CORVALLIS, Ore. -- Oregon State cornerback Treston Decoud is the embodiment of perseverance.From an arduous childhood in Louisiana to his mothers cancer battle and then a circuitous journey to Corvallis, Decoud has been undeterred. He refused to wallow in self-pity even after a serious concussion last year.Its made me a stronger, its made me wiser, he said. I dont take any of this for granted.As a senior this season, Decoud is hoping hell grab the attention of some NFL scouts. He got off to a promising start when he was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following a pair of interceptions -- one of which he returned 75 yards for a touchdown -- against Idaho State in the Beavers second game. It ended a 22-game streak without a pick for a Beavers cornerback.Decoud was also effective last weekend in Oregon States 47-44 overtime victory over Cal. He broke up a pair of passes as the Beavers held Cal to 124 yards passing -- well off the Bears 428-yard average going in.The 6-foot-3 Decoud limited Cals top receiver Chad Hansen to just four catches for 16 yards, at one point even wagging his finger `no after preventing a catch.He has grown and grown and grown. Hes a JC guy you wish you had for another year, Beavers coach Gary Andersen said. To see his face in the locker room was special. He went against a very talented player. There was some give and take, but I thought Treston was solid all day long.Decouds breakout senior season and the recognition that has come with it cap a winding road to the Pac-12 from Decouds native Louisiana.As a child, circumstances often left him with no stable place to live. But he excelled at football at Lakeshore High School near New Orleans, garnering attention and offers from such schools as Texas Tech and Southern Miss.He couldnt make grades, however, so he wound up at Division II Chadron State in Nebraska. He redshirted his freshman year but began to emerge his sophomore year.Thats when tragedy struck. His mother, Chandrika, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Decoud transferred to Nicholls State back in Louisiana to be there for her.But after spring football with the Colonels, the NCAA refused to grant him immediate eligibility. Afraid his football career was passing him by, Decoud transferred to Northwest Mississippi Community College.He got Oregon States attention with six interceptions, and joined the Beavers last year.When you come to Corvallis, theres school and football, so Im able to focus, he said. Coming from a JUCO thats what I wanted to do, I wanted to get a degree and I wanted to play football.But his junior season would bring a new challenge. In a game against Colorado on Oct. 24, Decoud went down after colliding with fellow cornerback Dwayne Williams.He was unconscious for more than five minutes. An ambulance took him from the field and to the hospital.Even though he returned to the locker room before the game ended, it was clear to him things werent right. The next day he showed up dressed and ready for practice -- and it was the Beavers day off.But once again, he picked himself up and went back at it. He missed two games because of the concussion before finishing out the season.I think God put me through all these trials and tribulations for a reason, and Im thankful for that, because it made me a stronger man, made me a better person, he said.Decoud proclaims proudly that his mom is now cancer free.Ive faced the worst adversity the world can give you, and thats the possibility of losing your parents, he said. I think if you can overcome that, you can overcome anything. I just gotta keep working and put my mind to it.The Beavers host No. 21 Utah on Saturday. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Leonard-Williams-Jersey/ . 24 Baylor in a Big 12 clash between teams trending in opposite directions. 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John Lucas, signed as a mentor for rookie Trey Burke, showed he can score if required, scoring 12 points of his 16 points in the second quarter as Utah built an 18-point lead. Sometimes it takes making a mistake first to make the right decision. Its probably happened at least once to everybody. This past week, it happened to the WNBA.Fining players for wearing non-compliant warm-up shirts in regard to their support of the Black Lives Matter movement initially might have seemed to be a mere procedural matter to the WNBA and president Lisa Borders.Of course, it was far from that. It upset the leagues players and a lot of the fans, and it sent a message that something they felt so passionately about was not a priority for the league.Saturdays reversal was a good decision. And players such as Phoenixs Mistie Bass, who spoke so eloquently about the fines and the message they sent, were pleased to see the league change course.It shows that our voices matter, and so do we as players, Bass said via text message Saturday. Its never too late to do the right thing. Now we all have an opportunity to come together and discuss how we can move forward.It isnt an easy thing to say publicly, Weve reconsidered. There is a stodgy narrative that suggests that changing your mind about a decision leads to an undermining of your authority.In truth, though, its often just the opposite. Not budging from a bad decision actually erodes authority, and thats initially what was happening in regard to the players and Borders, who took over as WNBA president earlier this year.Now the players have reason to believe that Borders really is a reasonable and responsive leader who might have incorrectly gauged their passion on this subject, or perhaps just didnt realize they would strongly push back.Borders was in Atlanta city government for several years, has worked in the upper levels of business administration, and definitely knows her way around corporate America. But the job of WNBA president presents some challenges that are different from previous leadership positions shes held.All four WNBA presidents have had to try to establish their own authority while at the same time answering to NBA authority. Theyve had to juxtapose the relentless optimism part of the job with the realism required for the business world.These are things that Borders is still figuring out, and thats understandable. But this past week can be filed away as a valuable lesson in several ways: from the need to get out in front of a potentially difficult topic (which the league didnt do in this situation) to having more faith in old-fashioned communication.I dont think its being naive or idealizing WNBA players to say that they are very educated, reasonable and respectful.dddddddddddd While I understand the slippery-slope aspect about rules that prohibit modifying uniforms, I dont believe that should be a big future worry of the WNBA.Thats because its highly unlikely that players are going to try to push a bunch of agendas via their uniforms. In short, I have a lot of faith in their common sense.But the fact that they have worn WNBA-sanctioned alterations -- in the form of warm-up T-shirts -- that convey messages of support for various concerns, that leaves the avenue of on-court activism as a viable option when its supported by the entire league.Which gets us down to the heart of the issue, doesnt it? The players thought this was an obvious issue in which the WNBA should channel its commitment to community involvement, awareness and activism. The players approached it with a sense of unity and utmost urgency.It seems the league viewed it as potentially controversial and thus worrisome. Thats where better communication and dialogue were needed. Sending out a memo in corporate speak in regard to an issue that many WNBA players see as a matter of life and death for their own families and loved ones was a classic case of turning something negotiable into something almost hostile.Now it can return to being negotiable. The players have a message, and they want to use their platform as professional athletes to voice it. They want to help build bridges between law enforcement and all communities.The fact that the WNBA players have been so vocal and so emotionally committed on this subject tells you that this is an area where they truly believe that they can help make positive changes. They wanted to feel that their league was really 100 percent behind them. And while I certainly havent polled the entirety of WNBA fandom, the majority of fans seem to support the players in this.Some observers might suspect that the WNBA rescinded the fines not out of a desire to effectively collaborate with the players on this initiative but because fining them was causing too much negative publicity. Id choose not to be that cynical, but maybe it is a mixture of both.Regardless, the WNBA has a kind of do-over on this topic that can get the league and its players on the same page, which is where everyone can do the most good. Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys China Stitched Jerseys China Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Store Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Discount NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys Wholesale NFL White Jerseys Wholesale NFL Camo Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Camo China NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Jerseys NFL China ' ' '