As nicknames go, it doesn't sound too promising.
But this one is lovingly sarcastic, because Douglass football coach Willis Alexander knows just how valuable the three players to whom he gave the name mean to his team.
Most high school football fans have heard about Douglass' stars, like 6-foot-3, 240-pound Deondre Clark, an All-American bound for LSU, or 6-foot-5, 270-pound Texas Tech commit Mildren Montgomery, another All-American at left tackle. Linebacker Johnny Jones has a Division I scholarship offer, and 6-foot-6 sophomore quarterback Patrick McKaufman is starting to create a buzz.
But unless you're a hard core Trojan fan, you probably don't know about The Undesirables — Brandon Jackson, Jordan Stevenson and Jalil England.
That's because 5-foot-9 offensive linemen like Stevenson don't generally grab much publicity. Linebackers under 6-feet tall, and defensive ends under 200 pounds don't draw big-time college scouts to Friday night games.
But Alexander knows his team wouldn't be in the Class 4A quarterfinals, hosting Oologah on Friday night, without The Undesirables.
“If we were playing a pickup game, they'd probably be some of the last ones picked,” Alexander said with a smile. “But they're the true example of what high school football is all about. It's not always the biggest, prettiest kids you go win with.
“I ask people all the time to tell me the last great player Clinton had. No one can think of one. Well, why do they have 16 gold balls? There's something to that.”
Stars will be stars, no matter where they're playing. It's the players that fill out the rest of the spots in the lineup that make a team great. And that's where The Undesirables come in.
Stevenson — who earned the personal nickname of Fat Nasty around the locker room for a variety of reasons — might be nine inches shorter than the quarterback he's protecting, but he gets the job done well.
Some Class 5A and 6A schools have defensive backs bigger than the 6-foot, 200-pound England, yet with Clark drawing constant double-teams on the opposite end of the defensive line, England has 21 sacks through 11 games.
Jackson, nicknamed Fat Mike at 5-foot-11 and 220 pounds, won't win many foot races, but he has 175 tackles the last two years. Alexander calls him one of the best middle linebackers he's had at Douglass.
The Undesirables don't worry about measurements. It's about doing what you can with the tools you're given.
England — known as the Mule because “I look like an old man and I work hard,” he said — understands his purpose in the team goal of winning a state championship.
“Just go out there and be yourself and try to win,” England said. “You can't worry about what people think about you, and you can't worry about messing up. Just play to win.”
Each of The Undesirables has a unique personality. Stevenson is the talker who isn't afraid to put himself out there — both figuratively and literally.
“Jordan will walk around with his stomach hangin' out all day,” Alexander said. “He'll just roll that shirt up and walk around.”
Yet he takes his leadership role quite seriously.
“The role that I play is speaking up and trying to lift everybody's head up when they're looking down. Keep 'em straight,” he said. “We're all players, and at the end of the day, we've still got ‘Trojans' on our chest.”
Their team commitment is what makes The Undesirables so desirable.
“Right now, I play Mike (middle) linebacker and fullback,” Jackson said. “Previous years, I moved around a lot — just wherever the team needed me. I want to do what's best for the team. It's just about dedication.”
And that's why Alexander loves having them in orange and black.
“You can do whatever your talent wants you to do,” he said. “If you can't dunk a basketball, does that mean you can't go play basketball? No it doesn't. You get what you get, so use what you have to do what you want to do.
“I appreciate their commitment to the program. We love having them, and they know what we want from them. To me, they're football purists, because they just want to go play and have fun and they enjoy being a part of the team.”