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Chris Shula is still working hard!

When he attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Chris Shula was the perfect athlete. A standout football player, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, father, uncle and brother. He was also a tremendous wrestler who took the sport seriously and advanced to the state tournament, where his family supported him thoughout his career.

Over the past four years, Shula, a 5-11, 228-pound linebacker, has been at Miami of Ohio, and has been a role player for the rebuilding Redhawks, who are 2-8 with games against Toledo and Ohio University remaining.

On Tuesday night, the senior finally received some national exposure in a loss to nationally-rated Ball St. In the loss, Shula blocked a punt, forced a fumble and came up with some key tackles, proving that he is still a tremendous and hard-working football talent.

Shula is not the only Floridian playing in Oxford. Carol City senior defensive back Jason Gibson has been impressive. So have defensive back Wendell Brunson (Fort Pierce John Carroll), receiver Joe Clarke (Tampa Alonso), tight end Jake O'Connell (Naples Gulf Coast) and Jamal Rodgers (Harmony Prep, Fort Myers).

LARRY BLUSTEIN
lblustein@miamiherald.com

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