Improved GPAs for Bayshore's Greene, Sanon ensure eligibility
For Le’Quayvaious Greene, a Bayshore High wide receiver, receptions, yards and yards after catch all are important numbers.
For Eishinner Sanon, a Bayshore High running back, rushes, yards and yards per carry all are important numbers.
But for both, about to start their first seasons of Bruin football, one number controls all others.
The two learned in most difficult fashion that the “student” part of student-athlete can’t be ignored. The senior Greene played at Manatee High, first for the Hurricane freshman team, then the JV.
Before his junior year, hoping to “turn my life back around,” Greene transferred to Bayshore, bringing a 1.81 GPA with him.
A student-athlete must maintain at least a 2.0 to be eligible to play. Greene wasn’t close, causing him to miss his junior season.
“Skipping class, dumb stuff, not turning in work,” the 6-foot-1, 163-pounder said. “I wasn’t taking it seriously.’’
“He came up to me the second day of school,” Bruin head coach John Biezuns said, “introduced himself and said, ‘I want to play football. I know my GPA is low, but mark my words, I’ll get it there.’ ”
The senior Sanon left North Springs Charter High School in Atlanta to live with family in the area. Like Greene, the 5-9, 197-pound back enrolled at Bayshore before his junior year. His 1.6 GPA forced him to sit out the season as well.
“This last year, sitting out, made me miss football a lot,” Sanon said. “I took my freshman and sophomore years as a joke, but my junior year, I really realized that I could have all the talent in the world, but without the grades, I won’t go nowhere.”
Luckily, the two fell under the watchful eye of outside linebacker coach David Stubbs, who teaches an online Drop-Out Prevention class at the school.
“That was one of the things we talked about,” he said. “ ‘Do you want to play football at the next level? If you do, you got to be eligible here.’ ”
“Stubbs is here almost 365 days a year and he’ll put in the time,” Biezuns said.
Stubbs fashioned an academic plan for Greene and Sanon. He determined which classes they had passed, which they had failed, credits accrued and GPAs. Stubbs made pacing charts to ensure they completed their work by the end of the school year.
Sanon admitted being weak in “just about all of” his courses. Greene had failed two advanced English courses, which meant daily work behind a computer, with Stubbs right there.
“He stood behind me when I was slacking again,” he said. “He stayed on me. If it’s something you want, you’re going to motivate yourself to do it and you’re going to do it regardless.”
Said Stubbs, “We had to chase after them and be on them. Once they started straying off, we said, ‘Hey, get back on track. We want you to be better. You should want to do better, so let’s go ahead and make it happen.’ ”
It all paid off. Green improved from a 1.81 to 2.37. “Now we’re talking about a guy who legitimately has a shot to play college football with a great GPA,” Biezuns said. “He’s put himself in a great position.”
“I didn’t really have a father figure, so I kind of looked at (Stubbs) as my father figure,” Greene said. “Very, very, very proud of myself.”
Sanon’s improvement was less dramatic, jumping from a 1.6 to 2.05. “He still has some work to do,” Biezuns said. “He can do it. He just has to work really hard.”
Considered the strongest player on the team, Sanon may be the primary ball carrier for the Bruins. Greene, already named a Bayshore captain, will catch passes from freshman quarterback Treyvon Jefferson.
Biezuns said both could start for any school in the area. “They’re that good.” Instead, they’ll start for Bayshore.
As long as they remain academically eligible.
“That’s going to happen,” Greene said. “I have to. This is my last chance. I got to go to college.”