Last year it was University of Virginia cornerback Chase Minnifield who, before a season ending injury suffered during minicamps, had everyone talking about his performance at rookie practice. The 6-0, 185 pound undrafted free agent shined right out of the gate in a burgundy and gold uniform and looked to position himself for a chance to compete for playing time.
Fast forward to 2013 and there are a few intriguing college free agent names that will have a chance to earn the right to play on Sundays. One of those names is Bonne Terre, Mo. native and former Nebraska linebacker William Compton.
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I was watching the television yesterday and tuned to the Big Ten Network, which was airing its “Big Ten’s Best: Defensive Linemen 2000-2010.”
Not surprisingly, the Redskins’ Ryan Kerrigan — who has since converted to outside linebacker after playing his entire career at Purdue University as a defensive end — ranked high on this list at No. 2 overall.
The player listed at No. 1, however, was baffling.
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It was a common interest in faith that made Redskins’ running back Roy Helu Jr. and his fiancee, Danielle, know they were right for each other.
And the couple will soon be taking that faith straight to the altar.
The Redskins’ Brian Tinsman reported about Helu Jr.’s engagement April 17. At the time Helu Jr. talked about the rapid development of his relationship with Danielle and how he was even enjoying taking part in wedding planning.
Since that time, Helu Jr. — a former star running back at the University of Nebraska — and Danielle — a national championship-winning former volleyball player at Nebraska — have also been the focus of an April 30 feature piece in the Omaha World-Herald.
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According to Major League Baseball lore, White Sox outfielder Joseph Jefferson Jackson earned his nickname of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson for batting barefooted during a bout of blisters on his feet.
He was one of the greatest players of the early 20th century, but unfortunately his socks weren’t the dirtiest thing about him.
The connection to the Redskins comes through Roy Helu Jr.’s similar discomfort with wearing shoes. When he walks in to the facilities in the morning, he usually sports socks and sandals. After practice, he cuts the tape off, removes his cleats, and goes shoeless around Redskins Park for the rest of the day.
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Once upon a time, Redskins defensive end (and amateur blogger) Adam Carriker was one of the top prospects in all of college football. Just five seasons ago, he awaited the exact same uncertainty that many top prospects face going into tonight.
His between his junior and senior seasons at Nebraska, Carriker was named the team’s MVP, along with the NCAA’s Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards. He tallied 134 tackles despite starting only two full seasons, and piled up 20.5 sacks in his career.
But Carriker explains in his latest blog post on ProInterviews.org, that the titles and totals were less important than his game tape. The way he performed on film was the true essence of his NFL job application and résumé.
Everything he had ever done as a football player led up to Draft Day: Read more »
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Smiles abounded at yesterday’s workouts, but perhaps none brighter than running back Roy Helu’s.
Helu started the offseason injured, and in a long-distance relationship with his girlfriend, Danielle. After rehabbing his legs back to full health, he returned to Nebraska to spend quality time with his beloved–for really, the first time ever.
“I’ve been dating her since July, and we’ve been friends for a year and a half, so I knew her for about eight months before we dated,” he told me. ”Before that, she was overseas playing volleyball in Germany, so it was a long-distance relationship then.
“Then, it was a long-distance relationship because I was here and she was in the Midwest.”
The two put in some serious effort to stay in touch, even when Helu was worn down physically by a long rookie season. Helu may not have known that she was the one when he left, but it didn’t take him to long to figure it out.
“After I left Washington this offseason, it was the first time that I had seen her consistently in our relationship,” he said.
And it went well?
“It went very well,” he added with a smile.
Helu said that although the timing of the proposal seems accelerated, he sought a lot of advice and wisdom before popping the question. Now that she said yes, it’s a scramble to plan a nice wedding before training camp.
“The big day is before the summer, I’ll say that–it’s coming up very soon,” he said with a laugh. ”It will end up being a month-and-a-half engagement.”
While Helu may be busy preparing for the 2012 season from early in the morning until noon, the real work begins when he goes home to help with the arrangements.
“She’s doing a lot of the research right now, but I love to partner with her in the plans,” he explained. ”I have plenty of time to help because we aren’t game-planning. There’s a lot of rest time right now.”
Asked if his groomsmen party would be the 53-man roster, Helu shied away from commitment.
“Most likely not the entire 53-man roster,” he said with a grin. ”I don’t wanna hurt any feelings, but there’s definitely going to be some Redskins there.”
Congratulations, to Roy and Danielle, and may a short engagement lead to a very long, happy marriage.
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Nebraska’s native son Niles Paul has returned home to spend time catching up with his family. A native of Omaha, Neb., he spent his college days only an hour away in Lincoln.
Going into the NFL, he knew that he would have to leave the land of Johnny Carson (and the band 311), and he ended up 20 hours away in Washington, D.C.
The NFL season is a grind for anyone, especially a fifth-round rookie looking to make the most of his opportunities. But now that the season is over, it’s time for the family man to return to the Cornhusker State and catch up with family. This was his exit interview, courtesy of Larry Michael and Redskins.com TV:
Paul jokes about playing tight end, but he was a key red zone player as the season developed, known for his blocking proficiency. In his rookie campaign, he was the ultimate hybrid, spending time at wide receiver, running back, returner, tight end, and he was fifth on the team in special teams tackles.
Part of Paul’s ability to play so many positions is because he’s actually a super hero. Here’s photographic evidence. Read more »
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It would be fair to say that the Redskins draft in April attracted the attention of Nebraska Cornhusker fans.
After taking three straight Huskers in the middle rounds of the draft, the sea of Burgundy and Gold at Fan Appreciation Day was speckled with dots of Husker Red. I got a chance to flag one Nebraska fan down, and he gave me the skinny on each of the Huskers-turned-Redskins.
Patrick Farrell, United States Army, was decked out in his No. 10, Roy Helu red-on-white Nebraska jersey. Wearing his Nebraska hat and grasping his Huskers mini-helmet, he was peering down the long row of fans, looking for his favorite football players. Read more »
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