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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

D1 Chattanooga Athlete Makes Impact for North Jackson Chiefs

Austin Blevins is only a freshman, but he's not playing like one for Class 4A No. 5-ranked North Jackson. Blevins cracked the Chiefs' starting lineup at defensive back and is among the team's leading tacklers after four weeks of play. He's also saw some time on offense. Click here to read the rest of the story from TheDailySentinel.com!

D1 and David Thornton Unveil New Weight Room

Daivd Thornton partnered with D1 Sports Foundation to present the first “D1 Clinic” at Whites Creek High School, providing students of the school with inside information on how to get the most out of their amateur athletic careers. Thornton was also on hand to unveil the brand new weight equipment the D1 Sports Foundation is providing as part of its “Iron Sharpens Iron” weight room grant. Click here to read the entire story from Titansonline.com!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

D1 Knoxville Athlete Plays for CFL

D1 Knoxville athlete Terrence Scott signed with the BC Lions as a wide receiver for the Canadian Football League. Terrence, former Oregon Duck and local standout at Central H.S. in Knoxville, trains with Coach Jai Robinson when he occasionally travels back home. In 2008 Terrence was named Honorable mention all-Pac-10, won the Dudley Clarke Memorial Award as the team’s most improved player, was Oregon’s leading receiver, and ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in receiving yards (57.8 avg.) We wish Terrence the best in his rookie year playing in the CFL!

D1 Knoxville Athlete Signs with Rice

D1 Athlete Jessica Goswitz, a senior basketball player at Webb School of Knoxville, signed to play basketball at Rice University in Houston, Texas. Jessica was runner-up Miss Basketball for 2009 in Tennessee. We wish the best for her freshmen season at Rice!

Monday, September 28, 2009

In His Own Words with Mark Jones

“My favorite NFL team growing up was the Detroit Loins. I think the best player in the league today is Peyton Manning. I don’t know the toughest player to go against; that’s a hard decision. My favorite thing about Nashville is the country music. I didn’t like it at first but it grew on me. I train at D1 to get back on the football field.”

Jeremy Crutcher Earns Huntsville Athlete of the Week

Jeremy Crutcher is the Athlete of the Week powered by Huntsville Hospital, TOC and D1. Jeremy is a 12th grade basketball player at Hazel Green High School. He has maintained a 3.9 GPA while being actively involved with Junior National Honor Society, The Volunteer Center for Madison County and Boy Scout of America. Jeremy has received many athletic accomplishments; he was selected as an All Tournament Player in Madison County Area Basketball, named honorable mention for the state of Alabama “Mr. Basketball” and invited to compete in the USA Junior Nationals All-State High School Competition. Congratulations Jeremy on your accomplishments!

Friday, September 25, 2009

D1's AJ Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Mike Vrabel Predict OSU Game

Courtesy of This Week in Football, D1 co-owners AJ Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Mike Vrabel predicted the OSU/Illinois Game.

D1's Jermain Taylor Set to Fight

D1 Little Rock co-owner and former undisputed middleweight titleholder Jermain "Bad Intentions" Taylor (28-3-1, 17 KOs) will square off in Berlin, Germany's o2 Arena against undefeated former middleweight champion "King" Arthur Abraham (30-0, 24 KOs) of Berlin, Germany on October 17, 2009. We wish Jermain the best of luck in the highly-anticipated SHOWTIME Sports® Super Six World Boxing Classic Tournament. Knock em' out Jermain!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

D1 Greenville Character Athlete of the Month

Haley Norman is D1 Greenville's August Character Athlete of the Month. Haley is 12 years-old and is involved in karate and soccer. She trains in D1's Developmental Group (12-14 years old) with Coach Terrence Savage.
D1's August Word of the Month was PERSEVERANCE. Haley has a smile on her face from the time she walks in the building until the end of her training session. She is always a leader of her group, and is never intimidated by all the male athletes who train with her. Haley is a great example that girls of any age train at the same level as the boys...that's PERSEVERANCE!

D1 Knoxville Athletes Playing Big

D1 Knoxville has always been home to many great athletes. Several have gone on to college to play and succeed at the next level. Here are a few playing football this fall. Former Powell lineman Jared McGaha (Michigan State, 6-6, 298) and former Oak Ridge lineman Alex Stuart (Middle Tennessee State, 6-3, 293) began the season as starting right guards for their respective teams. Former Farragut player Michael Hoag (6-6, 295) is an offensive guard for Wake Forest. T.J. Franklin (6-4, 287) graduate of Knoxville Catholic, is an offensive lineman for the University of Cincinnati. Keep up the hard work!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

D1 Nashville Character Athlete of the Month

Jeff Walraven is D1 Nashville's August Character Athlete of the Month. Jeff trains in both Coach Mike's D1 TOTAL FIT and Coach Carter's D1 BOOT CAMP programs. August's Word of the Month was PERSEVERANCE. Jeff is our most dedicated athlete, rarely missing a training session. Jeff suffered with plantar faciitis (foot injury) for a 3-month period; however, he PERSEVERED through the injury and has lost 80+ pounds since becoming a D1 athlete one year ago. 




Monday, September 21, 2009

D1 Little Rock Character Athlete of the Month

Jacob Boone is D1 Little Rock's August Character Athlete of the Month. Jacob trains with Coach Ben and Coach Cedric in D1's Developmental Group (Ages 12-14).
D1's August Word of the Month was PERSEVERANCE. Jacob has a great attitude and strives to PERSEVERE in all that he does. He never takes a play off because he understands the importance of working hard and getting better everyday. Jacob suffered a severe foot injury that required 12 stitches and he still showed up the next day, training hard as ever. Now, that's PERSEVERANCE!

D1 Foundation to Unveil Whites Creek Weight Room

The D1 Sports Foundation and Titans linebacker David Thornton will present the first “D1 Clinic” at Whites Creek High School on Tuesday, providing students of the school with inside information on how to get the most out of their amateur athletic careers. Thornton will also be on hand to unveil the brand new weight equipment the D1 Sports Foundation is providing as part of its “Iron Sharpens Iron” weight room grant. The Iron Sharpens Iron Weight Room Grant is provided by Legend Fitness Equipment and Vanderbilt Sports Medicine. For more info, click here.

Friday, September 18, 2009

In His Own Words with Lance Schulters

"My favorite team growing up was the Giants. I’m from New York. It’s tough to say who is the best player in the NFL. The best safety is Troy Polamalu. The toughest guy to go up against is T.O. or Randy Moss. T.O. is the toughest but Moss is a close second. I train at D1 because it is a great indoor facility and we work hard. I give Darren a hard time but we get it done. Right now I am just staying in shape and keeping my options open."

Thursday, September 17, 2009

D1 Chattanooga Athlete Big Time Recruit

The summer basketball circuit was good to Tyner's Michael Bradley. The 6-foot-10 center has become a high-level recruit and has popped on the radar of almost every major program in the country. Bradley now ranks as the No. 3 prospect in the state of Tennessee and the No. 15 center in the nation according to Scouts.com. Rivals.com lists him as a three-star recruit. Click here to read the rest of the story from Chattanooga timesfreepress.com!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Gyms Like D1 Make Fitness Fun for Kids

At D1 Sports Training in Franklin, Brandon Goebbert instructs the casual child participant and the serious athlete. "I get the kids who are so gung ho about it they want to learn everything," said Goebbert, who leads a fitness group for 7- to 11-year-olds. "And I get parents who say their kids won't do anything but sit on the couch and play video games, and they need someone other than a parent to tell them they need exercise." There are three levels of kids classes at D1. Each gets more sports-centric, but with the younger kids the focus is more on fitness fundamentals and less on athletic achievement. Click here to read the rest of the story from Tennessean.com!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

ESPN Features Nunn and Rivers from D1 Camp

Huntsville High quarterback and D1 Athlete Will Nunn, who competed against D1 co-owner Philip Rivers at the D1 ISI Offensive Skills Camp earlier this summer in Huntsville, had some good laughs on ESPN regarding their friendly competition. Nunn and Rivers were featured on ESPN as part of Kenny Mayne's segment during "NFL Countdown." Click here to read all about it.

Gillian Richard Earns Huntsville Athlete of the Week

Gillian Richard is the Athlete of the Week powered by Huntsville Hospital, TOC and D1. She’s maintained a 3.9 GPA while lettering in volleyball and basketball at Madison County High School. Gillian is actively involved with FCCLA and FBLA, as well as holding an office in her FCA group. In her spare time, she coaches youth softball and volunteers at her local church. Congratulations Gillian!

D1 Huntsville Character Athlete of the Month

Bill Noojin is D1 Huntsville's August Character Athlete of the Month. Bill trains in D1's Total Fit(Adults) morning class with Coach Corey and Coach Crystal.
D1's August Word of the Month was PERSEVERANCE. PERSEVERANCE is the perfect word to describe Bill. He has been a D1 Huntsville member since it opened in 2007. He trains 5-6 time per week, every week. Regardless of pain, injury or work everyone at D1 Huntsville knows Bill will show up each day ready to work.

Monday, September 14, 2009

News and Notes from D1 Athletes in the NFL

Carolina Panthers tackle Geoff Schwartz, who spent all of last season on the Panthers' practice squad, made his NFL debut… DeAngelo Williams had 14 carries for 37 yards and a touchdown plus four catches for 42 yards in Sunday's loss… First-round pick Michael Oher fared well in his first NFL start at right offensive tackle for the Ravens… Ravens FB Le'Ron McClain rushed for 19 yards and a touchdown on six carries, and also caught three balls for 23 yards in Week 1… Cleveland rookie Kaluka Maiava had one tackle, the Browns' first of the regular season… Cowboys tight end Jason Witten led the receiving corps with five catches for 71 yards… Peyton Hillis ran once for two yards and caught a six-yard pass in the Broncos' Week 1 win over Cincinnati… Texans DT Frank Okam recorded four tackles and a sack… Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle completed 16 of 24 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs' 38-24 Week 1 loss to the Ravens… Minnesota Vikings signed OL Kory Lichtensteiger to the 53-man roster… Titans DT’s Tony Brown and Jason Jones each recorded sacks on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

D1 Knoxville Athlete Recovering from Car Wreck

On August 10th, Zach Dowdy, senior quarterback at Halls High School, flipped his SUV on his way to football practice resulting in emergency surgery to remove his spleen. His return to football seemed unlikely, according to Coach Kevin Julian. However, after training at D1 Knoxville with Coach Dunstan Kendrick, he recently practiced in shoulder pads and helmet but was held from contact. The Red Devils are 0-3 with the next four games on the road. A comeback by Dowdy during that stretch would be a welcomed one. "He's bound and determined to do it (return)," said Julian. "It could be the lift we need." Click here to read the full story.

Friday, September 11, 2009

D1 Greenville Athlete Plays Big for the Dolphins

Grayson Kinsler's training this summer at D1 Greenville has certainly paid off for him. The training prepared Grayson for his upcoming football season. In the Dolphins recent scrimmage, he played linebacker and fullback, recording five tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. Congratulations Grayson on getting after it at D1 Greenville. Keep up the good work!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

D1 Knoxville Character Athlete of the Month

Jamie Iverson is D1 Knoxville's August Character Athlete of the Month. Jamie trains in Coach Amy Haurilak-Stuck's D1 Boot Camp program.
August's Word of the Month was PERSEVERANCE. Jamie has overcome a major health issue, but has not slowed down or asked for sympathy. Jamie has not lost any patience in the things that hold her up, rather she modifies them to fit her needs and abilities. There is no other D1 athlete that can match Jamie's PERSEVERANCE.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

D1 Chattanooga Character Athlete of the Month

Randall Burton is D1 Chattanooga's August Character Athlete of the Month. Randall is 16 years old who runs track and plays basketball at East Ridge High School. He trains with Coach CJ in D1's Prep Group (15-18 years old).

D1's July Word of the Month was PERSEVERANCE. Randall comes to class everyday of the week, and trains to his full potential every minute of every class. His PERSEVERANCE has helped him succeed on the track, court, and in life.

D1 Sports Foundation Nominated for Nike Grant

The D1 Sports Foundation has been nominated by Nike for a grant to help underprivileged kids in the community. D1's mission is to level the playing field for all young people wishing to participate in athletics, by dedicating ourselves to offering the very best athletic training and equipment to financially-challenged student-athletes and schools. Please click here to vote for D1 or go to www.nikebackyourblock.com.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Riley Siniard Earns Huntsville Athlete of the Week

Riley Siniard is the Athlete of the Week powered by Huntsville Hospital, TOC and D1. Riley is a 12th grade football and basketball player at Huntsville High School. He has achieved many athletic accomplishments including 2008 All-City and North Alabama Elite Team. Riley is a member of The National Honor Society and The National Society of High School Scholars. He is also active in the community with Big Red football camp and Habitat for Humanity. Congratulations, Riley on your accomplishments!

60 D1 Athletes Make NFL Roster

Despite 19 D1 guys getting cut by the NFL recently, 60 D1 athletes made an NFL roster, another seven are on an NFL practice squad and two are on Injured Reserve. Below is the list.

Will Davis - Arizona Cardinals
Tyson Clabo - Atlanta Falcons
Michael Oher - Baltimore Ravens
Samari Rolle - Baltimore Ravens
Le’Ron McClain - Baltimore Ravens
Derek Mason - Baltimore Ravens
Geoff Schwartz - Carolina Panthers
DeAngelo Williams - Carolina Panthers
Hunter Hillenmeyer - Chicago Bears
Frank Omiyale - Chicago Bears
Jonathan Luigs - Cincinnati Bengals
Kaluka Maiava - Cleveland Browns
Doug Free - Dallas Cowboys
Bobby Carpenter - Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten - Dallas Cowboys
Peyton Hillis - Denver Broncos
Jerome Felton - Detroit Lions
A.J. Hawk - Green Bay Packers
Brandon Underwood - Green Bay Packers
T.J. Lang - Green Bay Packers
Scott Wells - Green Bay Packers
Amobi Okoye - Houston Texans
Chris Brown - Houston Texans
Frank Okam - Houston Texans
Tom Santi - Indianapolis Colts
Peyton Manning - Indianapolis Colts
Antonio Johnson - Indianapolis Colts
Jarett Dillard - Jacksonville Jaguars
Brodie Croyle - Kansas City Chiefs
Brad Cottam - Kansas City Chiefs
Mike Vrabel - Kansas City Chiefs
Gibril Wilson - Miami Dolphins
Kory Lichtensteiger - Minnesota Vikings
Bret Lockett - New England Patriots
Usama Young - New Orleans Saints
Marvin Mitchell - New Orleans Saints
Terrance Pennington - New York Giants
Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers
Marcus McNeil - San Diego Chargers
Billy Volek - San Diego Chargers
Brandon Jones - San Francisco 49ers
Mansfield Wrotto - Seattle Seahawks
Benjamin Obomanu - Seattle Seahawks
Brandon Frye - Seattle Seahawks
Kenneth Darby - St. Louis Rams
Jacob Bell - St. Louis Rams
Maurice Evans - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tony Brown - Tennessee Titans
Jason Jones - Tennessee Titans
Donnie Nickey - Tennessee Titans
David Thornton - Tennessee Titans
Vincent Fuller - Tennessee Titans
Keith Bulluck - Tennessee Titans
Craig Stevens - Tennessee Titans
Stephen Tulloch - Tennessee Titans
Troy Kropog - Tennessee Titans
Nick Harper - Tennessee Titans
Chris Hope - Tennessee Titans
Albert Haynesworth - Washington Redskins
Jeremy Jarmon - Washington Redskins

Injured Reserve:
Cody Spencer - Detroit Lions - IR
Xavier Fulton - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - IR

Practice Squad:
Darius Hill - Cincinnati Bengals - PS
Julius Pruitt - Miami Dolphins - PS
Garrett Mills - Minnesota Vikings - PS
DeAndre Wright - New York Giants - PS
Reshard Langford - Philadelphia Eagles - PS
J. Leman - Philadelphia Eagles - PS
Ryan McDonald - San Diego Chargers - PS

Friday, September 4, 2009

D1 Helps ESPN Blogger Beat NFL Times

Check out the story on ESPN of Paul Kuharsky taking some training from D1's Darren Mustin. Click here to read.

Paul Kuharsky Takes On The NFL Elite from Taylor Smith on Vimeo.

In his own words with Doug Datish

"My favorite NFL team when I was a kid were the Steelers because they were always really good. I grew up forty minutes from them. I think the best player in the NFL is Peyton Manning. He never puts himself in a bad situation and he always makes the right decisions. My least favorite play to go up against is Albert Hansworth. He's the best defensive lineman in the NFL. My favorite thing about Nashville is that my wife lives here and the music scene is great. I train at D1 because it is a great place with a professional atmosphere. They know how to train great athletes. My buddy owns the one in Columbus, Ohio."

Thursday, September 3, 2009

EAE Baseball and Softball Combines

Elite Athletic Events will be holding middle and high school baseball combines at five D1 Sports Training locations. This will be an exciting day of demonstration, testing and competition! During the event, athletes perform a variety of skills and agility drills to include: Pro-Agility, 4-Corner Drill, 30-YD Dash, Vertical Jump and Standing Broad Jump.
Chattanooga: Saturday, October 3
Greenville: Saturday, October 17
Nashville: Saturday, October 31
Little Rock: Saturday, November 7
Knoxville: Saturday, November 14

Click here to register for EAE Baseball Combine.
Click here to register for EAE Softball Combine.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Boot Camp with Amy and Phil Parham

Phil and Amy Parham, from The Biggest Loser, are partnering with D1 for a weight loss boot camp. Classes are held three days a week and include an hour long calorie burning workout, meal guideline, food journal, shopping list, and more. Sign up at D1 Greenville or call 864.288.3868 for more information.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

D1 Blog Contest

D1 is gearing up for this year’s college football season. We want to know which SEC football team you think will put up the most points in Week One. Simply post a comment to this blog with your team guess AND the predicted number of points they will score. The person with the closest answer will win a D1 visor. To be eligible for the prize, post by 11:00 a.m. CST on Saturday, September 5. Good luck!

Westside Training

Find out what David Allen, D1 Memphis Head Strength and Speed Coach, has to say about Westside Training, a system of training designed to elicit maximum strength, power and speed through several different methods. Click here.