding open spots in a defense and extending plays for big yardage. Look for them to carry a bigger load on offense in the fall.

The starting quarterback is still not established. Junior-to-be Anthony Mifsud was moved back to the QB spot after spending 2010 as a wide receiver. He is in a battle with Matt Bryan for the starting job, and both players are tall, smart and can deliver the football in tight spots.

Younger players on offense to keep an eye on in Sunday's spring game include offensive linemen Michael Kendrick, Tim Hornak and Nick Landry. Lou Cangelosi and Andrew Mott lead a young corps of wide receivers.

Defensively, the strength of the team could be the secondary, which returns four starters, and an impact freshman from the 2009 team.

Joe Vear (pictured), was a significant playmaker from the safety position. He is tall, has good range, and has shown a knack for making big plays at crucial times. He was named the national defensive player of the week back on Sept. 27, 2010.

Nick Hixson, Ben Karaba and Tyler Sandner also return to the secondary, which will also welcome back Nick Galvan. A freshman starter in 2009, Galvan missed the 2010 season with an injury, but he also has a good nose for the football, and excellent speed, making him another key player in the secondary.

Linebackers Brett Pasche, Devin Moynihan and Steve Embry had a baptism by fire last season, getting thrown into starter roles without much playing experience, and all three improved by leaps and bounds during the season.

Up front, only one starter was lost to the defensive line due to graduation, and veterans like Ridge Riebold and David Bakker will return to round out what could be a fast and stingy defensive unit.

Younger prospects on defense to watch in the spring game include Nathan Bundy, Skyler Davis, Zach Cherocci, Nick Demiro and Butch Herzog.

The Chargers will have just five home games in 2011, the first time since 2008 they will have more away games than home games. The team opens the season with a Friday night game in Big Rapids against Ferris State, before coming home for two 7:00 games against conference powerhouses Grand Valley State and Ashland. The homecoming opponent this season is Ohio Dominican, with the game to be played on October 8. The Chargers will host Wayne State (Oct. 22) and Northwood (Oct. 29) in back-to-back home games, the final two at Muddy Waters Stadium for the season.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Packer Report: Packers Scouting Record-Setting QB Hillsdale's Troy Weatherhead

Packer Report: Packers Scouting Record-Setting QB

By Bill Huber
Posted Apr 11, 2011

We have the scoop on Troy Weatherhead, who set an all-divisions record for completion percentage as a senior at Division II Hillsdale.

During a seven-on-seven drill, 75 percent accuracy by the quarterback is considered outstanding.

Troy Weatherhead did better than that during his senior season at Hillsdale, compiling a marksmanship record better than anybody who’s ever played college football, regardless of level of competition.

Weatherhead completed 76.9 percent of passes this past season, with 26 touchdowns and six interceptions, to help Hillsdale reach the second round of the Division II playoffs. After strong performances at the Cactus Bowl — Division II’s all-star game — and two pro-day workouts, Weatherhead figures to earn a shot in the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

“It’s always been my dream (to play in the NFL),” Weatherhead told Packer Report recently. “Coming out of high school, you’d see a couple guys from Division II get a chance to play in the NFL, but obviously when I chose Division II, I knew it was going to be an uphill climb.”

A defining day for Weatherhead came last month at Michigan State’s pro day. Throwing in front of 31 of 32 NFL teams, Weatherhead estimated he completed somewhere around 52 or 55 of his 60 passing attempts.

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