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83-Steelers-43
03-23-2007, 12:51 PM
Steelers sign Florida State linebacker Marcello Church

By Scott Brown
TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Friday, March 23, 2007

The Steelers have signed a linebacker that has no NFL playing experience.

The team agreed to terms today with Marcello Chuch, who played at Florida State from 2001-2005 but sat out last season to recover from a gruesome injury.

Church, who turns 25 today, had 26 tackles, and 4 1/2 sacks his senior season at Florida State. The 6-1, 230-pounder played both linebacker and defensive end his senior season and also on special teams where he blocked a punt.

In the 2005 ACC Championship game, Church broke his left leg and ankle.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_499269.html

verks36
03-23-2007, 12:53 PM
he must of had a good work out for them.

he probbly wont make a great impact this season but you never know the steelers are know to make great linebackers

MasterOfPuppets
03-23-2007, 12:58 PM
Senior Year (2005): Saw action in 12 games IN 2005...recorded a career-high tackles for loss in the Miami and NC State games when we was credited with two... haD eight tackles for loss on the season which markED a career-high...a great special teams player who blocked his second career punt in the NC State game...has played defensive end for the Seminoles on passing downs...has tied a career-high in tackles with 26... third on the team in quarterback sacks with 4.5...missed the Orange Bowl due to an injury he suffered in the ACC Championship game.

Junior Year (2004): Finished the season with a career-high 26 total tackles...also had 4.5 tackles for loss and a sack...served as the second team weakside linebacker behind A.J. Nicholson...played in 11 games...had his best game of the season against Virginia when he recorded five tackles, one sack and one tackle for loss.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played behind All-ACC selection Michael Boulware at strongside linebacker...played in all 13 games, including the Orange Bowl, at linebacker and on special teams...finished the season with 13 total tackles, nine of which were solo stops...recorded a career-high three tackles at Notre Dame...had one or more tackles in nine games...recognized as the Kicking Game Player of the Week by coaching staff following the win over NC State...was named the most improved linebacker following 2003 spring practice.

2002: Redshirted after an injury kept him from practice time early in the season...was expected to see considerable playing time after performing well as a true freshman in 2001.

Freshman Year (2001): Blocked a punt that led to a touchdown against Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl...appeared in all but one game as a true freshman...finished 23rd on the team with 14 tackles...best outing came at Duke with two unassisted tackles...had three intimidations with two at Clemson and one against Alabama-Birmingham.

High School: Regarded as one of the top linebackers in the state...member of Max Emfinger's Top 100...had an impressive senior season at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg...also played running back and rushed for 1,089 yards as a senior.

83-Steelers-43
03-23-2007, 01:16 PM
he must of had a good work out for them.

he probbly wont make a great impact this season but you never know the steelers are know to make great linebackers

Possible replacement for Harrison on ST's.

DACEB
03-23-2007, 01:18 PM
Good info Master. Lets see if he sticks.

One thing for sure and I think we all already realize this, competition will not be lacking this year.

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
03-23-2007, 02:38 PM
i think they had this injury on espn the other day... pretty bad injury.....tibula and ankle broke......ankle was turned almost opposite direction

FeaR #83
03-23-2007, 02:49 PM
his workout must have been godly as he would have had to overperform what with his injury shadowing him

hopefully hell turn out to be a good prospect...

Sharkissle29
03-23-2007, 02:58 PM
dunno bout this one, he seems to be injury prone. i guess we'll have to wait and see,im sure they know what they're doing

polamalufan43
03-23-2007, 03:00 PM
he must of had a good work out for them.

he probbly wont make a great impact this season but you never know the steelers are know to make great linebackers

I guess we'll see. For some reason, I have a good feeling about this guy even though I really don't think I've heard much about him.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

The Duke
03-23-2007, 03:49 PM
Possible replacement for Harrison on ST's.

I like that

steelerbackr4life
03-23-2007, 04:02 PM
Good signing this guy was a stud at FSU. Fits right into what Tomlin is looking for in a guy who can play end and lb. Will definitely work hard in camp because he has something to prove therefore bringing some competition for what is being forecasted as the area in which the Steelers are going to draft.

They also no doubt sighned him at the damaged goods rate.

MasterOfPuppets
03-23-2007, 06:02 PM
dunno bout this one, he seems to be injury prone. i guess we'll have to wait and see,im sure they know what they're doing

how exactly does a broken leg make you injury prone? if your in an accident and you brake a leg does that meen your now injury prone? to me injury prone meens that you pull alot of muscles ,like groin pulls ,or torn ligaments. but when a bone breaks due to a hard hit,or being bent the wrong way,i call that unfortunate.

RoethlisBURGHer
03-23-2007, 06:22 PM
how exactly does a broken leg make you injury prone? if your in an accident and you brake a leg does that meen your now injury prone? to me injury prone meens that you pull alot of muscles ,like groin pulls ,or torn ligaments. but when a bone breaks due to a hard hit,or being bent the wrong way,i call that unfortunate.

Exactly!

A broken leg doesn't make u injury prone...but breaking that leg (or other bones that keep you from playing) does.Constant injuries that keep you from playing is injury prone.

I think this was Church's first game-missing injury,I don't think he had missed any time due to injury before the ACC Championship Game.

I like the signing,and if we draft an OLB in one of the first two rounds,Church might take Haggans spot on down the road.

SteelShooter
03-23-2007, 06:28 PM
Well, we signed an undrafted rookie RB (FWP) that had very little playing time in college a couple of years back.....turned out pretty decent.

We had a back that was missing half of his heel (Rocky Blier).....turned out pretty decent.

I think he'll do, especially if he works hard to learn and to be molded by the Steeler Organization.

I'm with you on this one Polamalufan!

noto45
03-23-2007, 08:26 PM
good special teamer!

ChronoCross
03-23-2007, 08:53 PM
Exactly!

A broken leg doesn't make u injury prone...but breaking that leg (or other bones that keep you from playing) does.Constant injuries that keep you from playing is injury prone.

I think this was Church's first game-missing injury,I don't think he had missed any time due to injury before the ACC Championship Game.

I like the signing,and if we draft an OLB in one of the first two rounds,Church might take Haggans spot on down the road.

He would have to bulk up about 15 pounds if we stay with 3-4. His signing could be the starting of bringing in smaller LBers for the 4-3 system. Church right now is not big enough to rush as OLBer in a 3-4.

BIGBENFASTWILLIE
03-23-2007, 09:07 PM
can anyone find a video of the game that he broke his leg.......or is there a pic?

verks36
03-23-2007, 09:11 PM
Possible replacement for Harrison on ST's.

YA that is the logical explantion for the sighning.

I wonder how his workout went?

does anybody know what he runs the 40 in

GBMelBlount
03-23-2007, 09:45 PM
Hope they don't shout "break a leg!" when he goes out on the field. Like Chrono said, I would like to know his weight. May need to pack a little on.

SteelerFanInCA
03-24-2007, 02:24 AM
With no NFL experience I'd say he had a pretty good workout. Hopefully he is not damaged goods from the gruesome injury he sustained.

Livinginthe past
03-24-2007, 02:59 AM
Low risk, long shot - its another body for TC competition - expect to see quite a few of these goings and comings leading up to the regular season.

MasterOfPuppets
03-24-2007, 03:05 AM
Low risk, long shot - its another body for TC competition - expect to see quite a few of these goings and comings leading up to the regular season.
exactly!!
no need to read to much into it or get your hopes up. until you hear otherwise he's just another blocking dummy.:coffee:

83-Steelers-43
03-24-2007, 06:00 AM
NFL Notebook: Steelers will give Church a chance
Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Associated Press

When the Steelers signed Marcello Church as a free agent yesterday, they picked up a linebacker and kick-blocker who hasn't played since his fibula was broken in the Dec. 3, 2005, Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.

Church, listed at 6 feet 1, 230 pounds, didn't participate in an NFL camp last summer due to his recovery from the injury, similar to one that scrubbed his 2002 season at Florida State.

Church was an outside linebacker and a big-play specialist with the Seminoles, where he played along with such current Steelers as cornerback Bryant McFadden and receiver Willie Reid. In school, he once was clocked in the same 40-yard dash time as Reid, at 4.55 seconds. Church compiled 26 tackles in each his junior and senior seasons, finishing with 4.5 sacks in 2005. He also blocked two punts in his career.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07083/772181-66.stm

Galax Steeler
03-24-2007, 07:31 AM
I think it is worth a shot lets see what he has.

83-Steelers-43
03-24-2007, 07:44 AM
I think it is worth a shot lets see what he has.

I agree. While I don't think he's the next Lambert (nor have I seen anybody say so), we might as well see what the guy brings to the table. It's not as if this team is stacked with depth in that area.

Who knows though? This organization has a funny way of spitting out LB's in the past. If he turns out to be a warm body then he turns out to be a warm body.

Stlrs4Life
03-24-2007, 10:39 AM
Low risk, long shot - its another body for TC competition - expect to see quite a few of these goings and comings leading up to the regular season.



That's what I believe he is, more competition at the position.

dlnewell
03-24-2007, 11:52 AM
YA that is the logical explantion for the sighning.

I wonder how his workout went?

does anybody know what he runs the 40 in

The Post Gazette said he ran the 40 in 4.55, same as Willie Reid.

Black@Gold Forever32
03-24-2007, 01:57 PM
I don't think this guy is going to upgrade the Steelers pass rush. But you never know. But I'm not counting on it. But hey its worth the risk if this guy does pan out. I just hope he can develop into a good special teams player and quality backup LB.

Edman
03-24-2007, 06:42 PM
Willie Parker is evidence that anything can happen with a long shot. So I don't mind the Church signing.

NV STEELERS 723
03-24-2007, 08:27 PM
Low risk, long shot - its another body for TC competition - expect to see quite a few of these goings and comings leading up to the regular season.

Yea I'd be hard pressed to think this guy can make the STEELERS ...considering this injury, and the abuse an NFL LB takes, I'd say good luck ...

I hope he could make it, I just don't think so...

GBMelBlount
03-24-2007, 08:46 PM
[QUOTE=83-Steelers-43;231492]NFL Notebook: Steelers will give Church a chance
Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Associated Press

"In school, he (Church) once was clocked in the same 40-yard dash time as Reid, at 4.55 seconds."

I thik that's the time Reid fell down. Reid ran a 4.34 at the combine. Fast dude.

NV STEELERS 723
03-24-2007, 09:31 PM
[QUOTE=83-Steelers-43;231492]NFL Notebook: Steelers will give Church a chance
Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Associated Press

"In school, he (Church) once was clocked in the same 40-yard dash time as Reid, at 4.55 seconds."

I thik that's the time Reid fell down. Reid ran a 4.34 at the combine. Fast dude.

Fast dude before his serious leg injury.

GBMelBlount
03-24-2007, 09:43 PM
[QUOTE=GBMelBlount;231674]

Fast dude before his serious leg injury.

Rumor has it his 4.34 at the combine was up hill, in a cast, hopping on one leg.:flap:

steel-EERS
03-25-2007, 02:18 AM
[QUOTE=NV STEELERS 723;231680]

Rumor has it his 4.34 at the combine was up hill, in a cast, hopping on one leg.:flap:

AND against the wind! :wink02:

...But seriously I dusted off the 05 season opener noles vs liami and while he didn't start he registered two sacks I believe. guy has some real quicks. he and Timmons were both used much the same way that year, he subbed often through out the game so he saw almost as much time as the starters. he seemed to drop into coverage with ease and still showed nice power in his hits. If he is fully recoved from his injuries and can stay healthy he might be a nice player a couple years down the road. could probably still use 10 or 15 lbs of lean mass to take the rigors of the league.

19ward86
03-25-2007, 03:45 PM
he wasnt very good in college, dont expect much.

OneForTheToe
03-25-2007, 03:55 PM
[QUOTE=GBMelBlount;231684]

AND against the wind! :wink02:




In two foot of snow. :banana:

MasterOfPuppets
03-25-2007, 05:07 PM
[QUOTE=steel-EERS;231731]


In two foot of snow. :banana:

and barefoot

GBMelBlount
03-25-2007, 08:38 PM
and naked with a brick tied to his......Anyway, let's hope Willie fully recovers this year!

MasterOfPuppets
03-25-2007, 11:00 PM
and naked with a brick tied to his......Anyway, let's hope Willie fully recovers this year!
and was wearing a parachute....:jawdrop:

GBMelBlount
03-25-2007, 11:17 PM
and was wearing a parachute....:jawdrop:

sorry if i f'd up this thread.....Let's hope Marcello crushes!!! we'll see.

polamalu3000
06-29-2007, 06:39 PM
yeah lets give him a shot if he doesnt work out there are plenty of guys who could fill in for him but hopefully he does make it and im sure lebeau will turn him into a great linebacker

Elvis
06-30-2007, 05:30 PM
SEPTEMBER Cant get here soon enough....:smile:

polamalu3000
07-02-2007, 08:32 PM
no kiddin

steelpride12
07-03-2007, 10:05 PM
prob. wont be much but i never complain bout rooneys picks!

Preacher
07-04-2007, 02:47 AM
Personally...

I think this is a great pickup. Brings in some fresh meat. Creates a little more competition in camp. Also, if he does look good... it just may give us a little help in the right place.

Preacher
07-31-2007, 04:54 AM
Anybody heard how Macello's camp is going?

I think the fact we haven't heard anything may be the answer we are looking for. Not a good sign if he isn't distinguishing himself.

Steel Pit
07-31-2007, 06:12 AM
I'm guessing that the more-recent Florida State players who are currently on the Steelers roster, all put in a good word for Marcello Church. I mean who would know more about him than the guys who used to practice with him everyday and suit up with him on gameday?