DaVaris Daniels showed at the prep level that he could catch passes, play pass defense, return kicks and punts, and even run with the ball. | AP PHOTO
SPENCER GETTING IT DONE AT OSU
So far in their collegiate football careers, the only two things longtime Vernon Hills High teammates Evan Spencer and DaVaris Daniels have in common are position (wideout) and jersey number.
Daniels wears No. 16 for Notre Dame and Spencer is No. 16 for Ohio State.
While Daniels has been unable to crack the playing rotation in South Bend, Spencer currently is listed as a starting wideout for the Buckeyes.
Last year, as a reserve WR, Spencer made YouTube and ESPN’s SportsCenter with an amazing catch in a game.
Updated: September 12, 2012 6:04AM
Points pondered while staring at the ceiling from the dentist chair while the pro towering above explained the complex procedure to fix a huge cavity in a tooth that was covered by a crown that the pro put on in the first place.
■ Just because we haven’t seen many storm clouds this summer doesn’t mean we don’t recognize them when they’re hovering above us.
Especially the gloomy ones that seem to have followed our two top football players — quarterback Tommy Rees from Lake Forest High School and wideout DaVaris Daniels from Vernon Hills High School — at the University of Notre Dame.
The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper — which is the perfect complement to this publication — has been covering the start of fall grid practice at Notre Dame closely, and the reports have not been kind to our guys.
First, the battle for the starting QB job for the Irish’s season opener against Navy. It was reported that Rees — suspended for that game due to an incident off campus last spring — has been taking zero snaps during practice.
While that is understandable because under-pressure coach Brian Kelly needs to get Everett Golson and Andrew Hendrix ready for the Navy game, it also bodes poorly for Tommy once his suspension is lifted.
The Irish play Purdue in Week 2 and it seems unlikely Rees will get any practice time for that game either, as Golson and Hendrix continue their cram-course in playing QB at the collegiate level.
As for Daniels, who didn’t get on the field for a single play his freshman season at Notre Dame after being a four-year varsity starter at Vernon Hills, the report from South Bend was not favorable.
In a story about the wideouts who are vying to grab a share of the 100 balls that the departed Michael Floyd caught last year, eight wide receivers, plus the starting tight end were mentioned.
None of the nine names had the initials D.D.
Last fall, Daniels fell out of favor with the coach when he didn’t execute as a kickoff/punt returner.
But last spring, during the Blue/Gold intrasquad scrimmage, Daniels looked as good at wideout as the other guys on the roster.
So, hopefully, he’ll work his way into the rotation.
■ The torn ACL injury suffered by Mundelein High School senior basketball star Robert Knar sucked a lot of the air out of next prep basketball season.
Truth be told, it wasn’t more than a month ago that we were teasing his dad — Mustang head basketball coach Richard Knar — about making sure his son didn’t break the Lake County all-time career scoring record (currently held by Ryan Hogan from Deerfield) while the team was playing in a Christmas-week tournament in California.
We wanted the magical moment to occur, if not at a Mundelein home game, then at least in a game on a county court.
Now, of course, the magical moment will be if Robert is somehow able to take the court to be part of March Madness during his final season.
We will be rooting for him.
■ The ACL injury to Knar actually is the second time in less than a year that something sad happened that completely changed th e playing field for an area high-school team in a high-profile sport.
We remember back last September and the great hope surrounding Zion-Benton’s football team.
The dynamic one-two backfield combination of sophomores Javarius Amos-Mays at QB and Eric Pasiewicz at RB had fueled a season-opening win over Deerfield and a solid Week 3 showing against state-power Stevenson.
We envisioned Amos-Mays and Pasiewicz playing together for the next two years and leading the Z-B program out of the morass and into the playoffs.
Then, suddenly, through circumstances no one could control, Amos-Mays transferred out of Zion-Benton and Pasiewicz, who was then moved from RB to QB, broke his leg in a game.
And just that fast, a season of hope was over.
This Knar thing kind of feels like that.
One minute, we’re thinking the Mustangs’ great student-fan section is going to be the talk of Peoria next March. And the next, we’re in the middle of a debate about which area team has the best chance to be playing in Peoria at all.
■ Something good has happened for two prep football programs that can use some good news.
Mundelein and Round Lake have not had a ton of success on the grid, and those schools also have been among the earliest-starting schools in Lake County each fall.
What does that matter?
When school’s in session, football teams only can practice once a day — after school — rather than dong double sessions — morning and afternoon.
As a result, the Mustang and Panther football teams were practicing significantly less than their Week 1 opponents.
But this year, that has changed for the better. Practice started on Wednesday, and Round Lake doesn’t start school until Aug. 21. Mundelein’s starting even later, meaning those two schools will be on equal practicing footing with their opponents.
■ Watching soccer on TV lead to a discussion on this:
The longest field goal ever made in a high-school football game was 70 yards. It was in a game in Ohio in 2008.
The college record is 67 yards and the NFL record is 63 yards.
The longest field goal in a high-school game made by a girl was reportedly 43 yards.
A girl at a school in Ohio made the kick just before halftime.
During halftime, she was crowned Homecoming queen.