Jordan Good wasn’t sure he’d be ready for his senior lacrosse season.
But the imposing offensive lineman who dealt with a shoulder injury, then had it surgically corrected before Thanksgiving, was able to complete his rehabilitation and return in time to finish the lacrosse year strong. Now, Good is one of a handful of former State College football players preparing for his next phase — a college athletics career.
As a midsummer tune-up, Good — along with quarterback Patrick Irwin, center Austin Peck, linebacker Ben Roeshot and fullback Zach Damiano — will play for the North Squad in the Lezzer Lumber Classic on Friday at 7 p.m. at Mansion Park.
The annual all-star game, co-sponsored by the Centre Daily Times, will mark the final time the Little Lion standouts will play on the same team. The Little Lions had the most players selected to the North roster this year. Bald Eagle Area had four players elected while Penns Valley had three. Bellefonte and Philipsburg-Osceola will have one representative each.
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“I was real excited because we have five people from State High,” Good said. “So it’s going to be a fun time. I think it shows that our program puts out good athletes and players so I think it’s a good mark for State High.”
As one of the final seniors in former longtime coach Al Wolski’s last crop of upperclassmen, Good is excited for what lies beyond the Lezzer Lumber game.
He’ll be off to Shippensburg for football training camp in late August. For the last few weeks, Good’s been working to ready himself for the rigors of college football. He’s been putting in time with Rob Oshinskie at Victory Sports & Fitness in State College.
Oshinskie’s worked with countless professional and college athletes — former Philipsburg-Osceola baseball star and current St. Louis Cardinals player Matt Adams among them — for 16 years. His expertise has helped Good elevate his training and augment his suggested summer routine provided by the Shippensburg coaching staff.
“I think most people don’t realize how good (Division II and Division III athletes) are,” Oshinskie said. “And in Jordan’s case, what is different is, we are really trying to teach him how to generate power at a very high level.”
Good has all the physical tools to develop, Oshinskie said. The Shippensburg staff has informed Good that at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds, he’ll likely play guard or center.
“I’m going in just open to playing anywhere even if it’s defense or offense,” Good said.
Peck, meanwhile, has put in plenty of gym time, too.
The Little Lions’ starting center last season, Peck has been working out at the school’s fitness center with strength coach Diane Swauger. Peck is headed to Juniata College and said he wants to be in prime physical shape in time for training camp. The Lezzer Lumber classic will be a good measuring stick for his conditioning, he said.
He expects to have an easier time geling with a handful of new, one-time teammates with a familiar face next to him. While Good played some tackle in high school, he played alongside Peck for most of State College’s games.
“If me and Jordan get a chance to play next to each other I think it will help us out because we know each other’s tendencies and our strengths,” Peck said. “We kind of know what to expect on the running plays, we’ll be able to almost guess and know what the other person is going to do.”
Along with the rest of State High’s offensive line, Peck and Good helped the Little Lions churn out just under 215 rushing yards per game in a rugged Mid Penn conference last fall.
Peck will be snapping to a familiar face, too as Irwin will take his usual spot at quarterback.
“I think that’s kind of a big deal, having Jordan, Ben, Pat and Zach all being able to play, I think having all five of us in the game it’s a big deal,” Peck said.
And not just for the notoriety their inclusion on the North roster brings to the State High program.
Good said it is a nice ode to Wolski, who stepped down after 10 seasons at the helm, to have five players from his final senior class included.
“I think it’s cool to be that last group, especially since we have a couple of players going to to (play football in college) including myself,” Good said. “It’s cool to think about. I know coach (Matt) Lintal is going to do a great job. I’ve had him as a coach for all four years, from ninth grade up so I think he’s going to do a great job too.”