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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 15: Burying the Hatchet

(5) Comments | Posted December 3, 2012 | 5:38 PM

It's been a full week since I turned in my pads and final laundry clip for the 2012 football season. Needless to say, they were not returned in the condition in which I received them. By looking at the front of my helmet, you wouldn't be able to tell that...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 14: All Eyes on Family

(2) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 10:50 AM

I was on perhaps the biggest stage I had ever been on in my two decades of existence. My hands were clammy as they passed through my shorter and more natural colored hair and my left leg was ferociously bouncing up and down just like it does in the locker...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 13: Protect

(4) Comments | Posted November 19, 2012 | 11:15 AM

I really didn't know what to expect when we traveled to Idaho this past weekend. Having grown up in Texas, I naturally was brought up to believe that the Lone Star State took up most of the United States. Any other state outside of it was just filler and all...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 12: Win One for the Reuster

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 12:05 PM

A reporter once asked me what motivates me before games. To be honest, I didn't have a clear answer for him because there are many things that motivate me. Things like winning, the memory of my mother, living out my life dream, making my father proud, not letting down my...

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Week 11: Band Together

(4) Comments | Posted November 5, 2012 | 3:11 PM

I have been playing football for 13 years and I still get the pregame jitters without fail. No matter the weather, sweat glistens on my skin. My eyes become dry and dart around, not able to focus on anything in particular. My nose runs and I lick my lips incessantly...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 10: Against the Odds

(3) Comments | Posted October 29, 2012 | 2:43 PM

For whatever reason, I never can forget the times that I have been rejected in life. It's like a curse, though I understand curses are merely self-imposed. Being told 'no' is like taking a scalding-hot brand and pressing it against my brain, leaving a scar on my memory. The rejections...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 9: One Play Away

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2012 | 4:18 PM

They called me the "Funky Shoe Man." Perhaps, it was because I would wear my notorious soccer cleats to preschool, indoors and out. Lime-green laces lavishly complemented the multicolored exterior and, by the way I wore them, the soles seemed glued to the bottom of my feet. However, there was...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 8: Believe

(1) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 11:15 AM

There is nothing that I hate more than losing. I wasn't raised to lose and, with the way in which I worship football, losing is like sinning. This Roadrunners football team doesn't run countless miles in sprints to lose. We don't rep hundreds of pounds in the weight room to...

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Week 7: Dallas in the Rearview

(0) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 12:49 AM

Anytime I see the Dallas skyline on the horizon or in the rearview mirror, I get that lump in my throat. The Bank of America Plaza is the first building I see and the feelings of nostalgia begin. My father worked in that building for more than 26 years and...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 6: Don't Pinch Me, Cause I'm Awake

(2) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 2:48 PM

I can't ever sleep peacefully after a game. Naturally, this dilemma worsens due to a loss or poor play. Lord forbid either of those scenarios occur, but my dreams turn into nightmares of ugly scoreboards and blown assignments. Those nights, I tend to toss and turn and wake up to...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 5: 'Attitude Reflect Leadership, Cap'n'

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 12:18 PM

I see him everywhere. It doesn't matter where I am, he is always there earlier and stays later. He is in every crevice and cranny of campus and always proudly representing the blue and orange. Painted, plastered and posted, he seems to be one with the walls of UTSA and...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 4: Any Questions?

(1) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 1:23 PM

Last spring, I was walking through the UTSA Football offices in one of my signature outfits. My hair wasn't quite as "Super Blonde Dye #202" as it is now, but it was slicked back as usual. The patchy hair on my chin was putting in overtime to look as much...

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Diary of a College Football Player -- Week 3: Trench Warfare

(15) Comments | Posted September 10, 2012 | 4:39 PM

The back of my hands are riddled with scars. I'm completely missing a fingernail. My right pinky juts out like Italy into the Mediterranean. My thumbs have been jammed more times than a lemon printer. The index finger on my right hand leans left then overcorrects the opposite way past...

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Week 2: Sweet Home San Antonio

(1) Comments | Posted September 3, 2012 | 3:00 PM

I am an addict to "the feeling." When my head is as clear as a baby blue Texas summer's sky and my heart is as calm as the starry night that follows. When tenacious tingles consume my skin and feeling fleets to the point at which my body feels like...

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Week 1: Just the Beginning

(7) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 12:15 PM

My dorm room tells the story of yet another fall football camp in the books.

Black turf pellets adorn my bed, bathroom and wardrobe, not to mention the Hansel and Gretel-like pellet trail leading into the room. My hands and feet never will be the same, leaving behind the silky-smooth,...

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