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Saturday Sports Buffet: Still working hard – Former Athlete of the Year looks for second 1,000-yard season

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, August 16, 2014

Toi Glover’s hard work in high school turned the four-sport star into Wise County’s 2011 Male Athlete of the Year.

Glover’s hard work continues on the field and off. The East Texas Baptist University starting running back and preseason USA Football Network All-American splits his time between the gridiron and the hospital, where he is completing his studies to be an RN.

Always on the Run

ALWAYS ON THE RUN – Paradise graduate Toi Glover rushed for 1,000 yards last season while also balancing nursing school at East Texas Baptist University. He heads into the season as a preseason All-American. Photo courtesy of East Texas Baptist University

“I have a year left,” Glover said. “The toughest part is going to nursing school at the hospital from 5 to 3 and then football practice.”

The former Paradise standout is coming off a breakout season for ETBU, rushing for 1,070 yards and nine touchdowns. He averaged 105 yards per game, including his 187-yard outing against Willamette and 182-yard game against Sul Ross. Three times last season, he scored multiple touchdowns.

The 1,000-yard season came after a sophomore year in which he carried the ball 76 times for 298 yards and three touchdowns.

“Last year we had a new coach and new offense. They gave me the ball almost every play,” Glover said.

At Paradise, Glover played quarterback. His senior season, he ran for 1,323 yards and threw for 1,160.

He said the switch to running back wasn’t hard.

“When I was a quarterback, I tucked it and ran most of the time,” Glover said.

What was difficult for Glover was the transition to college and the constant changing of positions as a freshman.

“I bounced around from position to position. I played almost every skilled position on offense and defense before my sophomore year when I stuck at running back,” Glover said.

He admits he almost didn’t stick with football.

“My dad made me stick with it,” he recalls.

Two years later, he knows his father made the right call as he heads into his final season looking for a second 1,000-yard season and a chance to lead ETBU to an American Southwest Conference title.

“I’m looking forward to this year. It should be a good season,” Glover said. “We just want to win and be conference champions.”

There won’t be much sleep for Glover this fall, but he finds a silver lining.

“Clinicals have been fun,” Glover said.

SIDEDISHES

  • After two weeks of work in the hot sun, teams finally get to square off against an opponent this week with scrimmages. The kids are always excited to finally hit someone new, but too many times I’ve seen seasons virtually destroyed with devastating injuries in a scrimmage. We hope everyone stays healthy this weekend
  • Watching Bridgeport’s Maroon and White scrimmage it was hard not to be impressed with junior receiver Keenan Holdman – he scored all four touchdowns
  • While Decatur lost 150 receptions in the duo of Austin Givens and Cain Lowe, the Eagles should still be dangerous on the outside. Keep in mind that Gunnar Parker was steps away from making the state track meet in the 100 last spring
  • Based off their first week of action, the Decatur Lady Eagles’ No. 1 volleyball ranking and expectations of a return to Garland for the state tournament are warranted. They are 6-1 and their lone loss is to the fourth-ranked team in 6A
  • While TCU, Baylor, Texas, Tech and A&M will dominate much of the college football talk this fall, the unofficial Wise County college squad is undoubtedly West Texas A&M. The school out in Canyon features five players from local high schools – Boyd’s Jared Cate and Northwest’s Colton McDonald, Carter James, Duke Kicinski and Chase Morrison. Cate is in the mix to be the Buffaloes’ starting quarterback. WTAM will be in Arlington to play at AT&T Stadium Sept. 20 against Shorter
  • Missed this back in June but the Carolina Panthers gave Bridgeport’s Colin Jones a contract extension after he tied for the team lead with 10 special-teams tackles. It says a lot about how good he is on special teams for the Panthers to lock up a roster spot with the now fourth-year, backup safety
  • Out of everything this college football season, I’m looking most forward to seeing Baylor play in their new stadium. Just the pictures I’ve seen of McLane Stadium look amazing.

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