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Practicing in pads, and meeting Kobe

Published: January 07, 2011 1:00 AM Abbotsford News

Editor’s note: Abbotsford product Boseko Lokombo, a graduate of W.J. Mouat Secondary (2009), is preparing to play for an NCAA football title. His Oregon Ducks take on the Auburn Tigers in the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) national championship game in Glendale, Ariz. on Jan. 10. Lokombo, a redshirt freshman linebacker, is also an aspiring journalist, and he’s writing a series of blog posts for abbynews.com this week as he and the Ducks prepare for the title game.

Practice was great on Wednesday. We were back to full pads and it was one of our more physical practices.

Speaking on behalf of the defence, we had a quality practice. Players were able to get after each other a little bit more. As a defensive player, it can be difficult going weeks without hitting and all of a sudden, you’re in a position where you’re allowed to tackle. Nevertheless, the coaches do a great job of providing the players with tackling drills during individual periods.

We got to watch the Phoenix Suns take on the Los Angeles Lakers in the evening. It was pretty exciting. Kobe Bryant was in action, doing his thing. It was cool to see Steve Nash, another Canadian, performing at a high level. I’d never seen him play live before, and he still looked good. At halftime, a couple of my teammates and I walked around a bit, and most of the fans were showing their support, shouting “Go Ducks” and asking for pictures. I felt like I was back in Eugene all over again. It was exciting to see Phoenix Suns fans rooting for us.

For the first time this trip, I saw the opposing team, Auburn. They were at the Lakers-Suns game, sitting above us. I’m sure they saw us as both teams were greeted during half time.

The Lakers ended up winning the game, 99-95. Afterwards, we got to meet Kobe. He said a few words and just encouraged us to play hard and of course, he will be rooting for us. The game is rapidly approaching and I’m extremely excited.

Four more days until kickoff,

Lokombo #25

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