Mesabi Range College football player Taquarius (T.Q.) Wair was featured recently on ESPN College Football as an "SC Feature" on Sunday, August 25.
The approximately 8-minute clip ran as a part of EPSN college football coverage as much of the country opened up their seasons in Week One of college gridiron action. Included in the presentation is the story of his family tragic house fire, his love of football, time at Minneapolis North High School and his path to Mesabi Range College. Head coach Tom Inforzato and the Mesabi Range College program is prominently featured in the film; the Norse opened the season with a 61-31 win over Rochester Community & Technical College on Saturday, August 24. Wair had one carry for 8 yards against the Yellowjackets in his first college football action.
Mesabi Range College - located in Virginia, Minnesota - has enjoyed a strong resurgence in over the past two seasons under Inforzato; University of Maryland signee Sam Okuayinonu, who immigrated to the United States from Liberia as a 13-year old, helped lead Mesabi Range to 7-3 overall mark in 2018 and a run to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) semi-final round. Read more here in a Duluth News Tribune article about Okuayinonu.
The Star Tribune also featured Mesabi Range College in this 2015 article by award winning sports writer Mike Kaszuba; click this link or go to: http://www.startribune.com/mesabi334160481. Kaszuba's feature, titled Hope on the Range, was his final Star Tribune contribution before retirement.
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