A two-sport star at Marist, William Middleton left high school with a state championship in football and baseball in his possession. After spending four years at Furman, Middleton is back in Atlanta playing for his hometown Falcons. Recently the fifth-round draft pick sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to talk about playing for his hometown team, giving up baseball and what it's like to be known as a small cornerback.
FLOWERY BRANCH - The Atlanta Falcons signed third round draft pick cornerback Christopher Owens and fifth round selection offensive tackle Garrett Reynolds on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.
June 17, 2009|
From staff reports
Lawrence Sidbury made his name on the football field terrorizing quarterbacks as a defensive end at Richmond and blazing through the NFL combine with an impressive showing. But there's more to Sidbury than the sacks that propelled Richmond to an FCS National Championship in 2008 and the 40-yard dash times that made him a hot NFL commodity. The defensive end, who the Falcons picked in the fourth round of this year's draft, ran the 100-yard dash on Richmond's track team and has been an honor roll student since high school. Sidbury spoke with Times sports editor Brent ...
Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith calls the battle between prospective starting cornerbacks one of the most competitive he's seen at voluntary workouts. In the middle of that battle is rookie Chris Owens, the former San Jose State standout who the Falcons selected in the third round of this year's draft. Last Wednesday, Owens sat down with Times sports reporter Jonathan Zopf to discuss how he got the nickname 'Flytrap", what he misses most about Los Angeles and how he thinks the Lakers will fare in the NBA Finals.
The Atlanta Falcons today signed undrafted free agent Bradon Godfrey.Godfrey, 6-3, 197 pounds, caught 128 receptions for 1,440 yards (11.3 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 36 career games at the University of Utah.
June 03, 2009|
From staff reports
William Moore has a reputation as a ferocious hitter on the football field. He's intense, almost frighteningly so. It's one of the reasons the Atlanta Falcons picked him in the second round of April's NFL draft. But off the field, Moore says he's "just the average guy you see at the grocery store." Moore, who's battling second-year safety Thomas DeCoud to replace departed starter Lawyer Milloy, spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway after a recent team workout about the best halftime speech he never heard, his past and possible future in music, and his ...
Peria Jerry, the Atlanta Falcons' first-round pick in April's draft, almost never played a down of football despite coming from a family that has put two cousins in the NFL and numerous others on Division-I football scholarships. Just a few years later he's expected to compete for a starting job with the Falcons this fall. Jerry spoke with Times sports editor Brent Holloway recently about what finally convinced him to play and stick with football, how he spends his free time in North Mississippi, and how he's recovering from a minor knee sprain.
FLOWERY BRANCH - While reporters scurried from Roddy White to Mike Smith to Matt Ryan with questions about the suspended Atlanta Falcons quarterback, Michael Turner sauntered off the practice field almost unnoticed.
It was a rare occasion on a football field for Turner, who quickly caught and kept the attention of opposing defenses in 2008.