Never short for words, a comedic Nick Paris describes himself "like candy mixed with steel", empowered with the gift to make people laugh, some might get the impression that he is a bit of aloof off the field. But on the gridiron, he is all business.
Armed with a big heart,
As a freshman in high school, Nick wasn't sure he was cut out to play football. His unwillingness to give up helped him find a calling that now consumes every fiber of his physical being. Owl fans are happy he found his passion for a game he seems to have mastered.
Heading into the season opener against
The loss of
Schnellenberger re-emphases what having a player in the line up like Nick Paris is like: "Nick has been a starter for three years. When you lose a player like Nick you are losing one-fifth of your experience and your technique, your ability to play together. So it is natural that he is somewhat more than 20 percent of the offensive line," Schnellenberger said.
So when the general found his way back into the lineup in
time for conference play, it also brought some stability to an offense
that never seemed to find any rhythm.
And every week since
Asking Schnellenberger if there is any correlation on how the offense seemed to have found its groove again with the return of Nick Paris, he said, "I absolutely do. Nick is an integral part of this football team and has been his entire career here, not only as a football player but as a signal caller for the line and in the entertainment division of the line."
Can one person have so much impact and be instrumental in
the turnaround for an offense trying to find any kind of rhythm? Maybe not, but
it is hard to deny what the experience and leadership of a Nick Paris-type player brings to
this team - his fun nature seemed to have made a big difference. This is a different team, one with a bit more
Edited by: Rick Smith