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Nic Johnson Wants To Make Waves And Open Eyes As A Senior Next Fall



Nic Johnson has no scholarship offers but he knows what he can bring to the table for any college football program.

Johnson said his recruiting process has been going slow and it’s stressful for him but that serves as motivation.

“…I feel like it pushes me more to work. You never know what the future holds so I really feel like I deserve to play on a big stage and I’m worth it.”

The 5’11, 163 pound, wide receiver has these schools in his top five: University of Lafayette at Louisiana, University of Texas-San Antonio, Boise State, Maryland, and Kansas.

“The reason I have those schools [on my list] is because I want to play on their stage and I grew up watching those schools. They were dominant at that time and I really like those schools, especially Maryland. Maryland and the University of Lafayette at Louisiana, I would love to go to those two.”

He’s looking National Signing Day 2018 as his commitment date whether it’d be to one of the schools mentioned above or a different school that he has researched thoroughly and feels comfortable committing to.

Looking at his junior highlight film, he clearly has the speed to make plays both on offense and on special teams. He can run go routes down the field and make plays and catch the ball in traffic as well.

“I believe the best part of my game is I want to say my vision and my speed. Even though I have to say that I used to be faster and I’m working on that this offseason to get my speed back but I can say my speed and my vision.”

He said that he needs to work on everything but specifically, his mindset, not trying to do too much on the field, becoming a team leader and eluding defenders on short yardage plays. The latter, he said, he is working more on this off season.

Family and a belief in God aren’t lost on Nic Johnson and he uses both to push him on and off the field.

“As one of God’s loyal servants, He’s going to guide me the whole way through so I just put my faith in him and try to do as much on the field and off the field knowing that I’ll get blessed and have some favor from him,” Johnson said. “My family they’ve been behind me 100 percent of the way. They back me with whatever I do, no matter what it is. They just know that I’ll give it 100 percent so they’re behind me 100 percent.”

Johnson hails from Baton Rouge, Louisiana but is currently living and playing high school football in Houston, Texas. He loves Baton Rouge with all of his heart because that’s where his family is and his is trying to make the best of his recruiting process at Wisdom High School in Houston.

“Just the fact that I’m the youngest boy on my mom’s side of the family and that kind of takes a toll on me because I have to do everything sports-wise because they kind of don’t know the whole recruiting process and everything like that. Coming to Wisdom, I had to learn how to be more humble, patient and rely on the team with losing a lot. It kind of takes a lot out of you as a player,” Johnson said about what he has had to overcome.

He played his first year of high school football at Alief Elsik High School in Houston and transferred to Wisdom and has played there up to now. Wisdom’s football program has struggled to have a winning season over the last couple of years and in 2016 went 1-9 (0-8 5A Region III District 24). He is ranked a three-star 2018 wide receiver by Lone Star Prospects and is still pushing to be ranked by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Scout, Rivals).

“When I had first joined football, I played for U-10. One of the first practices, I really didn’t know what I was doing. One of the first practices, my coach [said], ‘hey, what teams did you play with before? What team were you brought up with playing?’ I said no [team] and he was like ‘what?’ I realized at that moment I could play and then in high school, other than my freshman year, my sophomore year I was on Varsity so that really reassured me.”

Nic Johnson’s dad played at Tennessee and was the one responsible for football becoming a part of Nic’s life. He also is a cousin of four-star Lamar High School standout D’Shawn Jamison and Florida State Linebacker Dontavious Jackson.

Off the field, Johnson wants to major in psychology or fashion design because he enjoys fashion and buying clothes and shoes. He collects shoes and takes pride in the time that takes.

Johnson will be playing close attention to student life on the campuses he visits in addition to what classes are like, what the coaches are like and what the football program as a whole has to offer him.

“I feel like I could bring to the university high test scores. I’ve scored high on my SATs and PSATs and it’s at college level or close to college level. I’ll bring them a high academic rate and a high graduate rate and a better program because I’m going to give 100 percent no matter where I go. I’m going to try to work with the coaches and try to work with the other players to try and get to the bigger picture so that’s what I feel like I could give to a team or a school.”

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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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