MIRACLE There’s a lot that’s been said about the triumph of the human spirit over adversity, and Oshane Murray is living proof of what a person can overcome when the mind kicks into gear. The 23-year-old was on a clear path to achievement as a former Calabar High School student, attending the University of Technology (UTech) pursuing a degree in electrical engineering and representing Jamaica at international and local events in tae kwon do. His life changed on January 30, 2013, when, during a cheerleading routine at UTech, he slipped and fell. “It’s when I was trying to get up I realised that I couldn’t. I didn’t feel a thing. I was very calm and laughing. When I was trying to move, I couldn’t, and everyone was saying ‘Oshane, Oshane, get up now nuh’ and I said ‘I can’t move’ and they were like, ‘Oshane stop joking around’. Then the girls started screaming and there was chaos,” he recalled of that day. He was taken to the hospital, where he learned he had a broken vertebrae in his spine. “The doctors were saying I should be dead based on the X-Ray ;that it’s a miracle I’m a alive and conscious,” he told The Gleaner. After almost a year in hospital, Murray was released. He got an infection a few days before his release, but was deemed well enough to go home just before Christmas 2013. “When I first came home, it was problematic because nobody really knew how to react or how to address me being in this situation. Even though they were trying their best, sometimes them just trying just makes it worse,” Murray said. It was during this period Murray, who turns 24 in May, learned who his real friends were. They turned out to be his teammates, his classmates and some family members. He returned to classes at UTech in September 2015 through the assistance of his coach Jason McKay, who provided him with a driver as well as an assistant, who writes his notes during classes. Exams have proven a little challenging, but he is coping. “I do exams in a room by myself. I draw and I talk, but that’s a next headache in itself. Especially when I have to draw, it’s hard to describe how to draw stuff, especially when you’re doing a lot of calculation courses. Sometimes in the middle of the exams, I get dizzy spells (too).” The thing he said he misses most is the fact that he can no longer train as a martial artist. However, he has found a way to contribute and has returned to training, even if in a different capacity. “I just want to finish what I started … My goal is that I just want to be independent. I don’t know how long it will take, but I will. “I don’t know what’s pushing me but I just don’t want to give up. I don’t know what’s going to happen and that fear of not knowing is what’s pushing me forward,” he said.
Lantern file photoOhio State senior running back Carlos Hyde is a “person of interest” in the reported assault of a woman at a Columbus bar July 20, according to a Columbus Division of Police report, while redshirtjunior cornerback Bradley Roby was charged with battery resulting in bodily injury in Monroe County, Ind., on July 21, according to Monroe County Court Records.The incident involving Hyde reportedly occurred at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the Sugar Bar 2, located at 303 S. Front Street, according to the report.The woman told police she did not know the suspect who allegedly assaulted her but could identify him, according to the report posted on the blog Eleven Warriors.Roby was arrested at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday at the Dunkirk Bar in Bloomington, Ind., according to a press release from Bloomington Police. He had been removed from the bar after attempting to start a fight with another patron, then attempted to re-enter the bar but was stopped by security guards. He then struck one of the security guards in the chest, according to the press release. Roby was then wrestled to the ground and detained until police arrived.Hyde, Roby and representatives from OSU Athletics did not immediately return requests for comment Monday morning, but OSU officials are expected to provide more information later Monday.A meeting was called Monday morning at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center, and OSU will release information on the situation later today, according to reports.Roby was scheduled to appear in Monroe County Circuit Court at 1:30 p.m. Monday.These two incidents are not the first involving OSU football coach Urban Meyer’s players this summer. Former linebacker David Perkins was arrested in Bowling Green May 25, a few days before the announcement that Perkins will no longer be part of the OSU football program, and on July 14, freshman tight end Marcus Baughwas arrested for underage consumption.Some of Meyer’s former players have been arrested as well – former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, who played under Meyer for three seasons at University of Florida, was charged June 26 with murdering semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd.Hyde finished second on the team in rushing during the OSU undefeated 2012 season. He had 970 yards and 17 touchdowns during his 10 games played.Hyde was named to the 2013 preseason Doak Walker Award watch list, an award given to the top college football running back.Roby was a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, given to the nation’s top defensive back, and a second-team AP All-American last season. Roby was recently named to watch lists for the Thorpe Award, Walter Camp Award, Nagurski Award and Bednarik Award.