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In her nearly 29 years of life, Sublette’s Shalee Lehning has had more than her share of special moments during her athletic career.Some people might even call it a charmed life.It would be hard to argue with the many special moments. If one were to look at it as charmed, however, the thousands of hours of practice and the dedication that it took is the reason why Lehning compiled a career...
KSHOF induction latest honor for Lehning
Brett Marshall, Associated Press | Oct 5, 2015In her nearly 29 years of life, Sublette’s Shalee Lehning has had more than her share of special moments during her athletic career. Some people might even call it a charmed life. It would be hard to argue with the many special moments. If one were to look at it as charmed, however, the thousands of hours of practice and the dedication that it took is the reason why Lehning compiled a career flooded with highlights. Sunday, at the Scottish Rite Center in downtown Wichita, Lehning’s stellar career had its capstone moment when she joined 10 other sports legends as an inductee into the 2015 Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. “This is such an incredible honor to be with such incredible people being honored here tonight,” Lehning said in her remarks. “I could spend hours talking about all the accomplishments, but I would rather choose to talk about the things that are most important in my life — family, friends, teammates, coaches and my faith.” Through her high school years of 2002 to 2005, Lehning’s Sublette Lady Larks won 52 consecutive basketball games and captured back-to-back Class 2A state championships (2004-05), culminating with a four-year record of 94-6. She was voted Miss Kansas Basketball and won the Gatorade Player of the Year Award her senior year, averaging 30.6 points, 15 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 5.3 steals. “I had some of the best teammates a player could ever hope for,” she said of her Lady Larks. “Those were great times, and some of those girls are still among my closest friends.” Upon high school graduation, Lehning received a scholarship offer from Kansas State University, the school she loved from childhood days when she sat on the bench as a ball girl for the high school boys team at the Class 2A state tournament in Bramlage Coliseum. During her four-year career for the Lady Wildcats, Lehning’s legend grew as she helped lead the team to one Big 12 Championship, two trips to the WNIT and a pair of NCAA berths. She twice was named All-Big 12 first team, and in her senior season earned Honorable Mention All-America honors. In her final home game of her 2009 senior season, Lehning watched on March 1 as her No. 5 jersey was retired to the rafters at Bramlage Coliseum, thus putting her in elite company with the Lady Wildcat greats. K-State was 90-43 during her four-year career. “I want to thank coach (Deb Patterson) for all that she has done to teach me about the value of leadership,” Lehning said of her college coach. Upon completion of her playing days at KSU, she was then selected in the second round of the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream. In her rookie season, Lehning eventually became the starting point guard, and the Dream reached the WNBA Finals a year later with her as the spark plug. Twice in her three seasons, the Dream played for the WNBA title. “I had the opportunity to realize my dream of playing professionally, and I’m grateful for that,” Lehning said. A pair of devastating injuries, one to a shoulder at the end of her rookie season, and the other an ACL tear midway through her third season, cut her professional career short. In January of 2012, she announced her retirement from playing, and moved into the collegiate coaching ranks at her alma mater, where she was on the staff with her college coach, Patterson. Three seasons later, Patterson and the staff was fired by K-State’s athletic director John Currie. Lehning then moved to Greeley, Colo., where she became the associate head coach at the University of Northern Colorado, helping former KSU aide Kamie Ethridge for one season while leading the Lady Grizzlies to one of their best records in school history during the 2014-15 season. In June, Lehning, now 28, resigned her position at UNC and has been exploring career options over the past three-plus months, traveling, visiting family and friends and has begun work on a master’s degree in theological studies. After 22 years of playing nearly year-round sports, and then coaching year-round, too, it was time for a much-needed break to consider her career options down the road. “I’m enjoying my life right now,” Lehning said in a brief post-ceremony interview. “I don’t know where it will lead, but I know by doing this I will give myself a better chance to make the best decision to know where and what God wants me to be to influence others.” In her acceptance speech before a crowd of nearly 300, which included most of her immediate family members, Lehning was ever the gracious person in thanking those who she said made her career possible. First, and foremost, it was about family and faith. “My parents (Steve and Jane), my brother (Matt) and sister (Andrea), they’ve been there every step of the way, and have taught me about faith,” Lehning said. “I have nieces and nephews. The entire family has taught me to make faith a priority.” And then she turned to her coaches, teammates and friends, to express sincere gratitude for all the support through the years. And now that her playing career is but a memory in the rear-view mirror, Lehning said that a person’s playing career has a short shelf life. “I was fortunate to be blessed with great coaches and teammates,” she recalled. “I learned that there are more important things than athletics, and I am fortunate to count many of those not only as coaches and teammates, but also now as close friends.” It was, perhaps, the Lehning way. For her, it has always been about the team, and she credits her coaches and teammates for the success she’s enjoyed and the honors she’s received. “I’ve had people ask me what I wanted for my legacy, and that sometimes is tough to answer,” she said. “I want to be remembered for playing with passion, being a great teammate and giving everything I had.” Lehning said during the last few months of self-introspection, she has learned the importance of slowing down, and living in the moment. “Everybody from Sublette, everybody at K-State that I’ve been touched by, has helped plant seeds of life for me,” Lehning said. “My legacy today would be to strive every day to give glory to God, because he’s got a (long) shelf life.” For the personable Lehning, success has followed her every step of the way, despite some saying a 5-9 guard from the tiny southwest Kansas town of 1,500 could never play Division I basketball. She proved them so wrong. And some of the same persons told her she would never play in the WNBA. Again, she proved the naysayers wrong. One can only imagine if her professional career had not been shortened what she might have achieved at the highest level of women’s basketball. The induction honor perhaps is a fitting close to a chapter that belongs not only to Lehning, her family and friends, and her hometown of Sublette, but also to the next generation of young girls who have adorned their bedroom walls with pictures of Shalee Lehning, who inspired them to work hard and pursue their dreams. She excelled every step of the way. She pursued her dreams, and she lived her dream. Sunday night, she was able to enjoy the celebration of all that dream realized. Now it will be the next chapter of her life that is waiting to be written. The Lehning Legacy Born: October, 28, 1986, Liberal, Kansas High School (2002-2005), Sublette High School 2,510 Points (4th all-time in Kansas history) 1,336 Rebounds; 804 assissts; 543 steals; all rank 1st in Kansas history. 245 assists is single season record. Led Sublette to consecutive 26-0 seasons and Class 2A state championships (2004-05); 4-year record was 94-6. Four-time Garden City Telegram All-Area selection; 2005 Miss Kansas Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year. Averaged 30.6 points, 15 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 5.3 steals in senior season. 7-Time State Track and Field Champion 2003: Class 2A 100m/300m hurdles 2004: Class 2A 100m/300m hurdles; Javelin 2005: Class 2A 100m hurdles; Javelin (147-5 was state class record until 2014) Kansas State University (2006-2009) Led Lady Wildcats to 90-43 record in 4 seasons Big 12 Regular Season Champions, 2008 2-time Big 12 All-Conference 1st team Honorable Mention All-America, 2009 1,189 points (21st); 914 rebounds (4th), 800 assists (1st), 235 steals (5th). 1st player in Big 12 to score 1,000 points, record 900 rebounds and 800 assists (Her assist total is 211 ahead of the next player). Recorded 5 triple doubles (3 in one season) to rank 1st in KSU history, tie 1st in Big 12 history; tie 5th most all-time in NCAA history. Her No. 5 jersey was retired in her final home game on March 1, 2009. Served as an assistant coach at KSU from 2010 (part-time), 2012 (full-time) to 2014. Professional (WNBA) Drafted No. 25 (second round) in 2009 by Atlanta Dream. In parts of 3 seasons, helped Dream to 57-45 record, 2 appearances in WNBA Finals. The season prior and after her playing, the Dream was a combined 23-45. In her 2010 season (only full season due to injuries), she averaged 4.8 assists (No. 1 season avg. in franchise history), led team in assists in 21 of 33 games; had a 2.34 assist/turnover ratio. Her 3.8 assist average over 3 seasons ranks 1st in franchise history; her 327 career assists are No. 3 on Dream list; her 159 assists in 2010 are 2nd most in Dream history. Retired Jan. 31, 2012 due to injuries. Other Honors Inducted into the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame in 2013. Lehning is the sixth athlete from southwest Kansas to be inducted into the KSHOF, including Glenn Cunningham of Elkhart (1961); Otto Schnellbacher of Sublet (1972); Gary Spani of Lakin (2004); Steve Tasker of Leoti (2005); and Gary Bender of Ulysses (2008). In addition to Lehning, the following 10 people also were part of the 2015 KSHOF inductee class, bringing the number of inductees to 248 since the KSHOF was founded in 1961 TERRY BEESON, COFFEYVILLE A native of Coffeyville, Beeson had one of the most heralded football careers in University of Kansas history. Beeson was a four-year letterman at linebacker for the Jayhawks and led the team in tackles in both 1975 and 1976. He was also selected as an All-Big 8 selection in 1976. Beeson was drafted in the second round (41st pick) of the 1976 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks where he played four seasons, including leading the team in tackles for three seasons from 1977 to 1979. KEN BERRY, TOPEKA Berry, a native of Topeka and a 1959 graduate of Washburn Rural High School, made a name for himself in Major League Baseball. A two-sport star in high school, Berry attended Wichita University, now Wichita State University. He was signed by the Chicago White Sox in 1961 and made his debut in the Major Leagues one year later in 1962. Over the next fourteen seasons, Berry played for four teams in the Major Leagues on his way to winning two Gold Glove Awards (1970 and 1972). TRACY BUNGE, UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS Originally from Bartlesville, Okla., Bunge chose to attend the University of Kansas on a softball scholarship in 1982. Bunge led the team in home runs each season, as well as leading the Jayhawks in pitching wins and strikeouts in 1983, 1984, and 1985. Bunge was a three-time All-Big 8 player in 1983, 1985, and 1986, and was a first-team All-American in 1986. Bunge was the head coach of the Jayhawk softball program from 1997 until 2009, posting a career coaching record of 409-345-2 with four appearances in the NCAA Tournament. PAUL COFFMAN, CHASE A native of Chase, Coffman starred at Kansas State University before launching an 11-year NFL career that saw him go from undrafted free agent to NFL Pro Bowler. A three-year letter winner at K-State from 1975 to 1977, Coffman earned first-team All-Big 8 honors as a senior tight end in 1977. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Green Bay Packers in 1977. With 1997 KSHOF Inductee Lynn Dickey at quarterback for the Packers, Coffman quickly became a favorite passing target and was a three-time Pro Bowl selection in 1982, 1983, and 1984. MATHEW “CHIC” DOWNING, ATCHISON From player to coach, Downing of Atchison has been successful in every stop in his storied basketball career. Downing was selected by the New York Knicks in the 1972 NBA Draft before becoming the head basketball coach of Atchison High School in 1975 where he remained as coach until 1992. As a coach, Downing guided Atchison to four state championships. KENNY HARRISON, KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY One of the most decorated athletes in Kansas State University Track and Field history, Harrison, originally from Milwaukee, Wis., smashed school, national, and world records on his way to earning Olympic gold in 1996 with a jump of 59-04.25. Harrison, a long-jump and triple-jump specialist at K-State earned All-America honors all four years in Manhattan from 1985 to 1988. LONNIE KRUSE, STERLING A native of Holyrood, Kruse left a coaching legacy that is unmatched in Kansas history. Kruse attended Sterling College from 1967 to 1971 where he played basketball. Upon completion of his career, Kruse held the school’s record for career scoring with 1,540 points. Kruse returned to his alma mater as head women’s basketball coach in 1981. From 1981 to 2014, Kruse compiled a coaching record of 706-244, the most coaching wins in Kansas women’s basketball history. BRIAN MOORMAN, SEDGWICK The most decorated athlete in Pittsburg State University history, Moorman from Sedgwick, rewrote the record book in two sports for the Gorillas and left a legacy unmatched in school history. Moorman compiled an astounding fourteen All-American selections, including four in football and ten in track, to go along with six Academic All-American selections. Moorman signed a free agent contract with the Seattle Seahawks before playing with the Buffalo Bills. In his 14 NFL seasons, Moorman earned two Pro Bowl selections as a punter. TROY MORRELL, ATWOOD A native of Atwood, Morrell earned All-American status as a lineman at Butler Community College in 1991 before finishing his playing career at Fort Hays State University. Morrell began a coaching career where he first served as an assistant coach and offensive coordinator for two National Championships at Butler Community College in El Dorado in 1998 and 1999 before being promoted to head coach of the Grizzlies in 2000. Over the next fifteen seasons, Morrell racked up twelve KJCCC titles and three NJCAA National Championships in 2003, 2007, and 2008. For his career, Morrell posted a record of 154-22 with a win percentage .880, best in NJCAA history. DICK SANDERS, WICHITA Sanders was a three-sport high school star at Wichita North High School, including leading the school to two mythical state championships in football and baseball in 1949. Sanders continued his playing career at Wichita University, now Wichita State University, where he played quarterback and defensive back on the football team, guard on the basketball team, and shortstop on the baseball team. Sanders signed a professional baseball contract with the New York Yankees in 1952 and played eight seasons with the Yankees and Dodger organizations. Sanders became a football and basketball official and officiated games in the Missouri Valley and Big 8 Conferences. ——— ©2015 The Garden City Telegram (Garden City, Kan.) Visit The Garden City Telegram (Garden City, Kan.) at www.gctelegram.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000008060,t000008056,t000003183,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000046469,t000003194,t000003199,t000045952,t000003277,t000045948,t000003279,t000040506,t000404471,t000027855,t000003142,t000143270,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164,g000224867
Oct 4, 2015
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State tailback Raymond Taylor says he found out Tuesday that his role would increase against Kansas State. Did the news of injuries to Chris Carson and Rennie Childs add a little pep to the walk-on's step? "I wouldn't admit it, but yeah, probably," Taylor said after the Cowboys' 36-34 victory. "It probably did because practice was a lot more excitement, to prepare that I'm...
Oklahoma State football: Walk-on tailback Raymond Taylor scores touchdown against his former school
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 4, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3860633[/img] STILLWATER — Oklahoma State tailback Raymond Taylor says he found out Tuesday that his role would increase against Kansas State. Did the news of injuries to Chris Carson and Rennie Childs add a little pep to the walk-on's step? "I wouldn't admit it, but yeah, probably," Taylor said after the Cowboys' 36-34 victory. "It probably did because practice was a lot more excitement, to prepare that I'm for sure going to be playing." Taylor — a 5-foot-8, 195-pound junior — took full advantage of the opportunity. Facing second-and-goal at the 1-yard line midway through the third quarter, Taylor took a handoff and charged into the heart of the OSU offensive front. It initially appeared Taylor would be stuffed at the line of scrimmage, but a second-effort push made all the difference. He scored and the KSU lead was cut to 28-26. "As I got the ball, all the o-linemen are cutting, so I thought maybe I can just go over," Taylor said. "I gave it a little attempt and I did get stuck, but I could not get stopped right there. I felt somebody on me, so I just pushed them off and just fell end zone." Said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: "I loved it. It was unbelievable. Just a great player. A guy that deserves an opportunity to play and it was great to see him get some action." Taylor, who also scored on a 58-yard run against UTSA, had extra reason to smile postgame. He transferred to OSU after spending the spring 2013 semester as a student at KSU. Taylor was not a member of the football team in Manhattan, Kan., but rushed for 1,469 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Wichita's Collegiate High School. Taylor opened up about his road to OSU with The Oklahoman's John Helsley. Read about it here.
Oct 4, 2015
The Big 12 Conference released a statement Sunday afternoon that acknowledged its field officials and chain crew incorrectly gave Oklahoma State a first down in its 36-34 victory against Kansas State on Saturday. Late in the second quarter, OSU faced first-and-10 from the Kansas State 45-yard line and Cowboy left tackle Victor Salako was called for a 10-yard holding penalty. Three plays later,...
OSU football notebook: Field officials give OSU an extra first down
By Kyle Fredrickson Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 4, 2015The Big 12 Conference released a statement Sunday afternoon that acknowledged its field officials and chain crew incorrectly gave Oklahoma State a first down in its 36-34 victory against Kansas State on Saturday. Late in the second quarter, OSU faced first-and-10 from the Kansas State 45-yard line and Cowboy left tackle Victor Salako was called for a 10-yard holding penalty. Three plays later, facing third-and-23, OSU needed to reach the KSU 35-yard line for a first down. Quarterback Mason Rudolph connected on a 19-yard pass to receiver Marcell Ateman, coming up 4-yards short of the first down. However, the field officials and chain crew gave the Cowboys a first down. Five plays later, Rudolph hit Ateman on an 11-yard touchdown pass to cut KSU's lead to 28-20. Here's the Big 12's release on the incident: "Big 12 Conference supervisor of officials Walt Anderson acknowledges improper first-down distance enforcement occurred during Saturday's K-State at Oklahoma State game. During the second-quarter, with the ball at the K-State 45, OSU was flagged for offensive holding during a 41-yard pass completion. After the 10-yard penalty was marked off, moving the ball back to the OSU 45, the chains were mistakenly set for the yard-to-gain. "Accuracy and adherence to Conference policies and officiating mechanics are vital to the proper administration of the rules in all games," said Anderson. "Disciplinary actions will be addressed with both the field officials and chain crew." Kansas State coach Bill Snyder was asked about the error postgame. "I am trying to think what the official told me about it," Snyder told the Kansas City Star. "I can't remember right now." The field officials roster from Saturday — Referee: Mike Defee; Umpire: Robert Richeson; Linesman: Al Green; Line judge: Quentin Givens; Back judge: Terry Jones; Field Judge: Joe Blubaugh. RAYMOND TAYLOR SCORES AGAINST FORMER SCHOOL OSU tailback Raymond Taylor says he found out Tuesday that his role would increase against Kansas State. Did the news of injuries to Chris Carson and Rennie Childs add a little pep to the walk-on's step? "I wouldn't admit it, but yeah, probably," Taylor said after the Cowboys' 36-34 victory. "It probably did because practice was a lot more excitement, to prepare that I'm for sure going to be playing." Taylor — a 5-foot-8, 195-pound junior — took full advantage of the opportunity. Facing second-and-goal at the 1-yard line midway through the third quarter, Taylor took a handoff and charged into the heart of the OSU offensive front. It initially appeared Taylor would be stuffed at the line of scrimmage, but a second-effort push made all the difference. He scored, and the KSU lead was cut to 28-26. "As I got the ball, all the o-linemen are cutting, so I thought maybe I can just go over," Taylor said. "I gave it a little attempt and I did get stuck, but I could not get stopped right there. I felt somebody on me, so I just pushed them off and just fell end zone." Said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: "I loved it. It was unbelievable. Just a great player. A guy that deserves an opportunity to play and it was great to see him get some action." Taylor, who also scored on a 58-yard run against UTSA, had extra reason to smile postgame. He transferred to OSU after spending the spring 2013 semester as a student at KSU. Taylor was not a member of the football team in Manhattan, Kan., but rushed for 1,469 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Wichita's Collegiate High School. WVU LOOKS TO REBOUND AFTER LOSS AT OKLAHOMA West Virginia fell 44-24 Saturday at Oklahoma to open Big 12 play. WVU quarterback Skyler Howard threw three interceptions and lost two fumbles while the OU quarterback Baker Mayfield passed for 320 yards and three touchdowns. "It comes down to their defense was better than me," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said. "I'm the one calling the plays. Just didn't do a very good job in the fourth quarter of calling plays the way that we need to in order to beat these guys, so this one falls on me." QUOTABLE OSU defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, when asked during Big 12 Media Days in July which road game he was most excited to play this season: “I really want to go back and play West Virginia again, because that really hurt us in the (2013) season. ... That was the year we were supposed to win the Big 12.”
Oct 2, 2015
Officials flagged the Wolves for five major penalties on Westmoore’s final drive, a 72-yard march which sophomore quarterback Braxton Bohrofen capped with a 5-yard touchdown pass to James Palmer with 33.2 seconds left, giving the Jaguars a 24-20 win at Moore Schools Stadium.
High school football: Edmond Santa Fe penalties costly, Wolves lose to Westmoore
By Murray Evans, For The Oklahoman | Oct 2, 2015MOORE — Looking for his team to tie or win the game in the final two minutes, Westmoore coach Adam Gaylor had the Jaguars' offensive drill mapped out. Turned out all they had to do was take what Edmond Santa Fe gave them. Officials flagged the Wolves for five major penalties on Westmoore's final drive, a 72-yard march which sophomore quarterback Braxton Bohrofen capped with a 5-yard touchdown pass to James Palmer with 33.2 seconds left, giving the Jaguars a 24-20 win at Moore Schools Stadium. “There's nothing ugly about winning, ever,” Gaylor said. “They're all beautiful, no matter how you do it. You find a way to do it against an outstanding football team. … James Palmer comes up huge, and Braxton Bohrofen and our offensive line comes up huge there late. “We knew we had to stick with the game plan. We couldn't panic, even when we were two scores down. … We've got to do what we do. We run the football. We've got plenty of time. We've just got to keep chopping away.” No. 9 Westmoore (3-2 overall, 2-0 in District 6AI-1) won despite trailing by 10 points midway through the fourth quarter against a Santa Fe defense that had proved intractable most of the season. But Westmoore running back Mike Hotchkins broke free for a 54-yard gain that set up a 1-yard touchdown run by Daevon Newton with 5:15 left. No. 7 Santa Fe (3-2, 1-1) managed one first down but gave the ball back to Westmoore with 2:04 left. The Wolves then self-destructed, getting penalized for roughing the passer twice, pass interference twice and unsportsmanlike conduct once — 56 yards in all, making Westmoore's job much easier. With all the penalties, the Jaguars needed only five plays to reach the end zone, even with no time-outs left. Bohrofen finished 18-of-34 passing for 166 yards, completing passes to eight different receivers, while Hotchkins carried 19 times for 102 yards and Palmer caught five passes for 89 yards. “Coach told us to keep hitting our holes and trust in our line and trust what they're trying to do,” Hotchkins said. “He just said it was going to break out soon, and as you can tell, it did. We weren't too worried about being stopped a few times. We just went out there to run the next play.” Santa Fe lost despite a strong night by tailback Darran Williams, who carried 28 times for 131 yards and two touchdowns. His second score, a 3-yard run with 6:43 left in the third quarter, put the Wolves up 20-10 and ended a four-play, 52-yard drive on which he carried the ball on each snap. Trent Yarnell picked up a fumble by Westmoore receiver Deshawn Lookout and returned it 13 yards to the Westmoore 22 to set up Santa Fe's first score, a 1-yard run by Williams. Lookout was injured on the play and didn't return. An interception by defensive lineman Noel Maul gave Westmoore the ball at the Santa Fe 46, and the Jaguars moved to the 5 on a trick play, with receiver Braden Clifton hitting James Palmer for 41 yards. But the Wolves' defense stiffened and on fourth-and-goal from the 1, Santa Fe's Dillon Hall stuffed Newton just shy of the goal line. Westmoore drove 79 yards in eight plays for its lone first-half score. Bohrofen went 7-for-7 passing on the drive, capped by a 12-yard touchdown toss to Derrick Ortiz to tie the game. Santa Fe took over at its own 20 with 47.5 seconds left in the half and caught the Jaguars' secondary sleeping, as Rasmussen found Dylan Williams open 15 yards behind the nearest defender. Dylan Williams raced the rest of the way for the touchdown that gave the Wolves a 14-7 lead. A 30-yard field goal by Javier Aguilar pulled Westmoore within 14-10 with 8:05 left in the third quarter.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — TJ Carrie admits he was a little apprehensive when the Oakland Raiders coaches came to him last week to talk about playing safety.With good reason.Carrie hadn't played the position since high school, lining up exclusively as a cornerback for his four years in college at Ohio as well as his first season-plus as a pro with the Raiders.But with starter Nate Allen sidelined...
Raiders CB TJ Carrie fares well in switch to safety
By JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Oct 1, 2015ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — TJ Carrie admits he was a little apprehensive when the Oakland Raiders coaches came to him last week to talk about playing safety. With good reason. Carrie hadn't played the position since high school, lining up exclusively as a cornerback for his four years in college at Ohio as well as his first season-plus as a pro with the Raiders. But with starter Nate Allen sidelined by a knee injury and more depth at cornerback than safety, the Raiders decided to move Carrie to safety last week. It paid off. "You're definitely going to be hesitant because you're going into a zone you haven't practiced and aren't comfortable with as much," Carrie said. "But being athletes that we are, you're able to adjust to the situation and understand they wouldn't have put you back there if they didn't think you had the skill set to do it. The more and more I practiced it last week I got more comfortable and I was able to go out there and provide some plays." With Allen out at least until November with a knee injury, Carrie could be seeing more time at safety in the coming weeks. He has practiced with the safeties during the open portions of practice this week and could play there again on Sunday at Chicago. Coach Jack Del Rio said the decision will depend in part on matchups but he was pleased with how Carrie fared his first shot at safety and is happy with the versatility it gives the defense. "He's a smart, tough football player," Del Rio said. "He has good cover ability, solid tackler. It was an opportunity to get him involved and get some other people on the field as well." The Raiders struggled in the secondary after Allen got hurt early in the season opener against Cincinnati. Taylor Mays was signed off the street and started the next game against Baltimore only to get pulled at halftime for Larry Asante. Mays did not play at all on defense the next game with Asante serving as a reserve. With Carrie moved to safety, Neiko Thorpe took over as a starting cornerback alongside DJ Hayden and recently signed David Amerson came on as a reserve. Carrie enjoyed the move although there was an adjustment in terms of learning which angles to take, what players to key on and the need to focus on the entire field instead of a smaller slice as a cornerback. Making the transition easier was the fact that the Raiders have a coach and player who successfully made the same move in their careers. Assistant Rod Woodson came into the NFL as a cornerback and was an All-Pro five times at the position before switching to safety midway through his career. He made All-Pro at his new position and played in two Super Bowls, solidifying a Hall of Fame career. Oakland safety Charles Woodson made a similar transition three years ago in Green Bay. After being a top-flight cornerback and winning AP Defensive Player of the Year as a cornerback in 2009, Charles Woodson moved to safety his final year in Green Bay in 2012 and stayed there for the past three years with the Raiders. Both Woodsons and safety coach Marcus Robertson, an All-Pro at the position himself, gave Carrie plenty of helpful pointers. "They all have a lot of experience playing in the back end," Carrie said. "I'm able to pick their brains and understand what I need to be looking at, what angles I need to be taking, how far my depth needs to be, all the little intricacies of the position. I can go to them and ask and they've been very helpful with that." ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Sep 30, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Sep 30, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 565-151 (78.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A LAWTON 49, Enid 20 SOUTHMOORE 44, Owasso 38 TULSA WASHINGTON 48, Sapulpa 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Yukon 24 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 56, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 2A HENRYETTA 40, Beggs JV 8 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, BIXBY 27 SAND SPRINGS 35, Claremore 17 Edmond Santa Fe 21, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton Ike 28, CANYON CREEK, TEXAS 14 Moore 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 Mustang 41, PC NORTH 14 JENKS 56, Norman 7 MUSKOGEE 24, Ponca City 17 BROKEN ARROW 45, Putnam City 16 CHOCTAW 38, Putnam West 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Stillwater 13 Tulsa Union 49, NORMAN NORTH 28 Class 5A Altus 34, LAWTON MACARTHUR 31 Ardmore 48, CHICKASHA 8 Carl Albert 42, GUYMON 6 Collinsville 20, TAHLEQUAH 13 Deer Creek 24, McGUINNESS 20 DEL CITY 28, Duncan 21 TULSA MEMORIAL 35, Durant 17 Guthrie 38, PIEDMONT 7 Noble 41, TULSA HALE 12 EL RENO 45, Northwest 6 Pryor 28, GROVE 21 Skiatook 27, SHAWNEE 24 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Southeast 30 COWETA 28, Tulsa East Central 13 McALESTER 14, Tulsa Kelley 7 Class 4A Ada 49, McLOUD 13 Anadarko 35, CLINTON 14 TUTTLE 30, Bristow 6 Broken Bow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 WAGONER 34, Cascia Hall 17 Cleveland 28, CATOOSA 21 ELK CITY 38, Elgin 13 Harrah 42, GLENPOOL 35 OOLOGAH 40, Miami 20 Muldrow 31, STILWELL 7 WOODWARD 35, Newcastle 10 METRO CHR. 28, Poteau 27 Tulsa Central 27, SALLISAW 22 Vinita 37, TULSA McLAIN 33 Weatherford 20, CACHE 13 Class 3A Bethany 49, BRIDGE CREEK 7 SEMINOLE 48, Bethel 14 HERITAGE HALL 56, Blackwell 6 PERKINS 42, Centennial 12 VICTORY CHR. 35, Checotah 28 Cushing 24, KINGFISHER 16 Douglass 44, MEEKER 34 Eufaula 21, SPIRO 20 Hilldale 37, MORRIS 7 Idabel 28, STIGLER 24 Inola 34, SEQ. CLAREMORE 6 Jones 41, PURCELL 14 TULSA WEBSTER 30, Kellyville 13 WESTVILLE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 48, SPERRY 14 Little Axe 38, U.S. GRANT 12 Locust Grove 54, DEWEY 7 PLAINVIEW 44, Lone Grove 41 DICKSON 35, Madill 34 BLANCHARD 21, Marlow 20 JOHN MARSHALL 50, Mount St. Mary 7 BEGGS 28, Okmulgee 6 Pauls Valley 27, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 32, TULSA ROGERS 12 Seq. Tahlequah 35, JAY 13 Sulphur 40, COMANCHE 8 HEAVENER 20, Valliant 6 BERRYHILL 28, Verdigris 12 Class 2A Alva 28, NEWKIRK 13 HASKELL 42, Chelsea 7 Chisholm 35, WATONGA 6 MORRISON 27, Chr. Heritage 20 Coalgate 18, HUGO 14 Colcord 35, CHOUTEAU 20 Commerce 40, CANEY VALLEY 7 MILLWOOD 56, Crooked Oak 6 Davis 34, MARIETTA 22 LINDSAY 32, Dibble 14 LEXINGTON 20, Elmore City 16 WALTERS 28, Frederick 21 WASHINGTON 35, Hobart 7 STROUD 38, Holdenville 13 ADAIR 52, Kansas 8 Kingston 44, TISHOMINGO 12 VIAN 35, Liberty 6 LUTHER 56, Northeast 6 Okemah 28, PRAGUE 24 Oklahoma Christian 42, WELLSTON 7 NOWATA 33, Oklahoma Union 6 HARTSHORNE 27, Panama 22 WYANDOTTE 21, Pawhuska 20 PAWNEE 28, Perry 14 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 16 Salina 31, HULBERT 21 HENNESSEY 34, Tonkawa 18 Wewoka 38, CHANDLER 34 ATOKA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A MOORELAND 30, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cashion 49, OKEENE 7 RUSH SPRINGS 32, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 42, QUINTON 14 Cordell 42, CARNEGIE 35 CROSSINGS CHR. 21, Crescent 14 HEALDTON 38, Empire 13 Fairview 28, BEAVER 24 AFTON 35, Foyil 8 TALIHINA 42, Gore 0 HOLLIS 44, Hinton 13 Hominy 41, BARNSDALL 20 Hooker 35, SAYRE 14 Ketchum 28, REJOICE CHR. 24 Kiefer 49, YALE 6 STRATFORD 56, Konawa 7 Mounds 22, DRUMRIGHT 16 Oklahoma Bible 28, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 21 Quapaw 21, BAXTER SPRINGS, ARK. 17 MANGUM 34, Snyder 24 FAIRLAND 28, Summit Christian 14 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 Velma-Alma 42, WILSON 7 Warner 22, PORTER 14 COMMUNITY CHR. 28, WAYNE 27 MINCO 32, Wynnewood 28 Class B Alex 60, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Allen 54, STROTHER 8 KEOTA 52, Arkoma 6 Caddo 42, GANS 22 DEWAR 56, Canadian 6 WAURIKA 58, Cyril 12 GARBER 54, DC-Lamont 48 Geary 40, MAUD 28 Maysville 48, MACOMB 8 Merritt 52, CANTON 6 Pioneer 48, SEILING 44 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, LAVERNE 40 Porum 38, HAILEYVILLE 34 DAVENPORT 48, South Coffeyville 12 Turpin 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 6 WELCH 28, Watts 22 Waukomis 60, RINGWOOD 12 OAKS 42, Wesleyan Christian 28 WELEETKA 50, Wetumka 20 DEPEW 44, Woodland 34 Class C WAYNOKA 46, Balko 42 Boise City 34, MELROSE N.M. 28 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Bokoshe 0 Bowlegs 28, PAOLI 22 MEDFORD 50, Copan 20 Corn Bible 48, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 28 BLUEJACKET 34, Covington-Douglas 24 Grandfield 56, DUKE 6 COYLE 48, Regent Prep 8 BUFFALO 56, Sharon-Mutual 44 CHEROKEE 34, Shattuck 28 FOX 60, SW Covenant 14 RYAN 34, Temple 20 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 54, PRUE 8 Webbers Falls 36, SASAKWA 16 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 56, Cement 6 HOLLAND HALL 28, Dallas Greenhill 7 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 60, Destiny Chr. 48 CLAREMORE CHR. 54, Eagle Point Chr. 6 CASADY 35, Fort Worth County Day 14 Immanuel Christian 38, LIFE CHR. 8 TULSA NOAH 34, Lighthouse Christian 21 Saturday's Games Independent Mississippi Deaf 48, OSD 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 26, 2015
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock ran for two touchdowns and threw for another one during a first half in which Michigan did all of its scoring in a 31-0 rout against No. 22 BYU on Saturday.The Wolverines (3-1) have won three straight under Jim Harbaugh after their season-opening loss at Utah. They were 1-9 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents, and had won just three of 22 games...
Michigan routs No. 22 BYU 31-0, a rare win over ranked team
By LARRY LAGE, Associated Press | Sep 26, 2015ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Rudock ran for two touchdowns and threw for another one during a first half in which Michigan did all of its scoring in a 31-0 rout against No. 22 BYU on Saturday. The Wolverines (3-1) have won three straight under Jim Harbaugh after their season-opening loss at Utah. They were 1-9 in their last 10 games against ranked opponents, and had won just three of 22 games against teams in The Associated Press poll since midway through the 2009 season. The Cougars (2-2) have back-to-back losses, including a one-point setback at then-No. 10 UCLA. That came after they beat then-No. 20 Boise State by double digits and Nebraska on a Hail Mary. De'Veon Smith ran for 125 yards on 16 carries, including a tackle-breaking, 60-yard touchdown before leaving the game late in the third quarter after appearing to hurt his right ankle. Rudock, who avoided turnovers that plagued his first three games, was 14 of 25 yards for 125 yards and a TD. He ran for 3- and 17-yard scores on plays that were designed for a passes, helping Michigan lead 31-0 at halftime. Instead of forcing passes, he threw the ball away or ran it himself. He threw a 4-yard TD to Amara Darboh to put the Wolverines ahead 14-0 early in the second. On their next drive, Smith ran into the middle of the line and looked like he was in a rugby scrum before emerging from the pack and using a stiff-arm and spin move to break free of defensive back Michael Davis. After being evaluated in the locker room, Smith was wearing a walking boot as a precaution. BYU quarterback Tanner Mangum looked like a freshman for the first time this season. Mangum was 12 of 28 for just 55 yards. Entering the game, Mangum had completed 63 percent of his passes for 664 yards with four TDs in two-plus games in place of injured teammate Taysom Hill. The Cougars averaged 310 yards passing and 122 yards rushing against three notable opponents entering the game and were held to fewer than 100 yards until the final minute. Former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter, who attended the University of Michigan briefly and went to high school in Kalamazoo, Mich., was at the game and was given a blue jersey with No. 2 and Jeter in maize by Harbaugh before kickoff. ___ AP college football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org ___ Follow Larry Lage at http://www.twitter.com/larrylage
Sep 25, 2015
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The Oklahoman's Week 4 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 25, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 133-37 (78.2 pct.) Overall record: 422-120 (77.9 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Lawton 35, PC West 20 Class 3A Heritage Hall 56, CENTENNIAL 6 Class 2A Colcord 28, TAHLEQUAH JV 21 Millwood 35, OCS 28 Wellston 42, NORTHEAST 28 Class C Ryan 44, CEMENT 20 Independent Osd 60, KANSAS DEAF 22 CAPITOL HILL 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, CLAREMORE 21 Broken Arrow 50, YUKON 17 Choctaw 28, ENID 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 24, Ed. Memorial 21 MUSTANG 35, Edmond North 14 Jenks 49, PUTNAM CITY 21 Midwest City 44, LAWTON IKE 6 Muskogee 28, SAPULPA 21 OWASSO 35, Norman North 34 TULSA UNION 56, PC North 12 BARTLESVILLE 27, Sand Springs 24 Southmoore 38, MOORE 20 Tulsa Washington 42, PONCA CITY 21 STILLWATER 55, U.S. Grant 6 Westmoore 35, NORMAN 7 Class 5A DUNCAN 28, Chickasha 14 COLLINSVILLE 35, Coweta 20 ARDMORE 42, Del City 38 ALTUS 44, El Reno 16 Grove 28, TULSA NOAH 21 Guymon 35, SOUTHEAST 28 Lawton MacArthur 55, NW CLASSEN 8 McAlester 42, DURANT 20 GUTHRIE 14, McGuinness 10 DEER CREEK 35, Piedmont 10 Shawnee 28, NOBLE 21 Tahlequah 21, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 20 Tulsa Edison 31, PRYOR 28 SKIATOOK 49, Tulsa Hale 0 TULSA KELLEY 20, Tulsa Memorial 14 CARL ALBERT 42, Western Heights 14 Class 4A Broken Bow 27, TULSA CENTRAL 22 Cache 21, NEWCASTLE 14 Cascia Hall 35, MIAMI 24 Catoosa 28, TULSA McLAIN 13 WEATHERFORD 27, Clinton 20 ANADARKO 35, Elk City 28 ADA 24, Glenpool 17 HARRAH 42, McLoud 14 WAGONER 28, Oologah 21 Poteau 30, MULDROW 20 Sallisaw 14, FORT GIBSON 7 METRO CHR. 44, Stilwell 16 Tuttle 35, TECUMSEH 7 CLEVELAND 42, Vinita 35 Woodward 28, ELGIN 20 Class 3A HILLDALE 24, Beggs 21 Berryhill 28, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Bridge Creek 22 MARLOW 28, Comanche 13 SULPHUR 27, Dickson 21 Heavener 20, EUFAULA 17 Idabel 42, CHECOTAH 28 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 27 John Marshall 30, BLANCHARD 14 Kingfisher 42, MANNFORD 14 Lincoln Christian 49, VERDIGRIS 6 LONE GROVE 48, Madill 14 BETHANY 35, Meeker 28 TULSA ROGERS 30, Morris 12 BLACKWELL 20, Pawnee 16 CUSHING 32, Perkins 20 DOUGLASS 34, Plainview 22 Purcell 21, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seminole 28, LITTLE AXE 21 Seq. Tahlequah 22, INOLA 18 Sperry 20, KELLYVILLE 12 ROLAND 21, Spiro 14 Star Spencer 20, BETHEL 18 Stigler 34, VALLIANT 6 DEWEY 16, Tulsa Webster 14 Victory Christian 48, OKMULGEE 14 LOCUST GROVE 49, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 42, SALINA 14 PANAMA 26, Antlers 20 PAWHUSKA 20, Caney Valley 13 Chandler 48, HENRYETTA 28 Chelsea 22, OKLAHOMA UNION 18 HASKELL 35, Chouteau 16 Hartshorne 34, LIBERTY 7 Hennessey 28, ALVA 21 Hollis 30, HOBART 14 ATOKA 14, Hugo 13 Hulbert 28, KANSAS 7 Lindsay 42, FREDERICK 16 Luther 44, CHR. HERITAGE 31 KINGSTON 34, Marietta 12 CHISHOLM 35, Newkirk 7 Nowata 21, COMMERCE 6 Okeene 34, CROOKED OAK 28 WARNER 21, Pocola 20 Prague 28, WEWOKA 27 Stroud 21, OKEMAH 14 Tishomingo 24, COALGATE 20 Tonkawa 26, PERRY 21 Vian 28, WILBURTON 14 Walters 34, DIBBLE 20 Washington 49, LEXINGTON 13 Wyandotte 35, AFTON 34 Class A KIEFER 49, Barnsdall 7 Beaver 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Carnegie 34, SNYDER 28 Community Christian 21, ELMORE CITY 20 Cordell 40, HINTON 28 Crescent 42, CRESCENT 35 Crossings Chr. 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 HOMINY 21, Drumright 7 Empire 20, CENTRAL MARLOW 14 FOYIL 14, Fairland 7 VELMA-ALMA 24, Healdton 21 Ketchum 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 APACHE 34, Mangum 24 Minco 35, WAYNE 21 Mooreland 38, FAIRVIEW 18 Morrison 28, MOUNDS 7 WATONGA 29, Okla. Christian Aca. 23 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Porter 12 Quinton 28, GORE 6 Rejoice Christian 21, QUAPAW 7 TEXHOMA 24, Sayre 14 Stratford 48, RUSH SPRINGS 8 Talihina 28, SAVANNA 7 Thomas 27, HOOKER 20 RINGLING 42, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 35, KONAWA 0 Class B ALLEN 52, Bray-Doyle 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Canton 12 Davenport 54, WOODLAND 8 Depew 48, WATTS 0 Dewar 58, WETUMKA 12 Gans 34, CANADIAN 28 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 30, Garber 24 CADDO 56, Haileyville 12 Keota 60, PORUM 6 WAUKOMIS 42, Kremlin-Hillsdale 26 LAVERNE 38, Laverne 30 ALEX 60, Macomb 6 MAYSVILLE 34, Maud 30 Oaks 40, WEBBERS FALLS 20 MERRITT 32, Ringwood 28 TURPIN 44, Seiling 34 CYRIL 28, Strother 20 Waurika 42, GEARY 36 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Welch 20 Weleetka 44, ARKOMA 28 Class C Bluejacket 42, COPAN 6 Boise City 48, ROLLA, KAN. 0 BALKO 44, Buffalo 8 THACKERVILLE 38, Cave Springs 28 Cherokee 64, WAYNOKA 18 COV.-DOUGLAS 48, Claremore Chr. 30 Coyle 54, TIMBERLAKE 6 Fox 50, BOWLEGS 0 DUKE 48, Life Christian 0 Medford 42, WRIGHT CHR. 34 Mt. View-Gotebo 34, TEMPLE 26 OKC Patriots 38, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Paoli 28, MIDWAY 24 DC-LAMONT 50, Prue 0 Sasakwa 28, BOKOSHE 16 SW Covenant 48, CORN BIBLE 42 GRANDFIELD 44, Tipton 24 SHATTUCK 64, Tyrone 30 Independent Casady 31, DALLAS ST. MARKS 28 Holland Hall 35, TRINITY VALLEY 27 Regent Prep 48, IMMANUEL CHR. 20 *Home team in CAPS
Shawnee would hold onto the ball in the second half, and a pounding running game took over as the visiting Wolves pulled away for a 49-28 win.
High school football: Shawnee beats Noble in turnover-filled game
By Richard Stroud, For The Oklahoman | Sep 25, 2015NOBLE — For most of the first half, the Shawnee Wolves were their own worst enemies. Shawnee's offense ran up and down the field during the first two quarters of its District 5A-3 football opener at Noble, but four turnovers, including three deep in Noble territory, helped the Bears to a six-point halftime lead. But Shawnee would hold onto the ball in the second half, and a pounding running game took over as the visiting Wolves pulled away for a 49-28 win. “We had four (turnovers) in the first quarter,” Shawnee coach Billy Brown said. “We can't spot (Noble) anyone four turnovers. We didn't play well in the first half, but the kids fought back and did what they had to do to win the game.” Malik Tate had 192 yards on 21 carries for the Wolves (2-1 overall, 1-0 in District 5A-3), 114 of those yards coming in the second half. Jack Diamond threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns for Shawnee. The Bears used Shawnee's turnovers to get out to an early lead. Michael Murphy took a wide receiver screen 72 yards for a score on the second play of the game, and the Bears (3-1, 0-1) would lead by as much as 14 early in the second quarter. But the Bears would end up with seven turnovers themselves, including five interceptions by quarterback Baehlor Buol, three of those coming in the first half. Buol threw for 305 of his 405 yards in the first half. Diamond closed the first half with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Strayhorn to make it 21-15 with just over two minutes left in the second quarter. The junior quarterback gave the Wolves their first lead of the game with a twisting, 5-yard run to make it 22-21 midway through the third. Shawnee would score on four straight possessions in the second half, while Noble had three straight turnovers, resulting in a 42-21 Shawnee lead with just under 10 minutes left to play. In addition to the 12 turnovers, the two teams combined for 19 penalties for 180 yards. Shawnee will host Skiatook next week in a pivotal district showdown, while Noble will travel to Tulsa to take on Hale.
Heavy thunderstorms hovered over the area much of the night, preventing several games from ever getting started. Guthrie and Sand Springs had their game called midway through the second quarter.
High school football: Weather cancellations costly for several teams
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 19, 2015The Guthrie football buses pulled back into the high school Friday night about the same time they would've on the night of a normal road game. But the Bluejays' trip to Sand Springs wasn't even remotely normal, with the teams spending more time in the locker room than on the field. The same goes for dozens of teams who played — or tried to play — in the Tulsa area Friday night. Heavy thunderstorms hovered over the area much of the night, preventing several games from ever getting started. Guthrie and Sand Springs had their game called midway through the second quarter. Millwood and Cascia Hall had theirs stopped at the end of the first quarter. Lawton and Sapulpa were among the teams to never play a down, with the game being called two hours after its scheduled start time — sending Lawton back on its 175-mile drive home. Knowing some of the stories of other games, Guthrie coach Kelly Beeby was happy his players at least got a little action. “I hate the fact that we didn't get to play a full game, but given the conditions and the situation, I think it went about as well as it could've,” Beeby said. “Both our administrations and both coaching staffs decided we would get what we could, and if we couldn't finish it, we couldn't finish it.” With Friday representing the end of non-district play for most teams, the idea of backing games up to Saturday wasn't a viable option, particularly in games where one team had traveled a significant distance. For Millwood, the cancellation was another obstacle in a challenging non-district season. The Falcons didn't get to play their season-opener against Star Spencer after a scheduling mix-up led to the officials being scheduled for the wrong night. Now, the Falcons head into their district opener at Oklahoma Christian on Thursday having played just five quarters through the first three weeks of the season. “We needed every snap we could get,” Millwood coach Darwin Franklin said. “We need to get up to game speed, and work out some kinks. “After the first quarter, some more lighting and stuff came through, so we were gonna have to wait another 30 minutes. Our administration made the call to come home, because of what time we'd be getting back, and all those things.” The Tulsa Union-Broken Arrow game was rescheduled for Saturday night, but virtually every other non-district game that couldn't be completed was called off, capping a long, frustrating evening for hundreds of players, coaches and fans. “We got to the stadium about 4:40, just like we always do,” Beeby said. “We were able to go through our entire pregame, and as we were heading off with about 15 minutes left before kick, they said we'd have to push it back to 7:30. Then they said 8. We finally kicked about 9:04. “The officials did a great job of getting the ball marked quickly, and letting the kids play, but still maintaining safety. They let us get as much football in as we could.”
Sep 16, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 ...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 16, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 131-45 (74.4 pct.) Overall record: 289-83 (77.7 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Moore 28, NORMAN 21 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 63, Crooked Oak 0 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 14 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 14 Class C GRANDFIELD 54, Walters JV 6 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 35, SPRINGDALE, ARK 28 SILOAM SPRINGS, ARK. 31, Claremore 27 Deer Creek 34, YUKON 27 MUSTANG 38, Edmond Memorial 24 SOUTHMOORE 35, Edmond Santa Fe 14 BARTLESVILLE 28, Enid 7 Guthrie 27, SAND SPRINGS 24 Lawton 35, SAPULPA 14 Lawton Mac 44, LAWTON IKE 17 Midwest City 34, DEL CITY 32 FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 24, Muskogee 20 JENKS 34, Owasso 10 PUTNAM CITY WEST 28, Putnam City 27 CHOCTAW 27, PC North 14 Shawnee 35, PONCA CITY 31 Stillwater 21, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, T. East Central 14 Tulsa Union 24, BROKEN ARROW 21 NORMAN NORTH 42, Westmoore 28 Class 5A Ada 28, DURANT 14 Altus 32, ELK CITY 24 Cache 24, CHICKASHA 17 TULSA KELLEY 20, Coweta 14 Dalhart, Texas 35, GUYMON 13 CARL ALBERT 21, Duncan 18 WESTERN HEIGHTS 35, El Reno 27 ARDMORE 22, Gainesville, Texas 14 CATOOSA 27, Grove 13 McAlester 28, PRYOR 12 Noble 42, PIEDMONT 24 COLLINSVILLE 28, Skiatook 27 Tahlequah 21, SALLISAW 14 Tulsa Central 42, NORTHWEST 7 TULSA EDISON 45, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Memorial 48, TULSA NOAH 12 SOUTHEAST 35, U.S. Grant 22 McGUINNESS 28, Weatherford 21 Class 4A Blanchard 21, NEWCASTLE 20 CUSHING 20, Cleveland 17 Clinton 34, PLAINVIEW 21 VINITA 28, Dewey 14 WAGONER 42, Fort Gibson 21 OOLOGAH 28, Glenpool 20 Hilldale 35, TULSA McLAIN 12 Locust Grove 49, STILWELL 20 BRISTOW 20, Mannford 13 SEMINOLE 28, McLoud 20 NOWATA 21, Miami 14 CASCIA HALL 27, Millwood 22 Muldrow 30, HEAVENER 14 HARRAH 35, Perkins 21 Poteau 28, CAMPUS, KAN. 6 METRO CHR. 41, Seq. Claremore 16 BROKEN BOW 24, Seq. Tahlequah 20 MEEKER 42, Tecumseh 21 WOODWARD 34, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tuttle 35, ELGIN 13 Class 3A Adair 35, VERDIGRIS 14 BERRYHILL 28, Beggs 21 TONKAWA 16, Blackwell 14 SULPHUR 28, Bridge Creek 21 TULSA WEBSTER 35, Capitol Hill 12 WYNNEWOOD 34, Centennial 14 Chandler 48, LITTLE AXE 28 Checotah 21, EUFAULA 20 Comanche 27, FREDERICK 21 HERITAGE HALL 49, Davis 26 Haskell 21, SPIRO 7 EVANGEL CHR. (LA.) 35, Idabel 20 GRAVETTE, ARK. 28, Jay 18 Jones 35, HENNESSEY 21 Kellyville 20, LIBERTY 14 BETHANY 27, Kingfisher 14 Kingston 28, MADILL 13 PURCELL 30, Lexington 20 Lone Grove 38, SANGER, TEXAS 31 WASHINGTON 34, Marlow 21 Mount St. Mary 20, DICKSON 16 Okemah 42, MORRIS 14 LINCOLN CHR. 41, Oklahoma Christian 20 LINDSAY 28, Pauls Valley 27 Prague 30, BETHEL 18 Roland 27, OKMULGEE 7 VICTORY CHR. 48, Shiloh Christian 28 Sperry 21, INOLA 20 DOUGLASS 40, Star Spencer 21 Stigler 20, HENRYETTA 16 HUGO 27, Valliant 7 Vian 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 12 Westville 42, KANSAS 7 Class 2A Alva 28, HOBART 14 Antlers 34, ATOKA 12 DRUMRIGHT 21, Caney Valley 6 Chouteau 20, PORTER 14 Chr. Heritage 30, TALIHINA 24 HARTSHORNE 35, Coalgate 7 Commerce 42, COLCORD 12 Holdenville 28, WELLSTON 21 CASHION 42, Luther 35 Marionville, Mo. 28, WYANDOTTE 14 HULBERT 21, Mounds 14 OKEENE 20, Newkirk 7 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 35, Northeast 28 Oklahoma Union 28, FAIRLAND 8 HOMINY 22, Pawhuska 16 STROUD 30, Perry 12 QUINTON 13, Pocola 7 Ringling 20, MARIETTA 0 Salina 22, CHELSEA 6 CHISHOLM 28, Thomas 27 Tishomingo 32, HEALDTON 28 Walters 35, SNYDER 13 PANAMA 21, Warner 14 Wayne 28, DIBBLE 21 STRATFORD 38, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 22, SAVANNA 16 PAWNEE 28, Yale 6 Class A REJOICE CHR. 35, Barnsdall 7 CORDELL 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 CARNEGIE 34, Central Marlow 8 Central Sallisaw 42, FOYIL 16 APACHE 44, Crossings Christian 34 HINTON 21, Empire 14 Fairview 28, WATONGA 21 KETCHUM 42, Gore 8 Hollis 48, BEAVER 6 Hooker 35, SYRACUSE, KAN. 12 Mangum 30, SAYRE 6 Mooreland 35, CRESCENT 14 Morrison 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 16 MINCO 42, Rush Springs 6 COMMUNITY CHR. 38, Summit Christian 12 Texhoma 24, VEGA, TEXAS 20 Velma-Alma 28, ELMORE CITY 6 KONAWA 21, Wilson 20 Class B ALEX 42, Allen 14 DEWAR 56, Arkoma 6 CADDO 44, Canadian 6 Cyril 50, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DAVENPORT 54, Garber 8 Geary 42, STROTHER 12 Keota 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 Maud 54, MACOMB 8 Maysville 48, WAURIKA 28 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 42, Merritt 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Pioneer 34 WELEETKA 48, Porum 0 Ringwood 34, CANTON 14 OAKS 44, South Coffeyville 20 LAVERNE 56, Turpin 44 WOODLAND 38, Watts 18 SEILING 56, Waukomis 6 COYLE 64, Welch 12 DEPEW 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C DESTINY CHR. 48, Bokoshe 8 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Bowlegs 6 Cherokee 48, TYRONE 0 TIPTON 48, Corn Bible 12 Covington-Douglas 42, COPAN 16 DC-Lamont 54, MEDFORD 8 CAVE SPRINGS 48, Midway 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 38, Mt. View-Gotebo 28 FOX 54, Paoli 0 CLAREMORE CHR. 48, Prue 0 THACKERVILLE 56, Sasakwa 6 Shattuck 48, BOISE CITY 34 SW Covenant 28, RYAN 24 Temple 44, DUKE 6 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 14 Waynoka 38, BUFFALO 26 Independent Arlington Oakridge 31, HOLLAND HALL 21 EAGLE POINT CHR. 28, Cement 20 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Life Christian 14 OKC PATRIOTS 28, SeeWorth Aca. 8 CASADY 21, Trinity Valley 14 Saturday's Games Independent Immanuel Chr. 34, CORNERSTONE CHR. 22 OSD 40, Louisiana Deaf 28 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 12, 2015
COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Johnson and Bowling Green's high-tempo offense are dangerous enough without extra possessions.Combine the two, and you get Saturday's fourth quarter.Johnson set career highs with six touchdowns and 491 passing yards, the defense forced four turnovers and Bowling Green pulled away for a 48-27 victory over Maryland."When you give us turnovers, you're playing with...
Johnson's career day leads Bowling Green past Maryland 48-27
By IAN QUILLEN, Associated Press | Sep 12, 2015COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Matt Johnson and Bowling Green's high-tempo offense are dangerous enough without extra possessions. Combine the two, and you get Saturday's fourth quarter. Johnson set career highs with six touchdowns and 491 passing yards, the defense forced four turnovers and Bowling Green pulled away for a 48-27 victory over Maryland. "When you give us turnovers, you're playing with dynamite," said Bowling Green coach Dino Babers, whose team has gained 1,268 yards on offense over the first two weeks of the season. Roger Lewis caught two touchdown passes on a career-high 200 yards through the air, and Johnson also connected with Robbie Rhodes, Ryan Burbrink, Derek Lee and Gehrig Dieter. The win is Bowling Green's second in as many seasons against a Big Ten foe, and its first on the road against a Power Five conference opponent since 2008. "The feeling is unbelievable," said Johnson, who completed four of his TD passes in the fourth quarter. He surpassed a previous career high of 424 passing yards set in last week's loss against No. 23 Tennessee. The Falcons (1-1) made three late interceptions, with Denard Turner swiping two and Clint Stephens snatching the other, in a game delayed 55 minutes at halftime for inclement weather. Fred Coppet ran for 109 yards on 15 carries and Travis Greene added a rushing touchdown for the Falcons, who trailed 10-0 after the first quarter and 13-6 at halftime despite dominating possession throughout the contest. Bowling Green outgained Maryland 692-341, and ran 105 plays to Maryland's 59. The outcome might've been more lopsided if not for two turnovers on downs in Maryland territory before halftime, and two missed field goals by Tyler Tate. "A lot of things went wrong from a lot of different players," said Johnson, who completed 36 of 55 passes and threw one interception. "We were able to regain our focus in the second half, and we came out and made plays." Maryland quarterback Perry Hills threw for two touchdowns and ran for 94 yards, but was removed midway through the fourth quarter as the Terrapins (1-1) fell to 8-2 against nonconference opposition since the start of the 2013 season. Hills completed 15 of 30 passes for 168 yards and was intercepted once. Backup quarterback Caleb Rowe threw two picks in three passing attempts. William Likely returned a punt for a touchdown for the second time in as many games, but also muffed a punt after halftime that set up Greene's touchdown run. "Team loss today," Maryland coach Randy Edsall said. "Offense, defense, special teams and coaching all contributed to it. Bowling Green took the lead for good on Johnson's second connection with Lewis, a 27-yard fade route that made it 34-27 midway through the fourth quarter and punctuated a seven-play, 73-yard drive. Lewis outmaneuvered cornerback Sean Davis to make the catch, completing an exceptional day. "I haven't had a game like this since high school," said Lewis. "Matt Johnson was able to spread the love around." Johnson would throw for two more scores to Rhodes and Dieter before exiting for backup James Knapke. Bowling Green took a 27-20 lead early in the fourth after a 99-yard, 17-play drive. Johnson completed it with a 5-yard toss to Burbrink on second-and-goal. The Falcons converted twice on third down during the march, including via Davis' pass interference penalty on third-and-13. Maryland responded with its own 75-yard drive, punctuated by Hills' 22-yard TD toss over the middle to Levern Jacobs. The Terps would then turn it over on their final three possessions. "I was happy for the defensive kids, I was happy for the defensive coaches," Babers said. "I was happy for our football team." ___ AP College Football website: www.collegefootball.ap.org
Sep 11, 2015
Crossings Christian School couldn't find an answer for Tucker Halstead. The Minco running back had three touchdowns and 210 yards in the 34-7 Class A win.
High school football: Minco bounces Crossings Christian
BY JEFF RAYMOND, For The Oklahoman | Sep 11, 2015Crossings Christian School couldn't find an answer for Tucker Halstead. The Minco running back had three touchdowns and 210 yards in the 34-7 Class A win. The win brings the Bulldogs to 3-0. Crossings drops to 2-1. "The first half was a little shaky — a lot of mistakes — but we came out in the second half, fixed the little things, and kept pounding them, kept pounding them, kept pounding them to victory," Halstead said. The pounding took its toll on the Crossings Knights. Coach Chris Roberts said his team lost four or five players during the game. "They came out more physical — played a lot more physical than us," he said. "They're a really good football team." Minco ended the first half up 13-0, largely on the combination of quarterback Hunter Jones and Halstead. Jones connected with senior Dayon Johnson for an 18-yard scoring pass to put the Bulldogs on the board in the second quarter. Halstead followed up with an 8-yard touchdown run a minute and a half later. Midway through the third quarter, Jones scored on a 1-yard keeper. Halstead scored again late in the third quarter on a 12-yard run and midway through the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run. Crossings struck back three minutes later for its only score, a 12-yard pass from quarterback Griffin Lamb to receiver Mason Hooper. "We just came out kind of flat — not ready to fight," said Crossings Chrisian back Blake Pennington, who had 74 yards on 16 attempts. "We're learning from this. We need to come out next time and knock them out flat."
Sep 9, 2015
After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S.
2016-2017 high school football districts
Jacob Unruh | Sep 9, 2015After a month-long delay, the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors officially approved the football districts for the 2016 and 2017 seasons on Wednesday. Here is each district: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe U.S. Grant* Jenks Norman Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Choctaw Deer Creek Enid Lawton Midwest City Putnam City Putnam City West Stillwater District 2 Bartlesville Bixby Capitol Hill* Muskogee Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington Ponca City Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Southeast Western Heights District 2 Carl Albert Guthrie Guymon Lawton Eisenhower McGuinness Northwest Classen Piedmont Woodward District 3 Coweta Durant Glenpool McAlester Noble Shawnee Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison District 4 Collinsville Claremore Pryor Skiatook Tahlequah Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial Class 4A District 1 Cache Chickasha Clinton Elgin Elk City Heritage Hall Newcastle Weatherford District 2 Ada Bethany Blanchard Cleveland Harrah Tecumseh Tulsa Central Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Grove Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Hilldale Metro Christian Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Rogers Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Chandler Kingfisher Mount St. Mary Oklahoma Christian Perkins District 2 Bethel Douglass Jones Little Axe McLoud Prague Star Spencer District 3 Anadarko Bridge Creek Comanche John Marshall Lexington Marlow Purcell District 4 Dickson Lone Grove Madill Pauls Valley Plainview Seminole Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Mannford Sequoyah-Claremore Sperry Tulsa Webster Verdigris District 6 Beggs Bristow Checotah Cushing Kellyville Morris Okmulgee District 7 Inola Jay Keys Lincoln Christian Locust Grove Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Heavener Idabel Muldrow Roland Stigler Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawhuska Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Meeker Millwood Northeast Stroud District 3 Community Christian Dibble Frederick Hobart Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Kingston Marietta Stratford Tishomingo District 5 Haskell Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Vian Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Hugo Panama Spiro Valliant Wilburton District 7 Chouteau Colcord Holland Hall Kansas Ketchum Salina Victory Christian District 8 Adair Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Fairview Hooker Mooreland Okeene Texhoma Thomas District 2 Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Merritt Sayre Watonga District 3 Apache Elmore Cityl Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma District 4 Crossings Christian Konawa Minco Oklahoma Christian Academy Wayne Wellston Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Drumright Morrison Oklahoma Bible Pawnee Yale District 6 Hominy Kiefer Liberty Mounds Porter Summit Christian Woodland District 7 Afton Barnsdall Fairland Foyil Hulbert Quapaw Rejoice Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Pocola Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Laverne Seiling Shattuck Turpin District 2 Cherokee Garber Pioneer-Pleasant Vale Ringwood Waukomis District 3 Alex Burns Flat-Dill City Carnegie Cyril Geary Snyder District 4 Bray-Doyle Central Marlow Fox Ryan Waurika Wilson District 5 Allen Caddo Macomb Maud Maysville Strother District 6 Canadian Dewar Haileyville Weleetka Wetumka District 7 Davenport Depew Prue Oaks South Coffeyville District 8 Arkoma Cave Springs Gans Keota Porum Watts Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Kremlin-Hillsdale Sharon-Mutual Timberlake Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Cement Corn Bible Duke Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Copan Covington-Douglas Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Pond Creek-Hunter Regent Prep Welch District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Coyle Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-Will not compete as part of district.
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST...
The Oklahoman's high school football picks for Week 2
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 9, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 142-36 (79.8 pct.) Overall record: 158-38 (80.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A PUTNAM CITY 28, Choctaw 27 Del City 56, LAWTON EISENHOWER 42 Edmond Santa Fe 28, MOORE 21 Class 5A Elk City 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A Nowata 35, VINITA 20 Class 3A LOCUST GROVE 54, Adair 42 Okmulgee 28, U.S. GRANT 22 STAR SPENCER 42, SeeWorth Aca. 20 Class 2A COMMERCE 21, Afton 14 Poteau JV 27, POCOLA 22 Class B Geary 48, BRAY-DOYLE 16 DEPEW 52, Osd, 42 Class C CHEROKEE 44, Buffalo 22 Friday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 27, COPPELL, TEXAS 20 MIDWEST CITY 21, Carl Albert 20 BARTLESVILLE 24, Cascia Hall 21 Claremore 20, ROGERS, ARK. 14 EDMOND MEMORIAL 21, Edmond North 17 Jenks 35, TULSA UNION 32 Lawton 27, LAWTON MAC 24 OWASSO 28, Muskogee 8 Mustang 45, STILLWATER 13 DEER CREEK 27, Norman 10 Norman North 42, YUKON 24 GUTHRIE 31, Ponca City 27 PC NORTH 34, Putnam West 31 Sand Springs 30, ENID 13 BIXBY 33, Tulsa East Central 12 SAPULPA 42, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Washington 49, TULSA CENTRAL 8 SOUTHMOORE 35, Westmoore 28 Class 5A ALTUS 28, Anadarko 27 NOBLE 42, Chickasha 31 Collinsville 24, CATOOSA 21 McALESTER 35, Coweta 28 Duncan 28, SHAWNEE 17 ARDMORE 35, Durant 13 WOODWARD 27, El Reno 12 Grove 20, JAY 6 LIBERAL, KAN. 33, Guymon 14 Northwest 20, NORTHEAST 16 Oologah 28, SKIATOOK 24 WEATHERFORD 38, Piedmont 14 STILWELL 28, Tahlequah 27 McGUINNESS 24, Tulsa Kelley 21 TULSA EDISON 42, Tulsa Memorial 35 Wagoner 34, PRYOR 20 Western Heights 49, CAPITOL HILL 6 Class 4A Ada 34, MADILL 16 GLENPOOL 27, Beggs 22 STROUD 35, Bristow 7 IDABEL 42, Broken Bow 28 Cleveland 28, MANNFORD 6 Elgin 14, MARLOW 13 Harrah 27, JONES 23 Heritage Hall 42, CLINTON 28 FORT GIBSON 28, Hilldale 21 CACHE 24, Hobart 22 Metro Christian 21, OCS 7 TUTTLE 28, Newcastle 12 Perkins 27, McLOUD 16 Sallisaw 35, STIGLER 14 Spiro 20, MULDROW 13 SEMINOLE 32, Tecumseh 14 Tulsa McLain 21, TULSA NOAH 20 Van Buren, Ark. 30, POTEAU 14 Verdigris 35, MIAMI 7 Class 3A Bethel 21, OKEMAH 12 Blanchard 28, CASADY 24 JOHN MARSHALL 55, Centennial 6 Colcord 28, WESTVILLE 21 Comanche 17, TISHOMINGO 14 Cushing 30, BERRYHILL 26 EUFAULA 36, Hartshorne 34 KINGFISHER 28, Hennessey 27 CHECOTAH 21, Henryetta 6 LINCOLN CHR. 35, Holland Hall 17 LONE GROVE 49, Hugo 7 Inola 22, SALINA 20 Kellyville 34, CANEY VALLEY 8 Keys (Park Hill) 35, LINCOLN, ARK. 17 Kingston 35, VALLIANT 7 Lexington 28, BRIDGE CREEK 8 Lindsay 34, DICKSON 6 Little Axe 49, CROOKED OAK 6 CHANDLER 44, Meeker 34 HASKELL 28, Morris 8 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Mount St. Mary 24 BLACKWELL 21, Newkirk 14 DEWEY 30, Pawhuska 16 Plainview 28, PAULS VALLEY 24 ROLAND 35, Seq. Tahlequah 14 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 17, Sperry 14 DAVIS 28, Sulphur 21 TULSA ROGERS 42, Tulsa Webster 14 Vian 21, HEAVENER 14 Victory Christian 56, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 6 Washington 28, PURCELL 21 Class 2A Atoka 31, HOLDENVILLE 28 FOYIL 21, Chelsea 20 FAIRVIEW 28, Chisholm 24 Crescent 20, PERRY 14 Dibble 27, RUSH SPRINGS 22 Elmore City 33, MARIETTA 20 Frederick 28, MANGUM 21 Hulbert 38, WARNER 34 WYANDOTTE 30, Kansas 18 Ketchum 21, CHOUTEAU 20 WEWOKA 35, Konawa 14 SUMMIT CHR. 14, Liberty 7 Luther 35, PRAGUE 28 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 BARNSDALL 22, Oklahoma Union 16 Panama 34, CENTRAL SALLISAW 24 Pawnee 21, HOMINY 20 WILBURTON 20, Quinton 13 COALGATE 14, Savanna 12 Talihina 28, ANTLERS 21 Tonkawa 22, MORRISON 17 Walters 35, EMPIRE 20 Wellston 14, YALE 7 Class A Apache 34, WILSON 12 Cashion 42, MOORELAND 14 Community Christian 28, CARNEGIE 21 Cordell 32, CENTRAL MARLOW 18 MOUNDS 20, Gore 16 Hinton 26, SAYRE 20 HOLLIS 34, Hooker 14 QUAPAW 14, Humboldt, Kan. 12 Minco 34, CROSSINGS CHR. 28 DRUMRIGHT 20, Porter 14 KIEFER 35, Rejoice Christian 14 Snyder 45, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Stratford 42, HEALDTON 6 BEAVER 35, Syracuse, Kan. 7 Texhoma 28, BOOKER, TEXAS 24 Thomas 28, OKEENE 7 Wayne 44, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACA. 6 Wynnewood 21, VELMA-ALMA 20 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 8 WETUMKA 38, Caddo 32 PIONEER 42, Canton 12 Davenport 56, WATTS 8 Dewar 52, PORUM 6 ARKOMA 42, Gans 34 CANADIAN 44, Haileyville 16 Kremlin-Hillsdale 34, RINGWOOD 28 Laverne 36, WAUKOMIS 18 ALLEN 42, Macomb 20 GARBER 38, Oaks 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 42, TURPIN 28 Seiling 48, MERRITT 12 MAYSVILLE 52, Strother 6 MAUD 34, Waurika 28 Welch 36, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 24 KEOTA 44, Weleetka 36 Woodland 50, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Class C DC-LAMONT 54, Bluejacket 48 Boise City 42, TYRONE 6 Bokoshe 30, BOWLEGS 24 Cave Springs 44, PAOLI 12 DUKE 42, Cement 8 REGENT PREP 56, Copan 6 Grandfield 52, THACKERVILLE 24 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 36, Medford 28 Midway 42, SASAKWA 38 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, SW COVENANT 20 COYLE 60, Prue 6 BALKO 44, Rolla, Kan. 14 Ryan 38, CORN BIBLE 12 SHATTUCK 56, Sharon-Mutual 20 Tipton 42, TEMPLE 34 Waynoka 50, TIMBERLAKE 38 FOX 56, Webbers Falls 6 Independent LIFE CHRISTIAN 48, Eagle Point Chr. 20 WRIGHT CHR. 34, Immanuel Christian 16 DESTINY CHR. 44, OKC Patriots 24 Saturday's Games Class 3A Douglass 28, Millwood 27 *Home team in CAPS
Sep 4, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA...
Week 1 high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 4, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 16-2 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 Broken Arrow 21, OWASSO 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 31, Edmond North 17 Enid 27, PONCA CITY 20 Jenks 42, BIXBY 13 Lawton Ike 34, FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. 28 McAlester 20, MUSKOGEE 14 Midwest City 16, TULSA WASHINGTON 13 WESTMOORE 28, Moore 27 CLAREMORE 17, Pryor 10 PUTNAM CITY 30, Putnam North 28 LAWTON 44, Salina, Kan. Central 14 CHOCTAW 28, Sapulpa 20 TULSA UNION 38, Southlake Carroll 35 DEER CREEK 34, Stillwater 27 MUSTANG 31, Yukon 20 Class 5A Altus 35, VERNON, TEXAS 20 Anadarko 45, CHICKASHA 14 Ardmore 21, ADA 20 Carl Albert 30, EL RENO 6 Fort Gibson 42, TAHLEQUAH 16 Guthrie 28, DUNCAN 24 GUYMON 21, Hugoton, Kan. 14 John Marshall 49, NORTHWEST 12 McGuinness 28, SHAWNEE 27 Miami 17, GROVE 13 Noble 21, TECUMSEH 7 SKIATOOK 42, Piedmont 10 Poteau 27, DURANT 7 WEATHERFORD 35, Southeast 20 TULSA EDISON 21, Tulsa Kelley 20 Tulsa Memorial 34, TULSA CENTRAL 6 Wagoner 28, COWETA 27 Western Heights 44, U.S. GRANT 12 Class 4A Berryhill 21, GLENPOOL 17 IOWA PARK, TEXAS 28, Cache 7 Cascia Hall 27, HOLLAND HALL 10 SALLISAW 33, Catoosa 20 Cushing 38, BRISTOW 7 HENNESSEY 28, Elgin 6 Kingfisher 24, WOODWARD 12 McLoud 40, BETHEL 10 Metro Christian 28, TULSA NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 27, Pauls Valley 24 HARRAH 32, Seminole 28 Stilwell 36, SPIRO 31 Tulsa McLain 28, MANNFORD 6 Tuttle 34, BLANCHARD 18 BROKEN BOW 30, Valliant 8 Vinita 24, JAY 6 Class 3A Adair 48, SPERRY 8 HEAVENER 28, Atoka 24 Bethany 35, MARLOW 20 PERRY 17, Blackwell 14 Checotah 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Crooked Oak 12 NOWATA 28, Dewey 6 KINGSTON 28, Dickson 7 BEGGS 21, Eufaula 14 Henryetta 21, MORRIS 20 Idabel 42, HUGO 8 Inola 35, CHELSEA 12 Kiefer 42, KELLYVILLE 14 WESTVILLE 28, Lincoln, Ark. 24 Lone Grove 35, MARIETTA 7 TISHOMINGO 17, Madill 14 SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 21, Okemah 14 CHANDLER 48, Okmulgee 28 MEEKER 27, Prague 22 LINDSAY 21, Purcell 20 Sanger, Texas 42, PLAINVIEW 34 Seq. Claremore 26, PERKINS 20 HILLDALE 28, Stigler 12 Verdigris 27, PAWHUSKA 6 Victory Christian 49, KANSAS 7 Wynnewood 35, SULPHUR 12 Class 2A COLCORD 28, Afton 8 THOMAS 31, Alva 7 Antlers 21, SAVANNA12 Barnsdall 33, CANEY VALLEY 6 Central Sallisaw 17, POCOLA 14 STRATFORD 34, Coalgate 12 MINCO 44, Dibble 16 WELLSTON 22, Drumright 14 Electra, Texas 28, FREDERICK 20 WYANDOTTE 42, Fairland 12 Haskell 27, KETCHUM 22 Hobart 10, MANGUM 7 Hulbert 33, PORTER 12 Morrison 30, PAWNEE 14 Mounds 18, LIBERTY 6 CHISHOLM 28, Okeene 14 Quapaw 20, OKLAHOMA UNION 12 Oklahoma Chr. 35, RINGLING 18 Stroud 28, COMMERCE 6 LUTHER 42, Tonkawa 7 TALIHINA 45, Wilburton 16 WALTERS 35, Wilson 0 Class A Beaver 35, STANTON CO. KAN. 6 Cashion 56, YALE 6 SNYDER 28, Central Marlow 7 HOOKER 20, Elkhart, Kan. 14 ELMORE CITY 31, Empire 12 Healdton 17, WAYNE 12 Hinton 28, WATONGA 20 Hollis 30, WELLINGTON, TEXAS 17 Konawa 14, QUINTON 7 COMMUNITY CHR. 24, Okla. Christian Aca. 17 FAIRVIEW 28, Oklahoma Bible 14 CROSSINGS CHR. 34, Rejoice Christian 28 APACHE 35, Rush Springs 12 CORDELL 35, Sayre 7 BOOKER, TEXAS 28, Texhoma 21 SUMMIT CHR. 22, Warner 20 Class B Alex 56, CADDO 6 Allen 42, WETUMKA 28 Bluejacket 52, WELCH 6 ARKOMA 54, Bokoshe 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Bray-Doyle 0 WAUKOMIS 38, Buffalo 8 STROTHER 42, Canadian 12 Depew 56, HAILEYVILLE 6 OAKS 44, Gans 16 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Laverne 48, BOISE CITY 28 CYRIL 34, Life Christian 6 Merritt 40, CORN BIBLE 18 CHEROKEE 50, Pioneer 0 TIMBERLAKE 34, Ringwood 32 Sasakwa 28, MACOMB 20 SEILING 46, Sharon-Mutual 36 South Coffeyville 56, CLAREMORE CHR. 6 TURPIN 34, Tyrone 14 RYAN 30, Waurika 24 Webbers Falls 40, PORUM 12 DAVENPORT 56, Weleetka 32 DEWAR 52, Woodland 6 Class C Balko 34, MOSCOW, KAN. 6 SW COVENANT 48, Destiny Christian 34 WAYNOKA32, Duke 20 TIPTON 28, Fox 24 WRIGHT CHR. 42, Midway 38 Regent Prep 42, PRUE 8 Shattuck 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 Thackerville 38, TEMPLE 34 Wesleyan Christian 34, COPAN 12 Saturday's Games Class 3A Lincoln Christian 35, Davis 21 (at Choctaw) Jones28, Vian 13 (at Choctaw) *Home team in CAPS
Sep 3, 2015
LOCUST GROVE — Mason Fine understands the harsh recruiting process. Tall, talented quarterbacks tend to get Division I scholarship offers. Smaller quarterbacks — like Fine at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds — who can do everything the others can do, struggle to find a Division I home. “I am short, but with my football IQ I like to think I'm a student of the game. I like to think that I can outsmart...
Class 3A football: Size matters not for Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine
BY JACOB UNRUH Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Sep 3, 2015LOCUST GROVE — Mason Fine understands the harsh recruiting process. Tall, talented quarterbacks tend to get Division I scholarship offers. Smaller quarterbacks — like Fine at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds — who can do everything the others can do, struggle to find a Division I home. “I am short, but with my football IQ I like to think I'm a student of the game. I like to think that I can outsmart the defense and I like to think I'm more advanced than most high school quarterbacks at this age,” Fine said. Fine has proven throughout his career at Locust Grove it isn't safe to judge him by his size, a lesson Jedi master Yoda taught Luke Skywalker during “The Empire Strikes Back” when he used the Force to lift an X-Wing from the swamp. “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Yoda said. “Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and powerful ally it is.” Fine's allies are his accuracy, powerful arm and ability to move outside of the pocket while executing the hurry-up spread offense. Last season, he obliterated the state's previous single-season passing records for yards and touchdowns with 5,006 yards and 71 touchdowns. He also set the state record for career touchdowns with 113 and also set a state single-game playoff record with 537 yards in a wild 53-42 loss to Heritage Hall in the Class 3A state semifinals. “You can tell he pops on film. He's a stud. There's no way around it,” Heritage Hall coach Brett Bogert said. “He can move. He's one of the fastest players we faced. He can make any throw; he can throw on the run. He can do anything. He's the best quarterback I've coached against, hands down.” Fine and his top receiver Jason Pirtle — who also lacks a Division I offer despite setting three state single-season receiving records last season — have become the focus of a year-long Tulsa World series focusing on their senior season and recruitment. Fine's best offer is from FCS school Austin Peay. He also holds Division II offers from nearby Northeastern State, Adams State (Colo.), Arkansas Tech, Emporia State (Kan.), Central Oklahoma and Southwest Baptist (Mo.). College scouts are just not coming around, and a pitch from Locust Grove coach Matt Hennesy can't even sway them when they do. “I tell them he's the best high school quarterback I've ever seen, and I'm not kidding,” Hennesy said. “Yeah, I get it. He's not 6-3, but there's not a ball he can't throw, he runs well, he doesn't get trapped, he makes good decisions. I just tell them, ‘Who else throws 71 touchdowns and only six interceptions?' And the fact that our offensive line wasn't very good last year and we didn't get sacked very often, and that's because of him.” Rice was close to offering Fine a scholarship until dual-threat quarterback Sam Glaesmann of Midway High School in Waco, Texas, committed to play for the Owls. “It gives me that extra drive to go out there and prove myself week in and week out and not be settled with how I perform on the field,” Fine said. “I'm always trying to be better and prove everybody wrong. “My parents, we talked about it. What else can I do? I'm just going to look at it as go out there and do better. “I'm not settled with last season, especially with how the season ended up. I'm going to try to win a state championship and if it comes down to scouts I'm just going to say, ‘I'm a winner, I like to go out and win, and I can win games for you.' If they're still hesitant about my height, I have to blow them away by my strength, accuracy and foot work, and the mental part of football.” An even bigger season would easily shatter the career record of 11,357 yards by former Atoka quarterback L.T. Pfaff, and it could lead to an FBS program finally making an offer. “I still think he'll get offers,” Hennesy said. “They've all offered the same guys. They can't all play at the same place. I still think if he goes and has the year I think he will this year, he will end up with an offer somewhere. If not, every D-II in America has offered him.”
Second-chance opportunities highlight Chris Carson’s road to become Oklahoma State’s starting running backSep 2, 2015
Is the hype for real? Who knows? But when the college football world gets its first glimpse into the answer Thursday, his dad will be in the stands to find out.
Second-chance opportunities highlight Chris Carson’s road to become Oklahoma State’s starting running back
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Sep 2, 2015LILBURN, Ga. — He rolled out of bed about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday, showered, ate breakfast, packed a bag and dropped his wife off at work. By 8 a.m., he was in the driver's seat of his white sedan headed north. The next 12 hours and 850 miles were a long and lonely solo journey, but he didn't even need a cup of coffee to make it through. Chris Carson's dad, Dorian Rowe, had all the energy needed for his trip to Mount Pleasant, Mich., where Chris would make his debut the following night as Oklahoma State's starting tailback against Central Michigan. “I wouldn't miss it for anything,” Dorian said. Chris, a first-year transfer from Butler Community College (Kan.), carries the weight of impossibly high expectations before playing a single down of major college football. The preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year looks every bit the part, though, with a chiseled 6-foot-2, 202-pound frame and the fall-camp reputation as a potential every-down back for the Cowboys this season, and just maybe, in the NFL someday. Is the hype for real? Who knows? But when the college football world gets its first glimpse into the answer Thursday, his dad will be in the stands to find out. “It absolutely warms my heart,” Dorian said. “It makes me so proud, because we both knew he could do it. Now, he sees that he can do it as well.” If Chris fulfills his lifelong NFL dreams, it won't be his physical talents that simply paved the way. His long road to OSU was a path marked by family tragedy, personal setbacks and difficult decisions. But Chris was granted a second chance at every turn — and he's taken full advantage every time. When he runs out of the tunnel and onto the turf at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Thursday night, Chris will be one step closer to making the struggle all worth it. He took a moment to reflect on his journey in a February interview. “I've been working toward this a long time,” Chris said. “I can't wait.” *** The date was Dec. 27, 2013. The time was about 3 a.m. Dorian was fast asleep with his youngest son in a second-floor bedroom of the family's Georgia home when the sharp pang of shattering glass jolted him awake. His wife, Dina Rowe, was in another bedroom down the hall. So Dorian jumped to his feet and swung open his door. “There's Chris standing there, telling me there's a fire downstairs,” Dorian said. “I said, ‘Get your brother and your mom.'” Chris, home on winter break, was right. Smoke poured through the kitchen as he followed mom and brother out the front steps and across the street. Dorian sprinted out the back and spun water valves connected to two large hoses. Alongside Chris, they doused the flames that crawled over the outside kitchen wall and custom-built deck. “We looked up and saw the fire up in the attic,” Dorian said. “I told Chris, ‘Go call the fire department.'” But it was already too late. Countless pictures, a mahogany crib, hunting gear, bags of summer clothing and more was lost in the blaze before it was extinguished. A fire investigator would later explain a faulty breaker box on the outside of the home arced, sending flames up and inside the walls. The family is forever thankful they escaped with their lives, but structural damage left the home unlivable. So, they packed up and left. “It was real sickening,” Dorian said. “That was the only house they had known.” Chris called it “probably one of the hardest times in my life.” After returning to class at Butler, his family spent about four months living in a hotel on an insurance stipend. When it ran out, they found a temporary apartment. Today, they are renting a house from a family friend. When Chris takes the field Thursday night, it will be difficult to remove the image of his smoldering childhood home and his family's living situation from his mind. “He feels like he needs to take care of mom,” Dina said. “That's too much pressure.” But if Chris one day reaches the NFL, he knows where the first paycheck will go: a down payment on a new family home. “That's exactly what I'm going to do,” Chris said. “That's the only thing I've been thinking about.” *** Chris was only six years old when he emerged as a star his first season in the Mountain Park football league. Dorian estimates his son scored 30 touchdowns that year. It laid the foundation for a wildly successful playing career at Parkview High School in Lilburn, a mostly middle-class Atlanta suburb sprawled over just six-square miles. More than 10,000 fans packed the stadium on fall Friday nights, though, when Parkview faced crosstown rival Brookwood. Chris — who often played running back, quarterback and receiver in a single game — was the star. “We put the ball in his hands,” said then-Parkview coach Cecil Flowe, “and he carried the team.” College interest ramped up during Chris' junior season. The letters and phone calls poured in from nearly every SEC and ACC program in the country in addition to Miami, Indiana, South Florida and others. “Oh, sweet Lord,” Dorian said. “It started becoming more nerve-racking because it was such a big responsibility … we couldn't keep up with the different letters.” But the recruitment process came to a screaming halt midway through Chris' senior year. It was near halftime of Parkview's homecoming game. Dorian was in the stands. Chris caught a pass in the flat and sprinted around the edge toward the sideline. A defender took out his legs and Chris writhed in pain on the turf, grasping at his left knee. “I went down from the stands to see him and help him up,” Dorian said. “He wasn't crying or anything. He wasn't visibly upset. I whispered in his ear and asked him what happened. He said he heard a pop.” A torn ACL ended Chris' final high school season, and with it, much of his recruitment. His grades also dipped, putting his eligibility in question to play major college football. “His senior year,” Dina said, “he kind of lost focus.” Chris initially brushed off junior college programs that came calling next. But he was running out of options. “Once reality kicked in,” Chris said, “I realized JUCO would be the place for me.” *** Back when Chris was just 10 years old, long before the fire, Dorian walked into the garage of his Lilburn home and found something unsettling. There was young Chris, trying to use a set of free weights stored inside. “I said, ‘Listen, you're not going to use any weights or anything until I say you're ready,” Dorian said. That early curiosity for strengthening his body developed over the years, however, it didn't truly take off until Chris arrived at Butler. As Dorian puts it, “he looks like somebody that got out of prison or something.” “Chris just puts his headphones in and he won't talk to anybody while he's working out,” said former Butler cornerback Antwan Hadley, also Chris' former roommate. “He goes above and beyond expectations. Even when he's done with his workout, he wants to find something else to do.” Meanwhile, the rise of Chris' physique mirrored his academics. Suddenly, the player who couldn't qualify was earning all As and Bs. “That drive at I had a Butler, it was just different,” Chris said. “You're working for something.” After stacking up more than 1,600 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns over two seasons, he returned to recruiting prominence and verbally committed to Georgia. A program just an hour drive east of home. But in the weeks leading up to signing day, Chris began having second thoughts. He had watched as UGA tailback Nick Chubb exploded into the national spotlight with a breakout freshman year following a suspension and season-ending injury to starter Todd Gurley. Chubb enters his sophomore season as Heisman Trophy candidate. Chris also revealed one of the main reasons he chose Georgia was close proximity to home. “He thought that's what mom wanted,” Dina said. “I said, ‘Don't think about me. I want you to do what's best for you.'” When the OSU coaching staff caught wind of Chris' change of heart, they re-upped their recruiting efforts with a strong pitch — an opportunity to star immediately for a program with a long history of placing tailbacks in the NFL. “One of my favorite running backs was Kendall Hunter,” Carson said. “So I knew OSU put some people in the NFL, but I didn't really think it was more than Georgia at the time. But after they broke it down to me, I see that they actually put out more than Georgia. That was a big factor in my decision.” OSU coach Mike Gundy's final in-home visit sealed Chris' commitment. He walked through the door carrying Barry Sanders' 1988 Heisman Trophy and set it on Chris' lap. “I didn't think it was going to be that heavy,” he said. Just a few days later, Chris faxed his letter of intent to play for OSU. “I think he made the right choice,” Dorian said. “I really do.” *** One week before Chris was set to make his Cowboy debut, OSU cornerback Kevin Peterson was asked to compare Chris' running style to another tailback. His response? NFL Pro-Bowler and former Oklahoma All-American Adrian Peterson. A lofty analogy to one of the most well-rounded and explosive running backs in football history. “There's not really an area where we say, ‘OK, we've got to make sure that (Chris) is out of the game on this particular play,'” OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurich said. “Whether it's pass protection, whether it's free-releasing to a route, whether it's a power run, whether it's an outside run or a screen play — we feel good about where he's at and the abilities that he brings.” Dina won't make it to her son's first game, as her job as a Gwinnett County school teacher requires her to be in class this week. But Dina will be watching on TV while reflecting on the winding road that led Chris to a Cowboys' uniform. “I think everything happens for a reason,” Dina said. Chris isn't bashful in declaring his desire to someday play in the NFL. His motivation to help his family provides that fuel. But as OSU fans take in his first season, he wants to let them know what's most important. And that could lead to even more games in the orange in black. “I want to get my degree first and foremost,” Carson said. “So if that means coming out for a second year, that's fine with me. … At the end of the day, I don't see nothing wrong with taking two years at OSU.”
Aug 30, 2015
The former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M standout has made plenty of strides since arriving in Norman.
OU football notebook: Austin Roberts making a quick impression
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Aug 30, 2015Junior defensive end Austin Roberts had some catching up to do after arriving late to camp due to delays in receiving academic clearance. “He has some maturity, obviously,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. “He was an outstanding player coming out of high school. Alabama doesn't recruit many bad players. “He has a lot of skills, uses his hands well, plays with great leverage. That's what I was impressed with coming out of junior college.” The former Northeastern Oklahoma A&M standout has made plenty of strides since arriving in Norman. “He's ready to go,” defensive line coach Diron Reynolds said. “I think he's trying to learn fast and catch up with some of the guys. We have him watching (Charles) Tapper a lot. He's playing that same spot behind him.” OU CORNERBACK COMMIT HAS HUGE OPENER Parrish Cobb is committed to the Sooners as a cornerback but turned in a huge offensive performance in his team's season-opener Friday. Cobb had three long touchdowns in Waco (Texas) La Vega's 53-6 win over Alvarado. Cobb scored on both of his first-half catches — a 46-yarder on La Vega's third play from scrimmage and a 48-yarder midway through the second quarter. “There's a reason he's going to Oklahoma, I'll tell you that,” La Vega coach Willie Williams told the Waco Tribune-Herald. Early in the third quarter, Cobb added a 58-yard touchdown pass. He finished with five catches for 170 yards and the three touchdowns. QB COMMITS ALSO COME UP BIG Oklahoma's two quarterback commits for the next two classes — 2016's Austin Kendall and 2017's Chris Robison — also put up big numbers in their games last weekend. Kendall, of Waxhaw (N.C.) Cuthbertson, threw for 263 yards and five touchdowns, completing 20 of 23. His touchdowns included a 94-yard score. He also ran for another touchdown in his team's 42-7 win. Robison, of Mesquite (Texas) Horn, threw for 291 yards and five touchdowns and had a 65-yard punt late in the game, but Horn fell 41-38 to McKinney Boyd.
The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has.The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button....
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Sam Mellinger, Associated Press | Aug 29, 2015The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has. The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button. Hudler’s feet hit the floor within seconds. He is like a red-headed 54-year-old windup toy, only you never know what’s about to come out of his mouth, and one pull of the string lasts all day. He is in the middle of, like, the fourth of a hundred stories in a day that started at 6 and won’t end until around 11 that night, after he broadcasts the 126th of 162 games in what is shaping up to be a historic Royals season. Day in the life of Rex Hudler, Kansas City Royals broadcaster Kansas City sports columnist Sam Mellinger spent a day with Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals. Listen to his report here. (Video by Rich Sugg and Monty Davis | The Kansas City Star) There was the time he got promoted from Class A by writing George Steinbrenner a letter. The time he took out a teammate with a slide during a spring training B-game at 9 in the morning. The time he bought two engagement rings just to make sure she said yes. All the times he’s talked to God, the big man always calling him Hud, and the time he got fired by the Angels, then hired by the Royals, and mostly hated by his new city. That was hard. There was also time he found out his first son had Down syndrome. That was harder. But at the moment, he is talking about baseball, so he is smiling and taking his sunglasses off to look you in the eye even as he speeds down the highway and steers with his leg. “The feeling I get coming to the ballpark now is the same as when I played,” Hudler says. “I know who’s pitching that night, and I’m thinking about that (expletive). He’s the guy I’m going to make a living off of. He’s the man who’s going to pay my family, and my future. That’s how serious it is. I’d stand in the batters box, ‘My family against yours, (expletive). Let’s go.’” By the time the day is over, Hud — even his wife, Jennifer, calls him that — will have laughed and cried and kissed each of his three sons. He will have talked about experimenting with drugs, of starting six straight seasons with the same minor-league team, and of asking to play one last game before retiring at the age of 37 — a game in which he got hit in the neck with a pitch, then lost the game by whiffing a routine grounder at second base. For three hours every night, he is the goofball announcer some call Uncle Hud. Every day, Royals fans come up to him and say they never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. And every day, he tells them, “That makes two of us.” Once, his tongue got tied and he ended up calling a backup Royals outfielder “Paulo Homo.” Another time, he called the moon a planet. He said the Astros use the metric system. He laughs these things off, even when Jennifer playfully calls him an idiot, and (not as playfully) begs him to stay away from big words on the air. The stories come out in real life the same as they do during his broadcasts: fast, loud, occasionally mangled, often self-deprecating and usually out of nowhere. The difference is they are about a complicated life, not a simple game, and he doesn’t have to watch his language. But first, he’s got yoga, shirt off in a room the instructor keeps at 105 degrees. At 7:16 in the morning, the bus pulls up outside Hudler’s home. Cade has been standing in the driveway for a few minutes already, waving a small American flag. Hudler just got back from taking his two younger boys to school, and jokes that Cade is throwing a one-man welcome home parade. “Love you, daddy,” Cade says. “Oh, I love you too, bud,” Hudler says. Cade smiles and runs toward the bus. Hudler calls Cade “my special boy.” He will never forget that phone call. It was a few days after Cade was born, and doctors had already pronounced him totally healthy. But then the blood test results came back. Cade had an extra chromosome. Down syndrome. Hudler took the news the way he takes everything in his life. With a smile. A stubborn optimism. The rest of the family – Jennifer, their parents, friends – cried. Hudler refused the pain. He smiled. He didn’t know what else to do. Then Hudler called Tim Burke, an old teammate who raised a child with special needs. “You need to grieve with Jennifer,” Hudler remembers Burke saying. “You need to grieve the dreams of the typical boy for your first-born son.” That’s when Hudler wept. This went on for days. He was consumed. The lowest point of his life. Then he met some teammates for an offseason workout. They could tell something was off. He told them the news. One of those teammates was Jim Abbott, who pitched 10 big-league seasons and threw a no-hitter despite being born without a right hand. “Miracles can happen,” Abbott said, and that’s all Hud needed to hear. He sped home, slammed open the door, and yelled with joy to Jennifer. “Honey, guess what?” he remembers saying. “Cade came to the right place. We’re gonna get him where he needs to be. Call the cops!” Cade will be 18 in November. He is the happiest kid you are likely to meet in a month. Rex and Jennifer started a non-profit to help children with special needs, and their annual event will take place at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 6. Sometimes people ask Hudler why he’s happy all the time. Where all of this energy comes from. He tells them about Cade. How could Hud be sad when Cade keeps him so happy? There’s more to it than that. We’ll get to the rest soon. But watching Hud kiss his son is a good place to start. At 10:21 in the morning, Hud is dead silent except for rhythmic and deliberate breaths. His shirt is off, sweat pouring from his skin. He is face down, only his pelvis touching the ground, his legs and arms stretching up and out. In yoga, they call this the full locust. “Feel that bone-to-skin stretch,” the instructor is saying. “You are continually reminding yourself how great you are, even through the pain, even through the suffering.” Rex Hudler in his yoga class Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, participates in a yoga class. (Video by Rich Sugg | email@example.com) Steve Physioc, Hud’s occasional broadcast partner with the Royals and before that with the Angels, introduced him to yoga. But like most things, Hud took it to the extreme, which is why he drives a half-hour to Kansas City Bikram Yoga and this room intentionally kept hot enough to induce a fever. The only noise is the instructor’s steady voice and the breaths of the other 14 people here. Hud feels lighter when he’s done, and says the pain of 21 years of professional baseball is diminished every time he does this. But there is also a peace he finds here, a peace that he’s needed. That first year in Kansas City was particularly brutal as Hudler replaced the fired Frank White on the broadcast. That would’ve been difficult anyway. White’s No. 20 is on the Hall of Fame building in left field, and before the first game Hudler broadcast a plane flew over the stadium with a banner asking WHERE’S FRANK? But Hud is also — and how do we say this? — different. For as long as the Royals have existed, their broadcasts have been defined by the steady and understated Denny Matthews. White’s style was much the same, his focus put into picking out details from a replay rather than raw entertainment. Into that culture came Hud, with his catchphrases and presentation that more closely resemble former pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (who Hud once asked if he could body-slam, but that’s a different story). It didn’t help that the Royals lost 90 games that year, including all 10 at home in April. People wrote in saying they were done with the Royals, that they couldn’t stomach Hudler’s broadcasts. It was one thing to fire a franchise icon, they said, but to replace him with this? “I knew I was going to eat (expletive),” he says now. “The Royals told me that when I took the job.” At some point, he made the decision to pull back a little bit. Give the fans half a dose of Hud, is the way he puts it, because they weren’t ready for the full dose. After a month or two, someone from the team called him in. Where’s the guy we hired? But it’s hard when a near consensus of the feedback is negative, much of it brutal. Hudler made a nice living as a player, but even with his pension he needs to work. He has four kids. His in-laws stay in the master bedroom, and require hired care. He needs to work, and he considers his job the second best in the world (being a ballplayer, of course, is No. 1), so it’s head down and refuse to give up. Hud is a man of faith. He prays every morning with his family over breakfast, and by himself whenever he gets a free moment. He often describes conversations with God in very plain terms. “I heard Him get on me,” Hudler says. “He said, ‘Get up, Hud, stand up, be the man I sent you to be.’” So Hudler put a box of his old baseball cards in his car one day, and stood outside Kauffman Stadium, handing them out like a politician. “Hi,” he told people. “I’m Rex Hudler and I’m your new color commentator.” Nothing happens overnight. Hud says it wasn’t until midway through last season — his third in Kansas City — that the compliments started to outnumber the criticisms. Look around the ballpark now and you’ll see references to his catchphrases. Fans stand and yell for his autograph along with Eric Hosmer’s. Aside from Yost and general manager Dayton Moore, there may not be anyone around the team whose image benefitted from the Royals’ turnover more than Hudler. “It took some time for me,” says Scott Hadsall, who got Hudler’s autograph before Wednesday’s game. “When the team starts winning, and you grow to love the team, you grow to love everything about the team. Now, I can’t help but love the guy and his enthusiasm. “It’s like, everything about the team is better. Even with Rex, the same stuff that before you saw as a flaw, well, now it’s his youthful enthusiasm.” Hudler is thinking about bits of all this as he stretches. They tell you to clear your mind completely during yoga, but that’s impossible for him. So he prays for his family, thinks of reasons to be grateful, ways he can improve, and soaks in the only silent part of his day. “I feel so energized when I leave here,” he says, walking to his car. “But I’m not kidding. An hour and a half of not talking is hard for me.” At 11:57, Hud is at the Peach Tree Buffet eating catfish and collard greens. This is his favorite restaurant in town, the place he goes to treat himself. The food is Southern and goes on forever, both of which remind him of growing up with a mother with Texas roots. Mom was the constant. Hudler’s parents divorced when he was 8. She got remarried to a man she did not love but thought would be a good father to her three boys. She wanted to divorce again when Rex was a junior in high school, but Rex begged her to wait a year. She did. Of course she did. Anything for those boys. Mom was full of love, but she also was strict. She yelled and got physical in ways that fathers did a generation or two ago. She taught Rex to respect authority, and to take care of himself. She gave him a list of chores and they had to be done right or Rex had to start over. She worked so hard. Raising those three boys, she still found time to study her way through nursing school. Sometimes, Rex would race home from school and clean the house. He’d hide behind the couch and wait for his mother to get home. Even now, all these years later, tears drip from his eyes as he tells the story and remembers his mom’s reaction. “I just wanted to see her expression,” he says. “She’d drop her jaw. She’d start crying. As hard as she worked for me and my brothers, I wanted to see the joy in her face.” Hudler’s two brothers took a different path. Both got swept up by addiction. Drugs. Heavy stuff. Hudler admits to experimenting — “I tasted, I dabbled,” he says — but he never went too far. He wanted to do well by Mom, and later he kicked what he calls an immature and selfish lifestyle to better his baseball career. Mom gave him so much. Not just the discipline, and not just a standard to meet. She gave him the best advice of his life, too. “The world is negative,” he remembers her saying. “The only way you’ll survive is to be positive. You have to learn how to get a positive out of a negative. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time surviving.” Those words, along with Cade’s spirit, are the fuel for what the baseball world and Royals fans in particular have come to know as Hud. That energy was always in him, but he made a conscious effort to bring it out. He is a natural salesman, and he sells baseball. At some point, a conscious effort becomes habit and a habit becomes who you are. People sometimes wonder if Hudler is acting. If he’s playing a character. There was some of that in the beginning, sure, but if you are constantly playing the same character it stops being a character and becomes your personality. This is how Rex Hudler came to be Hud. “You’re right on,” Hud says. “One hundred percent.” At 1:34 p.m., Hud is sitting by the pool in his backyard and he is in full Hud mode. He is making fun of his baseball career, and the jokes work, because Hud has always been comfortable laughing at himself. He says that instead of the collection of old jerseys he has inside his house, he should’ve kept a collection of splinters from every bench he rode in the big leagues. And speaking of benches, did you know the one in Montreal was the best for farting? Something about the acoustics there. And speaking of farting, do you have any idea how many times he crop-dusted his teammates? Too many to count. This goes on for a few more minutes, until, well, maybe he’s run out of one-liners because here comes something you weren’t expecting. “Every day I get to go to the ballpark and talk about the best team in baseball,” he says before ripping off his T-shirt and doing a half belly-flop into the pool. This is all a bit of a show, of course. The jokes about his career cover up a few important points about him, too. The first is that he worked hard for that career, no matter how many times he lets it be defined by eating a june bug on the bench (which he did for $800 cash). Hudler spent a full decade in the minors before becoming a regular big-leaguer. He was a high school football star, signing with the Yankees over Notre Dame, and after his third or fourth stalled season in the minor leagues the coach at Fresno State — Hud’s hometown school — offered him a scholarship to play wide receiver. Hud kept on in baseball, though, never believing his story would end anywhere but the big leagues. He played in eight organizations and spent a year in Japan before getting the 10 years of service time required for a big-league pension. That was always a big goal of his. Money is important, obviously, but so too is validation. When he’s pushed too far in the baseball world, he talks about how hard he played, adding: and not much has changed. Ozzie Smith learned his name after Hudler slammed into him at second base. Cal Ripken signed a picture for him once, writing, “All these years I thought you were the real ‘Iron Man.’” The second important point covered up by all the jokes is that Hud’s story is woven together in a way that can’t be undone. He made the most money of his career during his last two seasons in the majors. That was on a deal with the Phillies, playing in Terry Francona’s first two years as a big-league manager. The Phillies had a bunch of rookies on that team. Francona knew about Hudler’s fire and heard about his positivity and thought it could be a good example for his younger players. So Hudler made more money than ever before, and finally qualified for a pension that will last as long as he or Jennifer live, mostly because of his energy. In other words, Hud would not have this house or the pool behind it without being Hud. “I’m a professional people person,” he says. “I’m in the love business.” At 9:44 p.m., Hud is in the broadcast booth on the fourth floor at Kauffman Stadium. He’s finally comfortable here. Finally feels the love coming back. As he puts it, Royals fans always waved to him. But now they use all their fingers, instead of just the middle one. This is his booth now, more than it ever has been before. Ryan Lefebvre, his broadcast partner, is learning how to better set him up, and the pair’s chemistry is improving. Hud is still too much at times — the other day, they had to reshoot the opening to the Royals broadcast because he was about five levels too Hud — but he is learning to pick his spots. You can hear both sides after Mike Moustakas hits a home run in the eighth inning. “That’s a Moose souvenir for sure!” he says. “That ball was tattered and battered! A fastball up in the zone. Moose is taking his hands back, doing very little with his body. I love the fact he’s so quiet with his lower body. He’s letting his hands do the work, and that’s why Moose is coming back.” In front of Hud sits a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, notes, his scorecard, and two TV monitors. A baseball is almost constantly bouncing around his right hand. Hud calls this his pacifier, a way to let the extra energy drip out. He used to bounce it on the table but stopped after learning it could be heard two booths down. Behind Hudler’s right shoulder is a wall signed by guests on the broadcast. Much of it is the good-natured insults of male friendship. I need a vacation from Rex! writes Ripken. Rex you are #2 in my heart, everybody else is #1, kiss my ass! writes Bert Blyleven. Hud loves it, of course. All of it. This is his life, and the language of his people. The Royals will lose this game, 8-5. It’s their first loss in five games and they will come back the next day to win. Hud has always been at his best when focusing on the positives. At 9:58 p.m., the last out is made and Hud packs up and walks out of the booth. He takes one flight of stairs down, then walks out to the parking lot to beat as much of the postgame traffic as he can. It was a good broadcast, he thinks. One more step of progress. One more chance to get better. One more day of, hopefully, winning over a few more fans. The broadcast two days earlier was his best of the year, according to Hudler. It was a quick game, and the points he and Lefebvre made played out like fortune-telling. They said the outfield was playing Omar Infante too far in, and Infante hit a triple to the wall. Next time up, they said the right fielder was still too far in and Infante hit a triple that way. This was good. Lefebvre set him up well, and Hudler did not step on Lefebvre’s calls. Perhaps most importantly, Hudler did not screw up. His wife will not call him an idiot. But tomorrow is another day. To reach Sam Mellinger, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mellinger. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com. Download True Blue, The Star’s free Royals app, here. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000003183,t000007860,t000007502,t000007908,t000007886,t000007504,t000007910,t000007866,t000007506,t000007934,t000007460,t000007564,t000007548,t000007552,t000007480,t000007472,t000007462,t000007464,t000007634,t000007598,t000007484,g000224911,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164
Aug 5, 2015
NORMAN — Freshman tight end Dalton Wood did not report the Oklahoma football program Wednesday along with the rest of the team, sources told The Oklahoman. According to one source, it wasn’t a surprise when Wood didn’t report Wednesday, but that fact doesn’t necessarily close the door on his chances of being a Sooner this year. Wednesday evening, Wood was removed from OU's official...
Oklahoma football: Dalton Wood did not report Wednesday with rest of team
Jason Kersey | Aug 5, 2015NORMAN — Freshman tight end Dalton Wood did not report the Oklahoma football program Wednesday along with the rest of the team, sources told The Oklahoman. According to one source, it wasn’t a surprise when Wood didn’t report Wednesday, but that fact doesn’t necessarily close the door on his chances of being a Sooner this year. Wednesday evening, Wood was removed from OU's official online roster. Wood (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) has not been with the team since reporting for summer workouts June 3, then mysteriously packing his belongings and leaving that night. He has not responded to multiple text messages and phone calls since that time. The former McAlester star was a quarterback for most of his high school career but was recruited to the Sooners as a tight end. He threw for 1,845 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,198 yards and 20 scores last season as a senior, earning him a place on The Oklahoman’s 2014 All-State football team. “They just tell me to be ready to get up there and be ready to hustle, and they’ll find me a spot to play next year,” Wood said in December. “Tight end is what I always wanted to be. At McAlester, we don’t use a tight end much. They needed me at quarterback, so I played it. It’s not my favorite position, but I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to be the most successful. “I’m hoping to play tight end, but if they move me around, I’m not gonna gripe.” Wood missed most of his sophomore and junior years with various health problems. He had heart surgery to correct a rare birth defect, ccausing him to miss his sophomore season, then broke his ankle midway through his junior year. Former McAlester coach Bryan Pratt — who accepted another job in Arkansas last offseason — said in a text message that he hadn’t spoken to Wood and had “no idea” whether he planned to report or not. The strange situation surrounding Wood has been made more mysterious by his silence. Wood hasn’t spoken to any reporters since early June, nor has he posted anything on social media.
PERRIN – Derek Ray has built a life around overcoming obstacles.The Perrin senior plows past offensive tackles on the gridiron and soars over hurdles on the track, but the biggest hindrances have seemed to always come not on the field of play, but in life itself.Yet Ray has never wavered, choosing instead to push through life's tragedies rather than allow them to defeat him – whether they be...
Perrin's senior defensive end perseveres through life's tragedies
Clint Foster, Associated Press | Jul 26, 2015PERRIN – Derek Ray has built a life around overcoming obstacles. The Perrin senior plows past offensive tackles on the gridiron and soars over hurdles on the track, but the biggest hindrances have seemed to always come not on the field of play, but in life itself. Yet Ray has never wavered, choosing instead to push through life's tragedies rather than allow them to defeat him – whether they be the untimely deaths of both parents, a crippling back injury or a learning disorder. "I'm not one to give up," Ray said. "I just go forward. There's no point in dwelling on things. "When something hits you, you can either sit and rot about it or you can go past it. If someone hit your truck and totaled it, would you just sit there and dwell on it and never buy a new vehicle? You're going to have to buy a new vehicle eventually. It doesn't help to just sit there and look at a wreck. If something hits you in life and totals your life, you can't dwell on it. Most people want to and a lot of people do, but that's not going to get you anywhere." Disaster first struck Derek at the tender age of 8, when his mother Charlene died suddenly in her sleep from what officials believe was a massive heart attack. Derek and his father, John, were left alone in there home in Temple, Texas. After a time, Derek's father remarried but a void remained in his life – a void he tried to fill with alcohol. "He was a good guy before it, he just got a sickness," Derek explained of his father. Just as Derek was preparing to attend high school in nearby Salado, his father's addiction began to spiral out of control. Derek went to live with his aunt and uncle, Lori and Jackie Vick, in Perrin while his father entered rehab for the first time. Midway through his freshman year, Derek's father got out of rehab and called him home to Temple, where he finished his first year of high school in Salado. Derek ran track for the Eagles that spring and made it all the way to the regional finals, but he wasn't done facing hurdles. All the while, Derek's struggles with dyslexia grew, making it harder for him to succeed in school. By the time sophomore year rolled around, Derek's father had lost his job and sunk back into alcoholism. Derek took it upon himself to go to work and help support the family, paying many bills out of his own pocket. He stopped competing in all sports to give himself more time to earn money in what he referred to as his darkest time. But Derek's extended family refused to allow this to go on for long. "Eventually my grandparents, aunt and uncle all showed up at my dad's door and told my dad, 'You're not well and he's not well. We need to take him and put him where he can progress.'" The Vicks got custody of Derek and moved him back up to Perrin to finish his sophomore year. Not long afterward, in July between his sophomore and junior years, Derek received a fateful phone call that his father was found dead in his home. Derek had been bracing himself for such bad news for quite some time. "At that time, I knew it was happening. I was prepared, because he had scares before," he said. "He tried, but he hit rock bottom again and started digging. There was no recovery. With how he was acting and what he was doing, he started getting real sick all the time. I used to live with my friend and I told him, 'It's only a matter of time. I know he's going to pass away. But there's nothing I can do. I can't help him, he won't listen to me or anyone else.' I was just waiting for the day. I knew it would at least free him from it." It was around this time, too, that Derek was just coming off a severe back injury. While working in the high jump one day during track season, Derek missed the mat five times. "They had like a foot-high mat, not regulation, but they made us jump on it," he said. "I hit the concrete twice and then I cleared the height, but landed on my legs, then the next three times I hit the ground with the bar under my back. "We never got it checked out until recently. They believe I compressed my back to where I didn't have a disc between my lowest vertebrae and my tailbone. I played football with it through junior year and tried half of basketball, but someone knocked me on my back again against Throckmorton. It caused it to flare up again and I couldn't run anymore. Then Newcastle kept elbowing me in the back and it flared it up even worse. "My aunt and uncle made me do physical therapy and I just got released June 16. If I was older, I would have had to have surgery to fix it, but since I'm around 18, I should be able to decompress it and do just about anything – I'll just have a weaker back. My physical therapist didn't recommend that I play football, but I'm going to anyways." In the true spirit of Texas, Derek refuses to let anything keep him down. It's just how he's wired. But it wasn't as though he got that way without some help. Derek credits his best friend Kody with always being there for him, helping him through some of his toughest times, keeping him focused on his goals and steering him away from fruitless vices like drugs to fulfill him. Keeping the memory of his parents alive is also a huge motivator Derek in how he lives his life. "You've just got to know they wouldn't want you to sit there stuck in the past. They'd want you to grow up, be strong and work for your life," he said. "You can't dwell in sadness or depression, no matter how bad you want to. You have to just work on getting up and going through it. "I do everything based on my mom. She was a very kind woman. She was always there for you. I used to have a neighbor that was paralyzed from the waist down because he was hit by a semi on a bike and then the hospital dropped him. But that was my mom's best friend, she did everything for him and he would have done anything for us. I want to be like that, so I base my life on that. My letter jacket has her name on it." Derek went on to explain that he further commemorated his mother on his 18th birthday by getting her first and last name tattooed down his biceps. Words escaped him as he revealed his cherished ink. Although Derek always carries the memory of his parents with him, he said he has also found much-needed escapes in the sports he loves. "I just like to hit in football," he said. "I don't really focus on my personal things in football. I just usually zone out, see the ball and hit. That's all." But Derek said where he finds the most peace is when running hurdles on the track – a sport that seems to mirror his own life experience better than any other. His cathartic approach has helped him post a personal-best time of 15.2 in the 110 hurdles. "I just focus. Everyone always says you jump over hurdles, but I always correct them and say you run over hurdles," he said. "I was taught when you get into the starting blocks, you want to be completely relaxed. It's the same with life: you don't want to be tense in life, you want to relax and move with the motions. You have to be comfortable enough knowing you're not going to hit it and get as close as possible to that hurdle and get over it going as fast as possible." With a great many life hurdles behind him and almost certainly more on the horizon, Derek said the most important lesson he's learned is to never be afraid to accept help when you need it – especially from your family. "When people want to help you, don't push them away," he advised. "At times, I tried pushing people away and it put me in a worse spot. My grandparents, aunt and uncle all wanted to help me and I let them be my counselors. I knew I could trust them. Trust in your family no matter what and they'll help you through it. "I'm very grateful [to my family]. My aunt and uncle put a roof over my head and feed me. I owe them everything." In just over a month, Derek will tackle yet another hurdle as the Perrin Pirates appear to be on the cusp of a memorable season led by a potentially ferocious defense. Armed with lessons learned and bearing the scars of a lifetime of testing fire, Derek couldn't possibly be more prepared what lies ahead – both on the gridiron and in life far beyond. ——— ©2015 the Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Texas) Visit the Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Texas) at www.mineralwellsindex.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:___CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting...
A look at players to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jul 23, 2015COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: ___ CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting .281 with 1,844 runs scored (15th all-time), 291 home runs and 414 stolen bases. ... was hit by a pitch 285 times, second all-time. .. won five Silver Slugger Awards (one at catcher and four at second base) and four Gold Glove Awards at second base (1994-97). ... led NL in runs with 123 in 1995 and 146 in 1997 and topped the league in doubles three times with a high of 56 in 1999. ... starred at Kings Park High School on Long Island in football. ... accepted partial baseball scholarship to Seton Hall University and in 1987 was taken in first round of the draft with the 22nd overall pick by the Astros. ... after batting .344 in 141 minor league games over parts of two seasons was called up in June 1988. ... took over as Houston's regular catcher in 1989 and had 13 homers and 60 RBIs to win the NL's Silver Slugger Award for catchers. ... in 1991 batted .295 and made the first of seven All-Star appearances. ... in 1992 became Houston's second baseman and appeared in all 162 games. ... from 1993-99 averaged 17 homers, 33 steals and 116 runs scored as Houston's leadoff hitter. ... finished career with 668 doubles, fifth all-time. ... in 2003 moved to center field for two years before moving back to second base for the final three years of his career. ... joined 3,000-hit club in 2007, his last year in the majors, and finished career with 3,060 hits. ___ RANDALL DAVID JOHNSON: Born Sept. 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California. ... nicknamed the Big Unit, the 6-foot-10 left-hander was an elite athlete who excelled in both baseball and basketball. ... played 22 seasons in major leagues and led his league in strikeouts nine times, earning four ERA titles and recording 100 complete games and 37 shutouts. ... his 4,875 strikeouts rank No. 2 all-time behind Nolan Ryan's 5,714, and his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings rank first all-time. ... owns six of the 33 300-strikeout seasons in the modern-era history of the game and five of the top 11 single-season strikeout seasons. ... named to 10 All-Star Games ... his 303 victories rank fifth all-time among lefthanders, behind only Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Eddie Plank and Tom Glavine. ... turned down the Atlanta Braves after they drafted him in the fourth round in 1982, opting for a combination baseball/basketball scholarship at the University of Southern California. ... began concentrating solely on baseball following his sophomore year and was drafted by the Montreal Expos on the second round in 1985. ... made the Expos roster in 1988, becoming the tallest player in big-league history. ... midway through the 1989 season, Montreal traded Johnson to the Seattle Mariners. ... hurled a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on June 2, 1990. ... led AL in walks three times. ... on Sept. 27, 1992, threw 160 pitches in eight innings, striking out 18 Rangers in a 3-2 loss. ... in 1993 went 19-8, led the AL with 308 strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting. ... posted a 13-6 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season and led AL in strikeouts with 204. ... went 18-2 in 1995, struck out 294 and led AL with a 2.48 earned-run average, winning his first Cy Young Award. ... missed most of the 1996 season after undergoing back surgery. ... rebounded in 1997 to go 20-4 with 291 strikeouts. ... was traded midway through 1998 season to Houston and went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 11 starts, leading the Astros to a playoff berth. ... signed a four-year deal with Arizona Diamondbacks prior to 1999 season ... from 1999-2002 captured four straight NL Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles and struck out at least 334 batters each season. ... in 2001 went 21-6 in the regular season and 3-0 in the World Series, sharing Most Valuable Player honors with Curt Schilling and leading Arizona to a seven-game series win over the Yankees. ... at age 40 struck out 13 batters in pitching a perfect game at Atlanta's Turner Field on May 18, 2004, breaking a record set a century earlier by Cy Young, who pitched a perfect game at age 37 on May 5, 1904. ... traded to Yankees after 2004 season and won 34 games in two seasons in New York. ... returned to Arizona for two more seasons and finished his career in 2009 with the Giants, where he won his 300th game. ___ PEDRO JAIME MARTINEZ: Born Oct. 25, 1971, in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. ... grew up with five brothers and sisters in a one-room home on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. ... eight-time All-Star who finished career with a 219-100 record in 18 years for a winning percentage of .687. ... the 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-hander won five ERA titles en route to a career mark of 2.93. ... his 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th all-time, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.15-to-1 ranks third all-time, and his average of 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings also is third all-time, behind only Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood. ... signed with the Dodgers in 1988 and made major league debut Sept. 24, 1992 at age 20. ... in 1993 got regular work in the Dodgers' bullpen, posting a 10-5 record in 65 games while striking out 119 batters in 107 innings. ... traded to the Expos in November 1993 for second baseman Delino Deshields. ... on June 3, 1995, retired the first 27 Padres batters he faced before allowing a hit in the bottom of the 10th. ... named to his first All-Star Game in 1996. ... went 17-8 in 1997 with a National League-best 1.90 ERA and 13 complete games, striking out 305 batters en route to his first Cy Young Award. ... in November 1997 was traded to Boston Red Sox and signed a seven-year contract. ... went 19-7 in 1998 and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award vote. ... in 1999 went 23-4 with a league-best 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, including a then-record 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings, becoming just the eighth pitcher to post two 300-strikeout seasons, and finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player voting. ... in 2000 went 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA and 284 strikeouts to win his third Cy Young Award, allowing just 128 hits in 217 innings en route to a WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) of 0.737, by far the best single-season mark in big league history. ... battled shoulder problems in 2001 and went 7-3. ... rebounded in 2002 with a 20-4 record, again leading the AL in ERA (2.26) and strikeouts (239) and finishing second in Cy Young Award voting. ... in 2003 led AL in WHIP, ERA and winning percentage en route to a 14-4 record. ... in 2004 posted a 3.90 ERA while going 16-9 and helped the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, pitching seven shutout innings in Game 3 on the road in St. Louis to give the Sox a commanding 3-0 series lead. ... signed a free-agent contract with the Mets following the World Series and went 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 2005. ... in 2006 battled a nagging toe injury and finished 9-8, helping the Mets reach the National League Championship Series. ... after two more injury-filled seasons, sat out first part of 2009 before signing with the Phillies and going 5-1 in nine regular-season starts to become the 10th pitcher to win at least 100 games in both leagues. ... explored pitching again in 2010 and 2011 but never returned to the majors and announced his retirement on Dec. 4, 2011. ___ JOHN ANDREW SMOLTZ: Born May 15, 1967 in Detroit. ... finished 21-year big league career with a 213-155 record, 154 saves, 3,084 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA. ... winner of 14 or more games 10 times and twice led NL in wins (1996 and 2006), innings pitched (1996 and 1997) and strikeouts (1992 and 1996). ... eight-time All-Star and winner of the 1997 NL Silver Slugger Award. ... honored with Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and Roberto Clemente Award in 2005 and the 2007 Branch Rickey Award. ... starred in baseball and basketball at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan. ... the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander signed with hometown Tigers after being selected on 22nd round of 1985 amateur draft. ... acquired by Atlanta Braves for Doyle Alexander on Aug. 12, 1987. ... from 1989-93 averaged 14 wins, 34 starts and 182 strikeouts with a 3.42 ERA. ... only Braves player to be part of the franchise's run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005. ... appeared in 41 postseason games, compiling a 15-4 record, a 2.67 ERA and a record 199 strikeouts. ... in five World Series started eight games and finished with a 2-2 record and 2.47 ERA. ... in September 1994 underwent the first of a half-dozen surgeries when doctors removed a large bone spur and some chips from the back of his right elbow. ... in 1996 went 24-8, including 14 straight victories, and posted a 2.94 ERA and league-best 276 strikeouts to capture the NL Cy Young Award. ... underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove bone chips prior to 1998 season, also spent four weeks on disabled list with an inflamed elbow, and still finished with a 17-3 record. ... in 1999 was placed on the DL twice with a strained elbow and finished 11-8. ... missed entire 2000 season after tearing medial collateral ligament in his right elbow in spring training and undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. ... 2001 comeback derailed after five starts with more time on DL. ...after 159 wins as a starter was converted to a relief pitcher in July 2001 in an effort to maximize his health and finished with 10 saves in 11 chances with a 1.59 ERA. ... in 2002 set NL record by converting 55 saves (tied by the Dodgers' Eric Gagne in 2003). ... saved 154 games in 168 opportunities in 3½ seasons as a closer. ... suffered right elbow tendinitis in 2003 and had right elbow surgery in October 2004 to clean up scar tissue. ... returned to starting rotation in 2005 and averaged 15 wins and 222 innings over three seasons. ... in 2008 became 16th big league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. ... signed as free agent by the Red Sox in January 2009 and went 3-8 in a final season split between Boston and the Cardinals.
Jul 19, 2015
TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after...
SUPER 30: Justice Hill's versatility will pay off for Hornets
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jul 19, 2015TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after halftime and scores our only offensive touchdown of the game to break it open for us.” That was a reoccurring story line for Hill, the first verbal commit of Oklahoma State’s 2016 recruiting class, as he battled through injury his entire junior season — despite raking up more than 1,400 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. “It was really irritating, especially at the beginning of the year,” Hill said in a February interview with okpreps.tv. “I would come into a game, it popped out. I went to the next game, it popped out. And the next game after that, it did the same thing.” Even then, Hill’s injury-plagued performance was more than enough for OSU to offer a scholarship. And following offseason shoulder surgery and a completed rehabilitation program, it’s anyone’s guess how much better Hill might become. “It’s good to see he’s back,” Dantzler said. “But I don’t think anyone has seen him at his best outside of watching practice.” At 5-feet-10 and 190-pounds, Dantzler says Hill’s top talent that will translate to the college game is his versatility. Tulsa Washington will ask Hill to run through defenders in power formation sets this season along with his duties as a slot receiver. Ever since Hill emerged as a star midway through his sophomore season, rushing for 200 yards in his first start, Dantzler has looked for creative ways to get Hill the ball. “After that,” Dantzler said, “we couldn’t take him off the field.” Dantzler also says Hill is as impressive outside of football. “He’s a high character kid,” he said. “When you look at his grades, personality and the way he carries himself, there’s not much baggage — if any — that you have to worry about as a coach. He says all the right things, and he does all the right things. “He’s someone you can build a program around.” Hill spent the offseason as a standout member of Tulsa Washington’s sprint relay team working on his speed while also gaining strength in the weight room. Since verbally committing to OSU, Houston and Louisville have also offered Hill scholarships. But consider this: Hill’s father, aunt and uncle all attended OSU. He’s a self-proclaimed lifelong Cowboys fan. That has Hill dreaming in orange and black as he prepares for his final high school season. “You’ve just got to prioritize and work hard,” Hill told okpreps.tv. “You’ll achieve your goals if you want to.”
May 30, 2015
Alabama’s Nick Saban wants the NCAA to ban football ‘satellite camps’. Unsurprisingly, Bob Stoops disagrees.
OU football: Bob Stoops has positive view of football camps
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | May 30, 2015NORMAN — Bob Stoops has poked at the Southeastern Conference a few times in the past couple of years. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has taken Stoops’ place as the SEC’s antagonist this summer. And he’s not doing it from Ann Arbor. Harbaugh is taking his show on the road this month as he and the Wolverines coaches work camps in seven states — including in Alabama and Texas in SEC country. The tour has reignited debate about coaches working “satellite camps” — camps hosted by lower-level schools or even high schools where coaches from out-of-state Division I programs work as guest coaches. About eight years ago, the NCAA limited programs to hosting camps either within 50 miles of their campus or in the school’s home state. That barred Stoops’ Sooners from hosting camps in Texas and any place other than the Sooner State. That led to a work-around. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been aggressive in partnering with other schools to work camps officially hosted by the smaller programs. The SEC and the ACC went a step further than the NCAA in prohibiting its coaches from working satellite camps. Now, the SEC is calling for its rule to go nationwide. “If we’re going to compete for the championship and everybody is going to play in the playoff system and everybody is going to compete for that, we need to get our rules in alignment so we’re all on a level playing field, whether they’re transfer rules, whether they’re satellite camp rules,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said recently during the SEC meetings. “It’s a disadvantage not to be able to do something in one league and be able to do it in another.” Of course, nobody forced the SEC to pass its more restrictive rule aimed at keeping conference teams from poaching each other. Stoops said he hasn’t paid much attention to the recent furor. “I haven't heard what their points are,” Stoops said. “I'm sure they don't want anybody going into their recruiting area or their home base, but that's just the way it is.” The Cowboys have teamed with Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Division III program in Belton, Texas, for seven years. OSU coaches will work Mary Hardin-Baylor camps beginning Thursday in Belton — about midway between Waco and Austin — and continuing through the next few days in Dallas, the Houston area, San Antonio and east Texas. Oklahoma has teamed up with several schools in recent years including McMurry University, where Hal Mumme coached from 2009-12. This summer, the Sooners’ partners include Sam Houston State. OU coaches will work Bearkats’ camps this month in the Dallas and Houston areas. “I think it’s a positive thing,” Stoops told The Oklahoman. “We’ve had positive experiences with it. I don't know how much of an advantage it really gives you recruiting wise, but even just being able to bring the University of Oklahoma somewhere, or whatever university it is. You’re not making people have to come, so being able to bring your product somewhere, and people get to work with you is positive for those young people.” The camps haven’t directly had a big impact on recruiting, it would appear. Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said he can remember just one recruit from the camps that wound up at OU in recent years — and that recruit grew up an OU fan. “Did that really sway anything?” McCuistion asked. “I don’t know. I really struggle to believe that. “I understand why it’s kind of a hot-button topic but to me I’d be very surprised if there are more than 20 or 30 kids a year in the thousands that sign college football letters of intent that end up making their decision based on it or that it was the catalyst behind the start of the interest.”
NORMAN — Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season — when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 — and replaced him with […]
Oklahoma football: K.J. Young the latest in troubling trend of OU receiver busts
Jason Kersey | May 17, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season -- when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 -- and replaced him with Cale Gundy coaching inside receivers and Dennis Simmons coaching outside receivers. Here is a look at every wide receiver prospect signed in the seven seasons Norvell was in charge of the position group. There have been legal problems, lack of on-field development, transfers and dismissals. Of the receivers Norvell signed, very few became much more than a role player. Here's a look at all 25 wide receivers signed by the Sooners between 2008 and 2014. (NOTE: This does not account for NCAA Division I transfers Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. This chart only includes players signed out of high school or junior college). 2008 JOSH JARBOE Hometown (School): Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 10 receiver; No. 69 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Jarboe picked OU over offers from Florida, Georgia and LSU and was one of the Sooners' prized commits in 2008, but he was arrested in March 2008 on felony gun charges. He pled guilty and was expelled from school, but OU gave him another chance after he finished graduation requirements online. After he arrived at OU, a video of Jarboe rapping about guns and violence surfaced online and Stoops dismissed him before he even played in a game. He transferred to Troy and was kicked off the team there after two arrests, but eventually got things turned around and recorded 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns over two seasons at Arkansas State. JAMEEL OWENS Hometown (School): Muskogee (Muskogee) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 8 receiver; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Owens joined the Sooners along with high-school teammate and highly-touted defensive tackle prospect Stacy McGee. He played some as a true freshman, but fell out of favor with coaches and transferred to Tulsa, where he only played one season. DEJUAN MILLER Hometown (School): Metuchen, N.J. (Metuchen) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 32 receiver; No. 232 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Miller played four seasons at OU, recording a total of 75 receptions for 892 yards and two touchdowns. But after Miller's final game at OU -- a 31-14 Insight Bowl win over Iowa in 2011 -- Miller's father ripped Norvell on Twitter, calling him "flaky" in a rant about his son not getting more snaps in the bowl game. 2009 CAMERON KENNEY Hometown (School): Dacula, Ga. (Garden City CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Kenney became a solid contributor in two seasons at OU, finishing his career with 55 catches, 812 yards and five touchdowns. JAZ REYNOLDS Hometown (School): Aldine, Texas (Eisenhower) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 92 receiver (3-star) What happened: Reynolds was suspended multiple times throughout his OU career -- including for the entire 2012 season -- but finished with 68 career catches for 1,187 yards and six touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans but didn't make the team. In a lengthy May 2013 interview with The Oklahoman, Reynolds praised Bob Stoops for giving him so many chances. 2010 TREY FRANKS Hometown (School): Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 74 receiver (3-star) What happened: Franks was one of three receivers suspended for the entire 2012 season. During that suspension, he still practiced with the team and switched to safety, but was back at receiver by the time the 2013 season began. He didn't record any statistics that year, but appeared in 12 games and started once. Franks chose to end his college football career with a year of eligibility still remaining. JUSTIN MCCAY Hometown (School): Shawnee, Kan. (Bishop Miege) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 6 athlete; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: McCay redshirted in 2010 and made only three appearances with no catches in 2011, then decided to transfer to Kansas to be closer to his family. The NCAA denied his appeal for immediate eligibility -- despite Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione supporting his transfer -- and only caught 27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at KU. JOE POWELL Hometown (School): Dallas (Skyline) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 57 athlete (3-star) What happened: Powell was at OU for two seasons -- switching to defensive back -- before he was arrested on felony drug charges and kicked off the team. SHELDON MCCLAIN Hometown (School): Cibolo, Texas (Steele) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 94 receiver (3-star) What happened: McClain tore an ACL during his senior year of high school and redshirted as a true freshman. He left the team before OU's 2011 Insight Bowl appearance. KENNY STILLS Hometown (School): Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 23 receiver; No. 147 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Stills became one of the best players on the Sooner offense, finishing his career with 204 catches, 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's already had a productive NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, and was traded to the Miami Dolphins during this offseason. 2011 KAMEEL JACKSON Hometown (School): Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 34 receiver (3-star) What happened: Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards during his true freshman season, but was suspended indefinitely after the 2012 spring, and then dismissed a few months later. TREY METOYER Hometown (School): Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 2 receiver; No. 12 overall prospect (5-star) What happened: Metoyer was one of the most hyped OU signees of the Stoops era, but couldn't qualify academically in time for the 2011 season. He spent that year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and got eligible, then shined in the 2012 spring game. He started the first few games of his freshman year, but fell out of the lineup after Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders was granted eligibility. A few games into the next season, he was kicked off the team after being charged with indecent exposure. A judge recently sentenced Metoyer to eight years probation. 2012 LACOLTAN BESTER Hometown (School): Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Bester appeared in 24 games over two seasons at OU, saving his best game for last. He caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. He also made "The Play That Changed It All" in Bedlam 2013. COURTNEY GARDNER Hometown (School): Roseville, Calif. (Sierra CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Gardner was unable to qualify academically and never made it to campus. DURRON NEAL Hometown (School): St. Louis (DeSmet) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 9 receiver; No. 62 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Neal was the Sooners' second-leading receiver last season, but on the whole, hasn't contributed nearly as much as anyone expected. He's got 60 career catches for 764 yards and three touchdowns. STERLING SHEPARD Hometown (School): Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 20 receiver; No. 131 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Shepard has become -- arguably -- the best player on the current OU football team. He would've easily surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last season if not for a nagging hamstring that essentially sidelined him for the final six games of the season. DERRICK WOODS Hometown (School): Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 31 receiver; No. 216 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Woods redshirted as a true freshman, only caught two passes during his career and was booted from the team in the middle of last season for unspecified team rules violations. 2013 AUSTIN BENNETT Hometown (School): Manvel, Texas (Manvel) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 71 receiver (3-star) What happened: Bennett played some as a true freshman, but entering his junior season only has three career catches for 42 yards. DANNON CAVIL Hometown (School): San Antonio (Madison) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Cavil redshirted as a true freshman and never saw any action in 2014. He announced his decision to leave the program midway through that season. JORDAN SMALLWOOD Hometown (School): Jenks (Jenks) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 46 receiver (3-star) What happened: Smallwood suffered an ACL tear during fall camp before his true freshman season and redshirted. He appeared in all 13 games last year, but only caught three passes for 21 yards. He tore another ACL during spring practices and is expected to miss at least the first couple games of next season. K.J. YOUNG Hometown (School): Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Young redshirted as a true freshman and started three games last season, ending the year with 19 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown. He was dismissed from the team Sunday. 2014 MARK ANDREWS Hometown (School): Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 25 receiver; No. 176 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Andrews redshirted last year and switched positions to tight end. He apparently had a huge spring and is expected to really take off in Lincoln Riley's new offense. JEFFERY MEAD Hometown (School): Tulsa (Union) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 75 receiver (3-star) What happened: Mead played some early last season, but fell out of the regular receiver rotation by the end of the year. A big, tall receiver, Mead could find a more consistent role in the new offense. MICHIAH QUICK Hometown (School): Fresno, Calif. (Central East) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 4 athlete; No. 76 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: It took Quick a few games to get going last year as a true freshman, but he ended up catching 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He's expected to be a big part of the offense moving forward. DALLIS TODD Hometown (School): La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 50 receiver (4-star) What happened: Todd redshirted last season.
May 14, 2015
OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. […]
Can Keith Ford still make the NFL?
Berry Tramel | May 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/keith-ford-bedlam.jpg]3666336[/img] OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. Rugged, fast, hard-running. I liked him a lot. He looked like an NFL-caliber tailback to me. And don’t bet on his football future being over. Ford will transfer to some school and play. And don’t discount the NFL from Ford’s future. OU football history is rife with tailbacks who transferred and still found their way to the NFL. I found 13 players who made the NFL after transferring from OU. There could be more. I went to profootball-reference.com’s list of Sooner alumni, which includes players who played at OU even if they finished up at another school, and just did an eyeball/memory survey. Someone might have slipped past me. But 13 is in the neighborhood. And out of those 13 players, eight — eight! — were tailbacks. The non-tailbacks were Troy Aikman; cornerback Elbert Watts, who transferred to Southern Cal and played nine games for the ’86 Packers; Keith Traylor, who played linebacker at OU but transferred to Central Oklahoma and ended up as a 16-year NFL veteran, playing mostly defensive line, including a major contributor to Denver’s two Super Bowl champs in the ’90s; defensive lineman Tyrone Rodgers, who transferred to Washington U. and played 37 games for the 1992-94 Seahawks; and offensive lineman Jerry Crafts, who transferred to Louisville and played 54 NFL games for the Bills and Eagles. An interesting list. But not as interesting as the tailbacks. Here are the eight tailbacks who transferred from OU and still made the NFL: 1. Mike Thomas: From Greenville, Texas. Transferred to Nevada-Las Vegas during the loaded wishbone days of the early 1970s, ended up a fifth-round draft pick of the Redskins (108th overall) in 1975. In four seasons with Washington, Thomas rushed for 3,359 yards on 878 yards. He gained 1,101 yards in 1976, a 14-game season in the NFL. Thomas finished out his career with two seasons as a Charger. His NFL totals: 4,196 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. 2. Dexter Bussey: From Dallas. Another talented tailback squeezed out in the Greg Pruitt-Joe Washington era of OU football. Transferred to Texas-Arlington and was taken in the third round (65th overall) of the 1974 draft, by Detroit. Bussey played 11 seasons with the Lions, rushing for 858 yards in 1976, 924 yards in 1978 and 720 yards in 1980. He finished with 5,105 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns. Bussey is the Lions’ No. 3 all-time rusher, trailing only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims. 3. Glyn Milburn: From Santa Monica, Calif. Transferred to Stanford after playing as a 1988 OU freshman. Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Broncos in 1993, Milburn played nine NFL seasons. He was used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and as a kick returner. In 1998 with Chicago, Milburn returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Milburn rushed for just 817 yards in his NFL career but had 170 catches for 1,322 yards. 4. Tashard Choice: From Hampton, Ga. Played sparingly as an OU freshman but transferred to Georgia Tech and became a star, rushing for 3,365 yards in three seasons. The Cowboys drafted Choice in the fourth round (122nd overall) in 2008. He played six NFL seasons, rushing for 1,579 yards for the Cowboys, Bills, Redskins and Colts. 5. Marcus Dupree: From Philadelphia, Miss. You know all about him. Was a national sensation as a freshman but left OU midway through his sophomore year. Dupree transferred to Southern Miss but never played for the Eagles. Dupree went to the World Football League and finally found his way to the NFL. Dupree joined the Rams, who had drafted him in the 12th round (327th overall) of the 1986 draft. Dupree played 15 games in 1990 and 1991, gaining 251 yards on 68 carries. 6. Donald Brown: From Annapolis, Md. Never really played at OU and transferred to Maryland. Drafted by San Diego in the fifth round, 129th overall, in 1986. Brown played defensive back for 18 games for the Dolphins, Chargers and Giants in 1986 and 1987. 7. Clifford Chatman: From Clinton. Never really played at OU and transferred to Central Oklahoma. The Giants took Chatman in the fourth round (85th overall) of the 1981 draft. He played for the ’82 Giants, gaining 80 yards on 22 carries. 8. Jimmy Edwards: From Oklahoma City’s Classen High School. Another talented player caught up in OU’s talent load of the early 1970s, Edwards transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. He wasn’t drafted but made the 1979 Vikings as a 27-year-old and was used primarily as a kick returner..
May 2, 2015
Blake Bell, the former OU quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.
OU football: Former quarterback/tight end Blake Bell taken by San Francisco in fourth round
BY JASON KERSEY | May 2, 2015Blake Bell switched positions last offseason because he felt like he had a better chance to make it in the NFL as a tight end. That strategy worked. Bell, the former quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday. The Wichita, Kan., native started eight games at quarterback for the Sooners in 2013 — and came off the bench to lead OU to an upset Bedlam victory — but switched positions after Trevor Knight’s MVP performance in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. He caught 16 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns in his only season playing tight end. “When you haven’t done something for that long, it’s all about just getting reps and getting used to the switch,” Bell told San Francisco reporters after his selection. “It went good. It all went back to me making a switch. “A lot of people thought that, you know, OU or somebody wanted to do it for me. And I said ‘No, no. That was my decision.’ “So, ever since I switched, I haven’t looked back. And I’m just excited about it.” Bell was a four-star recruit out of Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita and signed with OU in the recruiting class of 2010. He first named a name for himself as a Sooner by entering games in short-yardage and goal-line situations as a quarterback and plowing forward for first downs and touchdowns in what was known as the “Belldozer” package. He didn’t win the starting quarterback job to begin the 2013 season, but took over midway through the second game and played well for much of the season, including leading the Sooners to an historic win at Notre Dame. In San Francisco, Bell will be reunited with former OU fullback Trey Millard, one of his close friends. Millard was picked by the 49ers in the seventh round of last year’s draft. “Me and Trey are really close friends still to this day,” Bell said. “I’m excited to be reunited with him, too, and go to work.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.The decision came after Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Barnes met Saturday, according to the people who requested anonymity because the school wasn't expected to make a formal...
AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years
By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Mar 28, 2015AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. The decision came after Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Barnes met Saturday, according to the people who requested anonymity because the school wasn't expected to make a formal announcement before Sunday. The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. He had four years left on his contract at $2.65 million per year and will receive a severance of $1.75 million under his contract because he is being released before April 1. Barnes didn't immediately respond to text and telephone messages seeking comment. Barnes built a program with NBA-level talent that reached the Final Four in 2003 and produced two national players of the year in T.J. Ford (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007). Barnes also led Texas within one game of the Final Four in 2005 and 2008. But while the program continued to win, and even reached its first No. 1 ranking in the 2009-2010 season, the Longhorns have struggled in the postseason in recent years despite rosters full of future NBA players. Texas hasn't advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2008. The latest defeat was this season's opening-round loss to Butler. Texas had much higher hopes when the Longhorns began the season ranked in the Top 10, only to limp through a ragged season and barely scrape their way into the tournament. Barnes' 17-year tenure was the longest in the Big 12. He's 604-314 in 28 seasons overall and won 402 games at Texas. Texas was mostly a basketball afterthought when it hired Barnes from Clemson in 1997. He dumped Tom Penders' free-wheeling offense with a tough, defense-first mentality that immediately produced Texas' first Big 12 regular-season title in 1999. But while Barnes brought a new game plan to the court, it was his ability to land some of the biggest recruits in the country that paid the biggest dividends. Barnes recruited a litany of top talent to a "football school," none bigger than Ford and Durant. The zenith was the 2003 Final Four where the Longhorns lost to eventual national champion Syracuse and Carmelo Anthony. The program was still humming when Durant won national player of the year honors as a freshman in 2007. Even after he left, Texas won a share of its third Big 12 title under Barnes and was regularly among the top programs in the country. By midway through the 2009-2010 season, a 17-0 start earned the Longhorns the program's first No. 1 ranking. But that season ended in disappointment as the Longhorns limped to a 24-10 finish and a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament. That started a period of stagnation for a program that had become used to success, and while Barnes' teams were good, many saw them as failing to live up to high expectations. Barnes' only losing season came in 2012-2013, but he turned that around with a surprising 24-11 finish the next season. That rebound, and the return of every starter with highly-touted recruit Myles Turner, landed Texas in the Top 10 to start this season. Texas reached as high as No. 6 before Christmas, but had a much rougher time in once Big 12 play began, finishing 8-10 in the conference. Barnes and Patterson met three times this week about the job and the future of the program. By firing Barnes, Patterson now must make another high-profile hire barely more than a year on the job. Texas pushed out football coach Mack Brown in December 2014, barely a month after Patterson was hired to replace longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Patterson will have an attractive program to sell. Texas is the wealthiest athletic program in the country and will soon build a new basketball arena to replace the nearly 40-year-old Frank Erwin Center. And any new coach will land in the middle of a state rich in high school basketball talent.
Mar 3, 2015
With Trevor Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle. Baker Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it.
Oklahoma football: Will Baker Mayfield once again make the most of an opportunity?
BY JASON KERSEY | Mar 3, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield was too slow and didn’t have a strong enough arm to start for his high school freshman football team, until an injury gave him an opportunity and he started the rest of the season. Two years later, coaches at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, picked a different quarterback to start the 2011 season opener, but by the end of the year, Mayfield had accounted for 55 touchdowns and led his team to a state championship. “Those things are what drove him to the success that he had at Texas Tech early on, and that’s what’s gonna end up driving him to play at Oklahoma,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant when Mayfield played there. “Baker was never a guy who accepted his role.” Mayfield’s decision to walk on at Oklahoma more than a year ago seemed crazy at the time. Trevor Knight was coming off a Sugar Bowl MVP performance against Alabama and appeared firmly entrenched as OU’s starter for the forseeable future. With Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle in spring practices beginning Saturday. Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it. Mayfield took over as Lake Travis’ quarterback midway through the first quarter of his junior season after an injury sidelined the starter, and threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two more scores in a 35-7 victory over Westlake. By the time his high school career was over, he’d thrown for 6,255 yards and 67 touchdowns and led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record. He seemed like the next Lake Travis quarterback destined for big-time college football, following Garrett Gilbert and Michael Brewer, but his recruiting never took off. He only received scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State. High school teammate and longtime friend Luke Hutton remembers catching passes for Mayfield at a workout for Oregon State coaches. “He didn’t have one incompletion; he was just perfect,” said Hutton, who now plays at Harvard. “But they didn’t offer him. They offered a guy who was four inches taller.” Mayfield chose to walk on at Texas Tech, and by the season opener, had won the starting job. He completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns against SMU in what is believed to be the first-ever season opener in which a walk-on true freshman quarterback started for a power five conference school. He ended up starting seven games — throwing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions — but decided to transfer, he said, because he was frustrated with a lack of communication with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mayfield announced his plans to walk on at Oklahoma around the time of the Sugar Bowl, despite Knight’s incredible performance against the mighty Crimson Tide. Then in the OU spring game, he completed all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His appeals to Texas Tech and the NCAA for immediate eligibility last season were denied, although he was put on scholarship last fall. Still, because he transferred within the Big 12 Conference, he not only had to sit out the 2014 season, but lost that year of eligibility. Knight failed to replicate his Sugar Bowl performance last season, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was fired. Riley — who tried unsuccessfully to recruit Mayfield to East Carolina after he left Texas Tech — runs a system similar to Kingsbury’s, leading many to believe Mayfield’s the best candidate to take over the OU offense in 2015. He’ll compete with Knight, sophomore Cody Thomas and redshirt freshman Justice Hansen for the job. “A whole lot of people doubted him about playing at OU,” said Hagen Patterson, another of Mayfield’s Lake Travis teammates who now plays at Columbia. “People would ask me, ‘What is Baker doing? What is he thinking?’ “I told them, ‘Just wait. He’ll find a way to play.’”