Oklahoma football: Sooners from Kansas ready for Wildcats

OU tight end Brannon Green could have walked on at Kansas State. Now, after a stint at a junior college, he'll face the Wildcats on Saturday.
by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: September 18, 2012

So why Oklahoma?

“It's a prestigious school,” O'Hara said. “And of course, my mother and her opinion of K-State.”

Phillips, though, came from a Kansas State family. His No. 2 choice was actually to go to Manhattan, Kan. Phillips said he went to nearly every home game while he was being recruited.

Growing up, he was never dressed up in purple, but his aunt and his uncle are die-hard K-State fans. Phillips talked about his aunt's and uncle's feelings on his decision to become a Sooner.

“I wouldn't say disappointed,” he said. “They were happy ... but they were really disappointed.”

They're actually coming to the game this weekend and wearing purple.

“Wearing their purple. Yeah they are,” Phillips said. “Oh, they're not sitting in the family section.”

Phillips is also from a small Kansas town. His is named Towanda. Population? 1,450.

So why did he want to come to Oklahoma?

“I just wanted to win,” Phillips said.

On Saturday, Phillips and Green will play in their first game against Kansas State. It will also be the first Big 12 game of their careers.

“A lot of people from my hometown are big K-State fans,” Green said. “It being a farming community and Kansas State being a big agricultural school. They're excited for the game and so am I. It's something I've been waiting for for a long time.”

by Stephanie Kuzydym
Reporter
Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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