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Jamorie Brooks: His Time To Shine In A New Role Is Now

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Jamorie Brooks is looking for a chance to be an ultimate Cavalier in 2016. He spent his first two years at Bethel High School (Vallejo, California) on the JV squad. He now has the chance to start fresh in more ways than one.

In 2016, he’s in the starting rotation for the Junipero Serra varsity football team and wants to be an integral part of the Cavaliers secondary.

His love for football has always been there. His father is a high school football coach so with Brooks playing the sport ever since the age of seven, it was a constant ever since.

“I would say I played flag football. Being the best athlete on the field, they had me playing quarterback. This was at the age of five. I didn’t know anything about football. At the age of five, I was playing quarterback and me being the best athlete on the field, they used to always say I scored touchdowns,” he said. “My first year of pop warner, I played. Usually, first-year kids, bench players or NPR players don’t really play that much but in pop warner, I played a lot. I was actually the starting running back my first year so I fell in love with it after that.”

It was his father who instilled honesty, football, family and religious values in him. His mother’s sacrifice helped as well. A football role model, if you will, for Jamorie Brooks is current Buffalo Bills and former USC Trojans running back Reggie Bush.

“Actually the reason why I play football, a role model for me I guess I could say is Reggie Bush. … He’s the guy I look up to.”

The Vallejo, California native now living in Gardena, California is a junior cornerback at Junipero Serra High School. He transferred there after playing for Bethel High School/Vallejo, California his first two years of high school.

He played quarterback there and was very good by the looks of his film. He had arm strength and accuracy, could move on the run in the option game and scrambling out of the pocket among other things. He also struggled in dealing with things like friends and teammates moving up to Varsity while he stayed on JV having to lead and play with a fairly new team at quarterback in addition to football almost being taken away from him because of grades.

“Football-wise, I’d have to say an injury. My 10th-grade year, it was a hard year for me because all of my friends had gotten moved up to Varsity and my coach wanted to build me into a quarterback but he didn’t want me on varsity so I was on JV practically by myself really with no friends. Playing with a new team and having to be the leader of the team [was an adjustment],” he said. “Life wise, one time, I [had] bad grades and my dad wouldn’t [let me] play anymore. He was thinking about taking football from me and [I had] to overcome that because [football] is what I go to most. That’s my stress reliever and that being cut away from me, was hard to overcome.”

Brooks currently has no scholarship offers but is talking to schools. He has high interest in USC, Washington State, Miami, and LSU, because of their proficiency in developing defensive backs for the NFL. He had 17 tackles in 2015. See his sophomore highlights here.

Outside of football, Jamorie Brooks wants to study sports medicine and he likes the production side of music.

On the field, Jamorie Brooks has speed which will help him as a cornerback moving forward. With more playing time, he could see more offers, interest, and stats come his way. Here are the things he says he will bring to a university and football program.

“On the field, I’m going to bring you intensity, character, very good character. I’m going to bring you something you won’t get out [of] just any other player. Off the field, I’m going to bring you a good human being, a good person. I’m going to do what I can for your university to make your university look good.”

He likens his game to Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Marcus Peters, Los Angeles Rams defensive back Trumaine Johnson and his good friend and old Serra teammate Adoree Jackson who plays for USC.

“The best part of my game is I would have to say my ball skills, how I attack the ball and my coverage skills. I’m not the fastest guy but I’m going to stay with the wide receiver the whole game so that’s what I feel is the best part of my game,” Brooks said.

When his time is all said and done at Junipero Serra, he wants to be remembered as the ultimate cavalier.

“[What I’ll] miss the most is the coaches. I think we have the best high school coaches in the nation. I’m going to miss my teammates of course. I have the best teammates in the nation, I feel. The mark I want to leave there is being a Cavalier, that’s our mascot. That’s a code we follow. The mark I want to leave there is being a Cavalier, having faith and integrity, being a responsible leader, being all of that. Being the ultimate Cavalier.”

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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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