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Putnam City football: Defense counting on talented linebackers

by Scott Wright Modified: August 14, 2013 at 11:15 am •  Published: August 14, 2013
Putnam City's Jamarcus Smith tackles Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key during Putnam City - Broken Arrow high school football game at Putnam City Stadium Friday night. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT FOR THE OKLAHOMAN
Putnam City's Jamarcus Smith tackles Broken Arrow quarterback Coleman Key during Putnam City - Broken Arrow high school football game at Putnam City Stadium Friday night. PHOTO BY HUGH SCOTT FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Putnam City lost some size on the defensive line, but coach John Wofford hopes a strong group of linebackers can make up the difference.

Jamarcus Smith and Eric Weed both return as starters, and a couple of other players have experience.

“We have to control things with the linebackers,” Weed said. “As long as we work together as a unit, we can be good.”

Smith and Weed are the top two returning tacklers for the Pirates, who were 6-4 last year and narrowly missed the playoffs — a strong motivating factor through the offseason.

“My teammates always say they want to go win state. Well, we gotta be here every day, working hard,” Smith said. “You can’t do a thing without hard work. Ain’t nothing handed to you.”

– Scott Wright, swright@opubco.com
Twitter: @ScottWrightOK

by Scott Wright
Reporter
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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