Depew loves the versatility
WHEELING – B.J. Depew spends a lot of his time watching film of offensive and defensive linemen.
And that tape study has led him to believe that he and his coaching staff for the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic have linemen who “could be fantastic” set to suit up on July 27.
“A lot of the guys are going on to play in college, and you can tell why by watching them on tape,” Depew said. “It’ll still be a matter of how they come together and how they stack up against Ohio’s guys. I really feel like our offensive line can be a strength if we get them to work together.”
Depew loves the versatility of his group and the toughest part at camp might be trying to determine which guys play on offense and which play on defense.
“It’s important in this game that you have athletes all over the field and we looked for that on the defensive line,” Depew said. “We’re assuming they’re going to throw it a lot, so our ends will be critical for us.”
Here’s a capsule look at the players who returned their information sheet:
TODD CLARK, Brooke – This defensive standout was a menace along the front line for coach Sean Blumette’s team. The 6-0, 260-pounder recorded 77 tackles, including 19 solos last season. He also had 1.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.
Clark’s fine season earned him defensive MVP, first-team all-OVAC and all-TRAC.
The son of Todd Clark and Tracy Lajburn will attend West Virginia Northern.
JOHN FRANKOVITCH, Weir – This versatile Red Rider was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for coach Tony Filberto’s team. The 5-11, 190-pounder was a four-year letterman for Weir and served as a captain during his senior season.
Away from football, Frankovitch is a member of the National Honor Society, chemistry club and he owns a Third Degree Black Belt.
The son of Eric and Alice Frankovitch plans to attend Washington & Jefferson.
CLINT ARBAUGH, University – This standout on both sides of the ball for coach John Kelly’s team. The 6-foot-3, 265-pounder lined up at tackle primarily during his prep career.
The son of Clinton and Sheila Arbaugh will attend Shepherd University.
RENO COLAIANNI, Linsly – This Cadets’ product had a brilliant career on both sides of the ball for Depew’s team. The 6-1, 210-pounder had 139 tackles, 20 for loss and six sacks as a senior from his defensive end spot.
Colaianni earned all-OVAC.
The son of Dino and Carol Colaianni will attend Ohio State University.
MATT HACKATHORN, Wheeling Park – The Patriots’ offensive success was greatly aided by the play of this talented offensive tackle. The 6-4, 270-pounder was a mainstay for coach Chris Daugherty’s team as both a run and pass blocker.
His efforts were recognized by his all-OVAC and all-State honors.
Away from football, Hackathorn is a member of the ACS Youth Board, Drug Free Clubs of America and the Ohio Valley Baptist Church.
The son of David and Tina Hackathorn plans to attend Gannon University.
JEFF HEADLEY, University – This defensive lineman caused opposing teams all sorts of problems this past season from his noseguard spot. The 6-3, 300-pounder finished his career with 13 sacks and 24 tackles for loss.
Headley was an honorable mention all-OVAC and first-team all-TRAC selection.
Away from football, Headley was a school mentor, teacher’s aide and volunteers in Relay for Life.
The son of Darrell and Betsy Headley plans to attend West Virginia University.
D.J. SUMMERS, Morgantown – This two-way lineman had a brilliant season and career for coach John Bowers’ team. The 6-1, 270-pounder recorded 40 pancake blocks as a senior and was a two-year starter.
Summers’ season was recognized by virtue of his spot on first-team all-state, all-OVAC and all-TRAC.
The son of Charlotte Grimes plans to attend Fairmont State.
CHRIS VANI, Bishop Donahue – This two-way lineman was the center and played on the defensive front for coach John Durdines’ team. The 5-10, 245-pounder logged 140 tackles and 19.5 sacks as a senior. All told, he finished his career with 256 tackles and 26 sacks.
Away from athletics, Vanni is a member of the National Honor Society, Aquinas Medal Winner and honor roll. He’s also involved in Teens Encounter Christ.
The son of Robert and Mary Vani plans to attend West Liberty University.
THOMAS WATKINS, Wheeling Central – This former Maroon Knight played primarily at defensive end for coach Mike Young’s team. The 6-4, 220-pounder finished the season with 63 tackles.
Along with football, Watkins was a member of the track team and active in peer ministry.
The son of Michael and Roseann Watkins plans to attend Colorado State University.
AUSTIN WHIPKEY, Linsly – This former Cadet was a two-way mainstay for Depew’s team. The 6-3, 330-pounder lined up at offensive guard and nose tackle. He had 134 tackles and 12 for loss last season. He also had four sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Whipkey was selected as all-OVAC.
The son of Amy Whipkey and Michael Neil will attend Marshall University.