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Tribal Warfare
08-19-2009, 12:53 AM
Studebaker struggling to go from Div. III to NFL
(http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-chiefs-studebaker&prov=ap&type=lgns)
RIVER FALLS, Wis. (AP)—People who like to cheer for the underdog will love Andy Studebaker(notes).

The second player from tiny Wheaton College to be drafted into the NFL— first in the modern era of the draft—Studebaker is struggling to win a starting job in the NFL.

Like many defensive players in Kansas City’s camp, the second-year pro is switching from defensive end to linebacker in the Chiefs’ new 3-4 alignment.

The competition is heated and as a Division III player, Studebaker didn’t benefit from the topflight coaching and instruction that players from BCS schools enjoy. But Chiefs coach Todd Haley is happy with Studebaker’s progress, and very happy with the way he played in last weekend’s 16-10 loss to Houston in the preseason opener.

Studebaker has also benefited from the clean-slate policy the first-year head coach has installed for a team that is getting a major overhaul after winning only six games the past two seasons.

“I’ve been taught, and I feel like that’s what I love about this situation is that the best guys are going to play,” Haley said. “That was one of the most attractive things about this situation. I know that’s the way we’re going to play football. We’re going to play with the guys who give us the best chance to win.”

Against Houston, Studebaker had two quarterbacks pressures and shared a sack with first-round pick Tyson Jackson(notes). But there is a huge difference between Division III and the NFL. He relishes the challenge of doing something no one from his school had done before.

“Kind of showing the little guy can make it sometimes too, you know what I’m saying?” Studebaker explained “With the right work ethic, it doesn’t matter where you are from as long as you do what is necessary to succeed.”

A descendant of the family that developed the famed Studebaker automobile, the 6-foot-3, 248-pounder started only five games his senior season because of a foot injury. But he was still taken in the sixth round by Philadelphia in 2008. The Chiefs picked up Studebaker off the Eagles’ practice squad midseason and played the final six games on special teams, totaling six tackles.

That was a huge break, landing on a team that was about to undergo a front office housecleaning and head in an entirely new direction. Plus, he figures he also got a break playing behind veteran linebacker Mike Vrabel(notes), who was a mainstay on New England’s Super Bowl teams.

“Just learning from a guy like Mike Vrabel right now, he’s played in the league for 12, 13 years at a high level,” he said. “I’m getting a lot of opportunity to take reps in practice, but also watch him.”

Chiefshrink
08-19-2009, 12:56 AM
He will make this team.

Mr. Arrowhead
08-19-2009, 12:57 AM
he showed some flashes last saturday night, I hope he can keep it up

Ari Chi3fs
08-19-2009, 01:28 AM
he showed some flashes last saturday night, I hope he can keep it up

Funny, that is what GoChiefs one sexual conquest said.

ChiefJustice
08-19-2009, 01:30 AM
Interesting

I didn't know he was related to "that" Studebaker.

Direckshun
08-19-2009, 01:32 AM
I have him slated in my final depth chart.

I think the guy has potential.

Fish
08-19-2009, 08:11 AM
A descendant of the family that developed the famed Studebaker automobile

Holy shit that's crazy....

KCUnited
08-19-2009, 08:15 AM
He's got a great motor.

milkman
08-19-2009, 08:17 AM
That headline sucks.

Skip Towne
08-19-2009, 08:17 AM
I hope he fares better than the "Stupidbaker" car.

rockymtnchief
08-19-2009, 08:18 AM
A descendant of the family that developed the famed Studebaker automobile
The kids motor is non-stop.

rockymtnchief
08-19-2009, 08:19 AM
He's got a great motor.

Beat me to it. I shouldn't have answered the phone.

LTL
08-19-2009, 08:20 AM
Nice article, but where in it does it indicate he is struggling. Nice words from Haley and nothing but a good attitude from the kid.

Lzen
08-19-2009, 08:43 AM
Why do they automatically assume that he didn't get top notch coaching just because he went to a Div. III school? :shake:

KCUnited
08-19-2009, 08:45 AM
Nice article, but where in it does it indicate he is struggling. Nice words from Haley and nothing but a good attitude from the kid.
I haven't seen enough of him to say he's struggling, but he did blow a coverage on a TE last Saturday. His coverage skills seem to be the knock on him, but he is learning a new position. Scanlonbaker is what they've been calling him around The Falls I hear.

Molitoth
08-19-2009, 08:47 AM
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Marcellus
08-19-2009, 08:51 AM
That headline sucks.

No shit. The story runs completely in the opposite direction as the headline.

Mr. Krab
08-19-2009, 09:43 AM
Studebaker is really gonna benefit from us going to 3-4 he was out-of-place in a 4-3.

Dave Lane
08-19-2009, 11:44 AM
I hope he fares better than the "Stupidbaker" car.

Well as I remember, when the company started in 1902, You joined the workforce fresh out of college.

:)

DaneMcCloud
08-19-2009, 11:52 AM
Why do they automatically assume that he didn't get top notch coaching just because he went to a Div. III school? :shake:

Simple logic.

Top notch coaches are abundant in Division I.

Division III?

If you were a "top notch coach", chances are you'd be in Division I.

Pitt Gorilla
08-19-2009, 11:56 AM
That headline sucks.I thought so too. I think he's played pretty well regardless of where he went to college.

Skip Towne
08-19-2009, 03:49 PM
Well as I remember, when the company started in 1902, You joined the workforce fresh out of college.

:)

That's not true at all. At that time I was working on the Wright Flyer with Wilbur and Orville

Halfcan
08-19-2009, 04:32 PM
he showed some flashes last saturday night, I hope he can keep it up

yep at least he will be on special teams

LaChapelle
08-20-2009, 04:01 PM
'Bout the only thing from Haley's Q&A today(8/20) worth C&P:

Q: Is there a personnel area that maybe you have thought has made the most progress?

HALEY: “I don’t think I could single out one. I think there’s been progress in a lot of different areas. I’d say if you pinned me down on it I might say linebackers, just because it’s been such a transition for them. There have been some guys who have made very good strides in a different position. We’ve got a couple of young guys that we really didn’t know what we’d get out of them – like Andy Studebaker, a guy I haven’t talked about much, a small college guy who probably had one of the best off-seasons of anybody as far as just work. You gotta pull the reins on him because he doesn’t stop: lifting, running, whatever it is. We just didn’t know a lot about him as a football player. I think he’s got a chance and, on top of that, he’s got a really good chance to be a good special teams player - also, the ability to become a long snapper.”

Mr. Krab
08-20-2009, 04:03 PM
You gotta pull the reins on him because he doesn’t stop: lifting, running, whatever it is
I wish we had this problem with more players.