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A brutal hit while having a punt blocked sidelined San Diego's Mike Scifres with a broken left collarbone.In came placekicker Nick Novak, charged with one of the most important roles in special teams. He hadn't punted since high school and barely practices it as a pro.Yet he was more than comfortable with the challenge."I can do it," Novak said after punts of 27, 33, 45, 51, 46 and 38 yards in...
Placekickers who punt, punters who place-kick
By BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Dec 24, 2014A brutal hit while having a punt blocked sidelined San Diego's Mike Scifres with a broken left collarbone. In came placekicker Nick Novak, charged with one of the most important roles in special teams. He hadn't punted since high school and barely practices it as a pro. Yet he was more than comfortable with the challenge. "I can do it," Novak said after punts of 27, 33, 45, 51, 46 and 38 yards in the loss to New England on Dec. 7. "I can't do it on Mike's level, but I feel I can certainly get the job done. The pressure's not there, because I'm sure the expectation is, just catch it and kick it and get it out. ... If you mess up, 'Well, he doesn't punt.' If he does well, it's more of a 'Wow' kind of thing. "There really was no pressure there." Ah, but usually there is tons of pressure on a placekicker replacing a punter in a game, and vice versa. The only similarities between the jobs are that both players make a living with their foot, and their specialties are critical to field position and scoring. Because there are so many differences in the mechanics of each job, rarely do the kickers and punters practice the other's role. "Punting's very linear, and your swing is more straight up and through the ball," explained Minnesota field goal kicker Blair Walsh. "Kicking, you're coming around it a little bit more and you're worried about a plant." Still, as a pro, Walsh has studied what the Vikings' Jeff Locke and other NFL punters do, and believes he could handle the assignment. He even spends some time on Fridays working on punting. "You could use the similarities between the two, whether it's locking your foot out or having an explosive motion through it," he said, adding that "overdoing it" must be avoided. "There's definitely similarities you could carry over to each position to make you successful at both," Walsh said. "I've been around it long enough where I've seen a lot of good punters do the right technique, so you sort of emulate it a little bit in your mind. "But I think the biggest thing would just be getting used to the live rush coming at you." Indeed, the rush to get to the punter is a sprint, entirely different and probably more dangerous than attempts to block field goals. While NFL coaching staffs and personnel people try to account for all situations, an in-game injury or illness to a placekicker or punter often falls outside their preparation. San Diego was extremely fortunate that Novak was so successful; the Chargers have a similar history because Scifres did the placement work in the 2011 opener when Nick Kaeding injured his knee. That's also how Novak wound up in San Diego. Generally, though, it's a desperate spot when one of those guys goes down in a game. "I was 70 percent in college, which is plenty enough to get you cut in the NFL," Saints punter Thomas Morstead said of his placekicking. "But I'd be a very serviceable backup, I would think, if they need me in a pinch. "I can kick it a long ways, but whether it goes between the sticks, you know. ..." There's the rub. "They're so different, but I'm going to say it's probably more difficult filling in as a field goal kicker just because there's not much room for error," Jets punter Ryan Quigley said. "Punting, you've got the whole field to work with. It's like, when you're punting, you can just say, 'OK, we're going to punt it down the middle and hopefully it stays in bounds and you get a good 40 yards out of it.'" Punters and placekickers find good reasons not to practice the other guy's art. San Francisco's Phil Dawson, now in his 16th season making field goals and extra points, works on punting occasionally. He notes "the more I do it, the worse I get." But he points out with a sharp jab that punter Andy Lee trying Dawson's specialty "would be worse." Some teams even had other players as the backup punter or placekicker. On the Saints, it's second-string quarterback Luke McCown behind Morstead. For Philadelphia, wide receiver Riley Cooper backs up placekicker Cody Parkey. Perhaps the patron saint of replacement kickers is Craig Hentrich, who punted for 16 NFL seasons. Hentrich was a standout at both jobs at Notre Dame, won a Super Bowl as a punter with Green Bay and played in another with Tennessee. He went 3 for 3 on field goals of 49, 34 and 33 yards in the 2003 opener after placekicker Joe Nedney suffered a season-ending knee injury. Hentrich hadn't made a field goal since 1995. "I've seen some punters, actually, step in and have good games kicking when the kicker went down. The most noticeable I've ever seen is ... Hentrich," Saints placekicker Shayne Graham said. "But he was also a respected kicker at Notre Dame in college because he did both, so he had the background for it." Nobody does both in the NFL anymore, except in a pinch. So if Quigley gets called on to replace Folk during Sunday's finale, what's his philosophy? "Shoot, I'd tell them to back it up and put me out there from anywhere," he said with a laugh. "Nah, that's the way I think because I'd just crank it and use my leg strength. But who knows where it's going? ___ AP Pro Football Writers Teresa M. Walker, Dave Campbell and Rob Maaddi, and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Joe Kay, Dennis Waszak Jr., Bernie Wilson and Brett Martel contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Dec 22, 2014
NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff — finished the […]
OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014
Jason Kersey | Dec 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Samaje.jpg]3524433[/img] NORMAN -- The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don't feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners -- widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff -- finished the regular season 8-4 and are preparing for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson next week. But the year had plenty of positives around OU football as well, and this blog post will highlight some of them. I've compiled a list of links to my favorite stories I wrote during the 2014 calendar year. These aren't breaking news stories; they are simply the stories I enjoyed working on the most, and I've tried to keep it positive. Consider it my Christmas gift to our readers who happen to be OU fans. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Trevor-Knight.jpg]3524431[/img] FRIDAY, JAN. 3: Oklahoma stuns Alabama with 45-31 upset victory in the Sugar Bowl Quotable -- Bob Stoops' mother, Dee, on her initial reaction when she found out the Sooners would face Alabama: "I said, 'Oh no.' But I feel very confident in Bobby’s body of work, so I’m not counting the Sooners out." SUNDAY, JAN. 12: The Collected Wisdom of former OU center Bubba Burcham Quotable -- Burcham, on his decision to quit coaching at Coweta High School and enter the ministry: "God puts a path for a man to do something, and you have to follow that path. I couldn’t deny what God was doing in my heart. So I jumped off the school bus." THURSDAY, FEB. 6: Georgia offensive lineman Orlando Brown the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- surprise for Oklahoma Quotable -- Brown, on his maturation through high school: "Through it all, I feel I kept a level head. I stayed humble. I worked hard. I feel as though this Oklahoma opportunity definitely shows that it paid off." SUNDAY, FEB. 9: A closer look at what went into Blake Bell’s decision to move to tight end Quotable -- Former OU center Gabe Ikard, on why Bell changed positions: "He did this for himself, but he also did this because it is the best thing for the team. He loves being at OU; didn’t want to leave the friendships he has established in Norman; and wanted to have an opportunity to play for a national championship next year." SUNDAY, MARCH 16: Trevor Knight taking his newfound fame in stride. Quotable -- Trevor's mom, Tricia Knight, on her son: "I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says. He's a very humble kid, and that's the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that -- probably for the first time in his life -- last year. It builds character and it made him a better person." SATURDAY, APRIL 12: How Trevor Knight’s positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments Quotable -- LaDonna Sutherland, the nurse who cared for George Knight throughout his cancer treatments, on the Sugar Bowl: "It was the best ending to the story, to have that finally come to fruition. George is just so proud of the boys. He just beamed when they walked in. I can tell you I've never seen it before as a nurse, the way those boys look at their dad. Trevor was there during his dad's worst times, and I genuinely think it was a big, huge part of pulling George through." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Jaz.jpg]3524435[/img] WEDNESDAY, MAY 7: Jaz Reynolds praises Bob Stoops in extensive interview about his past -- and his future Quotable -- Reynolds, on Bob Stoops giving him several chances: "That's Coach Stoops for you. He's a good coach, but he's a better man. He understands that people make mistakes. I say the same thing to everybody, I'm just happy that Coach Stoops is who he is and gave me a second chance to come back, even though I didn't deserve it. Honestly, that was the second time I'd been suspended. If I was to do that at any other school, I'm pretty sure they would've been done with me." FRIDAY, MAY 9: Aaron Colvin’s family supported him through tough stretch Quotable -- Colvin, on his parents: "I couldn’t ask for better parents, period. Their mentality, their mindset makes me stronger because they're just so strong-willed. They don't let many things affect them or get them down, and if they do, they're not gonna show it." SUNDAY, JUNE 15: Blake Bell’s resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita Quotable -- Johnnie Bell, Blake's 87-year-old grandfather, on Blake: "He's been blessed with a frame of mind that is pretty much on the happy side. He always looked on the better side of things. He was always proper. In fact, I think he handled (last season) better than I did." SUNDAY, JULY 6: Lynn McGruder, another Sooner who received a second chance, rooting for Dorial Green-Beckham Quotable -- McGruder, on what advice he'd give Green-Beckham: "I would tell him to take it one day at a time. Stay positive. Really, really soak in the fact that he has a second chance, and truly, truly don't let anything negative from the outside come into his life." SUNDAY, JULY 20: Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Trevor Knight spent his summer vacation Quotable -- Trevor's pastor, Adam Barnett: "He keeps a level head and shows a lot of discipline in the way he manages his time. I'm proud of him for keeping his priorities straight. He could very easily get those out of order, but he doesn't." SUNDAY, AUG. 3: Strength coach Jerry Schmidt optimistic about Sooners’ leadership and newcomers Quotable -- Schmidt, on receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's first few summer workouts: "He was in the trash can quite a bit. To me going into it, I thought this guy is going to be a pain and throw our whole karma off as far as leadership and all that stuff. He responded to it. ... He said, 'I'm gonna get there coach.' ... Sometimes guys like that have kinda cruised through because they can kinda get by on their talent." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Lacoltan-Bester.jpg]3524432[/img] SUNDAY, AUG. 10: Lacoltan Bester, Justin Gilbert and 'The Play That Changed It All' Quotable -- OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: "I can't remember a more satisfying season, and it just goes to show, one play can make a difference." MONDAY, AUG. 25: Eric Striker’s mother a continuing source of inspiration for the OU linebacker Quotable -- Striker, on his mother, Lia Skelton: "I'm the person I am because of her. I get my kindness from her. My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her. I always try to project that image of how she raised me." TUESDAY, SEPT. 2: Sterling Shepard’s biggest fan isn’t crazy about his new role in the return game Quotable -- Shepard, on his mom, Cheri: "She remembers seeing my dad get kinda clobbered back there, but I’m not worried about it. That’s the name of the game. You’re gonna get hit." THURSDAY, SEPT. 4: Jordan Thomas’ intelligence, fast learning result in early playing time Quotable -- Thomas, on when he has fun: "I have fun when I sleep. You've got to rest your brain and rest your body from all the work you have to do mentally and physically. That's it." SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: Walk-on Caleb Gastelum rewarded with scholarship after big performance against Tulsa Quotable -- Gastelum, on staying motivated: "I tell myself everyday that hard work pays off. Sometimes you get down because you don't think it'll happen and things aren't going your way. You just remind yourself that if you work hard, good things will happen." TUESDAY, SEPT. 16: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years Quotable -- Samaje's mother, Gloria: "Samaje has worked all his life for this moment. He puts in a ton of work. He goes that extra mile. When everybody else is tired or playing video games, he’s in the gym or watching plays to try to get better. I’m happy that the coaching staff realizes that and trusts him." SATURDAY, OCT. 4: Trevor Knight was almost a TCU Horned Frog Quotable -- Trevor's dad, George Knight: "Trevor really thought he wanted to stay in Texas," George Knight said. "That's until he saw Norman and saw the campus and got to know the coaches there." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Tyrus-Thompson.jpg]3524434[/img] MONDAY, OCT. 27: Tyrus Thompson’s family motivates him to improve, make NFL Quotable -- Tyrus' wife, Olivia, on the challenges of raising two kids, working and having a husband who plays college football: "The road games are the hardest. I can't go because my job doesn't care that he plays football or that I don't have child care. There have been times when I've been on the brink of getting fired because they don't care. I've almost lost my job two or three times." MONDAY, NOV. 3: ‘Sooner Dave’ gets his moment in the sun Quotable -- Smith, on getting his chance against Iowa State: "I've learned that chances don't come often, so when they do come, you have to make the most of them. That's the only thing that was in my head when I was out there." THURSDAY, NOV. 6: Walk-on Oklahoma safety Najee Bissoon working to stand out from the crowd Quotable -- Bissoon, on his red hair: "I know it attracts attention. Not from crowds; I wanted to attract the attention of our coaching staff. I want Coach to always have something to remember me by. As a walk-on, it’s already hard enough to get much attention.” SUNDAY, NOV. 23: Samaje Perine runs for record 427 yards in OU’s 44-7 win over Kansas Quotable -- Legendary former OU running back Joe Washington: "With today's passing offenses, you've got a kid that rushes for 427 yards? It's a thing of beauty." SUNDAY, NOV. 30: Why news of Caleb Gastelum’s scholarship thrilled other walk-ons past and present Quotable -- Former OU tight end Trent Ratterree, on the walk-on brotherhood: "When one of us did well, it was like all of us did well. It is kinda like a sub-group within the team. We were always pulling for each other. Anytime a walk-on got to play, if they messed up. it hurt. If they did well, it felt good." FRIDAY, DEC. 5: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine Quotable -- Rouse High (Leander, Texas) linebacker Ryan Heinrich: "Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low. Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety." FRIDAY, DEC. 11: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come Quotable -- Marlo Ripkowski, Aaron's mom, on her son receiving the Don Key Award: "To be able to a receive an award like that shows all his hard work and all those years paid off. He's such a good young man."
Dec 19, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dodge led Southern Oregon to its first NAIA football championship, throwing for 429 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-31 victory over turnover-prone Marian College on Friday.Dodge, the NAIA Player of the Year, was 21 of 39 for the Raiders (13-2). Melvin Mason, Dylan Young and Ryan Retzlaff caught touchdown passes and Mason also ran for 56 yards and three...
Austin Dodge leads Southern Oregon to NAIA title
By COREY LONG, Associated Press | Dec 19, 2014DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Austin Dodge led Southern Oregon to its first NAIA football championship, throwing for 429 yards and three touchdowns in a 55-31 victory over turnover-prone Marian College on Friday. Dodge, the NAIA Player of the Year, was 21 of 39 for the Raiders (13-2). Melvin Mason, Dylan Young and Ryan Retzlaff caught touchdown passes and Mason also ran for 56 yards and three scores. "We fulfilled a dream because the players bought in," Southern Oregon coach Craig Howard said. "These guys have done everything we asked and I promised these guys they would leave Southern Oregon with a degree and a national championship." Hayden Northern threw for a school-record 495 yards for Marian (11-3), but had six interceptions. The Indiana school also lost two fumbles. Anthony Jones Jr. had 17 catches for 234 yards and three touchdowns. "The turnovers were big," Marian coach Mark Henninger said. "We probably left 21 points on the board in the first half. Playing against a team like Southern Oregon you can't turn the ball over like that and you can't miss tackles like we did." The Raiders took a 24-7 lead in the first quarter and led 38-10 at halftime. Marian rallied in the third quarter. Northern throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jones and a 32-yarder to Krishawn Hogan on a fourth-and-2 to make it 38-24. "We were able to chip away a little bit there," Northern said. "It was tough coming from behind but I know my teammates were going to keep fighting." Dodge converted two third downs with passes to Jeremy Scottow and Young to set up a 9-yard touchdown pass to Retzlaff on the first play of the fourth quarter to make it 45-24. "Austin can make all the throws and we have the utmost confidence in him during these situations," Howard said. "I think he has that it factor. I coached Tim Tebow in high school and he had it. Austin has it and you win championships with those guys." Marian and Jones teamed again for a 75-yard touchdown strike on the first play of the Knights' next series to make it 45-31. "I thought we were still going to come back," Jones said. "I kept telling my teammates that this game wasn't over yet." Dodge, however, continued to make his best throws on third down and led the Raiders on a 12-play, 57-yard drive that ended with a 38-yard field goal by Aldrick Rosas that gave Southern Oregon a 48-31 lead. "This was an amazing effort from the offense today," Dodge said. "The offensive line, the wide receivers, the coaches. It was a team effort and everyone deserves a lot of credit for this win." Julius Rucker had two interceptions for Southern Oregon, returning one 54 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter to make it 10-0. "We wanted to attack and try to get the ball back to our offense as quick as we could," Rucker said. "We were able to get turnovers and defense will win championships." Mason turned a simple check down into a 64-yard touchdown to give the Raiders a 31-7 early in the second quarter. "That was a big play and everyone was able to feed off that play," Mason said. "It's just an amazing feeling to win this game with my team." Ryan Retzlaff had five catches for 117 yards, and Matt Retzlaff had five receptions for 107 yards for Southern Oregon.
Dec 18, 2014
There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007.He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is going to be and this is where the winning will start. Wristen just wanted them to...
CSU-Pueblo, Minnesota State-Mankato meet for title
By PAT GRAHAM, Associated Press | Dec 18, 2014There were no helmets, uniforms, players, practice field or even footballs when Colorado State-Pueblo coach John Wristen was brought on board in 2007. He had a vision, though, and used to bring potential recruits to a plot of land featuring nothing more than a few cacti to simply say: This is where the stadium is going to be and this is where the winning will start. Wristen just wanted them to visualize his blueprint as he resurrected a program that had been disbanded for more than two decades. Those past teams — through growing pains that first season in 2008 and postseason stumbles the last three years — set the foundation for helping the ThunderWolves advance to the Division II championship game Saturday against Minnesota State-Mankato in Kansas City, Kansas. "It's been quite the ride," Wristen said in a phone interview as he prepared to face the undefeated Mavericks. "It's been really special." Wristen was a former quarterback at the school in the early '80s, back when it was known as the University of Southern Colorado. He had a stellar career and graduated as the school's all-time leader in yards passing (3,283) and TD passes (26). He also guided the team to its only NAIA national playoff appearance in 1982. But after the '84 season, the football program was shuttered in a cost-cutting move, along with several other sports programs. "It was weird, because you couldn't even find you own school's score in a newspaper anymore," Wristen said. He went into coaching and spent the next 17 years at Colorado, Northwestern and UCLA. Then, the call arrived. The school was reviving the program and would he be interested? Of course. The Pueblo community certainly stepped up, with business leaders and former players — like Dan DeRose, who's also the former athletic director — helping generate funds to build an on-campus stadium. Wristen enticed players and assistant coaches to town who could envision what he saw — a program able to quickly rise from scratch. Defensive coordinator Hunter Hughes and D-line coach Craig Ward have been with Wristen since day one. Their running backs coach is Steve Sewell, who played for the Denver Broncos. "There was always a winning tradition here and John just came in and frosted the cake," Ward said. "The program took off." The stadium opened on Sept. 6, 2008, for the ThunderWolves' first season back on the field. They won, too, beating Oklahoma Panhandle State 24-13 in front of 10,000 fans. They finished 4-6 that year and rapidly got better. Since 2011, the ThunderWolves are 47-4. But they've struggled in the playoffs, seeing three straight undefeated seasons come to an end early in the postseason. Their motto for 2014 was "Unfinished Business," a reference to all those seasons that didn't end the way they envisioned. Finally, last weekend, CSU-Pueblo cleared a big hurdle, beating West Georgia 10-7 in the semifinals to advance to the title game. The squad features one of the top defenses in the nation, led by senior defensive end Darius Allen, a two-time winner of the Gene Upshaw award as the Division II lineman of the year. Allen grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, in the heart of hoops country, but football was his passion. More specifically, running back since he was so short. He moved to Pueblo in high school — he needed a change of scenery — grew six inches to his current height of 6-foot-4 and was converted into a defensive end. He was recently named to The Associated Press Little All-America team (top players from Division II, III and NAIA) after a 14-sack season. Who knows? He could be in line for an NFL career. After all, his former teammate, Mike Pennel, already plays for the Green Bay Packers. And offensive lineman Ryan Jensen was recently promoted to the active roster in Baltimore. Not that Allen's mind is on anything but Saturday's title game. "Huge," Allen said. "It's all we've talked about since we were freshmen, where we wanted to be at the end of our careers. We got here because of our relentless spirit." That goes for their coach, who had early recruits looking at dirt and picturing national titles. "I don't know if there's any magic, but that's really the part of it that's unique," Wristen said. "We had a clear-cut vision of what we wanted. ... We were able to go find a bunch of guys that believed. "We've validated who we said we were going to be."
Dec 17, 2014
OU officially welcomed three junior college players to the football team on Wednesday as wide receiver Dede Westbrook, offensive lineman Jamal Danley and defensive back William Johnson all signed with the Sooners.
OU football: Juco recruits Dede Westbrook, William Johnson, Jamal Danley sign with Sooners
staff reports | Dec 17, 2014OU officially welcomed three junior college players to the football team on Wednesday as wide receiver Dede Westbrook, offensive lineman Jamal Danley and defensive back William Johnson all signed with the Sooners. All three players are in the top 50 of ESPN.com's junior college recruit rankings for 2015. The top get for the Sooners is Westbrook (Blinn College, Bresham, Texas) who was named a first-team NJCAA All-American after leading the nation in receiving yards (1,485) and receiving yards per game (185.9) in 2014. Danley (East Mississippi Community College, Scooba, Miss.) was named a second-team NJCAA All-American on offense. OU also announced the addition of two high school seniors -- running back Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas) and offensive lineman Bobby Evans (Allen, Texas) as mid-year enrollees. Both Anderson and Evans signed financial aid agreements with the Sooners in September. Anderson and Evans are each consensus four-star recruits by 247sports.com, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. Stoops on JUCO signees: “They’re all guys that we feel can make a contribution immediately.” #Sooners — Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 17, 2014 Stoops: Will Johnson has excellent speed and cover ability. Dede Westbrook capable of making bit plays: “Something we need more of.” — Ryan Aber (@ryaber) December 17, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seventy small-college football players from across the country have been listed as finalists for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, presented to a player judged as the top defense player in the lower divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA.Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir won the award last year and in the spring was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland...
70 nominees listed for small-college football award
Associated Press | Dec 11, 2014LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Seventy small-college football players from across the country have been listed as finalists for the 2014 Cliff Harris Award, presented to a player judged as the top defense player in the lower divisions of the NCAA and the NAIA. Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir won the award last year and in the spring was drafted in the fourth round of the NFL draft by the Cleveland Browns. The Little Rock Touchdown Club, which sponsors the award with the Wright, Lindsey and Jennings law firm, says 10 percent of last year's finalists made NFL rosters this season. The club and law firm announced the finalists Thursday. This year's nominees include 38 players from NCAA Division II, 18 from NCAA Division III and 14 players from the NAIA. The winner will be announced Dec. 24. Cliff Harris was a high school player in Des Arc, Arkansas, who played at Ouachita Baptist before going on to play in five Super Bowls and six Pro Bowls while with the Dallas Cowboys. ___ The finalists are: Ryan Aelker, Bluffton Darius Allen, Colorado State-Pueblo Steve Ambs, Ursinus Justin Avery, University of Charleston LuckyBaar, McKendree Zach Bell, Millsaps Devin Benton, Southwestern Oklahoma Sean Blomquist, Carroll Tanner Botts, Lenoir-Rhyne Beau Brewer, Louisiana College Deron Bruce, Ottawa Jake Bussani, Wesleyan George Christas, Lock Haven Tyre Coleman, Hobart Tyler Condit, New Haven Jacob Edleman, Central College Nores Fradi, Wayne State LeronFurr, Fort Valley State Frank Gaffney, Lebanon Valley College Josh Gordon, Minnesota State-Mankato Cameron Grad, Menlo College Brady Grayvold, Wisconsin-Whitewater Michael Gruber, Brevard College Nathan Hancock, Minnesota State-Mankato Connor Harris, Lindenwood Greg Hayward, Saint Xavier Ryan Hogan, Trine Julian Howsare, Clarion Rory Island, Delta State Austin Jacques, Johnson C. Smith Tyler Jenkins, Rowan Takari Johnson, Concordia Colin Kimball, Mercyhurst Alex Kocheff, Mount Union Jared Koster, New Mexico Highlands Phil Latimer, Nebraska Wesleyan MattLongacre, Northwest Missouri Caushaud Lyons, Tusculum College Keshaun Malone, Bacone Derrick Mann, Assumption Alex Markarian, Humboldt State Marcus Martin, Slippery Rock Max Nacewicz, Springfield College Bryan Narcisse, Worcester State Jack Nelson, Willamette Trevor Pesek, Texas A&M-Kingsville Ty Phillips, Missouri Valley College Cole Potter, Dakota State University (S.D.) Nadim Raddar, Bethany CJRoberts, Colorado State-Pueblo Brion Robinson, Lincoln University of Pennsylvania Adam Sauder, Taylor Zac Schlueger, Morningside Rush Seaver, Angelo State Al-Hajj Shabazz, West Chester University Jordan Shaw, Shorter Justin Shirk, Bloomsburg GrantSinger, University of Mary Loronza Smith, Warner AndrewStewart, Kentucky Christian Jason Taylor, Catawba David Ternes, Grinnell Bryan Thomson, East Stroudsburg Tyler Thornton, Azusa Pacific CharlesTuaau, Texas A&M Commerce Billy Wendt, Graceland RonellWilliams, West Chester Gary Yeoman, Saint Joseph's, Indiana Jacob Zilbar, Wisconsin - Platteville Justin Zimmer, Ferris State
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The previous kicker that the Kansas City Chiefs employed was Mr. Irrelevant.The current one could soon be called Mr. Dependable.After beating out veteran Ryan Succop for the job in training camp, undrafted rookie Cairo Santos has validated every bit of trust the Chiefs coaching staff placed on him.He's made 14 consecutive field goals and all 33 of his extra-point...
Chiefs kicker Cairo Santos becoming Mr. Dependable
By DAVE SKRETTA, Associated Press | Dec 11, 2014KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The previous kicker that the Kansas City Chiefs employed was Mr. Irrelevant. The current one could soon be called Mr. Dependable. After beating out veteran Ryan Succop for the job in training camp, undrafted rookie Cairo Santos has validated every bit of trust the Chiefs coaching staff placed on him. He's made 14 consecutive field goals and all 33 of his extra-point attempts, becoming one of the few constants in what has suddenly turned into a tumultuous season. "I don't like to look at statistics until the end. I'm just thinking about the next kick," said Santos, a Brazilian who grew up playing soccer before turning to football in high school. "Whatever the streak may be, I want to continue it and get the next one," he said. "At the end if it's 14 or if it's 30 or zero, it's still the next kick. That's how I approach everything." This isn't the first time Santos has been on an impressive streak, either. The diminutive kid who got overlooked by most major colleges and wound up at Tulane once made 26 straight field goals before getting a kick blocked. He was four shy of the Division I record of 30 consecutive makes, set by Washington's Chuck Nelson during the 1981 and '82 seasons. "You want to get in a rhythm," Santos said, "and I've kicked for a lot of years now, but I feel like going from college to the NFL, there's a big difference in the speed of the game. That's something that kind of caught me at the beginning." That may be a big reason why he missed two of his first four attempts, including one in the season opener against Tennessee — the team that signed Succop after he was released by the Chiefs. Naturally, Succop had Chiefs fans crying foul when he proceeded to bang through all four of his field-goal attempts in that game. But that shouldn't have been a surprise, either, considering Succop was statistically the most accurate field-goal kicker in Chiefs history, despite being the very last selection in the 2009 draft out of South Carolina. To his credit, Succop never treated the competition for the kicking job in Kansas City as anything more than competition. Rather than shun the new guy aiming for his job, he often took Santos under his wing at training camp. The two of them would often appear on the field before the rest of the team, booming kicks through the uprights in a game of one-upsmanship. That game wound up carrying over to practice, when coach Andy Reid began having them kick against each other in a World Cup-style shootout. It was then that Santos proved he had a more powerful leg, and that given the opportunity, he could be every bit as accurate. "He's coming around. He's gaining confidence every game," Chiefs special teams coach Dave Toub said. "Then it carries in his kickoffs because he's bombing them, too." On the season, Santos is 16 for 18 for an 88.9 percent success rate. That would rank fourth in franchise history behind only seasons by Pete Stoyanovich and Nick Lowery. Until last week in Arizona, when the Chiefs did not attempt a field goal, Santos had knocked through at least one in nine straight games. And his 16 field goals are the third most by a rookie in franchise history, trailing only Succop (26, 2009) and Jan Stenerud (21, 1967). "I think of Aaron Rodgers at the beginning and (the Packers) kind of struggled too, and I remember he would continue to say, 'Relax,' and once he started saying that they got on a roll," Santos said. "That's kind of how I've been approaching it, too." His consistency is certainly welcome in Kansas City, where the Chiefs looked awful at the start of the year, like world-beaters during a five-game win streak, and are now mired in a three-game skid with Oakland — the team that started them on it — coming to town on Sunday. "For me, I'm just glad things are starting to go the way they were going in training camp and preseason," Santo said. "Things are going well and I hope they continue to go that way." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Dec 4, 2014
Reaction to a grand jury's decision this week to clear Daniel Pantaleo, a white New York City police officer, in the videotaped chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man:___READY-MADE AUDIENCES FOR PROTESTERS AT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGSIn an odd juxtaposition of heated emotion and holiday cheer, protesters found instant audiences at Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, though they...
Reaction to grand jury finding in chokehold death
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Dec 4, 2014Reaction to a grand jury's decision this week to clear Daniel Pantaleo, a white New York City police officer, in the videotaped chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man: ___ READY-MADE AUDIENCES FOR PROTESTERS AT CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTINGS In an odd juxtaposition of heated emotion and holiday cheer, protesters found instant audiences at Christmas tree lighting ceremonies, though they still had to compete with the festivities for attention. On Wednesday night in New York, police presence was heavy as hundreds of protesters stood behind rows of police barricades jamming the sidewalks on Fifth Avenue within sight of revelers attending the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree. A block away on Sixth Avenue, police in riot gear faced off with protesters behind metal barricades. But the annual tradition went on as planned. In Philadelphia the same night, crowds disrupted the city's tree lighting ceremony with chants of "No justice, no Christmas!" and other phrases, drowning out several performances. Still, the tree was lighted as scheduled. And Thursday in Boston, several thousand rallied peacefully although some blocked city streets while marching to Boston Common, where the city's annual tree lighting ceremony was underway. Demonstrators toted signs saying "Justice for All" and "Black Lives Matter" as they chanted. They later gathered outside the Statehouse. Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said he too was frustrated and discouraged by the grand jury's decision. A second night of protests in New York City brought out thousands Thursday. They gathered in downtown Manhattan's Foley Square and chanted "I can't breathe" and "No justice, no peace" before marching across the Brooklyn Bridge, carrying replicas of coffins. Another group started in Harlem. The marchers also disrupted traffic near the Holland Tunnel, the Manhattan Bridge and on the Westside Highway. ___ PROTESTS IN MANY CITIES Protests were held in cities for a second day Thursday. Among them: Atlanta, where demonstrators gathered in downtown Atlanta, roughly 100 turning out near the Five Points MARTA train station. Chicago, where hundreds blocked Lake Shore Drive along Lake Michigan. Protesters were thwarted in their efforts to march to Soldier Field, where a Bears-Cowboys football game was scheduled. They reversed course and at the city's Dan Ryan Expressway, about two dozen demonstrators darted onto the road and briefly blocked five lanes. Detroit, where protesters lay down on the ground for a "die-in" at the city's Campus Martius at midday as temperatures hovered around freezing. Denver, where students from at least four high schools joined in protest. Students from Abraham Lincoln High School left class and walked about 6 miles to the Capitol, snarling traffic. Buses were sent to pick up the students after the protest. Minneapolis, where demonstrators decrying police treatment of minorities stopped traffic for several hours on Interstate 35W near downtown before rallying at City Hall. Some protesters were fast-food workers demanding higher wages and union rights. ___ IN THEIR WORDS What some prominent people in the U.S. had to say about the case: — The black community is not right to be upset about the ruling, said U.S. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., in an interview with The Associated Press. "If this were a white person it would have been the same thing," King said, adding that Garner's death was largely the result of his health problems — something the coroner's report affirmed. "I'm not blaming the guy for being heavy; I'm saying if he was in different physical condition, if he was in normal physical condition, this would not have killed him," he said and later added, "He had serious heart deficiencies caused by obesity, caused by diabetes, and that's what contributed to his death. That's from the autopsy. That's not me." — "I'm not going to rule that in or out, but I do think that the American people deserve more answers about what really happened here and where — and was our system of justice handled properly," House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said in Washington, calling the situations in Ferguson and New York serious tragedies and saying there may need to be congressional hearings. — "The grand jury decisions in New York and Ferguson, Missouri, should lead to a "vital and honest discussion" about race and policing, said former New York Mayor David Dinkins, the first black leader of the nation's largest city. Families fear what could happen to "anyone's child" during a law enforcement encounter, he said, but it's crucial to "foster hope for fairness." — New York should consider better police training, body cameras on officers and other changes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on public radio's "Capitol Pressroom." The Garner case and others like it have a "corrosive" effect on society and cause many to lose faith in the criminal justice system, he said. Lawmakers should discuss improving the system and restoring public trust. He suggested topics including police cameras, law enforcement training and changes to the grand jury process.
Dec 4, 2014
There are no championships — or even big-time bowl bids — at stake in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to watch the game.
Bedlam football: Five story lines for this year's Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game
BY RYAN ABER AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Dec 4, 2014There are no championships — or even big-time bowl bids — at stake in Saturday’s Bedlam matchup in Norman. But there are plenty of reasons to head to Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium to watch the game. Here are five reasons — some for OU fans, some for OSU fans and some for both‚ that this year’s Bedlam still holds intrigue: 1. TICKET PRICES In years past, one could expect paying upward of $200 through secondary markets for often sold-out Bedlam tickets. That’s certainly not that case this season. Here’s a quick look at the going rate for seats from various sellers with two days until kickoff. Soonersports.com: Tickets are being sold for $105. And as of late Thursday, as many as four seats in a row were available for purchase. Stubhub: The cheapest single ticket was listed at $51.39. For two-to-seven seats together, the lowest rate is $53.73. For a non-nosebleed section ticket, 25 rows up in the lower-sideline seats, expect to pay about $270. Craigslist: In the most fluid of online markets, student tickets were being offered for as low as $35. And one post listed four seats together at $60 apiece. For the big spenders, donor seats are running as high as $600. 2. PERINE WATCH It’s reached the point where you never want to miss a carry from Oklahoma freshman running back Samaje Perine. Last time out, he set the NCAA record for most rushing yards in a game with 427 yards against Kansas. He’s had three games of 200 or more rushing yards this season. Entering summer workouts, Perine was considered to be no better than fourth on the Sooners’ running back depth chart behind Keith Ford, Alex Ross and Joe Mixon. Plus, Daniel Brooks and David Smith had been in the program. Now, though, it’s clear who OU’s top threat in the running game is — the freshman from Pflugerville, Texas. 3. THIRD-STRING QBs Both teams are expected to start freshman quarterbacks who spent time as third stringers in camp and early into the season. For Oklahoma, that’s a certainty as redshirt freshman Cody Thomas will make his third consecutive start after Trevor Knight was injured late in the loss to Baylor. Thomas has been the backup most of the season but was hurt early, and OU hoped Baker Mayfield would be eligible before his appeal was finally denied mid-season. Thomas has struggled through the air so far, though his two starts have come under difficult conditions. Those should be much more favorable Saturday, with Thomas having a chance to put together a strong performance entering bowl preparations. For Oklahoma State, Cowboys coach Mike Gundy won’t say who starts at quarterback Saturday, but common sense trumps gamesmanship this week. Mason Rudolph, not Daxx Garman, is the guy. Rudolph’s Baylor debut showcased why he was so highly recruited out of Northwest High School in Rock Hill, S.C.: 13-of-25 passing for 281 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. It’s hard to blame Cowboy fans who look at the measurables — 6-foot-4 and 217 pounds — and are reminded of another OSU passer: Brandon Weeden. It’s too early to tell if Rudolph’s ceiling is as high as Weeden’s was back when the Cowboys were national title contenders. But with Bedlam on tap, it’s worth asking the question. 4. MIKE GUNDY’S OU PROBLEM Before kickoff on Aug. 30 in the AT&T Stadium press box, Boone Pickens was asked a number of questions related to Mike Gundy’s success at OSU. Instead of handing out praise, Pickens remained focus on one aspect of Gundy’s head coaching career. His Bedlam record. It’s 1-8. “When you look at the other schools we’ve played, we’re competitive,” Pickens said. “The only one we haven’t been competitive with is OU. Like last year, we’re a 10-point favorite and we lose. We should have won, in the last five years, three ball games.” Gundy’s lone win arrived in 2011. The Cowboys rolled 44-10 and were crowned Big 12 champions. But in those eight losses, the OSU has been outscored 337 to 206. A Bedlam victory in a down season would not only bring hope to Cowboy fans moving forward. It might also ease the pressure Gundy faces from boosters and administration. 5. BOWL BERTH ON THE LINE The last time OSU failed to reach a bowl game, Mike Gundy was a 37-year-old first-year head coach. It was 2005 and the Cowboys’ 4-7 record was capped by with a 42-14 Bedlam loss in Norman. It’s reminiscent of OSU’s disappointing 2014 campaign — with one major difference. In 2005, the Cowboys were already out of bowl contention entering Bedlam. This season, a victory against the Sooners would propel OSU into postseason play. And capturing that moment in person, albeit unlikely, would be worth the price of admission for any Cowboy fan. “The main motivation is being bowl eligible,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said. If the OSU wins, they’d almost certainly be slated to play in the Cactus Bowl, Jan. 2 in Tempe, Ariz. The opponent would be the sixth pick from the Pac 12 after the College Football Playoff teams are selected.
Dec 4, 2014
“Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low,” Ryan Heinrich said. “Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety.”
Oklahoma football: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine
By Jason Kersey | Dec 4, 2014NORMAN — Ryan Heinrich watches Oklahoma football games from his couch in Leander, Texas, and cringes each time a defensive player goes high in an attempt to bring down Sooners running back Samaje Perine. “Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low,” Heinrich said. “Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety.” Heinrich, a linebacker at Rouse High, should know. He’s one of several Texas high school football defenders who were playing Perine only a year ago and now marvel as the former Pflugerville Hendrickson star takes college football by storm. In his last outing nearly two weeks ago, Perine set an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision single-game rushing record with 427 yards and scored five touchdowns against Kansas. He’s rushed for 1,428 yards and 19 touchdowns so far this season entering Saturday afternoon’s regular-season finale against rival Oklahoma State. In Bedlam, Perine will look to become the first OU back to rush for 100 yards against the Cowboys since Allen Patrick’s 202 yards in a 49-17 victory on Nov. 24, 2007. “Thinking that he’s only a year older than me and he’s already accomplishing what it takes people four years to do in college, it’s just amazing,” said Christian Benford, a defensive end at Westwood High School in Austin. Benford’s team didn’t fare so well against Perine’s Hendrickson squad last season, losing 58-37 and allowing Perine to rush for 282 yards on 20 carries. “It’s very hard to bring him down,” Benford said. “He’s really big and powerful. He doesn’t stop moving his feet. It’s probably one of the toughest things I’ve done as a football player. “My strategy was just to go low and take out his legs. I just happened to get him unbalanced enough to where he fell to the ground.” Rouse lost 28-0 to Hendrickson last season, but Heinrich and his defense held Perine to only 69 yards on 15 carries. “They blew us out in that game,” Heinrich said. “Yeah, we held him to 69 yards, but they didn’t have to give him the ball the entire game.” Several defenders from West Virginia, Texas Tech and Kansas were slow to get up or had to leave the game injured after trying to bring down Perine. By the end of the Sooners’ Nov. 15 win at Texas Tech, several Red Raiders defensive players had seemingly lost the will to even try to tackle the freshman phenom. So when guys like Heinrich and Benford see Perine trucking over would-be tacklers at the college level, do they feel any sympathy? Not really. “Guy after guy tries to hit him high, and I’m just squirming, thinking, ‘Why? Why are they even trying?’” Heinrich said with a laugh. “You’ve gotta hit him low to have a fighting chance. “Those guys haven’t learned their lesson, and he’s just gonna keep running them over.”
Dec 3, 2014
STILLWATER — Teddy Johnson is a senior Oklahoma State fullback. But this week, he’s having flashbacks to his high school days. Because in a state with no professional football, Bedlam is most comparable to the Friday night lights. “To be battling for the state title, it’s a big deal,” Johnson said. Here’s what some Cowboy […]
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys sound off on Bedlam rivalry
Kyle Fredrickson | Dec 3, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/12/8b4ebc5a08f6b8a06710fc5928a3246e.jpg]3505813[/img] STILLWATER — Teddy Johnson is a senior Oklahoma State fullback. But this week, he’s having flashbacks to his high school days. Because in a state with no professional football, Bedlam is most comparable to the Friday night lights. “To be battling for the state title, it’s a big deal,” Johnson said. Here’s what some Cowboy football players had to say about the rivalry: Fullback Jeremy Seaton “In my younger days, I wasn’t really sure who I was a fan of. I guess you could probably say that I was an OU fan whenever I was younger. But did I really know? I was basically just picking a side with whoever was around me. But I’ve definitely been an OSU fan.” “It’s really just bragging rights. You have two teams that have been great these past couple years and you always want to come out on top.” “(Bedlam 2011) was awesome. We came into the game wanting to dominate and we did. How the fans reacted, rushing the field, it was just awesome … I just remember bits and pieces of it. And I remember it taking 30 minutes to get off the field, which was crazy.” Cornerback Kevin Peterson “There’s definitely a rivalry between us, especially in the past years … We let (younger players) know this means a lot, to not only fans, but to us personally because we love beating those guys.” Linebacker Ryan Simmons “It’s a rivalry week and we’re trying to get bowl eligible … everyone knows what this means for our fans and our team. It’s bragging rights. There’s a lot that comes with this win.” “I didn’t really know as much about (the Bedlam rivalry) until I got here. And it’s automatic. As soon as you get involved with your college, it’s a known hate toward another team. It’s big for us. We’re ready for this week and we’re ready to execute and win this game.” “The coaching staff, they’ll definitely mention it as motivation. But the main motivation is being bowl eligible.” Fullback Teddy Johnson “My parents were alumni here at Oklahoma State, so I’ve been watching games forever. I was aware of this rivalry, but it really didn’t mean a whole lot until I got here and was part of the program.”
Dec 3, 2014
Bovada Las Vegas opened its odds Tuesday for the next coach at Michigan. Gundy is part of the conversation.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy given 7/2 odds of becoming next Michigan coach
By Kyle Fredrickson | Dec 3, 2014Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has 7/2 odds of becoming the next coach at Michigan, according to the Bovada Las Vegas on Tuesday. Gundy is joined by Tennessee coach Butch Jones with those same odds at landing the job. Here’s the full list: Jim Harbaugh: 2/1 Les Miles: 5/2 Gundy and Jones: 7/2 Greg Schiano: 9/2 COWBOY REFLECTS ON DECOMMITMENT FROM OU In December 2011, Kevin Peterson gushed to reporters about the University of Oklahoma. That’s right. The now junior OSU cornerback was a Sooners commit out of Wagoner High School in northeast Oklahoma. And he told ESPN.com why he chose to play football in Norman. “Their passion for the game, you can tell how much they love what they’re doing,” Peterson said. “Coach (Willie) Martinez was talking about the schemes and where I might fit in. It got me real excited.” Back at Boone Pickens Stadium on Tuesday, wearing an OSU polo and discussing Bedlam with reporters, Peterson explained how he ended up a Cowboy. It all goes back to then OU defensive coordinator Brent Venables and Martinez, the Sooners’ cornerbacks coach. “Those were the guys who recruited me,” Peterson said Tuesday. “Those were the guys who first got in touch with me, the guys who kind of followed me throughout everything and that I talked to the most. I committed to the school, but I also wanted to have a relationship with the coaches when I got there.” However, one month after Peterson verbally committed to OU, Venables was named defensive coordinator at Clemson. And OU announced Martinez had resigned, though it's believed he was fired. “I opened up my recruitment and wanted to check out OSU because I liked ’em,” Peterson said. “I had a relationship with (cornerbacks coach Jason Jones) and I kind of just wanted to see what they were about. “I came here, loved everything about it. So I decided to decommit.” Peterson made official visits to both schools and said: “There’s really not a whole lot of difference. We’re all competing at a really high level.” But he added one thing stood out. “It’s more of a family program here,” Peterson said. “You come in and you're accepted the first day you get here in the locker room and the community.” Peterson’s three-year college football career continues to be marked by coaching changes. In March 2013, Jones left OSU for a co-defensive coordinator position at Ole Miss. And Tuesday, multiple reports surfaced that current Cowboy cornerbacks coach Van Malone will become the defensive coordinator at SMU following Bedlam. “I saw some tweets about it earlier today,” Peterson said. “But I really don’t look into it, because I’ll just talk to Coach Malone about it.” COWBOYS SOUND OFF ON BEDLAM RIVALRY Teddy Johnson is a senior OSU fullback. But this week, he’s having flashbacks to his high school days. Because in a state with no professional football, Bedlam is most comparable to the Friday night lights. “To be battling for the state title, it’s a big deal,” Johnson said. Here’s what some Cowboy football players had to say about the rivalry: Fullback Jeremy Seaton: “In my younger days, I wasn’t really sure who I was a fan of. I guess you could probably say that I was an OU fan whenever I was younger. But did I really know? I was basically just picking a side with whoever was around me. But I’ve definitely been an OSU fan.” Cornerback Kevin Peterson: “There’s definitely a rivalry between us, especially in the past years … We let (younger players) know this means a lot, to not only fans, but to us personally because we love beating those guys.” Linebacker Ryan Simmons: “It’s a rivalry week and we’re trying to get bowl eligible … everyone knows what this means for our fans and our team. It’s bragging rights. There’s a lot that comes with this win.”
Nov 28, 2014
Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finally shaved the bushy and overgrown beard he'd been sporting the entire season this week.And on the day he debuted his closely trimmed facial hair, he scolded reporters for not telling him how terrible his old look was."I'm kind of mad you guys didn't tell me I looked like that," he said. "I finally had time to look in the mirror and thought it was...
Fitzpatrick gets trim _ and job back
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Nov 28, 2014Houston quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick finally shaved the bushy and overgrown beard he'd been sporting the entire season this week. And on the day he debuted his closely trimmed facial hair, he scolded reporters for not telling him how terrible his old look was. "I'm kind of mad you guys didn't tell me I looked like that," he said. "I finally had time to look in the mirror and thought it was disgusting and decided to trim it down a little bit." He said getting rid of the wild look was not an easy task. "We had to chop it down piece by piece," he said. "It was definitely a significant amount of time to take it off." He said a bonus of the change is that his young daughters aren't scared of him anymore. One of his sons remarked that he had "the longest neck in the world." Fitzpatrick, who was benched two games ago, will return to the starting lineup Sunday at Tennessee with Ryan Mallett out with a season-ending chest injury. Some wondered if he decided to get a new look to go with his fresh start on the field? "It was more just me getting tired with having to pick corn out of it," Fitzpatrick joked. "When I eat pancakes in the morning with the syrup and stuff, it would be there for days. My wife asks me, 'Did you have pancakes this morning?' (I say) 'No, it was four days ago.' No more of those questions, which will be good." I KNOW THAT GUY: Zach Mettenberger had an up-close view of Odell Beckham Jr. and his great hands at LSU. For the record, the Titans quarterback wasn't surprised by that three-fingered grab Beckham made Sunday night for the Giants. "Him and Jarvis (Landry) used to have some pretty cool ones at practice," Mettenberger said of his former teammates. "I knew he could do that." That was a loaded offense at LSU with Beckham, Landry, Mettenberger and Alfred Blue, who has been filling in for Arian Foster with the Texans. Mettenberger said it's cool to see them all having success now knowing they were all together a year ago. But for all the great catches Beckham made at LSU, Mettenberger said he hadn't seen anything like what the wide receiver did for Eli Manning. "He's a really special athlete," Mettenberger said. "Once in a generation really." Another Manning was very impressed, too. Peyton Manning studies film like he's cramming for the bar exam. He has a mental rolodex of all the plays and calls and games he's ever experienced or witnessed. And he's as big a student of the game as anybody in the NFL. He said of all the receptions etched in his memory bank, none beats Beckham's. "That's as fine a catch as I've seen," Manning said, before deadpanning: "I was watching it on TV and it's just what Newman graduates do. It's what happens." The Mannings and Beckham all attended Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans. MORE BECKHAM: Dallas cornerback Brandon Carr isn't the type to shy away from anything reporters want to ask him. But he hasn't taken kindly to questions about Beckham's spectacular catch, even if the Cowboys got a 31-28 win over the Giants last weekend. Carr was on the wrong side of history on the play, captured in the many images and the viral video stumbling to the ground as Beckham holds the ball in the fingertips of his fully outstretched right hand. "I don't really get into the hoopla with the media and whatever y'all be talking about," Carr said. "We won the game. In this league, you play long enough, you're on both sides of the fence. You're making plays, you get plays made on you." By the third question two days after the catch, Carr was on edge. "I won't address it anymore," he said. "If you all ask me, I'll just go lift weights in like three seconds." Coach Jason Garrett believes Carr will have the same short memory for Beckham's catch that he's had throughout a seven-year career. "He's a good football player," Garrett said. "The guys who are mentally strong enough to keep coming back and handle success themselves, but also handle the adversities that happen, are the ones that are the best players." RUNNING RUSSELL: Before the big NFC West showdown on Thanksgiving night won easily by Seattle, 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio was comparing mobile, running Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson to Barry Sanders. That's just how hard Wilson can be to stop when he keeps the ball himself. "When Wilson has the ball in his hand, he's like defending Barry Sanders with his quickness and speed and elusiveness," Fangio said. "He's a tough assignment. He's got more rushing yards than most of the running backs in the league." "Vic coached against Barry, too, back in the day," Carroll said. "I don't know if there's been a player that made a defensive coach or coordinator cringe more and tense up more. Because he could score from anywhere on the field. I think he's one of the great open-field guys that ever played this game. "I don't know if Russell's ready for that right now. Every now and then he gets out and makes a few yards and tries to get out of bounds without getting hit. That's not at all like Barry Sanders." Wilson ran for a team-high 73 yards on 10 carries in last week's 19-3 win against Arizona, averaging 7.3 yards per carry. Marshawn Lynch managed just 39 yards on 15 carries. ___ AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner and Arnie Stapleton and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Schuyler Dixon and Teresa M. Walker contributed to this notebook. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Oklahoma State football notebook: Coaches open up about pulling Mason Rudolph's redshirt in late-season road gameNov 24, 2014
Mason Rudolph threw for 281 yards and two touchdowns in his college debut against Baylor on Saturday. But was playing the freshman a tough decision?
Oklahoma State football notebook: Coaches open up about pulling Mason Rudolph's redshirt in late-season road game
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Nov 24, 2014Mike Gundy pulled the redshirt off freshman quarterback Mason Rudolph in Oklahoma State’s 11th game. How tough was that decision? Gundy wouldn’t tell Saturday night following the Cowboys’ 49-28 loss to Baylor in Waco, saying, “We did what we thought was best for our team.” Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich added a little more context. “It’s not easy,” Yurcich said. “It’s a tough situation. You’ve got to do what’s best for the team. We talked about it a lot. Obviously, we talked about it with Mason. He’s a team guy and he’s got a great attitude. He wants to win.” During Monday’s Big 12 coaches teleconference call, Gundy opened up a bit more on the subject — if only slightly. “We had a conversation with the player,” Gundy said. “And then the next thing is, what’s best and what gives our team a chance to win? We always keep the team first in conversations with the individual player.” That’s a standard-Gundy answer when discussing quarterback-related decisions. But following the 42-9 TCU loss in October, he had no problems dissecting the choice to pull the redshirt from walk-on freshman center Brad Lundblade in game seven. Gundy said it’s a call that “usually involves the parents,” and he put himself in their shoes. “First thing, we have to take into consideration is his career,” Gundy said Oct. 20. “That's why when we made the decision to play Lundblade, we said we were going to play him in every game. Because it doesn’t do (him) any justice to put him in there and see what happens and he plays 10 plays and he doesn't get to play anymore this year. I wouldn't want somebody to do that to my son if my son was good enough to play at this level.” GUNDY SAYS FLORIDA JOB SPECULATION NOT A DISTRACTION Gundy made his weekly appearance on SiriusXM College Sports Nation radio with host Jack Arute on Monday and was asked whether reports he’s connected to the job opening at Florida are a distraction. “I really don’t think the players pay any attention at all to that,” Gundy said. “There’s so much hype out there and there’s so many people that have a way to put something online and not put their name on it. So the validity and how solid it could be is just so limited.” Gundy might have been referencing a Saturday report from Ryan Bartow, a national recruiting writer for the 24/7 network in conjunction with CBS Sports. Bartow reported “three sources from the coaching community” said Gundy wants the Florida job and and has let it be known through “back channels.” Those unnamed sources also said Gundy has “long been intrigued” to coach in the SEC. “It really doesn’t affect me, because I don’t even have an agent,” Gundy said. “If somebody ever wanted to contact me, they would have to contact me. So I know what’s going on. Whatever is being said out there, I’ve never concerned myself with those conversations that can take place.” FRESHMAN CORNERBACK FINDS REDEMPTION AT BAYLOR On the third play of Baylor’s second drive Saturday night, Bears’ wideout Corey Coleman burned Oklahoma State cornerback Ramon Richards on a double-move and hauled in a 54-yard touchdown pass. Coleman had a few words for the freshman afterword, too. Baylor led 14-0 less than three minutes into the game. “Right after that, we had to change things up,” OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. “And change dramatically what we were doing, because we couldn’t afford for that to keep happening. They hung in there.” Three plays into Baylor’s next possession, Richards was matched on Coleman yet again. Only this time, Richards dove in front of Coleman on an out-route and intercepted Bryce Petty’s pass. “I think we caught them in a coverage change up there,” Spencer said. “Ramon has done that a couple times for us.” Richards — a 6-foot, 180-pound freshman from Brackenridge High School (San Antonio, Texas) — leads all Cowboys will three interceptions this season to go along with 26 tackles. Richards has started every game since junior cornerback Ashton Lampkin suffered a right ankle injury Sept. 25 against Texas Tech.
Nov 23, 2014
You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks.
What Oklahoma sports fans have to be thankful for during the holiday season
BY JENNI CARLSON | Nov 23, 2014We won’t be sugar coating anything, sports fans. You already know that these are tough times in our neck of the sports woods. The Thunder is wounded. The Sooners have disappointed. The Cowboys are struggling. But it’s Thanksgiving week, and that means we’re contractually obligated to give thanks. And you know what? Our sports world isn’t without reasons to give thanks. With the Thunder, we can be thankful for what these injuries have revealed. Nick Collison’s 3-point shot. Serge Ibaka’s shooting range. Every able-bodied player’s heart. And of course, there are the healing powers of the human body and whatever Mr. Miyagi tricks the Thunder has up its sleeve. At OSU, there’s Mason Rudolph’s spark, Michael Cobbins’ return and Desmond Roland’s perseverance. There are also plenty of reasons, maybe hundreds of millions, to be thankful for Mike Gundy and Boone Pickens, even when they aren’t thankful for each other. At OU, there’s Samaje Perine’s running, TaShawn Thomas’s eligibility and Blake Bell’s class. And even with the Adrian Peterson saga, OU can say, “Pay no attention to that. Perhaps you’ve heard about our amazing alum, DeMarco Murray.” Speaking of the Dallas Cowboys, has there ever been a pro franchise outside the Thunder that flew the flag for our state more than them? Please tell me someone’s has come up with a drinking game after all of Mike Tirico’s references to OU and OSU during that Monday Night Football game? Oklahoma City Public Schools is fixing fields and working to right long-listing football programs. The Los Angeles Dodgers are bringing their Triple-A team to town. Pro soccer has come to town. And the NCAA still loves us. Volleyball championships are coming to Oklahoma City in December, basketball regionals are on the calendar for future years, and the Women’s College World Series isn’t going anywhere. Yes, I know the teams that dominate our scene are struggling. Not since 2005 have things been so bad. Mike Gundy’s first season. Bob Stoops’ worst season since Year 1. The only saving grace that year was the NBA blowing into town. The Hornets weren’t great, but that fall, they provided distraction. Perhaps that year provides perspective. It has been nearly a decade since our sports world had it as rough as it has this year. We have it good. That’s fact. That’s not sugar coating — we know you’ll get plenty of that on your honey-glazed hams and marshmallow-covered yams. What the readers are thankful for ... Rita Riley, Oklahoma City Very thankful for our Thunder players. They are exhibiting grace in a very difficult time. Playing their hearts out. Greg Hargrove, Lawton Splitting of Class 6A into two divisions means my Lawton High School Wolverines have a realistic shot at a gold ball. Lauren Dennison, Oklahoma City I’m thankful that we even have an NBA basketball team. Big-league city. David Jordan, Fairfax, Va. As a very temporary Virginian at the moment (working as an Army National Guard Chaplain at the National Guard Bureau), I want to say I'm still very thankful for the OU football program. Each Saturday I feel a little more connected to home when I watch on TV. Justin Wilmeth, Oklahoma City The Edmond Hyundai “helium” commercial is, by far, the best part of the season for the Thunder so far. John Rhea, Norman I’m thankful for the off button on my radio after a loss, so I can ignore the volunteer assistant coaches on sports talk radio. What the writers are thankful for ... Berry Tramel, columnist “May you live in interesting times” is a new English phrase that masquerades as a Chinese proverb. Sort of the literary version of sweet-and-sour pork. But despite the travails of the Thunder and Sooners and Cowboys, sports fans in Oklahoma can’t say they don’t live in interesting times. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are hurt for now, but soon enough, two of the 15 best basketball players in the world play in OKC. OSU football stinks, but even in defeat, the Boone Pickens/Mike Gundy spat is fascinating theater. And the Sooners, win or lose, never are boring. Interesting times? These are the best of times. There’s never been a better time to be a sports fan in Oklahoma. Ryan Aber, OU basketball Be thankful for the NCAA — seriously — and TaShawn Thomas. Sure, the NCAA waited until about 17 hours before the Sooners’ season opener to rule in Thomas’ favor on his appeal for immediate eligibility. But in a season where OU football has been on the wrong side of NCAA rulings involving Dorial Green-Beckham and Baker Mayfield, you take victories where you can get them regardless of timing. Thomas fills the Sooners’ glaring hole, putting another big body opposite Ryan Spangler and giving OU one of the nation’s best starting fives. Ed Godfrey, outdoors From antelope in the Panhandle to black bears in the southeastern counties, few states can match Oklahoma’s diversity of wildlife. We should be thankful for bass fishing lakes like Grand and Arbuckle and crappie lakes like Hugo and Eufaula. We should be thankful we can catch stripers on Lake Texoma, snag spoonbills on Grand Lake and its tributaries, and fly fish for trout year-round on the Lower Mountain Fork and Lower Illinois rivers. The state is blessed with good deer and turkey hunting statewide and some of the most underrated duck hunting in the country. Heck, even the bird hunters are happy this year because the bobwhite quail have returned. Jacob Unruh, high school hoops There is an impressive amount of young talent across the state likely bound for Division I hoops. On the boys side, there are Putnam West’s Tre Evans, an Oklahoma State commitment, Southeast’s DeShawn McDowell, and Mustang standouts Jakolby Long and Austin Meyer. The girls are equally talented with Choctaw sophomore Ana Llanusa and small-school stars Preston’s Chelsea Dungee and Alva’s Jaden Hobbs. Llanusa and Dungee are verbally committed to Oklahoma while Hobbs is committed to OSU. Kyle Fredrickson, OSU football Things are going to be little tense at the proverbial Thanksgiving table this year between Mike Gundy and an anxious OSU fan base. No bowl for the first time since 2005? A beef with Boone Pickens? The opportunity to jump ship for Florida? Even still, there’s plenty to be thankful for. In just a few months, the anguish Cowboy fans feel today will be replaced by the optimism of a new season that features a core of experienced returners. And OSU’s 2015 schedule is much more manageable with home games against TCU, Baylor and OU in November. If anything, Cowboy fans, be thankful OU isn’t much worse off at the moment. Anthony Slater, Thunder Two of the best 10 players in the world still reside on the Thunder roster. And at some point in the next month, Thunder fans will get an early Christmas present with the return of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Plus, despite these early season troubles, OKC remains among an elite group of teams that most pundits believe can still win the title. Weather this storm because good times are likely ahead. Jason Kersey, OU football The Sooners have enjoyed a remarkable run of consistent success under Bob Stoops, who has made 10-win seasons the norm in Norman. OU under Stoops is 10-6 against Texas and 12-3 against Oklahoma State, so rivalry bragging rights are another thing to appreciate. Are things perfect? Of course not, and they’ll never be. But the very fact that some fans are calling for a coaching change because of three losses in one season should be enough to realize how good you’ve got it. John Helsley, OSU basketball Cowboys basketball fans can be thankful for a team offering optimism. From Michael Cobbins’ health to Le’Bryan Nash’s plans for a big senior season to Phil Forte filling it up from 3-point land to a promising bunch of youngsters that figure to make this season interesting, there’s much to like about these Pokes. Scott Wright, high school football There is still meaningful football to be played. Seasons might not have played out the way OU and OSU followers had hoped, but the excitement, drama and tension of the high school playoffs hasn’t even reached its climax. Nine championships are still to be decided, including the first-ever Class 6A Division II title. Quarterfinals and semifinals will be held this weekend, with championship games the following two weeks. Mike Baldwin, minor league sports Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ranks as one of the finest Triple-A ballparks in the country. A ton of a future big leaguers have played at The Brick. Hockey was bigger back in the Blazer days, but Triple-A hockey is an upgrade. Several NHL players have played at the Cox Convention Center, including some young Edmonton Oilers stars during the NHL lockout. Minor-league sports in OKC are top rate.
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NEW/DEVELOPING SOC--FIFA-WCUP PROBE GENEVA — FIFA will further review the 2018 and 2022 World Cup corruption investigation, putting the status of hosts Russia and Qatar back in question. Domenico Scala, the independent chairman of FIFA's financial monitoring panel, will study the report by American prosecutor Michael Garcia. By Graham Dunbar. SENT: 400 words, photos. FBN--PETERSON APPEAL The NFL players' union appeals the league's suspension of Adrian Peterson. In a letter obtained by the AP, the NFLPA calls Commissioner Roger Goodell's punishment "unprecedented, arbitrary, and unlawful" and demands that an independent, neutral arbitrator hears Peterson's case. By Pro Football Writer Rob Maaddi. SENT: 400 words, photos. — With: — VIKINGS-PETERSON'S SON-BOND — Judge adds bond conditions for man charged in death of Adrian Peterson's son. SENT: 250 words. BKN--IVERSON-NIKE SNEAKER PHILADELPHIA — Nike is pulling back on plans for a shoe that sneakily honors Allen Iverson after the former NBA star questioned whether the company could use his old number and team colors while he's endorsed by rival Reebok. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 650 words, photos. BBO--OWNERS MEETINGS KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Baseball owners unanimously approve a five-year term for Rob Manfred, who will succeed Bud Selig as commissioner early next year. Owners also discuss a variety of issues, among them pace of play, instant replay and domestic violence initiatives. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 650 words, photos. GLF--LPGA TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP NAPLES, Fla. — The biggest payout in women's golf is on the line when the LPGA Tour season finale gets starts at the CME Group Tour Championship. Stacy Lewis, Inbee Park and Lydia Ko can claim a $1 million bonus by winning the tournament. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. 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SENT: 700 words, photos. — FBC--EAST CAROLINA-HARDY'S RECORD — By Aaron Beard. SENT: 600 words, photos. COLLEGE BASKETBALL BKC--T25-KENTUCKY-POWERHOUSE PLATOONS LEXINGTON, Ky. — No. 1 Kentucky is college basketball's answer to the U.S. national team, with two platoons of NBA-caliber talent. The Wildcats feature nine players of at least 6-foot-6 going all out. They don't need to pace themselves because they know relief is minutes away. By Gary B. Graves. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 5 p.m. NBA BKN--TIMBERWOLVES-RUBIO RECOVERS MINNEAPOLIS — Ricky Rubio was playing some of his best ball with the Timberwolves when he went down Thursday with a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out for a while. The Spanish point guard discusses his injury. By Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski. 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Whether that deal comes with some goodwill for the oft-controversial owner remains to be seen. By Tim Reynolds. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 2 p.m. HKO--LOGISTICS MADE EASY Logistics for neighborhood sports leagues is no easy thing. What players are available? Who's supplying the snacks? Now there's an app — with an assist from former NHL player Bret Hedican — helping organizers put their focus where it is needed most — on the games. By Ira Podell. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 4 p.m. BASEBALL — BBA--BLUE JAYS-MARTIN — Catcher Russell Martin discusses the next phase of his career after signing a $82 million, five-year contract with the Blue Jays. By Ian Harrison. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m. — BBO--JAPAN-MLB ALL-STARS — Japan beats MLB All-Stars 6-4 in exhibition game. SENT: 200 words. GOLF — GLF--WORLD TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP — Rory McIlroy shares first-round lead at season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. SENT: 350 words, photos. — GLF--AUSTRALIAN MASTERS — Defending champ Adam Scott trails by six strokes after first round of Australian Masters. SENT: 350 words. — GLF--CALLAWAY INVITATIONAL — Opening round of unofficial event involving PGA, LPGA and Champions Tour players at Pebble Beach. UPCOMING: 400 words by 8 p.m. OTHER NEWS — SPORTS BETTING — Judge expects to rule by Friday on whether New Jersey can partially lift the ban on sports gambling. By Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words, photos. — BOX--JERMAIN TAYLOR-SHOOTING — Jermain Taylor charged in August shooting in Arkansas; boxer could face up to 26 years in prison. SENT: 150 words. — BKC--TARKANIAN HOSPITALIZED — Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, 84, hospitalized for pneumonia. SENT: 130 words, photos. — OLY--RIO-GOLF COURSE-LAWSUIT — Construction on golf course for 2016 Rio Olympics could be halted because of legal obstacles. By Jenny Barchfield and Stephen Wade. SENT: 450 words, photos. — SOC--BRAZIL-PELE'S SON — Pele's 44-year-old son released from jail in Brazil to appeal money laundering conviction. SENT: 130 words, photos. — BOB--RUSSIA-DOPING — Russian national two-man bobsled champion tests positive for banned substance. SENT: 100 words. CAPSULES — BKN--NBA CAPSULES. — HKN--NHL CAPSULES. — FBC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKC--TOP 25 CAPSULES. — BKW--TOP 25 CAPSULES. ___ Thursday's Time Schedule (EST) NFL Kansas City at Oakland, 8:25 p.m. NBA L.A. Clippers at Miami, 8 p.m. Chicago at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. NHL Minnesota at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. St. Louis at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Detroit at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Arizona at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Washington at Colorado, 9 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Carolina at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Florida at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. College Football (Top 25) No. 12 Kansas State at West Virginia, 7 p.m. No. 25 Duke vs. North Carolina, 7:30 p.m. College Basketball (Top 25) Men No. 10 Texas vs. Iowa at New York (Madison Square Garden), 7 p.m. No. 12 Villanova vs. Bucknell, 8 p.m. No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7 p.m. No. 16 San Diego State vs. Cal State Bakersfield, 10:30 p.m. No. 17 Connecticut vs. College of Charleston at San Juan, Puerto Rico, 12:30 p.m. No. 22 SMU at Indiana, 8 p.m. No. 23 Syracuse vs. California at New York (Madison Square Garden), 9 p.m. No. 24 Michigan vs. Detroit, 6 p.m. Women No. 2 South Carolina vs. Clemson, 7 p.m. No. 6 Stanford vs. No. 10 Texas, 9 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Old Dominion, 7 p.m. No. 12 Louisville vs. Belmont, 7 p.m. No. 17 West Virginia at Mississippi State, 8 p.m.
The milestone came and went, chronicled with a blurb that got second billing to the news that his team actually won a game.So much has happened between the time Michael Vick came into the NFL, with the promise of a man who might change offense forever, and a week ago Sunday, when he led the Jets to their second win of the season while also becoming the first quarterback to reach 6,000 yards...
Vick changed NFL with legs, but arms still win
EDDIE PELLS, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014The milestone came and went, chronicled with a blurb that got second billing to the news that his team actually won a game. So much has happened between the time Michael Vick came into the NFL, with the promise of a man who might change offense forever, and a week ago Sunday, when he led the Jets to their second win of the season while also becoming the first quarterback to reach 6,000 yards rushing in his career. "People would tell me that I could revolutionize the game," Vick said of the reaction he received when he was drafted No. 1 out of Virginia Tech in 2001. In the 13 years since his arrival as the fastest man on the field who also happened to have the strongest arm, Vick may not have changed the game completely. But his impact has been palpable — most notably, in the way quarterbacks and offenses have evolved in high school, college and the pros. Robert Griffin III, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are among those who can thank Vick for clearing their path into the NFL. "There have been plenty of others like us, and plenty more to come," Vick said. But while Wilson has a Super Bowl ring and Kaepernick has been to the big game, they have not, by any means, redefined success at the quarterback position. This season's five highest-rated quarterbacks are Aaron Rodgers, Tony Romo, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Tom Brady. All of them pocket passers who have a total of 4,920 career yards rushing among them; heading into Week 12, all their teams were leading their respective divisions in wins, too. "Being able to run the ball is nice," says mobile Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who played receiver for a good chunk of his college career. "But at the end of the day, a quarterback's job is to get the ball to the receivers." Now 34 and in his 12th NFL season, Vick has spent most of his career trying to find a comfort zone in the pocket. That transformation started before he ever took an NFL snap, and kept progressing after his forced two-year hiatus while he was in prison for running a dogfighting ring. Vick's first NFL coach, Dan Reeves, had worked with a mobile quarterback named John Elway through the 1980s and also played with Roger Staubach in the 1960s and '70s. Reeves was well aware of the way a running QB could alter a game plan. "I don't know that (Vick) changed anything," Reeves said. "The thing that was different about Mike was that, in a lot of instances, he was the fastest guy on the field. You could put a spy on him and still not have anyone be able to catch him. You went in hoping he could use that to his advantage, but also get more comfortable going through progressions and being able to deliver the ball on time." The project has had mixed results. Vick accomplished a lot of firsts, among them the first to throw for 250 yards and run for 100 in a game, and first quarterback to rush for 1,000 yards in a season. But his career passer rating sits at 80.7. He has a 61-52-1 record as a starter. He's won only two playoff games. Clearly, though, his impact is measured in more than wins, losses and statistics. Without Vick, many of the wide-open college schemes seen today wouldn't have gained acceptance as quickly to best exploit the talents of RG3, Tebow, Newton, Kaepernick, Johnny Manziel and, most notably this year, Marcus Mariota at Oregon and Dak Prescott at Mississippi State. Those quarterbacks, and eventually, the high-octane offenses they run, filter from college to the pros. Now, high school quarterbacks are being taught how to line up in the pistol and throw from a five-receiver set. "I didn't realize it then, but now it makes me feel great," Vick said. "I'm like, 'I started this. I started this trend.'" Among those still finding their way is Newton, who has been asked to tailor his game to what works in the NFL, not at Auburn. He was sacked nine times two Sundays ago in a loss to the Eagles. Griffin has been injured or ineffective through most of Years 2-3 in the league after winning the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Tebow, famously, is out of the NFL, in large part because he couldn't master the pocket pass. Wilson has been a success, though whether it's because of his mobility or in spite of it is up for debate. He has rushed for 100 yards in four games; the Seahawks are 2-2 in those contests. Kaepernick's critics are quick to point out his career 93.2 passer rating — pedestrian in an era when 100s and 110s win the most. Then there are the quarterbacks who were doing what Vick does well before he became a force. Among his most-cited predecessors: Steve Young and Randall Cunningham. "I was Randall times 10," Vick said. "I'm not boasting about it. It's just what God created." Young led the 49ers to the 1995 Super Bowl title during a season in which both his rushing attempts and yardage went down about 33 percent from the three previous years. Also that season, he completed more than 70 percent of his passes for the only time. The closest Cunningham got to a Super Bowl was during the 1998 season with Minnesota, when he ran only 32 times for 132 yards and had a passer rating of more than 100 for the only time in his career. In other words, both before Vick and since, mobile quarterbacks who made it their first priority to throw have enjoyed the most success. "The game has changed," Reeves said. "But you've still got to be able to throw the football." ___ AP Sports Writer Dennis Waszak Jr., in New York contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 19, 2014
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch.The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers.He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball."Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice.It's a quandary NFL teams face...
Top tight ends use size to pile up receptions
HOWARD ULMAN, Associated Press | Nov 19, 2014FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski makes a twisting, leaping, one-handed catch. The super-sized tight end swats away would-be tacklers. He celebrates touchdowns with a powerful spike that, somehow, doesn't knock the air out of the ball. "Imagine trying to cover that," said Tom Brady, whose defensive teammates with the Patriots only have to do it in practice. It's a quandary NFL teams face against Gronkowski and many others in this era of big receiving tight ends. "Every offense in the league wants a guy like that," said Tony Gonzalez, who helped usher in the trend during a brilliant 17-year career that ended after last season. "It is unguardable." Top tight ends are heavier than defensive backs, often faster than linebackers, and taller than both. The eight tight ends with the most catches this season are all at least 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds. Just five years ago, only two of the top eight had that height-weight combination. They're athletic and line up all over the offense — next to the tackle, in the slot, split out or in the backfield. Their wide wingspans and large bodies shield defenders from the ball. The crackdown on illegal contact makes it easier to get open. And many play with outstanding quarterbacks who put the pass in the perfect spot: Gronkowski (6-6, 265 pounds) with Brady; Jimmy Graham (6-7, 265) with Drew Brees in New Orleans; Julius Thomas (6-5, 250) with Peyton Manning in Denver. What's a poor defender to do? "It's a big challenge," Tennessee safety George Wilson said, "week in and week out." Graham leads all tight ends with 59 receptions. Gronkowski is tied for third with 53. Thomas is tied for the NFL lead with 12 touchdown catches. They often are double-teamed, making it easier for wide receivers to get free. "It's a constant struggle," Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio said. In none of the 13 seasons from 1994-2006 did tight ends catch more than a total of 2,000 passes, according to STATS. They've surpassed that number in each full season since. Their 1,500 catches this year are more than the totals in all of 1994 (1,412) and 1996 (1,458), and they're on pace for the fourth straight full season of more than 2,300. Gronkowski has some highlight-reel plays in this year's batch. In the Patriots' eighth game, he caught a pass, flicked off safety Ryan Mundy like a pesky gnat at the Chicago 25, and scored his third touchdown of the day, a 46-yarder, in a 51-23 rout. "He's just a beast," Mundy said. "His size is just his best asset." The next week, Gronkowski jumped and swiveled his body to reach for a pass thrown behind him. He hauled it in with his left hand while surrounded by defenders for a 20-yard gain to the Denver 1. He caught a touchdown pass on the next play of the Patriots' 43-21 victory. In last Sunday night's 42-20 rout of Indianapolis, he caught the ball at the Colts 20, was hit by four defenders, outran a fifth, then flattened cornerback Vontae Davis while leaping into the end zone for a 26-yard score. "When you see the ball," the sure-handed Gronkowski said simply, "you want to go for it." Graham did that at the end of regulation of a 27-24 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 9. Brees passed from the 50. Graham jumped over defenders and caught it in the end zone, but was penalized for pass interference. "I'm not always going to outrun everyone," he said, "Drew just says go up and get the rebound." Skills he used in college basketball — boxing out opponents, soaring for dunks — translate to his position. Thomas, Antonio Gates of San Diego and Jordan Cameron of Cleveland also played college hoops. Gonzalez was a trailblazer from the hardwood to the turf. "Going up for those passes is like going up for an alley-oop and dunking," New York Giants tight end and former high school basketball standout Larry Donnell (6-6, 265) said with a laugh. "I use that now to catch passes from Eli (Manning)." After going undrafted in 2012 and making three catches as a rookie, Donnell has 44 this season. Some shorter tight ends also are productive receivers. "It's all about angles," said Gates (6-4, 255), "being able to reach the ball at its highest point. That's what I brought to the table from playing basketball." Delanie Walker (6-0, 248) has 38 receptions for Tennessee. "I never categorized him by size," said Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt, a former NFL tight end. It's impossible to ignore Gronkowski's, but he claims he can be guarded. "If I'm not running the route how I was coached and not going full speed, I feel like I can be covered by anyone," he said. It's not easy. "You've got to play a near-perfect game with him," Buffalo safety Da'Norris Searcy said. "You have to try to anticipate routes and be able to jump routes on him." But if Gronkowski gets to the right spot, the defender "can't do anything about it," Brady said. "I think they know that, too. So then they panic and then when they panic, it's even more of an advantage to the offense." Gronkowski is the most powerful example of that. But not the only one. "It's the No. 1 mismatch in the NFL," Gonzalez said. "Even when you're guarded, you're not guarded." ___ AP Pro Football Writers Barry Wilner, Arnie Stapleton and Teresa Walker, Sports Writers Brett Martel, John Wawrow and Bernie Wilson, and AP freelancer Gene Chamberlain contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
As an old point guard, Travis Ford might covet quality at the point above all positions.
National Signing Day notebook: OSU signs Jawun Evans, Igor Ibaka
By John Helsley, Ryan Aber, Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Nov 12, 2014As an old point guard, Travis Ford might covet quality at the point above all positions. So Wednesday was a good day for Ford and the Cowboys, who officially scored one of the nation's premier point guard prospects with the signing of Dallas standout Jawun Evans. A five-star rated recruit by Scout.com, Evans had been committed to Oklahoma State since early October. He made it official Wednesday, the first day of the NCAA's early signing period. OSU also announced the signing of power forward Igor Ibaka, the younger brother of Oklahoma City Thunder standout Serge Ibaka, who is sitting out this year at junior college in hopes of having three seasons of eligibility at OSU. In Evans, the Cowboys get a playmaking point man known for his speed on the floor and for getting his teammates involved. As a junior a year ago, Evans led Kimball High School to the Texas Class 4A state title, averaging 22.4 points, 8.1 assists and 3.9 rebounds a game. “We throw the term pure point guard around a lot,” said ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, “but he's got all the attributes to be a classic college point guard.” Evans chose the Cowboys after whittling a long list of suitors to OSU, Illinois, Southern Cal and Texas. 7-FOOTER HIGHLIGHTS OU’S SIGNING CLASS Akolda Manyang, a 7-foot center from Indian Hills Community College in Iowa, was one of three players that signed with Oklahoma’s men’s basketball team Wednesday. Manyang is the cousin of former Sooners center Longar Longar. Oklahoma also signed 6-foot-6 shooting guards Christian James of Houston Bellaire and Rashard Odomes of Copperas Cove, Texas. “Really good bunch of guys,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said. “A lot of upside, a lot of potential, lot of energy, enthusiasm. Good, long, rangy guys.” Manyang averaged 8.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks last season. Through two games this season, he’s averaging 15.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.5 blocks. James averaged 20.0 points and 8.0 rebounds as a junior. He broke his tibia in August. Kruger said James is expected to return to the court later this season. Odomes averaged 26.8 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.3 steals per game. The Sooners have two seniors on the roster, D.J. Bennett and TaShawn Thomas. Thomas, though, could be back next year depending on how the NCAA rules on his appeal for immediate eligibility after transferring from Houston. Oklahoma is one under the scholarship limit right now. OSU GETS TWO LOCAL CATCHERS Carl Albert senior Corey Zangari, arguably the state’s top baseball player, signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday with Oklahoma State, becoming the Cowboys’ second catcher of the recruiting class. Joining Zangari is Edmond Memorial senior Colin Simpson, a standout catcher who is a career .404 hitter. Zangari might be the latest pro prospect to come from the Titans, who have won the past three Class 5A state championships. He could follow last year’s Player of the Year Gavin LaValley in the draft next summer, either as a pitcher or catcher. Zangari started on the mound in the Under Armour All-American Game at Wrigley Field in August, throwing two scoreless innings and also competing in the home run derby. He was the catcher on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City team last season after hitting .505 with 11 homers and 56 RBIs. He has been clocked in the mid-upper 90s while possessing a sharp breaking ball on the mound. OU BASEBALL CLASS FILLED WITH MOORE NATIVES Oklahoma recruited well in its own backyard, signing four players from two Moore schools and one Norman North player. Westmoore standouts Hunter Southerland and Kyle Tyler both signed a National Letter of Intent, giving them an all-Sooners battery next spring. They may not be the only future Sooners on the team with junior DeShawn Lookout being verbally committed to OU as well. Tyler was electric last season, posting a 9-1 record with a 0.96 ERA to lead the Jaguars to the Class 6A semifinals. But OU didn’t stop there in Moore, signing both Dylan Grove and Blake Brewster from Moore High. Grove is a right-handed pitcher and Brewster is an outfielder. The Sooners also locked up Norman North’s Thomas Hughes, a pitcher and infielder. SOONERS ADD CHESTNUT, CLIFTON Both Jayden Chestnut of Mustang and Caleigh Clifton of Wayne have been committed to OU since their sophomore season. Now the softball standouts are officially signed with the Sooners, having signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday. Chestnut, who led Mustang to the Class 6A state championship last month, is one of two pitchers signed by OU. She is joined by Brittany Finney of Bishop Carroll Catholic High School in Wichita, Kan. “I’m very proud of Jayden and her continued growth as a pitcher,” OU coach Patty Gasso said in a release. “I'm especially proud of the way she finished her high school career as a state champion. Jayden will bring an added force to our mound and will turn some heads as a freshman.” Clifton led Wayne to the state championship in 2012 and helped her team to the semifinals this season. A natural shortstop, she is joined by three other infielders in the signing class. “Caleigh is a phenomenal athlete and a very good leader on the field," Gasso said. “She has a great sense for the game and is very instinctive. She has all the tools necessary to make a name for herself while at OU.” DAVIS SIGNS WITH TEXAS A&M Former Midwest City standout Joel Davis’ comeback story continued Wednesday when he signed to play baseball at Texas A&M. Davis was a standout for the Bombers on the football and baseball fields before graduating in 2013, but he missed his senior football season due to tearing his ulnar collateral ligament and undergoing Tommy John surgery two days before practice began. He was back on the baseball field that spring, serving as the designated hitter in the beginning of the season before returning to shortstop. He has since been at Seminole State. As a senior for the Bombers, Davis hit .451 with five home runs and 36 RBIs, earning a spot on The Oklahoman’s Big All-City first team. BRAD DALKE LEADS SOONERS’ STRONG GOLF CLASS OU golf coach Ryan Hybl pulled in three of the state’s top golfers on Wednesday, headed by long-time Sooner commit Brad Dalke. Verbally committed to OU since he was 12, Dalke has been a top junior player on the national scene for the last five years, and was recently named a Rolex Junior All-American for the third straight year. Dalke, the son of Hobart football coach and former OU linebacker Bill Dalke, would be classified as a junior this year, but on pace to graduate early and join the Sooners for the 2015-16 season. In addition, the Sooners signed Weatherford’s Quade Cummins, a former Class 4A state champion, and Norman North’s Thomas Johnson, who has twice finished in the top three at state in Class 6A.
Nov 12, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football playoff picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 12, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-22 (87.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,439-319 (81.9 pct.) First Round Thursday’s game LAWTON MACARTHUR 28, Carl Albert 21 Friday’s games Class 6A-I JENKS 31, Southmoore 13 OWASSO 21, Westmoore 14 TULSA UNION 34, Edmond Memorial 20 BROKEN ARROW 24, Mustang 21 Class 6A-II BIXBY 42, Stillwater 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Sand Springs 21 LAWTON 44, Bartlesville 17 TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Choctaw 28 Class 5A ARDMORE 24, Bishop McGuinness 17 COWETA 21, Shawnee 20 SKIATOOK 28, Tahlequah 14 GUTHRIE 30, Altus 22 DEER CREEK 42, Del City 34 MCALESTER 45, Tulsa Edison 14 COLLINSVILLE 32, Tulsa Memorial 26 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, Tuttle 14 METRO CHR. 30, Catoosa 22 WAGONER 34, Sallisaw 18 ADA 28, Weatherford 14 HARRAH 38, Clinton 20 OOLOGAH 17, Poteau 14 FORT GIBSON 24, Cascia Hall 20 NEWCASTLE 28, Glenpool 7 Class 3A HERITAGE HALL 35, Blanchard 14 PURCELL 27, Plainview 16 BEGGS 28, Verdigris 13 EUFAULA 30, Seq. Claremore 10 LONE GROVE 21, Jones 20 DOUGLASS 42, Perkins 35 LOCUST GROVE 49, Spiro 14 BERRYHILL 28, Victory Christian 27 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Hilldale 17 Idabel 36, WESTVILLE 20 BETHANY 28, Cushing 20 MARLOW 20, Little Axe 14 ROLAND 28, Seq. Tahlequah 7 CHECOTAH 34, Sperry 27 SEMINOLE 28, Sulphur 7 KINGFISHER 26, John Marshall 22 Class 2A HENNESSEY 44, Luther 30 LINDSAY 21, Coalgate 12 HARTSHORNE 38, Wewoka 14 Haskell 21, WYANDOTTE 20 DAVIS, 49, Walters 7 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 27, Perry 12 ADAIR 40, Commerce 6 CHANDLER 35, Panama 30 STROUD 21, Antlers 14 COLCORD 32, Pawhuska 14 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Newkirk 7 KINGSTON 28, Dibble 27 NOWATA 42, Salina 7 VIAN 24, Prague 20 WASHINGTON 27, Hugo 14 CHISHOLM 28, Millwood 27 Class A THOMAS 42, Carnegie 0 Minco 28, HEALDTON 24 KIEFER 42, Oklahoma Bible 6 SAVANNA 28, Rejoice Christian 21 WYNNEWOOD 35, Rush Springs 6 HOLLIS 32, Mooreland 16 KETCHUM 26, Quinton 12 CROSSINGS CHR. 31, Hominy 28 CASHION 48, Mounds 6 Central Sallisaw 27, AFTON 24 APACHE 30, Texhoma 18 STRATFORD 28, Velma-Alma 21 TALIHINA 42, Quapaw 7 MORRISON 34, Okeene 14 RINGLING 38, Elmore City 20 Cordell 27, FAIRVIEW 22 Class B LAVERNE 54, Geary 8 KEOTA 34, Garber 28 DAVENPORT 46, Wetumka 0 MAYSVILLE 46, Seiling 36 ALEX 42, Turpin 28 Weleetka 38, OAKS 32 DEWAR 48, Depew 34 POND CREEK-HUNTER 50, Maud 22 Class C CHEROKEE 52, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 CAVE SPRINGS 36, Deer Creek-Lamont 30 BLUEJACKET 44, Webbers Falls 12 Shattuck 28, GRANDFIELD 24 TIPTON 42, Boise City 34 COYLE 56, Thackerville 24 FOX 52, Covington-Douglas 6 BALKO 38, Ryan 20 * Home team in CAPS
Nov 8, 2014
First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at...
Oklahoma high school football first-round playoff pairings
Nov 8, 2014First Round Class 6A-I Southmoore (4-6) at Jenks (8-2) Westmoore (7-3) at Owasso (9-1) Edmond Memorial (5-5) at Tulsa Union (9-1) Mustang (7-3) at Broken Arrow (7-3) Class 6A-II Stillwater (7-3) at Bixby (9-1) Sand Springs (7-3) at Midwest City (7-2) Bartlesville (5-5) at Lawton (9-1) Choctaw (7-3) at Tulsa Washington (9-1) Class 5A Bishop McGuinness (6-4) at Ardmore (9-1) Shawnee (7-3) at Coweta (5-5) Tahlequah (5-5) at Skiatook (9-1) Altus (8-2) at Guthrie (9-1) Del City (5-5) at Deer Creek (7-3) Tulsa Edison (6-4) at McAlester (9-1) Tulsa Memorial (7-3) at Collinsville (7-2) Carl Albert (7-3) at Lawton MacArthur (9-1), Thursday Class 4A Tuttle (6-4) at Anadarko (10-0) Catoosa (5-5) at Metro Christian (8-2) Sallisaw (6-4) at Wagoner (6-4) Weatherford (6-4) at Ada (8-2) Clinton (5-5) at Harrah (7-3) Poteau (6-4) at Oologah (8-2) Cascia Hall (8-2) at Fort Gibson (10-0) Glenpool (5-5) at Newcastle (9-1) Class 3A Blanchard (5-5) at Heritage Hall (9-1) Plainview (4-6) at Purcell (7-3) Verdigris (7-3) at Beggs (9-1) Seq. Claremore (4-6) at Eufaula (8-2) Jones (6-4) at Lone Grove (8-1) Perkins (7-3) at Douglass (8-2) Spiro (7-2) at Locust Grove (10-0) Victory Christian (8-2) at Berryhill (9-1) Hilldale (4-6) at Lincoln Chr. (8-2) Idabel (8-2) at Westville (8-2) Cushing (6-4) at Bethany (8-1) Little Axe (6-4) at Marlow (6-4) Seq. Tahlequah (4-6) at Roland (9-1) Sperry (7-3) at Checotah (7-3) Sulphur (4-6) at Seminole (9-1) John Marshall (8-2) at Kingfisher (8-2) Class 2A Luther (6-4) at Hennessey (9-1) Coalgate (5-5) at Lindsay (8-2) Wewoka (6-3) at Hartshorne (9-1) Haskell (7-3) at Wyandotte (6-4) Walters (6-4) at Davis (10-0) Perry (6-4) at Chr. Heritage (8-2) Commerce (3-6) at Adair (10-0) Panama (7-3) at Chandler (7-3) Antlers (6-4) at Stroud (8-1) Pawhuska (5-5) at Colcord (9-1) Newkirk (5-5) at Oklahoma Christian (10-0) Dibble (5-5) at Kingston (8-1) Salina (6-4) at Nowata (10-0) Prague (6-4) at Vian (7-3) Hugo (4-6) at Washington (9-1) Millwood (6-4) at Chisholm (8-2) Class A Carnegie (4-6) at Thomas (10-0) Minco (7-2) at Healdton (8-2) Oklahoma Bible (5-4) at Kiefer (10-0) Rejoice Christian (5-5) at Savanna (7-3) Rush Springs (3-7) at Wynnewood (10-0) Mooreland (7-3) at Hollis (9-1) Quinton (6-4) at Ketchum (8-2) Hominy (7-3) at Crossings Christian (7-3) Mounds (6-4) at Cashion (10-0) Central Sallisaw (8-2) at Afton (8-2) Texhoma (5-5) at Apache (9-0) Velma-Alma ( 7-3) at Stratford (9-1) Quapaw (5-5) at Talihina (9-0) Okeene (6-4) at Morrison (8-2) Elmore City (6-4) at Ringling (8-1) Cordell (8-2) at Fairview (6-4) Class B Geary (6-4) at Laverne (9-0) Garber (8-2) at Keota (9-1) Wetumka (6-4) at Davenport (10-0) Seiling (7-3) at Maysville (9-1) Turpin (7-3) at Alex (10-0) Weleetka (7-3) at Oaks (8-2) Depew (8-2) at Dewar (10-0) Maud (8-2) at Pond Creek-Hunter (9-1) Class C Mt. View-Gotebo (6-4) at Cherokee (9-0) Deer Creek-Lamont (7-3) at Cave Springs (9-1) Webbers Falls (6-4) at Bluejacket (9-1) Shattuck (6-2) at Grandfield (9-1) Boise City (7-2) at Tipton (10-0) Thackerville (7-3) at Coyle (8-1) Covington-Douglas (6-4) at Fox (9-1) Ryan (6-4) at Balko (8-2)
Martin had TD runs of 36, 5, 45 and 17 yards for the Panthers (7-3 overall, 6-1 in district). Harrah also got two touchdown passes from Kostner Ingraham, 15-yarders to Jordan Fredrickson and Ryan Gentry.
High school football roundup: Grant Martin carries Harrah past Ada
From Staff Reports | Nov 8, 2014Harrah running back Grant Martin gained 354 yards on 42 carries and scored four touchdowns, leading Harrah to a 42-34 upset of No. 3 Ada and the top spot in District 4A-2. Martin had TD runs of 36, 5, 45 and 17 yards for the Panthers (7-3 overall, 6-1 in district). Harrah also got two touchdown passes from Kostner Ingraham, 15-yarders to Jordan Fredrickson and Ryan Gentry. Ada (8-2, 6-1) got two touchdowns from Shiloh Windsor, including an 86-yarder, and three TD passes from Cory Kilby. CHIEFTAINS RUN PAST PAULS VALLEY Sixth-ranked Seminole completed a perfect District 3A-3 schedule with a 25-14 victory over Pauls Valley. Dake Reese ran for 103 yards and Seth Lozier scored two touchdowns for the Chieftains (9-1, 6-0), who had 225 yards on the ground. Coleton Jolley ran for one TD and threw for another for Pauls Valley (3-7, 2-4). BIG PLAYS PACE ARDMORE Ardmore secured the District 5A-1 championship with a 35-14 victory over Duncan as Kevion McGee scored three long touchdowns. The fifth-ranked Tigers (9-1, 6-1) got an 88-yard TD run from McGee, who also scored on a 41-yard run and a 36-yard pass from Clay Atwood. Ardmore’s other two touchdowns came on big plays, a 65-yard run by Kydric Knox and 35-yard run by O.J. Walker. MCGUINNESS BEATS PIEDMONT Zach Segell ran for 125 yards and two touchdowns as Bishop McGuinness beat Piedmont 19-7 in District 5A-2. Segell had an 18-yard run in the first quarter and sealed the win with a 16-yarder in the fourth. Josh Berney kicked field goals of 41 and 31 yards for the the Irish (6-4, 4-3). Piedmont (3-7, 3-4) got its only touchdown on a 4-yard pass from Lucas Richert to Fenton Easton in the third quarter. LITTLE AXE CRUSHES BETHEL Little Axe got contributions from a number of players in a 71-12 victory over winless Bethel in District 3A-3. Jacob Sheppard gained 131 yards on nine carries and scored three times. Keith Robertson had 126 yards and four TDs. Mikeem Fool returned an interception 52 yards for a score, and had a 29-yard TD reception. NEWCASTLE CRUISES Class 4A Newcastle scored the game’s first 40 points and went on to beat Elgin 40-21 in District 4A-1. Casey Freeman threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Ben Persall, and ran for a score as the Racers improved to 9-1 and 6-1. Zach Bergt added two short touchdown runs. KINGFISHER POSTS SHUTOUT No. 5 Kingfisher held Centennial to 91 total yards and got three touchdowns from Jace Sternberger in a 58-0 victory in District 3A-1. Sternberger had just three catches — TDs of 7, 94 and 20 yards. On defense, he made nine tackles and four sacks. The Yellowjackets (8-2, 5-1) also scored on a 56-yard punt return by Brett Smith and interception returns by Reid Trout and Nick Smith. LAWTON WINS DISTRICT Lawton secured the District 6A-II-2 championship by beating Choctaw 42-28 as Tre Curry scored three touchdowns. All three TDs came in the first half when Lawton (9-1, 6-0) built a 28-0 lead. Darreyl Patterson ran for 132 yards on 18 carries for the Wolverines. Quarterback Jonah Llanusa ran 25 times for 132 yards and all four touchdowns for Choctaw (7-3, 4-2). He also was 22 of 36 passing for 312 yards. Tyrel Bell had six catches for 84 yards. BLEDSOE SHINES FOR PERKINS Zach Bledsoe accounted for seven of Perkins’ eight touchdowns and the Demons beat Blackwell 55-20 in District 3A-1. Bledsoe threw five TD passes, two of them to Thunder Sharp, and scored on two short runs as Perkins finished the regular season 7-3 overall, 4-2 in the district. MEEKER BEATS COMANCHE Meeker’s Tim Whitfield had 118 yards on just eight carries and scored three times in a 60-20 nondistrict victory over Comanche. Jake Standlee threw two touchdown passes, including a 75-yarder to Levi Bagwell, and also scored on a short run and a 35-yard punt return. Meeker (6-4) missed out on the playoffs because Blanchard defeated Mount St. Mary to claim the No. 4 spot in District 3A-2.
The NAIA ratings voters have noticed. Langston (5-3) is No. 23 in this week’s football rankings, putting itself in decent position to make the playoffs.
Oklahoma state college notebook: Langston sneaks into NAIA rankings at No. 23
By Scott Munn | Nov 7, 2014A look around the state college sports scene: GRID BITS The NAIA ratings voters have noticed. Langston (5-3) is No. 23 in this week’s football rankings, putting itself in decent position to make the playoffs. The Lions need to beat Southwestern Assemblies of God (Texas) on Saturday and Bacone on Nov. 15 to win the Central States Football League championship — and then crack the top 20 to qualify for the postseason. If the opportunity arises, expect Langston to keep the hammer down on offense to impress voters. Central Oklahoma goes for win No. 8 at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Lindenwood of St. Charles, Mo. UCO has not won eight games in a season since 2004, when then-coach Chuck Langston’s club finished with an 8-2 record. JOB FAIR St. Gregory’s basketball coach John Martin was named the NAIA school’s athletic director. He will continue as men’s basketball coach while serving as AD. Martin has been a head coach for 12 years, including three seasons at Moore High School and two years at John Marshall High. He guided John Marshall to the Class 5A state championship in 2003. HOOPS Willie Holley of Mid-America Christian and Dan Hays of Oklahoma Christian have a combined 77 years of coaching experience and 1,500 victories. The two small college coaching legends squared off in a season-opening men’s basketball game recently, with host Mid-America Christian winning 73-67. Reggie Davis led Mid-America Christian with 21 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. HONOR ROLL Former Midwest City High football star Vershon Moore was named Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Offensive Player of the Week. Moore, now a senior running back at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan., had a school-record 331 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns during a 36-10 victory over Emporia State (Kan.). He ran for 171 yards and three TDs and returned a punt 85 yards for a score. Marty Wilkerson of St. Gregory’s was named Sooner Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. The senior averaged 28.5 points and 4.5 assists during wins over No. 20-ranked Evangel (Mo.) and Bacone. Wilkerson had 34 points against Evangel; he has scored more than 30 points in a game five times during his career at St. Greg’s. Jeff Ricker of Oklahoma Baptist was named to the 2015 NAIA Preseason All-America Baseball Team. The senior infielder/designated hitter from San Bernardino, Calif., hit .349 last season while helping the Bison reach the NAIA World Series. Ricker drove in 35 and scored 61 runs. BY THE NUMBERS 576 — Season rushing yards for Central Oklahoma quarterback Chas Stallard. Last Saturday, during a 28-10 victory over Northeastern State, the redshirt freshman from Cleveland, OK, broke the single-season record of 574 set in 1979 by now-Edmond North football coach Scott Burger. 3-6 — Final season record for the once-mighty Northeastern A&M football program. 221-15 — Combined score for five duals won by the No. 2-ranked Oklahoma City University women’s wrestling team at the recent Cliff Keen Duals inside Abe Lemons Arena. The Stars beat Missouri Baptist 48-0; Lyon (Ark.) 46-1; Missouri Valley 39-6; Life (Ga.) 47-1; and Cumberlands (Ky.) 41-7. HOOK, LINE & SINKER Lamar won the FLW College Fishing Southern Conference Invitational last Sunday on Sam Rayburn Reservoir. The winning team of Brandon Simoneaux and Josh Bowie caught 10 bass weighing 29 pounds, 5 ounces. They won $4,000. The Southeastern State team of Jonathan Furlong of Bixby and Dwight Camp of Talihina finished seventh (10 bass, 24-8). The East Central duo of Tanner Masters and Wyatt Ryan, both of Ada, finished in 10th (10 bass, 22-5).
Nov 5, 2014
Taking a look at what each team needs to do to secure a playoff berth.
Class A, B and C playoff scenarios for Oklahoma high school football
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014CLASS A District A-1 Key games: Thomas at Fairview; Mooreland at Beaver; Hooker at Texhoma. Thomas: First with win. Second with loss. Fairview: First with win. Second with loss. Mooreland: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Beaver: Third with win and Texhoma win. Fourth with win and Hooker win in which Beaver gains 11 or more district points on Hooker. Hooker: Fourth with win and Beaver loss. Fourth with win and Beaver win in which Beaver gains 10 or fewer district points on Hooker. Texhoma: Fourth with win and Beaver loss. District A-2 Key games: Cordell at Hollis; Carnegie at Apache; Hinton at Snyder. Apache: First. Hollis: Second with win. Third with loss. Cordell: Second with win. Third with loss. Carnegie: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Hinton loss. Hinton: Fourth with win and Carnegie loss. District A-3 Key games: Healdton at Ringling; Velma-Alma at Central Marlow; Empire at Rush Springs. Healdton: First with win. Second with loss. Ringling: First with win. Second with loss. Velma-Alma: Third. Empire: Fourth with win. Rush Springs: Fourth with win. District A-4 Key games: Minco at Elmore City, Wynnewood at Stratford. Wynnewood: First with win. Second with loss. Stratford: First with win. Second with loss. Minco: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Stratford: Third with win. Fourth with loss. District A-5 Key games: Cashion at Oklahoma Bible, Crescent at Okeene. Cashion: First. Crossings Christian: Second Okeene: Third with win or Oklahoma Bible loss. Fourth with loss and Oklahoma Bible win. Oklahoma Bible: Third with win and Okeene loss. Fourth with loss or Okeene win. District A-6 Key games: Morrison at Hominy. Kiefer: First. Hominy: Second with win. Third with loss. Morrison: Second with win. Third with loss. Mounds: Fourth. District A-7 Key games: Fairland at Afton, Quapaw at Summit Christian. Ketchum: First. Afton: Second. Rejoice Christian: Third. Quapaw: Fourth with win or Fairland loss. Fairland: Fourth with win and Summit Christian win. District A-8 Key games: Central Sallisaw at Talihina, Gore at Savanna, Quinton at Warner. Talihina: First with win. First with loss of 10 points or less and Savanna win. Second with loss of 11 points or more and Savanna win. Second with loss and Savanna loss. Central Sallisaw: First with win and Savanna loss. First with win of 11 points or more and Savanna win. Second with win of 10 points or less and Savanna win. Third with loss. Savanna: Second with Talihina win. Third with Central Sallisaw win. Quinton: Fourth with win. Warner: Fourth with win. CLASS B District B-1 Key games: Laverne at Merritt, Pioneer at Turpin, Ringwood at Seiling. Laverne: First. Pond Creek-Hunter: Second Seiling: Third with win. Third with loss, Turpin loss and Merritt loss. Fourth with loss, Turpin win and Merritt loss. Fourth with loss, Turpin loss and Merritt win. Turpin: Third with win and Seiling loss. Fourth with win and Seiling win. Fourth with loss and Merritt loss. Merritt: Third with win, Seiling loss and Turpin loss. Fourth with win, Seilin win and Turpin loss. Fourth with win, Seiling loss and Turpin win. District B-2 Key games: Alex at Geary, Strother at Maud. Alex: First. Maysville: Second. Maud: Third with win or Geary loss. Fourth with loss and Geary win. Geary: Third with win and Maud loss. Fourth with loss or Maud win. District B-3 Key games: Davenport at Oaks, Depew at South Coffeyville, Welch at Garber. Davenport: First with win. Second with loss. Oaks: First with win. Second with loss and Depew loss. Second with loss, Depew win and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks. Third with loss, Depew win and Garber loss. Third with loss of 15 or more points, Depew win of 15 or more points and Garber win. Depew: Second with win, Davenport win and Garber loss. Second with win of 15 or more points, Oaks loss of 15 or more points and Garber win of 14 or fewer points. Third with win, Oaks loss and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks and gains one or more district points on Garber. Third with win, Oaks win and Garber loss. Fourth with win, Oaks win and Garber win. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win, Oaks loss and Garber win where Depew doesn’t gain the full 30 district points on Oaks and doesn’t gain district points on Garber. Garber: Third with Depew loss. Third with win, Oaks win and Depew win. Third with win, Oaks loss and Depew win where Garber doesn’t lose district points to Depew. Fourth with loss and Depew win. Fourth with win, Oaks loss and Depew win where Garber loses district points to Depew. District B-4 Key game: Dewar at Keota Dewar: First with win. Second with loss. Keota: First with win. Second with loss. Weleetka: Third. Wetumka: Fourth. Class C District C-1 Key games: Boise City at Cherokee, Shattuck at Balko Cherokee: First with win. First with loss of eight or fewer points and Shattuck win where Shattuck gains 17 or fewer district points on Cherokee. Second with loss and Balko win. Second with loss and Shattuck win where Cherokee loses by eight or fewer points or loses 17 or fewer district points to Shattuck. Third with loss of nine or more points and Shattuck win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee. Boise City: First with win and Balko win. First with win of nine or more points and Shattuck win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck. Second with win and Shattuck win where Boise City wins by nine or more points or Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck. Second with loss and Balko win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck and loses 17 or fewer district points to Balko. Third with win of eight or fewer points and Shattuck win where Boise City doesn’t gain district points on Shattuck. Third with loss and Shattuck win. Third with loss and Balko win where Boise City gains one or more district points on Shattuck or loses 17 or fewer district points to Balko. Fourth with loss and Balko win where Boise City doesn’t gain district points on Shattuck and loses 18 or more district points to Balko. Shattuck: First with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee and doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Second with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 18 or more district points on Cherokee or doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Second with win and Cherokee win. Second with loss of eight or fewer points and Boise City loss where Shattuck doesn’t lose district points to Boise City. Third with win and Boise City win where Shattuck gains 17 or fewer points on Cherokee and loses one or more district points to Boise City. Third with loss and Boise City loss where Shattuck loses district points to Boise City or loses by nine or more points. Fourth with loss and Boise City win. Fourth with loss and Boise City loss where Shattuck loses district points to Boise City and loses by nine or more points. Balko: Second with win of nine or more points and Boise City loss where Balko gains 18 or more district points on Boise City. Third with win and Boise City win. Third with win and Boise City loss where Balko wins by nine or more points or gains 18 or more district points on Boise City. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win of eight points or less and Boise City loss where Balko gains 17 or fewer district points on Boise City. District C-2 Key games: Corn Bible at Duke, Mt. View-Gotebo at Ryan, Southwest Covenant at Tipton. Tipton: First. Grandfield: Second. Mt. View-Gotebo: Third with win. Fourth with loss. Ryan: Third with win. Fourth with loss and Corn Bible loss. Fourth with loss, Corn Bible win and Southwest Covenant win where Ryan loses 20 or fewer district points to Corn Bible. Corn Bible: Fourth with win and Mt. View-Gotebo win. Fourth with win, Ryan loss and Southwest Covenant loss where Corn Bible gains 21 or more district points on Ryan. District C-3 Key games: Coyle at Bluejacket, Deer Creek-Lamont at Copan. Coyle: First with win. First with loss of 14 or fewer points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Second with loss and Deer Creek-Lamont loss. Second with loss of 15 or more points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Bluejacket: First with win and Deer Creek-Lamont loss. First with win or 15 or more points and Deer Creek-Lamont win. Second with win and Deer Creek-Lamont win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains seven or fewer district points on Bluejacket. Third with win and Deer Creek-Lamont win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains eight or more district points on Bluejacket. Third with loss. Deer Creek-Lamont: Second with Coyle win. Second with win and Bluejacket win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains eight or more district points on Bluejacket. Third with win and Bluejacket win where Deer Creek-Lamont gains seven or fewer district points on Bluejacket. Third with loss and Bluejacket win. Covington-Douglas: Fourth. District C-4 Key games: None. Fox: First. Cave Springs: Second. Thackerville: Third. Webbers Falls: Fourth.
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys use off week to rest injured players, build on fundamentalsNov 3, 2014
Coming off a three-game losing streak, the Cowboys have two weeks of much-needed preparation time before their Nov. 15 home finale against Texas.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys use off week to rest injured players, build on fundamentals
By Kyle Fredrickson and Erik Horne | Nov 3, 2014Oklahoma State has lost its last three games by a combined score of 124-33, with the most recent defeat at Kansas State on Saturday, 48-14. OSU coach Mike Gundy was asked during Monday’s Big 12 coaches media teleconference about the attitude of his young players after another tough loss. “They’re doing OK,” Gundy said. “It’s never easy when you’re not winning. But the practice Sunday night, their attitude was good and they’re continuing to work. And that’s what they should do. That’s the responsibility we all have.” The Cowboys now have a bye week before their Nov. 15 home finale against Texas. It gives Gundy and the coaching staff time to focus on essential needs of the team. “Physically, we have a number of players that are beat up a little bit that need some quality time to rehabilitate,” Gundy said. “And then we have some young players that we want to get some work in practice in all three phases and just basic fundamentals.” OSU LINEBACKER NOT USED TO LOSING Cowboy linebacker Ryan Simmons came to Stillwater from a football program at Steele High School outside San Antonio, Texas, with a championship pedigree. So after three-straight losses, Simmons has certainly found himself in new territory. “I’ve never really had any (losing streaks),” Simmons said last week before the loss at KSU. “We barely had any losses in high school.” What about before high school? “We went 8-2 in my junior high year,” Simmons said. Now, like many of his teammates with similar successful backgrounds, Simmons is focused on not dwelling on those losses. “Each and every game, you can’t be thinking about the past,” Simmons said. “You’ve got to progress. Progress from the mistakes that you made. You’ve just got to keep moving forward.” CHARLIE STRONG NOT LOOKING AHEAD Texas and OSU are each teams that are going to be in a battle to get bowl eligible in the final three games of the regular season. The Longhorns are sitting at 4-5 with three games to go, while OSU is in much better shape at 5-4 — needing only one win with three games to play. “We have to win one more game to be bowl eligible, so I’d say it’s a pretty critical game,” Gundy said of the matchup with Texas. The other remaining games for the two teams are each against ranked opponents. Texas gets No. 24 West Virginia on Saturday and No. 6 TCU on Nov. 27. OSU plays No. 10 Baylor (Nov. 22) and No. 16 Oklahoma (Dec. 6) to close the season. “I don’t look ahead. I just have to get ready for West Virginia,” Texas coach Charlie Strong said. “We just have to make sure we take care of our business this week.” The game between the Cowboys and Longhorns has come down to an unlikely fight for sixth in the Big 12.
Nov 2, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored.So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach."We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than...
Lynch's 2 TDs lead Seattle past Oakland 30-24
TIM BOOTH, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2014SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll's reminder of how close the Seattle Seahawks were to being average last season usually gets ignored. So when victories now don't come with ease and efficiency, like Sunday's 30-24 win over the winless Oakland Raiders, it's not a surprise for the coach. "We could have been 8-8 just like that last year and people forget that," Carroll said. "I've harped on that more than I should have with our team so they realize how tough it is. ... I know you all would like it easier and smoother and cleaner and all that, but it's a battle. Suck it up." Fortunately for the Seahawks, they still have Marshawn Lynch to lean on. Lynch scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and Bruce Irvin returned an interception 35 yards for another score as the Seahawks (5-3) jumped to a 24-3 lead then held on through a sloppy second half. Lynch carried tacklers and teammates into the end zone in the first quarter on his 3-yard scoring run, but was an important option for Russell Wilson as a pass catcher. Lynch finished with 67 yards rushing and another 76 receiving, and his day could have been far more productive if not for gains of 43, 20 and 11 yards on either runs or passes called back by penalties. His 5-yard run at the end of the first half gave the Seahawks a 21-point lead that seemed plenty comfortable at the time. "I think maybe six of them was my own team, so it's all good," Lynch said of his first TD. Not all was perfect for Seattle. Wilson struggled through one of his worst passing games and the Seahawks failed to capitalize on numerous chances to rout the winless Raiders. It made for an uncomfortable final minutes as Derek Carr's second TD pass to Mychal Rivera with 1:52 left pulled the Raiders within six. Sebastian Janikowski's onside kick was misplayed by Seattle's Cooper Helfet, but Jermaine Kearse fell on the loose ball and Seattle ran out the clock to hand the Raiders (0-8) their 14th straight loss dating to last season. "I don't think I played well at all for whatever reason," said Wilson, who finished 17 of 35 for 179 yards. "Usually I know why something was off ... but I just felt like I was in it and whatever I was trying to do didn't work." Part of Wilson's problem was the continued shuffling on Seattle's offensive line. Left tackle Russell Okung was inactive. Patrick Lewis made his first start at center with Max Unger and Stephen Schilling injured. Left guard James Carpenter suffered an ankle injury in the second half and undrafted rookie Garry Gilliam — a tackle — was his replacement. Injuries were an issue for Seattle's defense, but clearly not as much of a factor. Linebacker Brock Coyle and safety DeShawn Shead made their first career starts, but Seattle still allowed only 226 total yards. Seattle also got turnovers to bounce its way. Irvin tipped Carr's pass intended for James Jones, located to the ball in the air then beat Carr to the pylon for his first career touchdown. Later in the first half, Richard Sherman got his first interception of the season, getting better position than Andre Holmes on a back-shoulder pass and pulling in the pick with his left hand. T.J. Carrie also fumbled a kickoff that kicker Steven Hauschka recovered. Sherman held the ball on his way out of the locker room to add to his collection. "Just waiting. There hasn't been a year yet I haven't got one," Sherman said. "I knew eventually; if you're out there long enough and you're in position and you're playing the game the way you are supposed to, the football Gods will get what you need." Denico Autry blocked Jon Ryan's punt on the first possession of the second half and Brice Butler recovered the ball in the end zone for a touchdown to spark Oakland. It was the first punt block for a touchdown against Seattle since 2003 and the second for Oakland in the past two seasons. Carrie later had a 27-yard punt return to set up Carr's first TD toss to Rivera late in the third quarter. Carr, who finished 24 of 41 for 194 yards, gave the Raiders a chance late with his second TD toss. "This thing is starting to turn," interim Oakland coach Tony Sparano said. "We're playing better and better here as we go on. We've just got to get all phases to play better, so that we can get the feeling of what it's like to be in their locker room right now." NOTES: Seattle paid tribute to the recent school shooting at Marysville-Pilchuck High School with a moment of silence before the game and "MP" decals on the Seahawks helmets. DE Greg Scruggs also ran out of the tunnel during pregame intros carrying an "MP" flag. ... Oakland is off to its worst start since 1962. ... Hall of Fame LT Walter Jones was inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor during a halftime ceremony. ___ AP NFL websites: http://www.pro32.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
After Jason Money made a mental mistake that led to his team's elimination from the state football playoffs, he learned video of the play had gone viral. He dealt with horrific insults and was then buoyed by overwhelming love and support.
High school QB in viral video talks about his heartbreaking mistake and the aftermath
Amy Donaldson, Deseret News | Nov 2, 2014SPANISH FORK, Utah — Jason Money tried to revel in the joy he felt at his entire family being together for the first time in 18 months. But the pain of a momentary mistake haunted him, muting the merriment of a night the entire family had anticipated for months. “Everyone was happy, obviously, because we were all hanging out,” the 17-year-old said. “I wasn’t trying to bring the mood down at all, but I was tired. It was late. I’d played a football game, so I went downstairs, and I hit my knees and I just sobbed, I don’t know for like 30 minutes.” Tears fell freely as he recounted the isolating heartbreak he felt as he struggled with the idea that he’d cost his teammates the chance at another game in a Spanish Fork (Utah) High School uniform. In his prayers, he begged for understanding, he pleaded for help. “I was just asking why me,” he said, stopping to release a sob of emotion. “Being a competitor my whole life, there was a lot of grief. I was already feeling horrible; I was just trying to put all that sorrow and hate on the Savior.” He stops to suck in a breath, then finishes. “He really took it all,” he said. “That first night I felt pretty lonely, to be honest. But the next couple of nights, I’ve just had so many things shared with me, I’ve just had the most overwhelming peaceful feeling that everything happens for a reason. It will all make sense later.” His parents and his sister fight their own tears as they listen to Jason talk about how a mistake on a football field broke his heart. And then, as he always does, he puts it in perspective. “For this to be the saddest thing in my 17 years of life,” he smiles and his parents and sister, Jessica, burst into laughter. “It’s hard to recognize those things that soon. But I have now.” * * * Ken and Mina Money still can’t quite believe how one teenage boy’s mistake could become national news. They were nestled, as they always are, in the middle of families they’ve known for a decade as their sons started competing together in grade school. Their daughter, Lisa, was coming home from serving a religious mission in Spain just about the time the game was scheduled to end, so they quickly divided up duties and prepared to leave Provo (Utah) High School as quickly as they could. They were gathering blankets and high-fiving other parents as they, like most at the game, believed that with about eight seconds on the game clock and a 14-11 lead, Spanish Fork had earned the fourth and final playoff spot from the region. “We were down on the track, and we see one last play,” Ken Money said. “And then the whole Maple Mountain crowd was cheering. We had no clue what was going on. Then somebody told me they stripped the ball from Jason, and they’d scored. I saw Jason (on his knees in the end zone) and I just had to get to him.” What the Moneys didn’t see was that with 3.7 seconds left in the game, Jason had scrambled away from the line of scrimmage, successfully eluding Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork, Utah) defensive players until the clock hit zero. “I just didn’t want to get tackled with time left,” Jason said. “We were on their 20 and they could kick a field goal. I looked at the clock, and it was zero. And it was (he sighs) just relief. We just won. And all of a sudden, I was like, we didn’t just win.” In football, the game doesn’t necessarily end when the clock hits zero. Instead, the game ends when the ball is dead, when the play is over. While Money and several other players stopped as the clock hit zero, two Maple Mountain defensive players did not. Jason Blanthron stripped the ball from Money’s hand, after which Branddon Beebe picked it up and ran into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown. Money said he realized his mistake the minute the defenders hit him. “I realized I needed to go make a tackle,” he said. “Then I was surrounded by Maple Mountain kids celebrating, and I’m laying in the end zone just crushed. That’s any kid’s nightmare, anywhere. It’s a lot of hard work and three years of playing good football for that moment. It was overwhelming. It didn’t feel real at all.” The crowd momentarily began chanting his name, but administrators quickly quieted the crowd. He wasn’t aware of much until he saw his father walking toward him. “I was just heartbroken,” Jason said. “I couldn’t believe what happened. What was I thinking? If I could go back 10 seconds earlier, I would go down. If I could go back and re-do it. … It all happened so fast.” His father approached him and he got to his feet. “He didn’t really say anything,” Jason said, tears shining in his deep, brown eyes. “There wasn’t much to say.” * * * The only son of Ken and Mina Money, Jason’s world has always revolved around sports. While Ken played all three sports his son loves — football, baseball and basketball — Mina’s interest was more personal. “I mostly just loved Jason,” she said, pointing out that all three of their daughters were cheerleaders at Spanish Fork. “When he was young, we just loved to watch everything. We didn’t care what he was doing.” Ken Money wears his fatherly pride like a badge of honor, rattling off stats and accomplishments but without a hint of arrogance. “Football has always been our favorite in our household,” he said. “He’s been a three-sport player as a sophomore, junior and senior. But football always kind of seemed to be where our attention usually went, camps and our effort and our time, mostly.” Maybe, Ken points out, their commitment was cemented when Jason, as a sophomore quarterback, teamed up with his cousin, a senior, to lead Spanish Fork to the 3A state title game. They lost that game, but they set a record for touchdown completions. “That kind of got the ball rolling,” he said. “He started getting some attention in recruiting, so we just started spending more time and effort.” Ironically, it was the years of hard work that made what happened Tuesday night more painful. The fact that he has scholarship offers, while many of his teammates do not, only exacerbated his agony. “There were so many emotions going on inside of me, I couldn’t talk between sobs,” he said. “It was a feeling I’ve never felt before in my entire life. Just a feeling like mixed emotions, a kind of sadness that has never hit me before. … This is a pretty unique loss. Even though we’re a team, it falls on my shoulders. I just felt for my team; I felt for everyone. We’ve all worked so hard for three years. … And for it to come to an end on my play, it really hurt me.” * * * Ken Money said the chaos was confusing, with people saying Jason was hot-dogging or that he’d spiked the ball. He knew that wasn’t true, but he knew he needed to get to his son as quickly as he could. “Tried to deflect the pain for my son,” Ken said, tears in his eyes. “I could tell he was absolutely heartbroken. He’s a competitor, a fierce competitor. He’s started every game for three years as quarterback. He’s been there. He’s kind of made it happen, and they were pretty confident with the ball in his hands. He makes good decisions. It was just a fluke … there was some confusion and I just wanted to take the pain away.” When he reached his son’s side, he knew there would be little he could do to ease this burden. “There really wasn’t anything to say,” Ken said. “He knows sports better than I’ll ever know them. He knew what happened. So I just stood there with him.” As Ken silently ushered his son to the car, a sobbing little boy in a Spanish Fork hoodie hit Jason on the leg. “He was just always on the sideline,” the 6-foot-2 senior quarterback said, his eyes filling with tears remembering the sight of Kade Christensen. “He’s my buddy.” “Jase looked at him, saw him, and then went down on his knees, hugged him,” Ken said, his voice cracking with emotion. “So they were just sitting there hugging. It was pretty cool. We kind of forgot about everything that was going on.” But forgetting wouldn’t be an option for Money, his family, his teammates or the community. Less than 12 hours after that final play, it became a viral sensation, national news and fodder for Twitter trolls. * * * Within 30 minutes, Jason’s teammates were texting and tweeting their love and support of him. The next morning, Kade Christensen dropped off a letter and portrait of Money declaring him “the best quarterback in the world.” Jason only attended his math class on Wednesday morning because the family planned to spend the day with his sister, Lisa, who’d been on an 18-month religious mission to Madrid, Spain. Once he returned home, a personally painful situation became a public humiliation. “I got a notification on my phone,” Jason said. “Someone tweeted at me and it said, ‘You worthless loser. You should never play football again.’ I had no clue who it was.” The tweets continued, deteriorating from the rude and hurtful to horrific and unbelievable. He texted his sister, Jessica Money, who is the cheer adviser at Spanish Fork. They learned that the video, already on YouTube, had been posted on most national sports websites and some news sites. It was the 1.2 million views on Bleacher Report that felt like a kick in the gut. He texted his father. “The very worst moment of my life, and 1.2 million people have seen it,” Ken Money said the text read. “Not many of us get stuck with the very worst moment of our lives out there.” People called him insulting names and told him he wasn’t worthy of being the team’s water boy. He received 15 death threats, and one of the worst tweets, “You’re so stupid, you couldn’t even kill yourself right.” It was shocking — for many reasons — to the entire family. “Two hours before kickoff, he gets called into the principal’s office and (told) ‘You’re first-team academic all-state,’ ” Ken Money said, “10 players in the state.” Why would people who didn’t know Money or care about the game possibly take the time to write him such vile sentiments? Jessica Money admits she took to Twitter to defend her little brother, but quit after the trolls turned their venom on her. But almost immediately after the insults began came the tweets of support. While Jason Money stayed off social media, his sister monitored it, and she said that very quickly, people from the community, starting with his teammates, began defending him. Opponents and strangers from around the country quickly joined the fight to defend Money from those who inexplicably wanted to make a painful experience even more excruciating. His coaches and teammates, those most affected by his mistake, were the first to offer support. Coach Kirk Chambers, who played in the NFL, offered a moving defense of the civic-minded honor student in a Blaze article. Thursday night, Jason answered his phone to hear, “Hi, this is LaVell Edwards (former Brigham Young University football head coach).” “Gary Crowton (former BYU head coach and current SUU offensive coordinator) called him immediately,” Ken said. “Ty Detmer called him. … Dixie (State University, where he has a scholarship offer) invited him down to visit the campus.” Spanish Fork’s mayor and City Council members called to tell the family how well Jason had represented the community throughout his career. Opposing players defended him on Twitter, with one Maple Mountain player even texting Jason two days after the game to invite him to a haunted house with some other teens. “Unsolicited, they’ve just stepped up,” Ken said, tears returning to his eyes. “These guys have called him, they’ve reached out.” Jason added, “Music producers with 500,000 followers are tweeting, ‘Hey man, we’ve got your back. Everyone makes mistakes.’ ” And then, Saturday morning there came a call from an Arizona phone number. “I answered, and he said, ‘Is this Jason Money?’ I said yes, and he said, ‘THE Jason Money?’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, uh-oh, I’m about to get some hate right now.’ He said, ‘Hey, man, this is Ryan Fitzpatrick. I just wanted you to know, I really think a lot of you. … I know you’re a great person and you shouldn’t let this define you.’ ” Jason said every person who called or came to his house shared stories of their own failures, their own humiliations. “It struck me that everyone has a story like that,” Jason said. “I look at these great guys … I think if a guy like that can do it, I can do it as well.” Ken said strangers have offered him hugs. Mina said their house has dozens of visitors a day, including the Springville (Utah) High School coaching staff and friends Jason hasn’t seen for years. They come bearing cards, baked goods or just a handshake. Jessica Money said she read through all of the comments on the original Bleacher Report article this weekend, and was moved at how every negative comment was followed by a response defending or supporting Jason. “The cool thing was, the second people started being critical, there was a positive message to every single one from people from Spanish Fork or random people who we don’t even know,” she said. The entire family has had people seek them out or stop them to tell them about moments, some small, some significant, where Jason took the time to help or support other people. “Jason is not the kind to brag about himself,” said Jessica, admitting she’s happy to assume that role. “He’s always the first person to look for the kid who doesn’t have a friend, or to go to the principal’s office and ask, ‘Who is having a hard day?’ It’s been who he is his whole life. He’s always been a special kid.” Jason said he has always been keenly aware of how blessed he is. As a leader on his sports teams and in the school, he said he felt the need to be an example and sometimes a light to other people. In fact, some of the projects in which he’s involved, he doesn’t want to talk about because he wants to keep them between him and the people he hopes to help. Jason smiles as he describes what it’s been like to be the beneficiary of such love, even on the heels of bizarre venom. He said it feels as if he’s “living through his own funeral.” What he’s experienced in the last four days has broken his heart and enriched his soul. Every hour has been a mixture of moving through regret peppered with unbelievable cruelty and unexpected compassion. Like the gentleman from Connecticut who called the school to talk to Money on Friday morning. “I’ve been following your story closely,” Jason said the man said. “I’ve been on a (religious) mission and we have ties to Utah. We want you to know we all care about you. My family and everyone here has your back.” Ken Money said he’s been overwhelmed with gratitude. In fact, he said what others have done for them has inspired him to reach out to others in a way he’d never considered. “I don’t know if I would have been the person to call someone or send a note,” he said. “But I’m looking for those opportunities now.” * * * The Moneys said this week has seen a lot of tears, many born of sadness but a lot flowing from joy. Not lost on his parents is the fact that their son’s high school career ended, and they didn’t really get to celebrate all he accomplished. “What hit me is that’s the last play I’ll see him play,” Ken said. “He’s had 10,000 yards of offense. I know I sound like a dad, but he’s the most prolific quarterback we’ve ever had at Spanish Fork and fifth in the state, I think. … And that’s the last we’ll see him play in his helmet, in his high school uniform. All of a sudden you start thinking of those things.” The Moneys understand the roller coaster that is competitive sports. In fact, they embrace it. “It never crossed my mind,” Ken Money said of having regrets about getting his son involved in sports. “For every negative, and this is a big negative, we’ve had … so many opportunities he’s had that he only would have gotten through sports.” Jason said he’s still working through the whys of what happened on Tuesday night. If he had the opportunity, he said he'd absolutely take the chance to live that 3.7 seconds again. “But there’s no point,” he said. “So why beat yourself up about it? I’ve just got to face the music and take what you can learn from it. One mistake is not going to change the way I play, the way I work.” But the support he’s received has given him a different lens with which to view his disappointment. “I’ve had some pretty low lows, but to me, it seems like the positives have to outweigh the negatives,” Jason said. “It makes me emotional to talk about all of the support I’ve gotten. I can’t even begin to register all of the support … and how much it means. Just the fact that people would think about me like that, it’s had a big impact on me.” His big sister steps in again, “We could say thank you every day for the rest of our lives and I don’t think it would be enough. … The nice words have saved Jason, probably. He’s a good kid and he’s strong, but it helps to have the support and the love of other people.”
Oklahoma State football: Kansas State's B.J. Finney exemplifies the fighting spirit the Cowboys will face SaturdayOct 30, 2014
The Wildcat center has become an anchor. A fourth-year starter. A third-year captain. But it wasn’t so long ago that he was a redshirt walk-on trying to turn his dream into his reality and reach the goal of playing major college football that his late father had set for him.
Oklahoma State football: Kansas State's B.J. Finney exemplifies the fighting spirit the Cowboys will face Saturday
By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Oct 30, 2014Just like the campus and the town, B.J. Finney was still buzzing a couple days after Kansas State’s big win over Miami. It was Sept. 2011, and he was a first-year starter on the offensive line. The Wildcats had gone to the Biscayne Bay and returned to the Flint Hills with their biggest victory of the season. Finney had never played in a bigger game, and with his emotions still running high from Saturday, he decided to write a note to his dad on Monday. Hey, Dad. It’s Bud. Man, you had the best seat in the house for the Miami game this Saturday. I could feel you there with me. Finney wrote online in his dad’s condolences book. J. Finney died in 2004. As Oklahoma State heads to K-State this weekend, the Cowboys had better be ready. The Wildcats aren’t just the top team in the Big 12. They are also a bunch that will pop you in the mouth. They are tough. They are physical. They are fighters. None has fought harder than B.J. Finney. The Wildcat center has become an anchor. A fourth-year starter. A third-year captain. But it wasn’t so long ago that he was a redshirt walk-on trying to turn his dream into his reality. “It would’ve been so much easier for me to go the other way and not be who I am today,” Finney said before the season at Big 12 media days. “But I know at the end of the day, as long as I strive to be the best person that I can, that I’m making my dad proud.” That Miami game, after all, wasn’t the first time that B.J. Finney felt his dad’s presence. Wasn’t the last time either. B.J. was just shy of his 13th birthday when J. had a heart attack and died. The two were close, the only males in a family with three girls. They hunted together. They loved sports together. The elder Finney was often his son’s coach, and they dreamed of the day B.J. would play major-college football. But after his dad died, there was a time that B.J. wondered if he’d ever play sports again. It wasn’t as much fun without his dad. It didn’t mean as much without him either. Slowly, though, B.J. realized that he had a chance to honor his dad through sports, to live the dreams that his dad had for him. He became a standout in football and wrestling at Andale High School near Wichita. Several major-college wrestling programs wanted him, but his heart was set on football. Ohio offered a scholarship, the only major-college program to do so, and Finney had all but decided to commit on his official visit. Then, Ohio called. Another lineman had committed and taken the scholarship that would’ve been Finney’s. That left him with a choice — take a Division-II offer or walk on at K-State. The Wildcats have a strong walk-on program. They have taken many a passed-over recruit, often from Kansas high schools, and transformed them into top-notch talents. Jordy Nelson, now Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in Green Bay, was a K-State walk-on. Ditto for Ryan Mueller and Randall Evans, who are current starters on the K-State defense. Having that kind of track record with walk-ons was important to Finney, but more than anything, he wanted to fulfill a promise he’d made to his dad. Finney had once said that if he played football, it would be at the highest level. “It was just one of those things that I wanted to make happen after he passed,” Finney said. He told his mother, Christy, that he wanted to walk on with the Wildcats. She supported his decision but with one caveat. You have one year to earn a scholarship. Christy was working two jobs and living with her sister. Finances had become tight after J.’s death, and she didn’t want to take out a bunch of student loans and get buried under a mountain of debt. With Christy’s paychecks, B.J.’s savings and what they had left from J.’s life insurance payout, they could afford one year at K-State. B.J. arrived in Manhattan in the summer of 2010 and went right to work. He finished every workout. He attended every meeting. He did everything he could to get noticed. It was more of the same during his redshirt season, grinding on the scout team and hoping it would be enough. The offseason came. So did the summer. Still, no scholarship. Then one July afternoon, with the clock ticking towards a new academic year that Finney couldn’t afford, K-State coach Bill Snyder called him into his office. The Wildcats had a scholarship for him if he wanted it. Finney nearly floated out of Snyder’s office. He appeared in his first game for the Wildcats a couple months later. He didn’t just play in the season opener either. He started at right guard. The next week, he moved to center. Finney has started there every game since, becoming a three-year team captain and a two-time first-team all-conference selection. This season, the 6-foot-4, 303-pound center is on the watch lists for the Outland, Rimington and Lombardi awards. NFL types also think he will be one of the top five centers in next year’s draft. Of course, there’s a lot of football to be played before then. The Wildcats are undefeated in Big 12 play, and if their kicker hadn’t had an off night against Auburn, they’d be undefeated right now. Still, if K-State wins out with tough road games remaining at TCU, West Virginia and Baylor, it will have a great argument for making the College Football Playoff. No one who bleeds purple would love that more than B.J. Finney; fighting to earn a spot and be the best would suit him just fine. “That’s the way I live my life,” he said. He knows that his dad would be proud of that. How could a father not be? Even though B.J. would love to hear it from his dad’s mouth and see it in his dad’s eyes, the motivation remains. “He’s still watching,” Finney said, “and he’s still here.” Keeping alive his dad’s memory is just one more thing that B.J. Finney has fought to do. 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Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS