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Scrimmage preview: Heritage Hall at Oklahoma Christian School

by Jason Kersey Modified: May 13, 2013 at 4:33 pm •  Published: August 25, 2011
Junior quarterback Austin Brooks and OCS will host Heritage Hall in a scrimmage tonight. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN
Junior quarterback Austin Brooks and OCS will host Heritage Hall in a scrimmage tonight. PHOTO BY PAUL HELLSTERN, THE OKLAHOMAN

A big scrimmage is tonight in Edmond, as Heritage Hall and all its star power travels to take on Class 2A’s Oklahoma Christian School, which was 4-7 last year but returns lots of younger, but experienced, talent.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: OCS
Coach Derek Turner’s Saints return 16 starters — including nine on defense — from last year’s squad.

Junior quarterback Austin Brooks (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) is a player to watch for the Saints. He started last year as a sophomore when senior quarterback Jack Warren went down injured and gained good experience.

The OCS receivers took it upon themselves to improve this summer after a dreadful 7-on-7 camp in early June, during which Turner said they “dropped every other pass.” But when the same group arrived for two-a-days, their hands were much improved after hard work all summer with Brooks.

Senior wideout Logan Magill (6-2, 185) had 416 yards and three touchdowns last season.

Turner has cited the offensive line as a key unit for his team in 2011. The line returns three starters: Seniors Taylor Myers (6-4, 220) and Nick Lovelace (6-0, 250), and junior Jason Goff (6-6, 285).

The Saints’ leading returning rusher is senior Zak Anderson (5-11, 160 pounds). He ran for 257 yards and two touchdowns in 2010.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: HERITAGE HALL

If you’re coming to the scrimmage and expect to see OU commit Sterling Shepard catching passes, think again.

Shepard will play quarterback again this week while starter Quinn Shanbour awaits eligibility.

Shanbour will man the second-team offense, like he did last week against Holland Hall.

Running back Barry J. Sanders is obviously a player to watch. The big-time recruit had a huge scrimmage last week — Shanbour said his “shortest” carry was for about 11 yards.

But also watch for senior TE/DT Quintaz Struble (6-3, 240). Struble is another D-1 recruit who had 104 tackles and 15 sacks last season. That OCS offensive line will be tested in a big way with Struble and senior Markus Wakefield (6-1, 280), another D-1 prospect who also had 15 sacks in 2010.


by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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