Edmond Memorial football team looking for leaders after three-win season

Justin Merideth says his team's attitude and work ethic are getting better. He and his staff have been closely watching the Bulldogs' quarterback competition.
by Scott Wright Published: August 25, 2012

— As his team tries to bounce back from a three-win season, Edmond Memorial coach Justin Merideth is looking for leaders.

And he doesn't care how old they are.

“We don't care if you're a sophomore, junior or senior. If the guy next to you isn't getting it done, you let him know about it and you be a leader in that way,” Merideth said. “I think that's why our attitude and work ethic are getting better. The guys are getting more comfortable doing that.

“It's really unique. I've never been on a team that's been that way, where everybody's picking everybody up, no matter what grade they're in.”

Merideth and his staff have been closely watching a quarterback competition that included as many as five players as the Bulldogs try to get the position set for the season opener.

Whoever the winner is, he knows his best friend will be Lucas Gerdes, the Bulldogs' left tackle and best offensive lineman.

“The offensive line has really been working hard, lots of team stuff and schematics,” Gerdes said. “I think it will be really good. Our goal is to be more physical this year. We have to step up our physicality to get through the season.”

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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