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High schools: Norman quarterback Zach Long is Player of the Week

The senior has taken the leadership role voided by graduated running back Donovan Roberts
by Scott Wright Published: September 24, 2012
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photo - Norman quarterback Zach Long (16) breaks away from Moore's Keoni Walter (26) and Derek Harris (3) on a long touchdown run during a high school football game between Moore and Norman in Moore, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
Norman quarterback Zach Long (16) breaks away from Moore's Keoni Walter (26) and Derek Harris (3) on a long touchdown run during a high school football game between Moore and Norman in Moore, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Long has two 100-yard rushing games already this season, and his speed has caught some people by surprise.

“Some of the fans and some of the students tell me, ‘Hey, we didn't know you were that fast,'” Long said with a laugh. “I've always had it, just never showed it that much.”

But his teammates know what he's capable of doing.

“It doesn't surprise us,” offensive tackle Zac Uhles said. “He has really matured. He's quick and he's making the reads a lot faster, and that helps.”

Still, Long's running ability is only a portion of his contribution to the Tigers' success. Coach Greg Nation frequently points to his quarterback's ability to take command of the team.

“He's doing a great job with his leadership on the field,” Nation said. “He's got a lot of poise. He manages the clock well. He manages the game well. I think all those things together come into what makes him such a great quarterback for us.”

by Scott Wright
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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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