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Isaiah Humphries Is Still Proving His Critics Wrong

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Update: 12/17/2016

The Sachse High School Mustangs of Sachse, Texas finished the 2016-17 season with an 11-1 (6-0 District). They won the 6A Region II District 10 championship against South Garland High School/ Garland, Texas in a blowout win 57-0. After that, the Mustangs were eliminated in the second round of the 2016 6A Division I playoffs to the undefeated 15-0 Woodlands Highlanders /Woodlands, Texas. The Highlanders will be playing in the championship game vs the Lake Travis Cavaliers Saturday, Dec 17 at 8 p.m.

Isaiah Humphries finished the 2016 season with 53 tackles (20 solo), six pass breakups, five interceptions, two tackles for loss and two fumble recoveries.

He received four more offers this season on top of the 12 he already had. Utah,  Mississippi State, Illinois, and Indiana offered him within the last two months. He also received Conference 6A All-State honors and an invite to The Opening Regionals.


During elementary and middle school Isaiah Humphries said he had to deal with people talking negatively about him and even the sport of football in general. He maintains he wasn’t bullied or anything like that but what was taking place did bother him.

Going to a predominantly white magnet school, he was different from everybody else in terms of skin color. He was black kid who could play sports but also was very intelligent and it wasn’t received well.

“When I got to school, everybody [had a problem], they hated that I could do both, they hated me and they kind of tried to cast me out because of that. At first I didn’t realize it was happening. You could see it with certain people who would try to interfere with what I wanted to do with my life. ‘You need to stop playing football, it’s not good for you, stop doing this, stop playing sports, it’s never going to work out’ [they would say]. Teachers and the principal were telling me that and in P.E. I was discouraged even though we had to do it because it’s the law but I got discouraged because nobody wanted me to do anything. Going through middle school, when kids get older, kids are mean honestly.”

From his perspective, people were jealous that he can do what they do and they couldn’t do what he could do. He was smart and he was an athlete.

“When I got there, we didn’t have a good football team but we had a couple guys that were really good so we’d have our game and in class [the next day], the teacher would tell us how much football isn’t going to work out and it’s not going to take you anywhere in life. You hear that for seven or eight years straight, it kind of takes a toll on you. You hear that from everybody and [they] don’t want to hang out with you because you’re an athlete. It’s really because they’re jealous that they can’t play and you’re smart so you can do what they do and they can’t do what you do. So they make fun of you, talk about all the time and you feel like everybody is against you.”

He still got some of the same early on in high school. He set a goal for himself. Isaiah Humphries said he was going to make the varsity football team by his sophomore year at Sachse High School/Sachse, Texas.

People told him he wouldn’t and he proved them wrong by beating out seniors for playing time and once that happened the view of him in people’s minds changed.

“…That’s when I realized after all these years and all this stuff happening, guys saw the light. Then [they were saying] ‘hey you want to hang out?’ ‘You want to go somewhere?’ Everybody split. When everybody split, I realized I started making a name for myself and people started taking me seriously. They actually appreciated that I was smart and I could play football.”

Isaiah Humphries has learned so much from his father, Leonard Humphries, who played in the NFL and CFL in the 90s. Isaiah Humphries started playing football when he was nine years old and talked about the time he realized that he was a special player.

“When I was nine, I was just trying to be like my dad. In seventh grade was when I really started liking it a lot. I remember we played one game, this game had the kind of feel [where] there was a lot of people so it was a big game,” he said. “You start hearing people cheering and stuff and you start to get a feeling. That’s when I realized, when I scored for the first time in seventh grade and everybody just went crazy, I was like, ‘I’m hooked on this, that’s what I like. I love this feeling.’”

Isaiah Humphries was born in Indianapolis, moved to Chicago and now lives in Rowlett, Texas. He believes family is very important. Since he has no other family living in Texas besides his grandmother he said, him, his parents, little brother and little sister have grown very close.

“…It’s good to have a good relationship with your family because most of the time, they’re the ones that have your back when [no one else does].”

He also believes that his father has had the biggest impact on him growing up and even now. That is because Isaiah’s father doesn’t want him to go through the same things that he has gone through. Isaiah’s father didn’t have his father in his life so he made it his mission to be there for Isaiah and his siblings.

“…Everything that his parent’s did he’s not doing so that inspires me a lot to work through issues, persevere through anything and just stick with it. Once you make a promise, keep it. That really inspires me so just seeing my dad trying to make a better life for me than he had, that just means a lot to me,” Isaiah Humphries said. “With football, he played at the highest level so obviously that inspires me too and has been a big influence because he’s been through everything I’ve been through and more. In learning what to do in certain situations, he’s created a path for my life.”

In regards to football, Humphries said his father gives him advice but also lets him figure out things on his own. Things like: Get an education and stay humble. Those are simple things and common knowledge to most but for Isaiah Humphries, those pieces of advice mean a lot more because his dad played on the highest level.

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Humphries is now a junior safety for the Sachse High School Mustangs. He is a four star 2018 recruit, ranked as the 18th best safety and 24th best player in Texas according to the 247Sports Composite. He has 12 scholarship offers from the following schools: California-Berkeley, Colorado, Duke, Houston, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Penn State, Southern Methodist, Texas-San Antonio, Vanderbilt, Illinois State and Jackson State.

He likes Penn State, Florida State, Stanford, Texas, Oklahoma, California-Berkeley, Northwestern and Ohio State because of their academics, the way he fits into the defensive schemes and how the coaches are.

He wants to make his commitment decision at the end of his junior season this year and feels he could make it comfortably with the choices above. If he doesn’t do it after his junior season is done, a decision will definitely come before his final year at Sachse High School so he can just focus on making the transition to the school he commits to.

Sachse Mustangs head football coach Mark Behrens praised Humphries for being a smart player who has become more physical and has a solid understanding of the game. He said that he will remember Isaiah when he leaves the program because Behrens never had to worry about his play on the field, it’s all business to him.

In 2015, the Sachse Mustangs went 7-4 (4-3 District) and Humphries recorded 22 tackles (13 solo), two fumble recoveries and an interception. He recalls his excitement when he got his first offer from Southern Methodist University as a freshman.

“It’s been pretty hectic but it’s been great actually. I got my first offer sometime after the season my freshman year. The first one is the hardest one to get. I remember when it happened because I was in class and my coach called me down and I was like ‘coach what’s up?’ He was like ‘Isaiah I have to tell you something.’ I was like ‘Ahhhh I’m in trouble, I’m in trouble. Man I’m going to have to run.’ I didn’t know what happened. [I asked him] ‘Coach did I miss a workout? I don’t even miss anything. I’m supposed to be somewhere on the weekend,’ because it was a Monday. …So I went down there and he’s like ‘congratulations.’ I was like ‘hold up wait what?’”

He was so excited that he almost jumped out of his skin he said and was smiling for the rest of that day. After that, more offers and letters kept coming in and more coaches were showing up at Mustang practices.

“We have a couple other guys at my school that are high profile guys so sometimes we’d be practicing and there would be 10-15 coaches out there watching. There are schools out there struggling to get one to come,” Humphries said.

He added that the coach exposure is great for the players because coaches who may be coming to see one player can see a guy like Isaiah or someone else.

“Before I got an offer, my dad was talking to my friend Jalen Mayden, his mom, Ms. Katrina. He’s been going places since freshman year, since eighth grade because I guess he’s been one of the top people. My dad was like ‘we’re not going to all of these places.’ He had the old school mentality where they come to you when they come to you [and in your] senior year, you might get some offers. ‘We’re not going to have to go to those places ever. Too much money for no reason.’ He didn’t know it was different because he’s never been through the new [way].”

Isaiah Humphries and his family have travelled from California all the way to Florida with recruiting stops in Maryland, Arkansas and up the coast.

The thing that Humphries enjoys most is the traveling and he is thankful that football has been able to take him places that he has always wanted to go and help him meet people that are where he wants to be.

“If you were to ask me in [middle school] would I be doing this, I would’ve never said yes. Even freshman year of high school, I would’ve never thought that the turnaround would be like that. I always followed the four star, five star guys and I was like ‘dang, I wish I could be like that.’ Next thing you know, I am that. That’s probably the coolest thing.”

On and off the field, a football program is going to get the best out of Isaiah Humphries.

“On the field, you’ll get interceptions, get turnovers, and get everything, great play and a hard working [individual] and definitely a leader. Off the field, you’re getting a great student, you’re never going to have to worry about me failing a class, and you won’t have to watch my grades. [I won’t be] like one of those people that always seems to fail something. …I have all A’s all the time and I don’t take normal classes, everything’s advanced placement. Definitely the academics part, [I could] bring up the team GPA I guess.”

As far as who models his game after, Ed Reed, Jalen Ramsey and his father are guys he studies.

“My dad, he always throws his VHS tapes in the TV and stuff. He puts them in there and [says], ‘watch this Isaiah, watch this,’ and he was pretty great, he was pretty cold. He shows me the stuff that he did. Jalen Ramsey’s in the league now but when he was in college, I was watching him and he’s a very versatile, he goes everywhere and plays everything pretty much. I try to take pieces from everybody because I want to be an all-around good player, have certain attributes.”

Isaiah Humphries just wants to get better, make plays, win a state title and district title and get a couple more offers.

“…I just want the ones that I want. Everybody is always like ‘I want 40 or 50 offers,’ Why? Forty or 50 letters from 40 or 50 schools, your mailbox is going to be full, you’re going to have nowhere to put it. That’s a good problem to have,” Humphries said.

If scholarships were transferrable, Humphries said, his entire team would have offers. He doesn’t like to see people left behind and he’ll help out any way he can whether it’s on the field or off of it.

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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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