Friday, April 27, 2012
Former Berkner, SMU lineman drafted 71st
By Travis L. Brown
Former Richardson Berkner and SMU offensive guard Josh LeRibeus was the first Metroplex-native player picked in the 2012 NFL draft, selected by the Washington Redskins as the eighth pick of the third round (71st overall).
Berkner coach Jim Ledford said he was very pleased with his former player’s new team, especially after the Redskins selected 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
“What a great opportunity with RGIII,” Ledford said. “What [LeRibeus] does best is pull and they’ll run a lot of boots and things like that with [Mike] Shanahan stuff and that’s what Josh is really good at.”
Ledford watched LeRibeus’ selection with the player and his family Friday night and said he believed the lineman would go 74th overall to Kansas City. However, Ledford said he had no doubt Washington selected LeRibeus for his ability to pull and protect a mobile quarterback.
LeRibeus was key in Berkner’s 12-0 season in 2006 after moving from guard to tackle to tight end throughout the season.
“Josh was a dominating player from his junior high years all the way through all his high school years,” Ledford said.
LeRibeus spent five years at SMU after graduating from Berkner in 2007, where he averaged six pancake blocks per game in his senior season.
After a redshirt season for the Mustangs in 2007, LeRibeus saw action in his freshman year and took over a starting position in 2009, where he was named honorable mention All-C-USA as a sophomore.
SMU has not seen a player drafted as high as LeRibeus since the death penalty, when Ron Morris (54th overall) and Jerry Ball were selected in the second and third rounds of the draft.
LeRibeus became the second-highest drafted player in Berkner history, behind defensive back Aqib Talib who was picked 20th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the 2008 draft.
Former Arlington Seguin/Oklahoma DB goes to Cardinals
Also getting the call in the third round was cornerback Jamell Fleming as the 80th pick overall to the Arizona Cardinals.
Fleming took to twitter after the announcement of his selection on the handle @JamellFleming, tweeting a picture of himself in a Cardinal red shirt.
“I got my team color on! Let’s go Cardinals!” Fleming said via twitter.
Fleming started in all of OU’s games his junior and senior seasons, racking up 60 total tackles his senior season with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
He was selected as a first team All-Big 12 player in 2011, with a highlight 56-yard scoop-and-score against Texas for his second career touchdown.