No road block too big for Demien

Updated: October 27, 2009, 11:43 AM ET
By Jon Mahoney | ESPN RISE Magazine

This story appeared in the St. Louis edition of the October ESPN RISE Magazine.

Timberland (Wentzville, Mo.) football coach Craig Collins was putting his team through practice four years ago when he saw the Wentzville South Middle School cross country team running around the high school. It wasn't a bunch of kids training that caught Collins' attention. It was the 6-foot-4, 220-pound eighth-grader leading the pack who stood out.

Collins heard there was a big athlete walking ...

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