Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina
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Blake Proehl motivated to face North Carolina

East Carolina wide receiver was ignored by his older brother Austin's school

Photo: Blake Proehl

By Tom Shanahan, Correspondent

GREENVILLE -- East Carolina’s players thrive on chances to show ACC schools they were overlooked, but the Pirates were beaten last week by another team motivated by the desire to prove themselves.

North Carolina A&T, a Football Championship Subdivision member, last week upset ECU, a Football Bowl Subdivision school. Redshirt freshman wide receiver Blake Proehl, who made his college debut with nine catches for 65 yards and a touchdown, was as subdued as any of the Pirates following the 28-23 defeat. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom spent the bulk of his career in San DIego writing for the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has covered NCAA Tournaments, Super Bowls, Rose Bowls, the NBA Finals and the World Series in a career that included writing for Voice of San Diego, the San Diego Hall of Champions and He contributes to the Detroit Free Press, Raleigh News & Observer,, and the National Football Foundation's Football Matters. He won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003. USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter presented its President’s Award in 2000.

Raye of Light: Jimmy Raye, Duffy Daugherty, the integration of college football and the 1965-66 Michigan State Spartans. It explains Duffy Daugherty's pioneering role and debunks myths that steered recognition away from him to Bear Bryant.

By Tom Shanahan; Foreword by Tony Dungy; August Publications

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