Category: NCAA Football


National Signing Day is usually on the first Wednesday in February where it allows high school athletes to sign their National Letter of Intent to play a college sport at a school that offered them a scholarship. 

I got the opportunity to work with the awesome team at the Players Tribune to photograph the Michigan Signing of the Stars Event.

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I ended 2016 in Miami, FL covering the 2016 Orange Bowl. Michigan vs Florida State at Hard Rock Stadium. The trip felt like it was four days even though I was only gone 24 hours. I left my house at 4:00am landed in Miami at 10:30am and grabbed lunch with a fellow photographer friend.

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More than halfway through the 2016 college football season and teams in the Mid American Conference switch from playing games on Saturdays to weekdays to get a chance to shine on national television.

Last night the Ohio Bobcats traveled to Toledo for some late October MAC action. Personally, I didn’t have a great game shooting, but here are some of my favorite photos from the game.

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Some of my readers and followers may or may not know that I played football at the Univeristy of Toledo, I was the placekicker so being able to document the team like I have been able to this far in 2016 has been such an awesome experience.

I am trying to look at things just a little differently then most sports photographers on the sidelines. I love telling stories whether that be in person or via my photography. A picture truly is worth 1,000 words.

In the images below I have converted a few to black and white to show a little more emotion and the current mood the the image. Please let me know if you like that style by commenting below.

Thanks for looking!

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2016 Homecoming at the University of Toledo! The Toledo Rockets hosted the team down south the Bowling Green Falcons on a stunning fall afternoon in October. The campus was packed with excitement which was awesome to see.

Here are my favorite photos from the game! Enjoy!

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​The Wyoming Cowboys traveling to Ypsilanti, MI to take on the Eastern Michigan Eagles on Sept. 23rd. Wyoming got off to a fast start but couldn’t close the game after a last second fumble in the 4th quarter. Eastern Michigan went on to win the game 27-24.

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Bristol Motor Speedway, also know as the “The Last Great Colosseum.” hosted it’s first ever NCAA Football game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers on Sept 10, 2016. The University of Tennessee is 110 miles from Bristol Motor Speedway and Virginia Tech is 131 miles.

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The Ohio State vs Michigan rivalry is know as one of the best match ups in college football. Ann Arbor and Columbus are only 190 miles apart. The two teams have been playing since 1897 and Michigan is currently leading the series 58-47-6. But the past four years, Ohio State has had Michigan’s number. Michigan can’t get over the hump and beat the team down south. Going into the game on Saturday everyone was expecting a closer game with a lot less scoring, but after Ohio State lost last weekend to Michigan State, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes need some style points in hopes to make it back into the College Football Playoff.

I have been attending the Ohio State Michigan game for over ten years and I have only missed one game and that was last year, so it felt good to be back on the sidelines photographing the big game.

Special thanks to Chef Drew, whom is the last person I would have expected to see in Ann Arbor, for the pedicab ride from my parking spot to the media entrance at the stadium.

Here are my favorite images of the game. I hope you enjoy.
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The making of the Super Bowl 50 football at the Wilson Football Factory in Ada, Ohio. I was working for Wilson Sporting Goods to create some dynamic story telling images of how the Super Bowl and the College Football Playoff footballs are made in the little town of Ada, Ohio.

Every football is made by hand and each year around 700,000 footballs are produced for NCAA and NFL teams to be used on Saturdays and Sunday. It’s truly and amazing experience to be able to see how each football is stamped out of slabs of leather and transformed into a football that we see our favorite collegiate and NFL players catch in the end zone on Saturdays and Sunday.

Here are some of my favorite images from the shoot.

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A couple weeks ago I got a phone call from Sports Illustrated photo editor Chris Chambers to see if I was available to head down to Columbus to shoot the Minnesota vs Ohio State game focusing strongly on Ezekiel Elliott. Focusing specifically on one player is extremely fun and also challenging at the same time. Lucky I have spent a lot of time down in Columbus this season so I know a lot of Ezekiel’s pregame rituals which always helps.

Pro tip: Always do your homework about a player, watch clips of his running style online and look at other pictures of him you or other photographers have taken to learn about his facial expressions and his on field emotions.

Thanks to Chris Chambers again for the opportunity to produce images for Sports Illustrated. Here are my favorite images from the shoot.

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