Stars on and off the field
Published: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, June 1, 2005 at 12:03 a.m.
The two most important points Union County High School Tigers football Coach Buddy Nobles wants his players to take with them after they graduate are to always have a reverential fear of God and to remember that no matter where they are, it is the best place for them to be.
That should be comforting news to the families of four senior football players who have just been awarded college scholarships.
Kevin Holton, Jermaine Holmes and Abdul Ruise have each received a scholarship to play football at Golden West Community College in Huntington Beach, Calif., while Jeremy Brown received one at Jacksonville University.
Kevin, a tight end, defensive tackle and defensive end player, will be majoring in computer science while continuing his football career. "Coach Nobles always encouraged and believed in me,'' Kevin said. ''My mom and grandma are somewhat upset to see me go so far away, but I've been given a chance to make them proud."
Jermaine plans to pursue a business degree while playing wide receiver for GWCC. He said his mother was really upset at first because he would be so far away.
"My mom is starting to accept it now, and my dad told me to just go for it," he said. He hopes that one day his parents, as well as his brother and sister, will be able to come out and watch him play.
Abdul, who will be graduating with honors, will be playing as GWCC's defensive end and linebacker while seeking a degree in sports medicine.
Although his mother and two older sisters are very excited for him, his mother still is a little concerned about him being so far away.
"Both my mom and my girlfriend don't like to fly, so I don't know how long it will be before I get to see them again. But I thought about this for a long time and I know I am doing the right thing," he said.
Fortunately, for Jeremy, a fullback, his parents likely will have many opportunities to see him continue his football career. He will be attending college at nearby Jacksonville University.
Jeremy has had over 4,000 career yards rushing, averaging over 100 yards per game during his senior year. Graduating with a 4.2 GPA, he plans to focus his studies in the medical field.
In late April, Jeremy bench-pressed 370 pounds to win the Florida High School Athletic Association's State Weightlifting Class 1A Championship Title in the 219-pound weight class.
About his future at JU, Jeremy said, "How lucky am I that I get to do something I love while getting an education at the same time?"
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