Mt. Vernon Register-News


March 22, 2013

Rivera: Panthers need answer at WR


“I think he’s developed into a very solid football player,” Rivera said of LaFell. “The fun thing to watch about Brandon is his growth. He’s going to continue to grow and become a better and better football player. The thing I like about him is his ability to get into tight spaces and make good catches.”

Rivera called this is a good draft class for receivers.

But the Panthers enter next month’s selection process with only five picks, having already traded away their third- and seventh-round selections.

“We’re trying to find out about who these young receivers are and do they have the ability to read on the run?” Rivera said. “Can they make those decisions that, OK, they’re in cover-2, I’ve got to run this route. Or they’re in man and it’s, I’ve got to run this route. It’s 3-deep, I’ve got to run this route. What’s happening is you really have to do your homework to find out does this guy play all these different positions? Does this guy understand defenses? And does this guy know the offense? Where in the past I don’t think you worried about some of those other elements in terms of scouting players.”

The Panthers have never had to worry about Smith being a presence.

He’s the franchise’s all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. He has more than 11,000 yards receiving since being selected as a third-round pick out of Utah in 2001.

Rivera said finding a player to replace Smith’s competitiveness, work ethic and overall productivity won’t be easy.

“The thing about Steve I’ll always be impressed with is how hard he does everything,” Rivera said. “Not just on the football field. Everything he does, he gives 100 percent. He really does put his all into it. I think that’s why he’s been able to sustain it for such a long time.”

Text Only
  • Cardinals beat Reds on bases-loaded HBP

    Jon Jay was hit by a pitch from J.J. Hoover with the base-loaded in the ninth inning, lifting the St.Louis Cardinals to a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.

    August 19, 2014

  • Benton edges Rams

    The Rams golf team took to the course for its second golf match in as many days Tuesday afternoon.

    Benton edged the Rams by a stroke at Green Hills Golf Course – 173 to 174.

    August 19, 2014

  • Cardinals beat Reds in 10 innings

    Jhonny Peralta's 10th-inning single, his third hit of the game, drove in the winning run to give the St.Louis Cardinals a 6-5 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night.

    August 18, 2014

  • South 7 Preview Rams place third at Preview

    Golfers around the state have been practicing for less than a week. Monday, five South Seven teams competed in the conference preview match at Green Hills Golf Course.

    August 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lynn, Cardinals beat Padres for 3rd straight win

    Lance Lynn pitched six strong innings and the StLouis Cardinals defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 Friday night for their third straight win.

    August 15, 2014

  • Hines Sight: Rams have reason for optimism

    The other day I picked up a piece of paper and scanned it up and down.

    The piece of paper was Mt. Vernon's football playoff roster from the last season.

    August 12, 2014

  • MTV first practice Rams return

    Gray and orange clad Rams football players sprinted around the team's practice field Monday afternoon.

    It's something that's been happening intermittently for several weeks throughout the summer.

    August 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hines Sight: Seahawks won't repeat

    I'm going to leap out on a limb and say the Seattle Seahawks won't win a second consecutive Super Bowl title this season.

    August 8, 2014

  • Cardinals use Wainwright to beat Red Sox 5-2

    Adam Wainwright recovered from a shaky start to earn his 14th win, tying for the major league lead, and rookie Kolten Wong homered twice to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to a 5-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

    August 7, 2014

  • Trapshooters claim national title

    Coach Dave Schaefer calls it the Super Bowl of trapshooting.

    Around 1,600 participants gathered in Sparta for the AIM Grand Championships earlier this week. Waltonville Trapshooting was among the teams competing, and claimed the Junior Class D National team title. The event involves teams from a variety of states and provided the year-old trapshooting program with a memorable moment.

    August 7, 2014

Tom Lindley Sports