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State college football: Dan Cocannouer's rebuilding project making progress at Southwestern State

Cocannouer said: “It's all about recruiting. We've got some good kids, good character kids who want to play and do what it takes to win.”
by Scott Munn Published: September 20, 2012

Saturday's kickoff is 2:35 p.m.


*Kim Jech is keeping a diary of this football season. Jech's son, Kyle, is a senior quarterback for Northwestern State. The former Kingfisher High star is one of few returning starters for the Rangers, who take an 0-3 record into Saturday's game against unbeaten Texas-San Antonio in the Alamodome. Kim Jech and other family members attend home games in Alva; they also drive to every road date in a 2009 GMC Acadia that was purchased for football travels.

“I'll have to figure out how many miles we have driven — I'm not sure, but it's been a bunch,” Kim Jech said. “I hope this doesn't jinx me, but so far, no breakdowns.”


*Southwestern State has tight end Ryan Corbin back in its lineup. The junior missed all but two plays of the 2011 season with a knee injury. Corbin had a lot of time to think about football while rehabilitating the knee.

“One thing that happened to me after the injury was I got a chance to focus a lot more on the mental aspect of the game,” said Corbin, an All-State player out of Newcastle High. “I prepare differently now. I can see better how the games are developing. In a weird way, I think the injury forced me to add an extra dimension into my game.”

The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder is the Bulldogs' third-leading receiver through two games. He has seven receptions for 48 yards. As a sophomore, Corbin had 36 catches for 389 yards.


*Cox is scheduled to televise Langston's home football game vs. Texas College at 6 p.m. Oct. 13. ... Northeastern A&M cracked the National Junior College Athletic Association's top-20 football poll after beating then-No. 9 Blinn (Texas) last weekend. NEO (3-0) is No. 14. Oklahoma's only football-playing junior college is in the rankings for the first time in seven seasons. ... NEO punter Garrett Powell was named NJCAA Special Teams Player of the Week. The Bartlesville product averaged 55 yards on three punts. ... Southern Nazarene quarterback Dylan Terry was sacked 10 times during last week's 17-7 loss at Friends (Kan.). He was sacked five times for minus-36 yards by defensive end Dexter Davis, who, a week earlier, was NAIA Defensive Player of the Week after totaling four sacks against St. Mary (Kan.).


by Scott Munn
Sports Assistant Editor
Scott Munn joined The Oklahoman/Oklahoma City Times sports staffs in October 1982. He spent a year as a formcharter, three years on the desk and 16 as a reporter. Scott has spent the last nine years as an evening assistant sports editor. Scott's...
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