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BCS National Championship: Oklahomans play a big part in Sooners’ run to BCS title game

By Berry Tramel Modified: January 7, 2009 at 12:01 pm •  Published: January 7, 2009
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Sooner locker room often is filled with good-natured, but competitive, banter. Oklahoma high school football vs. Texas high school football.

For decades, the Texans have held the majority and do so now, on the eve of the national title game against Florida.

But the Okies have more quality to their argument than in a long time.

Putnam City North’s Sam Bradford won the Heisman Trophy and has thrown a combined 20 touchdown passes to Ardmore’s Jermaine Gresham, Norman’s Ryan Broyles and Tulsa Washington’s Quentin Chaney.

Southeast’s Gerald McCoy is an All-America defensive tackle. Tulsa Union’s Dom Franks has four interceptions and plays an excellent cornerback.

Norman’s Mossis Madu has rushed for 463 yards as the third-team tailback and will platoon against Florida, with the injury to DeMarco Murray. Enid’s Austin Box was the starting middle linebacker the second half of the season until an injury Nov. 29 against Oklahoma State. Heritage Hall’s Jimmy Stevens has 116 points kicking, the ninth-highest season scoring total in school history.

"There’s a lot of pride in it,” Madu said with a wide smile. "Tells us what kind of football we have in Oklahoma.

"In the locker room, we’re always joking about Texas football and Oklahoma football.

Homegrown All-Americans
This is the sixth time OU has produced at least three All-Americans from Oklahoma high schools. The seasons:

→1975 (6): Lee Roy Selmon, Eufaula; Dewey Selmon, Eufaula; Terry Webb, Muskogee; Mike Vaughan, Ada; Jimbo Elrod, Tulsa East Central; Tinker Owens, Miami.

→1974 (6): Rod Shoate, Spiro; Lee Roy Selmon, Eufaula; Dewey Selmon, Eufaula; Tinker Owens, Miami; Randy Hughes, Tulsa Memorial; Kyle Davis, Altus.

→2003 (4): Jammal Brown, Lawton MacArthur; Teddy Lehman, Fort Gibson; Antonio Perkins, Lawton; Jason White, Tuttle.

→1952 (4): Tom Catlin, Ponca City; Eddie Crowder, Muskogee; Billy Vessels, Cleveland; Buck McPhail, Oklahoma City Central.

→1949 (4): Stan West, Enid; Darrell Royal, Hollis; Jim Owens, Classen; George Thomas, Fairland.

→2008 (3): Sam Bradford, Putnam North; Jermaine Gresham, Ardmore; Gerald McCoy, Southeast.


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