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Star watch: Deondre Clark plays offense, too

by Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid Published: August 23, 2013

Here's a look at how some high school stars performed in scrimmages Friday night.

Deondre Clark, Douglass

Everyone knows what Clark can do at defensive end, after his 22-sack season of a year ago. But the LSU commit is ready to provide some offense for Douglass.

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound senior caught a pass, and entered the game at tailback in red-zone situations, pounding his way in for two touchdowns.

“We've moved him around his whole career, so it's nothing new to him,” Douglass coach Willis Alexander said. “We're gonna continue doing that and try to put our team in the best situation to win.”

Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert

Thompson, The Oklahoman's All-State quarterback last season, had a quiet night due to a tough Del City defense and limited playing time.

The dual threat talent connected on just two of his eight pass attempts, and wasn't able to display his running ability with a quick whistle stopping several plays early.

“I didn't play much because they're just trying to keep me fully healthy,” Thompson said.

The senior says he expects to use his arm more this season than in the past.

 “We're look at throwing it a lot more this year,” he said. “We have a great tight end (Trenton Ball) and a good receiver (Dillon Lohr) so we're looking to use them.”

Coach Gary Rose added jokingly, “We're going to throw it 60 times a game.”


Kai Callins, Guthrie

Guthrie's first three offensive plays went to Callins, either as a receiver or running back. On the first, a quick pass to him in the flat, he made a quick cut to get past the cornerback, showing that his surgically repaired knee looks to be back to full health.

He added a long rush, which he followed with a touchdown run, later in the scrimmage.

“I gained 15 pounds since my injury. I've gotten faster, more explosive,” said Callins, who tore his ACL in Week 1 last season. “I don't even think about my knee. The only thing that brings it back is when my knee brace slides around. That's the only thing that even reminds me that I got hurt.”

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by Scott Wright
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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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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by Trent Shadid
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Trent Shadid is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Weatherford, Okla., and attended Weatherford High School. Before joining The Oklahoman, he spent two seasons as an assistant wrestling coach at Weatherford High...
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