He's down around 215 pounds now, close to his ideal weight.
The result is a quicker, more agile player on both sides.
“Our goal is to get him three or four yards and after that, he makes a lot of things happen on his own making cuts and running people over,” O'Steen said. “This year, we think he can make some of the cuts that he wasn't able to make last year. One thing we've really worked on is his vision and seeing and being able to make those cuts instead of just running through people.”
Being in better shape also figures to keep Knowles fresh late in games, and it should help as the season wears on.
The memory of a late-season 47-42 loss to Wayne last year that could've been turned a play or two still lingers for Knowles.
“We were just that one play away and we could've been playing for that gold ball,” Knowles said. “Every year has just driven me for that.”
Wynnewood hasn't won a state title since 1992, when it took its fourth in sixth seasons.
Knowles understands what adding another to the collection would mean.
“It's been a long time since we've had one,” he said. “It'd bring a lot of tradition back to this town.”
Campaign slogan: Return to normalcy
Wynnewood was a football powerhouse for much of the 90s, with players like James Allen and Daniel Knowles carrying the ball. When Daniel Knowles died, though, the Wynnewood program took a step back. Since his cousin, Trey Knowles, came on the scene, though, the Savages have crept back into state-title contention, making Warren G. Harding's 1920 presidential slogan an appropriate one.
ENDORSEMENTS FOR TREY KNOWLES
Brandon Sharp, Wayne coach: “He's such a tough runner. He hurt us a lot two years ago when we played them at their place. When you're getting ready to play them, you better spend some time on him or you're going to get hurt.”
Brad O'Steen, Wynnewood coach: “During the spring and during team camp and summer work, it's the best I've seen him run the football since I've been here. If he can stay healthy, he can be even better than he was last year. He's really committed his whole entire body and life to getting to where he needs to be. ... We want him to build speed, make cuts and be able to play all four quarters because he probably won't come off the field for us offensively or defensively.”