Thursday, June 26, 2008

VASJ Grad goes the Distance !

Dan Goodrum #33—Villa Angela-St.Joseph

The 2007 season saw Dan used more on the defensive side of the ball, however when given the opportunity to run the ball, he averaged over 7.6 yards per carry out of the backfield. When he doesn’t get the ball, he doesn’t complain. You’ll see him pick up the blitz, nail his blocks and when he does have the ball he can hit the hole fluid and strong. He played injury free leading his team in sacks with 11 ½ on the season at defensive end being named 1st Team All-Conference North Coast League 2007, 1st Team News Herald All-Stars and Honorable Mention All-Ohio. Dan also received our "Shut Up and Play the Game!" GameDay Player of the Week for week 3 and was 2nd runner up for Northeast Ohio Player of the Year behind Lake Catholic's Randy Greenwood and Kirtland's Rossi Santo. In addition to the sacks Dan recorded 52 tackles, 18 solo. Forced 1 fumble and recovered one for a touchdown. He also has tremendous lateral speed and quickness running a 4.20 twice in the 20 yard shuttle and a 4.55 in the 40 yard dash.

A physically and genetically gifted multi-sport athlete at 6' 205 pounds, when you see him play it’s like watching a seasoned veteran play every down. If you had to pick three words to describe his play on both sides of the ball, FLUID, STRONG AND RELENTLESS, but just like we’ve mentioned before with other players, what stands out with Danny is his HEART. A true team leader.

Away from the football field, the senior from VASJ is just as dedicated to family and school. Without these, football wouldn’t happen. With his wonderful parents and family strongly behind him, Dan works very hard to make the best of each opportunity on and off of the football field.

What the future holds

The start of 2008 saw Dan “Big Impact” Goodrum receive a tremendous scholarship from Lake Erie College joining a host of talented northeast Ohio players eager to help put the surging Storm on the map in NCAA Division-II. Head Coach Mark McNellie sees Danny as a very potent weapon in the arsenal he is assembling over in Painesville.

Giving back to area youth

Dan was very eager to join other area standouts Randy Greenwood (Lake Catholic), Mike Hounshell (NDCL-Lake Erie), Alex Gedeon (Hudson-Harvard), Andre Laney (Twinsburg-Eastern Michigan) and several others on President’s Day to demonstrate speed and agility skills to the 100+ youngsters in attendance at the youth football camp held at The Edge. Best of luck to Dan and the rest of the class of 2008 and D1 members that will be taking their games to the next level and earning a great college education.

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