If you’re looking for a young man to pull for this fall, look no further than Auburn freshman receiver Quan Bray. As Evan Woodberry of Al.com points out, Bray’s mother was murdered over the summer and his father was arrested and charged with the crime.
Imagine trying to overcome something like that… while starting college… and playing football. That’s one reason AU receivers coach Trooper Taylor heaps praise on the young man:
“I tell you, I’m proud of that kid. I’m probably breaking some rule, but the kid threw out all of (the distraction) and had a 3.5 GPA (in the summer). He has learned all his assignments and is out there busting his tail. You talk about life throwing you some curveballs. Obviously that was personal for me because I recruited him and know his family really well. That’s a chance and an opportunity for us to stand up on what family really means…
He’s going to be something special. To go through that type of an ordeal and to still come out with over 3.5 and to be able to do the things that he’s doing on that football field, obviously he’s go a lot of motivation. But it also tells you the type of character and the type of upbringing he had coming from that home.”
Here’s hoping fortune begins to shine on this young man.