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Brandon Willis Leadership Ability Is Not Going Unnoticed



Brandon Willis wants is now a senior Cornerback and Wide Receiver at Gilman School in Baltimore, Maryland. He wants much more success not only for his team but for the DMV recruiting pipeline.

“Originally born in [Washington] D.C. and lived in the Bowie area for a little bit and then moved to Howard County not to long ago. It has really been a big part of my life. The majority of my family is from the DMV and it’s pretty much what I know,” he said. “All my family and friends are here. So growing up, it’s pretty much what inspired me to go to the next level. Seeing DMV football go to the next level and become the national powerhouse that Florida [is].”

Brandon Willis is playing football for his family. He wants to give back to his parents who have been very supportive of him.

“Growing up I would say probably my father. He was an athlete himself and he’s really hard working, inspirational and things like that. So I try to develop that into my own character traits,” Willis said about his father’s impact on him.

Willis realized he had talent to play football when he was seven or eight years old. After playing flag football when he was six, things took off for him two years later.

“…I was dominating competition and coaches were asking me to come play for their teams and things like that so I was like ‘yeah, this something I’m really good at and I enjoy doing this,’” he said.

His recruiting process is going well, Willis said. Navy is his only offer thus far but he has received interest from Ivy League schools, Army, Air Force and Monmouth.

“…Schools have been coming by to visit, I’ve been to junior days and things of that nature just taking it all in and enjoying the process. It has been really fun going to different schools and things like that.”

He really likes the coaches and atmosphere at Navy, the city aspect that Columbia University has to offer in addition to Dartmouth and Rutgers.

“When I go on a visit I’m looking for the brotherhood family aspect with the players and also mentorship and relationship between coaches and players. How they interact and how they get along and things of that nature. When I decide to commit to a school, I’ll make sure I find the best fit and place for me.”


Brandon Willis shows great ability to be cover wide receivers in man coverage, his ball skills are impressive and as a wide receiver, his speed, route running and hands stand out most on film.

“Definitely I would say my coverage skills. From playing corner, I also play receiver so I can figure out what the route is, figure out the stem and things of that nature,” Willis said about the best parts of his game. “Playing receiver myself, tracking receivers and knowing what they’re going to do next and anticipating their next move. I think that’s my best asset,” Willis said about what are the best parts of his game.

Where he needs to improve is coming downhill faster in run coverage, getting out of his breaks faster when running routes and recognizing run and pass plays on defense.

Gilman School Head Football Coach Tim Holley said that Brandon Willis is going to need to do more of the same in terms of being a significant contributor for the Gilman Greyhounds. Holley believes he’s a senior leader as a returning starter and three year Varsity player. He’s capable of proving that, Holley said.

“I’ve watched him develop, he’s a great kid. He’s a quiet leader, he’s not a rah-rah guy but he is a guy the other kids look up to and he’s a very hard working guy. He’s been recruited by a lot of the Ivy’s and the Patriot League and the academies,” Holley said about Willis’ growth as a player. “The Naval Academy has already offered him because they see him not only as a football leader but as a military officer beyond his playing days so he’s going to be the kind of guy we’re going to need to give us a lot of strength and support on and off the field.”

Brandon Willis wants to be an All-Metro selection, have at least six interceptions and win a league championship.

“After I’m done playing football at Gilman, I think I’ll miss the summer moments with the team bonding after conditioning [workouts]. We’re all tired and just bonding, talking, lifting weights and all that stuff. I’ll miss that the most,” he said. “What I want to leave is a [hard working] mentality to try to get the underclassmen to buy in to process and work as hard as well. The upperclassmen, when I was a freshman, paved the way for me. I want to do the same for the underclassmen.”

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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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