Skip to main content

Spadola Represents Nation, Speeds Towards Combine

When you are looking to make the NFL, every moment, and every all-star game and combine, matters.

This past week, former Lehigh star WR Ryan Spadola, who is currently looking to be one of those guys that play on Sundays, looked to make every moment of his appearance in the Texas vs. The Nation All-Star game matter.

That didn't just mean the game itself, where Ryan's stat line read 1 catch for 8 yards, a pass from Tulane QB Ryan Griffin, or the outcome, which was a 24-13 win for the (appropriately named) Nation team over Texas. 

(In a strange twist of fate, Ryan didn't wear the gold helmet of Lehigh at the game, but more on that later.)

It also meant the positive press in the run-up to the game, and the large number of scouts available to see their progress. 

In my exclusive Q&A with Ryan about his experience, I talk to him about his experience with the game, what he's been doing, and what's next for the Lehigh star.


Ryan: Although Texas vs. The Nation is an all-star game, the mentality I took going in was a business mindset. You're being analyzed not only on the practice field but how you hold/represent yourself off the field. Upon my arrival in Allen early Monday afternoon I was greeted and interviewed by many scouts.  We were told there were 240 there. This went on until the evening hours. Tuesday through Thursday was when evaluating was really done. These days we had very intense practices followed by testing (HRT, Troutwine) and meetings. Friday we had a walk through and the rest of the day off them Saturday was the game. I was extremely fortunate and blessed to be part of this game and experience everything I did.

LFN: During the game, were you wearing an Arizona helmet or an Allen helmet? What happened to the gold helmet?

Ryan: Unfortunately I was shipped the wrong size helmet from Lehigh so I had to borrow an Allen High School helmet for the week. Although I would have liked to represent by wearing the gold helmet, I was thankful of the Allen staff to provide me with the equipment so I could participate in the practices.

LFN: How has your training in Florida helped you for the all-star game and your path to the NFL combine?

Ryan: Training in Florida has helped me immensely. I have been learning from two of the NFL greats at the receiver position in Brandon Marshall and Chris Chambers. They have helped provide me tips on how to gain separation and fine tuning routes. Along with their coaching I have been able to get great speed and strength training from talented trainers, specifically Matt Gates of Fit Speed Athletic Performance @FitSpeedAP. From ther training I have become more explosive which has helped improve my game.

LFN: Did you spend time with any specific players during the four days? Anyone you're friends with, or people you've gotten to know in this whole draft process?

Ryan: Throughout the week in Allen I spent most of my free time hanging out with my roommate Minnesota QB Marquise Gray (who played TE in all star game) and another one of my agents clients, Richmond FB/RB Kendall Gaskins. Down here in Florida I train and spend most of my time with a close group of six guys: Rutgers WR Mark Harrison, South Carolina CB Akeem Augustine, West Virginia DT Jorge Wright, Tennessee State RB Trabis Carter, Fort Valley State WR Eric McCree, and Eastern Washington WR Nick Edwards.

LFN: What was the best part of the whole experience?

Ryan: The best part of the experience was Thursday when we had a meet and great with the public. There were large numbers of kids who came walking around the tables asking for autographs and pictures with the players. It was humbling to see how those kids looked up to us players.

LFN: What's next on your agenda in the run-up to the NFL combine?

Ryan: I am now back in Florida and I will be here training at Fit Speed until the day I depart for the combine on February 21.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Fifteen Guys Who Might be Lehigh's Next Football Coach (and Five More)

If you've been following my Twitter account, you might have caught some "possibilities" as Lehigh's next head football coach like Lou Holtz, Brett Favre and Bo Pelini.  The chance that any of those three guys actually are offered and accept the Lehigh head coaching position are somewhere between zero and zero.  (The full list of my Twitter "possibilities" are all on this thread on the Lehigh Sports Forum.)

However the actual Lehigh head football coaching search is well underway, with real names and real possibilities.

I've come up with a list of fifteen possible names, some which I've heard whispered as candidates, others which might be good fits at Lehigh for a variety of reasons.

UPDATE: I have found five more names of possible head coaches that I am adding to this list below.

Who are the twenty people?  Here they are, in alphabetical order.

Friday Water Cooler: Emma Watson, And Harvard Football

(Photo courtesy switched.com)

I'm sure this won't be appreciated by the latest famous freshman to attend an Ivy League school. No, no, I'm not talking about Brooke Shields, I'm talking about Emma Watson, the actress who is best known for her turn as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movies.

We always knew there was something, well, different about kids who went to Harvard - a bit of an upturned nose, perhaps, annoying arrogance, or maybe even some Brahmin-ness while we're at it. Turns out, though, that some students were up to something more sinister: stalking Ms. Brown University at the Harvard/Brown game last weekend, as reported by the New York Post:

Page Six reported on Tuesday that the "Harry Potter" starlet and Brown University freshman looked "quite shaken" on Saturday as Harvard beat Brown 24-21 in Cambridge. Watson was reportedly flanked by security guards to protect her from gawkers. But her discomfort was actually the result of a t…

Assuming the Ivy Is Cancelling Out Of Conference Games, Here's How Patriot League Can Have 9 Game Season

The Patriot League could very well be in a huge bind assuming the Ivy League goes forward with their college football restart plans.
According to Mark Blaudschun of TMG Sports, the Ivy League is considering two plans for their 2020 college football season - neither of which allow for any out of conference games.
13 out-of-conference games involving Patriot League teams would be on the chopping block, and when you add to it the Patriot League presidents' guidance to not fly to games, every single member of the Patriot League is affected.  If you add to that the fact that the opening of the college football season is going to at best start in late September (yes, you read that correctly), the Patriot League would count as one of the most deeply affected by Covid-19-influenced delays and decisions in the entire college football landscape.
It is a bind to be sure - but not one that should see the Patriot League cancel the 2020 football season.
If we start with the assumption that the seas…