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Christian Trahan Has A Big Goal For His Team: Get to the Superdome

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Christian Trahan is looking towards the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the home of New Orleans Saints. He wants to help his team get to the championship game and win one for Sulphur High School / Sulphur, Louisiana.

“I want to go to the Dome. I think we have a great team to do that with some great leaders. I think I can improve, I think I can become a whole different player. I feel that at [the] level I’m at right now, I’m set but I can be better at what I do. Once I step up, it’s a whole different game and I’m going to have to step up my game.”

The Sulphur Golden Tors finished the 2016 season 6-3 (4-1 Division) and are coming off of a rivalry game loss against the Barbe Buccaneers (8-1, 5-1 District) from Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Golden Tors next challenge will come in their next district game Friday, Nov. 4 at the Sam Houston Broncos (1-8, 1-4 District) in Lake Charles.

Trahan is a St. Charles, Louisiana native, knows the city like the back of his hand and said it means a great deal to him. HE’s going to have extra motivation to get a win his hometown for sure.

He credits Helen Lefevre, a woman who is a family friend but he calls her his aunt, for being another person he can depend on.

“…She really just took me in. She was like a [father] figure to me,” he said.

Trahan said moving in with her was something he had to overcome at a time when his mother was going through hard times but it proved to be a good thing for him. His family, he said pushes him to do better.

On the football field, Christian Trahan is ranked a three-star tight end in the 2018 class, the 20th best tight end and 29th best player in Louisiana according to the 247Sports Composite. He holds 10 offers from these programs: Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana, South Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Southern Methodist University, Oklahoma State, Tulane and Jackson State.

“It has actually been really good. It’s treating me good. A lot of schools, it’s exciting getting mail every day, really exciting,” he said about the recruiting process.

At the moment, he has high interest in Louisiana Tech, Southern Methodist University, and Oklahoma State and he plans to make his commitment decision at the end of next summer before his senior season.

Christian Trahan knew he had the talent to play the game when his coaches gave him a chance to play tight end his sophomore year.

“Sophomore year when they gave me a chance to play tight end. After we just had graduated a big ole senior and [the coaches] came to me and I was a sophomore. They took a chance with me and I made the most of it.”

The six-foot-three, 238 pound, tight end can play from multiple spots: on the outside, at the y (on the line of scrimmage with his hand in the dirt) or at the slot. He has speed and hands to match with the fact that he is hard to bring down.

In 2015 as a sophomore, he recorded 28 receptions, 378 yards (13.5 yards per catch) and six touchdowns. In his junior year, he has recorded 15 receptions, 235 yards (15.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns so far for the Sulphur Golden Tors.

“I feel at the tight end spot I can honestly do anything. I think I’m just fast enough to play slot if I need to. To get down on the line, I feel like I’m big enough to bang up with big players and these SEC type guys,” he said. “I feel like I can bang with them within a year or two weight training in a college program. I’m confident in my hands, I feel that anything that comes to me, I‘ll be able to catch it.”

Christian Trahan knows that football is about more than X’s and O’s.

“Good character. I understand that football is not all about just football. It’s more than that. I go to church, I worship God and I just believe that football, it’s not just about the sport, it’s about what you get out of it. That’s how every player should look at it and that’s what I could bring to a team on and off the field.”

Part two of the Golden Tors journey to the Superdome begins Friday and Trahan will be ready to produce.

UPDATE: 12/10/2016

The Sulphur Golden Tors finished the 2016 season with an 8-4 (5-1 Division) record after 50-28 loss to Landry-Walker High School in the second round of the Division 3-5A Louisiana state playoffs.

Christian Trahan recorded 25 receptions, 381 yards (15.2 yards per catch) and four touchdowns in 2016 and was picked as a District 3-5A first-team offensive selection.

UPDATE: 11/7/2016

The Sulphur Golden Tors are Division 3-5A  champions. The Golden Tors finished the regular season 7-3 (5-1 District) after beating the Sam Houston Broncos (1-9, 1-5 District), 42-28 on Friday, Nov. 4. They now share the division title with their two rivals Arcadia High School (8-2, 6-1 District) and Barbe High School (8-1, 5-1 District). They have also secured a first-round home playoff game, their first since 2007 according to Rodrick Anderson of the American Press. See his breakdown of the Sam Houston game.

The Sulphur Golden Tors will play their first playoff game as the 12th seed against the 21 seed Airline Vikings (6-4, 3-3 District) at home on Friday, Nov. 11.

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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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