McAlester's Caden Pratt lives up to expectations as a coach's kid

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — Despite leading McAlester to the Class 5A semifinals last year at quarterback, Caden Pratt made the shift to slot receiver in his senior season with standout Dalton Wood returning from injury.
by Trent Shadid Published: January 5, 2014

Being the son of a coach can be tough on a high school football player.

Typically, more is expected of you from the coaching staff and your peers.

As a four-year starter at McAlester, Caden Pratt lived up to those expectations and then some while playing for his dad Bryan.

“Playing for my dad, it's had its ups and downs, but in the end I wouldn't trade it for anything in the world,” Caden said. “I wouldn't rather have been around any other group of people. They're all family to me.”

For Caden, The Oklahoman's first-team All-State punt returner, doing whatever it takes to win has always been his only concern.

Despite leading McAlester to the Class 5A semifinals last year at quarterback, Caden made the shift to slot receiver in his senior season with standout Dalton Wood returning from injury.

“Last year, I touched the ball almost every play of the game,” Caden said. “Some games I had more than 40 carries. Coming into this year, I knew I was going to be somewhat of a decoy. And I was a lot of the time, but it really didn't matter to me as long as we were winning.”

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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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