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Nov 20, 2014
As OSU prepares to face Baylor on Saturday, there are questions at quarterback. Daxx Garman practiced on Wednesday, but suffered concussion symptoms following the Texas loss, per a source. It’s a possible quarterback shake-up not so unlike that cold November night in Stillwater. On a Thursday against Colorado, everything changed for Weeden.
Oklahoma State football: Pokes need someone to step up — like Brandon Weeden did years ago
By Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 20, 2014Brandon Weeden admits he was frustrated before the game. And how could you blame him? It was Nov. 19, 2009. He was a 26-year-old former second-round MLB draft pick turned third-string Oklahoma State quarterback who said he was “always confident” he should have been the backup. “Being a third-string quarterback, chances are you’re never going to play,” Weeden said over the phone Wednesday night. “Unless something really crazy happens.” As OSU prepares to face Baylor on Saturday, there are questions at quarterback. Daxx Garman practiced on Wednesday, but suffered concussion symptoms following the Texas loss, per a source. It’s a possible quarterback shake-up not so unlike that cold November night in Stillwater. On a Thursday against Colorado, everything changed for Weeden. “I’ll be very blunt and honest,” Weeden said. “I think it was the biggest night of my career, without a doubt.” Zac Robinson had an injured shoulder and coach Mike Gundy named backup Alex Cate the starter. He threw nine incompletions and an interception before being benched for Weeden at halftime. OSU was down 21-10 in the third quarter. Crazy enough for you? “Those were really my first meaningful reps in a game since 2001 in high school,” Weeden said. “You’re talking eight years where I didn’t play a meaningful snap.” Weeden completed his first pass. Then nine more, including touchdown throws to tailback Keith Toston and wideout Justin Blackmon. The Cowboys stormed from behind to a 31-28 victory and Weeden’s fate was sealed. “That night, honestly, changed my life,” he said. Weeden was back to the bench the next week when Robinson returned. But his Colorado performance earned him a starting gig the following year. Weeden won an Alamo Bowl, won a Big 12 title, won a Fiesta Bowl, and was a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft. “I think about it all the time now,” Weeden said. “It’s crazy the way things have gone … If I don’t go in there and play very well and we lose, then next year may never happen. They may not have the confidence in me, to throw me back out there in 2010. “Basically overnight, I started a process of making a name for myself.” It was a turning point in the program — something the 2014 Cowboys are desperately searching for after four-straight losses by a combined score of 152-40. When OSU fell 28-7 against Texas last week, Weeden was in attendance at Boone Pickens Stadium. He watched the offense he once branded as one of the nation’s best now struggle to score even a single touchdown. “I follow them week in and week out,” Weeden said. “They’re a young team, but in my opinion, somebody has got to step up and make plays and be that guy. I think that’s what it boils down to. There are too many young guys and too many inexperienced guys; it’s just not a bunch of leaders, so they’ve got to do it collectively as a group.” When Weeden watches Garman, he can’t help be reminded of himself. A rookie who spends as much time running from defenders as he does looking down field? Sounds a lot like Weeden’s first year in Cleveland when he was sacked 28 times. Garman is up to 31 with two games left. “Sacks could be taken by a variety of different things,” Weeden said. “It could be protection, it could be scheme of the play … I think they’re obviously having a hard time protecting right now. I think a lot of that you can change with play calling. You can get the ball out of your hands quicker, you can draw up a screen, whatever it may be.” Weeden currently has his own playbook to worry about, as he recently returned to a backup role behind Tony Romo in Dallas. There are no guarantees in Weeden’s football future, but no matter what happens next, it likely won’t match his OSU debut. “The buzz and the emotions I had after that game,” Weeden said, “I don’t know if I’ve had them since.” The closest thing OSU fans have felt to those emotions this year was following a loss — when a 6-point defeat to Florida State lifted the Cowboys’ hopes for another special season. It’s a feeling that hasn’t returned since. And it might take another 2009-style breakout performance to ignite the spark. “They’re having a tough stretch right now,” Weeden said. “To get over that hump, they’re just going to have to do something different and make some game-changing plays. We’ve got two tough games, what better situation to be that guy and make the play that makes the difference and turn the tables.”
Oklahoma State football: Source confirms Daxx Garman has concussion symptoms, Mason Rudolph may start at BaylorNov 19, 2014
STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has concussion symptoms after the Cowboys’ loss against Texas last week and his status against Baylor is questionable, a source close to the program confirmed Wednesday. Garman, a junior and first-year starter at OSU, was sacked seven times against the Longhorns, bringing his season total to 31. It’s […]
Oklahoma State football: Source confirms Daxx Garman has concussion symptoms, Mason Rudolph may start at Baylor
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 19, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/f0d120630f0a85dcb4d6e67f606e71fb.jpg]3491493[/img] STILLWATER — Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman has concussion symptoms after the Cowboys’ loss against Texas last week and his status against Baylor is questionable, a source close to the program confirmed Wednesday. Garman, a junior and first-year starter at OSU, was sacked seven times against the Longhorns, bringing his season total to 31. It’s unclear when the injury took place, but Garman was hit on the game’s final play and TV cameras showed he was slow to get up. // Garman’s passing stats through nine games and eight starts: 152-277 (54 percent) | 2,041 yards | 12 touchdowns | 12 interceptions. If Garman is unable to play Saturday, freshman Mason Rudolph — a 6-foot-4, 217-pound, four-star recruit from Rock Hill, S.C., who ran a wide-open spread offense in high school — is expected to make his first career start. Although Rudolph planned to be redshirted this season and has yet to take a snap for OSU, he’s received an increased number of practice snaps since week-one starter J.W. Walsh was sidelined indefinitely with an injury against Missouri State. And OSU coach Mike Gundy said back in September that the freshman quarterback understands the Cowboys’ system. "(Rudolph) can function out there with the ones," Gundy said. "He can go out and play with the ones and drive traffic and do all the things our quarterbacks do. He knows the plays, he knows the reads. That doesn't mean in the heat of the moment he might not bust, but he knows what to do." But even then, Rudolph would face a daunting test in his first appearance for OSU. Baylor ranks No. 14 in total defense (322.2 yards allowed per game) and has sacked opposing quarterbacks 28 times. Last week, Gundy said the Cowboy offensive line, an inexperienced unit that has received criticism throughout the year, was “manhandled” by Texas. If Garman is unable to play, Rudolph will be just the second true freshman in the Gundy-coaching era to start at quarterback behind former Cowboy Wes Lunt. The Tulsa World first reported Garman’s injury. More OSU from NewsOK Mason Rudolph profile Tramel: What to do with Mason Rudolph? Redshirting has helped OU, OSU quarterbacks Gundy understands what’s at stake should Rudolph lay in waiting Why Rudolph is capable of competing for the starting job as a freshman Rudolph's HS coach: "I would rather he stay redshirted"
Nov 19, 2014
STILLWATER — Mike Gundy told reporters entering the season that he would play whichever quarterback he deemed the right fit for any given situation. If only it were that simple on Saturday. If starter Daxx Garman is ruled out of Oklahoma State’s matchup at Baylor, Gundy will be forced to either play a freshman who […]
Oklahoma State football: Who is the best option at quarterback if Daxx Garman is ruled out?
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 19, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/4c5e7d9af5003855eb31c880f0dd5f9c.jpg]3491763[/img] STILLWATER — Mike Gundy told reporters entering the season that he would play whichever quarterback he deemed the right fit for any given situation. If only it were that simple on Saturday. If starter Daxx Garman is ruled out of Oklahoma State’s matchup at Baylor, Gundy will be forced to either play a freshman who is nine games into a redshirt season or a walk-on freshman who works primarily with the scout team. Or maybe someone else? Tough decisions for a five-win coach against a team that could use a dominant victory as a selling point to the College Football Playoff committee. Here’s the late-season scouting report on Gundy’s options. MASON RUDOLPH Rudolph — a 6-foot-4, 217-pound, four-star recruit from Rock Hill, S.C. — is QB-2 right now and for good reason. He ran a spread system in high school similar to the Cowboys’ offense and had tremendous success. Rudolh threw for 4,377 passing yards and 64 touchdowns as a senior. Since Garman became the starter, Rudolph has seen increased practice snaps. And his high school coach, Kyle Richardson, said Rudolph “wants to be the starter right now." But playing in two road games where five-loss OSU is heavy underdogs isn’t an ideal way to burn a redshirt year. Especially with an offensive line that’s struggled mightily. TAYLOR CORNELIUS Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the name. But if Garman is unable to go and Rudolph starts, Cornelius — a 6-foot-6 184-pound freshman preferred walk-on from Bushland, Texas — becomes the backup. Cornelius put up big-time passing numbers his senior year: 283-of-437 | 3,815 yards | 46 touchdowns. But Cornelius is a scout-team player whose understanding of the offense is likely behind Rudolph’s. And what kind of message would Gundy be sending his team if he didn’t play his best option at quarterback? TYREEK HILL [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/c7909ddacd9ca51512843a3ec616301f.jpg]3491764[/img] This certainly isn’t a long-term option, but given the circumstances, why not? Putting Hill in the shotgun situationally couldn’t hurt. But the odds are stacked against it happening. Gundy said during fall camp that the “worst thing a coach can do is to ask players to perform and execute plays that they're not capable of at this time.” It’s hard to imagine the Cowboys carving out critical practice time to plan and execute Wildcat sets when they’re struggling to run the base system. Hill's coach at Garden City, Matt Miller, said that Hill "can throw, but I don't think he ever completed a pass for me."
Nov 19, 2014
With Daxx Garman questionable due to concussion symptoms, who would start Saturday against Baylor?
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys are in a quarterback quandary
By Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 19, 2014STILLWATER — Mike Gundy has plenty of sympathy for his quarterback. He knows what it’s like being smashed into the turf over and over. Constantly looking over your shoulder playing behind a makeshift offensive line. “I’ve been in those shoes, I’ve been in that situation,” Gundy said on Monday. “I went through a tough year in 1989 where I got hit a lot.” It was Gundy’s senior season, the Cowboys’ first year on probation for recruiting violations, and he was certainly battered. In the opener against Tulsa, he was sacked six times. But to say that Gundy knows how OSU quarterback Daxx Garman feels is a stretch. In 1989, Gundy was sacked 22 times. In eight games this year, Garman has been sacked 31 times — and is now questionable against Baylor on Saturday with concussion symptoms after the Texas loss, a source close to the program confirmed Wednesday. As OSU travels to Waco, quarterback has become the most unenviable position on the roster. “You always want a quarterback to feel comfortable in the pocket,” Gundy said. “For me to sit up here and say that he feels comfortable in the pocket right now, you guys should walk out of here.” The Cowboys averaged less than 12 sacks allowed per season over the past five years. With Garman’s total and one Florida State takedown of J.W. Walsh, OSU currently has 32 with two games to play. So, who gets thrown into the ring if Garman can’t suit up Saturday? The first choice is number-two on the depth chart: Mason Rudolph. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound freshman is two games away from completing a redshirt season, but Gundy said back in September that Rudolph “can function out there with the ones … drive traffic and do all the things our quarterbacks do.” And it would seem Rudolph would be eager for the opportunity. Kyle Richards, Rudolph’s former high school coach in Rock Hill, S.C., said in the preseason that he “wants to be the starter right now.” But does Rudolph want his first test to be on the road against a dynamic Baylor pass rush? The Bears have 28 sacks this year, which ranks No. 23 nationally. On the flipside, OSU’s 32 allowed sacks rank No. 116. “Baylor's defense is pretty good,” Gundy said. “I just watched the Oklahoma tape (BU: 48 OU: 14) … I wasn't real encouraged.” So if OSU chooses to bypass Rudolph, who’s next? Taylor Cornelius, a freshman preferred walk-on from Bushland, Texas. As a senior, he went 283-of-437 passing for 3,815 yards and 46 touchdowns. “He’s a very steady kid,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said in September. “He’s a good learner. Right now he’s helping us out on the scout team and doing a really good job on that end for us.” Starting Cornelius would save Rudolph’s redshirt, but it might send a negative message by promoting a scout-team quarterback over a backup. Would that point to Gundy giving up on the season? For fans already looking forward to next season, that might not mean a lot. But it likely goes against the coaching staff efforts to revive a winning mentality in the locker room. The formula for reviving the offense is clear. The question is now whether the Cowboys have the developing personnel to make it happen. "It all starts up front,” Yurcich said. “The game has evolved, but if you look at the best offenses in the country, you'll see very good offensive lines. You'll also see very good quarterbacks.”
Nov 18, 2014
Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers have played the majority of their games together as OSU’s starting safeties. It’s brought together two players who competed regularly against one another just a few years ago.
Oklahoma State football: Teammates in the Cowboy secondary are former high school rivals
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Nov 18, 2014STILLWATER — Jordan Sterns and Tre Flowers share a defensive backfield as Oklahoma State safeties, but when they step onto a basketball court, don’t expect that team unity to hold true. “He thinks he can shoot,” Sterns said. “I’ll tell you otherwise.” Flowers fired back: “He knows the truth. We can put it on film if that’s what we want to do.” That friendly trash talk has been going on for quite a while. Years, actually. Long before the pair united as Cowboys, they were high-profile opponents on the court and the football field — Flowers at Judson and Sterns at Steele, two high schools outside San Antonio separated by just eight miles with a well-documented history. “Yeah, we were rivals,” Sterns said. It began early on when Flowers and Sterns matched up on opposing AAU basketball teams. Both could play in forward-guard hybrid roles and they often guarded one another. It continued into high school. “We were both the same build, both had physical tools to get in there and score, get rebounds and things of that nature,” said Sterns, who finally gave Flowers some credit. “He was good. He had a shot.” But football was where each truly starred. It just happened to be at the same position. Who had the final say in that rivalry? Sterns. In 2012, he snagged an interception in a 42-35 win. “A lot of big games, a lot of close games … we won all the time, of course,” Sterns laughed. Both were three-star prospects with scholarship offers from across the country, but caught the eye of OSU. And it just so happened they took official visits to Stillwater on the same day. The sudden idea Flowers and Sterns could be teammates was strange after all those years paired against one another. “We weren’t very talkative at first,” Sterns said. “Now, we’re cool.” Flowers, a redshirt safety, and Sterns, a sophomore, have played the majority of snaps this season together as Cowboy starters. That bond has been building over the past two seasons. “I really couldn’t have imagined it,” Flowers said. “It’s a real blessing working with somebody who is working with the same attitude as you.” But sometimes it’s hard to break old habits. Some offseason one-on-one basketball might be in the works. “We talk to each other every once in a while about it,” Sterns said. “We’re out here trying to do the same thing on the same team now, and it’s really cool now that you look back on it. Knowing that we played and it was a big-time rivalry at those schools.” There’s been an expected learning curve for Flowers and Sterns this season as underclassmen in the spotlight. OSU enters Saturday’s game against Baylor with the nation’s No. 116-ranked pass defense, allowing 284.9 yards per game through the air. And the Bears have averaged 354.2 passing yards this season — third most nationally. It’s a difficult test, but defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has certainly been impressed with one aspect of his young safeties’ play. “I love their approach to the game,” Spencer said.
Mustang will be making its third trip to the Tulsa area in the last five weeks when it faces Tulsa Union at Tulsa University’s Chapman Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class 6A-I semifinals. And the Broncos are hoping for the chance to add a fourth Tulsa trip. The Tulsa World reported Tuesday that Chapman Stadium will be the site of the 6A-I championship game, set for Friday, Dec. 5, following...
Class 6A-I football final set for H.A. Chapman Stadium in Tulsa
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Nov 18, 2014Mustang will be making its third trip to the Tulsa area in the last five weeks when it faces Tulsa Union at Tulsa University’s Chapman Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Class 6A-I semifinals. And the Broncos are hoping for the chance to add a fourth Tulsa trip. The Tulsa World reported Tuesday that Chapman Stadium will be the site of the 6A-I championship game, set for Friday, Dec. 5, following the Thanksgiving bye week. The Mustang-Union winner will face the winner of the other semifinal game between Jenks and Owasso, which will be played Friday night at Chapman Stadium. The OSSAA’s five-year contract to hold the 11-man state championship games at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater expired after the 2013 season. WINTER MEDIA DAY WEDNESDAY The Oklahoman’s annual Winter Sports Media Day is Wednesday at McGuinness High School. The event begins at 3:30 p.m. and ends at 7:30. The school is located at 801 N.W. 50th Street in Oklahoma City. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in basketball, wrestling and swimming is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season. STATE LEGISLATORS MAKE FRIENDLY WAGER ON PLAYOFF GAME Three Democratic state legislators are having a little fun with Friday’s Class 5A quarterfinal matchup between McAlester and Del City. House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, and Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, have placed a friendly wager on the game in which the loser buys the other and his wife dinner at an established restaurant in their town. Should McAlester win, Condit and his wife, Karen, and Reneger and his wife, Theresa, will be treated to dinner at Don’s Alley in Del City. Should Del City win, Inman and his wife, Dessa, will be treated to dinner at one of McAlester’s Italian restaurants. Del City upset Deer Creek 28-27 last week, earning the home playoff game against last year’s Class 5A state runner-up McAlester, which routed Tulsa Edison 70-14. The game is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Kalsu Stadium. OSSAA BOARD MEMBER HOLLEY IN CRITICAL CONDITION Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association Board of Directors member and Shattuck Superintendent Randy Holley is in critical condition following a car accident last week. Holley was traveling while tending to cattle when he was involved in a collision that partially ejected him from his vehicle and causing a massive amount of injuries. He was airlifted to OU Medical Center, where he remains in stable condition. Holley started serving with the OSSAA in 2011 and his term is scheduled to end June 2016. “Our hope is that he can come back and fully recover,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “He loves Shattuck and he loves athletics and being a part of the OSSAA. When I saw his wife on Friday, that’s the first thing she said about how much he loves serving on that board and being a part of it.” Donations to his family can be made online at gofundme.com/hcx48s. Sheakley also said a bank in Shattuck is looking into starting a fund for Holley’s family.
Nov 17, 2014
“I would encourage the people who love OSU and love OSU football to continue to support the players,” Gundy said. “I think that’s productive for this university. I think that’s productive for our team. I think that’s productive for the recruiting and the future of our organization.”
Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy tells fans to support the players
By John Helsley | Nov 17, 2014Mike Gundy said he understands the rights of fans. “I’ve never been critical of fans at any time,” he said Monday. “Everybody has a right to say what they want and yell at me and yell at the players or not show up.” Gundy would, however, prefer that fans show up. “I would encourage the people who love OSU and love OSU football to continue to support the players,” he said. “I think that’s productive for this university. I think that’s productive for our team. I think that’s productive for the recruiting and the future of our organization.” Gundy’s comments weren’t in response to any particular game, yet did come two days after Boone Pickens Stadium played to its smallest crowd of the year – a crowd that dwindled as the loss to Texas progressed. And it happened on Senior Night, as well as a key recruiting weekend. The Cowboys coach likened the situation to one he had with his oldest son Gavin, a student at Stillwater High School. “I said on a Friday night a year ago, ‘Where are you going? Aren’t you going to the high school game?’” Gundy said. “‘Well, no, they stink.’ “I said, ‘There’s been times that I’ve watched you play games and you stink, too. People came to watch you, like me and your mom. I sat there, like, what the hell’s going on? Why am I watching this? But I still come and watch you.’” Then Gundy delivered the same message to Gavin that he’d have for OSU fans. “He looked at me and I said, ‘What you need to do is you need to get your butt to that game, because those are your friends and you need to support your team and your school.’ That would be my message.” QUOTABLE Cowboys linebacker Seth Jacobs on the dwindling crowd Saturday: "When it comes down to it, we have to play for one another. It doesn't matter who's in the crowd – we enjoy the support and we love our fans – but when it comes down to it, the guys who are with us day in and day out, we fight for the guy next to us and that's what we are doing now and competing for." BAYLOR PUSHING BLACKOUT For the OSU game, Baylor has been promoting a “blackout” for weeks, encouraging fans to show up wearing black. Last year, the school picked Oklahoma for its blackout game, then picked on the Sooners, winning 41-12. “It was fabulous last year,” Bears coach Art Briles said. “I’ve been fortunate to be in a lot of atmospheres, and I would rate that maybe as the best. That was a fabulous atmosphere. Our crowd was unbelievable. They were there way before the game started and they were anxious and ready and excited and very supportive. “It was a big night for Baylor.” The call for a blackout also makes life easier on the equipment crew. “We don’t have to wonder what uniform we’re wearing,” Briles said. “That’s one thing I know. I usually don’t know until about Thursday. Now I actually have an idea of what it’s going to be, so that’s a plus.” OFFENSIVELY, OSU WILL STAY THE COURSE The Cowboys have fallen into an extended offensive funk. They haven’t scored more than one offensive touchdown over their past four games. Still, don’t expect a change to the wishbone or the wildcat or any other shift in philosophy for the season’s final two games. “I don’t think you can just abort the offense and what your players know,” said OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. “That’s very important. I think we have to get better at every position. But at the same time, we have to stay steady in our plan. “This offense has been very successful in the past. And it will continue to grow and we will continue to get better at it as we practice our schemes more frequently. And overall practice time and development will be the key there.” COWBOYS O-LINE LACKING STICKS? Gundy has bemoaned his team’s lack of experience and lack of production on the offensive line much of the season. And Texas only put an exclamation mark on OSU’s struggles Saturday, dominating up front and resulting for a rough night for the Cowboys statistically. OSU was held scoreless until the fourth quarter, ran for just 34 net yards and produced but nine first downs. “They were better than we were last week up front. Period,” Gundy said. “I don’t know what else to say.” Searching for something else to say, he tried a baseball analogy. “It’s like the other team had a guy who could throw 100 and he’s a closer in the eighth and ninth inning and came in and nobody could hit his fastball,” Gundy said. “You may have a .300 hitter, but if you can’t hit his fastball because he’s throwing 100, then they’re better than you are. “Right now, up front, we don’t have .300 hitters. We’d be floating around .220 right now.”
Nov 16, 2014
The 6A-I semifinals are both rematches, rebooting two of the regular season’s best games. Tulsa Union came from behind in the fourth quarter to win 30-24 at Mustang on Halloween night, and Owasso held off Jenks 7-6 in a September thriller.
Breaking down Week 2's Top 10 Oklahoma high school football playoff games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Nov 16, 2014It’s strange to think that the Class 6A playoffs have already reached the semifinal round. It seems like the postseason just began a few days ago — because it did. But the new eight-team playoff format that came with the 6A split has fast-forwarded us to this point, even though the championship games are still two weeks away following a Thanksgiving bye week. The 6A-I semifinals are both rematches, rebooting two of the regular season’s best games. Tulsa Union came from behind in the fourth quarter to win 30-24 at Mustang on Halloween night, and Owasso held off Jenks 7-6 in a September thriller. Here’s an in-depth look at the top 10 games of the second week of the high school playoffs: 1. Tulsa Union (10-1) vs. Mustang (8-3), 1 p.m. Saturday at the University of Tulsa Ranking-wise and record-wise, Jenks-Owasso could be considered a bigger matchup, but this is the game all eyes will be on. Can Mustang pull off the upset and get a west-side squad back in the title game? Union QB Mason Farquhar missed Week 10 with an injury suffered against Mustang, but returned in last Friday’s 59-28 win over Edmond Memorial. 2. Lawton (10-1) vs. Tulsa Washington (10-1) at Yukon Even the strongest detractors of the 6A split can’t complain about the intensity this matchup will create. Two physical teams, each with multiple Division I prospects fighting it out with a spot in the title game on the line. 3. Jenks (9-2) vs. Owasso (10-1) at Tulsa University Jenks lost that regular-season showdown, but has turned the corner and is playing much better nine weeks later. Owasso hasn’t been as dominant as it was early in the season, but still has the defense to keep itself in just about any game. 4. Bixby (10-1) vs. Sand Springs (8-3) at Broken Arrow A rematch of a Week 10 game that was won by Bixby 34-31, this game is as much of a toss-up as any game this week. The Bixby offense just keeps rolling, putting up 61 on Stillwater last week, while Sand Springs upset Midwest City on the Bombers’ home field. 5. Hollis (10-1) at Wynnewood (11-0) A championship-worthy matchup in the quarterfinals. Hollis is the defending champion and has been dominant in three wins since suffering its only loss of the year. Wynnewood is one of six unbeatens left in Class A and has allowed more than a touchdown in just two of its 11 wins. 6. Kingfisher (9-2) at Seminole (10-1) This will be the fourth meeting of these two powerhouse programs since Dec. 1, 2012, and third in the playoffs. The first two were semifinal matchups, then they met in a nondistrict game on Oct. 10. Kingfisher has won the previous three meetings. 7. Guthrie (10-1) at Skiatook (10-1) Heading into Week 10, these teams were ranked No. 1 and No. 3, respectively. Guthrie’s one-point loss to Deer Creek changed that, but the matchup is still worthy of such recognition, especially after Guthrie’s dominant performance against Altus. 8. Christian Heritage (9-2) at Davis (11-0) Christian Heritage has played one of the more challenging schedules among Class 2A teams and will be the toughest opponent for Davis since 3A Heritage Hall in Week 3. Only Vian in Week 1 has played the Wolves closer than 21 points. 9. Newcastle (10-1) at Fort Gibson (11-0) It’s unfortunate one of these teams has to be eliminated in the quarterfinals. They account for two of the most impressive performances in 4A this season. Fort Gibson has overcome some key injuries, and Newcastle came out of nowhere in its first season up from 3A battling through the most challenging district in the class. 10. Metro Christian (9-2) at Anadarko (11-0) Defending champion Anadarko clearly has been 4A’s best team all season, but some injuries have the Warriors looking a little more like mortals. Metro Christian’s high-powered passing offense could attack some of Anadarko’s areas weakened by injuries. *-All games Friday unless noted.
Nov 13, 2014
Thomas’ high school coach said the quarterback will ‘do great’ as a first-time starter Saturday night against Texas Tech.
Oklahoma football: Cody Thomas has a calm demeanor in pressure situations
By Jason Kersey | Nov 13, 2014NORMAN — Mike Fuller isn’t concerned that Cody Thomas’ nerves will get the best of him this weekend, when the redshirt freshman quarterback leads Oklahoma’s offense into a hostile environment at Texas Tech. “I know he’s gonna do great,” said Fuller, Thomas’ coach at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School. Because of Trevor Knight’s lingering neck injury, Thomas will start his first career game under bright lights in a big stadium away from home. So why isn’t Fuller worried? He’s seen Thomas succeed in exactly those circumstances. Thomas made his first start behind center for Colleyville Heritage on Aug. 26, 2011, when his Panthers opened their season against Duncanville inside Dallas’ Cotton Bowl Stadium. The then-junior completed 60 percent of his passes, threw for nearly 300 yards and led Heritage to a 28-21 victory. “Cody kept his composure better than anybody I’ve ever coached,” Fuller said. “It didn’t matter if it was a scrimmage that didn’t mean anything or fourth-and-goal in a district game against a big rival, his demeanor never changed. He was the same cool, level-headed guy.” Thomas has completed seven of 16 pass attempts for 50 yards with an interception in limited action this season, but showed some of that composure in his one drive against Kansas State last month. When Knight had to briefly leave the game injured, Thomas came in and calmly led the Sooners down the field on a touchdown drive. He also made an impressive save late in the drive, when center Ty Darlington sent a shotgun snap high and to Thomas’ right. Thomas reached out with his right hand, snagged the errant snap and rushed for five yards to pick up a first down. Fuller credits Thomas’ proficiency in baseball for at least part of his calm, cool demeanor in all circumstances. “He’s used to being at the plate with the game on the line,” Fuller said. Thomas was picked in the 30th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the New York Yankees. He chose to pursue football instead of jumping right into professional baseball, although he has continued his career on the diamond as a rare two-sport college athlete. He appeared in 14 games as a true freshman on the OU baseball team last spring. Thomas has taken all the first-team repetitions at practice throughout the week while Knight sits out, recovering from a scary neck injury suffered in the fourth quarter of last Saturday’s home loss to Baylor. Although X-rays and MRIs came back negative, Knight is still dealing with extreme pain. Thomas is a slightly different player than Knight — who is more of a dual-threat quarterback — so the Sooners’ plan of attack could look a little different Saturday in Lubbock. Thomas’ big arm is his most valuable asset; he threw for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions as a senior at Colleyville Heritage. With Knight unavailable, senior Blake Bell — who switched positions to tight end in the offseason — will serve as Thomas’ emergency backup in Lubbock so the Sooners can avoid burning true freshman Justice Hansen’s redshirt season. Bell started eight games at quarterback a year ago, and came off the bench to lead the Sooners to a fourth-quarter rally and upset victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater last December. Asked earlier this week if Thomas is ready for his first major college football action, OU offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said, “Absolutely. Just who he is as a person, a competitor. He's extremely confident … That's a good step forward.”
Nov 13, 2014
There are plenty of story lines ranging from the changes to Class 6A to the locations of the state championship games.
High school football: Five things to know about the playoffs
By Jacob Unruh | Nov 13, 2014High school playoffs begin across the state Friday with 87 of 88 games scheduled to begin determining nine different champions in December. And there are plenty of story lines ranging from the changes to Class 6A to the locations of the state championship games. Here are five things for fans to know about the playoffs: Veterans admitted free for first round The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association will allow free admission to veterans and one guest to any first-round game this week. All a veteran needs to do is show a driver’s license displaying a seal indicating the person is a veteran, a veteran ID card or any other form of verification. Class 6A is no longer the same This is the first year with Class 6A being split into two divisions, and it’s had mixed results. For nearly two decades, the original class has been dominated by either Jenks or Tulsa Union, keeping a gold ball away from every other team in the class. The two powers remain the favorite in Division I, while old powers such as Lawton, Midwest City and Tulsa Washington are favorites in Division II. But travel has increased for the schools on the East in Division I, though they all host first-round games. Good teams have been left at home this postseason, too, with teams batting for eight spots instead of 16. A bye week is coming in Class 6A The split means less teams in each bracket for Class 6A, forcing the OSSAA to insert a bye week into the bracket. The OSSAA approved a bye week the week of Thanksgiving, which follows next week’s semifinals. The result of the vote gives the four schools playing the championship games an extra week to prepare. Last-minute changes to Class 4A Last year, Ringling was punished by the OSSAA for playing an ineligible player just before the Class A semifinals. This year, Oologah self-reported a violation Wednesday that forced the team to forfeit three games and its district championship just two days before the playoffs opened. As a result, four matchups were changed with little time for teams to prepare for a new opponent. It’s something to watch Friday among those four games. Boone Pickens Stadium is no more For the past five seasons, the 11-man football championship games were held at Oklahoma State’s Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, but that contract has expired. The OSSAA will now place each championship game at a neutral location determined by the teams participating. The location will not be announced until the weekend before the game. Fans could see championship games in Oklahoma City at schools or universities.
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
Best first-round matchup: Sand Springs at Midwest City The Sandites have played several good teams close this year, including one-score losses to No. 1 Bixby and No. 3 Tulsa Washington the last two weeks. Fourth-ranked Midwest City is coming off a bye week. Player to watch: Darreyl Patterson, Lawton The 6-foot, 165-pound senior is blazing […]
Oklahoma high school football playoffs: Breaking down the Class 6A-II bracket
Scott Wright | Nov 9, 2014Best first-round matchup: Sand Springs at Midwest City The Sandites have played several good teams close this year, including one-score losses to No. 1 Bixby and No. 3 Tulsa Washington the last two weeks. Fourth-ranked Midwest City is coming off a bye week. Player to watch: Darreyl Patterson, Lawton The 6-foot, 165-pound senior is blazing fast, and he's become a workhorse for the Wolverines in recent weeks, particularly his 40-carry performance at Midwest City two weeks ago. He's a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. Team to watch: Stillwater The fourth seed from the west district gained a lot of confidence in the final three weeks of the season, particularly on offense, averaging 60.3 points per game in three blowout wins. Class 6A-II Scott Wright: Lawton Jacob Unruh: Lawton Trent Shadid: Bixby
Nov 8, 2014
OSU VS. JOE WICKLINE — In a strange way, this exchange of lawsuits serves as a fitting analogy for Wickline’s past nine years in Stillwater. Through the process of developing a national reputation as a mastermind of motivating and developing lesser-recruited talent to the highest level, he left little middle ground for the players he coached.
Oklahoma State football: Former Cowboys open up about Joe Wickline and his legal battle with OSU
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 8, 2014You could break down the case piece-by-piece in an attempt to remove fact from fiction. You could blame Joe Wickline for breaking his contract. You could accuse Oklahoma State of making unfounded accusations. But when analyzing the litigation between OSU and its former offensive line guru, don’t expect those who once called Wickline “Coach” to rush into judgment for either side. It’s too complicated. Too close to the heart. Evan Epstein, a Cowboy offensive lineman from 2009 to 2012, explains. “It’s like my school is suing my dad,” Epstein said. “What are you supposed to think?” Cowboy fans should be familiar with the case by now. Wickline left OSU for an offensive coordinator position this season at Texas under first-year coach Charlie Strong. But Wickline had nearly $600,000 left on his Cowboy contract that ran through 2016. Wickline must reimburse OSU if it can prove he is not calling plays for the Longhorns. If Wickline proves he is a play caller, he has filed a countersuit alleging harassment. “I don’t know all the facts,” said Parker Graham, an OSU offensive lineman from 2010 to 2013. “In my opinion, it’s unfortunate for both sides.” But in a strange way, this exchange of lawsuits serves as a fitting analogy for Wickline’s past nine years in Stillwater. Through the process of developing a national reputation as a mastermind of motivating and developing lesser-recruited talent to the highest level, he left little middle ground for the players he coached. “I love all my teammates, I haven’t had any problems with any of them,” Epstein said. “But there were Wickline guys who understood and other guys who just didn’t. Of all the offensive linemen over the past four years, you could probably call up about half of them and they won’t have a good thing to say about him.” Specifically, what made Wickline admired by some is also what made him detested by others. “The best way I could describe it is that it was kind of a military-style system,” Epstein said. “He took young inexperienced players — and through intense discipline, intense physical work and intense mental work — he was able to take these guys that no one thought could play and make them pretty good. “A lot of young players thought, ‘Wick hates me.’ But it’s not that. If anything, he hates everybody. At least it’s equal hate … He knew how to get the best out of every individual player. The people that embraced it immediately became better players.” But, for whatever reason, it seems not everyone bought in. When the lawsuit news broke in late October, former Cowboy offensive lineman Travis Cross — who graduated from OSU with a year of eligibility remaining and transferred to Houston — used Facebook to air out his grievances. In a status update that has since made its rounds across the internet as a screen-shot image, Cross said “the only people who suffered from ‘injury or emotional anguish,’ were the offensive linemen Wickline coached.” Jake Jenkins — the Cowboys’ starting center last season — also left the program with one year of eligibility left. When contacted by phone, Jenkins declined to be interviewed for this story. But even Epstein admits there were times when his relationship with Wickline was on the rocks. “Depending on how the day was going, you could have a practice that went smooth if you took care of business,” Epstein said. “Or you could have a practice where Wick got irritated, made you do up-downs or made you run after practice. A lot of stuff that, when you’re playing, you think is unfair.” Then suddenly, Epstein had what he called a “transcendent moment,” where everything started to click. Only then was he able to view Wickline through the same lens he does today. “It’s almost like a switch,” Epstein said. “Parker had it. I had it. Brandon Webb has had it. Grant Garner, everyone. We’ve all struggled through the program. We’ve all struggled with Wickline. But eventually you flip that switch and go, ‘Oh, that’s what he means.’” And it’s tough to argue against Wickline’s track record with that system. Charlie Johnson is just one of many examples. Johnson was a former two-star rated tight end at OSU in 2002. By 2005, after only one full season on the offensive line under Wickline, Johnson was NFL ready. He’s currently starting at left guard for the Minnesota Vikings. “He could find guys who didn’t truly want to be there, the guys who just want the notoriety of playing football … and turned them in another direction,” Johnson said. “I know that probably sounds bad when you read it in print. But I think as a player when you’re in that situation, and you see a coach who is able to do that, players respect that.” There’s no doubt that Epstein and Graham are what you’d call “Wickline guys.” Each was a two-star rated high school recruit who played vital roles during the most successful stretch in OSU history. They say it’s all thanks to Wickline. “He got the most out of me,” said Graham, who was released by the Baltimore Ravens in September and recently accepted a job in Tulsa. “I credit him for making me part of the man that I am today,” said Epstein, who is working in Dallas while studying for law school. Saturday will certainly be a strange day for Graham, Epstein and the entire OSU fan base, as Wickline roams the visitor’s sideline inside Boone Pickens Stadium for the Cowboys’ home finale. The pending lawsuits only add to the tension and intrigue as OSU searches for its sixth win and bowl eligibility. “I can’t wait to see the game this weekend,” Graham said. “It’s going to be fun.”
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)
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer works to move and motivate his playersNov 7, 2014
Glenn Spencer taps the motivational faucet, using quotes and passages and inspirational words to try to turn on his players. And not just on the football field.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer works to move and motivate his players
By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Nov 7, 2014STILLWATER — Glenn Spencer the player, the defensive tackle at Georgia Tech in the early to mid-80s, couldn’t rely simply on his natural gifts. Gifts, he said, that were lacking. “I always felt like I wasn’t the best athlete in college,” said the Cowboys defensive coordinator. “To play I had to be perfect. And I had to be motivated. “I just couldn’t go out there and play at a high level, I had to have everything right, mental and emotional. So I think that’s a part of developing something inside of you to help you play at a high level, tapping into things beside just physical ability.” Spencer still taps the motivational faucet, using quotes and passages and inspirational words to try to turn on his players. And not just on the football field. He borrows from famous leaders like General George S. Patton and the late great Alabama coach Paul “Bear” Bryant. He pulls lines from movies and books, like “Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War,” by Karl Marlantes. And he draws from the Bible, with faith ultimately at the root of his motivational mission. “Every morning I read my Bible,” Spencer said. “And I have some meditation time. It’s amazing, if you read the Bible, and it has nothing to do with whether you believe in God or not, it’s an unbelievable book. “An unbelievable book of honor and integrity and sacrifice and love. You can’t help but be inspired, I don’t care what your faith is.” Spencer takes his inspiration to his players. A good day — I succeed. The best day — I forgave another, supported another, added value to another, empowered another. — Spencer, via Twitter He scribbles or attaches messages to scouting reports for upcoming opponents. He includes them in letters to recruits. He even takes to Twitter, spreading his motivational methods to the masses. “I love to be moved, whether it be a book or a movie,” Spencer said. “That’s the best human experience, if something can move you inside. So I’m always searching for that. And then you want to share it.” It’s not just the words with Spencer, either. His door is always open to a player with an issue. His life is open, too, when he hosts players at his house for offseason cookouts. “I want my players to see me as something more than just a dictator,” Spencer said. “I want them to see me as a husband and a father, because a lot of them haven’t ever seen that before. So that’s something I feel has been entrusted in me, to try to let them see how to treat a lady or how to love your kids. “When I get them out to my house, I want them to see that and to see me in a different light than just somebody who screams at them and yells at them and tells them what to do.” And they do see. “I really respect Coach Spencer when it comes to that,” said OSU safety Tre Flowers. “He really means well. I don’t see him as a typical coach. As far as being a great coach, a great leader and someone you can look up to, Coach Spencer, he’s that guy.” The game is played on 100 yards of real estate, it's won and lost inside a few inches between the ears. — Spencer, via Twitter “Coach Spencer really gets you ready for life after football,” said Cowboys cornerback Kevin Peterson. “He instills in you a good work ethic and playing for the next person, the same things you need with your family. You’re going to work hard and come through for your family. “He really instills great things in us.” Among Spencer’s nearly 6,000 Twitter followers are recruits and even high school coaches, perhaps themselves tapping into some motivational tips. Through social media, Spencer said he hopes to get out a consistent vision of who he is and what he stands for, an effort that isn’t always easy in the limited personal contacts permitted by the NCAA. “I hope they see me in a light other than just a stern coach,” Spencer said. “I hope so. I would consider myself a failure if that was all they saw me as.” Hell begins on the day when God grants us a clear vision of all that we might have achieved, of all the gifts which we have wasted, of all that we might have done which we did not do. — Spencer, via the West Virginia scouting report Spencer’s foundation of faith was planted by his parents, who made sure he was in church on Sundays. His father worked two jobs, allowing his mom to stay home and raise kids in a disciplined environment and instilling a work ethic in his sons. As he grew older, Spencer said he carried the lessons and the worship along, building on it all and leaning on it, too, in times of despair, like when his first wife Angela died in 2011 following a long battle with heart problems. “When life busts you in the mouth a number of times, it’s for a reason,” Spencer said. “It would be a travesty if I didn’t use the blessings that I have now to try and share that with somebody else.” Spencer considers it an obligation to share. So he does with his notes to players and his tweets and his letters to recruits. And he’s made a point, too, to send letters to his sons Luke and Abraham, even as they lived in the same house. “I’ve been given this platform for a reason,” Spencer said of his high-profile coaching position. “And I want to make sure I do what I’m supposed to do to use this platform in a lot of different areas. “Then because of the platform that I have, I believe it’s my responsibility to share that and honor the blessings that I have.”
Oklahoma State football: 2015 running back Ronald Jones holds steady with OSU commitment, continues strong playNov 6, 2014
The prize recruit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 recruiting class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones. “Obviously, there’s a bunch of people out there that […]
Oklahoma State football: 2015 running back Ronald Jones holds steady with OSU commitment, continues strong play
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 6, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/3090466027564c2415fd85bb016d7b59.jpg]3478160[/img] The prize recruit of Oklahoma State’s 2015 class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones. “Obviously, there’s a bunch of people out there that would love to have him and would love to try and go get him,” Fecci said. “But he’s made it pretty clear to not only me, but to OSU, that he’s an OSU guy. He’s excited about his opportunity to go up to Stillwater and be a Cowboy.” Jones -- a 6-foot, 190-pound, four-star prospect considered one of the nation’s top prep running backs by a number of scouting analysts -- also held scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and more than a dozen other top-tier programs. And even as the Cowboys have struggled this season, leading to possible recruiting concerns moving forward, Jones has held solid on his commitment. Fecci said it points back to the non-football factors that also were key in Jones’ decision, like having an older sister enrolled at OSU and the relatively short drive from McKinney, Texas to Stillwater (about four hours). “I told him at the very beginning of the process, ‘Whatever you pick, it needs to be a place that you would feel comfortable just going to school there if you weren’t playing football.’ He really likes it up there,” Fecci said. “I know he really thinks a lot of coach (Jemal) Singleton and he’s excited about it.” Jones’ stats this season with one game left before postseason play: 150 carries | 1,365 rushing yards | 9.1 yards per carry | 19 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers would likely be much higher had Jones not suffered an ankle injury last month that has limited his production since. Fecci said Jones was finally back at full strength this past week when he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 21-16 victory against Sherman. Here’s a look at Jones’ highlight tape this season: More on Jones from The Oklahoman: >> How the passing of his father fueled Jones to become a superstar. >> A midseason look at the huge numbers Jones was producing.
Nov 6, 2014
Grogan entered the year seen as a liability by many fans after an 11-of-18 season kicking field goals. But the sophomore’s production in 2014 has him ranked among the nation’s best.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Ben Grogan named semifinalist for Lou Groza Award
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Nov 6, 2014Ben Grogan was one of 20 players selected Thursday as semifinalists for the Lou Groza Award, given annually to the nation’s best collegiate field goal kicker. Grogan — of Martin High School in Arlington, Texas — ranks third nationally this season with 18 made field goals and has connected on 16 of his last 18 attempts. Grogan has shown vast improvement from a season ago when was just 11-of-18. Grogan’s 82 points this season ranks fourth among semifinalists and 11th nationally among all of college football players. Finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 24 and the winner will be revealed Dec. 11. JONES HOLDS STEADY ON COMMITMENT The prize recruit of OSU’s 2015 class made his verbal commitment back in April and hasn’t wavered since. That’s what running back Ronald Jones’ coach at McKinney North High School (Texas), Mike Fecci, said when asked if other schools have continued to recruit Jones. “Obviously, there’s a bunch of people out there that would love to have him and would love to try and go get him,” Fecci said. “But he’s made it pretty clear to not only me, but to OSU, that he’s an OSU guy. He’s excited about his opportunity to go up to Stillwater and be a Cowboy.” Jones — a 6-foot, 190-pound, four-star prospect considered one of the nation’s top prep running backs by a number of scouting analysts — also held scholarship offers from Alabama, Notre Dame, USC and more than a dozen other top-tier programs. And even as the Cowboys have struggled this season, leading to possible recruiting concerns moving forward, Jones has held solid on his commitment. Fecci said it points back to the non-football factors that also were key in Jones’ decision, like having an older sister enrolled at OSU and the relatively short drive from McKinney, Texas to Stillwater (about four hours). “I told him at the very beginning of the process, ‘Whatever you pick, it needs to be a place that you would feel comfortable just going to school there if you weren’t playing football.’ He really likes it up there,” Fecci said. “I know he really thinks a lot of Coach (Jemal) Singleton and he’s excited about it.” Jones’ stats this season with one game left before postseason play: 150 carries, 1,365 rushing yards and 19 rushing touchdowns. Those numbers would likely be much higher had Jones not suffered an ankle injury last month that has limited his production since. Fecci said Jones was finally back at full strength this past week when he rushed for 233 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 21-16 victory against Sherman. GUNDY RECALLS RECRUITMENT OF FORMER STAR RUNNING BACK During OSU coach Mike Gundy’s weekly radio show with Dave Hunziker on Monday, Gundy told the story of recruiting former OSU running back Kendall Hunter with the help of former offensive line coach Joe Wickline. They were in Tyler, Texas, to watch Hunter play. It was a late kickoff and the pair of Cowboy coaches stood at field-level. The following is conversation that took place early on as Hunter dominated. The transcript from the radio show: GUNDY: “My sister used to live in Tyler, Texas … (she) told me there was a great Mexican restaurant there. “So I knew Wick would know. So I said, ‘Wick, is there a good Mexican restaurant around here?’ “He said, ‘Well, we’ve got to watch the game.’ “I said, ‘Unless there’s another player (to scout), there’s no reason for me to watch the game. That kid can play.’ And in three or four or five plays, I said, ‘Let’s go eat before I change my mind.’ “And so, that was history with Kendall.” HUNZIKER: “Meal any good?” GUNDY: “It was good food. Good player, good food in one location … when (Hunter) was running here, we were better on offense.” Hunter would go on to lead the Cowboys in rushing in 2008 and 2010 and was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Hunter’s NFL stats: three seasons, 43 games, 262 carries, 1,202 yards and seven touchdowns. Even though Hunter tore his right ACL in training camp, on Monday he signed a one-year contract extension through the 2015 season. As for Gundy and Wickline? It will certainly be interesting when they meet Nov. 15 in Stillwater for the Cowboys’ home finale with a bowl berth on the line.
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
Class 6A-I District 6A-I-1 Key games: Westmoore at Putnam City; Jenks at Yukon; Broken Arrow at Edmond Memorial; Edmond Santa Fe at Norman. Jenks: First. Broken Arrow: Second. Edmond Memorial: Third with win and Yukon loss. Third with win, Yukon win and Westmoore win. Third with Yukon loss and Westmoore loss. Fourth with Yukon win and Westmoore loss. Westmoore: Third with win and Edmond...
High school football playoff scenarios for Classes 6A, 5A and 4A
By Scott Wright | Nov 4, 2014CLASS 6A-I District 6A-I-1 Key games: Westmoore at Putnam City; Jenks at Yukon; Broken Arrow at Edmond Memorial; Edmond Santa Fe at Norman. Jenks: First. Broken Arrow: Second. Edmond Memorial: Third with win and Yukon loss. Third with win, Yukon win and Westmoore win. Third with Yukon loss and Westmoore loss. Fourth with Yukon win and Westmoore loss. Westmoore: Third with win and Edmond Memorial loss. Fourth with win, Edmond Memorial win and Yukon loss. Yukon: Third with win and Westmoore loss. Fourth with win and Westmoore win. Fourth with loss, Edmond Santa Fe loss and either Westmoore or Edmond Memorial loss. Fourth with loss, Westmoore loss and Edmond Santa Fe win in which Yukon loses 12 or fewer district points to Edmond Santa Fe. Edmond Santa Fe: Fourth with win and Yukon loss in which Edmond Santa Fe gains 13 or more district points on Yukon. District 6A-I-2 Key game: Norman North at Southmoore. Tulsa Union: First. Owasso: Second. Mustang: Third. Norman North: Fourth with win. Southmoore: Fourth with win. CLASS 6A-II District 6A-II-1 Key games: Sand Springs at Bixby; Muskogee at Tulsa Washington; Claremore at Bartlesville. Bixby: First. Tulsa Washington: Second with Sand Springs loss. Second with win and Sand Springs win in which Sand Springs does not gain any district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with win and Sand Springs win in which Sand Springs gains 1 or more district points on Tulsa Washington. Sand Springs: Second with win and Tulsa Washington win in which Sand Springs gains 1 or more district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with win and Tulsa Washington win in which Sand Springs does not gain any district points on Tulsa Washington. Third with loss. Bartlesville: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Muskogee loss. Muskogee: Fourth with win and Bartlesville loss. District 6A-II-2 Key games: Lawton at Choctaw; Lawton Eisenhower at Stillwater. Lawton: First with win. Second with loss. Midwest City First with Lawton loss. Second with Lawton win. Choctaw: Third. Stillwater: Fourth with win. Lawton Eisenhower: Fourth with win. CLASS 5A District 5A-1 Key games: Duncan at Ardmore, El Reno at Lawton MacArthur, Altus at Northwest, Del City at Chickasha. Ardmore: First with win and Altus loss. First with win, Lawton MacArthur win and Altus win or loss, Lawton MacArthur loss and Altus loss where Ardmore loses seven or fewer district points to Lawton MacArthur. Second with win, Lawton MacArthur win and Altus win or loss, Lawton MacArthur loss and Altus loss where Ardmore loses eight or fewer district points to Lawton MacArthur. Second with Altus win and Lawton MacArthur loss. Third with loss and Lawton MacArthur win. Lawton MacArthur: First with win and Ardmore loss. First with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains eight or more district points on Ardmore and loses nine or fewer district points to Altus. Second with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains eight or more district points on Ardmore or loses nine or fewer district points to Altus. Second with Ardmore win and Altus loss. Third with loss and Altus win. Third with win, Ardmore win and Altus win or loss, Ardmore loss and Altus loss where Lawton MacArthur gains seven or fewer district points on Ardmore and loses 10 or more district points on Altus. Altus: First with win and Lawton MacArthur loss. Second with Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur win. Second with win, Ardmore win and Lawton MacArthur win or loss, Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur loss where Altus gains 10 or more district points on Lawton MacArthur. Third with win, Ardmore win and Lawton MacArthur win or loss, Ardmore loss and Lawton MacArthur loss where Altus gains nine or fewer district points on Lawton MacArthur. Third with loss and Ardmore win. Del City: Fourth with win. Fourth with loss and Duncan loss where Del City loses five or fewer district points to Duncan. Duncan: Fourth with win and Del City loss. Fourth with loss and Del City loss where Duncan gains six or more district points on Del City. District 5A-2 Key games: Guthrie at Deer Creek, Piedmont at Bishop McGuinness Guthrie: First with win. Second with loss. Deer Creek: First with win. Second with loss. Carl Albert: Third. McGuinness: Fourth with win. Piedmont: Fourth with win. District 5A-3 Key games: McAlester at Tulsa Memorial, Noble at Skiatook, Tulsa Hale at Shawnee, Tulsa Kelley at Durant. Skiatook: First with win. First with loss, McAlester loss and Shawnee loss. Second with loss, McAlester win and Shawnee loss. Second with loss, McAlester loss and Shawnee win. Third with loss, McAlester win and Shawnee win. McAlester: First with win and Skiatook loss. First with loss, Skiatook loss and Shawnee win. Second with win and Skiatook win. Second with loss, Skiatook win and Shawnee win. Third with loss and Shawnee loss. Shawnee: Second with win, McAlester win and Skiatook loss. Third with win, McAlester wim and Skiatook win. Third with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley win where Shawnee loses 20 or less district points to Tulsa Kelley. Third with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley loss. Third with win, McAlester loss and Skiatook win. Third with win, McAlester loss and Skiatook loss. Fourth with loss, McAlester loss and Tulsa Kelley loss. Fourth with loss, McAlester win and Tulsa Kelley win where Shawnee loses 21 or more district points to Tulsa Kelley. Tulsa Memorial: Second with win and Shawnee loss. Fourth with loss and Shawnee win. Fourth with loss, Shawnee loss and Tulsa Kelley loss. Fourth with win, Skiatook win and Shawnee win. Fourth with win, Skiatook loss and Shawnee win. Tulsa Kelley: Third with win, McAlester win and Shawnee loss where Tulsa Kelley gains 21 or more district points on Shawnee. Fourth with win, McAlester win and Shawnee loss where Tulsa Kelley gains 20 or fewer district points on Shawnee. District 5A-4 Key games: Tulsa East Central at Collinsville, Coweta at Tahlequah, Grove at Tulsa Edison Collinsville: First. Coweta: Second with win. Third with loss. Tahlequah: Second with win. Third with loss and Tulsa Edison loss. Fourth with loss and Tulsa Edison win. Tulsa Edison: Third with win and Coweta win. Fourth with win and Coweta loss. Tulsa East Central: Fourth with Tulsa Edison loss. CLASS 4A District 4A-1 Key games: Clinton at Elk City. Anadarko: First. Newcastle: Second. Weatherford: Third. Elk City: Fourth with win. Clinton: Fourth with win. District 4A-2 Key games: Ada at Harrah; McLoud at Glenpool; Tuttle at Santa Fe South. Ada: First with win. Second with loss. Harrah: First with win. Second with loss and Tuttle loss. Second with loss, Tuttle win and Glenpool win in which Harrah loses 12 or fewer district points to Tuttle. Third with loss, Tuttle win and McLoud win. Third with loss, Tuttle win and Glenpool win in which Harrah loses 13 or more district points to Tuttle. Tuttle: Second with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool loss. Second with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool win in which Tuttle gains 13 or more district points on Harrah. Third with win, Harrah loss and Glenpool win in which Tuttle gains 12 or fewer district points on Harrah. Third with loss and Glenpool loss. Third with win, Glenpool loss and Harrah win. Fourth with Harrah win and Glenpool win. Glenpool: Third with win and Harrah win. Third with win, Harrah loss and Tuttle loss. Fourth with win, Tuttle win and Harrah loss. Fourth with loss by six points or fewer and Tuttle loss. McLoud: Fourth with win and Tuttle win. Fourth with win by seven points or more and Tuttle loss. District 4A-3 Key games: Catoosa at Wagoner; Cleveland at Cascia Hall Oologah: First Catoosa: Second with win. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall win. Wagoner: Second with win and Cascia Hall loss. Second with win and Cascia Hall win in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Cascia Hall win in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Third with loss and Cascia Hall loss in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall loss in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss and Cascia Hall win. Cascia Hall: Second with win and Wagoner win in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Wagoner win in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Third with win and Catoosa win. Third with loss and Wagoner loss in which Cascia Hall gains eight or more district points on Wagoner. Fourth with loss of 12 points or fewer and Wagoner loss in which Cascia Hall gains seven or fewer district points on Wagoner. Cleveland: Fourth with win and Wagoner win. Fourth with win by 13 points or more and Wagoner loss. District 4A-4 Key games: Sallisaw at Metro Christian, Tulsa Central at Poteau. Fort Gibson: First. Metro Christian: Second with win. Second with loss of 14 points or fewer and Poteau win where Metro Christian loses five or fewer district points to Poteau. Third with loss and Poteau win where Metro Christian loses five or fewer district points to Poteau or loses by 14 points or less. Third with loss and Poteau loss. Fourth with loss of 15 points or more and Poteau win. Poteau: Second with win and Metro Christian loss where Poteau gains six or more district points on Metro Christian. Third with win and Metro Christian loss where Poteau gains five or fewer district points on Metro Christian. Third with Metro Christian win. Fourth with loss and Sallisaw win. Sallisaw: Second with win and Poteau loss. Third with win of 15 points or more and Poteau win. Fourth with loss. Fourth with win of 14 points or fewer and Poteau win.
Nov 4, 2014
STILLWATER — Mike Gundy keeps his players’ injury reports mostly private and won’t give reporters many specifics about diagnosis, severity or duration. But during the Oklahoma State coach’s weekly radio show with Dave Hunziker on Monday, Gundy said this: “People need to realize, just like every other team in college football, these kids play in […]
Oklahoma State football: Linebacker Seth Jacobs has played through injuries this season
Kyle Fredrickson | Nov 4, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/11/b06bd9f73dd5687ea8a7aac1e2ccbe07.jpg]3476305[/img] STILLWATER -- Mike Gundy keeps his players’ injury reports mostly private and won’t give reporters many specifics about diagnosis, severity or duration. But during the Oklahoma State coach’s weekly radio show with Dave Hunziker on Monday, Gundy said this: “People need to realize, just like every other team in college football, these kids play in pain. Seth Jacobs is playing right now, his shoulder, he’s hurting.” Jacobs -- a 6-foot-2, 220-pound starting linebacker -- has played nearly every meaningful snap this season to produce 52 tackles, four pass breakups and two interceptions through nine games. Gundy’s assessment of Jacobs playing through pain goes in line with a story defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer told following the 42-9 loss at TCU. “(Jacobs) had skin hanging from his chin, it took five stitches,” Spencer said. “They’re trying to get him out and he’s just wanting to put his chin strap on to hold his skin together and (get) ready for the next series. And this was like late in the third quarter. We’re just battling.” It’s performances like that which prompted Gundy to defend his players’ determination to succeed amid a string of losses. “So there has to be some sort of respect for these kids in what they’re giving to us,” Gundy said. “They give their body up.” >> Read more on Jacobs’ rise to prominence on the OSU defense with comments from his mother and high school coach.
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.
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
Oklahoma State football: Sophomore Jordan Sterns' 20-tackle performance highlights his rise to become a starter in the Cowboy secondaryOct 29, 2014
Sterns has earned a reputation among players and teammates for his ever-churning motor on the field and his dedication to improving from failure
Oklahoma State football: Sophomore Jordan Sterns' 20-tackle performance highlights his rise to become a starter in the Cowboy secondary
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 29, 2014STILLWATER — Glenn Spencer can learn a lot about a football player’s heart by looking at his feet. When Oklahoma State’s defensive coordinator leads film-review sessions with the Cowboys this season, he keeps noticing the black Nikes of one player in particular. A starting sophomore safety he calls an “authentic tough guy.” “If you just watch the tape, when the ball’s not even on his side, just watch his cleats,” Spencer said. “Watch his cleats turn over and how fast they’re going all the time.” That Cowboy is Jordan Sterns. He’s just 20 years old. Seems fitting. Because in OSU’s 34-10 homecoming loss to West Virginia, he kept his feet moving and wound up with 20 tackles. It’s the first time a Cowboy has met that mark since 2001, when linebacker Dwayne Levels did it against Baylor. Throughout college football nationally this season, just seven players have made 20 tackles in a single game. Sterns is the only underclassman. Not that he was counting Saturday. Sterns had no idea until someone told him in the postgame locker room. “It was really a blur,” he said. “I was kind of shocked when people told me.” But to identify how Sterns — a former three-star recruit from Steele High School outside San Antonio, Texas — has developed so quickly into a difference-maker on the Cowboy defense, it’s not the stellar performances that resonate. “Every time he makes a mistake,” Spencer said, “that’s in his DNA for the rest of his life.” Dedicated to his craft and motivated by failure. And it all started in junior high when Sterns decided on a career path. He said his father told him he had “one chance at this. If you really like football, you should take it serious.” OSU middle linebacker Ryan Simmons can take the story from there. As a Steele football player a few years older than Sterns, he remembered when his now teammate was an eighth grader who kept showing up at practice. “He would come up there trying to talk to the coaches and he’d be in the weight room lifting,” Simmons said. “He was definitely a motivated young guy. He just wanted to be around us … Nothing has changed with Jordan. He’s always been hungry.” That no doubt impressed the likes of Scott Lehnhoff — Steele’s now head coach, who was offensive coordinator back then. However, Sterns learned quickly that interest alone wouldn’t get him playing time. “I was a little immature,” Sterns said. “I was failing a class and they would run me every day.” For about three or four weeks, Sterns said he continued to pay the price, even flipping a tire up and down the sidelines while his teammates practiced. As he puts it, the “coaches did a good job of building my character.” Lesson learned. With his academics in check, Sterns found a place on the roster at where else to prove himself: fullback. The running back behind him? Texas’ leading rusher this season: Malcolm Brown. “Sometimes I blocked for him,” Sterns laughed. “I was real little.” But it didn’t take long for Lehnhoff to recognize the talent at his disposal. Sterns progressed into a featured running back, then switched to safety his junior year. And even then would return to the offense when called upon. “We really don’t have many two-way players at all,” Lehnhoff said. “Jordan was one of the very few. He’s had a great knack for big plays defensively and also offensively. He wasn’t the fastest guy on the field, but he had great balance and great vision.” What’s more? Sterns athletic talents were matched by his interpersonal skills. “As a senior, you could sit down with him and he could have a long conversation about a number of different things,” Lehnhoff said. “He was just one of those guys who seemed a little bit older than he was at the time.” When Sterns committed to OSU as a freshman for the 2013 season, there was no guarantee he would immediately see the field. But when Daytawion Lowe graduated last year, there was a clear choice for his replacement — the scrappy true freshman special teams contributor with ever-churning feet. “I knew he wasn’t going to be afraid of any situation that he was thrown into,” Lehnhoff said. This season has undoubtedly been an uphill learning experience for Sterns and the entire Cowboy secondary. The unit ranks No. 109 nationally this season with 282.1 passing yards allowed per game. And while Sterns’ 20 tackles were ultimately impressive, it’s a stat that doesn’t please OSU coach Mike Gundy in terms of scheme. “Too many tackles for a safety,” Gundy said. “We’re aware of that.” But as OSU embarks on a tough four-game stretch to determine whether the Cowboys will reach a bowl game this postseason, there seems to be no doubt concerning Sterns’ play. Even when his team might be struggling, he says “you might as well go full speed.” “By how he plays, you can see inside his heart,” Spencer said. “He’s going to get nothing but better. Some guys, you just don’t know. And I know he’s the kind of kid that’s going just improve and improve.”
Oct 28, 2014
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive lineman. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys add fifth offensive line commit to 2015 class with Vaimoe Sekona
Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 28, 2014Oklahoma State offensive line coach Bob Connelly said back in mid-August that his recruiting goal for the 2015 class was to sign five offensive lineman. Late Monday, Connelly met his mark. Vaimoe Sekona -- a 6-foot-4, 289-pound two-way lineman at Crespi High School (Encino, Calif.) -- announced on twitter his intentions to play for OSU next season. . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/photo36.jpg]3468557[/img] . Sekona, a Rivals-rated three-star recruit, told Scout recruiting analyst Greg Biggins that he’s “locked in with Oklahoma State, that’s the only school I’m going to focus on.” More from Sekona: “Coach Connelly was my primary recruiter and I like him a lot. The whole staff has been great with me and I have a great comfort level already. They recruited me to play offensive guard and I’m totally fine with that. I’ve actually played offensive line longer than I’ve played defense so I have no problem playing anywhere they want me.” Sekona turned down a number of scholarship offers from top-tier programs to play in Stillwater. A look at his Rivals page: . [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/10/photo43.jpg]3468556[/img] . Sekona was the second recruit to verbally commit to the Cowboys’ 2015 class -- which now stands at 15 players -- on Monday as junior-college transfer Todd Mays, who will likely play running back or receiver, also confirmed his commitment on Twitter. OSU’s offensive line commits for the class now include Sekona, Josh Jones (Richmond, Texas) and Johnny Wilson (Midland, Texas.) As well as junior-college transfers Brandon Pertile (Mesa, Ariz.) and Deya Mhiesen (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Oct 27, 2014
Per OSU coach Mike Gundy’s policy, Garman has been interviewed by reporters just once this season. Here’s a closer look at Garman through social media posts and in the words of current and former teammates and coaches.
Oklahoma State football: Five things you might not know about quarterback Daxx Garman
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 27, 2014STILLWATER — Quarterback Daxx Garman has made six starts at Oklahoma State. He’s given just one interview. It was Sept. 6 after the Cowboys’ 40-23 home victory against Missouri State, as Garman had made his first OSU appearance when J.W. Walsh went down with injury. Garman was mobbed by TV cameras and reporters postgame, with everyone eager to pick his brain about what the experience was like. A quick sampling of what he said: “It was great. That was the most fun I’ve had in a long time to get to play in a game.” “It’s something I’ve been patient with, staying steady. And when my time was called I was just ready to go and do the best I could for my team.” “I couldn’t have definitely done it without the offensive line. They made good blocks.” Nothing beyond the standard team-first responses you’d expect after an easy victory. But ever since, per OSU coach Mike Gundy’s policy, Garman has not been granted media access. It’s left plenty to be desired in learning more about Garman as a person, not just as a football player. Interview requests to family members have yet to be returned. And even Garman’s teammates might have trouble learning more about their quarterback. “Daxx is a quiet guy,” former OSU quarterback Clint Chelf said. “He would come in and there were days where we’d be there an hour or two before he’d say his first word. So it was kind of hard to get a gauge on him.” But with the help of social media, current and former players and coaches, there are a few pieces of the Garman puzzle that stand out. Five things you might not have known about the Cowboy quarterback: 1. The Garmans and the Gundys are linked by geography On Oct. 7, Gundy was asked how Garman ended up at OSU after a long string of transfers. “That’s a long, long story,” Gundy said. Gundy wouldn’t go into much detail — even threw in a “you’d have to ask him,” knowing it’s his call Garman can’t speak with the media — but he did respond with a quick anecdote. “Daxx is from back really where I’m from,” Gundy said. “His mom is a twin and they’re the same age as we are. So they kind of knew us and we kind of knew them. Then we he came back here, I think he had some distant ties with me because of that.” Garman was born raised in his early years in the Oklahoma City area. Gundy got his start in Midwest City. 2. Garman has excelled in the classroom At Southlake Carroll High School (Texas), Garman was a member of the National Honor Society. He even ranked in the top-five percent of his 2010 graduating class. That academic success dates back to his time at Jones High School in 2009. “Daxx was a great student in the classroom and a great student of the game,” said Dave Martin, Garman’s coach at Jones. “He always wanted to go out there and be better … that was a self-driven characteristic that he had.” 3. Garman has friendly ties to OU football players OSU wide receiver Austin Hays and Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight both attended Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. Their friendship has extended the olive branch between Bedlam rivals, as seen from a March 18 Instagram post from Garman. The picture features Garman, Hays, Knight, OSU receiver David Glidden, OU offensive lineman Christian Daimler and others. The group apparently linked up for spring break vacation. — A photo posted by Daxx Garman (@daxxgarman) on Mar 3, 2014 at 8:20pm PDT — “I think they’re really close,” Chelf said. “A lot of our players and a lot of theirs are from Texas, so I think a lot of those guys have known each other for a long time.” It’s a connection that doesn’t bother Garman’s teammates, as OSU linebacker Ryan Simmons explained. “Not at all,” Simmons said. “When it comes game time, they know and I’m sure we all know, it’s a big game. It’s a rivalry. Outside of football, we’re all good people.” 4. Garman has an impressive shoe collection Continue scrolling through Garman’s Instagram page and you’ll find photo after photo featuring different pairs of shoes. The collection includes high-end styles from Nike, Jordan and even Louis Vuitton. “It was unbelievable,” Chelf said. “I actually got it out of him once when we were sitting there. I think he has like over 300 or 400 pairs of shoes. What’s crazy is that half of them are like limited edition. He does it big, I know that. His shoe game is definitely impressive.” — A photo posted by Daxx Garman (@daxxgarman) on Dec 12, 2013 at 12:42pm PST — Glidden agrees. “During two-a-days, I don’t think I ever saw him wear the same pair of shoes twice,” Glidden said. “And they’re all good looking shoes, I will say that … Daxx has style, that’s for sure.” 5. Garman has a number of colorful tattoos You might have noticed that Garman has worn half-sleeves beneath his jersey in every game he’s played this season. They cover up colorful tattoos that Chelf called “wild and well done.” “I never really sat and looked at them,” Simmons said. “But there’s some different types of writing … He’s got half-sleeves. It’s a nice set of tattoos.” It’s not just the designs that have stood out. It’s the meaning behind them, too. “The ones on his back say his sister’s and mom’s name, I believe,” Chelf said. “They’re pretty impressive.”
Oct 27, 2014
Seales, a sophomore wide receiver from Port Arthur, Texas, was arrested on a complaing of public intoxication on Oct. 19. Stillwater police found Seales and Juwan Offray, a freshman cornerback from New Orleans, La.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Mike Gundy says Jhajuan Seales will play at Kansas State
By John Helsley and Kyle Fredrickson | Oct 27, 2014Suspended Oklahoma State wide receiver Jhajuan Seales will return to play against Kansas State on Saturday, said OSU coach Mike Gundy on Monday at his weekly press conference. Seales, a sophomore wide receiver from Port Arthur, Texas, was arrested on a complaing of public intoxication on Oct. 19. Stillwater police found Seales and Juwan Offray, a freshman cornerback from New Orleans, La. Offray reportedly had been dismissed from the team, although a source said Monday that his status remains up in the air. Both were passed out in a running vehicle in the drive-thru lane of a Whataburger restaurant. Seales did not play in OSU’s 34-10 loss against West Virginia because of the incident. “He’s made a poor decision, he’s paid his price,” Gundy said. “Put him on the StairMaster for three days for two hours a day and he didn’t get to play in the game.” Seales entered this season as the Cowboys’ top performer at wide receiver, coming off a freshman year where he started every game and hauled in 39 catches for 571 yards and three touchdowns. Through seven games this season, Seales has 13 catches for 236 yards and three touchdowns. COWBOYS LAND COMMITMENT Oklahoma State landed a verbal commitment from a junior-college transfer who could impact the Cowboy offense in a number of different ways next season. Todd Mays is a quarterback, running back and wide receiver for one of most dominant junior-college programs in the country this season: East Mississippi Community College. Mays tweeted Monday that he plans to play for OSU next season: “Committed to #Osu today, very excited about what is about to happen.” Mays originally committed to Arkansas State out of Olive Branch High School (Miss.) in 2012, but left after his redshirt freshman season for EMCC — which won the junior college national championship in 2011 and 2013 and holds a collective record of 46-7 since 2010. Mays, in his second season, has been critical in continuing that winning tradition this year. EMCC is currently 9-0. His stats in those games: Rushing: 54 carries, 325 yards and six touchdowns. Receiving: 12 catches for 164 yards and one touchdown. Passing: 13-of-14, 149 yards and one touchdown. Mays turned down five scholarship offers to pick OSU. SMITH WINS WEEKLY RAY GUY AWARD Cowboys punter Kip Smith was named Ray Guy Award Player of the Week, after averaging 43.3 yards on five punts and allowing a net of minus-1 yard on returns against West Virginia. Smith had four of his five punts downed inside the 20, including one at the 1. He also booted a career-best 71 yard punt. “It’s pretty cool,” Smith said. “I think with some of my punts, I would like to get more hang time on them. It’s a cool recognition this week. If I could do that every week for the rest of the season, I would be more satisfied.” Smith knows he’ll be under the gun again Saturday against Kansas State, which leads the Big 12 with a 22.4 average on punt returns. Former Tulsa area standout Tyler Lockett averages 23.6 yards per return, with one touchdown. “For me, I definitely want them to fair catch every punt because they’re really good at returning punts,” he said. “I also hope it isn’t too windy.” Quotable OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer on end Emmanuel Ogbah, who leads the Big 12 with eight sacks: “He is a dynamic kid. He's playing at a high level, not very often do you have kids who can just beat one-on-one match-ups. He has the ability to do that and anytime you get a defensive linemen that can do that, it really helps opens things up for you.”
Oklahoma State football: Freshman cornerback Ramon Richards continues to be targeted by opposing offensesOct 26, 2014
Richards, a true freshman who was playing quarterback in high school this time last season, has been burned on three touchdown passes over the past two games. But his teammates remain confident in the youngster.
Oklahoma State football: Freshman cornerback Ramon Richards continues to be targeted by opposing offenses
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Oct 26, 2014STILLWATER — Within a four-minute span in the first quarter against West Virginia on Saturday, one Oklahoma State defensive back was on the losing end of two Mountaineer touchdown receptions. During postgame, OSU coach Mike Gundy simply referred to that Cowboy by his jersey number. “The post route for a touchdown, we should have had safety help,” Gundy said. “And 18 should have stayed on top of him.” No. 18 is Ramon Richards. And for consecutive weeks, he’s been picked on by opposing offenses that have recognized the true freshman who has been thrust into OSU’s second corner slot with starter Ashton Lampkin still sidelined with an ankle injury. First it was TCU wide receiver Josh Doctson who burned past Richards for a 77-yard touchdown. Then it was WVU wideouts Kevin White (19-yard touchdown) and Mario Alford (79-yard touchdown) who made it look easy. And each time, Richards was forced to make the long jog back to the Cowboy sideline to face the music. Good thing for Richards, though, is that he’s been met by a supportive group of teammates who understand the learning curve. The encouraging words from safety Jordan Sterns: “You’re good bro, don’t even worry about it. Plays like that are going to happen. Just bounce back and think about what’s ahead of you … who cares, it’s in the past.” From cornerback Kevin Peterson: “I probably gave up more than you did when I was a freshman, so you’re already doing 10 times better than I did.” And it would seem those comments sunk in Saturday. Richards wasn’t blatantly exposed the remainder of the game and finished with two tackles. “After those two plays, he held his own,” Sterns said. “He’s young out there, 18, and he’s going against grown men out there. He’s a great player, a great athlete and he has a great mindset.” Richards was playing quarterback this time last season at Brackenridge High School in San Antonio, but was recruited to OSU as a defensive back after coaches recognized his premiere athleticism. Even while Richards has learned the hard way with some crucial mistakes early in his career, the experience will undoubtedly help his develop down the road. “He isn’t going to get any worse, he’s going to continue to get better,” Sterns said. “I can’t wait to see Ramon in two or three years.”
Oct 26, 2014
Unwilling to make excuses – which are readily available within an offense marked by injury and inexperience and inconsistency of youth – Yurcich instead pointed the finger directly at himself, taking “full responsibility” for an attack falling well short of production standards around Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State football: Despite detractors, Mike Yurcich presses on
By John Helsley | Oct 26, 2014The always stoic and play-it-straight Mike Yurcich let his guard down Saturday night, revealing real emotion rarely seen in his year and a half in Stillwater. Raw emotion. Unwilling to make excuses – which are readily available within an offense marked by injury and inexperience and inconsistency of youth – Yurcich instead pointed the finger directly at himself, taking “full responsibility” for an attack falling well short of production standards around Oklahoma State. “How do you go about your job if you don’t?” Yurcich said. “I don’t know how to operate any other way. I don’t.” Never mind that those words might be used against him in the court of public opinion, used as ammunition by the armchair sect that claims to be better at calling plays from home. “They can do whatever they want,” Yurcich said. “Ammo, what, am I supposed to do, throw someone under the bus? “I think every coach feels that way. I think every player should feel that way. It’s accountability. Leadership. I just speak from the heart.” OSU struggles to score, and the reasons are well-documented. Starting quarterback J.W. Walsh is hurt. So are the projected offensive tackles, Devin Davis and Zach Crabtree, from a line that was already under reconstruction. It’s gotten so bad the Cowboys have called on a walk-on true freshman to help at center. Even at receiver, once considered an area of strength, players haven’t progressed as expected. Jhajuan Seales wasn’t consistent, and maybe his night life is a reflection on why. Marcell Ateman was left standing on the sideline for much of Saturday’s loss to West Virginia, apparently due to a lack of practice work habits. Blake Webb, the star of the spring, has been a no show. Daxx Garman, Walsh’s replacement at quarterback, is hit and miss all in the same drives. That’s a lot of missing pieces or elements to good offense. So is it really any surprise that the touchdowns are missing, too? Still, Yurcich can’t lean on all that. And he doesn’t. “I really don’t want to dwell on negatives,” Yurcich said. “You deal with the hand your dealt. That’s just the way life is. “It’s tough times. It’s hard. There’s adversity. And yet, our guys are very positive. That’s a great sign. And they work really hard. We anticipate to get better this week in practice.” That’s the call – has to be the call – with a youth-filled roster that forms not only this season’s forecast, but the seasons ahead. “That’s the thing, they’re young,” Yurcich said. “Some of these guys come from winning programs in high school, so they’ve never experienced any adversity. So that’s very important.” Yes, the numbers are bleak, especially when you compare this team’s lack of scoring to recent Cowboys attacks. Check out the touchdown totals: 2011 – 76 in 13 games. 2012 – 69 in 13 games. 2013 – 61 in 13 games. 2014 – 24 through 8 games. That equates to a projection of 15 more touchdowns this year, or 39, and that’s assuming a 13th game. And that’s assuming an average of three touchdowns a game, the pace through eight games, even as OSU has managed but one TD over the past 10 quarters with the schedule stiffening significantly. So yeah, it’s bad. And Yurcich acknowledges it, although with a dose of heavy perspective provided from a buddy back East. “He’s in a wheelchair,” Yurcich said, emotion spilling through his voice. “He’s got tremendous adversity. Dude can’t even walk. Can’t even talk. We send emails back and forth, because I can’t understand him over the voicemail. So that, to me, is perspective. “We have an opportunity to play this week. We’ve got another game. And I’ve got another opportunity to coach these guys. We’ve got to keep a positive outlook on this deal.”
Oct 24, 2014
STILLWATER – James Castleman stuck out one of his big hands and felt a football collide with it. So he clutched it for an interception of TCU’s Trevone Boykin, then took a moment to celebrate from his knees. “The big guys have to do something every once in a while,” Castleman said. The play was a designed screen pass, which Castleman read. But he never expected to come up with the football. “I...
OSU football: Cowboys' James Castleman explains what it's like for a DT to get an interception
BY JOHN HELSLEY, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Oct 24, 2014STILLWATER – James Castleman stuck out one of his big hands and felt a football collide with it. So he clutched it for an interception of TCU’s Trevone Boykin, then took a moment to celebrate from his knees. “The big guys have to do something every once in a while,” Castleman said. The play was a designed screen pass, which Castleman read. But he never expected to come up with the football. “I was actually going that way,” he said. “I noticed it was supposed to be a screen. He threw it, I stuck a hand out. And out of nowhere I hit it and ended up coming down with it. Surprised me. “I’m really surprised I caught it.” But once Castleman did catch it, he had to make the most of it. “As a big fella, it’s awesome to intercept a pass like that,” he said. “Especially as a big guy, because then I can give our corners and safeties heck about it, ‘I’ve got better hands than y’all.’ “I chirped a little bit to Kevin Peterson, Jordan Sterns. I was messing with them, telling them I’ve got better hands than they do. Of course, they wanted to go out on the field and prove it.” Castleman, for a 6-foot-2, 300-pounder, has quite a reputation for being an athlete. He was All-District as a punter at Amarillo High School and a three-time All-District pick on the basketball floor. Where does the interception rank on his list of athletic feats? “I think it’s pretty up there,” he said. “I haven’t made a list, but right now I think it’s up there in the top five.”
Oct 23, 2014
Dezarai Roseman and Erma Rollerson cheer every play. Every game, too. Even though they are both just a smidge over 5-foot tall, they loom large at Putnam North games this season. Their old-school cheers and their never-ending passion have become part of the Friday night fabric.
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By Jenni Carlson, Staff Writer | Oct 23, 2014Wearing their Putnam North cardinal and gold, Dezarai Roseman and Erma Rollerson looked like the rest of the fans gathering in the stands before kickoff. Acted like them, too. They sat. They talked. Then, the game started. Sitting and talking was replaced by standing and cheering. And the sisters didn’t just yell and clap. They formed their own two-woman cheer squad. “Here we go, de-fense, here we go!” Erma boomed. Clap clap. “Here we go, de-fense, here we go!” Dezarai joined. Clap clap. “Here we go, de-fense, here we go!” That was just the first play from scrimmage, but it was a sign of things to come. Dezarai and Erma cheer every play. Every game, too. Even though they are both just a smidge over 5-foot tall, they loom large at Putnam North games this season. Their old-school cheers and their never-ending passion have become part of the Friday night fabric. “It’s a really good thing because it’s so positive,” coach Rod Richardson said. “They’re always for the boys.” Quarterback Chase Sparks said, “They’ve definitely added a lot.” They don’t just stand up. They stand out. The sisters come because Dezarai’s son Denzele Wimberly plays on the Panthers’ offensive line, but their intensity is high whether he’s in the game or on the sideline. He’s split snaps with another player this season, so he can sometimes go long stretches without playing. Doesn’t faze the sisters. So, why are they so into it? Football in their family has deep roots, going back decades. But some of those roots sprouted from a most unexpected source — their mom. *** Kaye Roseman was born and raised in Stillwater, the oldest of six children. She loved music, marched in the band and played the drums. She also played football. Her daughters don’t know many of the details, but for a while in the late 1950s and early 1960s, their mama was a lineman — or would it be linewoman? — on the high school football team. She only quit playing when she blew out her knee. But her passion for sports remained. After serving in the Navy, being stationed at Tinker Air Force Base and having a couple of daughters, she moved to Northern California and had four more daughters. All of the girls played sports, from basketball to track to softball. And Ms. Roseman — even her daughters call her that — was always there to watch. As the girls got into middle school and especially into high school at Sacramento’s Grant Union, their mom started going to every sporting event. Not just their games. Not just their sports. All the games and all the sports. “We traveled,” Dezarai remembered. “When I say traveled, I mean, we traveled.” They criss-crossed the northern part of the state to go to games in places like Tracy and Grass Valley and Auburn. And when the school’s biggest rivals would come to town, Ms. Roseman would head up a group that made signs. She’d throw the signs and the kids in the car and hang up the signs along the freeway. WELCOME TO PACER COUNTRY. Her work wasn’t done, though. Once the games started, she would lead the cheers and rally the fans. “We used to do the wave,” Erma said, smiling. “She’d start it.” Miss Kaye was so involved that the kids gave her a nickname — Pacer Mom. Why was she so involved? “I think she just loved people,” Dezarai said. “She had a genuine heart. I don’t want to get teary-eyed … ” She stopped and swallowed hard. Tears welled in her eyes. “She was an awesome woman. And you know, growing up, you don’t understand certain things, but it makes me proud now as an adult when people say, ‘This woman touched lives.’” It was nothing for Pacer Mom to take in kids who needed a place to stay. Maybe things weren’t great at home. Maybe they just needed a stabilizing adult. Maybe that meant some of her own children even had to sleep on the floor to make room for the house guests. She made it work because she loved kids. “And they loved her,” Erma said. Dezarai nodded and said, “They knew our house was a safe place. They knew she would always be there.” Even after Pacer Mom moved back to Oklahoma, where she died in 1996, her legacy remained in California. Dezarai moved back there for a few years after her mom passed, and she was in the emergency room one day with one of her kids when a man kept staring at her. “You look familiar,” he said. “I’m sorry,” Dezarai said, “but I don’t know you.” Eventually, he asked what high school she attended. Even though hers didn’t match up with his, he insisted that she still looked familiar. “Well,” Dezarai said finally, “my mom might have cheered … ” “That lady!” he yelled, cutting her off. “That lady!” He remembered Pacer Mom. So do her daughters. *** Erma Rollerson isn’t new to Putnam North games. All four of her kids have gone to the school, and over the years, she has been a regular at all sorts of sporting events. “By myself,” she said. “Everybody just lookin’ at me.” Not that it stopped her. She still cheered. She still chanted. She still tried to get everyone else to join her. “I just love being a supporter of the young people in sports,” she said. “I’ve always loved it.” Dezarai has always felt the same way, and when she moved back to Oklahoma City this year, the sisters joined forces. They don’t plan anything. They just react to whatever is happening on the field. And, of course, they draw from the cheers that they heard their mom do. “Move it!” Clap. “Move it!” Clap. “Move it on down that field.” “Take that ball away! Say, take that ball away!” Clap, clap, clap. Sometimes, other parents join in. Sometimes, not. It doesn’t matter to them, and it doesn’t it keep them from cheering more. They start home games at Putnam City District’s stadium in the west end of the stands, which aren’t as full as the middle or the east. They can stand near the front and not block anyone’s view. But as a home game went on earlier this season, they migrated toward the middle of the stands. They leaned over the railing. They ran up and down the walkway. By the start of the second quarter, Erma dabbed at the sweat on her face. At one point, one of the fresh-faced cheerleaders glanced over her shoulder at the sisters as they started another one of their cheers. She looked slightly annoyed, even though her hands were clasped primly behind her back and her feet were planted properly shoulder-width apart. But as she watched, a little smile came across her face. She couldn’t help it. The sisters’ energy is infectious. “They have fun,” said Danny Oden, a parent of a Putnam North alum who regularly attends football games, “and they are very entertaining as they are always into the game.” Just like their mom. *** Denzele Wimberly knew what to expect from his mom and his aunt. He’d seen them in action before when he was in action, and yet, he considers it special to have them at every game. “It’s definitely an unbelievable feeling,” the junior lineman said. “It motivates us on the sidelines to go out there and do our best.” Putnam North is 4-3 but is in a loaded district. But whether winning or losing, whether home or away, whether Denzele is starting at center or standing on the sideline, Dezarai and Erma will be cheering. Pacer Mom has given way to Panther Moms. “It does bring back a lot of memories,” Dezarai said. “We are really out here acting like our mother.” Erma said, “If she was alive, she would be out here.” The sisters smiled. “She’d be out here,” Dezarai said, “doing the same thing.” Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.