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    UL Football Jessie Newman's Big Move from West Coast rugby to Sun Belt football


    CANADIAN MADE: Offensive lineman Jesse Newman is a long way from home. Originally from Powell River, Jesse is attending University of Louisiana on a football scholarship.

    Former Powell River resident Jesse Newman changed sport and earned a scholarship to the University of Louisiana

    Football in the United States is as big as hockey in Canada. One Powell River resident has gone south to experience it for himself. Jesse Newman is attending University of Louisiana ... at Lafayette (UL) on a football scholarship.

    Jesse spent his formative years in Powell River. He played rugby for the Powell River Junior Otago rugby club. After a growth spurt, the six-foot four-inch, 305-pound teen looked for a way to play football.

    Jesse's father, Robert Newman, who had played tight end for University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University, encouraged Jesse to play. Jesse moved in with Robert's mother. "I'm sure he convinced her to take me in," says Jesse. "She was awesome. If it wasn't for her I wouldn't be able to play football."

    Jesse's grandmother, Sarah Newman, lived in Tsawwassen. Jesse enrolled in South Delta Secondary School and played strong tackle. "Most teams had a right and left side [tackle]. This team had a strong and a quick tackle."

    Jesse made it to the Senior Bowl, in which all the top BC senior students get together for a game. "I was MVP [most valuable player] for the offensive line. It was a pretty nice start, for sure."

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    Ted Durnin
    Peak Reporter




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    This is so COOL Re: Jessie Newman's Big Move from West Coast rugby to Sun Belt football

    Jessie is a really great kid on top of a future pro-prospect.

    If you ever have the chance to visit with him you'll agree.


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    Default Re: Jessie Newman's Big Move from West Coast rugby to Sun Belt football

    Quote Originally Posted by mickzat
    Jessie is a really great kid on top of a future pro-prospect.

    If you ever have the chance to visit with him you'll agree.

    I have and I do agree

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