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Super 30: Norman North QB John Kolar benefited from former teammate's injury

A year ago John Kolar was preparing for his junior season as a wide receiver in a talent-heavy Norman North offense. Now, he’s verbally committed to Oklahoma State as a quarterback and No. 6 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015.
by Trent Shadid Published: July 21, 2014

NORMAN — A year ago John Kolar was preparing for his junior season as a wide receiver in a talent-heavy Norman North offense.

Now, he’s verbally committed to Oklahoma State as a quarterback and No. 6 in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015.

Kolar was forced into action at quarterback during the Timberwolves’ fifth game of the 2013 season at Yukon after starter David Cornwell, now a freshman at Alabama, suffered a season-ending knee injury.

All Kolar did was come in and throw for 162 yards and a touchdown, all in the second half, as Norman North overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to win 45-42.

The offense continued to roll behind Kolar the rest of the season. In his six starts, the Timberwolves averaged 42 points per game. He finished the season with a 64.9 completion percentage while throwing for 1,675 yards with 15 touchdowns and just two interceptions.

“It was kind of all overwhelming at first,” Kolar said. “From the time I got in the game at Yukon, I really didn’t think about touchdowns or any numbers. I just went out and played. Everyone else started talking about how well I had played and that’s really the first I thought of it.”

Less than five months after starting his first game at quarterback, Kolar had received a scholarship offer from OSU and was verbally committed. Kolar says he has no idea where he’d be in the recruiting process if not for Cornwell’s injury.

“I don’t think there’s any way I’d be where I am now,” Kolar said. “I would’ve gone to camps and stuff, but I don’t think I’d be committed anywhere because obviously they wouldn’t have any film of me.”

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Kolar has spent the spring and summer working on some of the finer points of playing quarterback.

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by Trent Shadid
Copy Editor
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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