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Colton Ruehle takes a break from practicing.
Big dreamer in a small town

Almost every day, rain or shine, an orange clad youth can be seen in makeshift practice, devoutly honing his football skills.

Decked out in UT clothes, pads and a helmet, 18-year-old Colton Ruehle goes to the Walnut Hill boat ramp near his home and practices, spiraling a football and attacking his makeshift practice dummy, a desk chair, with as much ferocity as he can muster.

“He’s out here every day. Rain. Snow. It don’t matter,” said mom Vicky Brown.