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Westerville South’s Jaelen Gill Is Representing Westerville, Ohio Well

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Jaelen Gill started playing the game of football when he was five years old. With his parents support, he has come a long way since then.

“…They always told me if I start something, not to quit. They’ve always been supportive. They’re going to support me whether I decided to quit [playing] football today or something and whatever I do, I know they’re going to support me and have my back so I think they’ve played the biggest role in my life,” he said.

Gill grew up in Columbus, Ohio and Westerville, Ohio and said that living in Columbus made him tough. Living in Westerville, he’s in a good environment where the support of family and friends has made him the person he is today.

“I play videogames and I like fishing, those are some hobbies I like. [With] videogames, I’ve played since I was really little. My dad used to whoop me in [them] and he wouldn’t let me quit. Eventually, I started beating him and I don’t quit in anything [now]. Fishing is something that my grandpa and I would do all of the time and I’ve always loved [it],” Gill said about what he does when he’s not on the field.

These days, Gill is preparing to participate in the “The Opening,” Finals July 7-10 for Team Mach Speed and the invite was unexpected.

“It’s been great because I didn’t think I’d get the call this year. It was an honor to be the first underclassman invited and to be invited in general. It’s been great. I’m just excited to compete and show everyone on TV what I can do. It will put not only Westerville South [High School] but Westerville, Ohio even more on the map than it already is,” he said.

According to 247Sports, Jaelen Gill is a four-star all-purpose back in the 2018 class, the 19th best player nationally, the best all-purpose back and the best player in Ohio. He has received a total of 21 scholarship offers from Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Penn State and more. In 2015, he recorded 1,553 rushing yards on 189 carries and scored 19 times for the Westerville South Wildcats. He also caught the ball seven times for 224 yards and three touchdowns.

“All of the bigger schools that I named, I have a pretty high interest in because they all have good programs. Wherever I graduate from, out of those schools, I’m going to have a good degree. All of them have good business and communications programs. I’m looking to major in one of the two.

He is also looking for a school that has a city he can be comfortable living in, a school that can help him succeed after football and one that has a family atmosphere.

“A place that I can always call home,” he said.

“I’d probably say slot [receiver] because at slot I can get carries, run routes and catch the ball. …I can do both at that position. I like running back most and I’m just as effective at that because I can run routes out of the backfield and get handoffs, so one of those two,” Gill said about where he is more effective on the field.

“He has got amazing acceleration and speed. In only a matter of two steps, three steps and he’s at full speed. He makes one cut and he’s gone. He has got great vision, he’s dangerous in the open field, you just have to sit back and you’re in awe of some of the things that he can do in the open field and the moves he makes. I think when he continues to go, he’s physical at times when he needs [to be] and that’s what I’ve been the most impressed at,” Westerville South head football coach Kyle Stout said.

Stout has only spent one season coaching Gill but believes he is a special player and he’s starting to grow in areas such as the way he’s training in the weight room and the way he’s taking over and being a real vocal leader on the team.

“It’s part of that transformation, which kind of started halfway through the year where he was a more vocal leader as a sophomore. I think he realizes he has the most experience on our team starting as a freshman and it’s kind of his team now,” he said.

Stout also said that the sky is the limit for Gill and in talking to a lot of college coaches, Gill is a top prospect on their boards and he can succeed in more than one role.

“…Whether he’s a running back, slot receiver or a hybrid type player, he’s going to go as far as he wants to go. I tell every college coach he’s a once in a lifetime type that you’re going to coach as a high school head coach.”

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Ex-Oregon Duck Doug Brenner Sues Willie Taggart, NCAA, University for $11.5 Million

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Former Oregon Ducks offensive lineman Doug Brenner has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA, University of Oregon, former Ducks’ head coach Willie Taggart, and former Ducks’ strength coach Irele Oderinde, for $11.5 million in alleged damages, according to The Oregonian’s James Crepea.

Per the report:

“Brenner’s attorneys allege the University of Oregon was negligent for failing to prohibit, regulate or supervise the workouts, which they describe as ‘physical punishment regimens.’ The lawsuit also alleges that Taggart and Oderinde, both now at Florida State, were negligent in imposing and carrying out the workouts, and that the NCAA has failed to regulate such practices by coaches of its member institutions.”

Brenner was hospitalized last year, January 2017, with “rhabdomyolysis and subsequent injuries” after a series of intense offseason workouts, and is seeking damages for the medical bills he accrued due to the workouts, along with the “severe injuries, some of which are permanent, permanent renal injury, a shortening of his life span by upwards of 10 years, increased susceptibility of kidney failure, kidney disease, and death, severe physical and emotional pain, [and premature death] and an impaired opportunity to play football in college and thereafter.”

The report goes on to say that offensive lineman Sam Poutasi and tight end Cam McCormick were also hospitalized with rhabdomyolysis, but neither player has been named as being a part of the lawsuit.

Taggart is now the head coach, and Oderinde is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Florida State Seminoles.

One of the lawyers representing Brenner, Mark McDougal, said the following about the workouts referred to in the lawsuit:

“The drills were done in unison, and whenever a player faltered, vomited, or fainted, his teammates were immediately punished with additional repetitions. A key goal of this lawsuit is to force the NCAA to ban these kinds of punishing, abusive workouts. These workouts are contrary to NCAA guidelines for protecting players from injury and death. The NCAA needs to enact and enforce regulations that outlaw these practices.”

 

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Hurricane Florence Could Impact A Number of Games

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Hurricane Florence could threaten a number of games scheduled this week as the major storm system continues to threaten the United States Eastern Coast.

According to USA Today Sports, here are the games that could be impacted by the pending storm:

NFL

Sunday, Sept. 16

Carolina at Atlanta, 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 1 p.m.
Indianapolis at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Jacksonville, 4:25 p.m.

College football

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Campbell at Coastal Carolina, 2:00 (rescheduled from Saturday)

Thursday, Sept. 13

Boston College at Wake Forest, 7:30

Saturday, Sept. 15 

Georgia Southern at No. 2 Clemson, 3:30
Middle Tennessee at No. 3 Georgia, 7:15
No. 13 LSU at No. 7 Auburn, 3:30
East Carolina at No. 11 Virginia Tech, 12:20
No. 15 West Virginia at North Carolina State, 3:30
No. 18 Central Florida at North Carolina, 12:00
Ohio at Virginia, 3:00
Southern Miss at Appalachian State, 3:30
Colorado State at Florida, 4:00
Old Dominion at Charlotte, 6:00
Norfolk State at Liberty, 6:00
Marshall at South Carolina, 7:30

MLB

Wednesday, Sept. 12

Miami at N.Y. Mets, 4:10, Game 2 TBA
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Washington at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Thursday, Sept. 13

Chicago Cubs at Washington*, 4:05
Oakland at Baltimore*, 7:05
Miami at N.Y. Mets, 7:10
Toronto at Boston, 7:10

Friday, Sept. 14

Chic. White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 7:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 7:10
Washington at Atlanta*, 7:35

Saturday, Sept. 15

Washington at Atlanta*, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 4:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 4:05
Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 7:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 7:05

Sunday, Sept. 16

Chicago White Sox at Baltimore, 1:05
N.Y. Mets at Boston, 1:05
Toronto at N.Y. Yankees*, 1:05
Miami at Philadelphia*, 1:35
Washington at Atlanta*, 1:35

*- games with playoff implications

Minor League Baseball

Wednesday, Sept. 12
Carolina League: Potomac (Va.) at Buies Creek (N.C.), 1:05

Thursday, Sept. 13
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.). 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

Friday, Sept. 14
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 7:05
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.) 7:05

Saturday, Sept. 15
Carolina League: Buies Creek (N.C.) at Potomac (Va.), 6:35
International League: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) at Durham (N.C.), 7:05

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Braylon Edwards Apologizes for University of Miami Tweets, Stand by his Stance

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Former NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who currently works for the Big Ten Network, has been suspended by the Big Ten Network for tweets he made on Saturday night after the Wolverines lost 24-17 to Notre Dame.3

Edwards, a former All-America wide receiver at the University of Michigan, heavily criticized Wolverines’ offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz, calling him “weak,” and called Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson “scared.”

Edwards played wide receiver for Michigan from 2001 to 2004, and then was drafted to the NFL.

Edwards then went on to target the Michigan team as a whole, tweeting  “f—ing Michigan offense so predictable … Michigan football is sadly one thing … Trash.”

Edwards was criticized by Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday for his tweets and then was officially suspended indefinitely by the Big Ten Network.

“Effective as of Sunday, Sept. 2, Braylon Edwards has been suspended indefinitely from his role at the Big Ten Network due to a violation of the network’s social media guidelines”, the Big Ten Network wrote in a since deleted tweet, according to Chris Vannini of The Athletic.

“No. 1, first of all, it’s not true. It’s not factual,” Harbaugh said of the comments. “There’s nobody in our program who thinks those things about any player on our team, let alone the two players he describes. On the other level, I was disappointed a member of the Big Ten Network would choose to attack the character of two of our players. That’s disappointing.

“We’ll handle things within the program,” Harbaugh said. “That’s all we control.”

“And, I would say, if somebody wants to attack the character of anybody on the ballclub, then come after me. I don’t think it’s right. It’s not true. And nobody in the program thinks that about any player on our team. Just so you know that’s not coming from anybody inside the program.”

While Edwards admits that his tweets were “excessive”, he stands by his criticism of the Wolverines, and says that he plans to reach out to Ruiz and Patterson through his brother, Berkley Edwards, who is a running back for Michigan.

Edwards added that former Wolverines coach Lloyd Carr “called me out in the media” and he realizes now he shouldn’t have done the same to Ruiz and Patterson.

“I admit I was excessive and emotional and inebriated. Mix those together. But the focus of my tweets remains intact. I stand by that. I was over-excessive Saturday night at 10:29, but I don’t back down on my overall stance as an alum and a fan. I’ve always defended Michigan. Even this year, I was high on Michigan,” Edwards said according to the Detroit News.

“I’m a man. We make mistakes. I’m sorry. I should not have gone that way. I still agree with the overall message — what do we do now (as a program)? But I apologize — shouldn’t name individual players. They’re still kids. That’s what I apologize for,” Edwards told the media outlet.

Now that there is Legal sports betting in the USA it will be interesting to see what happens when Edwards returns. Some sportsbooks have started taking wagers on whether or not he will keep his job in the end and for how long.

For now, Edwards has a lot of time to sit at home and reflect before his return to the Big Ten Network.

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