gridiron gazette - october 2011
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DESCRIPTIONThe official publication of the St. John's Gridiron Booster Club
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October 2011 Volume 1, Issue 2
Reunion for ALL St. Johns Football Alumni
Saturday October 15, 20112 p.m.
SJC vs. DeMatha
All football alumni who arepresent at the game will berecognized at halftime.
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On behalf of his teammates, this award was established in memory of multi-sport star Matthew Philip Dillon (SJC 1965 - 1969) to recognize those players who like Matt, displayed athletic versatility, a passion for performance, a determination to
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32 ST. JOHNS FOOTBALL: FALL 2011
ANTWON BAILEYSyracuse UniversityAfter being named Offensive MVP at St. Johns in 2005, 2006, and 2007, Bailey headed north to Syracuse, where he made a splash as a true freshman. The highlight of his season came against Notre Dame when he led the Orange to a 24-23 victory in South Bend. Bailey took over in the fourth-quarter, finishing with 126 yards rushing and a 26-yard touchdown to lead Syracuse back from a 23-10 fourth quarter deficit. The 5-foot-8 tailback also took some snaps at quarterback, completing his one pass for a 25-yard gain. As a sophomore, his biggest game came against Rutgers, when he amassed 181 all-purpose yards. As a junior, he amassed 860 yards from scrimmage on offense, the second most on the team. To start off his senior season, he ran for 114 yards and two touchdowns to propel the Orange to an overtime victory over Wake Forest. On the academic side, he has made the Syracuse Honor Roll in each of his three years on campus.
COLLEGE SPOTLIGHT . . .
JAY WILLIAMS (SJC Class of 1990)Jay Williams recently finished his 12th season in the NFL and was inducted into the St. Johns Hall of Fame in November 2006. The 6-foot-3, 280-pound defensive end played for the Rams (where he won a Super Bowl ring), the Panthers, and the Dolphins. He played every game of every season for seven straight years. Twice (2000 and 2002) he recorded six sacks. In 2003, he recovered two fumbles. He has also intercepted two passes. At St. Johns, Williams was a standout tight end and defensive lineman, as well as a star center on the basketball team. He was also a captain of the 1989 championship football team. He played his college ball at Wake Forest.
Several former SJC players through the years have made it to the NFL. From Gene Augusterfer, who played DB for Pittsburgh in the 1930s, to more recent players like Scott Glacken (1960s quarterback for Denver) and Tommy Marvaso (1970s DB for the New York Jets), St. Johns has been well represented at the highest level of football. Mike Kruczek, for example, won two Super Bowl rings for the Pittsburgh Steelers. During his rookie campaign, he filled in for an injured Terry Bradshaw and led the Steelers to six consecutive victories en route to the AFC Championship Game (after four years with the Steelers, Kruczek finished out his career with the Redskins). The most recent alumni to make it in the NFL are Jay Williams, Chris Harrison, Marques Ogden, and Conrad Bolston.
CHRIS HARRISON (SJC Class of 1990)Chris Harrison played his rookie season for the Detroit Lions in 1996. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound offensive lineman also spent time with the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens. At St. Johns, he was an all-star lineman for the 1989 championship team. He played his college ball at Virginia.
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RECENT ALUMNI IN THE NFL . . .
MARQUES OGDEN (SJC Class of 1998)Marques Ogden played his rookie season for the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2003. The 6-foot-5, 312-pound offensive lineman later joined his older brother, Jonathan, with the
Baltimore Ravens. He then signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills. He also played for the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe. He played the 2007 season with the Tennessee Titans. At St. Johns, Marques was a two-way lineman before becoming an all-conference player for Howard University, where he recorded 147 pancakes during his junior and senior seasons
CONRAD BOLSTON (SJC Class of 2003)Conrad Bolston just completed his rookie season. He originally signed a contract with the Minnesota Vikings before moving over to the Green Bay Packers. In
fact, only an overtime field goal separated Conrad from a Super Bowl appearance. For the Vikings, his best game came against San Francisco, where he recorded a tackle and forced a fumble. With the Packers, his best game was against Detroit, when he recorded a pair of tackles. Conrad entered the NFL after being a three-year starter on the defensive line for the Maryland Terrapins. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman bench pressed 465 pounds and established himself as one of the strongest Maryland defensive linemen of all time. His best season was in 2005 when he anchored the defensive line and led the team in sacks despite taking on double teams at the nose guard position. He also led the defensive line in tackles for loss and forced two fumbles. At St. Johns, Conrad was a two-way star, leading the team in tackles and sacks. He was a First-Team All-Met lineman and First-Team All-Met wrestler. He was offered football scholarships by more than a dozen universities, including Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Penn State, and Boston College.
RICO MCCOY (SJC Class of 2005)Out of college, Rico McCoy signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He finished his college career in 2009 as one of the all-time top tacklers for the University of Tennessee. In 2009, he led th