Sosa is primed for a big season, Merrell said. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound senior caught 10 passes for 91 yards and a TD last season, but has looked strong in the preseason.
WARIBOKO-ALALI DEALING WITH HAMSTRING
Casady lineman and Oklahoma commitment Josh Wariboko-Alali made his presence known Friday night in the Cyclones' 27-21 victory against Holland Hall by blocking two extra points.
But there were times he missed entire series while dealing with a bothersome hamstring.
“I played all right, it's just I've got to get 100 percent with my hamstring,” Wariboko-Alali said. “I don't think I played bad, but I think I was a little bit sloppy.”
Casady was noticeably without Wariboko-Alali on its first touchdown drive, a 96-yarder late in the first half.
But later in the third quarter, the Cyclones were also without him and they went three-and-out while losing 15 yards.
“Just trying to keep him fresh,” Casady coach Koby Scoville said. “He was not in perfect first-game shape; we've just go to keep him moving.”
Casady also failed to run the ball with any success Friday, totaling minus-24 yards on 23 carries. That was a concern entering the game and will remain one this week against Heritage Hall in the Polo Bowl.
“We knew that was our weakness,” Scoville said. “We'll have to improve that if we want to be a well-rounded contender for the championship.”