ORANGE PARK, Fla. — Oakleaf High School senior Justin Todd is our athlete of the week. This linebacker is the first four-year starter in the short history of the Knights football program.
After he graduates, Todd will attend Florida International University where he will play football for the Panthers.
Oakleaf won just two games in Justin’s freshman and sophomore seasons combined. Last year, the Knights broke through and won six games.
The adversity that Justin has faced on the field doesn’t compare to the challenges he’s faced off the field which include being homeless for a short period of time.
If you’d like to nominate a local high school athlete for our athleteof the week award, please fill out the form located at this link: http://www.firstcoastnews.com/sports/highschool/athleteoftheweek/default.aspx
In the comments section of the nomination form, please give us asmuch information as possible to give us an idea of what makes the youngman or young woman that you are nominating so special.
We are particularly interested in stories about people that haveovercome some type of adversity such as a mental or physical handicap,the death of a loved one, or recovery from a serious injury. Please letus know if the nominee has any recent special achievements inathletics, academics, or community service.