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For Notre Dame senior Billy King

dodano: 15 sierpnia 2013 przez fayejfd


One team is likely headed back to its third straight state finals. The other will turn in its gear in three weeks.

 

For Notre Dame senior Billy King, trading his soccer cleats and shinguards for a football helmet and shoulder pads was no easy choice. But doing so, in his new coach opinion, showed the kind of character that makes King a standout football player despite being one of the smallest players on the field.

 

takes a lot of guts to quit a winner and join a program that losing, firstyear Notre Dame football coach Joe Walters said. think that indicative of the kind of person Billy is and how much he cares for this school. a senior running back/defensive back who also returns kicks and punts for the Irish said he started playing soccer when he was 3 years old. He was good at it, too, consistently moved up to compete with older kids. When he got to high school, naturally, he joined the Irish soccer program.

 

Consistently among the top teams in the state, ND soccer is currently ranked No. 8 in the country. The football team, under nike free run 3 sale its third head coach in four years, is 15 and guaranteed its eighth losing season in nine years.

 

freshman year, all the kids at the lunch table would make fun of the football team, said King, whose family has a long legacy in the Peoria sports scene. though I was a soccer player, that was kind of disheartening to hear. I played JFL in eighth grade and was friends with a lot of (football players).

 

wanted to help change the program. King came out for the football team as a sophomore. In their first year under Tom Gullickson, the Irish were 27 in 2008. Last season, they improved to 54 but didn have enough points to qualify for the playoffs. This year, with Gullickson gone and Walters bringing a fresh approach, expectations were high.

 

kind of expected a lot this year, King said. it was pretty disappointing to start 05. broke its losing streak last week by defeating Central, 108. In that game, King was credited with 99 yards rushing, the most by any ND rusher this season.

 

get that first win meant a lot to us, King said.

 

ND doesn list heights or weights on its varsity football roster. In his cleats, King stands about 5foot8 and probably doesn weigh more than 150 pounds. Combined with his heart and determination, he plays twice that big. If ND had 21 more players just like him, the Irish might be 51 instead of 15 and the lunchtable talk might have a different tone.

 

For Notre Dame senior Billy King, trading his soccer cleats and shinguards for a football helmet and shoulder pads was no easy choice. But doing so, in his new coach opinion, showed the kind of character that makes King a standout football player despite being one of the smallest players on the field.

 

takes a lot of guts to quit a winner and join a program that losing, firstyear Notre Dame football coach Joe Walters said. think that indicative of the kind of person Billy is and how much he cares for this school.

 

King a senior running back/defensive back who also returns kicks and punts for the Irish said he started playing soccer when he was 3 years old. He was good at it, too, consistently moved up to compete with older kids. When he got to high school, naturally, he joined the Irish soccer program.

 

Consistently among the top teams in the state, ND soccer is currently ranked No. 8 in the country. The football team, under its third head coach in four years, is nike free run uk 15 and guaranteed its eighth losing season in nine years.

 

freshman year, all the kids at the lunch table would make fun of the football team, said King, whose family has a long legacy in the Peoria sports scene. though I was a soccer player, that was kind of disheartening to hear. I played JFL in eighth grade and was friends with a lot of (football players).

 

wanted to help change the program.

 

So King came out for the football team as a sophomore. In their first year under Tom Gullickson, the Irish were 27 in 2008. Last season, they improved to 54 but didn have enough points to qualify for the playoffs. This year, with Gullickson gone and Walters bringing a fresh approach, expectations were high.

 

kind of expected a lot this year, King said. it was pretty disappointing to start 05.

 

ND broke its losing streak last week by defeating Central, 108. In that game, King was credited with 99 yards rushing, the most by any ND rusher this season.

 

get that first win meant a lot to us, King said.

 

ND doesn list heights or weights on its varsity football roster. In his cleats, King stands about 5foot8 and probably doesn weigh more than 150 pounds. Combined with his heart and determination, he plays twice that big. If ND had 21 more players just like him, the Irish might be 51 instead of 15 and the lunchtable talk might have a different tone.

 

really hate it when people in nike air max 95 sale school talk bad about the football team, King said. they don see how much we put in and how much we want to turn things around. I knew it might not get done while I was here. But I thought I could help change things for the future and the way people think about the program.




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