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Tylar Wiltz: The Model Athlete And Person To Those Who Know Him

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Tylar Wiltz is a playmaker on the field and he impresses people with his character and the way he carries himself off the field. He has a 3.8 GPA at Breaux Bridge High School in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, and was the leader of the Tigers defense as a senior.

. “When you talk about a kid you want to coach, he’s that kid. He does everything you ask him to do. He competes every day. You don’t have to chase him for behavior, you don’t have to chase him for grades, all of that’s taken care off with him. All you have to do is coach him,” Breaux Bridge defensive coordinator Chad Pourciau said.

Pourciau said that at the next level, Wiltz could possibly be an outside linebacker or a box safety – the lone safety in a 4-4 defensive set (four defensive linemen, four linebackers, two corners and a safety).

“… Obviously, making that move just for reads, coverage and things like that, he’ll have adjustments [to make] but like I said, he’s a football player, he works so hard and he’s a smart kid. He’ll pick up, he’ll adjust and I’m sure he’ll fit in right away,” he said. “… It may take a year or so but after that he’ll be just fine because he’s a football player. It doesn’t matter where he plays, he’ll find a way to make some plays, make some tackles, cause some turnovers and do good things.”

Pourciau has had the opportunity to coach Tylar Wiltz since he was in the seventh grade so he has been able to see Wiltz’s growth. With him leading the way at middle linebacker, The Tigers ran a 50 defense (three down lineman, two middle linebackers and two defensive ends/outside linebackers).

Wiltz is a three-sport athlete at Breaux Bridge (football, basketball, track & field) and said that football for him is a positive outlet to let all of your aggression out and he developed a love for the sport at a young age.

“My family is always there to keep me up and to pump me up when I’m playing sports like football. Religion has a huge impact within my life through prayer and faith. Also, man can only do certain things and God has to be a part of my success because anything can happen on any given day,” Wiltz said about the roles of family and religion in his life.

His older brother Wiltz said has had the biggest impact on him growing up because he’s always pushing him to get better mentally and physically.

Tylar Wiltz is a Breaux Bridge native who loves being around the people in his city.

“It really means a lot being around the people and knowing they’re all good, nice people, and that they’re behind me 100 percent in everything that I do. So, you love people like that knowing that they’re here to encourage you and get you back on your feet. It’s just all love around here.”

Wiltz started to recognize his true potential in his sophomore year. His first year playing varsity football. He also realized it was possible to get a free education and take his talent to the college level.

Athletes need a plan B because there is life after their sport and there is life after possible injury so with that said, Tylar Wiltz wants to get into the medical field as a nurse or a pharmacist.

On the football field, Tylar Wiltz is one of a kind. He is fast sideline to sideline, a great tackler and a leader with control of the defense. When he talks, all of his teammates listen to him.

“My speed because I just like to run sideline to sideline and have a good time hitting people. It makes things a lot easier,” he said about what the best part of his game is.

If there’s one thing he believes he needs to work on, it’s his mental toughness after a bad play. He keeps his head down and feels it’s his biggest problem.

He played middle linebacker for Breaux Bridge in his last season but was an outside linebacker his first two years. He’s being recruited as a safety at about 5’11-six feet, 186 pounds. In 2016, he recorded 87 tackles (50 solo), six tackles for loss, two pass breakups, one sack and one blocked kick. The Tigers went 5-7 (4-1 Division).

Breaux Bridge Tigers head coach Terry Martin in his first year back as coach after an 11-year stint with Breaux Bridge (1993-2004), said that he was aware of Wiltz talent when he was the head coach at Cecilia High School in Cecilia, Louisiana, a few years ago.

“He’s a really good football player and I know it’s kind of a cliché to say this but he’s a much better person. Great student, he’s going to work his butt off and probably overdoes it. Last year, late in track season going into spring, I want to say he missed the first week of spring football because he pulled his hip flexor,” Martin said. “It was just nonstop, went to football, basketball and to track in between all of those things, beside the regular workouts we were doing, he was doing a lot of stuff on the side.”

When Martin got back into the fold at Breaux Bridge, he was told by more than one coach that Tyler Wiltz was the guy he needed to look to for leadership and he didn’t disappoint Martin during his transition on that front.

He is unranked by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Scout, Rivals) but he does have offers from Southern Arkansas, Arkansas-Monticello, Northern Colorado and Kentucky Christian University. He also has received interest from Nicholls State, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, McNeese State and more.

“People say you’re supposed to enjoy your recruiting process but mine was kind of stressful, I had my ups and downs. I don’t want to say my talent but just my performance, I feel that if I would’ve started the recruiting process a little bit earlier, my options would’ve been greater but I’m really satisfied with what God has provided me with.”

Wiltz said he will be looking at how much attention he gets from coaches when deciding to commit and sign to a school. He wants to know that colleges have a plan to make him better as a football player but more importantly as a person.

“…Also, when you care more about academics and you’re not saying winning a football game [is more important]. You feel that everyone should have an education, that really sells me too because there is life after football,” Wiltz said.

“I’m really appreciative for everything that I have but right now I [haven’t] really sat down and talked with my parents to see what would be the best options for me. Right now, I’m thinking about what else can I pick up, the schools that I have, the ones that are to come and if I can go [to a school] and [make an] impact as fast as I can. Anything I can do to make the program better.”

Right now, Texas Christian University is his dream school because of the atmosphere in the Fort Worth, Texas area and the aggression and fast football he sees from the TCU Horned Frogs.

On what he’ll miss the most about playing for Breaux Bridge, he had this to say.

“I think the thing that I’ll miss the most is the time with coaches and teammates. There’s a lot of love and they were behind me. Anytime things got rough, they let me know that they’ll always have [my back] and I’m just appreciative.”

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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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