Former OU, Southeastern player Brian Odom got his start in Ada

100 YEARS OF OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — After playing at OU and Southeastern, Brian Odom heads the strength and conditioning program for the University of Houston. But he got his start as a star at Ada.
by Ed Godfrey Modified: December 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm •  Published: December 8, 2012
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Brian Odom owes a lot to Ada High School football.

“Ada did so much for me and allowed me to kind set myself up for the future,” said Odom, who in 1999 rushed for 2,490 yards and 40 touchdowns for the Cougars.

“They gave me the stinking ball 344 times. They gave me every chance to succeed.”

Odom had a season for the ages in 1999, setting school career records for rushing, scoring and total offense.

“It was a great time to play for Ada,” said Odom, who started as a freshman on the Cougars' 1996 state championship team that had a 42-game win streak snapped during the regular season by Durant.

Odom, who was Ada's starting tailback in 1999, also returned a punt for a score and passed for two touchdowns his senior season.

In observance of the 100th edition of The Oklahoman's All-State football team later this month, the newspaper is recognizing players from the previous 99 teams.

Odom was an All-State running back in 1999 and played on an Ada squad that was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 when it lost, 38-20, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs to McAlester.

The Cougars had beaten the Buffaloes, 40-0, two weeks earlier in the regular season. The quarterfinals loss was the only game that season where Odom did not run for a touchdown.

Odom said the Cougars were overconfident in the rematch, and the loss of fullback Brent Boatwright the week before against Tulsa Washington to a torn ACL was a critical blow.

“He was an awesome player,” Odom said. “Our whole offense kind of struggled because Brent wasn't leading up in the hole. I just ran behind him.”

As a junior, Odom was the starting quarterback for Ada, playing the position like Tim Tebow did before there was a Tim Tebow.

“We did an early version of the zone read offense,” Odom said. “It was probably closer to a single wing offense.”

Odom also had a couple of receiving weapons that year in Jeremy Shockey and Dan Cody.

“(Shockey) was the first guy at Ada to ever catch any kind of balls,” Odom said. “He had over 1,000 yards receiving. That was his first year to become a really good player.

“Dan was an unbelievable blocking tight end. He was just a devastating blocker. I think OU first recruited him as a tight end.”

That Ada team lost to Chickasha in the state semifinals.

“Carl Albert won it that year,” Odom said. “We beat them the second week of the season pretty handily. It was No. 1 vs. No. 2 at the time.


by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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