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Laviska Shenault on facing Broncos, Von Miller: “That’s my dude”

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Laviska Shenault on facing Broncos, Von Miller: “That’s my dude”

Jaguars rookie quarterback Trevor Lawrence, understandably, may not be looking forward to seeing Von Miller up close and personal this weekend. But Laviska Shenault can’t wait.

“That’s my dude,” Shenault, the former CU Buffs wide receiver who’s now catching passes with the Jacksonville Jaguars, told The Post when asked about Miller, the Broncos’ star linebacker.

“If I need something, if I call him, he’s got me. We’ve got a lot of respect for each other. He knows I’m the young cat trying to make it, so he’s looking out.”

Miller, 32, and Shenault, 22, grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex about 10 years apart and both were prep standouts at DeSoto (Texas) High. The Vonster’s senior season was 2006; Shenault’s final prep season was 2016.

The former Buffs standout said the pair even hung out a “good amount of times” in greater Denver while Shenault, a second-round draft pick by the Jags in 2020, was playing in Boulder.

And when Shenault called Miller last year to ask for advice — on football, on transitioning to the pro game — the Vonster offered it happily.

“We talked about (everything),” Shenault recalled. “He’s got a lot of respect for me.”

Shenault has respect for his Buffs, too, especially after CU fell 10-7 at Empower Field this past Saturday to No. 7 Texas A&M.

“It looks a little interesting,” Shenault said of CU (1-1), which hosts Minnesota (1-1) on Saturday at Folsom Field. “You never know with (the) college (game) … we’ll see. We’ll see how it goes.”

As for how it’s going with La’Vontae Shenault, Laviska’s little brother who’s serving his third suspension with the Buffs since coach Karl Dorrell was hired, well …

“He’s good,” Laviska said of La’Vontae, who didn’t play against the Aggies. “He’s good. He just had a little incident. We talked and he’ll be fine.”

The elder Shenault, meanwhile, caught a team-high seven passes from Lawrence, the Jaguars’ No. 1 overall draft pick, during Jacksonville’s 37-21 Week 1 loss at Houston.

“He has a narrative of being hurt all the time (but) he hasn’t missed anything,” Jags coach Urban Meyer told reporters in Jacksonville recently. “(He has) been fantastic. We have to get him in space a little bit more. (He’s) a really good, young player.”

While the 6-foot-1, 227-pound Shenault — a wideout with a running-back frame — hasn’t been used as creatively in the NFL as he was with the Buffs, he still snagged 58 catches for 600 receiving yards while running it 18 times as a rookie last fall, scoring five times.

“I would say, mentally, I’m smarter,” Shenault said. “That’s the big key. And (more) mature as well. I think that’s the big thing, going into the league, the big difference.”

But he’s still a load for defensive backs to bring down. Only Tampa Bay’s Chris Godwin forced more missed tackles (four) among NFL wideouts than Shenault did (three) in Week 1, according to Pro Football Focus.

“He’s physical and when he gets the ball in his hands, he’s a good runner,” Broncos coach Vic Fangio said. “He’s a guy that gets a lot of action and balls coming to him and he’s their slot receiver primarily.”

Which could mean some work on Sunday, mano y mano, against Denver cornerback Pat Surtain II, the Broncos’ No. 1 draft pick this past spring.

“Very aggressive,” the former Buffs star said of Surtain II. “You’ve got some vets (in the Broncos secondary) as well. We’ve got to do the little things right. We’ve got to take what we’re doing in practice and apply it to the game.

“It’s always exciting to play a guy like that, (a first-round) rookie. I’m looking forward to the game.”

And looking forward to a little face time with No. 58. Before and after the contest, at least.

“He’s exciting to watch,” Shenault said of Miller. “A funny, cool dude.”

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Stillwater residents upset with towing company’s plan to remove 97 trees

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When a Stillwater towing company announced earlier this year that it planned to cut down 181 trees at a proposed new location, residents of the Forest Hills neighborhood cried foul.

But Stillwater Towing officials announced Friday that they were changing their plans at 1749 Greeley St. in light of the neighbors’ concerns. Under the new proposal, 97 trees would be removed from the 5 acres of land, which is zoned business park/industrial, to build a new impound lot.

The tree removal is necessary to create a relatively flat surface for vehicle storage, according to the company’s variance application.

Under city code, Stillwater Towing can remove up to 35 percent of the 265 significant trees on the site — 93 trees in all — without replacing them, city planner Abbi Wittman said.

Stillwater Towing hopes to avoid removing the other four trees, but is prepared to replace them if necessary, Cameron Kelly, the company’s attorney, said. If they can keep those trees, they won’t have to obtain a variance to the city’s tree-replacement requirements.

“The goal is to take as few trees as possible,” Kelly said.

Gloria Hatchel was shocked when she heard that 181 of the trees on the other side of her backyard might be cut down. Hatchel, who lives on Rainbow Court, said the wooded area and nearby wetlands are a habitat for wildlife and birds, including foxes, coyotes, deer, turkeys and cardinals.

Although the company’s proposal has changed, she said Friday that she still objects.

“I don’t want them to even touch the property,” she said. “It’s a sanctuary back there with all these trees and the pond. It’s beautiful, and they want to build a parking lot in the middle of it.”

Stillwater Towing, she said, should look elsewhere.

But Stillwater Towing officials say the company, founded in 1975, must be in a central location in the city to handle its calls. The company employs 25 full-time and five part-time employees.

Owner Rick Ritzer, who took over the family business from his father in 1980, began looking to expand 15 years ago, Kelly said. “They were starting to outgrow their lot, but they wanted to stay in the area,” he said. “It’s centrally located, which is key for their business.”

The new location is the former site of Croix Oil and Olson Transport, Kelly said. “This lot has handled commercial trucks since 1940,” he said. “It’s a much safer location from a traffic perspective, proximity to stoplights, etc.”

Washington County owns a strip of land between Stillwater Towing’s property and the neighbors, Kelly said, and there is about 300 feet of land between the back of the proposed impound lot and the nearest house. The land “is pretty heavily wooded, and it’s down a large slope,” he said. “The impound lot is higher. It’s a long way away, and the houses are a lot lower.”

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Gophers flip Wisconsin offensive lineman from North Dakota State commitment

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The Gophers football program picked up a commitment Sunday from Ashton Beers, an offensive lineman from Slinger, Wis.

Beers, who is listed at 6-foot-6 and 296 pounds, flipped his pledge from North Dakota State. The three-star recruit had offers from Central Michigan, Buffalo, Toledo and others.

“I would like to thank (coaches and staff) for giving me the opportunity to play at NDSU,” Beers tweeted. “However, after being offered a scholarship, I have decided to commit to The University of Minnesota.”

Beers is the 16th commitment in the U’s class for 2022 and the first from the state of Wisconsin. Beers was named second-team all-state by the Associated Press and was on the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association’s large-school all-state team.

The NCAA early-signing period opens Dec. 15.

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After nearly two months, still no sign of missing Hillsdale man

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HILLSDALE, Mo. – The last time Shemika McGee saw her son, Jarius McGee, was in early September in Hillsdale.

After nearly two months, Jarius is still missing, and Shemika hasn’t heard anything from him.

“I think that he got a phone call, and with the phone call, it just led to something else which led to him missing and I just want him back at home,” she said.

McGee said her son would come and go like many young adults and wasn’t in any trouble that she knew of.

When he left, she said he didn’t have the usual things he would carry like his wallet or headphones.

“We really don’t have anything to go off other than the fact that he’s missing,” McGee said.

Hillsdale Chief of Police John Bernsen said an investigation is ongoing and the department is waiting on Jarius’ phone records.

“Every time we try to chase down a lead it’s always a dead end so that’s why we’re trying to put out the word out so much. We know somebody has seen him. Somebody knows something,” Chief Bernsen said.

Looking for an Angel President Theda Person heard about Jarius missing through social media. Now her non-profit organization has joined the search.

“I’ve created a flyer I’ve contacted Missouri State Highway Patrol to make sure that a flyer was created because law enforcement didn’t really do that,” Person said.

Person believes more can be done in the search is prepared to help McGee as needed.

“1f we say that we care about those that we are serving then we should be more intentional,” she said.

She said with McGee missing this long, he could be anywhere. When asked if he were another race would there be a more thorough investigation, Person thinks so.

“Definitely we can see with the Gabby Petito case and other cases,” Person said.

McGee just wants to know where her son is.

“I mean anything that you can think of goes through my mind,” she said. “Where’s he at, who could he be with? There’s a lot of things going through my mind.”

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