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Laurel Highlands grad on 49ers PUP squad

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| Monday, November 10, 2014 11:42 a.m

Uniontown native and Laurel Highlands High School graduate Kaleb Ramsey is part of the San Francisco 49ers’ reserve/physically unable to perform roster this season.

A 6-foot-3-inch, 285-pound defensive lineman, Ramsey played at Boston College.

Ramsey put up 36 reps of the 225-pound bench press at the 2014 NFL Scouting Combine. He did not perform in any on-field drills at the combine due to a right calf injury.

Ramsey was later selected by the 49ers with the 243rd overall selection in the seventh round of the 2014 NFL Draft.

At Boston College, Ramsey played in 41 games and produced 90 tackles, 6.5 sacks and 15 tackles for loss during his career with the Eagles.

He led all Boston College defensive linemen in 2010 with 39 total tackles, including 7.5 tackles for losses and three sacks.

In May 2012, Ramsey graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and served as one of four team captains the following autumn while pursuing a master’s degree in criminal justice.

During the 2013 season, he saw action in 11 games with eight starts and registered 28 tackles, two sacks and four tackles for loss.

Two of his collegiate sacks were against San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning signal-caller Jameis Winston.

Ramsey dealt with numerous lower-body injuries in college, some of which were of the season-ending variety. A foot injury after making two tackles in the 2011 season-opening loss to Northwestern University forced him to miss the remainder of the 2011 season.

Because of those setbacks, Ramsey was granted a sixth-year of eligibility in 2013, the year he sacked Winston for an 11-yard loss.

He dropped Kapernick during a 20-13 Boston College loss to Nevada in the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, which coincidentally was contested in San Francisco.

Along with being an all-county defensive end at Laurel Highlands High School for former head coach Jack Buehner, Ramsey helped the Mustangs make three consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances.

He was also a two-time All-State forward on the Mustangs’ boy’ basketball team. In 2007-08 he averaged nearly 23 points per game, including a 42-point effort against Franklin Regional at the Indiana Holiday Tournament.

Ramsey led the 2008-09 Laurel Highlands basketball team to a 17-5 final overall record and the WPIAL Class AAA Section 3 title with a 10-2 mark.

New venue

For the first time in 26 years, the NCAA Division II National Football Championship game will take place in a new venue. The 2014 national title game will take place at Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.

From 1986 through last season the game had taken place at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala.

This game began in 1973 and took place the first three years in Sacramento, Calif. Previous sites before moving to Alabama were Wichita Falls, Texas (1976-77), Longview, Texas (1978), Albuquerque, N.M. (1979-80) and McAllen, Texas (1981-85).

The game has been broadcast each season since 1998 by ESPN. This year’s game will be on Dec. 20.

No football team from the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) has even won the NCAA Division II national title. Indiana University of Pennsylvania lost in the 1990 and 1993 national championship games, as did Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania in 2000.

Nearby California University of Pennsylvania lost three straight years in the national semifinals (2007-2009) to the eventual champion.

Other PSAC teams to reach the NCAA Division II national semifinals are Shippensburg (1981), Bloomsburg (1985, 2006), IUP (1989, 1991, 1994, 1999), Clarion (1996), Slippery Rock (1998), West Chester (2004, 2013), and East Stroudsburg (2005).

Bruce Wald is a contributing writer for Trib Total Media.

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