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BC's Coleman shows promise, progress

Redshirt freshman wide receiver turns difficult childhood into bright future

Updated: September 10, 2010, 9:39 PM ET
By Jack McCluskey | Special to ESPNBoston.com

NEWTON, Mass. -- Johnathan Coleman has traveled a long road on his way to Boston College.

The 19-year-old redshirt freshman receiver was born in Manhattan. When he was very young, his mother, Vanci Coleman, moved the family to South Carolina for a few years. Unable to find work there, she again uprooted the family and replanted in the Bronx.

Back in New York City, things didn't get any easier for Vanci.

"We were living a hard life," said Coleman, who has an 18-year-old ...

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