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Hayes facing challenges bigger than football

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University of Memphis Senior Running Back Brandon Hayes has seen it all as an athlete.
 From a State Championship in High School at White Station..to a circuitous route earning a scholarship as Tiger, Walking On under Larry Porter, to a stint in Junior College, and finally earning a Grant In Aid on his return to Memphis from New Tigers Head Coach Justin Fuente.
  Now, Hayes faces a much different and tougher test.
  The home Hayes Family rented in Memphis burned down while he was playing with the Tigers at Connecticut over the weekend.
 All their possessions were lost in the fire.
  With the prospect of facing a homeless Christmas, the Highland Hundred Booster Group is doing what it can to help Hayes and his Family.
  The NCAA does allow donations to replace what was lost...and the Highland Hundred is coordinating the effort.
 Hayes led the Tigers in rushing this season, and is petitioning the NCAA for a 6th season of eligibility after being injured his first 2 years in college.

To help:

Cash, check, furniture and household items are being accepted for Hayes through the University's Athletic office building at 530 Normal Street.  Bring cash or checks (made out to Brandon Hayes) to Jeff Kupper, Director of football operations.  A receipt will be issued for all donations.