TE Adam Bergen appeared to help himself out in this weekend's East/West Shrine game. I watched part of the game and saw his 1 completion for 24 yards which set up a score on the next play. To me, that wasn't as important as seeing him do a very good job run blocking on an East team that seemed to be able to move at will. It was difficult to judge his pass blocking since no blitzing is allowed in the game, but overall to this unbiased reporter he definitely showed to any naysayers that he belongs on the same field as the guys from Notre Dame and USC this Saturday.
But don't take my word for it. Read the following excerpt from I-AA.org:
I-AA Players in the 2005 Shrine and Gridiron All-Star Games
#87 LEHIGH tight end ADAM BERGEN... 6041 268lbs, 4.76/4.77... Looked very solid physically... Helped himself during the week of practice... Shows good athletic ability... Consistently open... Catches everything thrown to him... Had 1 catch for 24 yards... 2004 I-AA.org All-Star Team... 2004 First Team All-Patriot League...
I-AA PLAYERS WHO HELPED THEMSELVES IN THE GAMES:
TE Adam Bergen, Lehigh
Another writeup from the game on Lehighsports.com:
Bergen shines in East-West Shrine Game
Just in case you didn't get enough Bergen...
Here's something else I found that y'all might like. It's a postseason interview done by Sportsdialogue.com - the people there seem pretty high on Adam.
NFL Draft Profile
You say you wanted to read it? Well, since you insist...
I had the chance to talk again with Adam Bergen now that the season is over and see how he felt the year went for him and Lehigh.
Sportsdialogue.com: What is your official size and speed?
Adam Bergen: 6-5 260 4.74 (in the spring)
SD.com: How difficult was it to swallow the one point loss in the playoffs to James Madison (14-13) on November 27th?
AB: It’s was hard to lose by one point especially now they are playing in the national title game.
SD.com: What’s the one aspect of your game that has improved the most during your senior season?
AB: My run blocking improved each week.
SD.com: How is your neck feeling these days?
AB: No problems at all. I think that got blown out of proportion.
SD.com: Is their any player that reminds you of you in the NFL today?
AB: No one in particular the TE position is more in demand now which is a good thing.
SD.com: What was the best part of this your senior season?
AB: The whole experience. Being Co-Champs of the Patriot League and making the playoffs. It’s been a great senior year.
SD.com: What has been your most memorable victory while at Lehigh?
AB: My freshmen year beating Hofstra. We won the game in OT on a field goal.
SD.com: What has been the best part of playing football at
in Lehigh University ? Bethlehem PA
AB: The friendships I’ve made on the team.
SD.com: Describe Adam Bergen in a few words?
AB: Very confident and a hard worker
The only thing that can be said for sure is: Bergen appears to have the notice of the NFL scouts. It's 3 months until the draft, but TE is always a thin position and Adam seems to be representing himself well. Right now, I'm hoping: day 1 pick.