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Darrell Shelton is Living Up To the S-T-A Standard For St. Thomas Aquinas



The St. Thomas Aquinas High School football program has been dominant. Darrell Shelton has been a part of a team that has won three state championships in the last four years and they don’t look they’re stopping any time soon.

“It feels awesome because people recognize you that you don’t even know. They recognize you and they say ‘oh do you go to St. Thomas?’ They hold you up to a certain standard. One of our mottos is the STA standard because you can’t spell standard without S-T-A which is St. Thomas Aquinas. So, we’re always held to a certain standard academically and [athletically],” Shelton said.

He also said that his head football coach, Roger Harriott, always preaches about tradition and the STA standard.

“…That’s what we have. The STA standard, we’re always held to a higher standard than everybody else. That’s just our tradition so we just try to fulfill our tradition and play for the people behind us and the people before us. We hold it down for them. We call it holding the rope for them, hold the rope.”

St. Thomas Aquinas has a record of 41-4 and 8-0 in Class 7A District 14 play over the last three years. They went 13-2 (4-0 District) in 2016 and Darrell Shelton recorded 86 tackles (54 solo), two fumble recoveries and one sack. See his junior highlights.

Darrell Shelton is a four star 2018 linebacker out of Pembroke Pines, Florida. He is the 19th best outside linebacker and the 46th best player in Florida according to the 247Sports Composite.

He is also ranked 233rd on ESPN’s top 300 players in the 2018 class and No. 147 in the Rivals 250 list. See his junior highlight film. 

He has received 21 offers from: Duke, North Carolina, Auburn, Florida State, Maryland, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State and more.  He just picked an offer from East Carolina University yesterday.

“Right now, there are no schools at the top. I’m just going through and seeing what schools have the best opportunities for me so I’m taking it all in. I’m only a junior so I still have a little bit of time, not much but I’m still taking it all in and going through it,” Shelton said.

He doesn’t have a dream school in mind but is hoping for a Notre Dame scholarship offer. He is not sure when will make his commitment yet but said may fall in between the 2017 spring football season and summer time.

Darrell Shelton believes he’s fast enough to stay in coverage and make tackles at the line of scrimmage due to his physicality. What he enjoys most about playing linebacker is having the opportunity to make tackles and be the leading tackler on the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders defense in addition to intercepting the ball.

He doesn’t believe there is a best part to his game

“…I just try to work on everything evenly, try to utilize all of my skills simultaneously and just get after the ball and make the tackles. That’s how I think about it. Just make a play.”

He said that he needs to work on speed because being the quickest man is the way to go in his mind in addition to working on his strength because you have to be able to get off blocks in order to deliver big hits to the ball carrier.

“My mentality is to get after the ball, go hit somebody and play my position. Play for my teammates because my teammates need me so I have to do my job and worry about myself and then get everybody else acclimated,” Shelton said.

He said that the linebackers are the group that holds the Raiders defense together and he and three star Notre Dame Inside Linebacker commit, Drew White are the leaders who make sure the defense is in line at all three levels from the defensive line to the secondary.

St. Thomas Aquinas led the NFL with nine players active on 53-man rosters on opening day in 2016. That put them in the lead once again in most active NFL players. That same time the year before, the school had 17 players in the league (16 on active rosters, one practice squad).

You have to leave a great impression for everybody because at St. Thomas Aquinas you have some of the greatest players of all time come through here. There’s always going to be people who are great, you just have to hopefully be one of those guys.”

NCAA Football

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



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



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:


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


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



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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