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Xavier Coleman

Post by forestgreen » June 18th, 2013, 7:07 pm

Jesuit's Xavier Coleman is Beaverton Leader's first Athlete of the Year

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From a distance, Xavier Coleman’s senior year at Jesuit seemed to be a series of missteps and what-ifs.

After all, Coleman played in less than half of Jesuit’s football games, his basketball team didn’t win a state championship for the first time in his high school varsity career, and he false-started in one of his two individual races at the state track meet.

On closer inspection, however, Coleman’s senior season was nothing short of spectacular.In Coleman’s first football season since his freshman year – a season made possible by off-season heart surgery – Coleman was a key contributor in Jesuit’s run to the Class 6A state semifinals.

In basketball, Coleman led the Crusaders to a fifth straight Metro League championship and all the way to semifinals of the Class 6A state tournament.And in track, Coleman stepped up to take second place in the 200 meters at the Class 6A state meet, led his team to victory in the 4 x 400 relay and helped Jesuit win the team title for just the second time in school history.

For all those reasons and many more, Coleman was been selected as the Beaverton Leader’s first Male Athlete of the Year. The Athlete of the Year award is given annually to the top graduated senior athlete within the Leader’s coverage area.

FOOTBALL 

Coleman, 18 and a resident of Oregon City, will attend Portland State University on a football scholarship next fall, and considering his route to success on the gridiron, it’s no surprise that just getting to play was among his top moments from 2012-13.

"It was huge," Coleman said about finally playing varsity football at Jesuit. "It didn’t hit me during football season. I couldn’t even grasp that I was allowed to play."

But play he did, making his varsity debut in week eight of the 2012 season, and making an almost immediate impact in that first game against Metro co-favorite Aloha.

After he survived his first play, that is."That first play, I was at the corner, I was out wide and I was so nervous," Coleman said. "The game was so much faster. It took me a while to calm down and get control of my nerves."

But later, he stepped up and showed just why Portland State decided to invest in him, picking off an Aloha pass and returning it 25 yards for the final touchdown in his team’s 56-13 rout.

Aloha "put Thomas (Tyner) in the slot … and I figured they’d go to him," Coleman said. "I just broke on the ball, I caught it and then I’m looking back at everybody behind me. After I scored, I didn’t know whether to cry or celebrate or whatever."

By year’s end, though, everyone knew it should celebrate Coleman’s return. He finished with 10 catches for 242 yards, and scored four touchdowns in his team’s final six games, the last a 56-yarder against Sheldon that brought his team within one score of the eventual state champions in the state semifinals.

Still, just getting to play was the real reward."At the end of the day, (the best thing) was just spending time with my brothers," Coleman said. "The goal was to put everything I had into it. I was cleared to play and went right into it. I wanted to win a state championship, but other than that, I have no regrets."

His efforts did not go unnoticed.

"He really helped solidify our defense. He’s a great playmaker (and) a fierce competitor," said Jesuit coach Ken Potter. "In the middle of competition, he’ll lay it on the line every time."

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Coleman came back strong in basketball, teaming with fellow seniors Khyan Rayner and Sean Milligan to lead the Crusaders to the third Metro championship in Coleman’s three varsity seasons. In total, Jesuit went 29-1 in league during Coleman’s three seasons and 76-8 overall.

Coleman was a bigger part of the team than ever in 2012-13, using his increased size and strength to attack the basket, and also to defend a variety of opposition players. He averaged 10.6 points, 2.3 rebounds and 2.56 assists to earn second-team all-Metro honors.

"The difference in his senior year was that he was so powerful," Jesuit basketball coach Gene Potter said. "The way that he can handle the ball and also defend was really impressive, and he really showed that against the out-of-state teams in the" Les Schwab Invitational.

At the 2012 LSI, Coleman and the Crusaders showed exactly what they were capable of, beating nationally ranked Archbishop Gorman and Gonzaga along the way to a runner-up finish.

"It showed us we have this potential. Maybe we could make a statement to the state," Coleman said. "I loved playing (at state), but beating those out-of-state teams was great. It showed me we could keep our composure against anybody."

While Jesuit saw its four-year run of championships snapped in the state semifinals, there was never a moment that Coleman didn’t believe his team could win.

"We weren’t thinking anything less" than a championship, Coleman said. "There was no reason we couldn’t. Me and Sean and Khyan got together before the season and we all thought we could do it."

That unwavering belief is one of the things that will most mark Coleman’s time as a Jesuit basketball player.

"The thing I’ll remember, all three years, was his will to help the team be the best it could be," Gene Potter said. "It was a real joy to coach him."

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There was more excitement for Coleman in the spring season, too.

He won six of nine starts in the 100 meters, took Metro titles in both the 100 and 200, and rolled into the state meet with expectations sky-high.

But day one at state provided an extremely unwelcome surprise – Coleman false-started in his preliminary heat of the 100 and cost his team points it might just need in the race for the team title.

"There was no reason I wouldn’t have won my prelim – and then to see it all go away," Coleman said. "I don’t think I’ve ever been so mad."

Coleman didn’t hang his head though. He helped his team grab fifth in the 4 x 100 relay, came back for second in the 200, then ran a key leg that led to victory in the 4 x 400 relay – a result that put the finishing touches on Jesuit’s championship.

"I told him we only needed to finish third, fourth or fifth (in the 4 x 400), but he says ‘Coach, we’re going to win it,’¤" said Jesuit track coach Tom Rothenberger. "Then he goes out and runs a great leg and it just filters down to the rest of the guys."

Rothenberger "told me we were up by nine points, but I tried not to focus on that because I was afraid it would mess with my mind," Coleman said. "I just told him that we would refuse to lose."

On that front, Coleman did it better than anyone else.
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Re: Xavier Coleman

Post by forestgreen » June 19th, 2013, 5:57 pm

Oregon football star returns from heart surgery to earn Division I scholarship

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Almost four years since cardiologists told him, "You'll never play football again," and less than a year after undergoing open heart surgery, Portland (Ore.) Jesuit High senior Xavier Coleman earned the Division I football scholarship he always dreamed of.

Coleman's remarkable recovery, sandwiching three state titles in basketball and track between a dominating freshman football campaign and a return to the gridiron this past fall, is chronicled wonderfully by the Beaverton Leader's Connor Letourneau.
"I looked into miracles earlier in high school and I'm like, 'Nah. That's not how things happen,'" Xavier told Letourneau. "But after this whole thing, I really do believe in them."
And for good reason. After fainting twice over a span of a few days as a Jesuit freshman in December 2009 and his subsequent diagnosis of a congenital heart defect (bicuspid aortic valve), doctors reportedly ruled out football indefinitely for the burgeoning prospect.
"Why?" Coleman asked his mother Christine after flipping a few chairs and punching a couple walls. "That's my dream he's talking about! Why is this happening to me?"
That didn't stop him from leading the Crusaders to back-to-back Class 6A state championships as the starting point guard on their basketball team or running a leg on the winning 4x400-meter relay squad this May as part of Jesuit's 6A track and field title.
Still, football is Coleman's true passion, and the gridiron is where he found his real salvation. Despite his success on basketball courts and in sprinting lanes, he constantly worried about his heart condition, the Beaverton Leader story explained.
"Who at the age of 15 is thinking about dying?" Christine Coleman added. "But he did."
Sure enough, Coleman's June 2012 sonogram returned the image of an enlarged heart that worked at just 40 percent capacity. While initially resisting the idea of open heart surgery, Coleman eventually relented to its reality.
On July 20, a Stanford University Medical Center surgeon conducted a nine-hour procedure that sawed through Coleman's chest -- and opened the possibility of a return to football. Reading Jesuit football coach Ken Potter's playbook while recovering in the hospital, Coleman circled Game 7 of his senior season as his target return date.
When doctors cleared Coleman to play just three months later, an injury to his starting cornerback enabled Potter to start the once highly coveted recruit opposite Oregon-bound wideout Thomas Tyner in an Oct. 19 game against Beaverton (Ore.) Aloha High.
With a little over five minutes remaining, Coleman jumped the slot receiver's route and returned an interception 25 yards for a touchdown to cap a 56-13 rout, the Beaverton Leader detailed, sending his family, teammates and entire school into a frenzy.
"I didn't really know whether to cry, scream or what," Coleman told the Leader.
After starting Jesuit's remaining five games, including a state semifinals appearance, Coleman walked off the field satisfied with reaching his goal of returning to football.

Soon, though, another goal came knocking on his door, when Portland State University head football coach Nigel Burton offered him a scholarship -- thanks in part to Potter's insistence that Coleman was a Pac-12 prospect if not for his health issues.
On Tuesday, the Beaverton Leader handed him its first Athlete of the Year honor. While Coleman's aortic valve may once have been a concern, there's no questioning his heart.
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Re: Xavier Coleman

Post by forestgreen » September 7th, 2015, 7:50 pm

Xavier Coleman is doing a weekly diary for Oregonlive.com this season. Here are the first two installments:

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: Excitement builds for Vikings opener vs. Washington State

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Xavier Coleman's PSU Vikings diary: 'I saw tears, I saw dancing ... I saw Portland State football make history'

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Post by forestgreen » September 14th, 2015, 2:48 pm

The third installment:

Xavier Coleman's Portland State Vikings football diary: 'Man is it fun being the underdog'

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Post by forestgreen » September 28th, 2015, 12:41 pm

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: 'We knew Western Oregon was not a team to take lightly'

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Post by GreenGiant » September 28th, 2015, 1:50 pm

There is no doubt in my mind that the players have a completely different attitude this season. It is starting to sound like Burton was really even more of a disaster as head coach than anyone outside the program knew. He was able to recruit, so he deserves credit there, but being able to sell himself was his greatest attribute.

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Post by forestgreen » October 19th, 2015, 12:15 pm

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: 'This was a huge win for PSU as a program'

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Post by bigskyconf » October 19th, 2015, 6:39 pm

I've noticed reading these columns by X-Man Coleman, the pride he has not only for the defense that he plays on, but the offense as well. So many college football teams at all levels say, this is the offense and they will do their job, this is the defense and they will do their job and, while there is support within the two, there is rarely any support or any caring by the players towards those on the other side of the ball. This team is a team, it is not just offense and defense, but it is truly a team.

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Post by forestgreen » November 2nd, 2015, 6:51 pm

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: 'It was the best Halloween I have ever had in my life'

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Throughout the 2015 football season, Portland State defensive back Xavier Coleman will be bringing you inside the Vikings' huddle, sharing his experiences on and off the field.

The Vikings (7-1) are ranked No. 10 in the latest STATS FCS Top 25 and are coming off a 35-16 homecoming victory over Montana. Portland State beat the Grizzlies for the first time since 2004 and reached 7-1 for the first time in program history.

Here's the 10th installment of Coleman's 2015 Portland State football diary:

Without even knowing it, we are making history.

I had no idea that this has been the best start ever for a PSU football program. This is also a huge reason why I believe we have been so successful. While everyone on the outside is talking about our success or games ahead, we are just focusing on the here and now. The term "day to day" is a perfect description of the team.

Sunday I found out that we have not beat Montana since 2004, and also that we haven't beat both Montana teams since 1999. This goes to show how much we have grown as a team. From a program everyone was questioning before the year started, to a team that expects to win every time they step on the field.

Coming into last week, I heard many people on campus talk about how this is a huge game. Coach Barnum told us that if we thought of this game as a big one, we would lose. It is common for teams to go into high pressured games thinking they need to make extraordinary plays.

Throughout the week it was reiterated that no one needed to play like superman, all we had to do was our jobs, and we would win as a TEAM. We understood that we had to beat them with our fundamentals.

The first quarter was filled with big plays. Patrick Onwausor picked off a pass on three straight possessions. He has quite the knack for always knowing where to be when the ball is thrown. All of these interceptions might have not resulted in points, but it mentally affected the Montana offense. They were not the same after the first quarter. They had a tough time getting a run established, and an even tougher time getting their passing game going.

Coach Barnum told us that if we thought of this game as a big one, we would lose.
The rain did make a huge impact in how the game was called. Gloves had no traction, and many of the players just went without them to counter the rain. Passing is a huge part of Montana's offense, and they were forced to find other ways to attack when the rain was pouring hard.

Our offense dealt with the rain in a calm and collected manner. David Jones and Alex Kuresa made their presence felt, like a consistent left and right punch. Big play after big play, it became apparent they really struggled stopping our run game.

Our receivers also came up huge in catching the deep balls thrown to them on such a rainy day. Like every single week, everyone made the play when their name was called.

Beating Montana was a great feat for us, but knowing the team, we are already past it. But I can say it was the best Halloween I have ever had in my life. Many college kids would enjoy being out celebrating the holiday until the sun comes up, but there is truly nothing better than being on the field battling with your brothers.

We get to travel this next week to Northern Colorado. They are another good team who we have to make sure we are fully prepared for. I look at every game as an opportunity to show the nation what we are made of. We are a tough, fundamental, blue-collar football team. We stay true to this, we play Barny Ball!

Man do I love this team.

God Bless and Roll Viks.
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Post by forestgreen » November 16th, 2015, 6:58 pm

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: 'All I heard was the crowd going absolutely berserk' (with video):

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Post by forestgreen » November 23rd, 2015, 7:18 pm

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: 'People have doubted us all year'

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Post by forestgreen » August 1st, 2016, 7:11 pm

Coleman, Once Told He Could No Longer Play, Now A Preseason All-American

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Post by bigskyconf » August 1st, 2016, 10:58 pm

The rest of the STATS LLC Preseason All American. Nine Big Sky players total on the three teams. Cooper Kupp (EWU) and John Santiago (North Dakota) are the only Big Sky players on the first team.

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Post by forestgreen » September 7th, 2016, 6:54 pm

Xavier Coleman's Portland State football diary: Focus lifts Vikings in opener

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Post by forestgreen » December 31st, 2016, 10:43 am

Going to miss this young man next year!

Xavier Coleman Earns Second All-America Honor

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Post by BroadwayVik » January 1st, 2017, 10:21 pm

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Since he is a great model, we need to recruit another like him.

And keep doing so.

Reversion to the mean means no program growth. Is that what we want? Absolutely not.

The only one who wins from no program growth are people like Tim Walsh.

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Post by forestgreen » March 23rd, 2017, 7:54 pm

NFL DRAFT: 5 FCS Prospects With Great Pro Days
These guys were left off the combine selection list, but they proved they belonged with their on-campus Pro Day.

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XAVIER COLEMAN, DB -- PORTLAND STATE 
2016 STATS: 29 tackles, 2 INTs
CAREER STATS: 152 tackles, 9 INTs, 41 passes defensed
THE SKINNY: The all-american dazzled on March 15 at the Portland State Pro Day, one of the true non-combine studs from the FCS level. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound corner back timed in at 4.46 in his top 40-yard dash time and posted a 40-inch vertical. He proved his athleticism in the 3-cone drill, the broad jump and the short and long shuttle runs, and showed good strength for a player his size with 17 reps on the 225-pound lift. Coleman was already on the radar screen prior to his Pro Day, now he's plastered all over it.
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Post by forestgreen » April 6th, 2017, 10:44 pm

NFL DRAFT: Portland State's Xavier Coleman's Heart is Strong
Portland State DB Xavier Coleman has faced the on-field and off-the-field challenges head on, and beaten both.

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Re: Xavier Coleman

Post by forestgreen » April 20th, 2017, 7:14 pm

Seattle Seahawks interested in ex-Portland State CB Xavier Coleman: Report

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The Seattle Seahawks are evaluating cornerbacks as they address their sudden need at the position going into next week's 2017 NFL draft.
The Seahawks are listening to trade offers for Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman, and DeShawn Shead is rehabbing from a torn ACL and MCL and isn't expected to be ready for training camp.
The Seahawks have shown interest in Portland State cornerback Xavier Coleman, according to a report.
Coleman, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound player, stood out during the Vikings' Pro Day in March, including posting an average time of 4.48 seconds in the 40-yard dash, according to a report. In addition, he posted a time of 4.13 seconds in the short shuttle and 6.86 seconds in the three-cone drill.
The report also said Coleman has an official predraft visit scheduled with the Seahawks, though there's been no public reports of Coleman meeting with the Seahawks.

Coleman may not hear his name called during the draft, but most observers say that he's a near-lock to sign an undrafted free agent deal. Shead who started in 15 games during the 2016 season for the Seahawks, is also from Portland State.
Coleman, who attended Jesuit High School, started in 35 games during his career with the Vikings, totaling 152 tackles, 32 pass breakups and nine interceptions.
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