High school football: Tony Aska Jr.'s first love is rodeo
Coyle's home run threat is a 6-6 receiver with a solid football pedigree who would be just as happy riding broncs as catching touchdown passes.
The family tree of football has many branches in Tony Aska Jr.'s family.
His uncle, Joe Aska, played three years in the National Football League after becoming an All-American running back at the University of Central Oklahoma.
His father, Tony Sr., played at Langston and had a possible professional football career shelved by a back injury suffered in an automobile accident before the NFL Combine.
His cousin, Lamarc Allison, is now playing football at Langston. Another cousin, Joe Aska Jr., starred at Edmond North at running back and walked on at Oklahoma State but the team to concentrate on academics.
“I have high standards in my family,” said the senior wide receiver for Coyle. “I am really a basketball player, but my dad and my uncle have high expectations for me in football.”
Bluejacket football coaches are expecting a big year from Tony Aska Jr. this season. With speed demon Magnus Scott gone from the Coyle backfield and now running track at Kansas State, Aska becomes the Bluejackets' biggest threat offensively.
At 6-foot-6 with a wing span that makes him play more like 6-foot-9, according to Coyle coaches, few cornerbacks and safeties playing eight-man football can match up with Aska.
“This year we are really counting on Tony Aska,” said Coyle assistant coach Jeremy Martin. “He needs to have a big year. He is going to be a big part of what we are doing. We are really hoping to spread the field from time to time and use his length.”
Aska will replace Scott as Coyle's home run threat this season.
“He's definitely a big-play guy,” Coyle coach Shane Weathers said. “When we need a big play, a big first down, I am not going to shy away from going to a 6-6 guy.”
However, Coyle primarily will be a ground-oriented team in 2012. Aska would pile up more statistics in a different offensive system, Weathers says, but he is just as valuable as a blocker for the Bluejackets as a pass receiver.
“He has to be a blocker,” Weathers said. “That is the kind of style we play. He blocks real well. He is so tall and long, we ask him to seal the edge a lot of times.
“He can get to linebackers and seal them off really well. Not only can he do that reach block and seal that side of the line, he can anchor it because he's got more of a push with his added weight.”
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