Oklahoma state college football: UCO has long list of great running backs

Josh Birmingham confident he can join that group
By Scott Munn, Assistant Sports Editor, smunn@opubco.com Modified: September 9, 2010 at 8:03 pm •  Published: September 9, 2010

High expectations

Scouting reports say Central Oklahoma freshman Josh Birmingham might end up as one of the best backs in school history. The Bronchos have had plenty in a rich football tradition: Joe Aska, Reggie Donner, James Hooks, Steve Tate — the list is long.

Birmingham accounted for 174 total yards in his college debut Aug. 28 vs. Pittsburg State (Kan.).

"I can't argue with that," Birmingham said of possibly putting his name among UCO greats. "I will always try to outwork my opponent. I will always try to do my best and help us win."

UCO hosts Tarleton State (Texas) at 7 p.m. Saturday.

Star alums shine

Northeastern A&M hosts No. 1-ranked and defending junior college national champion Blinn (Texas) at 3 p.m. Saturday. NEO (0-2) is coming off a one-point loss to Ellsworth (Iowa); the Golden Norse allowed a TD with 35 seconds left in the game, then a personal foul penalty gave Ellsworth the opportunity for an easy 2-point conversion.

A pair of former Star Spencer High standouts led NEO. Terrance Olds ran for 129 yards, and Darwin Rideau added 70 yards and a touchdown run. But NEO failed to score three times when it was inside the Panthers' 20-yard line.

"I told the team that this loss was mine," NEO coach Donnie Bigby said. "When you have three offensive possessions in the red zone and don't put points on the board, that's a reflection on me."

Quote me

Southern Nazarene senior Myron McKinney is one of the best offensive tackles in the NAIA. At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, McKinney said with a little hard work, maybe he'll be meeting up with a former high school teammate in the NFL.

Sam Bradford is the kid's name. Starting quarterback for the St. Louis Rams.

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