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Rookie Hester getting a kick out of temporary switch to fullback

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by Johnny Lightning, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006
    Mike Tolbert returned to practice and could play Sunday at Kansas City after missing the past two games with a shoulder injury.

    But if the Chargers still need rookie Jacob Hester to play fullback, that will be fine with him.

    “I never thought it would be this fun,” Hester said Wednesday, looking back on his two-plus games of running into people on purpose.

    Hester was the lead blocker on 35 of the Chargers' 46 running plays last week, and while he felt it in his upper body the next day, he enjoyed playing and the purposeful hitting.

    “I'm learning how to do it,” said Hester, who hardly played from scrimmage in the first 10 games of the season. “It's different than I'm used to. You have to be tough at both positions, but (at fullback) you've got to be ready. You're going to hit somebody every play.”

    Hester struggled a bit at first, missing some key blocks, but he blasted some Raiders last Thursday. He appears to have shown he is what General Manager A.J. Smith drafted him to be in the second round – a tough player, unafraid to hit, who can be a hybrid back.

    “If I could do a little bit of both, that would be great,” Hester said. “But, heck, I'm loving playing fullback.”


    Since the start of the 2004 season, no punter in the NFL has been consistently better than Mike Scifres.

    No punter has had a higher net average, a lower percentage of his punts returned or a higher percentage of them downed inside the 20 in that span.

    Yet Scifres has never made a Pro Bowl. Three times he has been a first alternate and once a second alternate.

    Fan voting for the Pro Bowl wrapped up Wednesday. Players and coaches vote Thursday. Results will be announced Tuesday.

    Final fan results are not known, but Scifres sat third among AFC punters last week despite leading the league with a 42.3-yard net average. Only one punter makes the team.

    “I make a case for him every chance I get,” coach Norv Turner said. “He's outstanding. He's had a great year. He's done everything we've asked. The field position that he's managed for us in terms of getting us out of a hole when we're backed up, obviously kicking the ball down inside the 5. I haven't been around anyone that does it as well as he does.”


    Chiefs coach Herm Edwards, who played at San Diego State, said he had not been contacted by his alma mater, which is seeking a new coach.

    Asked if he was interested in the job, Edwards said, “I'll say it again for the hundredth time: We gotta play the Chargers this week and that's all that's on my mind right now.”

    Edwards said he had not been asked about any of the other candidates by the school.

    “They've got some good candidates and they'll make the right decision,” he said. “They'll get the right guy in there, no doubt.”


    Dennis Franchione, whom sources have said is one of the finalists for the SDSU job, received a vote of confidence from someone not associated with SDSU – LaDainian Tomlinson, who played for Franchione at TCU.

    “He was good for me and good for the TCU program,” Tomlinson said. “We won a whole bunch of games. We went to three straight bowl games. If San Diego State decides to hire him, I think they'll be pretty pleased with the coach they're going to get.”

    Asked if he had talked to Franchione, Tomlinson said, “I'd rather not say.”


    The Chargers rushed for a season-high 158 yards Thursday against Oakland, which brings this interesting but likely meaningless statistical tidbit (from killersports.com) into play for the first time this season

    The Chargers are 10-0 since Sept. 17, 2006, the week after a game in which they had at least 150 yards rushing.
    The Web site also points out that the Chiefs are 8-0 since Nov. 16, 1997, at home when facing a team they lost to in their first meeting of the season.

    Does any of that mean anything? Probably not.

    Not from killersports.com: The only victory the Chiefs or Chargers have since their Nov. 9 meeting was against the Raiders.


    – Safety Clinton Hart (shoulder), linebacker Marques Harris (hamstring) and Tolbert were all limited in practice.

    – Former Charger Donnie Edwards, in his second season back with the Chiefs, has missed the past three games with knee and hamstring injuries. He was limited in practice Wednesday but is expected to play Sunday.

    – The Chargers have won 10 straight December games, a streak they'd obviously like to keep alive even if their playoff chances are miniscule. Said Tomlinson: “We want to keep it that way. It seems like we do always play our best ball in December. ... I don't think we have the type of guys on this team that pack it in and quit. We're going to continue to fight until the end.

    Staff writer Chris Jenkins contributed to this report.

    By Kevin Acee
  2. Layne

    Layne Banned Banned

    Jan 18, 2008
    I think Hester in the next 2 yrs will surpise a lot of the haters and will be a big play maker on this team in the near future :abq1:
  3. Ride The Lightning

    Ride The Lightning Join the Dark Side, we have cookies.

    Aug 15, 2006
    Watch Norv bury Hester on the bench again.

  4. ntman68

    ntman68 Well-Known Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    LT, Tolbert and Hester in the backfield! Hester in the wildcat? Why the hell not. Shake things up.
  5. WyomingBoltFan

    WyomingBoltFan Well-Known Member

    Dec 9, 2007
    I'm not trying to throw a wrench into everyones love of Hester but from what I have seen so far he is getting owned at FB. I've seen him going backwards after initial contact with whoever he was supposed to block.

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