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August 22, 2014 6:45 PM

Auburn football: Playing time or not, Xavier Dampeer ready for whatever comes next

AUBURN, Ala. — No football player ever jumps from the high school to the college ranks with the goal of sitting out his first season. Sometimes it’s because a player is just so confident in himself that he can’t fathom not contributing immediately. Other times, it’s because a player has been specifically targeted to fill a need.

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Mike Niziolek joins the Ledger-Enquirer after spending the past three years with MLive.com. The past year he covered Eastern Michigan University athletics, including football and recruiting. He also filled in as a backup writer for the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings and University of Michigan. Mike is a 2004 graduate of Michigan State.

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