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Valuable learning lesson

by John Helsley Published: May 26, 2011
A sea of orange at BPS
A sea of orange at BPS

by Brandon Chatmon
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It was a wake up call for Torrance Carr.

When the Richardson (Texas) standout realized his lack of academic focus could cost him the chance to play college football, Carr knew he would have to make school one of his top priorities during his senior year. The Oklahoma State coaching staff took a chance on Carr on signing day and he rewarded the Cowboys by qualifying.

When he arrives on campus in late June, Carr plans to continue his focus on academics, having learned a life lesson from his high school struggles.

“It took me a while to get my score so I feel like people are going to think I don’t know what I’m doing,” he said. “So I want to buckle down on my grades so I don’t have any problems.”

When Carr looks back on his prep days, he sees a kid with the intelligence to succeed but not the desire.

“When I would get C’s my mom would be like you need to do better than that,” Carr said. “But I was thinking ‘I’m passing, I can still play football,’ that’s just how I looked at it.”

Then the spring of his junior year arrived and it became plain as day why Carr should focus on his studies.

“Coming into senior year, losing a lot of offers and almost not being able to come, it showed me its’ really, really important,” he said. “You need to get your stuff done.”

A valuable lesson. And a lesson Carr should carry throughout his years in a Cowboy uniform.

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by John Helsley
OSU Reporter Sr.
John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was...
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