Joeckel is athletic enough that he was a quarterback until he reached high school, when he outgrew the position. His twin brother, Matt, is still a quarterback at Texas A&M.
"I love offensive line," Joeckel said. "Growing up, I always thought I was too athletic for the position.
"The offensive line is what I was born to play. I loved the physical aspect of it. You finish every play with a one-on-one block. There are not many other positions on the field like that. I love that part of it. I'm a background guy, and that's why I belong on the offensive line."
NFL scouts have long been aware of Fisher. Even then, he had to prove himself at the Senior Bowl to get them interested after playing at a lower-level program like Central Michigan.
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Keenan Allen didn't take long to make a name for himself at Cal, totaling 490 receiving yards and setting a school record for freshmen with 46 receptions (beating Philadelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson's 38). He also showcased his special teams skills, returning 18 kickoffs for a 22.6-yard average.
He continued his success and coaches from other schools were impressed, naming him first-team all-conference in 2011. He was among the nation's ten best in receptions (98) and receiving yards (1,343) including a 13-catch, 160-yard effort against USC.
How Andy Fell For Alex from National Football Post
Through a scheduling quirk, Reid's Eagles faced Smith's 49ers six times (2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011) during Smith's eight-year career with San Francisco. During those encounters, Reid became so enamored with Smith's toughness, smarts and accuracy that he inquired about acquiring him for the Eagles.
"When I was with Philadelphia - for whatever reason - we seemed to play them every year and got to see him firsthand," Reid said. "If given the chance, I wanted him on my team."
The feeling was mutual.
Announcing that award is Colin Kaepernick, who was a highlight of the red carpet walk outside MGM Grand before the show. The 49ers quarterback stopped to chat about the departure of Alex Smith, traded to the Kansas City Chiefs soon after the Niners lost to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.
Smith, of course, was replaced by Kaepernick after suffering a concussion against the St. Louis Rams and never returned to the starting lineup. I asked Kaepernick if he had spoken with Smith since Smith was dealt to the Chiefs.
"I have. We talked on the phone, and I thanked him," said a well-shaded and impressively tall Kaepernick, who is presenting an award tonight. "He was a great teammate, a great mentor, and he'll do great in Kansas City."
Kehl said what made his release even harder to accept was that he knew that Washington's coaches liked him better than had the coaches in New York or St. Louis. And yet he was still out of a job for a month until he was signed by Kansas City.
"I was absolutely surprised when Bryan was cut," said safety Reed Doughty, the senior member of Washington's defense and special teams. "I thought he had made the team before he played great in our last preseason game."
When the Chiefs let Kehl go on Nov. 27, the Redskins, having lost Robinson to a season-ending torn pectoral muscle, grabbed him.
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When Pinelli isn't teaching boot camp, he spends the majority of his time training local athletes at Elite Strength and Performance, a gym he owns in Ormond Beach.
His clients include high school athletes, the Ormond Beach Lady Renegade Softball Team and Mardy Gilyard, wide receiver for the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs.
Gilyard, a Bunnell native, trained with Pinelli for several weeks while home during the off season.
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