BY KYLE FREDRICKSON AND JOHN HELSLEY | Published: Sat, Aug 9, 2014
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy announced Saturday that three players who began summer camp as walk-ons have been given scholarships: Senior punter Kip Smith, senior fullback Teddy Johnson and junior quarterback Daxx Garman.
OSU’s freshmen – and it’s a large class of 22, not including several promising recruited walk-ons – have made an immediate impression on the team’s veterans and coaches. And it’s across the board, with first-year guys making noise at many positions.
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John Helsley grew up in Del City, reading all the newspapers and sports magazines he could get his hands on. And Saturday afternoons, when the Major League Game of the Week was on, he'd keep a scorecard for the game. So the sports appeal was was deep-rooted at an early age.
Mrs. Jackson, an English/Journalism teacher at Del City High, plucked him for the school paper, The Eagle Beacon, and John was hooked. While he detoured through a brief accounting career, John returned to college (Central Oklahoma) for a second degree and a second career that has seen him cover everything from the preps to the pros at The Oklahoman.
John lives in Edmond with his wife Roberta and two daughters, Sarah and Jillian, who are keeping the family tradition of cheering for the baseball team with the birds on the bat.