Mendenhall was the lineman of the year in 1965, but the future Heisman Trophy winner had to share “Back of the Year” honors with Rick Baldridge of Lawton.
Both running backs “are equal in the eyes of college talent scouts,” The Oklahoman reported.
Baldridge rushed for 1,424 yards for Lawton that season. Owens rushed for 948 yards for Miami and caught 23 passes for 380 yards.
1975: J.C. over Leroy?
Eufaula football coach Paul Bell called J.C. Watts “the greatest football player at his position that I have been around.”
Bell also called Watts, who headlined the 1975 All-State team and led Oklahoma to two Orange Bowl victories, “one of the greatest high school players I have ever seen.”
Bell, who also coached the Selmon brothers at Eufaula, was asked by The Oklahoman to compare them to Watts.
“If I had to pick one, I'd have to go with J.C. because he can score,” Bell said.
Gundy headlines 1985 All-State team
The 1985 All-State football team had a plethora of quarterbacks, but only one could be named the All-State quarterback.
Mike Gundy of Midwest City was The Oklahoman's choice at quarterback and for “Back of the Year.”
The future Oklahoma State football star and its current head coach passed for 2,392 yards that season in leading the Bombers to the 5A state championship.
Two other quarterbacks were named to the All-State team but as defensive backs: Charles Thompson of Lawton and Quinn Grovey of Duncan.
Thompson would go to Oklahoma to play quarterback while Grovey went to Arkansas.
Ada signal caller was 1995's top QB
Quarterbacking the 1995 All-State football team was Brandon Daniels of Ada, who later starred at the University of Oklahoma.
Daniels, an option quarterback, was only the second quarterback in state history to direct his squad to three state championships in 11-man football.
Despite missing five games that season with an ankle injury, Daniels rushed for 1,057 yards and 18 touchdowns.
College stars on 2005 team
The 2005 All-State first-team contained three players who would have productive careers at the University of Oklahoma: wide receiver Jermaine Gresham of Ardmore, defensive back Dominque Franks of Tulsa Union and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of Oklahoma City Southeast, who was The Oklahoman's “Defensive Player of the Year.”
The Sooners also found a pretty good quarterback on the second team All-State, future Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Putnam City North. Matt Edmonds of Mustang was first team quarterback and The Oklahoman's “Player of the Year.”
Other future Sooners from the 2005 second and third All-State teams included Mossis Madu of Norman and Austin Box of Enid.
OSU found a pretty good player, too. Junior Josh Cooper of Mustang was the All-State kick returner.