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PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst isn't saying much about his starting quarterback competition. Maybe that's because Chryst's decisions on who gets the snaps in practice is doing all the talking for him.Sophomore Chad Voytik took the majority of the reps with the first team during a scrimmage over the weekend, and it's almost certain he'll be the one under center when the Panthers...
Panthers QB Voytik closing in on starting job
NATE BARNES, Associated Press | Aug 19, 2014PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh coach Paul Chryst isn't saying much about his starting quarterback competition. Maybe that's because Chryst's decisions on who gets the snaps in practice is doing all the talking for him. Sophomore Chad Voytik took the majority of the reps with the first team during a scrimmage over the weekend, and it's almost certain he'll be the one under center when the Panthers open the 2014 season on Aug. 30 against Delaware. While Chryst stressed Voytik is "still learning," the coach has been impressed with his command of the offense during camp. "I've never been around a quarterback who doesn't go through growing pains," Chryst said. "But he's a knowledgeable player. I think he's got a good knowledge base and he's working to keep it growing." Voytik redshirted in 2012 and took his first reps in 2013, playing in three regular season games. A lot of that time was spent learning Chryst's system and preparing for the day he would take over. Chryst, who won a state title as a high school quarterback in Wisconsin, has taken over duties as quarterbacks coach. The list of his proteges include Derek Anderson at Oregon State and 2014 Super Bowl-winner Russell Wilson at Wisconsin. "I couldn't ask for a better offensive mind to guide me through his offense," Voytik said. "He's always putting things in perspective, and he understands." So far, the biggest teaching point for Voytik has been adjusting to a more traditional offense after spending much of his time in high school working out of the spread. While the transition hasn't always been smooth, Voytik appeared just fine learning under fire. He took over for an injured Tom Savage during halftime of the Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl last December and helped the Panthers pull out a 30-27 victory. "You really feel yourself growing," Voytik said. "This is the first time where I've seen my corrections come out. Everything's clean right now, and it feels really good." Voytik has already won over his teammates. "He led us to a win in the second half of the bowl game," center Artie Rowell said. "With us knowing that he can go in and win a football game with us and for us, it is a good feeling. He has a lot to prove still, but we are behind him." Voytik won't lack for targets, including sophomore wide receiver Tyler Boyd, who broke Larry Fitzgerald's record for receptions by a Pitt freshman last season. Though Voytik lacks Savage's arm strength, Boyd isn't concerned about Voytik's ability to get the ball where it needs to go. "He had a lot of decisions to make in order to make a big play out on the field," Boyd said. "I feel like he's fine and we trust him. So he's going to go out there and do his thing.
A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard...
Tributes: Former Southeastern player, Douglass basketball standout die
BY SCOTT MUNN | Aug 18, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: Orb Whaley, 87, of Tulsa played football at Antlers High School and Southeastern State. Before a long management career with Western Auto, Whaley was involved in one of the most unusual plays in college football. While returning a second-half kick, Whaley was tackled by East Central lineman Doc Garner at the 50-yard line. Problem was, Garner made the stop after charging in from the ECU bench. East Central was given a 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct. Whaley added an interception later in the third quarter that set up a Southeastern touchdown as the then-Savages rolled to a 26-2 victory. Whaley sandwiched his football career between stints in World War II and the Korean War. Raymond Mitchell, 83, was a principal at several Oklahoma City elementary schools. The former Douglass High School basketball standout was also a physical education teacher and spent fall Friday nights as a football official. He also refereed prep basketball games. Angela Spigner, 44, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Fox High School. Kelly Johnson, 50, was a mat maid at Altus High School. Garland Waldroop, 74, of Minot, N.D., owned a construction business. The former Oklahoma resident built Sooner International Raceway north of Altus in 1983. Beula Combs, 88, of Tahlequah was scorebook keeper at Little League baseball games. Larry Cotter, 73, of Oklahoma City was a body builder. He also enjoyed drag racing and snow skiing. Laura Marble Arledge, 45, of Norman played tennis at Chickasha High School and Austin College. The attorney was a supporter of Norman High School athletics; she was named Fan of the Year for the 2012-13 school year. Gene Hatfield, 67, of Oklahoma City played football and baseball at Crooked Oak High School. The Vietnam veteran was an OU and tennis fan. Steven Smola, 74, of Oklahoma City played football at Kingfisher High School. Showed award-winning sheep as a youngster. A railroad company owner by trade. William Kern, 93, of Lawton played adult league softball for Fairmont Foods. A member of the Lawton Bowling Club. Joe Pete Pellerin Jr., 72, of Wilson played football for Mt. Saint Joseph Academy in his native Rutland, Vt. Dr. Harold Stout, 80, of Norman played football, basketball and ran track at Waurika High School. The physician was involved with the Waurika Rattlesnake Hunt. Also hunted bear in Alaska. Claudette Trigg Theimer, 81, of Oklahoma City was a cheerleader at Northeast High School. Weldon Roberson, 70, of Wichita Falls, Texas, lettered four years in football, basketball and track at Ryan High School. Bob Graves, 72, of Poteau worked in the banking industry and coached Little League baseball. Steve Robinson, 65, worked the chains at Owasso Rams football games. A golf enthusiast. Bud Mulkey, 82, Durant worked as machinist — which came in handy with his hobby of building and racing stock cars. Billy Little, 68, of Yukon was a manager for Southwestern Bell. Off time was spent working with Little League sports either as an official, director or coach. Allen Cowdery, 71, of Tulsa was an attorney who coached and officiated soccer. Sue Moore Corder, 70, of Midwest City played basketball at Mason High School.
Aug 18, 2014
Last week, for the first time in 23 years, football practice opened at Putnam City North without Bob Wilson in charge, following the longtime coach’s retirement in April. But the appointment of Rod Richardson to fill his former boss’ shoes has made for an incredibly smooth transition.
High school football: Transition to new head coach has been easy for Putnam City North
By Scott Wright | Aug 18, 2014To Chase Sparks, it seems like hardly anything has changed. Last week, for the first time in 23 years, football practice opened at Putnam City North without Bob Wilson in charge, following the longtime coach’s retirement in April. But the appointment of Rod Richardson to fill his former boss’ shoes has made for an incredibly smooth transition. Richardson was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach last season, working closely with Sparks in his first season as the starting QB. Last spring, many Panther football players were playing baseball under Richardson — the PC North baseball coach for the last decade — when the team made an unexpected run to the state tournament. “We worked a lot together last year, and it just transitioned right into my senior year,” Sparks said. “It’s gonna be no problem. We’ll just keep working the same offense we ran last year and keep moving forward. “It’s always tough to lose a coach with as much experience as Coach Wilson, but change never hurts anybody. It takes a little bit to get used to, but I think we’re going to come through it and be better.” Richardson, who played for the Midwest City Bombers during the mid-1990s, had brought in an intriguing new assistant coach last week, but lost him on Sunday. Former Panther running back Deji Karim had been helping out, but was signed by the Indianapolis Colts, where he has a chance to make team as a backup running back and kick returner. “It was great having him here,” senior Logan Price said. “You get an NFL player working with high school kids and it makes a world of difference. With me, he really helped me with my footwork. He brought life to the practice, so hopefully we can keep bringing it back.” Coming off a 4-6 season, the Panthers are looking to turn the corner and get back to being a perennial playoff team, like they were during most of Wilson’s tenure. Of course, doing so as one of the smaller schools in the new Class 6A Division I won’t be easy. “I like the way we’re practicing,” Sparks said. “We’re an underdog going in, but we were an underdog last year, so we’re gonna go beat some people, turn some heads and win some games.”
Oklahoma State football: Offensive line coach Bob Connelly up to three verbal 2015-class commits, hopes to add two moreAug 16, 2014
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said Saturday he’s “slept a little easier at night” over the past week. Apparently, the stress from months of hopping on and off airplanes and scouting hundreds of football players across the nation can wear you out.
Oklahoma State football: Offensive line coach Bob Connelly up to three verbal 2015-class commits, hopes to add two more
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 16, 2014[img url=https://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/08/5c2b72a8c0478d51fd39ca00224ba30d.jpg]3299275[/img] STILLWATER — Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said Saturday he’s “slept a little easier at night” over the past week. Apparently, the stress from months of hopping on and off airplanes and scouting hundreds of football players across the nation can wear you out. And when two of those recruits verbally commit like they did last week, rest comes a little easier. Over the span of three days last week, OSU picked up two offensive line commits for its 2015 class — Joshua Jones of Bush High School (Texas) and Brandon Pertile of Mesa Community College (Arizona). The Cowboys also previously received a verbal commitment from Johnny Wilson of Midland Christian High School (Texas). Each is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals. Connelly can’t comment on those three players until when, or if, they officially sign with the Cowboys come February. But he did explain how important they were to an upcoming class in dire need of offensive linemen. “It’s a big, big, big need of ours,” Connelly said. “Getting those two additions gets us to three and we’re looking to get two more guys. Potentially one junior college (and) one more high school player, because of the guys we lost last year and then obviously moving forward with three seniors this year.” Connelly was added to the OSU coaching staff after the 2014 class was signed, so these three recruits are the first of his Cowboy tenure. Connelly said he’s been working “tirelessly” in recruiting since he arrived in Stillwater. “For me, it’s been a big challenge,” Connelly said. “I’ve had to scout all over, and when you add junior college prospects, we have to expand outside Oklahoma and Texas or surrounding states. So it required a lot of travel for me this spring. Through mid-April all the way through the month of May, I was out just about every day in an airport flying all over the country trying to find guys.”
Aug 16, 2014
Mike Gundy gave his final fall camp post-practice interview Saturday afternoon outside Boone Pickens Stadium and summarized what he saw during Oklahoma State’s team scrimmage. The Cowboys ran 115 plays. Penalties were limited for the most part. Tackling was improved on defense and offensive skill players were explosive. Then, Gundy said this: “The quarterbacks played really the best that...
Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy has high praise for quarterbacks
By Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 16, 2014Mike Gundy gave his final fall camp post-practice interview Saturday afternoon outside Boone Pickens Stadium and summarized what he saw during Oklahoma State’s team scrimmage. The Cowboys ran 115 plays. Penalties were limited for the most part. Tackling was improved on defense and offensive skill players were explosive. Then, Gundy said this: “The quarterbacks played really the best that they’ve played in a scrimmage in a number of years here … They were very productive.” More high praise for the trio of quarterbacks — J.W. Walsh, Daxx Garman and Mason Rudolph — who Gundy said could rotate in and out this season. But it did come with a disclaimer. Gundy said at different points during Saturday’s scrimmage inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Center, as many as eight freshmen were on the field at the same time. When asked if the quarterbacks’ success was earned or allowed by new faces on defense, Gundy said it could be a “combination of both.” “They’re obviously a little more vulnerable when there’s youth out there,” he said. “But I have a pretty good feel for when the quarterback is in the right spot mentally and physically. … I thought that they competed and made good plays today.” Bullet points from the rest of Gundy’s interview: Nine different wide receivers played in Saturday’s scrimmage. Gundy would not provide a health update for two Cowboys returning from injury this season: offensive lineman Devin Davis, who tore his ACL and damaged his meniscus last fall camp, or JUCO transfer linebacker Devante Averette, who suffered a knee injury in spring. Players will have about a 60-hour break now that fall camp has wrapped up, Gundy said. With classes starting Monday, the Cowboys won’t hit the practice field again until Tuesday. CONNELLY NOT DONE RECRUITING OFFENSIVE LINEMEN Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said Saturday he’s “slept a little easier at night” over the past week. Apparently, the stress from months of hopping on and off airplanes and scouting hundreds of football players across the nation can wear you out. And when two of those recruits verbally commit like they did last week, rest comes a little easier. Over the span of three days last week, OSU picked up two offensive line commitments for its 2015 class — Joshua Jones of Bush (Texas) High School and Brandon Pertile of Mesa (Ariz.) Community College. The Cowboys also previously received a verbal commitment from Johnny Wilson of Midland Christian (Texas) High School. Each is ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals. Connelly can’t comment on those three players until when, or if, they officially sign with the Cowboys come February. But he did explain how important they were to an upcoming class in dire need of offensive linemen. “It’s a big, big, big need of ours,” Connelly said. “Getting those two additions gets us to three and we’re looking to get two more guys. Potentially one junior-college (and) one more high school player, because of the guys we lost last year and then obviously moving forward with three seniors this year.” Connelly was added to the OSU coaching staff after the 2014 class was signed, so these three recruits are the first of his Cowboy tenure. Connelly said he’s been working “tirelessly” in recruiting since he arrived in Stillwater. “For me, it’s been a big challenge,” Connelly said. “I’ve had to scout all over, and when you add junior-college prospects, we have to expand outside Oklahoma and Texas or surrounding states. So it required a lot of travel for me this spring. Through mid-April all the way through the month of May, I was out just about every day in an airport flying all over the country trying to find guys.” GUNDY TALKS FORMER COWBOYS IN THE NFL Gundy said Saturday there’s a new photo addition near a team entryway inside Boone Pickens Stadium. It features seven former OSU players now suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys: quarterback Brandon Weeden, running back Joseph Randle, kicker Dan Bailey, wide receiver Dez Bryant, linebacker Orie Lemon, cornerback Tyler Patmon and safety Johnny Thomas. “We still have communication with them and I hear they’re doing really well,” Gundy said. “I’m not sure that there’s another school that’s in our conferences at this level that’s had that many players that have made it this far on one NFL team.” Gundy also made a comment on former OSU running back Kendall Hunter, who tore an ACL during July drills for the San Francisco 49ers. “It was unfortunate for a very good person that works extremely hard,” Gundy said. “And it’s important to him. But if anybody will battle back, it will be Kendall. And I certainly hope he does. I think he’s got three or four years in him. I hope that he battles back and can still compete.”
Aug 15, 2014
NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Geneo Grissom is still learning the ropes at linebacker, but everyone expects the immensely talented defender to make a big impact in his new position. Grissom, who came to OU from Hutchinson, Kan., as a defensive end, moved to tight end and then back, started working at linebacker in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Grissom recorded 40 tackles — nine for loss — and...
Oklahoma football: Geneo Grissom talks about defense
By Jason Kersey | Aug 15, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma senior Geneo Grissom is still learning the ropes at linebacker, but everyone expects the immensely talented defender to make a big impact in his new position. Grissom, who came to OU from Hutchinson (Kan.) High School as a defensive end, moved to tight end and then back, started working at linebacker in the spring. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound Grissom recorded 40 tackles — nine for loss — and 4.5 sacks last season. He spoke with reporters this week about his transition, other players on OU’s defense and the impressive Sooner freshman class. Q: How did the scrimmage last Saturday go for you? A: It could have been better. I’m probably one of my biggest critics. I didn’t play as well as I could have. How has Jordan Evans looked so far in the fall? Jordan looks good. We’re looking forward to seeing what he can do in a gametime situation. It’s going to be real exciting. The defensive backs lost some key contributors. How has that group looked? Zack (Sanchez) is looking great. He’s got a year under his belt. We’re looking to seeing what he can do with a year of experience under his belt. Julian (Wilson) looks good. You wouldn’t know that he played a different position last year. He’s picking it up. He’s going to be a good cornerback. Have any freshmen surprised you? At Oklahoma coaches do a great job of recruiting every year. They get great talent. It’s always nice to see what freshmen are going to come out. There are always going to be a few that come out and surprise people and make their way to the field.
Aug 11, 2014
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State added a second offensive lineman to its 2015 recruiting class Monday. Joshua Jones — a 6-foot-6, 271-pound offensive tackle from Bush High School in Richmond, Texas — announced on Twitter his intention to play for the Cowboys next season. Rivals and ESPN both ranked Jones as a three-star prospect. He held more […]
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys land three-star Texas offensive lineman Joshua Jones
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 11, 2014STILLWATER — Oklahoma State added a second offensive lineman to its 2015 recruiting class Monday. Joshua Jones — a 6-foot-6, 271-pound offensive tackle from Bush High School in Richmond, Texas — announced on Twitter his intention to play for the Cowboys next season. Rivals and ESPN both ranked Jones as a three-star prospect. He held more than a dozen scholarship offers, including Texas Tech and TCU. Jones’ Rivals page: [img url=https://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/08/photo.jpg]3209934[/img] Jones is OSU’s ninth commitment in its 2015 class. He will join fellow Texas offensive lineman Johnny Wilson (Midland Christian). Verbal commitments are non-binding. Prospects cannot sign national letters of intent until February 4.
Joshua Jones — a 6-foot-6, 271-pound offensive tackle from Bush High School in Richmond, Texas — announced Monday afternoon on Twitter his intention to play for the Cowboys next season.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys get commitment from offensive lineman Joshua Jones
Aug 11, 2014OSU added a second offensive lineman to its 2015 recruiting class Monday. Joshua Jones — a 6-foot-6, 271-pound offensive tackle from Bush High School in Richmond, Texas — announced Monday afternoon on Twitter his intention to play for the Cowboys next season. Rivals and ESPN both rank Jones as a three-star prospect. He held more than a dozen scholarship offers, including Texas Tech and TCU. Jones is OSU’s ninth commitment in its 2015 class. He will join fellow Texas offensive lineman Johnny Wilson (Midland Christian). Jones plays for the same high school as former Cowboy offensive lineman Russell Okung and current defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. Verbal commitments are non-binding. Prospects cannot sign national letters of intent until February 4. HAUTAU, WREN IMPRESS AT FALL PRACTICE OSU practiced for about two hours Monday inside the Sherman E. Smith Training Facility. Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements was asked post-practice about the development of senior junior-college transfers Ofa Hautau and Sam Wren. Wren, a defensive end, played in every game and recorded 22 tackles last season. Hautau, a defensive tackle, appeared in 12 games with eight tackles and one sack. “It’s tremendous, both with (Hautau) and Sam Wren,” Clements said. “A lot of times with the junior college players, they’re just trying to hang on that first year. You get a little bit of productivity out of them, but after they’ve been with the program for a year, you really see the level of play skyrocket a little bit. I think that’s the case with both of those guys.” And Clements’ philosophy has worked recently for OSU when it comes to junior college transfers on the defensive line. Former Cowboy defensive tackle Calvin Barnett was fresh off a season at Navarro Community College when he first suited up for OSU in 2012. Barnett was flagged early and often in his first year for personal foul penalties as he adjusted to life in the Big 12. Last season, Barnett’s senior year, he played with much more control — recording 32 tackles and earning first-team All-Big 12 honors at season’s end. “I thought today was pretty good,” said Clements regarding Monday’s practice. “Coach (Mike) Gundy has been stressing to the guys that this is a critical week. It’s our last week of training camp, and it’s a good opportunity to have some two-a-days with school starting next week. I thought the guys came out pretty enthusiastic today. They had yesterday off, so they were a little fresher today. I think it was a pretty good start to the week.”
Aug 10, 2014
Berryhill is the early favorite to win the district championship.
High school football: District 3A-5 preview
By Chris Brannick | Aug 10, 2014Berryhill got the nod to finish first in the district from the coaches in 3A-5. Berryhill coach Pat Harper says experience will be the biggest factor in his team’s success this season. Returning at quarterback is Ty Walker who, Harper says, is the player that makes Berryhill go. “He is the leader,” Harper said. “He leads by example, and he does what he can do to get the job done.” Harper said Walker should improve from his junior season, which was his first at quarterback. Harper also said Berryhill returns eight starters on defense and should improve on its 18 points allowed-per-game average. LINCOLN CHRISTIAN EYEING DOMINANT DUO Lincoln Christian moves to 3A-5 from District 7, where it finished third a season ago. Fellow coaches in the new-look District 5 are high on Lincoln Christian, and its quarterback-wide receiver duo might be why. Lincoln Christian coach Darren Melton said he expects big things from junior quarterback Micah Wilson, who threw 30 touchdowns last season and nearly 3,000 yards. Paired with junior Alec Davidson who, Melton says, “has it all,” Lincoln Christian has its eyes set on improving on last year’s 8-5 record. “Micha knows where Alec will be, and that’s where he puts the ball,” Melton said. Melton said sophomore running back Reed Martin will play some at slot receiver. He can play off of Davidson, providing the Lincoln Christian offense with more firepower. DEWEY GETS LOOK AT LONG-AWAITED GROUP Ashley Henley said one problem he’ll face as head coach of Dewey this season is his team’s inexperience. Henley said he doesn’t have many returning players and the adjustment to the speed of Friday nights will be something the Bulldoggers have to figure out quick. Despite that, Henley is eager to start the 2014 season. This group of players has shown some promise before reaching the varsity level. “They have all the ability in the world,” Henley said. “They’re inexperienced, but they can play some football.” Sophomore wide receiver Hunter Brewer is Dewey’s player to watch. Henley said the coaching staff wants to get Brewer as many touches as possible. Dewey finished 5-5 a season ago but gave up more points than anyone in the district. EXTRA POINTS Sperry only won one game in 2013, but coach Robert Park is optimistic about this season. Sperry’s wide receivers are going to be the bright spot. Park said after switching offenses two years ago, he feels his players are ready to take the next step... Scott Robb takes over as head coach at Kellyville after spending the last four years as an offensive coordinator in Brownsville, Texas. Robb said he knows he has to change the culture of a program that hasn’t been in the playoffs in 10 years. “I’m excited about the opportunity to turn things around,” Robb said. “The ingredients are here, it’s just a matter of if we can put it together.” District 3A-5 Coaches’ Poll 1. Berryhill (9-3) 2. Lincoln Christian (8-5) 3. Verdigris (2-8) 4. Dewey (5-6) T5. Tulsa Webster (0-10) T5. Sperry (1-9) 7. Kellyville (2-8) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Aug 10, 2014
For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks.
High schools: Three story lines to watch as football practices get started Monday
By Scott Wright | Aug 10, 2014It’s here. With Monday morning comes the opening of high school football season. For some, such as Midwest City and Moore, that was at 12:01 a.m., while others will get started Monday afternoon or even Tuesday. But regardless, the 2014 season has arrived, and brought with it some intriguing story lines that will begin to come into focus over the next few weeks. Let’s address some of the most prominent ones: Who will be the best in the west? With every Jenks or Tulsa Union state title, the question adds another layer. There are a few different Class 6A programs that look like they have the makings of the west side’s top contender. But who will it be? Westmoore made quite a run last season, but is going through a coaching change, and needs to develop in the trenches. Norman North might have the most complete offense, but the defense still raises questions. Oddly enough, Midwest City and Lawton would likely be among the teams in this conversation, but with the 6A split, those two teams are now in the discussion of the state’s first 6A-II champions. Coaching transitions at prominent programs Two weeks ago, Phil Koons was preparing to be an assistant coach for the first time in 22 years as the defensive coordinator at Clinton, one of the most notable programs in the state. Now, after legendary coach Mike Lee’s unexpected retirement, Koons steps in as the head man. There are only a few programs that were more successful than Tuttle during Koons’ 21 seasons there, with a pair of state titles and more than 200 wins. But one of them is Clinton. Of course, that’s not the only notable school going through a coaching transition. Lots of eyes will be on Bill Young at Yukon and Brad Ballard at Tuttle. All three Moore schools made coaching changes, and a legend stepped down at Putnam City North, with Bob Wilson handing the reins to Rod Richardson. Bridge Creek’s recovery On a more serious note, Bridge Creek coach Greg Wallis has one white board, one marker and one football that survived the extreme vandalism at the school’s football fieldhouse last week, and now he has to try to begin practice without even enough helmets to put on all of his players. Estimates are still coming in on some of the damages, but the grand total should well exceed $50,000. Monday will be reserved for coaches’ meetings, conditioning tests and other basic start-of-the-season chores. And the clean-up is ongoing as well. So it’ll be a busy time for the Bobcats, and actual football will only be a portion of it. Check NewsOK.com throughout the day Monday, and The Oklahoman on Tuesday for updates on Bridge Creek’s battle to get its season started.
Aug 6, 2014
Rivals considered Austin a two-star prospect, and his offer list included the likes of UNLV, Nevada, Tulsa and UTEP before the Sooners came with a late offer just before signing day 2013.
Oklahoma football notebook: Cornerback Dakota Austin keeping chip on shoulder
By Jason Kersey and Ryan Aber | Aug 6, 2014Oklahoma sophomore cornerback Dakota Austin never understood why he was so lightly recruited out of Lancaster (Texas) High School. Rivals considered Austin a two-star prospect, and his offer list included the likes of UNLV, Nevada, Tulsa and UTEP before the Sooners came with a late offer just before signing day 2013. “You know, I look around and there's people — not here or anybody in particular — but you know, I'm looking around, going to camps and all that, and there are people I feel like I'm way better than, and they have like 20 big offers,” Austin said this week. “They're deciding where they want to go, and I'm struggling. I'll just never forget where I came from and let that drive me all the time.” Austin saw some action as a true freshman at Oklahoma, proving to himself and others that he was capable of playing in major college football. Now, he’s competing with Julian Wilson, Stanvon Taylor and Cortez Johnson for a starting cornerback spot in 2014. “Man, that was one of the best days of my life,” Austin said, remembering when OU made its scholarship offer. “I was like, 'Man, I'm finally in. Now it's time to get to work.' “I feel like everything happened for a reason. If I was highly recruited, I probably wouldn't have had as big a chip on my shoulder as I do now.” SHEAD SAYS HE’S FULLY HEALTHY After offseason back surgery, senior offensive guard Adam Shead says he feels better than he’s felt in a long time. “The first couple of days were a little rougher than the last few,” Shead said. “It was definitely an adjustment. I made the joke a little earlier that I felt like my Spidey senses were kind of gone, meaning football obviously.” Shead has started 28 career games at left guard, including 10 starts in 2013. He missed the Sooners’ final three games last season because of the back. Dionte Savage started in his place when OU beat Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. “We're deeper than we’ve ever been since I’ve been here, that's for sure,” said junior center Ty Darlington. “We have nine, 10 guys that can step on the field and play and we'd be confident in that. “I could not tell you who's gonna start up front right now. ...It could be any combination of guys, and that's gonna make us all better.” WALK-ON LAGRONE WANTS TO PROVE HE’S MORE THAN A COOL NAME Thaddeus LaGrone’s friends have told him for a long time that if he makes it big in football, he’ll have a great name for announcers. “I love my name,” LaGrone said. Oklahoma’s sophomore safety is working on making his name more well-known to OU fans, but that process can be a little longer and tougher for walk-ons. LaGrone was removed from his Allen (Texas) High School football team his senior season after an injury and a subsequent disagreement with one of his coaches, he said. At the time, he was committed to Baylor, but the Bears stopped recruiting him after his high school career prematurely ended. He committed to Houston and signed there, but didn’t last long with the Cougars. “I got hurt, and some things happened,” LaGrone said. “Also they had me playing outside linebacker and that wasn’t really what I wanted to play.” LaGrone — whose cousin is former OU wide receiver Mark Bradley — attended Oklahoma’s 2013 spring game and liked the campus, so he decided to walk on. The safety had to sit out last season, but he will be eligible to play this year. He made waves in the 2014 OU spring game because of a few big, memorable hits on Sooner offensive players. “I think I've definitely proved some things, but I’ve gotta keep on pushing and see what the future holds,” LaGrone said.
Aug 4, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Just like last season, Missouri begins fall workouts way under the radar.The Tigers are coming off a 12-win season and SEC Eastern division title, but must replace numerous key players including NFL draft picks Kony Ealy, Justin Britt, E.J. Gaines and Michael Sam. James Franklin, a three-year starter at quarterback, and running back Henry Josey are among nine players in all...
Missouri back in Show-Me mode again
R.B. FALLSTROM, Associated Press | Aug 4, 2014COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Just like last season, Missouri begins fall workouts way under the radar. The Tigers are coming off a 12-win season and SEC Eastern division title, but must replace numerous key players including NFL draft picks Kony Ealy, Justin Britt, E.J. Gaines and Michael Sam. James Franklin, a three-year starter at quarterback, and running back Henry Josey are among nine players in all at NFL training camps. Missouri was picked fourth in the Eastern Division, which will serve as motivation for the returning players who moved up the depth chart. "Last year we were an incredibly hungry team, we came off a losing record, and I think we're just as hungry this year," offensive lineman Mitch Morse said. "A different motivation intrinsically, but we're guys trying to prove myself. "We get no respect and that's all right, I personally like coming from behind." Coach Gary Pinkel set the school career record for victories last season and entering his 14th season believes there's plenty of depth. There are 11 returning starters counting both specialists, five on defense. "It's still about coming out and playing your best, bringing your best," Pinkel said. "I know it sounds so redundant and boring, but the teams that do that get better." The team practiced at Faurot Field with temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. Before media was escorted off the field just shy of the halfway mark, coaches could be heard barking over occasional buzzing from construction crews working on a new upper deck added when the school joined the SEC. Missouri (12-2) opens Aug. 30 against South Dakota State, the first of seven home games. The conference opener is Sept. 27 at South Carolina. "I'm the type of guy, I don't worry about what people think, I don't worry about respect," defensive end Markus Golden said after the opening workout Monday. "I know you've got to put on the pads and play. "The game, that's where you get your respect." Wide receiver is perhaps the most untested position with the three top producers from last season gone after Dorial Green-Beckham was kicked off the team in April. Levi Copelin, a sophomore who had the potential to start, was suspended for the season by the NCAA for using a banned supplement. Pinkel said Copelin bought the supplement at the mall, believing teammates had used it. "Anybody can buy it, there's nothing illegal about it except playing college football," Pinkel said. "It was poor judgment on his part and that hurts our team." Running back Marcus Murphy could fill part of the void, getting work at wide receiver early in camp. Murphy played wide receiver in high school. "It is going to be a little adjustment lining up at the slot, but I've got the guys to help me," Murphy said. "Hopefully, it'll turn out well." Bud Sasser had 26 catches last season, most among the players returning. Redshirt sophomore Maty Mauk was 3-1 in the SEC as the starter last season when Franklin was out with an injury. Josey had 1,166 yards and 16 touchdowns last year. Russell Hansbrough and Murphy combined for 1,286 yards and 13 touchdowns The defense must replace Sam, the SEC co-defensive player of the year, and linebacker Andrew Wilson, who led the team in tackles the last three seasons. Golden and Shane Ray are expected to step up at the ends. Golden, a senior, led defensive linemen in tackles and had 6 1-2 sacks, and Ray, a junior, had 4 1-2 sacks. "Shane is a beast, he's got a lot of speed coming off the edge, and I'm a beast on the other side," Golden said.
Jul 31, 2014
Last season, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson won a three-way battle for the starting job as only a 15-year-old sophomore. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, his size, arm strength, and running ability made him one of the most talented young players in the state. After accounting for seven touchdowns over four games, Wilson’s season ended with a broken collarbone in Week 5. Since then, he’s continued to...
High school football: District 5A-1 preview
By Trent Shadid, Staff Writer | Jul 31, 2014Del City quarterback Terry Wilson showing progress Last season, Del City quarterback Terry Wilson won a three-way battle for the starting job as only a 15-year-old sophomore. At 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, his size, arm strength, and running ability made him one of the most talented young players in the state. After accounting for seven touchdowns over four games, Wilson’s season ended with a broken collarbone in Week 5. Since then, he’s continued to develop the mental side of his game to go along with his natural abilities. “Terry understands more about what we’re doing offensively heading into this year,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “He was only able to play four games last year, and he was 15-years-old. Now that he’s had the opportunity to be with us for two years and prepare over the spring and summer, he’s progressively gotten better with reading the defense and things like that.” The Eagles expect to run much of the same offense from a year ago, which will allow Wilson to use his running ability in the option-read game. Along with Wilson, Del City returns big-play threat Davion Freeman. After primarily playing cornerback and on special teams as a junior, Freeman is expected to also play receiver and in the backfield this season. BROWER TAKING OVER AT EL RENO As Wes Brower takes over as the new head coach at El Reno, he hopes to help return the once strong program to success. Since going 12-1 in 2009, El Reno has had four consecutive losing seasons. Although the program doesn’t have a state title, the Indians have finished runner-up five times and were a regular championship contender in the 1990s and 2000s. “We’re going to try to build championship football again here at El Reno,” said Brower, who was an assistant on the 1999 runner-up team at El Reno. “We we’re playing some pretty good football back then and I understand what that’s about. I feel like El Reno can produce those teams again. We’ve got some work to do, but that’s what we’re heading for.” Brower spent 13 years as the coach at Sayre before returning to El Reno as an assistant last season. CHICKASHA, DUNCAN REPLACING HALL OF FAME COACHES El Reno isn’t the only 5A-1 school with some tradition breaking in a new head coach this season. Chickasha and Duncan will also have a new face directing its program, and both are replacing Hall of Fame coaches. Chickasha has replaced Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Famer Tom Cobble with alum Jerry Don Bray, who has spent the past eight seasons as an assistant at the school. Bray graduated from Chickasha in 2001, and was a three-year letterman as a defensive end at Oklahoma State. Former Sallisaw coach Craig Benson is replacing Jim Holloway at Duncan. Holloway was inducted into the National High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in 2012. THE BIG THREE In 2013, Lawton MacArthur, Del City, and Ardmore separated themselves from the rest of the district. All three went 6-1 in district games with Lawton Mac finishing six tie-breaker points ahead of Ardmore and eight ahead of Del City. While the district isn’t entirely the same, Northwest Classen and El Reno have replaced Southeast and Capitol Hill, the coaches’ preseason poll has favored the top three to remain the same. Lawton Mac was the overwhelming favorite in the poll with Ardmore second and Del City third. ALTUS RECEIVES HIGH PRAISE Despite coming off a 3-7 season Altus was selected by the coaches to earn a playoff spot as the No. 4 team in the preseason poll. “I think Altus has a chance to be really good,” said Del City coach Nick Warehime. “They had a great underclass group last season. That’s a team to watch for.” The Bulldogs do have one major hole to fill as they must replace the production of running back Taven Birdow. As a sophomore last season, Birdow rushed for 1,796 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has since moved to Florida. Extra Points Lawton MacArthur senior Will Collins, who recently received an offer from Louisiana-Monroe, is back as one of the top quarterbacks in the state after throwing for more than 2,700 yards and 29 touchdowns last season. ...Ardmore is returning just four starters on defense, but it is still expected to contend for the district title behind a strong senior class that includes CB Kevion McGee and LB Jarred Hall.... Northwest Classen will begin a new era under coach Bruce Madden as the Knights aim to finish .500 or better for the first time since 1973. District 5A-1 coaches’ poll 1. Lawton MacArthur (10-3) 2. Ardmore (8-3) 3. Del City (7-4) 4. Altus (3-7) 5. Duncan (3-6) 6. Chickasha (5-6) 7. El Reno (4-6) 8. Northwest Classen (3-7) *Last year’s record in parenthesis
NFL: After 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Kevin Williams signed with the Super Bowl champion Seattle SeahawksJul 27, 2014
In a state that’s produced Heisman Trophy winners, electric wishbone stars and highlight-reel wide receivers, Kevin Williams’ NFL career has flown under the radar. Of the 80 players with Oklahoma ties on current NFL training camp rosters — other than future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson — one could argue that Williams might have the best shot at being selected to the Pro Football...
NFL: After 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Kevin Williams signed with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks
By Mike Baldwin | Jul 27, 2014In a state that’s produced Heisman Trophy winners, electric wishbone stars and highlight-reel wide receivers, Kevin Williams’ NFL career has flown under the radar. Of the 80 players with Oklahoma ties on current NFL training camp rosters — other than future Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson — one could argue that Williams might have the best shot at being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Williams, who will celebrate his 34th birthday in August, will not fly under the radar this season. After playing 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, Williams signed with the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. When the Seahawks play play four national televised games, plus additional showcase showdowns, analysts like ESPN’s Jon Gruden will rave about the Oklahoma State standout who was a two-star high school recruit out of Fordyce, Ark. “The atmosphere here is a lot different,” Williams said in a telephone interview with The Oklahoman. “They’re coming off a Super Bowl win. There is so much excitement. Everyone here is itching to play football and try to do it again. It really rubs off on you. We have a chance to do something great.” In the parity-driven NFL it’s rare for the defending Super Bowl champion to return to the Roman numeral game, much less win back-to-back Lombardi trophies. Over the past 20 years, only the 1997-98 Broncos and 2003-04 Patriots have won back-to-back Super Bowls. “This is a great place to play,” said Williams, who was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 2000-09 seasons. “They have a bunch of young guys flying around. It’s infectious. I’ll try to use some of that enthusiasm. These kids keep it fun. I just want to contribute as much as I can to a team that’s already good.” When searching for a new team, one requirement was to have a playoff-caliber quarterback, a variable sorely missing most of his years in Minnesota. Russell Wilson, a similar under-the-radar prospect, has compiled a 28-9 record as Seattle’s starter his first two seasons. Wilson doesn’t compile gaudy statistics but complements a punishing running game and elite defense. “(Wilson) is the type of guy that makes a play when you need it the most in the playoffs,” Williams said. “You can be one of the best quarterbacks in the league during the season, but the key is how you play in the playoffs. “Sometimes it might come down to something as simple as driving down to set up a field goal that will win the game. All playoff teams have that type of quarterback. (Wilson) has won a Super Bowl.” Last season, none of Seattle’s defensive linemen played more than 620 snaps. In contrast, Williams, the ninth overall pick in the 2003 draft, played his customary 700 plays. “I’ve played a lot of plays every year throughout my career, which takes a toll on you,” Williams said. “Playing less will benefit me, especially in the fourth quarter and late in the season. The only thing that would feel kind of strange is if I wasn’t in the starting lineup.” It’s semantics. The Seahawks essentially have four starting defensive tackles. Even though he’s nearing the end of his career and hasn’t made the Pro Bowl since 2010, Williams is confident he’s still playing at a high level. “This is an opportunity to show people I can still play,” Williams said. “I also provide some wisdom for our young guys. You learn so much playing all those games, which is why young guys have always picked the brains of the older guys. My stories will help some of these guys play at a higher level.” Statistics can be misleading for defensive linemen. Despite constantly being a primary focus when opposing offensive coordinators draw up game plans, Williams has recorded 60 career sacks and 464 tackles. When Seattle lost defensive tackle Clinton McDonald to free agency and opted to not re-sign two defensive ends, Williams, 6-foot-5, 311 pounds, was one of the Seahawks’ top targets. “We’ve always cherished big guys,” coach Pete Carroll said the day Williams signed. “There was a spot for Kevin. We talked to him for a really long time. We talked to him through the off-season with the thought maybe we could get it worked out. “I have tremendous respect for the person he is, the competitor he is; the leader that he is. He’s a big man who plays tough. We want him to play good, physical football like he always has... We’re very excited what he will bring to our defense.” Williams has a resume worthy of being on the Hall of Fame ballot. “I just play the game,” Williams said. “Those type of things are for other people to decide. I always appreciated it if someone mentioned it in Minnesota, but at the end of the day it won’t be up to me. I just try to put my best foot forward and play to the best of my ability. “Obviously, any player would love to get into the Hall of Fame, but I have no idea how my career stacks up. I just play hard. My focus is to help the Seattle Seahawks get back to the Super Bowl.” The Vikings reached the playoffs four times in Williams’ 11 seasons in Minnesota, once making it to the NFC title game. But the Vikings rarely faced expectations like the Seahawks will face this season, the odds-on favorite entering the 2014 season. Williams never has craved the limelight but embraces high-profile games with big stakes on the line. As for being overlooked, Williams said it’s something he’s been accustomed to his entire career. “It was the same way in college,” Williams said. “Some of the best players don’t always get the recognition, but I’ve never played for recognition. The ultimate prize is to get a ring.”
Jul 24, 2014
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid.Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success."I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from," Jennings said Thursday. "I was the...
Giants RB Jennings remembers "fat kid"
Associated Press | Jul 24, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Rashad Jennings never made fun of the fat kid with asthma who couldn't keep up with everyone else: Jennings was that kid. Now he's the likely starter at running back for the Giants, and he credits his difficult childhood for much of his success. "I've had the opportunity to overcome so much, and that's really where my drive is from," Jennings said Thursday. "I was the dorky kid, overweight, glasses, the 0.6 GPA. Asthma. "I had to really work out and because of that I am appreciative of how much I had to learn." Jennings didn't have high expectations — or much of any expectations, really — growing up in Forest, Virginia. At least not until he realized how badly he was wasting his life. "I got tired of being called the fat kid, tired of hearing it on all these levels," he said. "I woke up one day and ran, literally. I outran asthma. My grades, I got them up. Anything that was against me, I found an answer. "At a point in my life, I did a 180," added Jennings, who runs a camp in Lynchburg, Virginia called, yes, Camp 180. "It was a matter of taking ownership over grades, taking responsibility and being accountable. I stopped making excuses." And he soon began making plays on the football field, going from a self-described scrub to a highly sought prospect. He even transferred from Jefferson Forest High School to Liberty Christian Academy, then was heavily recruited by colleges. Jennings went to Pitt for one year, then transferred back home to Liberty, where no one was calling him anything except a pro prospect. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in all three seasons at the FCS school, including a career-best 1,500 in 2008. That only got him drafted 250th overall, by Jacksonville. Not many seventh-rounders make the NFL. Big deal, Jennings thought. Just another challenge. "I've always felt I had to prove myself," he said. "Since I've entered the league, it's been to prove that I'm a complete back. That's being able to catch the ball out of the backfield; being able to protect the quarterback; being able to hold onto the football. Third and short: can make the play. Fourth and goal: can make the play. Third and long: can make the play. Never having to come off the field. "That's something, entering the league, that I've always wanted to put my name on. So many times as a running back you get labeled. You get labeled a power back. You hear guys get labeled a receiver. You hear guys get labeled as a speedster. I want to be known as a complete back." Jennings, 29, joined the Giants as a free agent in March, making New York his third team in three years. He played his first four NFL seasons in Jacksonville, mostly as a backup to Maurice Jones-Drew. He left for Oakland a year ago and started eight games while showing his versatility with 733 yards rushing and six touchdowns, plus 36 receptions for another 292 yards. This will be the first time he's truly been looked at as the feature back in someone's training camp. David Wilson is coming off neck surgery, Andre Williams is a rookie, and the rest of the running backs don't have the versatility of Jennings. "I think that I'm not going in any differently," Jennings said of needing a new mindset. "To be able to say that is really doing an injustice to the position that I've always had. I've always approached the game as I am a starter. The mental reps, the physical reps, taking care of my body on and off the field — all those apply. As a football player, I can't imagine you stepping out on the field and not caring." NOTES: Coach Tom Coughlin cut short the outdoor practice Thursday to give the players 30 minutes of indoor stretching. He called it a recovery stretch, and when asked if a new, more scientific regimen met his approval, he drew laughs by responding: "I'm doing the best I can." ... Top draft pick WR Odell Beckham Jr. missed his second straight practice with a hamstring problem. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jul 20, 2014
Coach Bob Stoops and five players will represent Oklahoma on Tuesday in Dallas for Big 12 Media Days. The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the Big 12 Conference in 2014, as evidenced by last week’s preseason media poll.
Oklahoma football: Five questions facing the Sooners entering the 2014 season
By Jason Kersey | Jul 20, 2014DALLAS — The Omni Dallas Hotel will play host to this year’s Big 12 Media Days, with Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops; quarterback Trevor Knight; offensive tackle Daryl Williams; defensive back Julian Wilson; and defensive linemen Geneo Grissom and Chuka Ndulue representing the Sooners on Tuesday. The Sooners are the clear favorites to win the Big 12 Conference in 2014, as evidenced by last week’s preseason media poll. OU received 47 of 56 first-place votes. Here’s a look at five pressing questions facing the Sooners are we get closer to the 2014 season opener, scheduled for Aug. 30 at home against Louisiana Tech. 5. How will Blake Bell adapt to the tight end position? Bell, who started eight games at quarterback last season, opted to change positions rather than transfer for his senior season. All reports out of spring practice were good regarding Bell at tight end until an untimely knee injury in April. Because of that, fans never got a chance to see the artist formerly known as the Belldozer in action at his new position. His decision to return to OU certainly earned him respect among his teammates, and he’ll undoubtedly be a team leader in 2014. But will that translate to on-field production? 4. Other than Sterling Shepard, which Sooners will become playmakers in this offense? Oklahoma lacks much experience at all in the running back and wide receiver positions, meaning lots of guys will have to grow up fast for the Sooners to achieve their lofty goals in 2014. Incoming freshman running back Joe Mixon has generated lots of buzz, and receivers such as Austin Bennett, Durron Neal and Jordan Smallwood had good spring showings. 3. Who will play cornerback opposite Zack Sanchez? Junior Cortez Johnson and sophomores Dakota Austin and Stanvon Taylor all competed for the spot throughout the spring, but senior Julian Wilson, last year’s starting nickelback, expressed his desire to play cornerback a couple weeks after the Sugar Bowl. “I enjoyed playing corner in high school,” Wilson said. “We're gonna go through drills and stuff, see how I feel at it. Right now, I feel confident with every position.” Of course, shoulder surgery killed his chances of getting any work at corner during the spring, but expect him to at least be in the discussion to replace Aaron Colvin on the other side of Sanchez. 2. Who will be the primary ball carrier? Sophomore Keith Ford seems like the favorite to become Oklahoma’s starting running back at the beginning of the season, but keep an eye on Alex Ross, the redshirt sophomore from Jenks. Mixon, the former five-star prospect from California, is another obvious contender, as is true freshman Samaje Perine. The Sooners might be lacking in experience at running back, but they’re heavy on talent. 1. Can Trevor Knight possibly live up to the expectations? Knight’s Sugar Bowl MVP performance was spectacular, but that display was so different than anything else he showed last season. Did he truly turn a corner against mighty Alabama, or was it a one-game anomaly? Coaches and teammates raved about Knight’s performance in practice throughout his redshirt year, so it certainly seems likely that he’s talented enough for Sugar Bowl-caliber outings more regularly. Unfortunately for him, he’ll have little experience to work with at the offensive skill positions early in the season.
LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Distinguished Scholar Scholarhip at OU. Oklahoma City All-Sports Association...
2014 Scholar-Athletes: Part 4
BY JENNI CARLSON | Jun 29, 2014LEXINGTON: NOAH COLE Athletics: First-team all-district offensive lineman in football as a senior. Two-time first-team all-conference in wrestling. Varsity track. Academics: Scored 30 on the ACT. Grade point average of 4.0. Valedictorian. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Oklahoma Indian Honor Society. Distinguished Scholar Scholarhip at OU. Oklahoma City All-Sports Association scholarship. Activities: Senior class president. Spanish Club president. Tribal Council president. Student council sergeant at arms. Show choir secretary. Theater. Quote: “He is an intelligent, honest and punctual young man with a bright future.” — Burse Dills, guidance director College choice: Oklahoma Also nominated: None LUTHER: SETH STIVERS Athletics: Second-team Little All-City and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Honorable mention All-State in baseball as a junior. Varsity basketball for two years. Academics: Grade point average of 4.0. Ranked at the top of his class. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Student council. Gear Up spokesman. Habitat for Humanity. Quote: “His communication and interpersonal skills make him well-liked by students and staff alike. His future is very bright, and I look forward to seeing just how far he will go.” — Angie Cox, counselor College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Kaily Anderson, Carly Wilson McLOUD: JOSEPH WOOD Athletics: Second-team Little All-City and honorable mention All-State in football as a senior. Honorable mention Little All-City as a junior. All-district in soccer. Varsity basketball for four years. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 5 percent of his class. Scored 25 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Oklahoma Honor Society. National Football Foundation scholarship. Activities: Senior class president. Student council president. McLoud School Board student advisor. BancFirst student board of directors. Quote: “I truly believe that this society needs more young adults like Joe Wood.” — Joshua Laney, basketball coach College choice: Oklahoma State Also nominated: Ashley Boyer, Jordan Murphy MIDWEST CITY: BEAU BUTLER Athletics: All-district and all-conference in football as a senior. Varsity baseball for four years. Will play football and baseball for Wesleyan (Conn.) University. Academics: Weighted grade point average of 4.3. Ranked in the top 1 percent of his class. Valedictorian. Scored 28 on the ACT. Oklahoma Honor Society. Activities: Key Club. German Club. Quote: “Beau is a natural leader. He listens to the thoughts of others and takes into account their opinion ... He understands that a leader leads by example in word and deed.” — Kelly Collins, counselor College choice: Wesleyan (Conn.) University Also nominated: Tashawnya Edwards, Connor Kinsey MINCO: JACOB OVERTON Athletics: Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State in football. Two-time first-team Little All-City. Oklahoman second-team All-State as a senior, honorable mention All-State as a junior. Varsity baseball and basketball. Will play football at Oklahoma Baptist. Academics: Scored 29 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.1. National Honor Society president. Activities: Student council president. Future Farmers of America president. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America chaplain. Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader. Quote: “I feel privileged to have Jacob walking our halls and representing Minco High School.” — Clint Shirley, principal College choice: Oklahoma Baptist Also nominated: None MOUNT ST. MARY: RACHEL NGO Athletics: Three-year state qualifier in swimming, three-year in tennis and one-year in track. Honorable mention All-City in swimming and tennis as a junior. Academics: Scored 33 on the ACT. Weighted grade point average of 4.6. National Honor Society. Spanish Honor Society tresurer. Activities: Pianist at St. Andrew Dung-Lac Catholic Church. Asian Club president. Literary Magazine treasurer. Environmental Club secretary. Youth Leadership Oklahoma. Quote: “While she was the first swimmer in the history of our school to qualify for the state championships, it was her leadership that stole the show.” — John Keilty, athletic director College choice: Undecided Also nominated: Andrew Huffine, Katie Wipfli MUSTANG: PAIGE KETCH Athletics: Three-time offensive player of the year on the volleyball team, one-time defensive player of the year. State qualifier in track and field. Academics: Grade point average of 3.8. Ranked in the top 15 percent of her class. National Honor Society. Activities: Mustang Prevention & Coalition Team secretary. Every 15 Minutes co-coordinator. Integris Canadian Valley Hospital Student Governing Board. Relay for Life team captain. Student council. SADD/DARE Club student representative. Quote: “As a leader on and off the courts, Paige works to help anyone in need.” Alecia Day, English and leadership teacher College choice: Southwestern Oklahoma State Also nominated: Tanner Robertson NORMAN NORTH: ANDREA RODRIGUEZ-SANCHEZ Athletics: Honorable mention All-City swimming in the 100 free as a senior. Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State. Eight top-10 finishes at state during her career. Academics: Grade point average of 3.9. Ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. Scored 26 on the ACT. National Honor Society. Activities: OU Precollegiate Program for Chemistry. GEMS Club. Norman Youth Council member. OU Medical Center and Habitat for Humanity volunteer. Quote: “Andrea has alwasy been a very vocal student who is willing to make friends with anyone in class.” Kevin Warren, science teacher College choice: Vermont Also nominated: W.A. White
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver caught a career record 35 touchdown passes, including 21 as a senior.
Tributes: Former Lawton Douglass star Kenneth Wallace dies
By Scott Munn | Jun 16, 2014A farewell to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience: *Kenneth Wallace, 68, of Houston was a football standout in the 1960s at Lawton Douglass High School. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver caught a career record 35 touchdown passes, including 21 as a senior. Wallace was named to the South All-State Team after snagging 56 balls for 1,338 yards, most of those passes coming from quarterback Curtis Wilson. Wallace also excelled at defensive back and kick returner. In 1999, The Oklahoman selected Wallace for its All-Century Team was a wide receiver. After Wallace finished his prep career with 11 letters — four each in football and baseball and three in basketball — he went on to play the 1966 and ’67 seasons for coach Phil Cutchin at Oklahoma State. Wallace earned a degree in health and physical education and eventually worked as a park director in Markham, Ill., and Houston. *Charles Zink, 64, of Oklahoma City worked for the Department of Human Services. As a young man, he starred in football and baseball at Northeast High School. Zink was a 6-foot, 200-pound All-State football player, starting all four years on the offensive and defensive lines. He was an Oklahoman All-City baseball pick as well as an Oklahoma High School Coaches Association outstanding scholar-athlete selection. Zink signed to play football at Oklahoma, but his career was cut short by injury. *Brian Marchinko, 65, of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada, played for the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League over the 1969-72 seasons. He had 33 goals and 95 points for the Oilers. Marchinko played 47 games in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders. He worked for the Canadian National Railway after hockey. *Jerry Lee Wells, 70, of Glasgow, Ky., was an All-American basketball player for Oklahoma City University when it was an NCAA Division I program. Wells and Charlie Hunter, also a Glasgow native, were the first African-American players at OCU. Wells led the Chiefs — now known as the Stars — to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a 60-26 record over the 1963-66 seasons. He topped OCU in scoring over his junior and senior seasons, averaging 23.5 points. A two-time All-College Tournament team selection. Wells was chosen in in the second round of the 1966 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals, but he never played professionally. Shortly after he was picked by Cincy, he was drafted into the Army. *Albert Neel, 88, of Oklahoma City was a boxer as a youngster. He won 10 Golden Glove fights as a welterweight. A World War II veteran who was a renowned swing dancer. *Mike Dunn, 67, of Edmond helped coach the TLC Chargers’ 19-and-under softball team for several years. The Vietnam veteran was a long time season-ticket holder to Oklahoma football games. Friends and family celebrated Dunn’s life with a tailgate lunch, dressed in the colors of his favorite teams — OU, Dallas Cowboys, Oklahoma City Thunder and the New York Yankees. *Longtime educator and preacher Elmo Hall spent several years as the public address announcer for Oklahoma Christian University basketball games. Hall loved to play ball, too. He often participated in OC’s noon basketball league. Also played softball. The Edmond resident was 83 at the time of death. *Patricia Ward, 73, of Welling attended the 1972 World Series between the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland A’s. Also enjoyed Olympic figure skating. *Glynn Massey, 71, of Norman grew up in Corsicana, Texas, where he excelled in high school football, baseball and track. Also collected baseball cards. A computer analyst at Tinker Air Force Base. *Milton Kalsu, 78, of Oklahoma City was a claims adjuster for Continental Insurance. He coached baseball and enjoyed talking about sports, particularly Oklahoma football. The uncle of former OU lineman and Vietnam hero Robert Kalsu. *Paul Ayres, 86, of Bluejacket was a rodeo judge. *Earlene Parson Rollins, 70, of Mustang was a judge for the USA and Golden Gloves boxing organizations. *Steve Pickle of Edmond died three weeks after his 43rd birthday. He participated in Special Olympics for several years and played in the AnyOne Can Softball League. *Marie Powell Rowlen, 90, of Jones remained active by joining a bowling league in her 80s. *Junior Harris, 45, of Duncan died in a car accident. He was the father of former Oklahoma defensive back Javon Harris. *Loren Mitchell, 90, remained close to home, lettering in basketball and baseball for Bethany High School. The World War II veteran remained a supporter of Bethany athletics. Also supported OU sports and the old Oklahoma City 89ers baseball team. *Dottie Griffin-Guinn, 76, of Oklahoma City helped coordinate the annual Andy Payne Memorial Foot Races. *Raymond Pate, 94, of Oklahoma City worked in the athletic department at the Great Lakes Naval Station in Illinois during World War II. He went into the oil business after the war. *Walter McBride, 84, of Yukon played basketball for Alfalfa High School and Carnegie Junior College. He taught his grandsons how to play golf.
Jun 8, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Hut ... hut ... home run!The San Diego Padres threw a Hail Mary on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday by taking Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel — listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, even though he never played for the Aggies — in the 28th round."It was kind of, 'Why not?'" Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said before the Padres hosted the...
Manziel joins list of QBs drafted by MLB teams
DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press | Jun 8, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — Hut ... hut ... home run! The San Diego Padres threw a Hail Mary on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday by taking Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel — listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, even though he never played for the Aggies — in the 28th round. "It was kind of, 'Why not?'" Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said before the Padres hosted the Washington Nationals. "Best athlete on the board," Mike Dee, the Padres' president and CEO, wrote on Twitter. Manziel likely won't ever play an inning of professional baseball, but he's not the first NFL quarterback who heard their name called during the MLB draft. Sure, Manziel was a terrific baseball player at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, but he hasn't played the sport since so he could focus on football. It looks as though he might have called a successful audible after being the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month. "We'll see what happens with his football career," Padres closer Huston Street said. "He's potentially got a baseball one." Here are a few quarterbacks who turned down the baseball diamond for the football gridiron: ___ JOHN ELWAY A two-sport star in high school in California, Elway was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 18th round in 1979. He chose to go to Stanford, where he continued to play baseball and football. The Yankees drafted the slugging outfielder, who was also a hard-throwing pitcher, in the second round in 1981 — 52nd overall, six spots ahead of Tony Gwynn — and he played for their short-season affiliate in Oneonta. Elway was selected No. 1 overall in the NFL draft by Baltimore in 1983, but unhappy with the team, he threatened the Colts that he would turn to baseball if they didn't trade him. Baltimore gave in and dealt him to Denver, where Elway forged a Hall of Fame career and won two Super Bowl rings. ___ DAN MARINO Marino was a right-handed pitcher and quarterback at Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, and drew interest for his skills in both sports. The Royals drafted him in the fourth round of the 1979 draft — yes, they took Elway and Marino in the same draft — but Marino opted to play football at the University of Pittsburgh. Good play call. Marino became one of the game's greatest quarterbacks, going in the first round to the Miami Dolphins in 1983, setting dozens of passing records and being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2005. ___ TOM BRADY Yep, the three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time MVP was a pretty good baseball player, too. So good, that he was drafted out of high school in the 18th round by the Montreal Expos in 1995 — as a catcher. He ended up not signing with the Expos and headed to the University of Michigan, where he worked his way up the depth chart from seventh to starter. He wasn't particularly highly touted coming out of college, going to New England in the sixth round. But, we all know what happened next. ___ MICHAEL VICK He was such an amazing athlete that the Colorado Rockies drafted him as an outfielder out of Virginia Tech in the 30th round of the 2000 baseball draft — even though he hadn't played the sport since the eighth grade. Vick was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 NFL draft and became one of the game's most dynamic players with the Atlanta Falcons. After rejuvenating his career following a nearly two-year jail term for his role in a dogfighting ring, the soon-to-be 34-year-old Vick is with the New York Jets and competing with Geno Smith for the starting job. ___ RUSSELL WILSON The quarterback of the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks was a 41st-rounder by Baltimore out of high school in 2007, but opted to go to North Carolina State. He was a fourth-round pick of Colorado in 2010 and played in the Rockies' system as a second baseman. Wilson, who later transferred to Wisconsin, told the Rockies in January 2012 that he wanted to pursue an NFL career, and was a third-round choice by Seattle that April. He wasn't quite done with baseball yet, though. In December 2013, he was acquired by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft. A few weeks after winning the Super Bowl, Wilson attended Rangers spring training and participated in infield drills. ___ COLIN KAEPERNICK The speedy, athletic and tattooed signal-caller of the San Francisco 49ers had a blazing fastball in high school. He threw two no-hitters in his senior season and was a two-time all-state pitcher in California. Kaepernick turned down a few offers to play college baseball and instead chose a football scholarship at Nevada. He still was drafted in the 43rd round in 2009 by the Cubs, but continued his college football career, was a second-round pick by the 49ers in 2011 and helped lead them to the Super Bowl in his second season. ___ BRANDON WEEDEN The Dallas Cowboys' backup quarterback once had a brilliant baseball future after being a second-round pick of the Yankees in 2002. A 6-foot-4 fireballing right-hander, Weeden was traded to the Dodgers in 2004 and spent the 2006 season in the Royals organization, but was never able to advance beyond Class A. He was 19-26 with a 5.02 ERA in five minor league seasons before hanging up his baseball cleats and heading to Oklahoma State to play quarterback. He was a first-round pick of the Browns in 2012, but the 30-year-old QB was cut in March — two months before Cleveland drafted Manziel. Weeden signed a two-year deal with the Cowboys. ___ JAKE LOCKER The Angels really wanted Locker, drafting the strong, speedy outfielder and right-handed pitcher in the 40th round out of high school in 2006 and again in the 10th round in 2009 out of the University of Washington. Locker actually signed with the Angels the second time, but stayed off the diamond and played another season for the Huskies' football team. He was the eighth overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, but injuries have plagued his first few seasons. ___ A few other notable QBs who were once baseball draft picks: Jay Schroeder (1st round in 1979, Blue Jays); Ken Stabler (2nd in January 1968, Astros); Chris Weinke (2nd in 1990, Blue Jays); Kerry Collins (26th in 1990, Tigers; 60th in 1991, Tigers; and 48th in 1994, Blue Jays); Daunte Culpepper (26th in 1995, Yankees); Steve McNair (35th in 1991, Mariners); Matt Cassel (36th in 2004, Athletics); Joe Theismann (39th in 1971, Twins); and Mark Brunell (44th in 1992, Braves).
Jun 7, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Just call him Johnny Baseball.Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday — the 837th player taken.Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football. He hasn't played baseball since high school and probably won't see...
Padres pick Browns QB Johnny Manziel in 28th round
DENNIS WASZAK Jr., Associated Press | Jun 7, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — Just call him Johnny Baseball. Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 28th round of the Major League Baseball draft Saturday — the 837th player taken. Manziel was listed as a shortstop for Texas A&M, although he never played for the Aggies as he focused on football. He hasn't played baseball since high school and probably won't see the diamond again as he embarks on his NFL career, but was happy the Padres took a swing at him. "Big thank you to the @Padres and @padresmikedee for selecting me in the MLB draft," Manziel wrote on his Twitter page. "What a great day!" Mike Dee, the Padres' president and CEO, tweeted back: "Best athlete on the board... #JohnnyBaseball." Manziel, the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy in 2012, was taken by the Browns with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft last month. "It was kind of, 'Why not?'" Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said Saturday before the Padres hosted the Washington Nationals. In May 2013, Manziel visited the Padres when he was in San Diego to work with a quarterbacks coach. "He certainly loves baseball," Byrnes said. "We kind of talked about it at that time, 'Do you want us to draft you?' He said, 'Yeah, absolutely.'" Why in the 28th round? "We really liked our 27th-rounder," Byrnes said. Asked the odds of actually signing Manziel, Byrnes, a big football fan, just smiled. Manziel played baseball and football at Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas, and asked Texas A&M coaches about being part of the baseball team before winning the Aggies' starting quarterback job as a redshirt freshman. Earlier this week, Manziel — decked out in an Indians jersey — was set to throw out the first pitch in Cleveland before the Indians played Boston. He warmed up earlier with Indians pitcher Josh Tomlin, but his toss was washed out by rain that delayed the start. But, in May 2013, Manziel took batting practice with the Padres at Petco Park and tossed out a football-style first pitch as he dropped back, scrambled to the side of the mound and floated a bootleg "pass" to San Diego outfielder Mark Kotsay, who caught it behind his back with his glove. On Manziel's first swing in batting practice, the bat flew out of his hands, but he settled down and later drove a pitch off the right-field wall. "I didn't know he played baseball," Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy said Saturday. "Anybody in Texas probably plays all those sports, football, baseball." Padres closer Huston Street, who pitched at Texas and whose late father, James, played quarterback for the Longhorns, liked the pick, even if Manziel did play for the Aggies. "I'm a fan. I think he's an exciting player," Street said. "I think he's good for sport. I think he plays hard. I don't know if he'll ever wear a Padre uniform, but it sure is exciting that the organization took him. I know he hung out here last year a couple times and everybody really enjoyed his presence. Everybody liked him. I came away from that day thinking, 'Man, that's a good dude, that's a cool guy.' It seemed like he was a very focused, mentally strong guy. He wanted to do something. We know what he can do in football. "Heck, if he wants to come out here and hang around before games ... I don't know if they let 28th-round picks do that," Street said. "But he's a great athlete. I don't think anybody expects to see him in the big leagues, but maybe he's going to try and do both. I don't know. If he does, he's one of the more competitive people I've been around. We'll see what happens with his football career. He's potentially got a baseball one." Street isn't sure if Johnny Football would try both sports. "I would tell him to don't try to be a jack-of-all-trades and a master of none," Street said. "But at the same time, it's been done before. I don't know about at the quarterback position. A little bit tougher position." Big-time quarterbacks are no stranger to recent Major League Baseball drafts. John Elway, Dan Marino, Tom Brady, Daunte Culpepper, Colin Kaepernick and Jake Locker were all drafted by big league teams but instead stuck to the gridiron. Russell Wilson of the Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks was a 41st-round selection by Baltimore out of high school in 2007, but opted to go to North Carolina State. He was a fourth-rounder of Colorado in 2010 and played in the Rockies' system as a second baseman. Wilson, who had transferred to Wisconsin, told the Rockies in January 2012 that he wanted to pursue an NFL career, and in December 2013 was acquired by the Texas Rangers in the Rule 5 draft. A few weeks after winning the Super Bowl, Wilson attended Rangers spring training and participated in infield drills. Next year, Florida State's Jameis Winston could be in the same situation as Manziel. The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback also is a hard-throwing closer for the Seminoles' baseball team. Winston was already a 15th-round pick of the Rangers in 2012. ___ AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report.
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring footballMay 18, 2014
The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area.
High school football: A look at some of the high-profile coaching changes heading into spring football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | May 18, 2014Spring football practice can begin Monday, and it always brings a variety of interesting story lines across the high school landscape. The overwhelming theme for spring ball this year is the variety of high-profile coaching changes, particularly around the Oklahoma City metro area. Here’s a look at the five most interesting coaching changes across the metro: Yukon By far the most intriguing hire of the offseason, longtime college defensive coordinator Bill Young takes over for the Millers. The man who has been an assistant at Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Arizona State, Miami, Ohio State, Southern Cal and the Detriot Lions is now Yukon’s head coach. Not only that, Yukon has brought in a proven head coach to be Young’s offensive coordinator. Brian Sauser, 38, had turned Iowa City West into a regular playoff contender in his six years there. He was expected to be introduced to the coaches on Sunday and to the team on Monday. Westmoore Adam Gaylor has been one of the state’s more well-regarded assistant coaches over the last few years, and he’s walking into a good situation at Westmoore. The former Broken Arrow defensive coordinator takes over a program coming off a Class 6A semifinal appearance with several key pieces returning. That includes perhaps the state’s best group of receivers, led by widely recruited senior-to-be Dahu Green. Guthrie It’s not often you see a coaching change following a state championship, but that’s what they’re facing in Guthrie, with Rafe Watkins moving up to Class 6A at Muskogee. The 5A champion Bluejays stayed inside the program to promote Kelly Beeby. Guthrie has some talent returning, but must replace its quarterback and do-everything star Kai Callins. Tuttle The most surprising coaching vacancy came a few weeks ago when Philip Koons stepped down at Tuttle after 21 seasons and 205 victories, leaving an opening at one of the state’s most routinely successful programs. The Tigers brought in Brad Ballard from Lincoln Christian, which has been pretty stout in its own right. Ballard was the defensive coordinator there and seems to be a good fit for a town that is passionate about football. Putnam City North For a school that has only been open for 35 years, PC North has had quite a string of coaches, from Ron Taylor to Mike Little to Bob Wilson. Wilson retired from coaching in April after 22 years as the head Panther, and assistant Rod Richardson will step in. This is Richardson’s first football head coaching job, but the guy is a proven winner. He has more than 100 victories as the Panthers’ baseball coach, with three state tournament appearances. He played quarterback at Midwest City in the mid-1990s, when the Bombers were hugely successful. But Richardson has some work ahead of him, trying to get the Panthers back on track in the middle of the Class 6A split. The large-school side of the split guarantees PC North a brutal schedule that will include district games against Tulsa Union, Owasso, Norman North, Edmond North, Mustang, Southmoore and Moore.
May 9, 2014
SAN DIEGO (AP) — People should probably think twice before doubting Jason Verrett's chances in the NFL simply because he's only 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds.Verrett went from having no scholarship offers out of high school to being taken in the first round of the draft by the San Diego Chargers.When he hugged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night, he didn't seem to want to let go."I was...
Motivation pays off for 1st-round pick Verrett
BERNIE WILSON, Associated Press | May 9, 2014SAN DIEGO (AP) — People should probably think twice before doubting Jason Verrett's chances in the NFL simply because he's only 5-foot-9 and 189 pounds. Verrett went from having no scholarship offers out of high school to being taken in the first round of the draft by the San Diego Chargers. When he hugged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Thursday night, he didn't seem to want to let go. "I was just in the moment being surprised and excited," said Verrett, who was taken with the 25th pick overall. "Just the length I had to go to, from high school to juco to the adversity I had to face as a young player, all that excitement and emotion came out in that hug. If it was a 10-second hug, my bad. I was just enjoying it." Verrett is from Fairfield, which is between Sacramento and San Francisco. He said he could have walked on at Fresno State as a freshman, but figured he'd have a better opportunity at Santa Rosa Junior College. "I wanted to get a scholarship to help my parents," Verrett said Friday. His parents, Warren and Cynthia Verrett, attended his introductory news conference Friday. Verrett spent just one season at Santa Rosa before earning a scholarship from TCU. "It's a wonderful story," his mother said. Verrett said he's always been confident despite his size. "It's motivation, determination, hard work and commitment," he said. "Those are the things I carry with me wherever I go. I wasn't the biggest guy in high school, wasn't the fastest guy, the smartest guy, but I was the guy who always wanted to be somebody. I happened to take that route to go through juco and then to TCU. It definitely shows my character and hard work and passion." Verrett said he got his toughness from his parents. "They're hard-nosed people," he said. "They don't back down for nobody. When I'm out there on the football field, I'm going to be competitive, I'm going to be that guy that wants to make plays. When I'm out there on the football field, I've got a chip on my shoulder. I'm motivated." Verrett became emotional when asked what it meant to have his parents and other family members sitting in front of him at the news conference. Earlier, he mentioned that his parents changed allegiances after finding out Thursday night that their son was headed to San Diego. "Before that phone call, my parents were Raiders fans. Right after that phone call, they were Chargers fans," he said. ___ Follow Bernie Wilson on Twitter at http://twitter.com/berniewilson
Apr 28, 2014
The 67-year-old Young, who has been a defensive coordinator at seven Division I programs, is set to become the new coach at Yukon High School, pending school board approval at the May 5 meeting.
High schools: Former OSU football assistant Bill Young to get Yukon job
By Scott Wright | Apr 28, 2014YUKON — After 45 years in football, Bill Young is finally going to be a head coach. The 67-year-old Young, who has been a defensive coordinator at seven Division I programs, is set to become the new coach at Yukon High School, pending school board approval at the May 5 meeting. “This has been in the works for about 10 days,” Yukon athletic director David Fisher told The Oklahoman on Monday. “Bill has put players in the NFL, he’s been a part of 20 bowl games, coached in the NFL, at the Division I and high school levels. “In 20 years of hiring coaches, I can tell you that you don’t run into guys of that caliber very often and have the opportunity to hire them.” Young worked as Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator from 2009-12, and spent one month at the University of Wyoming last fall in a quality control-type position. “I had several opportunities to move off and go to some other colleges, but nothing that just really lit me up,” said Young, who contacted Fisher to express his interest in the opening. “To be honest with you, I just miss football. “I can remember back to when I coached at Carl Albert and Putnam City West. And I’ve told everybody I’ve ever discussed that with that I’ve never enjoyed coaching as much as I did when I was coaching in high school.” The idea of retirement just didn’t suit Young. “I don’t golf or fish or hunt,” Young said. “I’m just a football coach. “I’ve got a burning desire to coach. I feel like I have a little bit — not a lot, but a little bit — to offer. I’ve been really fortunate to be some great places and around some great people, and I think I’ve learned a lot of football. I feel I have to share that, and I want to do that.” In addition to working as the defensive coordinator at all three of Oklahoma’s Division I programs — Tulsa in the 1980s, Oklahoma in the 1990s and OSU in 2008-12 — Young has held the same position at Ohio State, Southern Cal, Kansas and Miami. He has coached in bowl games in five different decades, from the 1976 Tangerine Bowl to the Heart of Dallas Bowl in January 2013. And he spent the 2001 season in the NFL with the Detroit Lions. Coincidentally, one of the jobs that was an early springboard in his career came as the defensive coordinator for a man well-loved in Yukon — Mike Little. Young worked as Little’s defensive coordinator at PC West from 1971-75 before taking his first full-time college job at OSU in 1976. Little went on to coach PC West to a state title, before moving on to Putnam City North, then Yukon in the early 1990s. Little turned an 0-10 team into a 10-2 team in his first season and laid the groundwork for the 1997 Miller team that reached the state finals. Young replaces Todd Wilson, who left to become the head coach at Cleveland High School earlier this month. Wilson led Yukon to the playoffs the last five seasons. Many of Young’s fellow coaches often said he deserved an opportunity to be a college head coach, but it never materialized. “Being a coordinator at the major-college level is the same as being a head coach, just on one side of the ball,” Fisher said. “Bill knows how to manage a staff and oversee his players and do all the things a head coach has to do. “And think about all the coaches across the country that he’s worked with or for, and all the great things he can take from those philosophies and put into our program here. “It’s going to be great for our players, whether it’s preparing them for the college level or growing them as young men. It’s going to be great for our coaches to work for a coach of Bill Young’s caliber. There’s nothing more exciting than knowing Bill Young is going to be the next coach of the Yukon Millers.”
Apr 24, 2014
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When it was clear Marcus Trufant's time with the Seattle Seahawks was over following the 2012 season, he was given a message by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll on his way out.If it became apparent that Trufant was ready to retire from the NFL, they wanted him to do it as a member of the Seahawks.Trufant got that opportunity Thursday, officially...
Marcus Trufant retires as member of the Seahawks
TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Apr 24, 2014RENTON, Wash. (AP) — When it was clear Marcus Trufant's time with the Seattle Seahawks was over following the 2012 season, he was given a message by general manager John Schneider and coach Pete Carroll on his way out. If it became apparent that Trufant was ready to retire from the NFL, they wanted him to do it as a member of the Seahawks. Trufant got that opportunity Thursday, officially retiring from football after signing a one-day contract with Seattle. "It (the offer) says a lot about them, it says a lot about their character, it says a lot about the organization itself because they didn't have to do it," Trufant said. "They chose to do it and I'm very grateful for that. They just extended the hand and that just shows what kind of people they are, and I appreciate it." Trufant spent his entire NFL career with the Seahawks, with the exception of the 2013 training camp when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Trufant was released at the end of August and remained out of football during the 2013 season. Being a dad shuttling around his daughters and starting in on new business ventures during his season out of football solidified Trufant's believe that he was finally done with the game. "It was just time, man. Just to be home with my family, all of my girls are getting bigger so it's just good to be home," Trufant said. "I had a nice run, and I have no complaints." Trufant retires as one of the few to become a star without ever really leaving home. He was a prep star at Wilson High School in nearby Tacoma, Wash., then a college standout at Washington State and finally a first-round pick of the Seahawks in 2003. Instead of having to fly across country for his introductory news conference after being drafted, Trufant took a phone call from then-coach Mike Holmgren, jumped in the car and drove 45 minutes up the freeway. That was the start of his association with the Seahawks. Trufant started 125 of 136 games played during his time in Seattle. He finished with 21 career interceptions and was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2007. He spoke about his career for 20 minutes Thursday, reading from notes typed out on his phone the night before. The Seahawks auditorium was packed with friends and family. Trufant was joined on stage by his parents, his wife and his brothers, Desmond and Isaiah, both cornerbacks in the NFL. Isaiah now plays for Cleveland, while Desmond is entering his second season with Atlanta. Carroll was there as well, along with former teammates Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, soon-to-be Hall of Famer Walter Jones and Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings. The fact all three Trufants were in NFL camps last August at the same time, playing the same position, brings a special sense of pride for the family. "He laid the path out for me," Desmond Trufant said. "I seen exactly what I had to do, what not to do, how to carry yourself on the field, off the field. Just completely set the right path for me. He made it a lot easier for me to get where I am now." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
The Rams better get off to a good start this season because the middle of their schedule is savage.Year 3 of the Jeff Fisher Regime opens with a home game against Minnesota, a game at Tampa Bay and a home game against Dallas. The Rams will have every chance to win early.Then comes an early bye week, probably too early to be of value.And then comes serious trouble: Games at Philadelphia, at home...
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Tipsheet column
By Jeff Gordon, Associated Press | Apr 24, 2014The Rams better get off to a good start this season because the middle of their schedule is savage. Year 3 of the Jeff Fisher Regime opens with a home game against Minnesota, a game at Tampa Bay and a home game against Dallas. The Rams will have every chance to win early. Then comes an early bye week, probably too early to be of value. And then comes serious trouble: Games at Philadelphia, at home to San Francisco (on Monday night), at home to Seattle, at Kansas City, at San Francisco, at Arizona -- three in a row on the road! -- and then back home against Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. If the Rams are still in one piece at playing at San Diego next, things ease up a bit with games at home to Oakland, at Washington and at home to Arizona (on short rest on Thursday night) and the New York Giants. Then the season ends with the traditional game in the Seattle madhouse. Whew! That schedule has "7-9" written all over it. In fact, ESPN tabbed the over-under at 7. It's bad enough playing in the NFC West, but forcing that division to play tough AFC West teams this season is just piling on. Based on last season's records, this schedule ranks as the third-hardest in the NFL. They play seven playoff teams during a span of eight games. The Rams will need to rebuild their home-field advantage and beat some powerful teams in The Ed to get to the high side of .500. Wish them well. MYSTERIES OF THE UNIVERSE Questions to ponder of Cardinal hitters will ever heat up this season: What kind of knucklehead hides pine tar on his neck? What does your stadium food choice say about you? Say, what's up in the Russell Wilson household? QUIPS 'R US Here is what some of America's leading sports pundits have been writing: Tim Brown, Yahoo Sports: "Twenty-six men, including (Albert) Pujols, have hit 500 home runs. All kinds of men. All kinds of eras. Some, it's what they did, why they went to work; they hit home runs. Others, the home runs seemed a consequence of the rest of their game. The home runs came with the daily pursuit of the perfect swing, the reliable glove, the secondary lead, the big jump. But, maybe, mostly, the perfect swing." Elizabeth Merrill, ESPN.com: "Blame it on the NFL for pushing back this year's draft two weeks, and the fact that there's nothing else to talk about until May 8. Blame South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, who stirred the pot a bit in February when he called (Jadeveon) Clowney's work ethic just 'OK.' But maybe the only one you can blame for this whole mess is Clowney for drawing too much attention to himself. He finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting as a 19-year-old sophomore, a rarity for a defensive player. Then there was the hit, on New Year's Day 2013, that has been replayed so many times it almost seems redundant to type. Clowney exploded into the Michigan backfield in the Outback Bowl and hit running back Vincent Smith with such force that it jarred Smith's helmet off his head. From that day on, stories about Clowney's athletic prowess flowed like sweet tea at a Carolina barbecue. He was called the greatest defensive player since Lawrence Taylor; he was Superman and supposedly even wore a cape as a baby. He was projected as a lock for the No. 1 draft pick in 2013, but he couldn't declare because he was just two years removed from high school. So Clowney went back to school, and had a non-superhuman year at South Carolina in which he amassed just a fraction of his sophomore statistics, and here he finds himself, surrounded by questions about motivation. Does he really love football? Has he been skating by on talent? Did he shut it down in 2013, saving his body and bank account? Is he still worth a No. 1 pick? Colin McGowan, Sports on Earth: "I suppose the NFL media operates this way during draft season because it works. I'm using 'works' in a loose sense here, because most everything about it is intellectually bankrupt. I mean it generates clicks and ratings because it appeals to the football fan's id. All of this fevered nothing exists because fans would like to know who their team is going to pick. This is an understandable desire, but what's concerning is that it's apparently strong enough that fans won't take an acceptable answer, which is that they can't know who their team is going to pick until it has already happened. There's a considerable gap between what we want to know and what we can know, and for whatever reason, fans fail to see it, plummeting to their psychic death like stampeding buffalo over a canyon's lip." Tom Verducci, SI.com: "There is nothing grand about Wrigley Field. Its architectural achievement is its very lack of grandness. It's the clapboard house of ballparks, appealing to our need for a sense of home, for not just the familiar but for the familial. Grandpa Wrigley is always there for us. Wrigley Field is the most meaningful sports venue in this country. It is meaningful because of the concrete ramps and steel beams and off-kilter lines that make it resemble the first draft of a ballpark. But it is more meaningful because of the time and place those brick-and-mortar characteristics have come to define. Like the Statue of Liberty, Wrigley has grown to be identified and cherished for its patina. The longer Wrigley stands and the faster, louder and busier everything else outside its brick walls becomes, the more we need it." Norman Chad, Washington Post: "Coaching in the NBA might be easy, but keeping your job is hard. First of all, it's not easy -- what, you want to be calling out plays for J.R. Smith eight months a year? As for staying employed, look at the precarious state of Mark Jackson, who has led the Golden State Warriors to 47-35 and 51-31 records the past two seasons and somehow is in danger of getting fired; the Warriors were 23-43 in 2011-12 The NBA is so tough, back in the day John the Baptist could've led the Orlando Magic to an 81-1 record and still been beheaded. MEGAPHONE "I think the stock market in college football is going through the roof. Four teams is going to draw more interest, and eventually it will go to eight because of the benefits and revenue that comes from the market for college football." Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy, anticipating a bigger NCAA playoff down the road. ——— Follow Jeff Gordon on Twitter @gordoszone and on Facebook at Gordo'sZone. ——— ©2014 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by MCT Information Services _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003183,t000003195,g000362661,g000066164,g000065594
Terrelle Pryor may be the greatest athlete ever to have his career derailed by a tattoo scandal.If you want to know how such an extraordinary talent landed in Seattle, in the shadow of Russell Wilson and in a competition with Tarvaris Jackson just to be the Seahawks’ backup quarterback, think back four years ago to a silly NCAA controversy.Back then, Pryor was starting to live up to his legend....
Jerry Brewer: Terrelle Pryor is the Seahawks’ latest reclamation project
By Jerry Brewer, Associated Press | Apr 23, 2014Terrelle Pryor may be the greatest athlete ever to have his career derailed by a tattoo scandal. If you want to know how such an extraordinary talent landed in Seattle, in the shadow of Russell Wilson and in a competition with Tarvaris Jackson just to be the Seahawks’ backup quarterback, think back four years ago to a silly NCAA controversy. Back then, Pryor was starting to live up to his legend. He came to Ohio State as one of the most sought-after recruits in college sports history. Sports Illustrated dubbed the ultra-athletic quarterback’s college announcement “the most anticipated signing day announcement in history.” By 2010, Pryor was a junior who already had a Rose Bowl MVP on his rÃ©sumÃ©. Then, as the Buckeyes were preparing for the Sugar Bowl in late 2010, the NCAA suspended Pryor and four teammates for the first five games of the 2011 season for selling championship rings, jerseys and awards and receiving improper benefits from a tattoo parlor. Over the next six months, various media reports claimed Pryor had received other improper benefits, including cars. Amid all the innuendo, he withdrew from Ohio State. He became eligible for the NFL supplemental draft in 2011, and the Oakland Raiders selected him in the third round. No surprise, that wasn’t the route to NFL stardom. Now Pryor, still just 24, is the latest reclamation project on a championship team known for giving — and profiting from — second chances. The Seahawks traded a seventh-round pick to try to revive Pryor’s career, and if the quarterback takes advantage of the opportunity, he can alter his career forecast in dramatic fashion. He can’t become the Seahawks’ franchise quarterback, obviously. But if he approaches this situation with humility, if he’s willing to learn and compete, he can turn into a useful NFL player. The question is what “useful NFL player” means in his case. It could be as modest as developing into a dependable backup quarterback. It could be as electric as turning into a new age, Kordell Stewart-like, “Slash” type — only Pryor could be even more dangerous as a multi-positional offensive threat because he’s a 6-foot-4, 233-pound specimen who can run 40 yards in 4.38 seconds. It could be as fairy-tale as learning from Wilson, figuring out the nuances of quarterbacking and getting a starting job elsewhere in the future. But right now, Pryor comes to the Seahawks as a raw athlete with a career 69.3 passer rating. He started nine games last season for the Raiders and didn’t establish himself. For the Seahawks, this is a low-risk acquisition of a player who is clearly an NFL athlete. You need a microscope to see his value as an NFL quarterback at this moment, but the talent is obvious. Pryor began a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers last season with a 93-yard touchdown run. It was the longest touchdown run in NFL history for a quarterback, and it also broke Bo Jackson’s Raiders record. Coming out of high school, Pryor was heavily recruited in football and basketball. There was debate over which sport he should choose. Considering the Seahawks’ stability at quarterback, they might want to reinvent Pryor. While it’s highly irregular for a quarterback to change positions three years into his NFL career, Pryor has the kind of talent to do it. He isn’t just a fast quarterback. He is, as general manager John Schneider said in a statement, “an incredibly explosive athlete, and we’re excited for him to come in and compete.” As long as Schneider and coach Pete Carroll are in charge, the Seahawks will always be the land of opportunity, for both undervalued talent and for wayward prodigies. Marshawn Lynch regained his form here. Bruce Irvin was embraced despite his past. Wide receiver Mike Williams had his only productive NFL season in Seattle. Not everyone experiences a resurrection, of course. LenDale White, a star running back when Carroll was at USC, lasted just a month after Carroll joined the Seahawks in 2010. Terrell Owens lasted three weeks. Kellen Winslow Jr. was cut before the regular season. On this team, track record means little. It’s a wonderful thing for players determined to make the most of today. It’s an awful thing for players averse to being challenged. Which one is Terrelle Pryor? Well, this much is certain: He needs this chance more than the Seahawks need him. Pryor can fail, and the Seahawks will still be contenders to win another championship. And even if he succeeds, he probably won’t play enough to move the needle. The reward of this alliance is so lopsided. Can Pryor see it? Will he capitalize on it? If he has any fight in him, he can redirect his career. If he wants to be defined by a tattoo indiscretion, well, not even the Seahawks can save ‘em all. ——— Second-chance Seahawks The Seahawks have been creative in finding talent, often looking to players in need of second chances. Here are some of their hits and misses: Nice thinking Marshawn Lynch, RB Comment: Beast Mode had legal troubles and fell out of favor in Buffalo, but now he’s the Seahawks’ most irreplaceable star. Bruce Irvin, LB/DE Comment: Former high-school dropout was in and out of trouble before turning his life around, culminating with the Seahawks selecting him out of West Virginia in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft. Brandon Browner, CB Comment: Seahawks found Browner in the CFL, and though he had multiple drug suspensions in three seasons in Seattle, he did earn a Pro Bowl appearances and help establish the famously physical play of Seattle’s cornerbacks. Nice try LenDale White, RB Comment: Seahawks traded for Carroll’s former running back at USC in late April 2010. He was cut by late May 2010, sending a message about work ethic. Terrell Owens, WR Comment: T.O., then 38, lasted just 20 days during the 2012 training camp. Kellen Winslow Jr., TE Comment: It appeared Winslow would be the Seahawks’ pass-catching tight end before the 2012 season, but the Seahawks released him after he refused to take a pay cut. ——— ©2014 The Seattle Times Visit The Seattle Times at www.seattletimes.com Distributed by MCT Information Services _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003183,t000007067,t000003194,t000007089,t000007151,t000003195,t000007079,t000007065,t000007119,t000007075,t000007105,g000362661,g000223557,g000066164,g000065594
The Franklin boys and girls track and field teams followed roads less taken. Actually, they might have led most down it.The UIL instituted area track meets a year ago. It allows each district to send its top four competitors in each event to the area meet. From area, the top four advance to regional meets, which are set for Friday and Saturday.The area round was designed to provide a safety net...
Franklin track teams rested, ready for regionals
David Campbell, Associated Press | Apr 23, 2014The Franklin boys and girls track and field teams followed roads less taken. Actually, they might have led most down it. The UIL instituted area track meets a year ago. It allows each district to send its top four competitors in each event to the area meet. From area, the top four advance to regional meets, which are set for Friday and Saturday. The area round was designed to provide a safety net at the district meet. Franklin and the other members of its District 24-2A opted out. Under UIL rules, a district can skip the area meet and just send its top two competitors to regionals. That provided a roundabout way of getting back to the old Texas high school track and field playoff structure. District 24-2A's co-conspirators came from 23-2A because one district can't skip area unless its partner district agrees. Missing a week of competition has, so far, not been an area of concern. The Franklin girls will send nine individuals and the 1,600-meter relay team to the Class 2A Region III meet at Whitehouse beginning Friday. Franklin's boys have seven individuals and two relay teams, which can score double points. Centerville, Anderson-Shiro and Hearne have potential to score lots of points at the Region III meet, too, but they can't take the district title away from Franklin. The side-by-side districts are actually allowed to skip the district meet and go straight to area, but that's crazy talk in the Brazos Valley's Title Town. Franklin has won district this school year in football, volleyball, girls basketball, boys basketball and softball. And now, convincingly, the Lions and Lady Lions have claimed district championships in boys and girls track. The Lady Lions scored 170 points to win their meet by 72. The Lions had a serious battle with Centerville to win the team championship 141-131. College Station predicted to win state Track projections are usually about as relevant and accurate as NFL mock drafts, but since there are significantly fewer predictors for track and field, the 3A predictions by Txrunning.com are worthy of noting. Subject to change at the drop of a hat (or a baton), the website puts College Station in front on a race for the girls Class 3A state title. The Lady Cougars are favored based on times run in the 3,200 and 1,600 by junior Kelsie Warren, who is the defending state champion in both events. Based on her time, Gabbi Orzabal is projected to win the 300 hurdles at state, adding another 10 points to the College Station team total. Orzabal's time ranks her fifth in the 800, giving the Lady Cougars a speculative 32 points. By scoring rankings in each event as though it was a meet, Txrunning.com also likes Navasota's Tren'Davian Dickson (triple jump), Sammy Blair (400) and Davon Jernigan (110 high hurdles) to reach state and score 20 points for the Rattlers. In 4A, the Brenham Cubs project to 34 points. That includes 10 for Malik Wilson in the 200, which he is no longer running, but Brenham has a chance to improve its point numbers because Wilson is focusing on relays and the 100. Hart-Patterson era coming to close There are just two high school track meets left for Baylor's historic Hart-Patterson Track Complex, which opened in 1960 as the Baylor Track Stadium, a cinder track. In 2014, the 5A Region II meet will be held there Friday and Saturday, and the TAPPS state meet will be held there May 2-3. Baylor officially shut the place down as a competitive collegiate track over the weekend with the Michael Johnson Classic. Baylor's track team, and presumably the high school meets, will move to the new $18.1 million on-campus Clyde Hart Track and Field Stadium next year. It is named after the 42-year former head coach of the Bears' track team and plans say it will accommodate 5,000 spectators and participants. ——— ©2014 The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) Visit The Eagle (Bryan, Texas) at www.theeagle.com Distributed by MCT Information Services
Oklahoma City will play a four-game series vs. the Sounds beginning 7:05 p.m. Thursday.
Oklahoma scene: RedHawks return to Brick, host Nashville
From Staff Reports | Apr 23, 2014The first-place Oklahoma City RedHawks return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark on Thursday to begin an eight-game Pacific Coast League homestand, the first-four against Nashville and the next four against Round Rock. All games except Sunday will start at 7:05 p.m. The Sunday game vs. Nashville will begin at 2:05 p.m. Tickets are available at the Brick’s box office. CREGER LEADS TULSA PAST OSU Former Mustang softball standout Aimee Creger threw a three-hit shutout Wednesday as Tulsa beat Oklahoma State 1-0 at Cowgirl Stadium in Stillwater. Creger walked two and struck out 11. Catherine Horner’s two-out, run-scoring single in the sixth inning was all Creger needed to blank the Cowgirls, who fell to 24-21. No. 15-ranked Tulsa improved to 42-5. OSU pitcher Simone Freeman had an exceptional game, although she fell to 19-12. She gave up five hits, four walks and struck out 10. Oklahoma State next plays 4:30 p.m. Friday at Texas. OU SHUTS OUT NORTH TEXAS Georgia Casey and Brittany Williams homered, and Kelsey Stevens threw another solid game as No. 17-ranked Oklahoma beat North Texas 3-0 in softball on Wednesday at Marita Hynes Field in Norman. Oklahoma improved to 36-10 after Stevens blanked the Mean Green on one hit, one walk and six strikeouts. She was three outs away from a no-hitter, but Cameron transfer Spencer Ferrell led off the top of the seventh inning with a single. North Texas fell to 28-16. OU next plays 2 p.m. Saturday against Alabama-Birmingham in Norman. BRONCHOS CONTEND FOR LEAGUE TITLE Central Oklahoma hopes to tie for the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association baseball championship — but it will need a sweep this weekend over Central Missouri at Simmons Field on the Edmond campus. UCO (32-11 overall, 25-11 MIAA) is second in the NCAA Division II conference; Central Missouri (32-13, 29-7) is first. Central Oklahoma has the top hitter in the MIAA in Phillip Wilson, who is batting .455 with 13 homers. The senior from Cushing also has a team-best eight saves as the Bronchos’ closer. The Bronchos are playing for their first conference championship since 2007. Game times are 2:30 p.m. Friday; a Saturday doubleheader begins at 1 p.m.; and a single game Sunday is set for a 1 p.m. start. ROSE STATE SIGNS TWO The new Rose State men’s and women’s soccer teams signed their first players to letters of intent. The men’s team signed Skyler Walker, a senior at Carl Albert High School. The women’s team inked Kyla Sharry of Southmoore. Both players visited with school president Jeanie Webb who said phase one of enhancing the junior college’s sports programs is underway. The Midwest City school has a goal of building a sports facility for baseball, softball and soccer. Rose State is having a men’s tryout camp from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Rose Field, located a 701 E. Lockheed Drive in Midwest City. For more information on the men’s tryouts, call coach Billy Martin at (405) 736-0367 or email Martin at email@example.com. UCO WINS LEAGUE TOURNEY The Central Oklahoma women’s golf team wrapped up a wire-to-wire victory Wednesday at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championships in Lawrence, Kan. The Bronchos beat Northeastern State by 15 shots and third-place Northwest Missouri by 89. Northeastern State’s Baylee Price was the individual champion, posting a three-round 17-over 233. The freshman from Broken Arrow beat teammate Sofia Castiello by three shots. Taylor Neidy of UCO was third, 21 shots behind the champion. UCO advances to the NCAA Division II Super Regional Three Tournament, scheduled May 4-6 in Lake Elmo, Minn. LIONS SPRING GAME MAY 2 •Langston University will have its spring football game at 7 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Anderson Stadium. The Lions have several starters back from a 6-4 team that won the Central States Football League championship.
A list of all the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports next year.
Oklahoma high school athletes signing list: Saturday, April 19
Apr 19, 2014BASEBALL Hunter Aguirre, Westmoore (Cowley County) Garrett Benge, Yukon (Cowley County) Jordan Boyer, Deer Creek (Wichita State) Jenner Brown, Bethany (SNU) Chase Byndas, Dale (Connors St.) Caleb Caldwell, Edmond North (Tabor) Brian Canfield, Bishop McGuinness (Newman) Jacob Chappell, Guthrie (Oklahoma State) Blake Clanton, Clinton (Western) Patton Collie, Deer Creek (Colorado School of Mines) Austin Cranford, Norman North (Connors St.) Corey Cupp, Tuttle (SW Christian) Garrett Degelos, Southmoore (Coffeyville) Jake Dyer, Westmoore (Ft. Scott CC) Caleb Eldridge, Deer Creek (OSU) Connor Finkhouse, PC North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Brenden Fowler, Yukon (Crowder) Josh Garbrecht, Edmond North (Redlands) Aaron Garner, Edmond North (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Colton Huggard, Southmoore (Connors St.) Ty Jackson, Southmoore (Midland) Bradley Kinsey, Norman North (Wichita State) Austin Kretchmar, Okarche/Redlands CC (William Jewell) Gavin LaValley, Carl Albert (OU) Connor Litterell, Tuttle (Cowley County) Joe Lytle, Yukon (OCU) Mitch Malherbe, Bishop McGuinness (Barton CC) Conner Mangham, Pocola (Connors St.) Mason McAlister, Yukon (Cowley County) Justin McGregor, Carl Albert (Cowley County) Tyler McIntosh, Tuttle (SW Christian) Joe Nostrand, Norman North (Frank Phillips) Blake Owen, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Lane Ramsey, PC North (Newman) Paul Reed, Norman (Pomona College) Luke Reynolds, Edmond North (Butler County) Reed Roberts, Guthrie (Harding) Seth Sandlin, Stigler (Carl Albert) Dalton Secrist, Tuttle (SW Christian) Ryan Skalnik, Verdigris (Neosho) Will Sprayberry, Moore (NOC-Enid) Dalton Tillison, Dale (Seminole St.) Quin Walbergh, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Reid Wall, Byng (OSU) Cameron Warren, Carl Albert (OU) Hunter Wilson, Spiro (Stephen F. Austin) Logan Wigley, Yukon (NOC-Enid) BOYS BASKETBALL Brett Cannon, Del City (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Chauncey Collins, OKC Storm (TCU) Dexter Dean, Edmond Santa Fe (NOC) Stephen Edwards, Putnam City West (Santa Clara) Jacob Essman, Edmond Memorial (East Central) Tripp Fuller, Westmoore (OC) Omega Harris, Putnam City West (UTEP) Xavier Hunter, Del City (Fort Scott CC) Collin Jennings, Harrah (UMKC) Jace Kerr, Forgan (UCO) Michael Majors, Enid (Hillsdale) Torey Noel, Midwest City (NOC-Tonkawa) Jake Seagraves, Choctaw (Hillsdale) Mitchell Solomon, Bixby (OSU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Jasauen Beard, Midwest City (Oral Roberts) Aaliyah Blakely, Ada (OBU) Kaely Bond, Mount St. Mary (American) Sidney Carolina, PC North (Redlands) McKenzie Cooper, Shawnee (OBU) Katy Custer, Dickson (OBU) Sara Fountain, Stilwell (NSU) Daniela Galindo, Shattuck (Seward County) Jordan Gilbert, Carl Albert (Oral Roberts) Miranda Griffin, Ketchum (NSU) Blaire Hall, PC North (OC) Tamara Lee, Edmond Santa Fe (Denver) Jayden Oliver, Putnam City (Oral Roberts) Chandler Roof, Weatherford (UMKC) Jetta Smith, Classen SAS (Colby CC) Erika Wakefield, Heritage Hall (Tulsa) LaNesia Williams, Northeast (OU) Mariah Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (Redlands) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Rylee Bellmon, Perry (UCO) Deven Bond, Poteau (UCO) Maddie Brown, Jenks (UCO) Karlie Hamman, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Taylor Harrill, Cache (St. Gregory’s) Emily Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Erin Hart, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Grey Howard, Edmond Memorial (Tulsa) Mikayla Howorka, Tuttle (SWOSU) Anthonio Humphrey, Douglass (Kansas) Ainsley Ibison, Broken Arrow (OC) Heather Johnson, Noble (St. Gregory’s) Dakota Kappelle, Anadarko (Tabor) Abbey Mace, Norman North (OU) Kambre Major, Millwood (Missouri Baptist) Katherine Muegge, Deer Creek-Lamont (OBU) Courtney Nelson, Putnam City North (Pittsburg St.) Hayley Redwine, Norman (OU) Kevin Roddy, Duncan (Virginia) Brenon Smith, Hinton (OBU) Stephen Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (William Jewell) Sheri Snyder, Deer Creek (UCO) Belle Wallace, Norman North (OU) Michaela Werner, Grove (OCU) Schuyler Wood, Putnam City (OU) FOOTBALL Jalen Adams, Southmoore (North Texas) Gyasi Akem, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ashton Antwine, Edmond Memorial (NEO) John Ashcraft, Southmoore (NEO) Fre’Darian Ashley, Northwest Classen (NEO) Keaton Baggs, Broken Arrow (La.-Monroe) Nick Basquine, Norman North (OU)* Trenton Ball, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Cameron Batson, Millwood (Texas Tech) Ty-Chris Beasley, Muskogee (NWOSU) Kevin Bell, Lawton (NSU) Tyler Bess, Hollis (Langston) Tre Betts, Sand Springs (Missouri St.) Tyrone Beverly, Lawton Eisenhower (Langston) Dustin Blasingame, Carl Albert (Southwestern, Kan.) Trevor Blassingame, Guthrie (UCO) Dominic Blue, Muldrow (SWOSU) Samuel Bond, Madill, (UCO) Luke Booker, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Cameron Booty, Jenks (NEO) Tyler Bowling, Yukon (Tulsa) Rashaad Boyd, Putnam City West (Langston) Jordan Brailford, Tulsa Washington (OSU) D’Angelo Brewer, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Anthony Bryant, Southeast (SNU) Trey Buckner, Kingfisher (OBU) Madison Bunch, Roland (SNU) Thor Burnside, Oologah (NEO) Darrius Burris, Piedmont (NEO) Tristan Butcher, Coweta (UCO) Beau Butler, Midwest City (Wesleyan University) Kai Callins, Guthrie (Emporia St.) Mason Camp, Enid (Baker) Patrick Cantrell, Beggs (NWOSU) Cody Carnes, Alex (NWOSU) Nigel Carter, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Zac Cater, Durant (NEO)* D.C. Chance, Commerce (NEO) Adim Chukwurah, Norman North (UCO) Montana Clark, Tuttle (NEO) Sam Clemens, Enid (Baker) Emmanuel Cole, Millwood (OBU) Drew Cook, Casady (Emporia St.) David Cornwell, Norman North (Alabama) Austin Cross, Grove (OBU) John Custar, Sharon-Mutual (OBU) Jalan Daniels, Blanchard (NEO) R.J. Dantzler, Southmoore (Panhandle St.) Cole Darnell, Edmond Memorial/OSU (OBU) Ronnie Davis, Midwest City/NEO (Kansas) Matt Day, Westmoore (ECU) Jakcob Dean, Norman (Arkansas Tech) Mike’Quan Deane, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Robbie Decker, Elk City (Henderson St.) Rayce Denton, Heritage Hall (Arizona Christian) Quincy Dotson, Millwood (NSU) Andre Dowuona-Hammond, Yukon (OSU)* Garrett Duckworth, OCS (OBU) Malik Earl, Edmond Santa Fe (Missouri St.) Frankie Edwards, Mustang (OBU) Lawrence Evitt, Wagoner (UCO) Josh Farley, Norman (NSU) Michael Farmer, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) T.J. Filer, Chickasha (NEO) Jared Fink, Dewey (OBU) Hadyn Ford, Wagoner (UCO) Cooper Free, Sharon-Mutual (SWOSU) Trayvon Gamble, Edmond Memorial (Langston) Max Gillett, Norman (William and Mary)* Matt Giroux, Yukon (Tabor) Diesen Gorham, Perkins (Emporia St.) Karson Green, Madill (NEO) Jesse Gregory, Tuttle (NEO) Anthony Grimes, Norman (Hastings) Aaron Guess, Prague (NWOSU) Blake Gunn, Casady (Pomona College) Noah Hammons, Westmoore (UCO) Cameron Hanan, Plainview (ECU) Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Dylan Harding, Jenks (OSU) Kieron Hardrick, Westmoore (SEOSU) Cade Harkins, McAlester (SNU) Bryan Hartfield, Midwest City (NEO) Tre Harvey, Catoosa (ECU) Hunter Hasen, Barnsdall (Langston) Dakota Haynes, Southmoore (Doane) Riley Hess, Alva (NWOSU) Tristan Hill, Mustang (Georgia Southern) Daavon Hilley, Tulsa East Central (Langston) Stephen Hocker, Enid (Emporia St.) Matt Hockett, Norman (OSU)* Craig Hofeld, Destiny Christian (OBU) Eli Hooks, Deer Creek (UCO) Ty Hooper, Alva (NWOSU) Jordan Huff, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Armando Ibarra, Tulsa Washington (Langston) Dallas Jackson, Meeker (NWOSU) Mack Jensen, Casady (OBU) Tazden Jevons, Dibble (NSU) Laquan Johnson, Del City (Langston) Louden Johnson, Wayne (ECU) Trey Johnson, Hugo (NEO) Corben Jones, Yukon/Emporia St. (SWOSU) Brandon Jones, Midwest City (NSU) Jake Jones, Verdigris (Ottawa) Johnny Jones, Douglass (UCO) Miles Jones, Edmond North (Briarcliff) Quinzell Jones, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO)* Wyatt Jones, Sulphur (ECU) Robert Jordan, Yukon (Tabor) Taber Jordan, Plainview (OBU) Drew Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Evangel) Blake Kalman, Bethany (UCO) Micah Kee, Woodward (NWOSU) Ryland Ketchum, Alex (NWOSU) Coleman Key, Broken Arrow (Colorado State) Cory Keyes, Southmoore (Missouri Southern) Connor Kinsey, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Chris Klick, Cherokee (SWOSU) JaVone Knox, Putnam City (SNU) Larry Lambeth, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Camron Large, Ada (ECU) Evan Lashar, OCS (OBU) Grant Lee, Clinton (NWOSU) Andrew Lesnick, Ponca City (NWOSU) Wiley Lester, Putnam City (NEO) Alex Lewis, Broken Arrow (OBU) Billy Lewis, Durant (NEO)* Jacob Lewis, Bishop McGuinness (Princeton) Colton Lindsey, Christian Heritage (UCO) Austin Link, Tuttle (NEO) Boyea Lockett, Tulsa Union/Illinois (OBU) Bishop Louie, Tulsa McLain (Tulsa) Jaylen Lowe, Owasso (NEO) Noble Lybrand, Bethany (ECU) Kameron Lyons, Millwood (Panhandle St.) Austin Mack, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Austin Madison, Oologah (SNU) Anthony Mason, Del City (NEO)* Zac Maynard, Davis/NEO (SWOSU) Bailey McKay, Claremore (SWOSU) Corneilus McKiver, Centennial (NEO) Gary McKnight Jr., Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin McLelland, Midwest City (Southwestern, Kan.) Ace McMahan, Ringling (SWOSU) Alfonzo McMillian, Millwood (Sam Houston St.) Jacob McMullen, Choctaw (NEO) John McQueen, Claremore (NEO) Jeffrey Mead, Tulsa Union (OU) Seth Mead, Woodward (NWOSU) Carson Meier, Tulsa Union (OU) Gage Meisinger, Claremore (OBU) Bradyn Meyer, Yukon (Baker) Chandler Miller, Bixby (Tulsa) Nick Mills, Tuttle (NEO) Jordan Mitchell, Owasso (Tulsa) Trevor Mitchem, Spiro (NEO) Michael Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (Houston) Tyler Moniz, Sequoyah-Claremore Mildren Montgomery, Douglass (Tulsa) Daniel Moore, Duncan (Henderson St.) Khalil Moore, John Marshall (NEO) Trevor Moore, Edmond North (North Texas) Zack Moore, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Cole Moos, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Luis Morales, Guthrie (Langston) Gerrell Murry, Putnam City (SWOSU) Dawson Myers, Cushing/NEO (OBU) Quentin Nails, Tulsa McLain (NEO) Landon Nault, Kingfisher (Emporia St.) Joe Neece, Cashion (Emporia St.) John Cole Neph, Owasso (OSU)* Jose Ochoa, Alex (NWOSU) Cameron Oliver, Owasso (UT-San Antonio) Brendan O’Steen, Seminole (NEO) Jacob Overton, Minco (OBU) Zak Owen, Blanchard (NEO) Cade Parker, Norman (OU)* Steven Parker, Jenks (OU) Logan Parks, Yukon (NEO) Cade Pfleider, Avla (NWOSU) Dustin Pierce, Jones (Mid-America Nazerene) Caden Pratt, McAlester (SEOSU) Christian Preston, Savanna (SEOSU) Stephen Price, Empire (SNU) Payton Prince, Norman North (Tulsa) Ryan Rackley, Sulphur (ECU) Wyatt Rathjen, Miami (NEO) Kale Reed, Comanche (SNU) Shaliamere Rentie, Beggs (NEO) Keishawn Richardson, Putnam City/NEO (West Virginia) Cole Ridgway, Norman (NSU) Wesley Rivas, Tahlequah (William Penn) Tanner Robertson, Mustang (OBU) Korie Robinson, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw (NEO) Sam Rolle, Edmond Memorial (Hastings) Tyquae Russell, Midwest City (NEO) Caden Sander, Deer Creek (OU)* A.J. Sanders, Elk City (Panhandle St.) John Sasser, Perkins (SEOSU) David Seagle, Cascia Hall (UCO) Dallas Sealey, Lawton (Abilene Christian) Myykhail Shaw, Lawton (NEO) Isaiah Shawver, Carl Albert (Hastings) Tyler Sipe, Norman North (UCO) Akii Smith, Stilwell/NEO (North Texas) Devion Smith, John Marshall (NEO) Dillon Smith, Meeker (SEOSU) Jalen Smith, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Janson Smith, Tulsa Union (NEO) Jarome Smith, McAlester (SEOSU) Jeremy Smith, Berryhill (Tulsa) Marguess Smith, Southeast (NEO) Myles Smith, Broken Arrow (SNU) Trey Smith, Guthrie (Langston) Nathan Sosa, Christian Heritage (OBU) Jacob Spady, Hinton (SNU) Pierce Spead, Southmoore (NEO) Evan Sprayberry, Moore (Tabor) Jordan Stafford, Hugo (UCO) Dalton Stout, Bethany (Southwestern, Kan.) Ross Stovall, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Braden Stringer, Blanchard (Arkansas Tech) Payton Striplin, Little Axe (Langston) Carter Swanson, Ardmore (Garden City CC) Trent Taber, Jenks (OSU)* Lindell Tate, Edmond North (OU)* Myles Tease, Tulsa Washington (UCO) Justin Tharp, Thomas (SWOSU) Devon Thomas, Broken Arrow (OSU) Ivan Thomas, Lawton (OSU)* Stevie Thompson, Carl Albert (Pitt St.) Devin Thornburg, Alex (NWOSU) Quintonio Tolon, Broken Arrow (NEO)* Clay Trotter, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Trey Tully, Plainview (OBU) Brett Tye, Jenks (Pitt St.) Houston Tyler, Southmoore (The Citadel) Nathan Voreis, Tuttle (SNU) Rowdy Votaw, Madill (NEO) Jaelon Walker, Southmoore (UCO) Malik Walker, Spiro (NEO) Cody Ward, Hartshorne (SWOSU) Khalil Warren, Del City (NEO) Michael Warren, Lawton (Iowa State) Ty Watkins, Westmoore (NEO) Caleb Webster, Claremore (NWOSU) Eric Weed, Putnam City (SNU) Jordan Weltzheimer, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Cameron Westbrook, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Papi White, Seminole (Ohio) Xavier Whitehead, Mustang (Langston) Kelby Wickline, Stillwater (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Willliams, Lawton (NEO) Jonathan Willis, Tulsa Washington (Oregon St.) Dolee Wolf, Beggs (NEO) Conner Wood, Owasso (NEO) Skyler Wood, Nowata (UCO) Chantz Woodberry, Carl Albert (SWOSU) Ryan Woolman, Locust Grove (NSU) Trey Wormington, Norman North (UCO) Colton Wright, Tahlequah (SWOSU) Ty Yeates, Jenks (William Penn) Dakota Young, Lawton Eisenhower (NWOSU) GOLF Emma Allen, Tulsa Union (OCU) Lexi Armon, Owasso (NSU) Jacob Bishop, Edmond Memorial (Wichita State) Daniel Echevarria, Cascia Hall (Wichita State) Trent Evans, Edmond Memorial (Kansas State) Talor Fisher, Bethel (St. Gregory’s) Emily Folsom, Deer Creek (SWOSU) Jessica Gremling, Moore (Southwestern, Kan.) Nick Heinen, Edmond North (OSU) Matthew Henry, Pauls Valley (ECU) Madison Herron, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Alexander Hughes, Tulsa Edison (UCO) Sam Humphreys, Edmond North (Tulsa) Drew Ison, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Ashley Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Kaylee Neff, Mustang (Redlands) Casey Paul, Owasso (Tulsa) Griffin Pierce, Edmond North (OU) Zac Schaefer, Oklahoma Christian (OC) Chad Smith, Plainview/OU (OBU) Marla Souvannasing, Tulsa Union (UCO) Ty Tamura, Edmond Memorial (OC) Cody Troutman, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO Hannah Ward, Poteau (Arkansas-Little Rock) Emilee White, Comanche (SNU) Ariel Wixson, Jenks (Rogers State) Hayden Wood, Edmond North (OSU) LACROSSE Sam Heaton, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jake Hobbs, Edmond North (Lindenwood) Jessica Prewitt, Broken Arrow (OBU) ROWING Charlotte McMeekin, Classen SAS (Princeton) Hannah Naylor, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Rachel Parks, Classen SAS (Tulsa) Cody Shafer, Tulsa Union (OCU) Madison Wilfong, Washington (UCO) BOYS SOCCER Truman Berghall, Jenks (OBU) Tyler Buchanan, Midwest City (Mid-America Chr.) Durham Chilcoat, Jenks (OBU) Mauro Cichero, Norman North (SMU) Clay Collier, Edmond North (OC) Josue De Paz, Putnam City West (OBU) Tyler Hatfield, Norman North (Harding) Julius James, Moore (NSU) Zac Medawattage, Edmond North (Eastern Illinois) Michael Mitrik, Jenks (Tulsa) Alex Mullet, Edmond North (Midwestern St., Iowa) Nathan Osborne, Jenks (OBU) Daniel Paugh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Tyler Ridener, Jenks (Central Arkansas) Keaton Van Eck, Norman North (Dallas) GIRLS SOCCER Reagan Ballard, Edmond Memorial (UCO) Anna Beffer, Tulsa Union (OSU) Abbey Bright, Edmond North (OSU)* Kayla Buster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Olivia Butler, Putnam City West (SWOSU) Karla Cabello, Puntam City North (Mid-America Christian) Lexi Carroll, Norman North (UCO) Jordan Cleveland, Moore (USAO) Brenna Cooper, Westmoore (Tabor) Anna Crawford, Mustang (OU)* Amanda Dial, Edmond Memorial (ORU) Shianne Donato, Westmoore (Eastern) Lana Duke, Edmond Memorial (OSU)* Courtney Essary, Carl Albert (UCO) Hannah Frogge, McGuinness (UC-Santa Barbara) Melissa Giles, Broken Arrow (NSU) Caitlyn Hanslovan, Verdigris (ORU) Hannah Hover, Edmond Santa Fe (Ouachita Baptist) Morgan Kent, Sapulpa (NSU) Bri Kuestersteffen, Norman North (Alabama-Birmingham) Madi Logsdon, Tulsa Union (NSU) Mikayla Lowery, Deer Creek (OBU) Mackenzie Marquardt, Norman North (OC) Lauren Martin, Newcastle (SWOSU) Julia Mathis, Broken Arrow (NSU) Kayle Moore, Southmoore (USAO) Shelley Mueller, Enid (SWOSU) Kali Newman, Norman North (OU) Lauren Parker, Stillwater (USAO) Hannah Robinson, Southmoore (SNU) Simone Ryan, Norman North (UCO) Sheridan Spelman, Norman North (Lindenwood) Katelin Teter, Claremore (NSU) Victoria VanHootegem, Norman North (Florida Atlantic) Sydni Wiles, Mustang (OC) Katelyn Williams, Moore (USAO) JuliAnne Williamson, Noble (ECU) Morgan Wilson, Piedmont (USAO) Summer Witt, Verdigris (ECU) SOFTBALL Courtney Anderson, Piedmont (Rose St.) Kelsey Arnold, Holland Hall (OU) K.C. Beardsley, Southmoore (Ft. Scott) Sheridan Bond, Edmond North (OC) Kelsey Bortvit, Carl Albert (USAO) Katelyn Brown, Southmoore (SNU) Kortney Brown, Duncan (Rose St.) Riley Brown, Bethany (Lipscomb) Kasey Jo Burgess, Sand Springs (OBU) Shelby Carel, Tuttle (UCO) Makenzie Carpenter, Jenks (Connors St.) Chloe Clifton, Wayne (Seminole St.) Cheyanne Coffman, Apache (Rose St.) Mallory Collins, Sand Springs (OSU) Chris Coplen, Stigler (Eastern) Bre Davis, Piedmont (UCO) Paige Finney, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Peyton Garrett, Tuttle (NWOSU) Shannon Godfrey, Tulsa Kelley (St. Gregory’s) Ashli Hafford, Blanchard (East Central) Caitlin Hall, Moore (OBU) Sable Hankins, Moore (Lamar) Macey Hatfield, Lindsay/Seminole State (OU) Morgan Heard, Carl Albert (UCO) McKayla Hendrix, Jenks (Seminole St.) Morgan Hildebrandt, Lincoln Christian (Central Christian, Kan.) Heather Jones, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Kaitlyn Kromer, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Reneé Leonard, Rush Springs (Rose St.) Brayden Lindsey, Wynnewood (Western Texas) Destinie Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Jamie Lowrie, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Shayla Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Jenna Lynn, Moore (OBU) McKenzie Martin, Perkins-Tryon (NOC-Tonkawa) Stephanie Martin, Kellyville (Rose St.) Lauren Mason, Cache (Rose St.) Brianna McArthur, Moore (Central Arkansas) Kierra McFadden, Bethany (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Abby Meador, Carl Albert (OCU) Lauren Miller, Blanchard (East Central) Shelby Miller, Bethel (Seminole St.) Kate Myers, Jenks (Tulsa) Alexa Nolen, Stigler (Connors St.) Madison Norkyke, Edmond North (OC) Randee O’Donnell, Tahlequah (OSU) Amy Reynolds, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Shelby Robinett, Tuttle (SW Christian) Michael Rowlen, Jones (Des Moines CC) Kecia Sharp, Mount St. Mary (Robert Morris) Allison Smith, Lindsay (Mid-America Chr.) Michaela Smith, Norman North (UT-Dallas) Mycah Smith, Plainview (Mid-America Chr.) Sethe Story, Heritage Hall (Austin College) Bethany Sullivan, Lexington (Cisco College) Kourtney Tanner, Edmond North (UCO) Aspen Vail, Little Axe (St. Gregory’s) Katie Ventress, Bethany (Rose St.) Krista Waggoner, Carl Albert (West Virginia Wesleyan) Taylor Watham, Blanchard/Cowley (NWOSU) Jessica Watkins, Glenpool (Rose St.) Emily Watson, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Mindy Winters, Tuttle (Rose St.) MacKenzie Wright, Carl Albert (Wichita State) Lauren Zalewski, Rush Springs (Rose St.) SWIMMING Reid Hibbs, Southmoore (Towson) Lara Gatton, Westmoore (OBU) Jessi Hildebrand, Newcastle (Evansville) Tim Hyland, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) Kasey Rein, Piedmont (Evansville) Jaedon Roe, Carl Albert (St. Gregory’s) TENNIS Travis Christianson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas-Fort Smith) Taylor Factor, Moore (Seminole) Emily Faulkner, Casady (Harding) David Hager, Edmond North (Davidson) Annie Hays, Edmond North (UM-St. Louis) Spencer Papa, Edmond North (Tulsa) Easton Parker, Bixby (NSU) Stormi Tipton, Westmoore (Cowley) VOLLEYBALL McKayla Benner, Norman North (SNU) Dani Chase, Yukon (SNU) Kate Decker, Edmond North (OBU) Madison McClure, Mustang (SW Assemblies of God) Kenzie McMullen, Edmond North (OCU) Micayla Payne, Southmoore (Hillsdale) Holly Randall, Edmond North (OCU) Kamille Smith, Midwest City (Bellevue) Taylor Turner, Deer Creek (ECU) WRESTLING Andrew Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Joel Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Lance Dixon, Edmond North (OU) Gary Wayne Harding, Collinsville (OSU) Clayton Lamb, Del City (OCU) Nathan Marek, Southmoore (OU) Chandler Rogers, Stillwater (OSU) Derek White, Edmond North (Nebraska) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team.
Oklahoma football: A look at 25 Sooners who could have a breakout 2014 season
Jason Kersey | Apr 16, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma enters the 2014 season with enormously high expectations, but there are still plenty of questions surrounding the team. Who will join Sterling Shepard as the team’s starting wide receivers? Who will be the main ballcarrier? Who will take over in the depleted defensive backfield with cornerback Zack Sanchez? Earlier this week, I released my updated rankings of the top-10 players on the current OU football roster. Here is a list of the 25 players I think could have a breakout season in 2014, listed in alphabetical order. Dakota Austin, So., CB: Austin intercepted Trevor Knight’s first pass attempt during the open portion of Thursday’s practice, and sounds confident that he’ll be the starting cornerback opposite Sanchez this fall. Austin Bennett, So., WR: Led all receivers with four catches for 62 yards and a touchdown in the spring game Saturday. He made one catch as a true freshman last season — an 11-yard reception in the season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. Devante Bond, Jr., LB: The junior-college transfer showed coaches this spring that he’s a capable pass rusher. If that translates to the game field this fall, it could, in theory, allow Eric Striker to further expand his role. Daniel Brooks, So., RB: Suffered a nasty knee injury just before he graduated high school and redshirted in 2012. He didn’t play last year at all, but was the leading rusher in Saturday’s spring game, carrying the ball eight times for 67 yards. Keith Ford and Alex Ross are the frontrunners in the backfield, and with Joe Mixon joining the team this summer, it won’t be easy for Brooks. But this kid is resilient, so don’t sleep on him. Hatari Byrd, So., S: A few days before Signing Day 2013, Byrd told our man Trent Shadid that one of the Sooners’ starting safety spots would be his as a true freshman. That didn’t quite pan out, but the former four-star recruit appeared in five games and could be in line to make an impact this year, with the defensive backfield losing most of its starters. Matt Dimon, So., DE: Dimon played in 12 of the Sooners’ games last season as a true freshman, blocking a punt that resulted in a safety during Oklahoma’s Oct. 19 victory at Kansas. Jordan Evans, So., LB: It doesn’t sound like OU coaches are expecting Frank Shannon to return to the team this fall, and if that happens, Evans would enter the starting lineup at middle linebacker. The former Norman North standout played well last Oct. 26 against Texas Tech when Shannon was injured. He recorded a career-high eight tacles and broke up a pass that night. Evans looked good in the spring game. Dimitri Flowers, Fr., FB/TE: Knight targeted Flowers on his first three pass attempts in Saturday’s spring game, and the San Antonio native finished with four receptions for 40 yards. Don’t expect the Trey Millard comparisons to end anytime soon. Keith Ford, So., RB: Appeared in 10 contests last year, recording 23 rushes for 134 yards and a touchdown. Ford quickly became a fan favorite last year because of his tough, contact-heavy running style, but found himself in the dog house after showing a troubling fumble problem. He’ll have as good a shot as anyone to be the Sooners’ main ball carrier in 2014. Taylor McNamara, So., TE: The San Diego native and former four-star recruit started a game as a true freshman in 2012, but suffered a shoulder injury and received a medical redshirt. He caught his first career pass in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama, and recorded two touchdown receptions in the spring game. If the tight end position is truly going to make a comeback in 2014, expect McNamara to be at the forefront of that movement. Joe Mixon, Fr. RB: The five-star prospect from Oakley, Calif., was signing autographs and posing for pictures Saturday at the spring game, demonstrating just how excited fans are for his debut. Durron Neal, Jr., WR: Neal has made 23 appearances with two starts throughout his career so far, with 18 career receptions for 251 yards. With the Sooners’ receiving corps depleted, Neal will certainly have an opportunity to make an impact as a junior. He missed the spring game with an injury. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, RFr., LB: Coaches have raved about Okoronkwo’s spring, and the player known as “Obo” delivered in the spring game, picking off a fourth-quarter pass and returning it 39 yards to set up a touchdown. Okoronkwo was originally committed to Oklahoma State before flipping in December 2012. Michiah Quick, Fr., WR: A high-school teammate of OU safety Hatari Byrd, Quick will have an opportunity to make an instant impact in the Sooners’ inexperienced receiving corps. Like Mixon, Quick was seen signing autographs and posing for pictures with fans before Saturday’s spring game. Steven Parker, Fr., S: The four-star signee from Jenks picked the Sooners over Auburn just before signing day, and his commitment was among the most exciting recruiting news Oklahoma fans received this year. Walk-on safety Thaddeus LaGrone — who has the best name on the team, without a doubt — played on the second-team defense Saturday and did pretty well, but the fact that OU is using a walk-on there demonstrates how important Parker could be in the fall. Matthew Romar, RFr., DT: The former three-star recruit from Port Arthur, Texas, redshirted last season, but looked pretty good in Saturday’s spring game. Former OU defensive line standout Dusty Dvoracek raved about Romar on his Norman radio show this week. Alex Ross, So., RB: Ross made 10 appearances last season, mostly playing special teams. Coaches have praised his effort this spring, and the former Jenks standout is seemingly right in the thick of the Sooners’ running back battle. “Maturity” is a word that gets tossed around quite a bit when coaches and teammates discuss Ross. In last year’s season opener, he picked up 7 yards on his first carry, then hit an opposing player and picked up a personal foul. Has Ross turned the corner? That remains to be seen. Jordan Smallwood, RFr., WR: A preseason injury forced Smallwood to redshirt as a true freshman last year, but his effort this spring has been praised by coaches and teammates alike. The former Jenks standout caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the spring game. Stanvon Taylor, So., CB: The former Tulsa East Central standout started one game last seasn as a true freshman and played in all 13 games. He’s competing with Dakota Austin and Cortez Johnson to be the Sooners’ starting cornerback opposite Sanchez in 2014. Ahmad Thomas, So., S: Thomas made 12 appearances last season and, like Byrd, seems to be a strong candidate to contribute heavily in the secondary next season. He’s also spent time working at the nickelback spot this spring with returning starter Julian Wilson out after shoulder surgery. Dallis Todd, Fr., WR: The La Mirada, Calif., native and four-star signee will join the team this summer, and could definitely be in line to make an immediate impact. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound receiver caught 66 passes for 1,163 yards and eight touchdowns as a senior in 2013. Charles Walker, RFr., DT: Walker has been one of the players who has generated the most buzz this spring because of his athleticism. The Garland, Texas, native redshirted last season, but could provide the Sooners with solid depth on the defensive front behind Jordan Phillips and Jordan Wade in 2014. Dvoracek, while praising Romar this week on the radio, added that Walker looked like he was thinking a little too much during Saturday’s spring game. D.J. Ward, RFr., DE: Ward hasn’t played in an actual football game since his junior year at Lawton High School. He tranferred to Douglass, then Southmoore before his senior year and was ruled ineligible by the OSSAA. A medical issue cost him any chance at playing time in 2013, but he’s healthy and ready to contribute this season. Derrick Woods, So., WR: The Inglewood, Calif., native made a critical, 20-yard reception against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and could be in line to make an impact this season as a sophomore. The former U.S. Army All-American appeared in 11 games last season. K.J. Young, RFr., WR: Young redshirted last season, but has been one of the receivers most often praised by defensive players this spring. The Perris, Calif., product is another potential breakout player in a young, inexperienced group of wide receivers.