And that personal success translated into team success in 2010.
Key threw for 2,131 yards and 19 touchdowns. Owasso went 8-5, winning two playoff games and reaching the 6A semifinals.
“I felt really good about what we accomplished,” Key said. “It was a little frustrating that we didn't make it farther. But with our young team, it was definitely a step forward.
Key and the rest of his Owasso teammates hope they can make bigger strides this season.
They are returning talent on both sides of the ball and have developed a new offseason strength program that Patterson said has provided tangible results.
“We are a much stronger football team now than we were at this time last year,” Patterson said. “Kason has taken advantage and added some arm strength.”
Along with the added bulk, Key, who is No. 21 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of top high school recruits, believes his mental approach has grown over time.
Entering his third season as the starting quarterback, which is rare at the high school level, Key has taken command of his team.
“He is trying to be more active as a senior and being a leader,” Patterson said. “He is a young man who has his teammates' respect and they will follow him.”
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Oklahoman Super 30 No. 21: Kason Key Position: Quarterback Height: 6-4 Weight: 215 pounds Offers: Interest from several schools, including Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas.