NPSL Olympic Division Preview: Auburn Riverside’s Justus Legg determined to succeed despite obstacles life put in front of him

The defensive lineman, who has offers from schools such as Michigan and Oregon, has overcome a rough childhood and is coming back from a broken ankle suffered last season.

The broken bone served as a temporary setback.

Because there’s simply no breaking his spirit.

Justus Legg responded to last year’s ankle injury the way he handles every other challenge: with resolve. The break, which came just a third of the way into the 2016 football season, derailed what was shaping up to be a sensational sophomore campaign for the Auburn Riverside defensive end.

NPSL Olympic Division at glance

Five teams to watch

Beamer: Despite some question marks on offense (young line, inexperienced QB), the Titans could well have the makings of another playoff team — especially if they are stingy on defense again.

Auburn Riverside: From back-to-back 1-9 campaigns to a 6-4 playoff team, the Ravens made significant strides last year and have even bigger aspirations in 2017. Speed is a big plus.

Auburn Mountainview: Having a game-breaker like Talan Alfrey in the lineup should give the Lions a chance in any game. Defensive play up front will be a key.

Federal Way: The Eagles made their way back to the playoffs last year after a rare miss in 2015 and they have enough talent to do it again this fall with experience and speed.

Enumclaw: With seven starters back on each side of the football, the Hornets expect to challenge for another playoff spot and possibly a division title. Depth is a rare plus with talent across the field.

Five players to watch

Colin McKay

RB/DB, 5-9, 182, Sr., Beamer

Outlook: McKay, son of head coach Darren McKay, is perhaps the most versatile player in the league and won multiple awards as a junior, scoring 14 TDs.

Talan Alfrey

WR/DB, 6-2, 205, Sr., Auburn Mountainview

Outlook: BYU commit was the Olympic All-Purpose Player of the Year as a junior and is the one opposing coaches have to game-plan around. Back at natural WR position after filling need at QB last year.

Quinzy Salu

FB/DE, 6-3, 250, Sr., Decatur

Outlook: Hard-nosed, old-school hitter plays at one speed: All out every down, according to his coach. Led the league in tackles for loss last year with 18 and has a clear nose for the football.

Kaden Anderson

WR/DB, 6-6, 220, Sr., Enumclaw

Outlook: The athletic Anderson can play any position but is a polished receiver who can go up and bring down the ball. Earned first-team accolades as a junior.

Tiano Malietufa

QB/DB, 5-11, 225, Sr., Auburn…

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