West Virginia linemen set for OVAC Game

B.J. Depew spends a lot of his time watching film of offensive and defensive linemen.

And that tape study has led him to believe that he and his coaching staff for the Rudy Mumley OVAC All-Star Charity Football Classic have linemen who “could be fantastic” set to suit up on Sunday, July 27th.

“A lot of the guys are going on to play in college, and you can tell why by watching them on tape,” Depew said. “It’ll still be a matter of how they come together and how they stack up against Ohio’s guys. I really feel like our offensive line can be a strength if we get them to work together.”

Depew loves the versatility of his group and the toughest part at camp might be trying to determine which guys play on offense and which play on defense.

“It’s important in this game that you have athletes all over the field and we looked for that on the defensive line,” Depew said. “We’re assuming they’re going to throw it a lot, so our ends will be critical for us.”

Here’s a capsule look at the players who returned their information sheet:

CLINT ARBAUGH, University – This standout on both sides of the ball for Coach John Kelly’s team.

The 6-3, 265 pounder lined up at tackle primarily during his prep career.

Clint, who is the son of Clinton and Sheila Arbaugh, will attend Shepherd University.

TODD CLARK, Brooke – This defensive standout was a menace along the front line for Coach Sean Blumette’s team.

The 6-0, 260 pounder recorded 77 tackles, including 19 solos last season. He also had 1.5 sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss.

Clark’s fine season earned him defensive MVP, first-team all-OVAC and all-TRAC.

Todd, who will attend West Virginia Northern, is the son of Todd Clark and Tracy Lajburn.

RENO COLAIANNI, Linsly – This Cadets’ product had a brilliant career on both sides of the ball for Depew’s team.

The 6-1, 210 pounder had 139 tackles, 20 for loss and six sacks as a senior from his defensive end spot.

Colaianni earned all-OVAC and all-Valley.

Reno, who is the son of Dino and Carol Colaianni, will attend Ohio State University.

JOHN FRANKOVITCH, Weir – This versatile Red Rider was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for Coach Tony Filberto’s team.

The 5-11, 190 pounder was a four-year letterman for Weir and served as a captain during his senior season.

Away from football, Frankovitch is a member of the National Honor Society, chemistry club and he owns a Third Degree Black Belt.

John, who is the son of Eric and Alice Frankovitch, plans on attending Washington & Jefferson.

MATT HACKATHORN, Wheeling Park – The Patriots’ offensive success was greatly aided by the play of this talented offensive tackle.

The 6-4, 270 pounder was a mainstay for Coach Chris Daugherty’s team as both a run and pass blocker.

His efforts were recognized by his all-OVAC and all-State honors.

Away from football, Hackathorn is a member of the ACS Youth Board, Drug Free Clubs of America and the Ohio Valley Baptist Church.

Matt, who plans on attending Gannon University, is the son of David and Tina Hackathorn.

JEFF HEADLEY, University – This defensive lineman caused opposing teams all sorts of problems this past season from his noseguard spot.

The 6-3, 300 pounder finished his career with 13 sacks and 24 tackles for loss.

Headley was an honorable mention all-OVAC and first-team all-TRAC selection.

Away from football, Headley was a school mentor, teacher’s aide and volunteers in Relay for Life.

Jeff, who plans on attending West Virginia University, is the son of Darrell and Betsy Headley.

D.J. SUMMERS, Morgantown – This two-way lineman had a brilliant season and career for Coach John Bowers’ team.

The 6-1, 270 pounder recorded 40 pancake blocks as a senior and was a two-year starter.

Summers’ season was recognized by virtue of his spot on first-team all-state, all-OVAC and all-TRAC.

D.J., who plans on attending Fairmont State, is the son of Charlotte Grimes.

CHRIS VANI, Bishop Donahue – This two-way lineman was the center and played on the defensive front for Coach John Durdines’ team.

The 5-10, 245 pounder logged 140 tackles and 19.5 sacks as a senior. All told, he finished his career with 256 tackles and 26 sacks.

Away from athletics, Vanni is a member of the National Honor Society, Aquinas Medal Winner and honor roll. He’s also involved in Teens Encounter Christ.

Chris, who is the son of Robert and Mary Vani, plans on attending West Liberty University.

THOMAS WATKINS, Wheelin Central – This former Maroon Knight played primarily at defensive end for Coach Mike Young’s team.

The 6-4, 220 pounder finished the season with 63 tackles.

Along with football, Watkins was a member of the track team and active in peer ministry.

Thomas, who is the son of Michael and Roseann Watkins, plans on attending Colorado State University.

AUSTIN WHIPKEY, Linsly – This former Cadet was a two-way mainstay for Depew’s team.

The 6-3, 330 pounder lined up at offensive guard and nose tackle. He had 134 tackles and 12 for loss last season. He also had four sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Whipkey was selected as all-OVAC and all-Valley.

Austin, who will attend Marshall University, is the son of Amy Whipkey and Michael Neil.