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Camron Johnson Is A Two Time Champion Wanting To Win Again

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Camron Johnson experienced winning at a high level twice during the 2015 season as he won a state championship in both basketball and football for the Brentwood Academy Eagles (Brentwood, Tennessee).

His football state championship came in thrilling fashion when Brentwood Academy beat Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, Tennessee), 56-55. Johnson caught the game-winning two-point conversion.

“It was definitely football and just how close the game was and catching the game-winning two-point conversion was definitely sweeter,” Johnson said about which championship win was sweeter.

On the basketball court, he won a Tennessee state championship in convincing fashion, beating the Ensworth High School Tigers (Nashville, Tennessee) by defeating them, 82-49. He has thought about playing two sports in college before but it will all depend on what the university he commits to allows him to do.

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The Brentwood Academy football team went 12-1 (6-0 District) in 2015. Camron Johnson 22 receptions, 982 yards, and 10 touchdowns. According to the 247Sports Composite, he is a four-star recruit in the 2018 class, the 21st best wide receiver and fourth best player in Tennessee. He has scholarship offers from LSU, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Auburn, Vanderbilt, Illinois, and Louisville.

“Right now, none of the schools are really high but the schools that I talk to the most are Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Vanderbilt. I talk to Vanderbilt a lot. Those were my first four offers so that’s sort of why I talk to them so much and grown to have a really close relationship with them,” Johnson said. “LSU, of course, just recently offered a couple weeks ago so I haven’t gotten to talk to them as much but I’m going to a game. Louisville, I play there next week so I’m actually going to stay there and go visit [the campus] next weekend. If all goes well, I think I’ll start to build a better relationship with them as well.”

Johnson’s current home town is Brentwood, Tennessee. He moved from Madisonville, Kentucky about four or five years ago. He said that he’s surrounded by people in Brentwood who want to see him succeed. He knows that he’s coming from a place that has a strong religious background and connections when it comes to the workplace.

“They play a huge part. My family has always been there for me to support me through anything I’ve had to go through. They’ve been there for the ups and the downs so they’ve played a huge part. Religion has been huge. When I was four my dad passed away and a couple of years ago, my granddad who was my father figure passed away so just to know that I know God and His word and [had] my family during those times were big. Even today my mom is my best friend so family and religion have played huge parts in my life.”

As far as the recruiting process goes, he said it hasn’t been hectic for Johnson and it’s been a good process.

“Being able to come and see some of these big-time programs that I’ve grown up watching. It’s a surreal feeling but’s definitely a great one,” he said.

“I’ll be looking for a variety of things: I want to know how they’re doing academically and how their students do and how they’re set up for life after football. Of course, the football aspect is a huge aspect to me as well. I want to see how their coaches react to their players, how their coaches coach the players and not talk to me because they’re going to talk to me a completely different way than they’re going to coach the other players. I want to see that relationship.”

He also wants to play for a team with a chance to win and a team that is going to make him a better player and a better person later in life.

“I really haven’t set a timetable, I’ll probably, depending on how many offers and stuff I get this year, I might cut my top schools down to 10 or eight next summer. Maybe five and take official visits I’m not really sure. I know I don’t want to commit somewhere and then decommit and go through all of that. I’m going to take it slow and make sure that I know that I can be comfortable when I get there.”

Here’s what Camron Johnson can bring to a university.

“Off the field, I’m going to work hard and be a leader, a student that you’re not going to have to worry about in the classroom, grades are huge to me so I’m definitely not going to play in the classroom. On the field, a player who is going to give his all every play. I think I have a chance to make a big play every time I touch the ball and I’m going to continually try and get better no matter what.”

Every time he catches the ball he can make a play and his film will show that. He wants route running to be a big asset in his game as a wide receiver.

Camron Johnson has one goal in 2016. He wants to win state championships again in both football and basketball. A bonus would be becoming the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football.

“I’ll definitely miss just the family aspect of playing here. Everybody’s always there to support you when it comes to any sport. If you look at the state championship games and see our student section, it’s just amazing so that’s definitely going to be one of the main things I’ll miss about Brentwood Academy. As far as being remembered, I guess I want to be remembered as one of the best receivers that came through Brentwood Academy but beyond that, I want to be known as someone who lifts people up and made their day better and made Brentwood Academy a better place.”

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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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