Mike Mike Baxter Posting Highlight Reel Runs For CCS


Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Despite playing only seven regular season games, CCS running back JaMichael Baxter still rushed for over a thousand yards with 14 touchdowns. And it seems like all of Mike Mike’s scores are made for the highlight reel.

In back-to-back weeks, Mike Mike Baxter has produced a 90-yard touchdown run. That’s rare. That’s boss.
Said Baxter:”I mean I know what I’m capable of. I really wasn’t that surprised when it happened. I mean I know what I’m capable of, so it wasn’t too surprising.”
And the 90-yarder against Knox Webb was no gimme.
Said Baxter:”So I saw the linebacker. He was only one-on-one, so I just dropped my shoulder. Hope for the best, and I saw open field in front of me after that, so I just kept going.”
Said head coach Mark Mariakis:”The last two or three weeks he has just kind of really stepped up. I think part of that is our line is growing up. We are young offensive linemen.”
Mike Mike is only 5’6, but he runs like Iron Mike.
Said Mariakis:”You know I call him a walking muscle because he’s just so rock hard.”
Said quarterback Sam Hall:”It’s probably hard for people to tackle him because you have to get low, but he can get low also and run you right over.”
Said Baxter:”He’s a track sprinter, so he has the break away speed, but his legs, his thighs, and hips are so powerful.
And what about that name. Mike Mike.
Said Baxter:”Well I played little league when I was about four years-old. That’s when I started. My coaches. Then never remembered our names. So he was like, you know what, we’re going to call you Mike Mike.”
Reporter:”How cool is the name Mike Mike?”
Said Hall:”Uh it’s pretty cool. I wish I had a name like Mike Mike.”
Reporter:”He keeps rushing for close to 300 a game, would you be willing to go by Mark Mark?”
Said Mariakis:”(Chuckles) Yeah. I’ll call him anything he wants, if he keeps getting 300 yards a game. But yeah, he’s a special kid.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.


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