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Nicholas Peck Has All The Makings of A Leader And Role Model



Eleanor Roosevelt High School rising junior Nicholas Peck had an example set by his father about how a young man should carry himself.

“I would say most likely my dad because my dad is my role model. He has taught me all my values and principles and he helps me [stay] motivated when I’m down. He keeps me humble when I’m up [as well]. That’s what I really love about my dad so that’s who my idol is.”

Peck wants to emulate that same example on the football field through his leadership and off the field in the classroom. He is already doing the classroom part with a 4.1 GPA as a sophomore at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. The majors he’s looking already for college are journalism and criminal justice.

“I actually enjoy reading and writing a lot. I’m probably going toursue journalism in college. That’s what I’m really interested in. I really want to stay close to the game whether it’s being a coach or broadcasting because I just love the game so much and I think broadcasting would be an awesome job to be able to do,” Peck said.

The six-foot-five, 295 pound offensive tackle from Eastvale, California grew watching the San Francisco 49ers and being able to watch players like Jeff Garcia and Terrell Owens play fueled his passion for the game.

Nicholas Peck is unranked by the major recruiting services (247Sports, Scout, Rivals) and has no scholarships as a sophomore offensive tackle but he has received interest from Washington State, Alabama, Florida State, Michigan State and Oregon.

“At the moment, I’m really interested in Michigan State and that’s because their offensive line coach is a real offensive line guru so I’d love to pick his brain and be able to work with him because I think he would help develop my game.”

Peck’s dream school is the University of Michigan because that is his mother’s home state and that’s the team his family has always rooted for and that’s where he has always wanted to go.

“Dreamed about playing in the Big House and now that we’ve got Jim Harbaugh it would be awesome to play under him. That’s my dream school.”

In a year or two Michigan and Michigan State just may be in competition for his services down the road.


“I like to believe I have a perfect medium in between both because as a run blocker I enjoy the violence and being able to hit somebody and move them from place to place. Pass blocking, I like to think of it as an art,” he said. “It’s where you can take a breath and kind of use your technique and make it your craft. I like to believe that I have a medium at being pretty good at both.”

What he says he needs to work on, however, is his kick step which deals with footwork in pass block. This is in addition to work on an aspect of the game that in his mind all linemen hate.

“…Linemen we never love to do this but I need to work on conditioning more to stay physically in shape.”

The Eleanor Roosevelt Mustangs went 10-3 (4-1 Big VIII) and lost in the CIF Southern Section Division Five state playoffs to Calabasas High School 58-21. Calabasas went on to win the state title beating Capistrano Valley 35-14.

Despite losing the way they did, Nicholas Peck is confident that his team will be able to bounce back and build on the momentum of last season as whole.

“Most definitely, we had a great year. There were some close tight games that we would like to change. We didn’t think they should’ve been close, tight games coming off of losing in the semifinal the way we did, we’re really hungry in the weight room this year. So we’re trying to do everything we can to build off that momentum of last year and try to win a state title.”

Another thing that motivated Nicholas Peck along with his father was the death of his former offensive line coach who he was very close with. He said that it was very difficult to deal with but it ultimately made him better as a man.

Off the field at the next level, Nicholas Peck, wants to be able to bring leadership and be a role model for his teammates at whatever university he ends up attending.

“I think my best attribute as a player is I’m violent and I’m not afraid of anybody whether they’re a five star or they [have no stars]. I’m going to bring my best out there and I’m going to be violent with it.”


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Louisiana Tech Sports Facilities Damaged by Tornado



A deadly tornado, which has been linked to the death of at least 5 people across two states, damaged several sports facilities located on the campus of Louisiana Tech, according to ESPN.

While no injuries have been reported among the students at the school, two people were killed when the storm ripped through Ruston, Louisiana and caused a tree to fall onto their home.

The school is closed on Thursday and Friday, and the following images were shared on Twitter by the Athletic’s Department, showcasing some of the damage.

National Weather Service hydrologist C. S. Ross said that the deadly tornado cut a track over 130 miles from eastern Texas to near the Louisiana-Arkansas border.

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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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