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High school football: Tuttle will have a different look at quarterback

For the past seven years, head coach Phil Koons has not only had the ear of his quarterback on the field but also at home, with one of his three sons starting each year. This year, the battle is on for the job.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 16, 2013
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photo - Head football coach Phil Koons works with player Deakon Mincey (22) on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Tuttle, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Head football coach Phil Koons works with player Deakon Mincey (22) on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Tuttle, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— Spring football is a little different at Tuttle High School this year.

For the first time in seven seasons, the Tigers will not have one of coach Phil Koons' sons at quarterback.

Koons has directed a football version of “My Three Sons” the past seven seasons.

Sterling, Tanner and Cooper Koons have been Tuttle's starting quarterbacks the past seven years.

Sterling and Tanner are now playing at the University of Central Oklahoma, while last year's signal caller, Cooper, is joining the new football program at Oklahoma Baptist University.

“I am going to miss having a Koons boy pulling the trigger,” Phil Koons said.

For the past seven years, the head coach has not only had the ear of his quarterback on the field but also at home. He felt very comfortable with his sons running the offense.

“They knew what I would want called at the line of scrimmage,” he said. “They know the audibles, the secondary coverage.

“The kids have been in the system so long, you could kind of sit back and call plays and it ran like clockwork.”

Another Koons son is waiting for his chance at the job, but it's going to be a long wait. Julius is only a third-grader.

This spring, there is a quarterback battle at Tuttle. The starting quarterback position is unsettled, as are many positions for the Tigers on the defensive side of the ball.

The quarterback job will be won by one of three players: junior Taylor Newport, junior move-in Jett Jobe or last year's starting cornerback Deakon Mincey.

“We got a nice competition right now with three guys,” Koons said. “They definitely got shoes to fill. I don't know how big. We expect to win around here.”

If not the starting quarterback, Mincey will be in the backfield as a running back.

“The ball will be in his hands,” Koons said.

Mincey, who will be a senior next season, is one of several talented running backs who will return for Tuttle, including the team's leading rusher Jesse Gregory.

Morgan Neal, who was injured much of last season, also will be back at running back. Koons also expects contributions in the fall from sophomore running back Jason Biddy.

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by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
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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