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|2013-09-20||@||McDonald County. Mo.||W||27 - 12|
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|2013-10-04||vs||Lincoln Christian||L||21 - 38|
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|2013-10-25||vs||Seq. Tahlequah||W||48 - 14|
|2013-11-01||@||Keys (Park Hill)||W||42 - 6|
|2013-11-08||@||Blackwell||W||40 - 16|
|2013-11-15||@||Checotah||L||13 - 37|
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Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
High school sports: College signing list
From Staff Reports | Feb 6, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Coy Hacker, Blanchard (Redlands) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) Tanner Long, Blanchard (NOC-Tonkawa) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Bryce Milligan, Blanchard (OCU) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Wesley O'Neill, Ponca City (NOC-Enid) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Tyler Stephens, Blanchard (Redlands) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brendan Yates, Putnam City West (Independence CC) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Jaedon Whitfield, Boise City (OPSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Carter Bradford, Yukon (Tulsa) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Morgan Williamson, Durant (SOSU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Sherman Addi, Apache (NEO) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Jaylon Alexander, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Abe Anderson, Metro Christian (UCO) Landon Anderson, Stratford (OBU) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Joshua Arnold, Collinsville (OBU) Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley (OBU) Josh Autaubo, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Levi Bagwell, Meeker (OBU) Kelby Bailey, Anadarko (Air Force) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Roger Barcheers, Poteau (SNU) Isaac Barham, Bartlesville (NSU) Jalen Barkus, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Cade Baumann, Walters (NEO) Blake Benham, Stilwell (NWOSU) Jayden Benway, Altus (NWOSU) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Taven Birdow, Altus (Air Force) Tariq Bitson, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Marcus Brent, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Brendan Brown, Midwest City (UCO) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Bryan Burns, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Lonell Burris, Choctaw (NEO) Clay Burt, Liberty/NEO (South Alabama) Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Trey Cabbiness, Norman North (OBU) Brock Calfy, Temple (SWOSU) Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian (UCO) Ronald Cavers, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Brandt Chitwood, Alex (UCO) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jarviear Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Sterling Claphan, Chickasha (OPSU) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Chris Cohen, Millwood (NSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Caleb Colvin, Owasso (NEO) Dalton Cooper, Tuttle (SWOSU) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Caleb Crites, Colcord (UCO) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Ke'Landus Culoton, Coweta (OBU) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Alec Davidson, Lincoln Christian (UCO) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Worenn Davis, Midwest City (NEO) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Jackson Denny, Norman North (OBU) Bo Denny, El Reno (NWOSU) Breyden DeSpain, Oologah (Central Arkansas) Dakota Diessner, Durant/NEO (UCO) Cole Dixon, Sand Springs (NSU) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Tony Evans, El Reno (NWOSU) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Laben Fisher, Skiatook (NWOSU) Trenton Fletcher, Fox (OBU) Landon Forman, Kingfisher (NEO) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Gavin Garner, Newcastle (NWOSU) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Jace Garrison, Davis (OBU) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Daniel Glenn, Sapulpa (SOSU) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) R.J. Goodman, Midwest City (NEO) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Kavon Graham, Owasso (NEO) Qemar Gray, Bartlesville (NWOSU) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Colton Grove, Maud (OBU) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Marcheenan Hair, Lawton (NEO) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Tripp Hall, Tecumseh (OBU) Butch Hampton, Piedmont (Western Michigan) Jordan Harbin, Bixby (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jonathan Harris, Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Jacob Harrison, Seminole (SOSU) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Caleb Hash, Shawnee (NSU) Riley Hathhorn, Broken Arrow (NEO) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Jordan Hearon, Sapulpa (SOSU) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Nathan Herring, McAlester (NSU) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Zach Hill, Blanchard/UCO (SWOSU) Austin Hilton, McAlester (UCO) Braden Hobbs, Harrah (OBU) Paul Hoke, Claremore (NEO) Jarron Holbert, Davis (NEO) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Ty Hughes, Jones (UCO) Gus Hull, Tecumseh (OBU) Kelly Hunter, Duncan (SOSU) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Jaron James, Mannford (OBU) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Beau Jinkens, Kingfisher (OPSU) Tabor Johns, Hennessey (SWOSU) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Juwan Johnson, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Richard Johnson, Owasso (NSU) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Riley Julian, Marlow (SWOSU) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Buck Kelly, Haskell (NEO) Tre Knight, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Tré Lang, Haskell (NEO) Jared Lawson, Waukomis (SWOSU) Kort Lewis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Derek Loccident, Westmoore (UCO) Randy Lollis, Putnam City North (OPSU) Jared Lopes, Muskogee (UCO) Kobe Love, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Skye Lowe, Kingston (NEO) Austin Malicott, Westmoore (NWOSU) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Lane Martin, Stratford (OBU) Jake Martinez, Ada (OPSU) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Easton Maxwell, Pioneer (NWOSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Reggie Mayes Jr., Tulsa Washington (SWOSU) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Greg McCalister, Millwood (NEO) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Adonis McGee, Lone Grove (NEO) Noah McGraw, Deer Creek (OBU) Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove (SWOSU) Jacob McGuire, Velma-Alma (OBU) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Trent McLaughlin, McAlester (SOSU) Demarco McMichael, Elk City (NEO) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Logan Meriwether, Waynoka (NWOSU) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Lon'Trelle Miller, Tulsa Edison (NEO) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Gabe Moana, Lawton Eisenhower (UCO) Hayden Moore, Duncan (ECU) Shane Moore, Eufaula (NSU) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Jalyn Morgan, Guthrie (SWOSU) Kobe Morgan, Dewey (NSU) Lesslie Morgan, Muldrow (NSU) Trent Morris, Inola (Ottawa) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Kolton Mueggenborg, Kingfisher (SWOSU) Mason Myers, Chandler (UCO) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) Trevon Overstreet, Drumright (NSU) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Vessy Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Tyrell Paylor, Idabel (NEO) Samuel Perkins, Carnegie (SNU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Colton Piehler, Stroud (NEO) K.J. Powers, Cache (NEO) Keelan Price, Kingston (SOSU) Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Keyante Prince, Wynnewood (SOSU) Tanner Profice, Norman North (OBU) Michael Pruitt, Guthrie (NEO) JaRon Pryor, Guthrie (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Ben Raulston, Ponca City (UCO) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dake Reese, Seminole (NWOSU) Asjon Reeves, Del City (SWOSU) Tafton Reynolds, Woodward (NWOSU) Dewayne Rhodes, Luther (SWOSU) Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Gavin Richmond, Enid (SWOSU) Mason Rickner, Chandler (NEO) Blake Riley, Purcell (OBU) Luke Ring, Duncan (OBU) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Jordan Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Jake Ross, Coweta (NEO) Nick Ruffin, Millwood (NWOSU) Sam Ruhl, Ardmore (UCO) Terrence Rushing, Tipton (NEO) Newton Salisbury, Collinsville/NEO (Fla. International) Demond Sampson, Owasso (NEO) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Cooper Savage, Chisholm (OPSU) Dawson Schick, Oklahoma Christian (NEO) Aliik Sezer, Midwest City (NEO) Terrell Shaw, Lawton (UCO) Justice Sills, Jay (NEO) Clayton Sims, Deer Creek (NEO) Tyler Skeen, Wagoner (NSU) Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Trystan Slinker, Cache (SNU) Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh (OPSU) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Jake Standlee, Meeker (UCO) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Tyler Stovall, Kingston (SOSU) Isaiah Strayhorn, Shawnee (Southwestern, Kan.) Garrett Sullins, Cache (SNU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) D.J. Taylor, Yukon (OBU) Marcus Taylor, Lawton MacArthur (NSU) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Corey Tipsword, Norman North (UCO) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Kyle Townsend, Harrah (OBU) Ray Trent, Sulphur (ECU) Jaden Valles, Hooker (NEO) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Hunter Voss, McGuinness (SNU) O.J. Walker, Ardmore (SOSU) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Braden Ward, Sapulpa (OBU) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Colin Watford, Prague (SWOSU) Ty Watkins, Westmoore/NEO (Middle Tenn. St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Cortland Weaver, Tulsa Union (OBU) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) K.J. Wells, Idabel (NEO) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Anthony Wilkinson, Broken Arrow/NEO (UCO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Williams, Putnam City (UCO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Jacob Williams, Midwest City (SWOSU) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Michael Willis, Broken Arrow (NEO) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Vanderbilt) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Witherspoon, Moore (NEO) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Connor Wood, Owass/NEO (Central Arkansas) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Antwan Woods, Jenks (NEO) Keeyante Woods, Lawton (NEO) Maurice Wright, Luther (NWOSU) Jaylen Yackeyonny, Cache (NEO) Stephen Youmans, Lawton (NSU) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Mason Overstreet, Kingfisher (Arkansas) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Brittany Boles, Marlow (Murray St.) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Katie Kirkhart, Hilldale (ORU) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Billy Culhane, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Nick Noble, Deer Creek (OCU) Parker Noble, Deer Creek (ORU) Matthew Puig, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Ty Tregoning, Metro Christian (OCU) Miguel Vargas, Putnam City North (SW Baptist) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Mackenzie Coupens, Deer Creek (Tulsa) Kylie Cunningham, Putnam City North (NWOSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Lauren Haivala, Deer Creek (OU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Audra Keeling, Tulsa Kelley (Arkansas) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Jade Orange, Deer Creek (Arkansas) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Taylor Reed, Deer Creek (ORU) Ivanna Rivas, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Taylor Darst, Kingfisher (Southwestern, Kan.) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Ashley Easlon, Northwest Classen (SW Christian) Jourdan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Allie Foster, Turner (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Brianna Glass, Tuttle (Mid-America Chr.) Carsyn Goucher, Bridge Creek (Mid-America Chr.) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kaytlyn Kizarr, Marlow (Cameron) Kori Lacy, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Corrie Moore, Marlow (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Haley Pomplun, Choctaw (Seminole) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Cassadie Ray, Piedmont (NOC-Enid) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Paige Russell, Choctaw (Seminole) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (Mid-America Chr.) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Kassidy Scott, Piedmont (Texas Tech) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Allyssa Sievert, Choctaw (Rose St.) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Rylee Turnam, Harrah (NOC-Tonkawa) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Jordan Wharton, Luther (NEO) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Jakayla Whitney, Choctaw (NOC-Tonkawa) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Montorie Bridges, Altus (Wyoming) Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.
College Signing List
From Staff Reports | Feb 3, 2016Baseball Spencer Ard, Weatherford (Redlands) Cole Ballinger, Edmond North (Cisco College) Justice Beck, Southmoore (Ark.-Fort Smith) Chase Bridges, Sterling (USAO) Joe Buckendorff, Heritage Hall (Dodge City CC) Jace Christopher, Westmoore (Westminster) Brendan Ezell, Heritage Hall (Seminole) Austin Feathers, Sapulpa/Independence CC (NSU) Braidyn Fink, Westmoore (OU) Cade Fulton, Mustang (Eastern) Jacob Hammer, Mustang (SW Christian) Wade Haugen, Weatherford (Redlands) Chandler Lipe, Edmond North (Seminole) DeShawn Lookout, Westmoore (OU) Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian (USAO) Dakota Morse, Muskogee/Independence CC (NSU) Braxton Mwok, Westmoore (Clarendon) Jordan Payne, Mangum/Cowley (NSU) Shelby Sherrill, Southmoore (SW Christian) Nolan Sturgeon, Broken Arrow (NSU) Clay Teel, Hammon (USAO) Blake White, Southmoore (SW Christian) Jay Whitson, Weatherford (Redlands) Hayden Woolsey, Mustang (SW Christian) Brandon Zaragoza, Westmoore (OU) Boys Basketball Kristian Doolittle, Edmond Memorial (OU) Tre Evans, Edmond North (Old Dominion) Jakolby Long, Mustang (Iowa St.) Kellen Manek, Harrah (ORU) Dashawn McDowell, Southeast (SMU) Lindy Waters III, Norman North (OSU) Girls Basketball London Archer, Putnam City North (La-Monroe) Lauryn Blevins, Claremore (NSU) Jamie Bonnarens, Cache (Cameron) Katy Boyles, Community Christian (USAO) Areanna Combs, Putnam City West (OSU) Alyssa Cox, Ringling (USAO) Chelsea Dungee, Sapulpa (OU) Raley Farquhar, Victory Christian (OBU) Darian Hill, Harrah (USAO) Jaden Hobbs, Alva (OSU) Hayli Hoffman, Edmond North (USAO) Kelsey Johnson, Washington (UT-Arlington) Isis Lane, Putnam City North (Texas Southern) Morgan Meacham, Heritage Hall (Fla. Gulf Coast) Andi Pierce, Garber (W. Illinois) Kaci Richardson, Westmoore (OBU) Alexa Scott, Norman North (ORU) Paige Serup, Edmond Memorial (Samford) Megan Shelton, Plainview (OC) Sydney Stout, Bixby (Arkansas) Aliyah White, Anadarko (OBU) Aaliyah Wilson, Muskogee (Arkansas) Cross Country/Track and Field Ean Beyer, Norman North (OU) Hanna Fergason, Chickasha (Pitt St.) Emily Gardiner, Southmoore (Wichita St.) Breonna Hall, Millwood (Tulsa) Matthew Leedy, Carl Albert (St. Gregory's) Daisha Reece, Norman North (Rogers St.) Rylee Rich, Marlow (OC) Daisy VanMeter, Henryetta (OBU) Football Anthony Adams, Westmoore (Baker, Kan.) Tyler Addison, Westmoore (Briar Cliff) Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union (Pittsburg St.) Samuel Akem, Broken Arrow (Montana) Chandler Anthony, Tuttle (North Texas) Dustin Anthony, Edmond Santa Fe (Drake) Grant Appelberg, Skiatook (Pittsburg St.) Austin Archey, Poteau (Missouri Southern St.) Tyler Banta, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Blake Berryhill, Tuttle (NEO) Tyler Bowman, Antlers (Evangel) Jordan Brown, Stillwater (Tulsa) Tyler Brown, Lexington (OSU) Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud (Tulsa) Manny Bunch, Roland (Tulsa) Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe (OSU) Nyc Burns, Berryhill (OSU)* Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower (North Texas) Brock Byford, Edmond North/NEO (Pittsburg St.) Mike Coats Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Lamar) Maurice Chandler, Lawton/NEO (Arizona St.) Quintahj Cherry, Muskogee (Missouri Southern St.) Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City (NEO) Jay Christon, Lawton MacArthur (NEO) Devin Cochran, Hilldale (Evangel) Antonio Cole, Edmond North/NEO (Utah St.) Micah Cooper, Madill (Henderson State) Percy Craig, Del City (Langston) Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison (Purdue) Grahme Croslin, Behthany (Missouri Baptist) Jevonte Cross, T. East Central/Sam Houston St. (Mo. Southern) Drew Dan, Checotah (New Mexico St.) Jordan Davis, Broken Arrow (Ark.-Monticello) Travis DeGrate, Putnam City (Victor Valley CC) Daulton Esmeyer, Owasso (Harding) Keenen Ferrier, Oologah (Missouri Southern St.) T.J. Fiailoa, Lawton MacArthur (La. Monroe) Mason Fine, Locust Grove (North Texas) Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Brendon Franklin, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Charles Gaines, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Chandler Garrett, Mustang (Wyoming) Romero Gatewood, Norman (Victor Valley CC) Scotty Gilkey, Tulsa Edison (Eastern Illinois) Hunter Gnose, Skiatook (Fort Hays St.) Steven Gordon, Okla. Christian Aca. (Baker, Kan.) Jacob Goss, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Karson Green, Madill/NEO (Iowa State) Troy Gunckel, Hilldale (Evangel) Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Cameron Hardesty, Norman North (Evangel) Jared Harvey, Ponca City (Baker, Kan.) Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford (Emporia St.) Josh Herman, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Idaho) Justice Hill, Tulsa Washington (OSU) Diamen House, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Joshua Jacobs, Tulsa McLain (Alabama) Zeke Jenkins, Edmond Santa Fe (SE Louisiana) Juan Johnson, Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Larry Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Evangel) Dominique Jones, Douglass (NSU) Noah Jones, Southmoore (Texas Tech) Parker Jure, Edmond North (Cumberlands) Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow (Pittsburg St.) Brice Kelly, McGuinness (Orange Coast College) Christian Littlehead, Seq. Tahlequah/OSU (Missouri Southern St.) Terrell Love, Heritage Hall (Texas Southern) Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial (Air Force) Brock Martin, Adair (Pittsburg St.) Xavier Mason, Douglass (NSU) Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington (Kansas) Garrett McBroom, Stillwater/NEO (Washington St.) Tevin McDaniel, Heritage Hall (Air Force) Patrick McKaufman, Douglass (NEO) Jimmy McKinney, Oologah (Kansas St.) Isaac McWilliams, Hilldale (Evangel) Kiante Miles, Mustang (Macalester College) Mason Minnix, Jenks (Arkansas Tech) Tramonda Moore, John Marshall (OSU) Darrian Moss, Southmoore (OBU) Grant Newton, Edmond Santa Fe (Southwestern, Kan.) Bill Nixon, Grove/NEO (Missouri Southern St.) A.J. Parker, Bartlesville (Kansas St.) Sylvester Parrish, Edmond Santa Fe (SWOSU) Mitchell Perkinson, Edmond North (OSU)* Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial (OU)* Jordan Prince, Edmond North (NEO) Austin Quillen, Jenks (Vanderbilt) Walker Reed, Norman North (OSU)* Dunya Rice, Southmoore (NEO) Delwin Richard Jr., Edmond Santa Fe (Arkansas Tech) Jude Richardson, Norman North (Sam Houston St.) Roc Robbins, Collinsville (Missouri Southern) Logan Roberson, Harrah (OU) Bryce Roberts, Mustang (New Mexico St.) Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central (Tulsa) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore/NEO (Kansas) Nic Roller, Bixby (Missouri Southern) Toby Sanderson, Edmond North (Central Arkansas)* Austin Skelton, Poteau (Missouri Southern) Chase Smilley, Harrah (Baker, Kan.) Dalton Smith, Poteau (Evangel) Elijah Smith, Norman (Missouri Southern) Kameron Spencer, Plainview (Washburn) Dillon Stoner, Jenks (OSU) Jacob Taber, Sand Springs (Fort Hays St.) Laqurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers (Arkansas Tech) Sean Talley, Del City (Emporia St.) Jon-Michael Terry, Victory Christian (OU) Tyler Thomas, Jenks (Harding) Tre Towery, Westmoore (Lamar) Desmond Vick, Westmoore (NEO) Aaron Ward, Edmond Memorial (Orange Coast College) Max Wariboko-Alali, Casady (Emporia St.) Walter Watson, Del City (Missouri St.) Jace Webb, Hollis (Wyoming) Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore (Lindenwood) Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe (NEO) Antonio Williams, Edmond North (NEO) Dae Williams, Sapulpa (Louisville) Terrell Williams, Lawton/NEO (Houston) Tony Williams, Tulsa Edison (Lindenwood) Dakarai Willis, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas Tech) Jeremiah Wilson, Del City (Langston) Micah Wilson, Lincoln Christian (Missouri) Sam Wilson, Jenks (Harding) Terry Wilson, Del City (Oregon) Shiloh Windsor, Ada (Wyoming) Jackson Winrow, Shawnee (Wyoming) Darrius Winston, Choctaw (Baker, Kan.) Cameron Wood, Oologah (Missouri Southern) Blake Woodard, Newcastle/OBU (Evangel) Boys Golf Kason Cook, Hydro-Eakly (SWOSU) Hunter Laughlin, Mangum (ORU) Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage (ECU) Michael Robinson, Sayre, (OC) McCain Schellhardt, Edmond Memorial (UMKC) Jake VanHooser, Holland Hall (OCU) Girls Golf Bailey Blake, Deer Creek (SNU) Mallorie Dew, Bethany (SW Christian) Taylor Dobson, Broken Arrow (Tulsa) Emily Floyd, Edmond North (SW Wesleyan) Ashlea Mahan, Southmoore (SW Christian) Savannah Moody, Eufaula (OCU) Ashton Nemecek, Purcell (OC) Emilee Rigsby, Fort Gibson (NSU) Heidi Stafford, Eufaula (SNU) Sydney Youngblood, Durant (OU) Lacrosse Christian Cherry, Edmond North (Colorado Mesa) Boys Soccer Lamar Batista, Heritage Hall (UC-Santa Barbara) Brett Koontz, Norman North (OBU) Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Kian Rahmanzadeh, Heritage Hall (OCU) Ceasar Romero, Southmoore (Mid-America Chr.) Cade Summers, Norman (Oklahoma Wesleyan) Girls Soccer Rebeka Abrego, Bethany (SNU) Chandler Bradley, Deer Creek (Rose St.) Grace Brennan, Edmond North (Kansas St.) Shelby Brewster, Broken Arrow (NSU) Tesia Brzozowske, Edmond Santa Fe (Cowley CC) Kelsey Bumgarner, Mustang (OBU) Hannah Burks, Elk City (NSU) Nichola de Angeli, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Madison Donihoo, Mustang (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Dye, Sand Springs (NSU) Lexi Fowler, Norman (SWOSU) Aundria Gill, Broken Arrow (NSU) Allie Gordon, Westmoore (USAO) Katie Green, Broken Arrow (NSU) Julia Grimes, Piedmont (USAO) Lara Haring-Lovett, Norman (OBU) Blakelee Hernandez, Bethany (SW Christian) Karlee Johnston, Edmond North (Rose St.) Jaci Jones, Mustang (OSU) Paige Lorenzo, Skiatook (NSU) Kylie Lucas, Westmoore (USAO) Mariah Nicolet, Mannford (NSU) Kylie Pyle, Piedmont (USAO) Sarah Rector, Owasso (NSU) Ivanna Riva, Edmond Santa Fe (OU) Lauren Smitherman, Heritage Hall (Illinois) Brooklynn Speis, Carl Albert (Louisiana Tech) Jordyn Thomas, Edmond Santa Fe (Rose St.) Meagan Unruh, Southmoore (USAO) Softball Mason Andrews, Westmoore (Crowder) Ashton Birtchfield, Rattan (NSU) Shea Coats, Tuttle/OC (OSU) Sierra Crick, Moore (NSU) Allison Curry, Southmore (USAO) Coren Davis, Edmond Memorial (Texas Southern) Elizabeth Deshields, Carl Albert (Marshall) Jordan Edwards, Piedmont (USAO) Madison Elliott, Bethel (Okla. Wesleyan) Kelsey Eropkin, Bethel (Tulsa) Macy Fisher, Bridge Creek (OSU) Alexis Freeman, Shawnee (Seminole) Hayleigh Galvan, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (OSU) Carlee Gann, Muskogee (NSU) Nikki Herrin, Wayne (ECU) Nykiah Hines, Millwood (Grambling) Arielle James, Southmoore (Houston) Abigail Johnson, Carl Albert (UMKC) Jordan Keimeg, Edmond North (Eastern New Mexico) Kori Laci, Edmond Santa Fe (Ottawa) Allison LeClaire, Newcastle (USAO) Winslow Lybrand, Bethany (Eastern) Abby Martin, Choctaw (USAO) Halle Melone, Moore (Southern Miss) Erika Mercer, Putnam City West (Seminole) Stella Millican, Sand Springs (Mid-America Chr.) Madison Monson, Bethany (Mid-America Chr.) Amber O'Bryant, Moore (Mid-America Chr.) Alexis Perry, Putnam City (Nebraska) Adrienne Phillips, Little Axe (Newman) Madi Powell, El Reno (SOSU) Andreana Reynolds, Millwood (Grambling) Emily Richardson, Southmoore (Cameron) Britani Sanders, Mustang (USAO) Abby Sanner, Newcastle (USAO) Megan Schmidt, Choctaw (ECU) Jessica Schuler, Sand Springs (NSU) Natalie Seevers, Alva (UCO) Jaden Shores, Blanchard (OCU) Logan Simunek, Piedmont (OSU) Bria Smith, Edmond Santa Fe (Grambling) McKenzie Smith, Westmoore (Murray St.) Bailey Stecker, Carl Albert (St. Louis) Callie Taylor, Glenpool (NSU) Erica Vessels, Choctaw (Garden City CC) Brittany Ward, Red Oak (Mid-America Chr.) Logan White, Chelsea (NSU) Mikayla Whitten, Bethel (Tulsa) Madi Withrow, Seminole (Arkansas Tech) Cheyenne Woodward, Mustang (SNU) Makayla Workman, Newcastle (USAO) Swimming Rylee Linhardt, Edmond North (Rice) Madie Sarantakos, Norman North (Georgia Southern) Natalie Vorel, Edmond Memorial (Minnesota St.) Boys Tennis Chase Brill, Edmond Memorial (Washburn) Girls Tennis Rylee Tucker, Edmond North (Neb.-Omaha) Volleyball Hannah Rose Frohling, Edmond North (Pepperdine) Sydney Meget, Southmoore (Cowley CC) Madison Pearson, Edmond North (Chicago) Wrestling Josh Copeland, Harrah (Duke) Dalton Duffield, Westmoore (OU) Noah McQuigg, Tuttle (UCO) Ashraf Mohamad, Edmond North (Ozarks) Garrett Rowe, Choctaw (UCO) Wyatt Sheets, Stilwell (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? Email the athlete's name, sport, high school and college to Scott Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams:___BOSTON COLLEGETop 25 Class: NoBest in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a...
ACC football recruiting team capsules
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 3, 2016Here are the signing day capsules for Atlantic Coast Conference teams: ___ BOSTON COLLEGE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: QB Anthony Brown, from Holmdel, New Jersey, will need to come through for the Eagles if they are going to turn things around long-term. BC turned to fourth-string walk-on John Fadule after Darius Wade broke his ankle in Week 3; Jeff Smith picked up a concussion and missed a month. Best of the rest: WR Kobay White of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was a three-time all-state selection. Late addition: TE Korab Idrizi From Fort Lee, New Jersey, changed his mind after initially deciding on Rutgers. Two that got away: After defensive coordinator Don Brown left BC for Michigan, DB/QB Da'vante Cross decommitted from the Eagles. Cross will play quarterback at Virginia instead. How they'll fit in: The five offensive linemen in the recruiting class — including Eastern Illinois transfer Jimmy Lowery — could help return BC to its roots as an incubator of NFL blockers. ___ CLEMSON Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Dexter Lawrence, DE, Wake Forest, North Carolina. Lawrence picked Clemson over Florida State, Florida, Georgia and Notre Dame. Best of the rest: Tavien Feaster, RB, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Tre Lamar, LB, Roswell, Georgia; Zerrick Cooper, QB, Jonesboro, Georgia; John Simpson, OL, North Charleston, South Carolina Late addition: CB Isaiah Simmons of Olanthe, Kansas, also was considering Michigan, Nebraska, Missouri and Louisville. One that got away: Defensive end Rashan Gary of Paramus, New Jersey. Gary, the nation's top prospect, had the Tigers has one of his two finalists before choosing Michigan. How they'll fit in: Lawrence will bid for immediate playing time with linemen Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd off to the NFL. Feaster has speed like former Tiger great C.J. Spiller, Swinney says, and could be the home run hitter Clemson has missed in recent years. ___ DUKE Top 25 Class: On the bubble. Best in class: Scott Bracey, WR, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Dylan Singleton, S, Lawrenceville, Georgia; Mark Birmingham, TE, Ashburn, Virginia; Brandon Hill, LB, Orangeburg, South Carolina. Late addition: Chidi Okonya, DL, Riverdale, Georgia. One that got away: Quarterback Chazz Surratt, the AP offensive player of the year in North Carolina, signed with the rival North Carolina. He had committed to Duke before switching to UNC over the summer. How they'll fit in: Duke brought in seven linemen — four offensive, three defensive — because Cutcliffe said those are the positions "you can't get short in." This class is marked by its versatility — most players play multiple positions and on both offense and defense. ___ FLORIDA STATE Top 25 class: Yes Best in class: Levonta Taylor, CB, Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was the consensus top-ranked cornerback prospect in the country and committed early enough that he helped attract others to Florida State. He also could end up as a kick or punt returner. At 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, Tyler lacks in size but Fisher said he has a unique skill set, including great ball skills. Best of the rest: Malik Henry, QB, Long Beach, California. Fisher usually has true freshmen run the scout team but the 6-foot-3, 184-pound Henry has enough athleticism and is an early enrollee, meaning he could challenge for the starting spot during spring practice. Late addition: Shevar Manuel, DT, Bradenton, Florida. Manuel had originally committed to Florida but was wavering. Florida State remained in contact with Manuel and convinced him to flip at the last minute. One that got away: Safety Jamel Cook was leaning toward Florida State but the Miami native ended up going to Southern California. How they'll fit in: With the signings, Florida State will have 18 offensive linemen on scholarship when preseason practices begin August. Fisher said that not only benefits the offensive line in terms of building a rotation but should help guys develop faster. ___ GEORGIA TECH Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jordan Woods, DE, Citra, Florida. Woods picked Georgia Tech over Florida, Tennessee and Miami. Best of the rest: Parker Braun, OL, Hallsview, Texas; Jay Jones, QB, McCalla, Alabama; Xavier Gantt, RB, Buford, Georgia; Dedrick Mills, RB, Waycross, Georgia. Late addition: CB Ajani Kerr of Powder Springs, Georgia, also was considering Central Michigan and Kennesaw State, among other schools. One that got away: Safety Romeo Finley of Niceville, Florida, listed Georgia Tech as his leader before making a late switch to Miami. How they'll fit in: Johnson recruited for immediate help at wide receiver. Stephen Dolphus (6-5, 200) of Westside High in Macon, Georgia, was compared to former Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. The other receivers in the class are Jalen Camp of Cumming, Georgia and Jair Hawkins-Anderson of Suwanee, Georgia. ___ LOUISVILLE Top 25 Class: No Best in class: Jawon Pass, QB, Columbus, Georgia. The Cardinals bolstered one of their strengths with the 6-foot-4 U.S. Army-All America quarterback, who ranked as the nation's 191st overall prospect by Scout. Pass may not supplant sophomore Lamar Jackson, who became Louisville's starter last season, but he joins his brother Khane, a safety who signed last year. Best of the rest: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Farmington Hills, Michigan. Fitzpatrick committed to Louisville more than a year ago, reconsidered this winter before sticking with his original choice after an official visit last weekend. "He sure made us work hard," Petrino said of the recruitment. The Cardinals beat out Nebraska and Indiana for the 6-2 receiver ranked in the top 220 nationally by Rivals and Scout. Fitzpatrick is one of four receivers signed. Late addition: London Iakopo, S, Long Beach (California) City College. Iakopo is one of two four-star safeties in the class along with incoming freshman P.J. Blue, and could see early action at the back of the Cardinals' defense. "He's very, very mature and he's going to give us a lot of leadership," Petrino said of Iakopo. One that got away: Rodjay Burns, Louisville, Kentucky. Ohio State lured Burns, a two-way standout, away from his hometown in the final week. A finalist for Kentucky's Mr. Football, Burns had 14 touchdowns as a receiver and four interceptions on defense as a high school senior. How they'll fit in: The Cardinals have seamlessly worked in youngsters and transfers on defense without missing a beat, so it wouldn't be shocking if their newcomers became contributors right away. Pass might be Louisville's quarterback of the future, the same thing that was said about Jackson and Reggie Bonnafon before both emerged as starting signal-callers. ___ MIAMI Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sam Bruce, WR, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The 5-foot-8 star from longtime powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas High is considered to be a slot receiver, but the Hurricanes see him getting to the outside as well. Bruce seemed to be wavering on his commitment in recent weeks, but he was the one that Miami fans did not want to see get away. "Very explosive player," Richt said. Best of the rest: Jack Allison, QB, Parrish, Florida and Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Orange Park, Florida. Allison is the heir apparent to Brad Kaaya as Miami's starting quarterback and jumped at the chance to enroll at what he long considered his dream school. And Quarterman — along with fellow mid-year linebacker enrollees Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney — gives Miami immediate depth at that position and should be in contention for playing time in the fall. Late addition: Ahmmon Richards, WR, Wellington, Florida. He was a Miami commit before the Hurricanes fired Al Golden, and then re-opened his process to the point where some thought he would get away. One that got away: Tyler Byrd, CB, Naples, Florida. The consensus four-star prospect flipped his commitment to Tennessee — where former Miami interim coach Larry Scott is now on staff — on Tuesday night. Byrd was considered someone who would have been a key performer in 2016 for the Hurricanes. How they'll fit in: There's clearly spots to fill, and Richt didn't get all of Miami's needs taken care of in his first class. But there's a slew of talent returning, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Getting that trio of linebackers in early might be critical, and having Miami legacies like TE Michael Irvin Jr., S Jeff James (Edgerrin James' nephew) and DE Pat Bethel (son of former Miami TE Randy Bethel) in this class won't hurt. ___ NORTH CAROLINA Top 25 Class: Yes. Best in class: Kyree Campbell, DT, Woodbridge, Virginia. Best of the rest: Chazz Surratt, QB, Denver, North Carolina; Jay-Jay McCargo, OL, Alexandria, Virginia; Tomon Fox, DE, Lawrenceville, Georgia. Late addition: DB Patrice Rene (Alexandria, Virginia) originally committed to Rutgers but flipped to UNC in January. One that got away: WR Nate Craig-Myers (Tampa, Florida) chose Auburn over UNC on Wednesday. How they'll fit in: After a defensive turnaround last year under coordinator Gene Chizik, the Tar Heels loaded up on defense with 16 signees — including seven defensive backs and four linebackers — after losing seniors in the unit's back seven. ___ NORTH CAROLINA STATE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Thaddeus Moss, TE, Charlotte. Best of the rest: Kelvin Harmon, WR, Palmyra, New Jersey. Late addition: Harmon, originally a South Carolina recruit who decommitted amid the Gamecocks' coaching change to Will Muschamp. One that got away: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Wake Forest, signed with Clemson. How they'll fit in: Doeren says he'd like to redshirt all but about six players. Moss and Harmon seem to be extreme talents who should have a chance to play soon. Frazier should be strong enough to make a quick impact. ___ PITTSBURGH Top 25 Class: On the bubble Best in class: Damar Hamlin, DB, Pittsburgh. Blazing fast with what Narduzzi called "the best feet, hips and most athletic corners you can recruit." Best of the rest: DL Keyshon Camp (Lakeland, Florida.), chose Pitt after originally committing to USC. RB George Hill (Youngstown, Ohio). Late addition: Rashad Weaver, DL, Cooper City (Fla.) One that got away: RB Miles Sanders (Woodland Hills) signed with Penn State. How they'll fit in: The beauty for Narduzzi is he's not quite sure. Though Whitehead made an immediate impact at safety last year — he was named the ACC Rookie of the Year after leading Pitt with 99 tackles — but he also saw snaps on offense, averaging 10 yards every time he touched the ball. There are plenty of prospects who could get a shot at similar double duty going forward. ___ SYRACUSE Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Moe Neal, ATH, Gastonia, North Carolina. The 5-foot-10, 165-pound Neal was the nation's 43rd-ranked athlete in 247Sports.com's composite rankings. He scored 103 TDs in high school. Best of the rest: DE Jaquwan Nelson. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Nelson is rated three stars and the No. 54 weak-side defensive end in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports. Late addition: Devin Butler, who had previously committed to Maryland, decided Wednesday morning to go with the Orange. The 6-foot, 185-pound Butler also plans to join the Syracuse track and field team. One that got away: Three-star OG Stewart Reese of Fort Pierce Central High School in Florida. The 6-foot-6, 333-pound Reese, rated the No. 19 offensive guard in the Class of 2016 by 247Sports.com's composite rankings, opted for Mississippi State of the Southeast Conference on Monday. Syracuse, Reese's other finalist, had visited him twice in the past three weeks in addition to hosting him on an official visit in mid-January. How they'll fit in: The big story for the Orange is how quickly Babers can install his offense and who he picks to lead it. Sophomore Eric Dungey, despite at least one concussion and several other hard hits to the head last fall, succeeded Terrel Hunt after the senior starter's college career ended with a torn Achilles in the season opener. ___ VIRGINIA Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Tre Harbison, RB, Shelby, North Carolina. Ran for 5,770 yards and 100 touchdowns in a high school career that ended with back-to-back state championships and a 32-0 record his last two seasons. Best of the rest: Hasise Dubois, WR, Irvington, New Jersey. A 6-3 receiver who caught 97 passes for 1,976 yards and 26 touchdowns during his high school career and had nine interceptions as a defensive back. Late addition: Trysten Hill, DL, Lee, Florida. One that got away: Laderrian Wilson, RB, Kissimmee, Florida (went to Maryland). How they'll fit in: Mendenhall takes a unique approach to redshirting and want ___ VIRGINIA TECH Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Evans. He threw for 395 yards per game with 38 touchdown passes and just three interceptions last season, and has already enrolled at Virginia Tech. A dual-threat, he also ran for more than 400 yards. Best of the rest: Khalil Ladler, CB, Stone Mountain, Georgia. A four-star recruit who spent the past season recovering from a torn ACL. Late addition: Eron Carter, LB, Palatka, Florida was being recruited heavily by the service academies, Foster said, describing the 6-2, 230-pounder as "more of a thumper-type guy." One that got away: None. How they'll fit in: With Fuente bringing what Hokies fans hope will be the high-powered offense they have long craved, the quarterback battle will be crucial to how quickly they are able to meet those expectations. Evans and Joshua Jackson join three holdovers — Brenden Motley, Dwayne Lawson and Chris Durkin, and so the winter, spring and summer will be critical times. ___ WAKE FOREST Top 25 Class: No. Best in class: Sulaiman Kamara, DT, Richmond, Virginia. Best of the rest: Byrd; Taleni Suhren, OT, Charlotte; Emmanuel Walker, DE, Holly Hill, South Carolina. Late addition: None. All but a few players have been committed since last September. One that got away: LB Riley Cole, who decommitted late from Alabama and signed late in the afternoon with South Alabama. How they'll fit in: For Wake Forest, the better question is WHEN they'll fit in. The Demon Deacons are at their best when they're patiently redshirting players and allowing them to develop. But during the past few years, they simply didn't have enough bodies to do that, a big reason why they were one of the nation's most inexperienced teams in 2015. Clawson says he would prefer to redshirt 80 percent of the incoming freshmen.
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys understand one quarterback rarely enough to survive and thrive during long seasonJan 28, 2016
STILLWATER — Quarterback Mason Rudolph enters his junior season at Oklahoma State as the Cowboys' unquestioned starter, but there's plenty of reason for concern at the position. History tells followers of the program one passer is rarely enough. In seven of coach Mike Gundy's 11 years at the helm, more than one quarterback has started at least a game for the Cowboys. In 2016, the departure...
Oklahoma State football: Cowboys understand one quarterback rarely enough to survive and thrive during long season
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Jan 28, 2016STILLWATER — Quarterback Mason Rudolph enters his junior season at Oklahoma State as the Cowboys' unquestioned starter, but there's plenty of reason for concern at the position. History tells followers of the program one passer is rarely enough. In seven of coach Mike Gundy's 11 years at the helm, more than one quarterback has started at least a game for the Cowboys. In 2016, the departure of J.W. Walsh leaves John Kolar — a redshirt freshman with no college game experience — as next man up. Now, the Cowboys will likely wait until National Signing Day on Wednesday to discover whether or not they'll have a scholarship quarterback featured in this recruiting class. “We're not going to take a guy that we don't think can play, but we're going to get one,” said Gundy earlier this month. “There are too many guys out there that like us that can make plays here.” Developing quarterback depth is never easy as many players are quick to transfer should the stars not immediately align. “The newest fad is, ‘If I'm not playing, I'm leaving,'” Gundy said. “That's why J.W. was so special to us.” So, how does Gundy approach quarterback management? Recruiting efforts over the past few months showcase a multipronged approach with a preferred walk-on, a transfer, and the promise of a scholarship passer signing next week. “We all know that in this game there's a chance your starter is not going to make it throughout the year,” Gundy said. “So you can fall off really quick. … Who is your second-team guy? And who is your third-team guy, who may be a guy who's never played before because the other guy transferred? It's a serious issue.” COWBOYS AMONG TOP CONTENDERS IN LATE PUSH FOR LOUISIANA QUARTERBACK KEONDRE WUDTEE'S SIGNATURE When Parkway High School quarterback Keondre Wudtee verbally committed to Louisiana Tech last May, his coach was almost certain it wouldn't last some nine months later on National Signing Day. David Feaster believed it was only a matter of time before power five programs jumped at the chance to sign his 6-foot-5, 195-pound dual-threat passer from Bossier City, La. The prediction rang true by December. “Everything kind of broke at the end of football season,” Feaster said. Player decommitments, coaching changes and Wudtee's strong senior year ushered new-found scholarship offers. During an 11 a.m. Wednesday ceremony at Parkway, Wudtee is expected to choose between Oklahoma State and TCU as his final destination. But with Missouri also in the mix, not even his coach knows which school Wudtee will pick. “He's not talking about it at all,” Feaster said. “He said he just wanted to keep it completely private until Wednesday.” Wudtee's low-key approach accurately reflects his rise to prominence on the recruiting landscape. Despite wowing his future high school coaches as an eighth grader in Parkway's feeder program, he sat for two years behind starting quarterback Brandon Harris — a four-star prospect who landed at LSU — before getting his shot as a junior. The Cowboys first showed interest after Wudtee tallied 2,544 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. He went on to throw for more than 3,000 yards this past season. “Wudtee has all the tools, the mentality, the toughness, the attitude, the character, the speed, the quickness, the fast-twitch stuff,” Feaster said. “And he's 6-5.” But it wasn't until longtime OSU quarterback pledge Nick Starkel decommitted in December that OSU formally offered Wudtee a scholarship. “As soon as (the Cowboys) lost their guy, they called us up,” Feaster said. “All of that happened fast, and he's handled it extremely well. … Mike Gundy made a point of coming down here. He came to visit Wudtee and the family and try to make the sell, I understand that. But then he came by our school as a favor to us. He knew that it meant something to our program for the head coach at Oklahoma State to walk on our campus.” Now, OSU will play the waiting game to discover whether its late push was enough to land Wudtee in Stillwater. “He didn't get ESPN over here like Brandon did a few years ago,” Feaster said. “He does want a little drama in it for that sake. I'm very tickled that he's got Missouri, TCU and Oklahoma State as his possibilities.” JOURNEYMAN TRANSFER QUARTERBACK COLEMAN KEY HAS TOOLS TO THRIVE AS PASSER Coleman Key has learned four different offenses since he was a high school sophomore quarterback. Time to add a fifth at Oklahoma State. “He's definitely well-traveled,” said Jay Wilkinson, Key's former offensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, who then laughed. “He will have been exposed to about every offensive system known to man.” Key — a 6-foot-4, 220-pound, former three-star recruit — spent two seasons at Owasso, two at Broken Arrow, and two more at Colorado State under different head coaches before announcing his intent last week to join the OSU football and baseball teams. The sample size of Key's college experience is small, passing for 251 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in six games as a redshirt freshman last season. But he certainly caught the attention of Biletnikoff Award finalist receiver Rashard Higgins. “Coleman Key, he comes out every day with the mindset of, ‘I'm the starter,'” Higgins told The Coloradoan last September. “When I'm working with the quarterbacks, he's on point with every throw.” That confidence is certainly an extension of Key's high school success under Wilkinson at Broken Arrow. As a senior, the Tigers finished 10-3 in the Class 6A semifinals as Key set school records for passing yards (2,628) and passing touchdowns (29). “When you think of a bigger pro-style type quarterback, a guy who throws the football, he's what comes to mind,” Wilkinson said. “He's a big, strong kid and had really, really good arm. He wasn't a pure runner, but he wasn't a sloth in the pocket, either. He could move around and make some plays.” Although this coming fall will mark Key's first time suiting up in a Cowboy uniform, it's not the first time his talents will be scouted by OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Wilkinson says Yurcich stopped by Broken Arrow twice in 2013 to check in on Key. However, the Cowboys went on to sign Mason Rudolph as their scholarship quarterback that same recruiting cycle. “(Key's) got all the tools to play at that level,” Wilkinson said. “It will be interesting to see how the next couple years unfold for him.” BERRYHILL QUARTERBACK NYC BURNS BANKING ON UNTAPPED POTENTIAL AS PREFERRED WALK-ON Nyc Burns did everything he could to stay on the football field after being passed over for the starting quarterback job at Berryhill three consecutive seasons. Defense. Special teams. Nothing was off limits. “The thing was, we had a really good quarterback a year in front of him,” Berryhill coach Pat Harper said. “Nyc, to us, really wasn't ready.” Burns finally got his chance in the fall of 2015 and proved his opportunity was worth the wait. Suddenly, an offense that previously failed to utilize his talents was molded to his skill set. “We like to run the ball a lot, and we weren't doing too well at that,” Harper said. “In some of the early games, we had to really throw it and let him take charge of it and he did. We were like, ‘Woah, we need more of this.' “It was kind of week after week. He was so consistent. The first two early games he showed great signs of stepping up and making plays.” After 11 games, 2,860 passing yards with 35 touchdowns, and 706 rushing yards with 11 touchdowns, Oklahoma State offered Burns a preferred walk-on spot in Stillwater. Even with scholarship offers from the likes of New Mexico State, Northern Colorado and others, Burns accepted the opportunity to be a Cowboy. “He wants to go to OSU,” Harper said. “He's excited about that and wants that opportunity. I think he just loves the program and wants to be there.” Had Burns put up similar numbers over a multi-year stretch at Berryhill — a Class 3A program as part of an independent school district in West Tulsa across the Arkansas River from Sand Springs — there's no doubt recruiting interest would have increased greatly before the offseason of his senior year. However, it all begs an interesting question. How high might Burns' talent ceiling be moving forward? “Everything is so forward for him because he's gotten so much better in the last two years,” Harper said. “Since football season has been over, he's been out working and throwing and I think he's gotten better in that time. I think he's going to be really special.”
Jan 28, 2016
STILLWATER — Coleman Key has learned four different offenses since he was a high school sophomore quarterback. Time to add a fifth at Oklahoma State. “He's definitely well-traveled,” said Jay Wilkinson, Key's former offensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, who then laughed. “He will have been exposed to about every offensive system known to man.” Key — a 6-foot-4, 220-pound, former three-star...
Oklahoma State football: Journeyman transfer quarterback Coleman Key has tools to thrive as passer
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 28, 2016STILLWATER — Coleman Key has learned four different offenses since he was a high school sophomore quarterback. Time to add a fifth at Oklahoma State. “He's definitely well-traveled,” said Jay Wilkinson, Key's former offensive coordinator at Broken Arrow, who then laughed. “He will have been exposed to about every offensive system known to man.” Key — a 6-foot-4, 220-pound, former three-star recruit — spent two seasons at Owasso, two at Broken Arrow, and two more at Colorado State under different head coaches before announcing his intent last week to join the OSU football and baseball teams. The sample size of Key's college experience is small, passing for 251 yards with three touchdowns and three interceptions in six games as a redshirt freshman last season. But he certainly caught the attention of Biletnikoff Award finalist receiver Rashard Higgins. “Coleman Key, he comes out every day with the mindset of, ‘I'm the starter,'” Higgins told The Coloradoan last September. “When I'm working with the quarterbacks, he's on point with every throw.” That confidence is certainly an extension of Key's high school success under Wilkinson at Broken Arrow. As a senior, the Tigers finished 10-3 in the Class 6A semifinals as Key set school records for passing yards (2,628) and passing touchdowns (29). “When you think of a bigger pro-style type quarterback, a guy who throws the football, he's what comes to mind,” Wilkinson said. “He's a big, strong kid and had really, really good arm. He wasn't a pure runner, but he wasn't a sloth in the pocket, either. He could move around and make some plays.” Although this coming fall will mark Key's first time suiting up in a Cowboy uniform, it's not the first time his talents will be scouted by OSU offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. Wilkinson says Yurcich stopped by Broken Arrow twice in 2013 to check in on Key. However, the Cowboys went on to sign Mason Rudolph as their scholarship quarterback that same recruiting cycle. “(Key's) got all the tools to play at that level,” Wilkinson said. “It will be interesting to see how the next couple years unfold for him.”
NORMAN — Trevor Knight announced Monday that he will transfer to Texas A&M for his final season of eligibility. With Bob Stoops giving him a full release and Knight having already graduated with his bachelor’s degree, he will be immediately eligible to play in 2016 as a redshirt senior. Knight has been one of the more fascinating characters on the Sooner football team over the past few...
Oklahoma football: My favorite Trevor Knight stories from his four years in Norman
Jason Kersey | Jan 4, 2016[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]4014893[/img] NORMAN — Trevor Knight announced Monday that he will transfer to Texas A&M for his final season of eligibility. With Bob Stoops giving him a full release and Knight having already graduated with his bachelor’s degree, he will be immediately eligible to play in 2016 as a redshirt senior. Knight has been one of the more fascinating characters on the Sooner football team over the past few years and, as such, has been written about many times in the pages of The Oklahoman during that span. Here is a list of my favorite stories that I’ve written about Knight since he’s been a Sooner. DEC. 30, 2012Scout teamers Trevor Knight, Derrick Woods believe they're just getting startedQuotable: “Trevor did a great job this year, and I think we're going to have a lot of competition next year at quarterback.”— Then-OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell, on Knight’s scout-team performance. APRIL 11, 2013Trevor Knight battling to lead childhood rivalQuotable: “The old allegiances go out the window when it's time to support your kids.”— George Knight, Trevor’s father and a University of Texas graduate AUG. 12, 2013Trevor Knight developed leadership, determination in high schoolQuotable: “He had to really turn up the notch as a leader and really, the whole offseason, the whole summer strength and conditioning time, he became the guy. He could stand up in front of everybody. He started leading prayer, doing the talking, being the rallying, motivating guy.”— Reagan High School coach David Wetzel, on Knight blooming into a leader his junior year AUG. 23, 2013Trevor Knight's family gets the news they'd been waiting forQuotable: “I just didn't let my patients know that I was thinking more about Trevor's situation than I was their teeth all week.”— George Knight, Trevor’s father, on his anticipation for Oklahoma’s starting quarterback announcement that week. AUG. 26, 2013What Trevor Knight and Thomas Lott have in commonQuotable: “I'm always pulling for a home boy, and that's one of my home boys.”— Thomas Lott, a former OU quarterback standout who is also from San Antonio. JAN. 3, 2014Trevor Knight excels in upset win over AlabamaQuotable: “He showed everybody what we've been seeing for a couple of years. He has a chance to be really special.”— Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, on Knight’s performance. MARCH 16, 2014Trevor Knight is taking his newfound fame in strideQuotable: “I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says.He’s a very humble kid, and that’s the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that — probably for the first time in his life — last year. It builds character and it made him a better person.”— Tricia Knight, Trevor’s mother, on his character. APRIL 11, 2014How Trevor Knight's positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments“Trevor was like no other kid I’ve ever seen come with his parents to treatment, and I’ve been doing this for 15 years.”— LaDonna Sutherland, the oncology nurse who took care of George Knight when he battled throat cancer. JULY 20, 2014Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Trevor Knight spent his summer vacationQuotable: “He keeps a level head and shows a lot of discipline in the way he manages his time. I'm proud of him for keeping his priorities straight. He could very easily get those out of order, but he doesn't.”— Adam Barnett, Trevor’s pastor in Norman JULY 23, 2014Trevor Knight shines in the spotlight at Big 12 Media DaysQuotable: “He has him a nice lady, and when you become a celebrity, that’s what you need in your life. You need somebody to keep you honest, modest and humble. He’s done a great job for a guy who rose to fame as young as he did.”— Oklahoma defensive end Chuka Ndulue, on Knight’s celebrity status since the Sugar Bowl JULY 29, 2014Trevor Knight, Ty Darlington among OU athletes leading weekly prayer circles on South OvalQuotable: “It’s not a showy thing. We want to bring people to Christ. To see people praying on the South Oval and to have an inviting atmosphere where people can come and pray with people is a huge deal. … The campus is our heart. We want to change our locker rooms, change our peers, but we want to change our whole campus.”— Trevor Knight, on his goals for the weekly prayer circle. SEPT. 4, 2015Trevor Knight remains a team leader despite backup statusQuotable: “I don't know what his role will end up being on the team this year and I don't think he knows, and the coaches probably don't know right now. But I think there will be a time where he will look back on this year, and he'll see that it was maybe his finest hour as a collegiate athlete. I just believe in his substance, and it's palpable when you're around him. And because of the potentially unique circumstances of this season, you're really gonna get to see that substance in a way where you might miss it if he was the golden guy.”— Oklahoma women’s basketball coach Sherri Coale, who was also one of Trevor’s professors. OCT. 6, 2015Trevor Knight embracing 'different' role in 2015Quotable: “Of course I want to be playing.Everybody on this team wants to be playing. But that’s not the way it is. I have my role right now and that’s the way it is. You have to embrace your role. If everybody on this team embraces their role, we’re gonna get to where we want to be at the end of the season. That’s the mindset you have to have. If you start pointing fingers or feeling sorry for yourself, you’re never gonna be where you want to be as a team and as a leader.” Trevor Knight, on embracing his role as a backup NOV. 1, 2015The special touchdown pass that made it Knight-Knight for the SoonersQuotable: “There’s been a lot of fun plays I’ve gotten to be a part of. But there’s no question (that) has gotta be near the top if not at the top.”— Trevor Knight, on throwing a touchdown pass to his twin brother, Connor.
Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler...
High school football: The Oklahoman's All-State teams and honorable mentions
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh, Staff Writers | Jan 4, 2016Here is a look at the complete 2015 All-State Football Team: OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Micah Wilson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-3, 205 RB: Taven Birdow, Sr., Altus, 6-1, 215 RB: Jeremy Lewis, Sr., Lone Grove, 6-1, 195 RB: Grant Martin, Sr., Harrah, 5-9, 165 WR: Alec Davidson, Sr., Lincoln Christian, 6-1, 190 WR: Tevin McDaniel, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-0, 220 OL: Tyler Brown, Sr., Lexington, 6-6, 315 OL: T.J. Fiailoa, Sr., Lawton MacArthur, 6-4, 330 OL: Rowdy Frederick, Sr., Broken Arrow, 6-5, 325 OL: Luther Harris, Sr., Heritage Hall, 6-6, 350 OL: Logan Roberson, Sr., Harrah, 6-5, 320 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Ty Hughes, Sr., Jones, 6-1, 285 DL: Tramonda Moore, Sr., John Marshall, 6-5, 350 DL: Jace Webb, Sr., Hollis, 6-4, 310 LB: Levi Draper, Jr., Collinsville, 6-3, 225 LB: Matt Harman, Jr., Cashion, 6-2, 195 LB: Jimmy McKinney, Sr., Oologah, 6-1, 230 LB: Jon-Michael Terry, Sr., Victory Christian, 6-4, 240 DB: Jayden Benway, Sr., Altus, 6-0, 178 DB: B.J. Bradbury, Jr., Adair, 6-3, 190 DB: Tré Lang, Sr., Haskell, 6-0, 180 DB: Dillon Stoner, Sr., Jenks, 6-0, 180 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Dalton Witherspoon, Sr., Moore, 5-9, 160 P: Kevin Rassatt, Sr., Western Heights, 5-7, 170 KR: Roger Barcheers, Sr., Poteau, 5-9, 180 PR: A.J. Freeth, Sr., Wagoner, 6-2, 185 ------------------ SECOND TEAM OFFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight QB: Mason Fine, Sr., Locust Grove, 5-11, 170 RB: Justice Hill, Sr., Tulsa Washington, 5-10, 180 RB: Jamall Shaw, Sr., Broken Arrow, 5-10, 190 RB: Darran Williams, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 5-11, 170 WR: Rubell Goe, Jr., McGuinness, 6-2, 185 WR: Josh Hampton, Sr., Cashion, 6-0, 185 OL: Chandler Anthony, Sr., Tuttle, 6-7, 295 OL: Grant Appelberg, Sr., Skiatook, 6-3, 295 OL: Tyler Banta, Sr., Carl Albert, 6-5, 280 OL: Isaac Barham, Sr., Bartlesville, 6-4, 280 OL: Jude Richardson, Sr., Norman North, 6-3, 280 DEFENSE Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight DL: Noah Jones, Sr., Southmoore, 6-5, 250 DL: Brock Martin, Jr., Oologah, 6-3, 210 DL: Roc Robbins, Sr., Collinsville, 6-1, 220 LB: Mike Coats, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-2, 215 LB: Cole Dixon, Sr., Sand Springs, 6-1, 205 LB: Blake Landon, Sr., Deer Creek, 6-1, 210 LB: K.J. Lee, Jr., Wagoner, 6-1, 225 DB: Manny Bunch, Sr., Roland, 6-1, 180 DB: Calvin Bundage, Sr., Edmond Santa Fe, 6-3, 195 DB: Joshua Jacobs, Sr., Tulsa McLain, 5-11, 200 DB: Lane Martin, Sr., Stratford, 6-0, 195 SPECIAL TEAMS Pos: Player, Class, School, Height, Weight K: Nathan Rushin, Jr., Duncan, 5-9, 160 P: Braxton Pickard, Sr., Edmond Memorial, 6-0, 195 KR: Maurice Wright, Sr., Luther, 6-1, 195 PR: Jason Pirtle, Sr., Locust Grove, 6-2, 195 HONORABLE MENTION Quarterbacks: Abe Anderson, Metro Christian; Jay Baker, Inola; Casey Base, Oologah; Alan Bentjen, Dewar; Matt Blackburn, Stratford; Rhett Boles, Tuttle; Kobe Brewster, Plainview; Baehler Buol, Noble; Nyc Burns, Berryhill; Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian; Gunnar Ewing, Hollis; Chandler Garrett, Mustang; Brandon George, Jones; Christian Gomez, Garber; Trey Gooch, Putnam City West; Tanner Griffin, Bixby; Gus Hall, Tecumseh; Grant Harmon, Lone Grove; Kyler Hensley, Mooreland; Braden Hudson, Putnam City; Ben Klutts, Poteau; Jack Lafferty, Watonga; Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Lenard Leviston III, John Marshall; Haddon McIntosh, Community Christian; Patrick McKaufman, Douglass; Bryan Mead, Rejoice Christian; Payton Metcalf, Hooker; Jacob Mullins, McGuinness; Mason Myers, Chandler; Michael Nolen, Meeker; Jake Northern, Coweta; Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Colton Penrod, Bartlesville; Matt Perry, Pauls Valley; Gage Porter, Elk City; Hunter Reed, Davenport; Luke Ring, Duncan; Malcolm Rodriguez, Wagoner; Caleb Scott, Destiny Christian; Clayton Sims, Deer Creek; Trevor Smith, Yukon; Ethan Spurlock, Mountain View-Gotebo; Tyler Stovall, Kingston; Casey Thompson, Southmoore; Jared Weathers, Coyle; Jace Welch, Keota; Terry Wilson, Del City; Matt Young, Turpin; Terrance Young, Cache. Running backs: Tyler Adkins, Tulsa Union; Tyrel Bell, Choctaw; Taylor Bentjen, Dewar; Traivon Bryant, Cleveland; Brandon Coszalter, Dibble; Justus Crites, Waukomis; Nathan Croslin, Purcell; Cody Eby, Adair; Christian Folks, Miami; Tucker Halstead, Minco; Quan Hogan, Norman North; Justin Hooper, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Josh Houtchens, Cushing; Tabor Johns, Hennessey; Cody Koger, Fairland; Devonte Lee, John Marshall; Joseph Lemieux, Christian Heritage; Blakely Liebmann, Cashion; Terrell Love, Heritage Hall; Kooper Marsh, Thomas; Anthony Myers, South Coffeyville; Jaestin Nelson, Seiling; Devin Pratt, Enid; Kyle Qualls, Stratford; Dake Reese, Seminole; Nic Roller, Bixby; Trystan Slinker, Cache; Caleb Smith, Bethel; Jake Standlee, Meeker; Rhyln Stephens, McAlester; Tyler Stuever, Washington; LaQurious Taft, Tulsa Rogers; Tate Troxell, Edmond Memorial; O.J. Walker, Ardmore; Grant Ward, Cascia Hall; Dominique West, Davenport; Trevor White, Rejoice Christian; Dae Williams, Sapulpa. Receivers/tight ends: Levi Bagwell, Meeker; Justin Brown, Stillwater; Rico Bussey, Lawton Eisenhower; Cade Cabbiness, Bixby; Matt Chancellor, McGuinness; Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City; Drew Dan, Checotah; Breyden DeSpain, Oologah; Caylen Enfield, Garber; Gavin Garner, Newcastle; Cade Harrelson, Davenport; Nikia Jones, Wagoner; Zach Kerstetter, Deer Creek; Skye Lowe, Kingston; Brock Martin, Adair; Greg McCalister, Millwood; Adonis McGee, Lone Grove; Ronnie Moore, Destiny Christian; Mitchell Perkinson; Shayne Quick, Stigler; Dunya Rice, Southmoore; Diego Richards, Carl Albert; Christian Robinson, Noble; Quint Scoufos, Sallisaw; Matt Seratte, Cache; Sean Shaw, Jones; Austin Skelton, Poteau; Landon Stout, Bethany; Austin Taylor, Lindsay; Jaden Valles, Hooker; Jackson Winrow, Shawnee. Linemen: A.J. Armbruster, Clinton; Jamal Barkus, Putnam City North; Sheldon Barnes, Jenks; Alphones Bradford, Okemah; Blake Brigham, Heritage Hall; Tiller Bucktrot, Stroud; Lonell Burris, Choctaw; Alex Criddle, Tulsa Edison; Tristan Crowder, Bartlesville; Michelby Davis, Millwood; Worenn Davis, Midwest City; Bo Denny, El Reno; William Dominguez, Hilldale; Dorian Fagan Plainview; Wyatt Gassaway, Hilldale; Brent Girdner, Stilwell; Jake Gould, Perkins-Tryon; Allen Hammon, Millwood; Jacob Harrison, Seminole; Caleb Hash, Shawnee; Dyllan Haworth, Weatherford; Levi Herren, Cushing; Jackson Herring, Altus; Austin Hilton, McAlester; Riley Julian, Marlow; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow; Trenton Mannering, Thomas; Xavier Mason, Douglass; Trent McLaughlin, McAlester; Mason Minnix, Jenks; Hayden Moore, Duncan; DeWayne Rhodes, Luther; Jude Richardson, Norman North; Shemarr Robinson, Tulsa Central; Toby Sanderson, Edmond North; Ry Schneider, Minco; Brandon Scott, Owasso; Caleb Scott, Rejoice Christian; Hunter Soap, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Kellen Stauder, Tulsa Union; Tre Towery, Westmoore; Mason Waldrop, Clinton; Walter Watson, Del City; Wyatt Whitmarsh, Southmoore; Tristan Wilbanks, Davenport; Grant Wilkinson, Crossings Christian; Joe Winfield, Deer Creek; Beau Wooden, Skiatook; Imani Woodley, Edmond Memorial; Jalen Yackeyonny, Cache; Lane Yoder, Adair. Linebackers: Demetrius Alston, Beaver; Landon Anderson, Stratford; Jarod Andrews, Washington; Austin Archey, Poteau; Pace Benefee, Carl Albert; Cole Broin, Plainview; Levi Cain, Lawton; Noah Canary-Vawter, Little Axe; Peyton Carmin, Cushing; Trae Davison, Hilldale; Baylor Feller, Altus; R.J. Goodman, Midwest City; Walker Graves, Adair; Kane Greco, Dibble; Dillon Hall, Edmond Santa Fe; Alex Hix, Locust Grove; Dezmond Howard, Centennial; Quantez Jim, Stigler; Tanner Knox, Seminole; James Lewis, Tulsa Memorial; Zeke Mammen, Edmond Memorial; Andrew McDonald, Heritage Hall; Chaz McGuire, Lone Grove; Dylan Morris, Mooreland; Austin Quillen, Jenks; Rowdy Reihs, Guthrie; Kyle Roberson, Wynnewood; Jacob Smith, OCS; Jacob Taber, Sand Springs; Trevor Taylor, Locust Grove; Jimmy Turner, Mount St. Mary; Kyler Vannoster, Fairland; Kyler Wade, Stratford; Parker Williams, Blanchard; Skylar Williams, Westville; Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Kress Woodward, Bixby. Defensive backs: Baylor Boyd, Oklahoma Bible; Justin Broiles, John Marshall; Tre Brown, Tulsa Union; Hunter Gnose, Skiatook; Paden Hayes, Kingston; Wyatt Hayes, Dibble; Ira Hurst, Bristow; Kegan Lawson, Blanchard; Derek Loccident, Westmoore; Austin Maine, Clinton; Kyle Mayberry, Tulsa Washington; Mark Mincey, Healdton; Braeden O'Dell, Marlow; A.J. Parker, Bartlesville; Caleb Powell, OCA; Grant Powell, Stroud; Jordan Prince, Edmond North; Josh Proctor, Owasso; Kyle Sanders, Sequoyah-Tahlequah; Aliik Sezer, Midwest City; Keyshawn Shells, John Marshall; Jensen Smith, Fairview; Sean Thompson, Choctaw; Hunter Voss, McGuinness; Hunger Webb, Okemah; Noah Wells, Putnam City North. Kickers: Hayden Ashley, Tulsa Kelley; Gabe Barton, Altus; Laben Fisher, Skiatook; Butch Hampton, Piedmont; Zachary Haney, Tulsa Washington; Divontrey Johnson, Star Spencer; Jack Markmiller, OCS; Garrett McLaughlin, Heritage Hall; Parker Noble, Deer Creek; Landen Sailing, Owasso.
Dec 30, 2015
Stoops said the suspensions to three Clemson players wouldn’t affect the Sooners' preparations.
OU football journal: Bob Stoops says Sooners have not had any disciplinary issues in Miami
By Ryan Aber, Jason Kersey and Darnell Mayberry | Dec 30, 2015The day after Clemson coach Dabo Swinney sent three of his players home from Miami for violating team rules, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops was asked if he had dealt with any disciplinary problems during their bowl trip. “We have not,” Stoops said in his final pre-Orange Bowl press conference. Clemson kicker Ammon Lakip, wide receiver Deon Cain and tight end Jay Jay McCullough were suspended Tuesday for the remainder of the College Football Playoff, reportedly for failing a drug test. While Lakip and McCullough weren't major contributors, Cain has been. The freshman had 34 catches for 582 yards and five touchdowns this season, tied for third among Clemson receivers in receptions and second in receiving yards. Stoops said the suspensions wouldn't affect the Sooners' preparations. “It won't change anything we do, no,” Stoops said. “I'm sure they'll have another excellent player in there running routes.” Swinney said it would not be a distraction for his team. “Why would it be a distraction? ... Jay Jay McCullough and Lakip and Deon don't have anything to do with Shaq Lawson and how he plays the game, doesn't have anything to do with the rest of those guys,” Swinney said. “It's not a distraction at all. It's a distraction for me because I have to answer questions about three guys that break our rules and I have to deal with it but that comes with my job. Those guys, they're focused on doing what they do. Has nothing to do with them.” STOOPS: MAYFIELD WILL BE ABLE TO RELAX Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield talked early in the season about being too amped up going into games and how that might've affected his play a bit. Then when the Texas Tech game rolled around, Mayfield was asked if that problem would recur. It didn't and Oklahoma rolled over the Red Raiders behind an excellent performance from Mayfield. Stoops was asked Wednesday whether or not he was worried about Mayfield getting too worked up entering Thursday's game. “I understand that doesn't do well for me,” Mayfield told Stoops earlier in the year. Stoops said that offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley would talk to Mayfield before the game and tell him to “play within himself.” “For a quarterback, being overly amped doesn't always work,” Stoops said. “I often tell them when the guys are getting all juiced up, find your corner to collect yourself and get away from it because it's a little bit different animal to be the quarterback and all that they have to think of and operate in and he's done a great job of it, though, so I trust he'll handle it the right way.” COOKS: SANCHEZ IS HEALTHY The last few games of the season were a struggle at times for cornerback Zack Sanchez after he returned from an ankle injury he suffered against Texas Tech on Oct. 24. Sanchez missed two games, returning for the three-game stretch to end the season but was never close to 100 percent. “He didn't make any excuses about it,” secondary coach Kerry Cooks said. “He's healthy now. I think in his mind he's got some things that personally he wants to come out and show all the doubters so he's worked his tail off the last two or three weeks to prepare for this game.” GOODSON: KEEP IT SIMPLE TO BRING DOWN PERINE Oklahoma sophomore running back Samaje Perine has had an incredible college football career so far, but one of the things he's become best known for is his tough running style. Over his two years as a Sooner, several defenders have left games after trying to bring Perine to the ground. Clemson senior linebacker B.J. Goodson said Perine is a great player, but that tackling him comes down to doing the simple things right. “We've faced a couple big backs this year,” Goodson said. “He has a strong base. I think that's what separates him from the backs that we went up against this year. You have to run your feet on him, contact and wrap him up. The simple things. “I've watched a lot of film and a lot of guys don't do the simple things right. He puts on his pants just like I put on my pants. That's how I look at it.” HUMPHREY HAS ENJOYED REDSHIRT YEAR Oklahoma true freshman John Humphrey enrolled early last spring because he wanted to get a leg up and possibly compete for immediate playing time. It didn't work out that way for the League City, Texas, native, but he has taken it all in stride. “I think getting redshirted was the best thing for me,” Humphrey said. Humphrey has spent this season portraying the opponent's best wide receiver each week. Starting cornerback Jordan Thomas credited Humphrey for his play against Baylor All-American Corey Coleman earlier this season. This week, Humphrey is playing Clemson's Artavis Scott, who caught eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown last season against the Sooners. “The thing about him is, we play similar,” Humphrey said of Scott. “He's real shifty, fast. I think this week is perfect.” Asked about his season as a whole, Humphrey said he immediately saw the value in taking a redshirt year after he found out he wouldn't be playing. “I know there are some areas I need to work on,” Humphrey said. “Every single day, I've been working on my craft, whether it's strength, route running, catching the ball, blocking. “I've been doing that by playing the opponents' best receiver and going against — I'll say — the best defense in the nation each and every day.” MCCOY PREDICTS TITLE Gerald McCoy is a strong believer in this year's Sooners. The former Southeast and OU standout is picking the Sooners to not just beat Clemson on Thursday night, he's also picking them to win it all. McCoy confidently posted his prediction, complete with his reasoning, in an article on the playerstribune.com. “I hope y'all are sitting down, cause I ain't about to hold no punches,” McCoy wrote. “I'm not gonna be subtle about it. I gotta let everybody know right now. Forget Clemson. Oklahoma is gonna win the national championship.” McCoy reasoned that with explosive playmakers Perine, Joe Mixon and Sterling Shepard, all NFL-caliber players, along with electric quarterback Mayfield, “I don't think there's a defense in the nation — not even one coached by Brent Venables — that can hang with the Oklahoma offense for four quarters. We have too many weapons.” In Clemson, however, the Sooners will face a mental challenge as much as a physical one. “Every year, in every sport, when a team makes a championship run, there's always ‘that team' in the way,” McCoy wrote. “The team you got circled on your schedule, like, ‘All right if we're gonna do this, we gotta go through them.' After what happened down in Orlando last year, Clemson is that team for us. And they're gonna be that team we look back on after we win the whole thing and say, ‘We got 'em, that time.'” McCoy also expressed fond memories of playing under Venables at Oklahoma, even listing his former defensive coordinator who now holds the same position at Clemson as a mentor. “He was a mentor to me, and he always pushed me to go harder,” McCoy wrote. “He taught me to always out-prepare the opponent. I remember my first day on campus as a freshman, he came up to me and asked me what one of the defensive calls was. I was, like, ‘What? I literally just got here. I haven't even seen a play yet. I don't know what's going on…' But he just looked at me and said, ‘It doesn't matter. You gotta be ready.' That's who he is. That's how he coaches. He's so intense. I love Brent Venables.” Then came the “but.” “But he's got to go down, man,” McCoy added. SWINNEY: ‘IF WE PLAYED THE BEST CHRISTIANS, I WOULDN'T BE SITTING HERE' Swinney has been very outspoken about his Christian faith. Wednesday morning, he was asked during his press conference — with references to professed atheist Arian Foster — if he would be comfortable with an atheist on his team. “Absolutely,” Swinney said. “You know, my job is to win football games. We're going to always recruit and play the best football players. If we played the best Christians, I wouldn't be sitting here. I can guarantee you that. “But as a Christian, I love everybody. I really do. I don't judge other people. I think it's important that everybody can be who they want to be. I just know how I'm called to live my life and I try to be consistent with that. Be who you are. Whoever you are, be who you are.” WATSON WEARS FULLER PATCH Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson wears a patch on his jersey that no other Tiger wears. Below a Tiger paw and above an orange 4 is “FULLER,” with “1975” and “1978” just below. The patch is in honor of Clemson All-American quarterback Steve Fuller, who played for the Tigers in the ‘70s. Clemson retired Fuller's No. 4 in 1979, but Swinney called Fuller in summer 2014 and asked if he could offer the number to Watson, a ballyhooed freshman who wore that number in high school.
Dec 29, 2015
OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked if there are people in his life who talks straight to him. Mayfield was quick to answer. Ty Darlington.
Oklahoma football: Center Ty Darlington keeps quarterback Baker Mayfield grounded
By Ryan Aber Staff Writer email@example.com and Berry Tramel Columnist firstname.lastname@example.org | Dec 29, 2015OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was asked if there are people in his life who talks straight to him. Mayfield was quick to answer. Ty Darlington. “Oh yeah, my center does a great job of that,” Mayfield said. “That's our relationship. We keep each other humble. We have fun with it.” Darlington said he's proud that he made the list. “That's what I'm trying to do here,” Darlington said. “I'm trying to keep his head from exploding. I tell him the simple things, like ‘you're not good-looking' or ‘you're not that good of a quarterback.' “We're very very mean and very personal to each other. You couldn't print some of the things he's told me on a daily basis. He hurts my feelings some times. He really does. It's all in fun. He's one of my very best friends. Love the dude to death.” In all seriousness, Darlington does keep Mayfield grounded. “So even though we make fun of each other and give each other a hard time, we know it's not all too serious,” Mayfield said. “We hold each other to a high standard. Every once in a while, he'll tell me I need to settle down on the field, but that's because he's a veteran, and I respect that.” MAYFIELD: ‘NOT PAYING ATTENTION’ TO PATTERSON A day after Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield said TCU “hung me out to dry” in the recruiting process, he didn’t get drawn into a prolonged back and forth after Horned Frogs coach Gary Patterson responded later Monday. “If he wanted to blame TCU for 128 BCS schools not offering him a scholarship, that’s fine,” Patterson told Campus Insiders’ Bonnie Bernstein. “But ask Kliff Kingsbury why he didn’t offer him a scholarship at Texas Tech. Ask about Baker’s dad. He’s an arrogant guy who thinks he knows everything. If people knew the whole story, they might not have a great opinion of Baker or his father.” Mayfield, who has a history of using slights as motivation, didn’t bite when asked about Patterson’s response. “I’m not paying attention to that,” Mayfield said. “This week is all about the Orange Bowl. Media asked me a question about my recruiting process and I answered it and I was honest. Today is all about the Orange Bowl and playing a good opponent.” CLEMSON PLAYERS SENT HOME ESPN Upstate and the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier reported Tuesday night that Clemson players Deon Cain, Jay Jay McCullough and Ammon Lakip failed drug test and were sent home from the Orange Bowl. Cain is a freshman wide receiver who has 34 catches for 582 yards and five touchdowns this season. Lakip was Clemson’s primary place-kicker in 2014 but has served mainly on kickoffs this season. McCullough is a backup tight end with 11 career catches, but none this season. CLEMSON PUNTER SURVIVES TONGUE LASHING Clemson punter Andy Teasdall became famous during the ACC championship game, when he “went rogue” and ran with a punt snap on 4th-and-15 from the Tiger 30-yard line. Teasdall gained just four yards, and North Carolina scored five plays later. Clemson eventually won the game 45-37, but coach Dabo Swinney went ballistic on the sidelines, ripping into Teasdall. “He's done it to other guys,” Teasdall said Tuesday at Orange Bowl Media Day. “I've been yelled at before by other coaches. Won't be the first one, won‘t be the last one. We're good. We're on good terms.” “I made a mistake. It happened. I'm a pretty low-key guy, not one to be the center of attention or anything.” Teasdall certainly was the center of attention when Swinney continually ripped into him. So much so that the next week, Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich felt the need to address it with Swinney. “My punter — I don't have an explanation — just decided to do something on his own and put us in a bad spot and it cost us a touchdown,” Swinney said after that game. “I don't have an answer for it; he doesn't, either. We had a little, ‘I love you,' and ‘I love you back,' session. He got dialed back in. But there was no fake punt. Holy cow. It was just a young man making a really bad play. That's all I can say.” STRIKER LAUDS HIGH SCHOOL COACH Sean Callahan, Eric Striker's high school coach at Armwood High School in Seffner, Fla., is getting married soon. Striker will be one of the few former players invited. “That means a lot,” Striker said. “Coach Cal has had a lot of great players come through that program. A lot of guys who have made it to the D-I level, great athletes, and for me to get picked out of many … all them guys are phenomenal guys. “I think he's banking on my personality. That's why I got there.” Several of Striker's former high school teammates have tattoos of the Armwood logo. “I keep it in my heart,” Striker said. “I'm not a tattoo guy, but if I was, I would definitely have a tattoo. He's had a big impact on a lot of our young kids' lives and putting us in a place to be the best that we can be and D-I ready. I always say Armwood was like a mini-college. It was, the way he ran the program. Guys weren't late. Guys were meant to be on time. It was a system that you had to follow in order to be successful. “He made me into a winner.” MAYFIELD NOT SURPRISED BY MORRIS' RISE When Mayfield was a freshman at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, the head coach at the school was Chad Morris. Morris spent 2011-2014 as Clemson's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach before being hired as SMU's head coach before the Russell Athletic Bowl last year. Mayfield hasn't been surprised by his quick rise. “He was at Lake Travis for two years and went 32-0,” Mayfield said. “You look at the athletes that come out of Lake Travis and you have some college players, but ultimately you can look at a school like a DeSoto or Longview or Dallas Skyline (and) you'll find about 10, 15 or more D-I athletes on those teams. “It's about the coaching. Those guys know what they're doing down there.” ROMANCE OVER OU quarterback Trevor Knight met Clemson cheerleader Rachell Wyatt during the 2014 Russell Athletic Bowl, and a romance ensued. They spent the July 4 weekend back in Orlando, at DisneyWorld. Alas, Knight and Wyatt no longer are an item. “I've communicated with her a little bit on the way down here,” Knight said. “They'll be down here for the game, so I'm sure we'll get a picture or something. She's a great girl.” WATSON WEARS FULLER PATCH Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson wears a patch on his jersey that no other Tiger wears. Below a Tiger paw and above an orange 4 is “FULLER,” with “1975” and “1978” just below. The patch is in honor of Clemson all-American quarterback Steve Fuller, who played for the Tigers in the ‘70s. Clemson retired Fuller's No. 4 in 1979, but Swinney called Fuller in summer 2014 and asked if he could offer the number to Watson, a ballyhooed freshman who wore that number in high school.
Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield's long, winding odyssey has the Sooners closing in on an eighth national titleDec 26, 2015
The Mayfield odyssey is unlike almost any other in college football history.
Oklahoma football: Baker Mayfield's long, winding odyssey has the Sooners closing in on an eighth national title
By Jason Kersey | Dec 26, 2015MIAMI — In the final minutes of last season's Russell Athletic Bowl shellacking, just one Oklahoma football player appeared to have any confidence left. Not surprisingly, it wasn't one who had played that night. Sporting his white No. 6 jersey and camouflage athletic shorts, Baker Mayfield jogged up and down the Sooner sideline, slapping downtrodden teammates on their shoulder pads and telling them to buck up. “We were obviously down by a lot at that point,” Mayfield recalled earlier this month. “We needed to pick our energy up.” Mayfield thanked the seniors for what they'd done, and then told his other teammates — many of whom were seated on the bench, head in hands — to never forget that moment. Only one year — plus two days — after that devastating defeat, Oklahoma faces Clemson in the state of Florida again, this time in the Orange Bowl, a College Football Playoff semifinal. Mayfield has started every game at quarterback for the Sooners since that forgettable night in Orlando, and his play has undoubtedly transformed the team. The Mayfield odyssey is unlike almost any other in college football history. A two-time Big 12 walk-on with few FBS scholarship offers out of high school, his remarkable journey to this point has included making history as a true freshman; playing intramural softball while waiting to walk on at OU; a high-profile eligibility fight with the Big 12 and NCAA; and a Heisman Trophy campaign. And in a few short weeks, it could also include a national championship. All of this from a guy who lost quarterback competitions his freshman and junior years at Lake Travis High in Austin, Texas. Both years, he was deemed too small and too unathletic. And both years, he ended up becoming his team's starter and excelling. He took over midway through the first quarter of his junior season opener and never looked back, accounting for 55 total touchdowns that season and leading Lake Travis to a state championship. “The thing that separates Baker from any kid I've ever coached is nobody's gonna outwork him,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant coach when Mayfield played there. “He knew his deficiencies and he worked on them.” Even as he continued putting up video-game numbers his senior season, his college recruiting never really got off the ground. The lifelong Oklahoma football fan couldn't even get a call back from Sooner coaches after he took an unofficial visit there during his junior year. He ended up receiving scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State, but wanted to play Big 12 football. So Mayfield famously walked on at Texas Tech, arriving July 8, 2013. When he got there, he realized that first-team quarterback Michael Brewer — also a Lake Travis product — was injured, so the job was open. Fellow true freshman Davis Webb had enrolled early and gone through spring practices with the team, so he became the favorite to assume the starting position in Brewer's absence. “I won't go into detail,” Mayfield said, “but yeah, I got thrown to the side my first day on campus there. … It didn't make me very happy.” Less than two months later, Mayfield emerged as the Red Raiders' starting quarterback for the season opener at SMU. He is believed to be the only true freshman, walk-on quarterback to start a season opener for a Power 5 conference school. In that first start — a 41-23 Texas Tech win — Mayfield completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards, four passing touchdowns and a rushing score. “He slipped through the cracks and ended up with us,” Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said after the game. “He's been doing this his whole career. I'm proud of how he competed.” Kingsbury also said after that game that Texas Tech administrators were going to begin exploring every avenue to get Mayfield on scholarship. “We've got to work through those numbers,” Kingsbury said then. “We didn't envision this when he came on campus.” But that scholarship never came. Mayfield ended up starting seven games for the Red Raiders that season and being named the Big 12's Offensive Newcomer of the Year, but decided to transfer from Tech after the 2013 regular season. Mayfield has said that it was a lack of communication with Kingsbury that ultimately led to his decision to leave. He was injured midway through the season and didn't automatically get his job back once healthy. Then, according to Mayfield's version of the story, he was told there wouldn't be a scholarship for him until the next fall. Kingsbury has disputed that, saying Mayfield knew he was getting a scholarship for the spring 2014 semester. Either way, the relationship was broken beyond repair, so Mayfield decided to finally give his childhood dream a shot and walk-on at Oklahoma. It was a peculiar time for a quarterback to take a chance like that in Norman. The Sooners were coming off a 45-31 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama, with redshirt freshman Trevor Knight earning MVP honors and looking like a budding superstar. Nevertheless, Mayfield enrolled at OU and spent his first couple weeks there as a regular student. Unlike other freshmen and sophomore football players — who live in the brand new, beautiful Headington Hall dorms — Mayfield moved into Muldrow Tower with other, non-athlete freshmen. It wasn't until a team meal in early February that Mayfield walked up and introduced himself to Sooners coach Bob Stoops, who still calls the whole thing “maybe the strangest thing that's ever happened in my coaching career.” Because Knight was the established starter and Mayfield would likely be ruled ineligible for the upcoming season because of NCAA transfer rules, he didn't get as many spring practice reps as the other quarterbacks on campus. Still, he outshined all of them in the spring game that April, completing all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. But football wasn't the only sport Mayfield was playing that spring. He'd also joined an intramural softball team with his new buddies in Muldrow Tower. “I hit 3 hole and he hit 4 hole,” said Matt Ray, one of the new friends Mayfield made in the dorms. “There would be a lot of times when I would get on first base, and Baker would get up there. “He bats left handed, so every time I was at first base and he was up to bat, I felt like the biggest baby out there. I was basically scared he was gonna hit a line drive right at me.” The ultra-competitiveness that has made him so good at football — and so good at turning rejection into fuel — didn't wane, even in a vastly less important softball game. Mayfield and his family hired prominent attorney Jim Darnell — who once successfully represented Johnny Manziel in a fight with the NCAA — to try and get him eligible immediately for the 2014 season, or at least get a ruling that would allow him to circumvent Big 12 rules and redshirt that year. They weren't successful. Despite that, Mayfield was put on scholarship early in the 2014 season and served as the team's scout-team quarterback, responsible for preparing the first-team defense for opposing offenses. Mayfield and former five-star prospect Dorial Green-Beckham — who had transferred in from Missouri and was also sitting out — made quite the formidable scout team. “An All-America scout team,” OU linebacker Dominique Alexander said with a laugh. “Just seeing what he's been doing this year, it doesn't surprise us at all.” After a disappointing 8-5 campaign, Stoops fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell, seeking a different direction for his sputtering offense. He hired Lincoln Riley and also ultimately made a change at quarterback, giving the reins to Mayfield instead of returning starter Trevor Knight. Mayfield has been nothing short of spectacular throughout most of this season. His gutsy, never-say-die attitude helped the Sooners rally from a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit and win a monumental non-conference game at Tennessee, and his play through the month of November helped elevate the Sooners into the College Football Playoff. But despite all of that success, he's managed to find new ways to stay motivated. He felt slighted when he didn't receive an invitation to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony earlier this month, and his family still believes he's got a chance to eventually get back his fourth year of eligibility lost because of Big 12 Conference rules, which require in-conference transfers not only sit out a year, but also lose that year of eligibility. The Big 12 Faculty Athletics Representatives voted last May to deny Mayfield's appeal of that rule, meaning that — pending a possible legal fight he'd probably lose — there is very little hope that he will be able to play college football beyond next season. But bet against Mayfield at your own peril. He's spent his entire football career proving people wrong. For now, though, Mayfield is focused on what is, strangely, the first bowl game of his career. “My whole story has kinda been taking advantage of the little chances that I get and not looking back,” Mayfield said.
The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year.The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015.Instead of...
Rank the top Wichita and Kansas sports stories of 2015
Joshua Wood, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2015The Shockers and Jayhawks finally meet again in basketball, the Kansas City Royals regain baseball’s crown and the intersection of tragedy and sports were some of the biggest local sports stories of the year. The past 12 months have given Kansas and Wichita sports fans some big moments – and some somber – to remember. We’d like your opinion of which moments were the biggest in 2015. Instead of just choosing one top moment, we’re asking Eagle readers to rank their top three selections at Kansas.com/sports. We want to find out why you selected the stories you did and what you’ll remember the most. As with previous years we include stories about the Royals and Chiefs as they are the most popular teams in their leagues within Kansas. Leave a comment in the form online and we’ll run some of the best ones in a later story. Did we miss a big moment? Let us know that as well. Here are the nominees in chronological order: January Jim Mora Jr.-Bill Snyder handshake takes surreal turn at Alamo Bowl – Remember UCLA’s 40-35 victory over Kansas State? Not likely. A video of the terse postgame handshake went viral online and through social media. Some questioned K-State’s play at the end of the game. Others questioned Mora’s sportsmanship. Mourning high school coaches – Beginning with the Jan. 7 death of Carl Taylor, the City League’s winningest basketball coach, Wichita and Kansas lost many influential coaches in 2015, including Kapaun’s Alan Shepherd, Carroll’s Roger Robben, East’s Bob Timmons and Lawrence’s Bill Freeman. Two other Kansans made their mark in college: Emporia’s Dean Smith and Parsons’ Bill Guthridge. NCAA hands down WSU baseball sanctions – Players utilizing improper discounts on non-baseball merchandise led to big sanctions by the NCAA, including vacating 69 victories in 2012 and 2013 and the 2013 NCAA Tournament appearance. Former coach Gene Stephenson, whose appeal was denied by the NCAA, slipped to third in career coaching victories due to the penalties. February K-State basketball tops KU in Manhattan; highlight of dismal season – In the midst of the Wildcats’ first losing season in 12 years, K-State came up with its best game against the Jayhawks in Bramlage Coliseum. The 70-63 win over No. 8 KU added a chapter to the rivalry and the national debate on courtstorming. College GameDay comes to Wichita as Shockers clinch MVC title – Wichita State’s sports management class got its message out on social media with #GameDayinWichita. The ESPN crew was on hand for the Shockers’ 74-60 win over No. 10 Northern Iowa in the de facto MVC title game. March KU wins 11th straight Big 12 title – A season after losing the players picked No. 1 and 3 in the NBA Draft, the Jayhawks did what they seemingly always do under Bill Self – win another Big 12 title. Their streak is tied for the second-longest streak in any conference in NCAA history. KU is two titles short of UCLA’s record set in the ’60s and ’70s. WSU women win third straight MVC title; cheerleading squad picks up opponent – The Shockers reached the NCAA Tournament for the third straight season, but the Shocker cheerleaders and yell leaders received national attention at the women’s MVC tournament as they invited Loyola’s lone cheer squad representative to join them. In December the team received a Musial Award for their sportsmanship. Wichita-area teams win state basketball titles – The Wichita East and Heights boys took the Class 6A and 5A crowns, while McPherson won 4A-Division I. The Wichita South girls won their third straight 6A championship. The Hesston girls captured 3A. Hoxie girls, St. John boys set state records – In winning their fourth straight Class 1A-Division I title under coach Shelly Hoyt the Hoxie girls broke Little River’s record of 91 straight wins set in the 1990s. Hoxie has pushed the streak to 100 to begin the 2015-16 season. In December the St. John boys under Clint Kinnamon took down Wichita Heights’ record of 62 straight. Hutch women reach NJCAA final again; sanctions wipe out team's record – The Blue Dragons have reached basketball’s final game three of the past four seasons, but an NJCAA investigation and its fallout marred the 2015 season. Excess benefits cost Hutch all of its victories from 2014-15 and some scholarships. Shockers defeat KU to reach Sweet 16 – Wichita State fans finally got their wish – a shot at the state’s perennial power. Thirty-four years after their last NCAA Tournament meeting, the Jayhawks and Shockers met again with a Sweet 16 berth on the line. The Shockers took the game and bragging rights for the foreseeable future with the 78-65 win. April Gregg Marshall stays at WSU after serious push by Alabama – The Crimson Tide led this year’s edition of the The Annual Courting of Marshall. He decided again to remain with the Shockers, receiving a pay bump to $3 million annually before bonuses. That continuity helped Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet postpone pro careers for their senior seasons. Players desert WSU women's basketball, leading to president-ordered investigation – Four players who left the Shockers were critical of Jody Adams’ coaching style and treatment of players. The university’s investigation brought about some promised changes by Adams. Parents of the players asked the NCAA to step in. May Kansans in the NFL Draft – The Miami Dolphins selected Circle’s Jordan Phillips in the second round, kicking off a flurry of Wichita-area picks including Carroll’s Blake Bell, Hutchinson’s Geneo Grissom and Blake Heeney. Seattle drafted K-State’s Tyler Lockett in the third round. Lockett was named to the Pro Bowl as a returner. FC Wichita’s inaugural season – Complete with a logo adorned with the city’s flag and stalks of wheat, Wichita began its most organized chapter of outdoor soccer yet. With names familiar to the soccer community such as Larry Inlow and Kevin Ten Eyck the team had a successful debut, capturing its conference of the NPSL. The team frequently sold out its games at Stryker Soccer Complex. July KU-lead Team USA wins World University Games gold; Ron Baker plays on Pan Am team – Team USA won its first gold medal at the World University Games since 2005 with a team made up nearly exclusively by Jayhawks. In the Pan American Games, WSU’s Ron Baker impressed scouts, helping lead the team to a bronze medal. Four Royals voted to start All-Star Game; KC goes all-in with trades – After a month of hand-wringing by some in the baseball world bemoaning the possibility of an entire All-Star lineup of Kansas City players, fans ultimately selected four Royals to start the game. Later in the month KC showed another sign of its dominance by being buyers at the trade deadline to acquire Johnny Cueto and Ben Zobrist. August Bat boy Kaiser Carlile dies after accident at NBC World Series – Struck in the head by a practice swing in the on-deck circle, the Liberal Bee Jay’s 9-year-old bat boy died from his injuries a day later. The Bee Jays, other teams at the NBC World Series and strangers from across the country mourned the child who was called the team’s spark plug. September St. John teen tags world-class Kansas whitetail buck – Clayton Brummer, 16, bagged a non-typical buck in Stafford County. Initial measurements placed the buck’s gross score at more than 230 inches. K-State sanctions marching band director after halftime show – Everyone agrees the marching band performed a “Star Trek”-themed show at halftime of the Wildcats’ game against South Dakota. Everyone agrees there was a Jayhawk involved. After that, disagreement. Some saw the Starship Enterprise, some saw a sex act. Band director Frank Tracz was fined and suspended for the KU game two months later. Sporting KC wins U.S. Open Cup – Sporting Kansas City became the fourth franchise in MLS history to win the tournament for a third time. It was Sporting’s third major trophy in the past four seasons, the 2012 Open Cup and 2013 MLS Cup. November Royals win the World Series on yet another comeback – Coming up 90 feet short of a possible title the year before, the Royals left no doubt about their resilancy en route to the team’s first World Series title since 1985. Comeback after comeback sank the Astros, Blue Jays and Mets to take the crown. In Game 5 of the World Series the Royals faced a 2-0 deficit in the ninth inning before Eric Hosmer drove in Lorenzo Cain from first on a double. Hosmer then scored when Lucas Duda failed to throw him out on Perez’s groundout. The Royals scored five times in the 12th to guarantee a victory parade and rally witnessed by hundreds of thousands in KC. Wallace County football player Luke Schemm dies after collapsing in game – A standout in football, basketball and track and field, the senior from Sharon Springs collapsed in a playoff game against Otis-Bison. Larry O’Connor, the school’s athletic director: “He had time for everybody. … He was a friend to everybody. The little kids looked up to him. He spent time with them.” KU finishes football season at 0-12 – The expectations weren’t high for David Beaty’s first season as KU’s coach, but even Turner Gill and Charlie Weis had won a game in their first year. The possibility of the Jayhawks’ first winless season since 1954 became real after an opening-day loss to FCS opponent South Dakota State. The team balanced close calls against Texas Tech and TCU with drubbings by OU, Baylor, West Virginia and K-State. Emporia State wins first NCAA playoff football games – Behind quarterback Brent Wilson’s season that earned him a spot as a finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, the Hornets reached the NCAA Division II playoffs, winning games in that tournament for the first time. Emporia State defeated Minnesota State and Henderson State before falling to eventual national champion Northwest Missouri State in the quarterfinals. Derby wins Class 6A football title – Derby quarterback Brady Rust rushed for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers’ 27-14 championship game victory over Blue Valley. It was the Panthers’ third title in school history and second in three seasons. December KU volleyball reaches Final Four – All three Kansas schools made the NCAA volleyball tournament – with the Shockers beating the Wildcats in the first round – but it was the Jayhawks who had the staying power. KU upset top-ranked Southern California in San Diego before longtime Big Eight/Big 12 nemesis Nebraska beat the Jayhawks in a national semifinal in Omaha. Bill Snyder inducted in College Football Hall of Fame – The author of the “greatest turnaround in college football history” became the fourth active coach to be enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Snyder received the honor in New York days after the Wildcats won their third straight game to clinch another bowl bid, this time to the Liberty Bowl. Eric Berry returns from cancer treatment to have Pro Bowl season – Nearly a year after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Chiefs safety Berry was back at the top of the NFL, earning another Pro Bowl selection. In addition to surviving cancer, Berry helped the Chiefs to eight straight wins. WSU reopens discussion of football, conference affiliation – President John Bardo announced the university would re-examine all aspects of the school’s athletic department, including the 30-year absence of a football program. “Everything is on the table. The sports we offer, facilities, conferences,” Bardo said. Joshua Wood: , ——— ©2015 The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) Visit The Wichita Eagle (Wichita, Kan.) at www.kansas.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183,t000008056,t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000046469,t000003194,t000003195,t000002776,t000049144,t000143260,t000002786,t000003277,t000404496,t000040506,t000404736,t000404471,t000405348,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164,g000224867,g000065627,g000065659
Dec 8, 2015
Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to...
High school notebook: Lamar offers three local football players
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright Staff Writers | Dec 8, 2015Lamar made three scholarship offers around the Oklahoma City metro on Tuesday. Edmond Santa Fe linebacker Mike Coats Jr. was offered by the Division I university, along with Westmoore's Tre Towery and Derek Loccident. Coats, the son of former Oklahoma linebacker Mike Coats, announced the offer on his Twitter page. He also recently picked up an opportunity to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State. As a senior for the Wolves, Coats recorded 104 tackles, one sack and an interception. He also has multiple Division II offers. Westmoore defensive coordinator Ty Gower confirmed the offers for Towery and Loccident to The Oklahoman via text message. Towery is a 6-foot-2, 290-pound defensive lineman. Loccident, a defensive back, had 53 tackles and an interception this season. EDMOND NORTH'S FROHLING WINS GATORADE AWARD Edmond North senior Hannah Rose Frohling was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Volleyball Player of the Year on Tuesday. Frohling, who was announced as The Oklahoman's All-City Player of the Year last week, led the Huskies to a 32-1 record and the Class 6A state championship. The 6-foot senior recorded 408 digs, 330 kills and 104 service aces while posting a kill percentage of .438. She maintained a weighted 4.25 grade-point average and serves as a volunteer in her community. “Hannah Rose Frohling leads her team not only with her skill set, but also with a great attitude and tons of energy,” Norman North coach Stephanie Kane said. “She really stepped up this year in her senior role to help her team win a state championship.” JENKS' NUNLEY, BROKEN ARROW'S SHAW SHARE DISTRICT HONORS Jenks quarterback Cooper Nunley and Broken Arrow running back Jamall Shaw were recently both honored as the District 6A-I-1 Players of the Year. Nunley just led Jenks to its fourth straight championship and third with him as the starting quarterback. Shaw led Broken Arrow to the state championship game, where it lost to Jenks. Nunley passes for 2,853 yards and 35 touchdowns, while Shaw rushed for 1,959 yards and 27 touchdowns. Edmond Santa Fe star running back Darran Williams was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. He finished the year with 1,744 yards and 22 touchdowns on 248 carries. Jenks' Dillon Stoner, an Oklahoma State commitment, was named Defensive Player of the Year. Stoner had 50 tackles and an interception, while also catching 36 passes for 724 yards and 10 TDs. Broken Arrow coach David Alexander was named Coach of the Year. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Cooper Nunley, Jenks; Jamall Shaw, Broken Arrow Offensive Player of the Year: Darran Williams, Edmond Santa Fe Defensive Player of the Year: Dillon Stoner, Jenks Coach of the Year: David Alexander, Broken Arrow Back of the Year: Braden Hudson, Putnam City Receiver of the Year: Dreyvon Christon, Putnam City Offensive Lineman of the Year: Rowdy Frederick, Broken Arrow Defensive Lineman of the Year: Tre Towery, Westmoore; Gage Kaiser, Broken Arrow Linebacker of the Year: Mike Coats, Edmond Santa Fe; Austin Malicott, Westmoore Defensive Back of the Year: Calvin Bundage, Edmond Santa Fe Special Teams Player of the Year: Allan Dinh, Putnam City; Devon Johnson, Broken Arrow Kicker/Punter of the Year: Braxton Pickard, Edmond Memorial ALL-DISTRIC TEAM Edmond Memorial: Tate Troxell, Imani Woodley, Zeke Mammen, Jase George, Christian Gabriel, Evan Green, Grifffin Amen; Edmond Santa Fe: Grant Newton, Zeke Jenkins, Dillon Hall, Dustin Anthony, Jacob Goss, Jerome Bryson Jr., Vessy Parrish, Dylan Williams, Charles Gaines, Juan Johnson, Justin Richardson, Cameron Walker, Micah Gaston; Broken Arrow: Ethan Bullard, Andy Smith, Micah Mebane, Levi Vandeventer, Taylor Stines, Samuel Akem, Brendon Franklin, Israel Tristan, Jay Ivy, Michael Willis, Caleb Elder, Jordan Davis; Norman: Romero Gatewood, Jack Fronheiser, Riley McGill, Elijah Smith, Bryce Burkhart, Brandon Lee; Yukon: Cooper Stanley, DJ Taylor, Kyle Menge, Rylan Redding, JT Kearby, Parker Hodge; Putnam City: Ryan Brown, Austin Williams, Alonzo Fuller, Oscar Anyabola, Zach Hester, Dariyon Weeden;Westmoore: Tyler Addison, Desmond Vick, Noel Maul, DeShawn Lookout, Anthony Adams, Derek Loccident; Jenks: Andrew Wyatt, Austin Quillen, Stephen Lyles, T.J. Lynn, Antwan Woods, Abdul Alhou, Ryan Robinson, Carter Nelson, Zach Neal, Logan Corwin, Morgan Thomas, Tyler Thomas, Mason Minnix, Wyatt Scribner, Sam Wilson, Sheldon Barnes. HARRAH'S MARTIN NAMED DISTRICT 4A-2 PLAYER OF YEAR Harrah senior running back Grant Martin was recently named the District 4A-2 Player of the Year after leading Harrah to its first playoff victory in 21 years, Martin was on The Oklahoman's 2014 All-State team. He finished with nearly identical numbers to his junior season of 2,589 yards and 37 touchdowns. This season, he finished with 2,543 yards and 32 touchdowns in the same amount of games. He averaged 7.8 yards per carry. Tuttle coach Brad Ballard was honored as the Coach of the Year after the Tigers finished the regular season undefeated. Here is a complete breakdown of the All-District Team and awards as voted by the coaches: Player of the Year: Grant Martin, Harrah Co-Offensive Players of the Year: Jesse Lambert, McLoud; Gus Hall, Tecumseh Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Mason, Tuttle Special Teams Player of the Year: Jon Cain, Glenpool Coach of the Year: Brad Ballard, Tuttle OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Quarterback: Gabe Simons, Ada; Kostner Ingraham, Harrah Running back: Shiloh Windsor, Ada; Jason Biddy, Tuttle Receiver: Dalton Lewis, McLoud; Jake Martinez, Ada Tight end: Jeremy McDonald, Harrah Offensive line: Chandler Anthony, Tuttle; Logan Roberson, Harrah; Teague Fox, Tuttle; Kyle Townsend, Harrah; Jake Bailey, Ada; Andrew Sturm, McLoud; Trip Hall, Tecumseh DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE YEAR Defensive end: Dalton Cooper, Tuttle; Michael Spencer, Bristow; Jon Cain, Glenpool Defensive tackle: Dalton Hanson, Harrah; Jasper Smiley, Tecumseh Inside linebacker: Blake Berryhill, Tuttle; Braden Hobbs, Harrah Outside linebacker: Cale Smith, Tuttle; Levi Grimes, Ada Safety: Dakota Buie, Tuttle; Braden Jennings, Harrah Cornerback: Hunter Hughart, Glenpool; Austin Steele, Harrah SPECIAL TEAMS Kicker: Rylee Jones, Harrah Special recognition: Bryce Remington, Glenpool; Dillon Briggs, Ada ALL-DISTRICT TEAM Tuttle: Keegan Riley, Trenton Slattery, Brecken Waitman; Ada: Avery Logan, Kane Moore; Harrah: Kevin Carroll, Drew Webster, Chase Smiley, Hunter Goodwin, Steven Byers, Wyatt Laymon, Colton Guinn, Preston Griffin; Bristow:Robert Chacon, Ryan Lee, Tyran Proctor, Trever Miller, Jacoby Gantz; Glenpool: Anthony Burns, Austin LaCroix, Colton Hughart, Andrew Gossett, Bailey Bennett, Nick Heck, Kyle Harders; Tecumseh: Jordan Brown, Triston Grayson, Brayden Begley; McLoud: Tristan Keith, Johnny Poff, Christian Alba, Will Carroll
Dec 4, 2015
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — At the outset of training camp for the Washington Redskins, Quinton Dunbar was an undrafted rookie wide receiver with little-to-no chance of making the roster.These days, he's a cornerback playing key minutes — and he owns an end-zone interception of Eli Manning, no less.Back when the first practices of the preseason were unfolding, DeAngelo Hall was a cornerback, just as he...
Dunbar from WR to CB, Hall from CB to S for shuffled Skins
By HOWARD FENDRICH, Associated Press | Dec 4, 2015ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — At the outset of training camp for the Washington Redskins, Quinton Dunbar was an undrafted rookie wide receiver with little-to-no chance of making the roster. These days, he's a cornerback playing key minutes — and he owns an end-zone interception of Eli Manning, no less. Back when the first practices of the preseason were unfolding, DeAngelo Hall was a cornerback, just as he had been throughout his 12-year NFL career. And now? He's a starting safety. When the regular season began, Will Blackmon was a man without a team, a free agent hoping for another chance. On Monday night, when the Redskins host the Dallas Cowboys, he'll be a starting cornerback, probably helping cover Dez Bryant. Mainly because of a series of injuries, the Redskins have been shuffling around their defensive backs, changing starters and shifting players' positions. The team is coming off a strong-enough, three-interception showing in last weekend's 20-14 victory over Manning, Odell Beckham Jr. and the rest of the New York Giants, who were shut out until the fourth quarter. "It's been a hard challenge, but at the same time, we've got guys who know football," said Bashaud Breeland, Washington's top cover corner now that big-money free-agent addition Chris Culliver is done for the season with torn knee ligaments. "It's not easy to plug somebody in here and there, with the chemistry and whatnot, but we work at it." Washington has allowed just one quarterback to throw for more than 300 yards in a game — Manning, as it happens — and opponents are completing only 62.1 percent of their passes, which ranks 13th in the 32-team league. The most surprising development has to be the 6-foot-2 Dunbar's move from pass-catcher to pass-defender since arriving from the University of Florida. Early in camp, he was put on special-teams duty and caught head coach Jay Gruden's eye. "He was like: 'You ever played cornerback before?' And I was like: 'Nah. The last time I played it was in high school,'" Dunbar recalled Friday. "So the next day, we were doing 1-on-1s. He was like: 'Hey, Dunbar, come get a rep at defensive back.' And I did pretty well, so I guess they decided they wanted to make the switch." Was he OK with that? "I was all for it," said Dunbar, who dislocated his left index finger against New York last week but is hopeful of playing Monday. "I'm a competitor. If that was my shot to make the team — to play defense — I was going to go out there to give a full effort." At this point, Dunbar said, he has no interest in going back to offense. "I'm in love with 'DB' right now," he said. "I like 'DB' better." He credits teammates such as Hall, whose been making his own adjustments to a new spot, with offering pointers and easing his transition. And the other members of the secondary are impressed by Dunbar's progress. "He showed me a lot. He's getting better every day. He works at his craft," Breeland said. "He improved on his football IQ. ... He's a great athlete. He can be a great corner, as well, with his physical attributes and his speed and his knowledge of being a receiver." There have been other adjustments. Breeland and Blackmon both spent time at nickelback. Kyshoen Jarrett has played nickelback and safety. Trenton Robinson and Jeron Johnson have started at safety. Hall began the season at cornerback, missed time with a sprained toe, then came back as a safety. "It makes it a lot easier for a coordinator to call defenses ... when the defensive backs know exactly their zones and where they're supposed to be," Gruden said. "And I think we're to a point now in the season where we feel good about the corners, we feel good about the safeties, we feel good about the nickel and all that stuff so we can be a little more diverse in what we do." Notes: LB Perry Riley Jr. needs surgery for a broken bone in his right foot and could miss the rest of the season. Gruden said Riley is expected to be sidelined three to six weeks; Washington has five regular-season games left. Mason Foster is expected to start in Riley's place at middle linebacker against Dallas if Keenan Robinson can't return from a lingering shoulder injury. ... TE Derek Carrier (left ankle, Achilles) missed practice again; if he can't play Monday, TE Je'Ron Hamm would make his NFL debut. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich
Nov 20, 2015
They’ve been through glorious on-field highs — beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl — and perilous lows — the entire, disastrous 2014 season — and are now in position to potentially end their college football careers at the sport’s pinnacle.
Oklahoma football: Unique group of seniors preparing for their final curtain call on Owen Field
By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, email@example.com | Nov 20, 2015NORMAN — Some of them are University of Oklahoma legacies. Some hadn't played much football before being recruited by Bob Stoops' staff. They came to Norman from places far and wide. Virtually all of them watched the coach who recruited them leave or be fired at some point. Off the field, this group led a fight for social justice on college campuses after a racist fraternity video became a national embarrassment for OU. They've been through glorious on-field highs — beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl — and perilous lows — the entire, disastrous 2014 season — and are now in position to potentially end their college football careers at the sport's pinnacle. Oklahoma's 2015 football seniors make their final curtain call Saturday evening against TCU on Owen Field, with many of the team's biggest goals — a Big 12 championship and College Football Playoff berth — still possible. “How we finish out this season is how we're gonna be remembered,” said center and team captain Ty Darlington. “We could go down as a great class or not so. It all depends on how we play going forward.” Of the Sooners' 2011 signing class — a group that should make up OU's redshirt seniors this season — only offensive linemen Derek Farniok and Nila Kasitati and linebackers P.L. Lindley and Frank Shannon remain on the roster. Everyone else either quit, transferred, was kicked off the team or suffered a career-ending injury. Five of the 14 players who will be honored before Saturday's game were members of OU's 2012 signing class, a group that includes some of the best players and biggest personalities on the team, like Darlington, receivers Durron Neal and Sterling Shepard, linebacker Eric Striker and defensive end Charles Tapper. Darlington and Striker both came from Florida, while Tapper — who didn't focus much on football until very late in his high school career — hailed from Baltimore. Shepard, the son of late former OU receiver Derrick Shepard, played his high school ball right up the road in Oklahoma City. Quarterback Trevor Knight — the 2014 Sugar Bowl MVP who is now a backup — and cornerback Zack Sanchez also signed in 2012, but redshirted their first year on campus and are classified as juniors. That 2012 season saw the Sooners share a Big 12 championship, but also lose the Cotton Bowl in embarrassing fashion to Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M, a game that ultimately cost offensive line coaches James Patton and Bruce Kittle and defensive line coach Jackie Shipp their jobs. Shepard, Striker and Tapper all became major contributors as sophomores in 2013, a season that ended with a remarkable 45-31 Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama and set up sky-high expectations for the 2014 team. But one loss in early October eventually spawned an 8-5 season that forced Stoops to fire co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell. Longtime assistant Bobby Jack Wright retired, and defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery left for an NFL job. But it was the players — and these seniors, especially — that truly sparked the change that has OU in the position it is in today. Things could have easily fallen apart earlier this season after an ugly 24-17 loss to Texas. Some players attribute that resilience to the tight bond formed last March in the aftermath of the racist Sigma Alpha Epsilon video. “That was something that I will never forget,” Tapper said. “It was the biggest moment on the field and off the field, just to see our coaches, the players and everybody come together and watch the campus come together as one and become something positive.” Of course, the group's off-the-field record isn't perfect. While the team fought for social justice last spring, one of the seniors who will be honored Saturday wasn't there. Shannon was still serving a one-year university suspension after the school's Title IX office found him responsible for a sexual assault. For all the ups and downs, though, It's the next several weeks that will define how this senior class is remembered on the field. After the TCU game, the Sooners have a date with Bedlam rival Oklahoma State before learning their postseason fate. A few hours before Oklahoma's 44-34 win at No. 6 Baylor last weekend, Darlington and Tapper were walking around on the field, doing some pregame stretching and talking. “Man, this is a legacy game,” Darlington told Tapper. And truthfully, every game moving forward is a legacy game for this unique group of seniors. But OU athletic director Joe Castiglione said these seniors' legacy is already etched in OU lore. “This class is one of the rare ones,” Castiglione said. “Their character, their focus on their role of being great teammates, their selflessness, their personality, their concern for the campus community and the community at large. “Those are the kinds of characteristics outside of their outstanding skills as athletes that have made them a very special group and one that will be remembered for a long, long time.”
Nov 19, 2015
Weatherford assistant coach Preston Roof's autism limits some of his physical and mental capabilities, but it cannot restrain his passion ... for his family and for Weatherford football. His dad, Woody Roof, is the team's head coach.
Friday Night Lights: Special father-son coaching duo is at heart of Weatherford football success
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Nov 19, 2015WEATHERFORD — Preston Roof came home one day from his new job with something important to tell his parents. “They call me Coach Roof now, Dad,” he said. Woody Roof — Preston's father, and the most famous coach Roof in this western Oklahoma town — still gets a glow in his eyes when he tells the story of that conversation eight years ago. Being Coach Roof is the most important, most valuable job Preston has ever had. He's never quite as happy as he is when the Friday night lights come on at Eagle Field, he pulls the headset over his worn black Weatherford visor and goes to work coaching the team that means so much to him. He's been eagerly waiting all week for 7:30 p.m. Friday, when the Eagles kick off their Class 4A quarterfinal game against visiting Oologah. Preston Roof is 26 years old. He's in his eighth season as a Weatherford assistant coach after four years as a player for the Eagles. He's also autistic. It limits some of his physical and mental capabilities. It cannot restrain his passion. Passion for his family, and for Weatherford football. And it has never stopped him from affecting lives in an incredibly positive way. “There's not a person I think more highly of than Preston Roof,” said former Weatherford head coach Mickey Seifried, who brought Preston on as his assistant in 2008 and gave him the title of Coach Roof. “He cares so much about the kids on that team. He wants them to succeed so badly, and the kids can tell that. He wants it for them, and they want it for him.” More than a title Last June, it was announced that Woody Roof was returning for his fourth stint as Weatherford's head coach. It was announced by Preston, who broke the news on social media. “Something like that,” Preston said with a grin. There was no way to contain his excitement when his father decided to come back. Preston had played for his father as a senior in 2007, but Woody retired at the end of the year. Preston never had the chance to coach with his dad. More importantly, Woody had never coached alongside Preston. That weighed heavily in Woody's decision to return at age 65. “With the opportunity to come back, and how it all came about, I was debating whether to do it or not,” Woody said. “I've been around the block a few times, so I had to really consider if it was the right thing to do. “Preston was a big influence, talking to me and telling me he thought I could still do it. There's not a more positive person that I've ever been around. He's a true Weatherford Eagle. With him feeling like I could do it, and both of us knowing how fun it would be to be back together, that was a big influence. “And he's helped me. In coaching, you go through the peaks and valleys, and he won't let me stay in that valley for long.” The title of Coach Roof isn't just a label given to Preston because he hangs out at practice and wears a headset on game nights. It's his job. He helps coach receivers and defensive backs. He's on the field working with them and talking to them every day. He's in the meetings and the film study. “He jumped right in and started talking to the players,” Seifried said of Preston's early days on the coaching staff. “He coached the kids, and they listened to him and respected him.” That hasn't changed with the current players. “He means everything to this team,” senior Spencer Ard said. “He picks us up when we need it, and he lets us know when we're slacking. “He's out there messing with us and giving us a hard time. If you slip up, he'll be the first one to let you know. We really feed off his energy, because it's always at the highest level.” Coaching isn't his only job. Preston has worked for several years at the Pizza Hut down the street from the high school. Five days a week, Preston works there through lunch. Then he changes into his coaching gear and joins Woody at the fieldhouse to get busy on the day's work. A coaching family Preston's passion for coaching comes naturally. Woody Roof is one of the most successful coaches in Oklahoma history, with 214 career victories and five state championships, two at Weatherford in 1991-92. He also won titles at Elk City and Watonga, and is one of just 11 Oklahoma coaches to win at least five state championships. Preston's grandfather, Kenneth Roof, was part of 439 wins and seven state titles as an assistant and head coach at Thomas from 1951-87, following his stellar playing career as a running back at Oklahoma State. Kenneth died in January at 89. Some of Preston's favorite memories with his grandfather were when they got the chance to talk football. Maybe they'd sit around at Kenneth's house in Thomas, or head up the road to chat with the other regulars at Miller's Diner. “We'd go down to Miller's and have a Mountain Dew together,” Preston said. “We'd talk Oklahoma State football, Weatherford football, Thomas football.” Kenneth loved his visits from Preston. He'd often call Woody and encourage him to go out to the family farm near Kenneth's home, because it gave Woody a reason to bring Preston to the house. “I'd drop him off, and they'd start talking football,” Woody said. “I'd go out to the farm and come back a couple hours later, and they'd still be sitting there talking about the same things.” Preston is the third of four children for Woody and Lynn Roof. After the oldest son, Adam, was grown and gone, Preston and Woody found themselves outnumbered by the three females in the house — Lynn and Preston's sisters, Megan and Chandler. So they would manage to find their way downstairs for some guy time. “We have a big basement with a big TV,” Woody said. “We go down there and watch some football.” Preston's respect for coaches goes beyond his family. Thomas coaches Bob Ward and Mike Tyson are high on the list. Weatherford football assistants and baseball coaches Charles Teasley and Todd Gaunt have played key roles for Preston, as well. “They've been a very big part of his coaching career,” Woody said. “They took him under their wing. They'd be in football, and when it was over, they'd bring him over to help with baseball. “I owe Mickey Seifried a lot of gratitude, as well, because he was the one who first asked Preston to be part of the program and developing him and giving him that positive environment.” Preston has even become good friends with one of Weatherford's biggest rivals, former Clinton coach Mike Lee. The two met when Preston was about 10. Woody was coaching at Elk City, and before a game at Clinton, he took his son across the field to talk to Lee. “Preston wouldn't even acknowledge me,” Lee said. “He knew I was the enemy. I could tell he was really competitive. But Woody finally got him to speak to me, and over the years, I would see them anytime Weatherford and Clinton would play in anything. “Now, every time Preston sees me, he shakes my hand and gives me a hug. He's a good guy, and he comes from a good family.” Eagle pride Preston doesn't mask his passion for Weatherford football. “When we lost in the state finals in 2002, Preston was just in middle school,” Seifried said. “He cried so hard. It hurt him more than anybody on the team or the coaching staff.” These days, though, Preston is a little more proactive with his displays of emotion. Last Friday, with Weatherford trailing unbeaten Tuttle 21-3 at halftime, Preston addressed the team in the locker room. “He was yelling at us about how we need to have Eagle pride,” senior lineman Dyllan Haworth said. “He just kept telling us we needed to come out in the second half and play for pride, and be a better Eagle.” Weatherford rallied to win 25-21, and the celebration that followed was magical. “He even danced a little,” senior Jay Whitson said. “He's got some pretty good moves.” Preston has a lot of names on the football field. Coach Roof, of course. And Pres, or Presto. Some occasionally refer to him as Echo — “If a coach tells you to do something, Preston's gonna emphasize it with a lot more heart, just to make sure you heard it,” Whitson said. But there's one title that best sums up Preston Roof. “He's the biggest Weatherford Eagle fan there's ever been,” senior receiver Wade Haugen said. “Out of everybody who's ever gone through here, he's our biggest fan. “And he's our biggest motivator, too. He speaks from the heart. We love that he's part of this team.”
Nov 18, 2015
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has no plans to stop dancing — even though some critics may think his touchdown celebrations are a bit excessive.The Panthers' fifth-year quarterback said he's having the time of his life during Carolina's 9-0 season and plans to keep enjoying every minute.To Newton, that means showing his excitement after things go well.Newton did "the dab" after a 2-yard...
Newton has no plans to stop TD dances, says "I am who I am'
By STEVE REED, Associated Press | Nov 18, 2015CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton has no plans to stop dancing — even though some critics may think his touchdown celebrations are a bit excessive. The Panthers' fifth-year quarterback said he's having the time of his life during Carolina's 9-0 season and plans to keep enjoying every minute. To Newton, that means showing his excitement after things go well. Newton did "the dab" after a 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter of Carolina's 27-10 win over Tennessee on Sunday, causing some Titans players to begin pushing and shoving in the end zone. The Charlotte Observer ran a letter to the editor this week from a Titans fan who said she thought Newton's celebration was excessive and uncalled for. That opinion reflected some of the Titans players who said after the game they thought Newton's dance was over the top. "Everybody is entitled to their own opinion and I can't fault her for that," Newton said. "It is what it is. If she feels offended I apologize to her, but at the end of the day I am who I am." High school football players in the Charlotte area have started impersonating Newton's celebrations, just as they did when he first started his Superman celebration by pretending to rip open his shirt. "That takes me to a happy place," Newton said with a wide smile. "I remember when I was in high school and I used to look up to guys that do things and I would try to mimic it. ... Now they're doing the things I'm doing. When I see them doing the celebration that I do, it just makes me happy." Newton said he stopped caring about what others thought of him when he was drafted by the Panthers with the No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft. He's come to grips with the notion that no matter what he does he's not going to please everyone. "As long as you have peace with yourself," Newton said. "It's a maturation thing." Panthers coach Ron Rivera has repeated several times that he's fine with Newton's celebrations, although he did say the quarterback's 10-second dance against the Titans might have been a little too long. "This league now is about entertainment," Rivera said. "It really is. (Fans) want to see guys make great plays whether they are sacks, tackles, catches, runs or throws. But they are also looking for the players to have fun and enjoy it. As long as we can do it in a tasteful manner without getting carried away and taunting, I think we will be OK." Rivera isn't alone. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden, whose team faces the Panthers on Sunday, said on a conference call he's not irritated by Newton's high-energy celebrations. "Anytime an opponent scores on you it bothers you, but I'm a firm believer that anytime you score a touchdown in the National Football League you should show some excitement. I don't have a problem with it whatsoever," Gruden said. Rivera said it's amazing to him that people seem more fixated with Newton's celebration dances than the fact the Panthers are 9-0 for the first time in franchise history. But that's OK with the fifth-year coach. "I'm OK with that if it helps us stay sort of, kind of below the radar," Rivera said. Panthers defensive end Jared Allen finds the entire topic a little laughable, saying NFL players have been dancing for decades after touchdowns. "This isn't Footloose," Allen said. "You are allowed to dance." As for Newton's celebration plans against the Redskins, the quarterback offered a little teaser, saying "You will have to find that out Sunday." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Nov 9, 2015
Haws, who remains paralyzed below the chest following an injury in a game on Oct. 23, was flown from Oklahoma City to Colorado, where he was admitted to Craig Hospital in Englewood, a suburb of Denver. Craig Hospital is one of the world’s elite facilities for treatment of spinal cord injuries.
High school notebook: Bethany's Hudson Haws heads to Colorado, next fundraiser planned
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh Staff Writers | Nov 9, 2015Injured Bethany football player Hudson Haws made a couple of big steps in the progression of his recovery on Monday. Haws, who remains paralyzed below the chest following an injury in a game on Oct. 23, was flown from Oklahoma City to Colorado, where he was admitted to Craig Hospital in Englewood, a suburb of Denver. Craig Hospital is one of the world's elite facilities for treatment of spinal cord injuries. Upon being admitted and examined, his new doctor ordered that his feeding tube be removed, according to reports from Haws' father, Tim. The doctor told the family he was not concerned about Haws' nutritional condition. As he begins to work through the various therapies and treatments at Craig Hospital, Haws will learn more about his potential for recovery. With the family facing mounting medical expenses, another Oklahoma City restaurant has stepped up to host a fundraising event. The Chick-fil-A on Northwest Expressway and Rockwell Avenue will donate a percentage of sales from lunch and dinner on Tuesday to the Hudson Haws Fund. In addition, the OSSAA has contacted its insurance company regarding a catastrophic injury policy that the association carries on behalf of the student-athletes for its member schools. “We've contacted our agent and sent them the paperwork to start that process,” OSSAA executive director Ed Sheakley said. “It's a supplementary program, a $500,000 policy with a $25,000 deductible.” The OSSAA spends $100,000 per year on the policy and is one of the few state organizations that carries one for regular season and postseason play. Most state groups only carry a policy for association-governed postseason events. It also includes a death benefit. “We've had it for a long time,” Sheakley said. “We always hope we never have a reason to use it.” OSSAA OFFERS VETERANS FREE ADMISSION The OSSAA is honoring veterans a second straight year for the opening week of the playoffs. The organization will allow free admission to veterans and one guest at any first-round game this week across the state. The veteran must show a driver's license displaying a seal indicating the person is a veteran, a veteran ID card or any other form of verification. "It is our initiative to encourage Oklahoma high schools to recognize veterans in conjunction with any school activities in the next couple of weeks," the OSSAA said in a release. "This is a great way to recognize those who have served our country and reinforce the importance of their sacrifices and the very meaning of Veterans Day." Admission for all other adults and students is $7. The OSSAA began offering the free admission last season after Rep. Gary Banz, R-Midwest City, approached it with the idea of admitting veterans free. The board of directors unanimously approved the idea with the addition of a friend. CHASTAIN, FINE NAMED WENDY'S HEISMAN STATE WINNERS Westmoore's Sydney Chastain and Locust Grove quarterback Mason Fine were named the Oklahoma winners Monday for the annual Wendy's High School Heisman awards. Chastain is a standout on the basketball court for the Jaguars while she also competes in cross country and track. Fine is the state's most recognized quarterback. He holds the career passing record with 12,221 yards entering the first round of the playoffs this week. He also holds the record for career touchdowns. Last week, a group of 20 state finalists were announced. Chastain and Fine will both receive a silver medal, a Wendy's High School Heisman State Winner patch, a $50 Wendy's gift card and a $1,000 school donation if they do not advance to the National Finalist round, which will be announced the Week of Nov. 23. If chosen for the national round, they will receive an invitation to the Wendy's High School Heisman Weekend in New York. CALHOON MOVES TO SECOND ON ALL-TIME PASSING LIST Make it two quarterbacks to pass former Atoka star L.T. Pfaff in the record book. Victory Christian's Keats Calhoon became the latest to pass the previous state record for career passing yards of 11,357 by Pfaff. Calhoon threw for 355 yards in a 48-14 win Friday over Stigler. He passed Pfaff with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Hicks on the game's opening possession. Calhoon now has 11,707 yards. Locust Grove's Fine continued extending his lead with the record by throwing for 325 yards in a 54-27 win over Jay. He became the first passer in Oklahoma history to pass 12,000 yards. Fine enters the playoffs with 12,221 career yards. Each week, The Oklahoman will update the chase between Calhoon and Fine. Mason Fine, Locust Grove Total entering last week: 11,896 Last week: 325 Career total: 12,221 Keats Calhoon, Victory Christian Total entering last week: 11,352 Last week: 355 Career total: 11,707
Nov 4, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Nov 4, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 145-23 (86.3 pct.) Overall record: 1,252-307 (80.3) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I Mustang 35, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 41, Norman 13 Class 6A-II LAWTON 30, Choctaw 17 Class 5A ALTUS 49, Northwest 6 Class 3A INOLA 34, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kingfisher 49, CENTENNIAL 8 HERITAGE HALL 52, Purcell 14 Class 2A Vian 38, PANAMA 12 Class A Quinton 22, WARNER 20 Class B ALEX 56, Geary 42 Waukomis 48, POND CREEK-HUNTER 44 Friday's Games Class 6A-I BROKEN ARROW 35, Edmond Memorial 20 Owasso 28, PC NORTH 14 WESTMOORE 24, Putnam City 21 Southmoore 48, NORMAN NORTH 38 Tulsa Union 45, EDMOND NORTH 17 JENKS 56, Yukon 13 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 42, CLAREMORE 14 SAND SPRINGS 28, Bixby 24 PC West 34, ENID 28 PONCA CITY 28, Sapulpa 23 Stillwater 34, LAWTON IKE 26 Tulsa Washington 40, MUSKOGEE 14 Class 5A Ardmore 28, DUNCAN 7 DEL CITY 38, Chickasha 24 Collinsville 34, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 8 Deer Creek 21, GUTHRIE 20 TULSA KELLEY 28, Durant 17 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Guymon 8 Lawton MacArthur 44, EL RENO 12 McGuinness 28, PIEDMONT 10 Pryor 24, TULSA NOAH 20 Shawnee 42, TULSA HALE 7 Skiatook 35, NOBLE 20 CARL ALBERT 45, Southeast 12 COWETA 28, Tahlequah 27 Tulsa Edison 21, GROVE 14 McALESTER 46, Tulsa Memorial 13 Class 4A Bristow 28, TECUMSEH 14 Cascia Hall 24, CLEVELAND 10 CLINTON 28, Elk City 27 Glenpool 20, McLOUD 13 Harrah 28, ADA 24 Metro Christian 30, SALLISAW 20 VINITA 28, Miami 22 Muldrow 27, BROKEN BOW 20 ELGIN 28, Newcastle 21 Oologah 38, TULSA McLAIN 13 Poteau 48, TULSA CENTRAL 8 FORT GIBSON 21, Stilwell 14 Wagoner 41, CATOOSA 10 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 13 CACHE 28, Woodward 14 Class 3A Beggs 28, CHECOTAH 24 LINCOLN CHR. 42, Berryhill 35 Blanchard 35, MOUNT ST. MARY 7 DOUGLASS 42, Bridge Creek 12 SPERRY 21, Dewey 14 IDABEL 28, Heavener 13 John Marshall 24, BETHANY 21 VERDIGRIS 35, Kellyville 12 Little Axe 28, BETHEL 20 Locust Grove 56, JAY 18 CUSHING 42, Mannford 7 Marlow 31, DICKSON 13 Meeker 42, COMANCHE 12 Morris 35, OKMULGEE 34 Perkins 40, BLACKWELL 12 Plainview 34, MADILL 13 Roland 28, EUFAULA 7 Seminole 42, PAULS VALLEY 20 Seq. Claremore 31, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 27 Spiro 26, VALLIANT 16 JONES 38, Star Spencer 8 LONE GROVE 35, Sulphur 21 HILLDALE 49, Tulsa Rogers 14 WESTVILLE 36, Tulsa Webster 22 Victory Christian 35, STIGLER 28 Class 2A Alva 32, PERRY 14 TISHOMINGO 21, Atoka 20 Chisholm 14, HENNESSEY 7 Coalgate 28, MARIETTA 21 HASKELL 35, Colcord 27 Commerce 26, CHELSEA 21 DIBBLE 28, Frederick 22 Hartshorne 42, POCOLA 6 PRAGUE 27, Henryetta 20 ANTLERS 35, Hugo 12 Hulbert 24, CHOUTEAU 8 SALINA 21, Kansas 20 DAVIS 35, Kingston 14 Lexington 27, HOBART 13 Luther 35, OCS 20 WASHINGTON 35, Mangum 14 Okemah 40, HOLDENVILLE 6 Okla. Christian Aca. 31, NEWKIRK 7 TULSA UNION JV 35, Oklahoma Union 12 NOWATA 48, Pawhuska 8 TONKAWA 28, Pawnee 7 ADAIR 42, Rejoice Christian 22 Walters 35, LINDSAY 34 Wellston 38, CROOKED OAK 24 STROUD 30, Wewoka 20 Wilburton 21, LIBERTY 18 Wyandotte 49, CANEY VALLEY 6 Class A FAIRLAND 21, Afton 12 CARNEGIE 27, Apache 20 MOORELAND 45, Beaver 6 Community Christian 28, WILSON 13 MINCO 42, Elmore City 12 THOMAS 21, Fairview 20 KETCHUM 45, Foyil 6 Hollis 28, CORDELL 21 Hominy 26, MORRISON 21 Kiefer 42, DRUMRIGHT 7 CRESCENT 28, Okeene 12 CASHION 48, Oklahoma Bible 14 MOUNDS 27, Porter 13 Ringling 21, HEALDTON 7 Rush Springs 32, EMPIRE 12 Savanna 35, GORE 7 Sayre 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Snyder 21, HOLLIS 14 Stratford 35, WYNNEWOOD 13 QUAPAW 28, Summit Christian 7 Talihina 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 27 HOOKER 26, Texhoma 20 Velma-Alma 49, CENTRAL MARLOW 6 CROSSINGS CHR. 41, Watonga 27 Wayne 42, KONAWA 7 BARNSDALL 33, Yale 12 Class B CADDO 44, Arkoma 28 WOODLAND 44, Covington-Douglas 38 Cyril 38, ALLEN 34 Garber 46, WELCH 0 DEWAR 34, Keota 32 Kremlin-Hillsdale 40, CANTON 8 Maud 44, STROTHER 30 Maysville 52, BRAY-DOYLE 6 LAVERNE 44, Merritt 20 DAVENPORT 54, Oaks 8 Porum 42, GANS 36 Seiling 56, RINGWOOD 6 DEPEW 30, South Coffeyville 28 Turpin 34, PIONEER 24 Waurika 52, MACOMB 6 Weleetka 46, HAILEYVILLE 0 Wetumka 48, CANADIAN 42 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Balko 14 COYLE 42, Bluejacket 18 Cave Springs 40, SASAKWA 20 Cherokee 38, BOISE CITY 34 DC-LAMONT 54, Copan 8 CORN BIBLE 42, Duke 36 Fox 56, BOKOSHE 6 Grandfield 52, TEMPLE 6 TIMBERLAKE 44, Medford 28 Midway 40, PRUE 12 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Paoli 8 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 36, Ryan 20 Thackerville 52, BOWLEGS 6 Tipton 42, SW COVENANT 18 Tyrone 28, SHARON-MUTUAL 24 Independent U.S. Grant 28, CAPITOL HILL 22 Saturday's Games Class 2A Chr. Heritage 48, NORTHEAST 12 *Home team in CAPS
Nov 2, 2015
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson understands the higher stakes this week for the third-ranked Tigers against No. 17 Florida State and plans to keep calm the only way he knows how — by not thinking too much about it."My main focus right now is getting these tests done this week and finishing up school," he said Monday. "And then football."The football is many other minds...
No. 3 Clemson focused, stakes rise vs. No. 17 Florida State
By PETE IACOBELLI, Associated Press | Nov 2, 2015CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson understands the higher stakes this week for the third-ranked Tigers against No. 17 Florida State and plans to keep calm the only way he knows how — by not thinking too much about it. "My main focus right now is getting these tests done this week and finishing up school," he said Monday. "And then football." The football is many other minds this week. Clemson (8-0, 5-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) is widely expected to be one of the four College Football Playoff teams when the committee's first rankings are unveiled Tuesday night. On Saturday, the Tigers can lock up a spot in the league's title game on Saturday when they face Florida State (7-1, 5-1). They can also exact a measure of revenge from a couple of years ago. The Seminoles scored the most points ever by an opponent in stadium history in a 51-14 Death Valley debacle that spoiled Clemson's last long, undefeated run to start a season in 2013. Watson was just a high school senior watching in the stands in that game. "At least until halftime," co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott joked. The quarterback said players won't worry about what happened in the past with Florida State, even though the Tigers have lost four of the past five meetings in the series — all which determined the ACC Atlantic Division winner. That should happen again. If Clemson wins, it will be 6-0 in the league with every other division opponent having at least two losses. Should the Tigers lose, Florida State would have the tiebreaker in the battle of one-loss teams. "Regardless what the past has brought to us, we're still going to be motivated just because of the opportunity we have," Watson said. "Each week is the biggest game of the week and now this is the biggest game." And Watson could be the biggest difference maker. He was pitch perfect last week when Clemson's highly rated defense stumbled, passing for 383 yards and five touchdowns in the 56-41 victory over North Carolina State. Watson also rushed for a touchdown. His performance earned him national offensive player of the week honors by the Walter Camp Foundation, along with the ACC weekly award as the top offensive back. Will Watson by locked into the broadcast when the top-four CFP teams are released? Probably not, he says. Watson has tests this week in his sign language and mass communication courses. He's also got athletic leadership assignments due. "I'll probably find (the rankings) on Twitter," Watson said. Florida State enters off a 45-21 home win over Syracuse where the Seminoles were without injured starters in quarterback Everett Golson and tailback Dalvin Cook. Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher was hopeful Cook would be back for Clemson but unsure about Golson's playing status. Fisher was most disappointed with Florida State's special teams, which allowed a punt return TD. "We'll get that cleaned up and get better and get ready to play a great Clemson team," Fisher said. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney was pleased his team was able to win ugly this past weekend and continue its longest win streak (11 straight games) since the program's national championship season of 1981. "For our guys to keep finding a way to win every week is a beautiful thing," Swinney said. "It's come in a lot of different ways." Swinney, like his players, is wary of putting too much stock in early CFP rankings. He pointed out that three of the top four teams in last year's first ranking — Mississippi State, Auburn and Mississippi — did not make the playoffs. Still, Clemson center Jay Guillermo anticipates an extra buzz around practices and meetings once the rankings come out. "I'm not going to lie and say that's not really cool," Guillermo said. "But it doesn't matter until after November."
Oct 28, 2015
WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.
GOP debate No. 3: A guide to candidates on the big stage
By CONNIE CASS, Associated Press | Oct 28, 2015WASHINGTON (AP) — There's an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy. Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado. Here's a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night's main event on CNBC: DONALD TRUMP Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, "You're fired!" A quick sketch: —Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens —Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania —"The Donald" gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world —Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012 —Starred in reality TV shows "The Apprentice" and "Celebrity Apprentice" Also of note: The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign — and brags about that — but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September. Might Trump be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official. Some other distinguishing issues: —Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration —Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls 'the good ones' to return legally —Renegotiate international trade deals to bring jobs back to the U.S. In a nutshell: Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire. ___ BEN CARSON Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie. A quick sketch: —Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother —29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired —First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head —Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom —Enhanced his conservative cred with politically charged remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast Also of note: Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on "incredible fairy tales." He's a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility, through Bible readings, and changed his ways. Might Carson be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation's health care policy. Perhaps no, if you're looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama's health care law to slavery. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose the same flat income tax on everyone —Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest —Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender. ___ MARCO RUBIO Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first. A quick sketch: —His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid —Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree —Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker —Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat —Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife Also of note: Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights. Might Rubio be for you? Perhaps yes, if you think it's time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead. Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming. Some other distinguishing issues: —Reverse President Barack Obama's diplomatic outreach to Cuba —Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break —Freeze federal spending except on the military In a nutshell: Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful. ___ JEB BUSH: Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he's a former Florida governor. A quick sketch: —Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb —Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably —Worked for father George H.W. Bush's 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns. —Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency —Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case Also of note: Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he's not his father or his brother, however: "I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience." Might Bush be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status. Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties. Some other distinguishing issues: —Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core —Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe —Block tax increases, although he won't sign a no-tax-increase pledge In a nutshell: Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite. ___ CARLY FIORINA Key features: She's a businesswoman — a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard — who's run for Senate but never held public office. A quick sketch: —Daughter of a law professor-turned-federal appeals judge and an abstract painter —Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard —In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board —Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign —Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010 Also of note: Her first two debate performances gave a big boost to Fiorina's campaign. In the second debate, however, she described seeing a graphic scene in secretly recorded footage of Planned Parenthood that isn't actually in those anti-abortion videos, and refused to acknowledge the mistake. Might Fiorina be for you? Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton. Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government. Some other distinguishing issues: —Impose "zero-based budgeting" that evaluates each federal program's spending annually —Shrink the government workforce and base federal workers' pay on performance, not seniority —Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP's only female contender. ___ TED CRUZ Key features: He's a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight "Obamacare." A quick sketch: —Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor —Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law —Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court —Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office —A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots Also of note: Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He's formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He's not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign. Might Cruz be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama's health care law at all costs. Perhaps no, if you're looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration. Some other distinguishing issues: —Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices —Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage —Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax In a nutshell: Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic. ___ MIKE HUCKABEE Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues. A quick sketch: —Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton's hometown of Hope, Arkansas —Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention —Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007 —Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News —A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense Also of note: Huckabee's numerous books include a diet guide called "Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork," published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight. Might Huckabee be for you? Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage. Perhaps no, if you're a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object. Some other distinguishing issues: —Replace income tax with a national sales tax —Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion —Import lower-priced medicines from Canada In a nutshell: Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around. ___ CHRIS CHRISTIE Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation damaged when his appointees were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback. A quick sketch: —Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily —Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey —Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009 —YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens "idiots" or tell them to "shut up" —Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in "Bridgegate" case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial. Also of note: Christie isn't shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he's talked about: his mother's last words to him ("there's nothing left unsaid between us"). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, "and not just the rhythm method," even though he's Roman Catholic. Might Christie be for you? Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools. Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare. Some other distinguishing issues: —Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job —Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals —For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost In a nutshell: Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor. ___ JOHN KASICH Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor. A quick sketch: —Son of a Pennsylvania mailman. —Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio's Senate —Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver —Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget —Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010 Also of note: Kasich opposes President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio's Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says "real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people's lives" are more important than ideology. Might Kasich be for you? —Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor. —Perhaps no, if you don't want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants. Some other distinguishing issues: —Allow some immigrants who have been in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine —Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage —Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education In a nutshell: Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around. ___ RAND PAUL: Key features: He's NOT Ron Paul. That's his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian. A quick sketch: —Helped in his father's campaigns from age 11 —Raised in Texas, settled in his wife's home state of Kentucky —Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor —Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office —Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans' phone records Also of note: Rumors aside, he wasn't named for "Atlas Shrugged" author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him "Rand." But he is a fan of her books. Might Paul be for you? Perhaps yes, if you're upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens' private communications. Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world. Some other distinguishing issues: —Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve —End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception —Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote In a nutshell: Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.
Oct 28, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 28, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for this week: Last week's record: 133-36 (78.7 pct.) Overall record: 1,106-285 (79.5 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I NORMAN NORTH 42, Moore 12 PUTNAM CITY 28, Norman 24 Class 6A-II LAWTON 21, Midwest City 17 Class 5A Deer Creek 48, SOUTHEAST 8 Class 4A OOLOGAH 38, Vinita 13 Class 3A JONES 42, Bethel 8 TULSA ROGERS 31, Okmulgee 14 Class 2A Oklahoma Chr. 34, CHR. HERITAGE 27 Washington 28, WALTERS 14 Class A Quinton 40, HILLDALE JV 12 RINGLING 35, Central Marlow 0 Class B Alex 56, MAYSVILLE 6 Class C WEBBERS FALLS 52, Bokoshe 6 FOX 48, Thackerville 20 Friday's Games Class 6A-I OWASSO 38, Edmond North 14 BROKEN ARROW 38, Edmond Santa Fe 21 Jenks 40, EDMOND MEMORIAL 13 TULSA UNION 35, Mustang 21 SOUTHMOORE 42, Putnam North 10 Westmoore 35, YUKON 28 Class 6A-II Bartlesville 35, PONCA CITY 10 Bixby 28, MUSKOGEE 14 Claremore 27, SAPULPA 20 PC WEST 35, Lawton Eisenhower 20 TULSA WASHINGTON 44, Sand Springs 13 Stillwater 28, ENID 17 CHOCTAW 49, U.S. Grant 12 Class 5A Ardmore 52, NORTHWEST 6 ALTUS 28, Duncan 7 Durant 35, NOBLE 28 CHICKASHA 28, El Reno 22 TAHLEQUAH 40, Grove 20 CARL ALBERT 27, Guthrie 21 PIEDMONT 30, Guymon 16 Lawton MacArthur 44, DEL CITY 30 McAlester 42, SHAWNEE 13 COLLINSVILLE 21, Pryor 14 COWETA 28, Tulsa Edison 14 SKIATOOK 20, Tulsa Kelley 13 Tulsa Memorial 41, TULSA HALE 6 McGUINNESS 38, Western Heights 12 Class 4A Ada 34, TECUMSEH 13 Broken Bow 24, STILWELL 10 Catoosa 28, MIAMI 14 WAGONER 44, Cleveland 14 Clinton 26, WOODWARD 20 WEATHERFORD 17, Elgin 7 CACHE 31, Elk City 28 Harrah 27, BRISTOW 14 ANADARKO 35, Newcastle 7 Sallisaw 20, MULDROW 14 METRO CHR. 35, Tulsa Central 8 Tulsa McLain 20, CASCIA HALL 14 Tuttle 36, GLENPOOL 7 Class 3A Blanchard 17, DOUGLASS 14 MADILL 28, Bridge Creek 20 MANNFORD 35, Centennial 8 Cushing 42, BLACKWELL 14 Dickson 29, COMANCHE 6 IDABEL 27, Eufaula 13 BEGGS 20, Heavener 7 Heritage Hall 42, KINGFISHER 13 Hilldale 38, CHECOTAH 20 LOCUST GROVE 42, Inola 21 WESTVILLE 23, Jay 12 John Marshall 34, MEEKER 28 BERRYHILL 48, Kellyville 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Lincoln Christian 44, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 14 Lone Grove 41, MARLOW 26 BETHANY 28, Mount St. Mary 14 Pauls Valley 28, LITTLE AXE 27 SEMINOLE 28, Purcell 7 Sperry 21, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Star Spencer 42, CAPITOL HILL 14 Stigler 40, SPIRO 6 Sulphur 35, PLAINVIEW 34 ROLAND 48, Valliant 8 Verdigris 28, DEWEY 7 Victory Christian 45, MORRIS 6 Class 2A Alva 28, PAWNEE 21 HULBERT 36, Caney Valley 6 PAWHUSKA 20, Chelsea 14 ADAIR 40, Chouteau 6 TONKAWA 21, Crescent 7 Davis 35, COALGATE 14 LEXINGTON 28, Dibble 27 HOBART 18, Frederick 14 Hartshorne 35, OKEMAH 16 Haskell 42, KANSAS 6 Hennessey 35, NEWKIRK 0 WEWOKA 28, Holdenville 16 PANAMA 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 28, ATOKA 20 LUTHER 40, Millwood 36 Northeast 35, CROOKED OAK 34 Nowata 28, WYANDOTTE 24 COMMERCE 30, Oklahoma Union 6 CHISHOLM 42, Perry 0 Prague 34, CHANDLER 28 COLCORD 27, Salina 22 Stroud 21, HENRYETTA 13 Tishomingo 28, HUGO 20 Vian 42, ANTLERS 14 WYNNEWOOD 30, Wellston 8 Wilburton 26, POCOLA12 Class A Carnegie 21, MANGUM 20 Cashion 49, WATONGA 14 Central Sallisaw 42, SAVANNA 6 Crossings Christian 32, OKLA. CHR. ACA. 20 Drumright 40, YALE 8 Fairland 24, BARNSDALL 16 WARNER 20, Gore 14 Healdton 27, WARNER 13 APACHE 28, Hinton 20 Hooker 27, FAIRVIEW 24 Ketchum 30, AFTON 22 ELMORE CITY 28, Konawa 6 Minco 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 20 Mooreland 32, TEXHOMA 12 KIEFER 36, Morrison 8 HOMINY 38, Mounds 6 OKEENE 35, Oklahoma Bible 32 TALIHINA 42, Porter 7 Quapaw 34, FOYIL 14 Rejoice Christian 48, SUMMIT CHR. 8 BEAVER 14, Sayre 13 HOLLIS 34, Snyder 6 Thomas 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 7 Velma-Alma 28, RUSH SPRINGS 14 STRATFORD 48, Wayne 14 Class B GEARY 42, Allen 24 MAUD 36, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 48, PORUM 12 ARKOMA 42, Canadian 40 Davenport 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 Depew 38, GARBER 28 Dewar 44, WELEETKA 30 KEOTA 56, Gans 6 WETUMKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 48, RINGWOOD 12 CYRIL 56, Macomb 8 WAUKOMIS 40, Pioneer 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 34, MERRITT 24 Seiling 46, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 28 WAURIKA 56, Strother 8 Turpin 46, CANTON 0 REGENT PREP 40, Watts 12 OAKS 56, Welch 6 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28, Woodland 24 Class C TYRONE 28, Balko 24 Bluejacket 56, IMMANUEL CHR. 6 MIDWAY 48, Bowlegs 12 COYLE 52, Copan 6 Corn Bible 44, CEMENT 8 TIMBERLAKE 42, Covington-Douglas 28 DC-Lamont 60, BUFFALO 14 Duke 34, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 22 Grandfield 54, SW COVENANT 8 Medford 46, PRUE 0 Sasakwa 30, PAOLI 22 BOISE CITY 40, Sharon-Mutual 26 Shattuck 28, WAYNOKA 24 DESTINY CHR. 54, Temple 8 Tipton 56, RYAN 6 Independent KC Christ Prep 21, TULSA NOAH 14 OKC Patriots 48, WRIGHT CHR. 44 Saturday's Game Independent Claremore Chr. 40, CORNERSTONE CHR. 12 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 26, 2015
Larry is actually the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the golden spoil for the NBA champion. A couple years ago when San Antonio won it, the players took to calling the trophy Larry. You tend to be on a first-name basis when you spend quality time together. Heckart should know, too.
Oklahoman Mitch Heckart logged more than 80,000 miles on the Tour of Larry
By Jenni Carlson Columnist email@example.com | Oct 26, 2015Larry made it safely to the airport in Argentina, his first international trip a success, his flight a couple hours away. Everything was great — until he fell. Mitch Heckart's stomach dropped. He was accompanying Larry, who is only 2 feet tall and 16 pounds, and as Heckart surveyed Larry, he quickly saw the damage. Larry was dented. Yes, dented. Larry is actually the Larry O'Brien Trophy, the golden spoil for the NBA champion. But a couple years ago when San Antonio won it, the players took to calling the trophy Larry. You tend to be on a first-name basis when you spend quality time together. That's what happened when the Spurs' leadership decided to let every player spend time with the trophy, something that has long been done with the Stanley Cup but had never been done with Larry. The players could have it in their hometowns, show it to their families, take it to events. "Whatever they wanted to do with it, we were OK with it," said Heckart, then a member of the Spurs PR staff, now back at his alma mater, OU, as the PR person for men's basketball. "We weren't doing it for the publicity. We were just really trying to reward the players." With a roster that included the most international players in NBA history, that meant Larry traveled more than 80,000 miles. Heckart was there for almost all of them. Along the way, the native Oklahoman got to see just how much the trophy means to people. It's the thing every player strives to hold and every fan dreams to see. On Wednesday the Thunder opens its most anticipated season ever, and we know the boys in blue want Larry. So does the team they're playing. That, of course, would be the Spurs. The franchise has set a standard for excellence in the past two decades, not only in the NBA but also in all of sport. Eighteen consecutive playoff appearances. Five titles in the past 17 seasons. And yet, after the Spurs won their last title in 2014, they celebrated like never before. It started with Matt Bonner. The red-haired sharpshooter is widely seen as one of the most fun-loving, down-to-earth guys in the league. After the Spurs beat the Heat, he approached team management with a proposal. He puts on a music festival back in his home state of New Hampshire; was there any way he could have the trophy there? The idea went all the way to Spurs general manager R.C. Buford. He didn't like the idea. He loved it. Buford thought it was so great that he went to the rest of the players to see if they'd be interested in having the trophy in their hometowns, too. They jumped at the chance. The front office brass solicited possible dates that the players would like to have Larry visit, then set about making a travel itinerary. It figured that much like the Stanley Cup, Larry needed a chaperone. Someone to fly with it, watch over it and get it where it needed to be. That's where Heckart came in. "I was younger. I was single," he said. "I could drop everything and go travel the world for three months." Heckart, who grew up in Woodward, didn't even have a passport before starting the Tour of Larry. By the end, he had stamps from six countries on four different continents. "It was actually strange to be in a city in the United States," said Heckart, who went on all but two of Larry's trips. But no matter where Heckart and Larry went, the trophy was a big hit. In Canada, the Toronto Blue Jays' mascot ran around the bases with Larry tucked under its arm like a football. In New Hampshire, a garage rock band got Larry on stage during a set. In Australia, fans lined up for blocks to see Larry and just maybe get a selfie. On the way to Brazil, the airplane pilots wanted Larry in the cockpit, belting the trophy into the jump seat for the entire flight. The most poignant moments, though, were when Larry was with the players. "I think the guys really enjoyed sharing that championship experience with people back home that wouldn't normally get to" be involved, Heckart said. "When you're there in San Antonio when you win the title, there's just that close-knit of family and friends that are there and able to enjoy it." But the players have so many others who have helped them along the way. Coaches. Teammates. Teachers. Mentors. Having Larry in their hometowns meant the players could extend that circle of celebration and could say thank you to others who helped them along their journeys. Bonner, for example, took Larry to his high school and got pictures of it in the gym there. There was also a stop at the outdoor courts in the neighborhood where Bonner grew up and came to not only learn but also love the game. "There were kids out there playing pick-up basketball," Heckart said, "and here Matt Bonner shows up with the Larry O'Brien Trophy, and the kids go crazy." He chuckled. "I think those were the moments that really, from my perspective, that were the coolest to see." Heckart tried to soak up all of those moments, but he admits that when the tour first started, he was always nervous about Larry. He would ask hotels if they had a vault where Larry could stay. He would wear white gloves every time he handled Larry. Heckart was a wee bit overprotective. But that changed. It almost had to. Even though Heckart had a massive case that was padded inside and sturdy outside, navigating airport security was almost always a trick. "What's in the case?" security personnel would ask. "Well," Heckart would say, "it's the Larry O'Brien NBA trophy." They'd smirk and open the case. Then they'd look at the trophy, then look at Heckart who doesn't stand much over 6 feet if that, then look back at the trophy and wonder what the heck he was doing with it. If they knew about the NBA or the Spurs, they usually let Heckart take Larry on the plane. "But sometimes, we just had to check the trophy," Heckart said, "and it would go with normal luggage. Every time, I would hold my breath that it would come out in one piece or come out at all." He never had to file a lost-baggage claim for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. But he could've done a damage claim. Heckart was in Argentina for Manu Ginobili's turn with Larry when airport security dropped the trophy. The accident left a small dent on the ball, and since Argentina was Larry's first stop, he spent the rest of his tour with that ding. "And everyone was very quick to point that out the rest of the summer," Heckart said. The good news is the Spurs talked to Tiffany and Co., the high-end jeweler that makes the trophy, before the tour began. They knew Larry couldn't travel the world without some wear and tear, so they wanted to make sure Tiffany's could fix whatever damage was done. That eased Heckart's mind. "At the very end," he said, "the ball was spinning a little bit obviously like it's not supposed to. ... As long as it was in one piece, I called it a success." So did the Spurs and for that matter, the rest of the NBA. The Tour of Larry was so successful that the league decided to make it an annual event. The Warriors took the trophy all over these past few months after winning the title. Thunder fans would sure like to see Larry make a stop in Oklahoma City next June. If that happens, there's an Oklahoman who already recognizes how special it is, how much it represents, how much it means. He's seen all of that reflected in Larry's golden shine. Not even a dent could change that. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Oct 21, 2015
Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 8
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 21, 2015Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the picks for Week 8: Last week's record: 138-31 (81.2 pct) Overall record: 973-249 (79.6 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A-I WESTMOORE 28, Edmond Memorial 27 Southmoore 49, EDMOND NORTH 13 Class 6A-II STILLWATER 30, Putnam West 28 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 44, Chickasha 14 TULSA EDISON 24, Tahlequah 22 Class 3A CENTENNIAL 21, Blackwell 18 Seminole 35, STAR SPENCER 12 Class A Community Christian 42, KONAWA 8 Class C Temple 48, CEMENT 14 Friday's Games Class 6A-I JENKS 42, Broken Arrow 28 Norman North 45, PC NORTH 20 Owasso 38, MUSTANG 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Putnam City 28 Tulsa Union 50, MOORE 7 Yukon 28, NORMAN 24 Class 6A-II MIDWEST CITY 34, Choctaw 24 LAWTON EISENHOWER 33, Enid 14 LAWTON 27, PRIME PREP (TEXAS) 21 SAND SPRINGS 31, Muskogee 20 CLAREMORE 37, Ponca City 13 BARTLESVILLE 41, Sapulpa 12 Tulsa Washington 28, BIXBY 24 Class 5A ARDMORE 35, Altus 34 Carl Albert 30, DEER CREEK 27 Coweta 34, GROVE 20 Del City 45, EL RENO 17 McGuinness 48, GUYMON 7 TULSA KELLEY 35, Noble 21 DUNCAN 42, Northwest 14 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, Piedmont 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 34, Shawnee 31 Skiatook 41, DURANT 14 GUTHRIE 49, Southeast 6 PRYOR 28, Tulsa East Central 14 McALESTER 44, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 4A Anadarko 50, ELGIN 13 ADA 28, Bristow 14 Cache 31, CLINTON 28 Cascia Hall 38, CATOOSA 10 TUTTLE 52, McLoud 13 Metro Christian 28, BROKEN BOW 17 TULSA McLAIN 28, Miami 27 Muldrow 21, FORT GIBSON 14 Oologah 42, CLEVELAND 20 Poteau 32, SALLISAW 13 Stilwell 42, TULSA CENTRAL 38 HARRAH 34, Tecumseh 14 Wagoner 49, VINITA 14 Weatherford 35, NEWCASTLE 12 ELK CITY 28, Woodward 21 Class 3A Berryhill 42, DEWEY 14 Bethany 24, BLANCHARD 20 CUSHING 48, Bethel 7 Checotah 35, OKMULGEE 7 LONE GROVE 49, Comanche 14 JOHN MARSHALL 21, Douglass 20 HILLDALE 44, Eufaula 12 Idabel 42, VALLIANT 7 SPERRY 21, Jay 14 Jones 35, PAULS VALLEY 10 Kingfisher 28, PERKINS 24 Lincoln Christian 56, KELLYVILLE 7 PURCELL 21, Little Axe 18 SULPHUR 28, Madill 21 HERITAGE HALL 52, Mannford 7 Meeker 48, BRIDGE CREEK 12 BEGGS 35, Morris 6 Plainview 21, MARLOW 20 STIGLER 28, Roland 24 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Claremore 20 Seq. Tahlequah 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 Spiro 22, HEAVENER 16 VICTORY CHR. 35, Tulsa Rogers 14 Tulsa Webster 28, VERDIGRIS 20 Westville 42, INOLA 13 Class 2A Adair 49, HULBERT 7 HARTSHORNE 21, Antlers 14 DAVIS 42, Atoka 6 NOWATA 52, Caney Valley 6 STROUD 35, Chandler 28 Chouteau 28, GORE 14 MILLWOOD 35, Chr. Heritage 17 KINGSTON 34, Coalgate 20 Colcord 42, KANSAS 14 OKLAHOMA CHR. 48, Crooked Oak 12 WALTERS 31, Healdton 14 Hennessey 33, OKC PATRIOTS 12 Henryetta 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DIBBLE 27, Hobart 22 MARIETTA 36, Hugo 30 Lexington 26, FREDERICK 20 PRAGUE 31, Liberty 24 WASHINGTON 35, Lindsay 28 Luther 56, WELLSTON 18 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 WILBURTON 28, Panama 27 Pawhuska 34, OKLAHOMA UNION 6 CHISHOLM 40, Pawnee 0 VIAN 54, Pocola 6 HASKELL 42, Salina 7 ALVA 28, Tonkawa 24 U.S. Grant 34, NORTHEAST 30 OKEMAH 32, Wewoka 28 Wyandotte 42, CHELSEA 28 Class A Afton 35, QUAPAW 7 DRUMRIGHT 42, Barnsdall 6 THOMAS 35, Beaver 8 HOOKER 44, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 Cordell 48, SNYDER 7 Crescent 30, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 7 Crossings Christian 21, CARNEGIE 17 VELMA-ALMA 26, Empire 12 KETCHUM 34, Fairland 28 Fairview 27, TEXHOMA 18 REJOICE CHR. 48, Foyil 12 MANGUM 32, Hinton 16 Hollis 41, APACHE 20 Hominy 44, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Kiefer 40, MOUNDS 7 Mooreland 49, SAYRE 0 Okeene 34, WATONGA 28 CASHION 48, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 RINGLING 50, Rush Springs 6 PORTER 35, Savanna 12 Stratford 48, ELMORE CITY 8 Talihina 38, QUINTON 7 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Warner 12 WILSON 35, Central Marlow 6 WAYNE 21, Wynnewood 14 MORRISON 34, Yale 8 Class B SEILING 56, Canton 8 GEARY 48, Cyril 34 Davenport 52, WELCH 6 Garber 44, WOODLAND 20 DEWAR 48, Haileyville 0 Keota 60, CADDO 12 LAVERNE 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 30, STROTHER 24 ALEX 56, Maud 6 Maysville 42, ALLEN 28 PIONEER 40, Merritt 20 DEPEW 58, Oaks 12 CANADIAN 44, Porum 24 POND CREEK-HUNTER 38, Ringwood 12 South Coffeyville 54, WATTS 6 TURPIN 42, Waukomis 34 Waurika 48, BRAY-DOYLE 8 Weleetka 56, GANS 6 ARKOMA 36, Wetumka 28 Class C Boise City 34, BALKO 20 CAVE SPRINGS 30, Bowlegs 22 Cherokee 54, SHARON-MUTUAL 8 GRANDFIELD 50, Corn Bible 12 Coyle 56, MEDFORD 6 DC-Lamont 42 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 16 FOX 52, Midway 6 TIPTON 42, Mt. View-Gotebo 12 Paoli 42, BOWLEGS 6 BLUEJACKET 52, Prue 6 Ryan 28, SASAKWA 16 Shattuck 60, BUFFALO 16 DUKE 42, SW Covenant 34 Timberlake 58, COPAN 12 Waynoka 42, TYRONE 36 THACKERVILLE 38, Webbers Falls 28 Independent Casady 24, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 20 FW ALL SAINTS 34, Holland Hall 21 WESLEYAN CHR. 48, Immanuel Christian 24 REGENT PREP 56, Life Christian 6 Tulsa NOAH 28, DALLAS HSAA 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Word of Life (Wichita) 8 Wright Christian 42, CLAREMORE CHR. 34 *Home team in CAPS
Nine days after the biggest win of his Texas tenure, Charlie Strong is still smiling.The bye week had not dulled the enthusiasm beaming through his teeth after UT beat Oklahoma.Now he has to ask himself if the Longhorns who punked the Sooners will be the same Longhorns who show up against Kansas State on Saturday.He has no idea, and neither do we, if we're all being honest here. The Longhorns...
Golden's Nuggets: UT must hold serve; three NFL QBs trending down
Cedric Golden, Associated Press | Oct 19, 2015Nine days after the biggest win of his Texas tenure, Charlie Strong is still smiling. The bye week had not dulled the enthusiasm beaming through his teeth after UT beat Oklahoma. Now he has to ask himself if the Longhorns who punked the Sooners will be the same Longhorns who show up against Kansas State on Saturday. He has no idea, and neither do we, if we're all being honest here. The Longhorns who played the role of sparring partner to TCU's heavyweight champ in that 50-7 pounding two weeks ago were not the same Longhorns who gave OU the business at the Cotton Bowl. To that end, I had to ask him: After that big win, are you still a bit uncertain? After all, it's college football. "The uncertainty is always there," Strong said, "because when you go out, you're just hoping they're ready to play and (thinking) let's go play well." Translation: Strong has no idea which Texas team will take the field in another must-win. You big, burly, beer-swilling football types will hate this analogy, but it holds true in this case: I played a lot of tennis 75 pounds ago, and what Texas did to the Sooners was akin to a break of serve. What Texas must do now is solidify the break, which means hold serve at home against K-State. If the Horns lose, the win over OU is severely diminished, and any realistic chance of making a bowl game will take a critical hit. On the pro side, three quarterbacks are trending downward. Two can't even get on the field, and the other is a future Hall of Famer on a collision course with retirement. Let's start with the artist formerly known as Johnny Football. Dude's drinking already? Recovery from alcohol/drug addiction is never easy, but it was disheartening to hear that Johnny Manziel is apparently back on the bottle, assuming he even attempted sobriety upon his release after a 10-week stay in rehab. Manziel is not only back in the news because of a traffic stop that reportedly had him admitting he'd had drinks. There also were reports of reckless driving and a possible physical altercation with a drunken female companion. Now the league is investigating him for possible domestic abuse. The Cleveland Browns aren't good enough to play the patience game with this kid. First-round picks at quarterback are expected to develop quickly and not make the same off-the-field mistakes over and over again. Manziel's career might be over before it even starts. Why would the Browns even consider re-signing him at this point? How bad does Kirk Cousins have to look before boneheaded Washington coach Jay Gruden replaces him with Robert Griffin III or even Colt McCoy? Since when did being a popular guy in the locker room count enough to get a guy a starting job? Cousins is a hard worker with little ego, and that's gotten him points with his teammates, but he has also thrown multiple interceptions in four of his six starts. On the bright side, RGIII took time out from running scout team safety — didn't Mack Brown offer him a scholarship as a DB out of Copperas Cove? — to actually dress with the varsity for the first time this season. Not that he'll be playing anytime soon, since the Redskins would be on the hook for $16 million in 2016 if he got hurt. What we're seeing is a classic case of a coach's inflexible mindset hurting a team. Griffin might not be the most popular player in the locker room, but he deserves a chance to show what he can do as a former first-round pick. For some reason, Cousins has a much longer rope this season than Griffin ever had despite Cousins' eight interceptions to go with only six TDs in six games. And Denver coach Gary Kubiak should be smart enough to know that even 39-year-old Peyton Manning can be rendered ineffective based on the style of offense he plays. But it's not as simple as what offense he is implementing. Manning is a bad QB right now, as in worse-than-Cousins bad. Two years ago, he threw 55 touchdown passes in his first season in Denver with only 10 interceptions. Now he has thrown for only seven TDs with a league-leading 10 picks. He has turned into Willie Mays with the '73 Mets. Muhammad Ali vs. Larry Holmes. Join in my best Nationwide jingle voice: "Pey-ton Man-ning seems washed up." ——— ©2015 Austin American-Statesman, Texas Visit Austin American-Statesman, Texas at www.statesman.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003195,t000046469,t000003183,t000003194,g000362661,g000065562,g000066164
Oct 14, 2015
As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of...
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions for Week 7
By Scott Wright Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org | Oct 14, 2015As Week 7 of the high school football season arrives, playoff races — and more importantly, the chase for district championships — start to take shape. We've got a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle in Class 6A-II, with second-ranked Bartlesville visiting Tulsa Washington on Friday. And a 1 vs. 3 in Class 5A, with top-ranked Lawton MacArthur hosting Ardmore, also on Friday. But Thursday is full of excitement, too, with Cushing at Heritage Hall in a rematch of the Class 3A title game, and two of the west's best 6A-I teams in doing battle with potentially big playoff stakes on the line when Southmoore hosts Mustang. Each week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state. Here are the Week 7 picks: Last week's record: 142-31 (82.1 pct.) Overall record: 835-218 (79.3 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Claremore 14 JENKS 45, Edmond Santa Fe 14 TAHLEQUAH 21, Enid 20 LAWTON 35, Lawton Eisenhower 7 Moore 28, PC NORTH 27 SOUTHMOORE 41, Mustang 38 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Norman 12 SAND SPRINGS 34, Ponca City 7 Putnam City 38, YUKON 34 MIDWEST CITY 36, Putnam West 24 BIXBY 44, Sapulpa 12 Stillwater 27, CHOCTAW 24 Tulsa Union 49, OWASSO 21 BROKEN ARROW 42, Westmoore 20 Class 5A Altus 44, CHICKASHA 12 Carl Albert 24, McGUINNESS 21 Deer Creek 42, GUYMON 14 Duncan 24, EL RENO 20 SHAWNEE 30, Durant 16 Guthrie 27, WESTERN HEIGHTS 24 McALESTER 50, Noble 21 DEL CITY 56, Northwest 12 COWETA 28, Pryor 20 Skiatook 42, TULSA MEMORIAL 14 Southeast 21, PIEDMONT 20 GROVE 21, Tulsa East Central 14 Tulsa Kelley 44, TULSA HALE 6 Class 4A TUTTLE 27, Ada 24 Bristow 40, McLOUD 12 POTEAU 45, Broken Bow 14 OOLOGAH 34, Catoosa 17 Cleveland 28, MIAMI 24 CACHE 27, Elgin 20 METRO CHR. 40, Fort Gibson 7 CLINTON 34, Newcastle 6 Sallisaw 28, SALLISAW 22 GLENPOOL 30, Tecumseh 26 MULDROW 20, Tulsa Central 14 WAGONER 38, Tulsa McLain 13 CASCIA HALL 28, Vinita 20 ELK CITY 31, Weatherford 24 Class 3A Beggs 21, TULSA ROGERS 14 Berryhill 40, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Bethany 38, DOUGLASS 35 PURCELL 21, Bethel 14 KINGFISHER 31, Blackwell 12 Blanchard 35, BRIDGE CREEK 0 PAULS VALLEY 40, Centennial 12 Checotah 44, MORRIS 7 HERITAGE HALL 41, Cushing 28 LINCOLN CHR. 56, Dewey 13 STIGLER 28, Eufaula 24 ROLAND 40, Heavener 10 VICTORY CHR. 31, Hilldale 28 Idabel 35, SPIRO 13 JAY 30, Inola 28 Jones 24, SEMINOLE 20 Keys (Park Hill) 33, KELLYVILLE 21 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 20 Marlow 28, MADILL 21 MEEKER 42, Mount St. Mary 6 Okmulgee 42, CAPITOL HILL 20 Perkins 24, MANNFORD 16 Plainview 42, COMANCHE 6 WESTVILLE 28, Seq. Claremore 27 VERDIGRIS 33, Sperry 16 LITTLE AXE 28, Star Spencer 24 COALGATE 41, Valliant 14 Class 2A Chelsea 21, CANEY VALLEY 14 Chisholm 42, TONKAWA 6 PAWHUSKA 28, Commerce 23 LUTHER 63, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 44, HUGO 13 WASHINGTON 35, Dibble 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Frederick 7 ADAIR 42, Haskell 20 LINDSAY 35, Hobart 6 CHANDLER 49, Holdenville 14 COLCORD 28, Hulbert 27 Kansas 26, CHOUTEAU 20 Kingston 42, ATOKA 6 WALTERS 28, Lexington 22 ANTLERS 21, Liberty 14 Marietta 31, TISHOMINGO 26 MILLWOOD 48, Northeast 6 Okemah 22, HENRYETTA 16 ALVA 28, Oklahoma Christian 24 WYANDOTTE 42, Oklahoma Union 14 Panama 35, POCOLA 14 Pawnee 34, NEWKIRK 7 HENNESSEY 49, Perry 6 Stroud 21, PRAGUE 18 Tulsa NOAH 28, SALINA 14 CHR. HERITAGE 27, Wellston 20 WAYNE 30, Wewoka 22 HARTSHORNE 34, Wilburton 16 Class A CORDELL 21, Apache 20 Carnegie 35, HINTON 7 Cashion 38, CROSSINGS CHR. 21 HEALDTON 45, Central Marlow 6 Central Sallisaw 36, KETCHUM 14 WYNNEWOOD 28, Elmore City 8 Fairview 38, SAYRE 12 PORTER 42, Gore 7 Hollis 34, MANGUM 20 KIEFER 28, Hominy 7 Hooker 28, BEAVER 16 Minco 49, KONAWA 6 Morrison 33, BARNSDALL 13 Mounds 28, YALE 20 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24, OKEENE 20 FAIRLAND 28, Quapaw 27 SAVANNA 40, Quinton 14 Rejoice Christian 32, AFTON 24 Ringling 44, EMPIRE 6 WILSON 21, Rush Springs 20 Stratford 49, COMMUNITY CHR. 14 Summit Christian 38, FOYIL 34 Texhoma 56, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Thomas 28, MOORELAND 21 TALIHINA 34, Warner 14 CRESCENT 20, Watonga 14 Class B Alex 54, WAURIKA 8 Allen 38, MAUD 34 Arkoma 42, HAILEYVILLE 12 STROTHER 36, Bray-Doyle 16 WELEETKA 44, Caddo 18 KEOTA 56, Canadian 6 MAYSVILLE 48, Cyril 8 Depew 52, WELCH 6 DEWAR 56, Gans 12 SEILING 46, Laverne 42 DAVENPORT 58, OKC Patriots 12 Pioneer 54, RINGWOOD 8 PC-Hunter 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 12 Turpin 50, MERRITT 14 GARBER 56, Watts 6 Waukomis 54, CANTON 8 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 58, Wesleyan Chr. 8 Wetumka 34, PORUM 30 OAKS 40, Woodland 28 Class C Boise City 42, WAYNOKA 38 THACKERVILLE 54, Bokoshe 6 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 46, Cement 0 Cherokee 34, TIMBERLAKE 20 Copan 30, IMMANUEL CHR. 22 Covington-Douglas 42, PRUE 8 DC-Lamont 34, COYLE 30 Destiny Christian 56, PAOLI 6 TIPTON 48, Duke 28 Fox 58, CAVE SPRINGS 12 Grandfield 52, RYAN 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Medford 16 WEBBERS FALLS 38, Midway 20 Sasakwa 40, BOWLEGS 18 BALKO 32, Sharon-Mutual 28 SW COVENANT 48, Temple 12 Tyrone 54, BUFFALO 20 Independent REGENT PREP 44, Claremore Christian 34 Friday's Games Class 6A Bartlesville 30, TULSA WASHINGTON 27 NORMAN NORTH 42, Edmond North 13 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 27, Ardmore 22 Collinsville 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Class 4A Anadarko 42, WOODWARD 14 Class 3A LONE GROVE 44, Dickson 28 JOHN MARSHALL 34, Sulphur 20 Class B Geary 56, MACOMB 6 Independent Dallas St. Marks 28, HOLLAND HALL 21 Fort Worth All Saints 24, CASADY 20 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 12, 2015
The emails are in, and they aren’t pretty. They started flooding sometime in the first quarter of the OU-Texas game on Saturday, and they’re still coming in. Sooner fans aren’t happy with what they saw in the Cotton Bowl, and who can blame them? Let’s give the fans the podium: Lynn: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and...
Fans react to OU-Texas, and it's not pretty
Berry Tramel | Oct 12, 2015[img width="" height="" style="" render="w620"]3873897[/img] The emails are in, and they aren’t pretty. They started flooding sometime in the first quarter of the OU-Texas game on Saturday, and they’re still coming in. Sooner fans aren’t happy with what they saw in the Cotton Bowl, and who can blame them? Let’s give the fans the podium: Lynn: “I'm writing to you about the disaster in Big D last Saturday. I was there at the Cotton Bowl and witnessed the carnage firsthand. A few points: 1) In 33 years of watching the Sooners, I have to say this is the most infuriating loss I can remember. Of course I've seen bigger losses with more on the line to play for, but I've never been more disgusted than I was on Saturday. I've never seen an OU squad that was softer in the trenches than the one that trotted out there last Saturday. Yes that includes even the John Blake era squads. The way this game played out, it evolved into a simple game; an old-fashioned test of wills. A test of football manhood at the line of scrimmage. And OU's big men flat out wilted. I'm referring to both sides of the ball: the O-line AND the front seven on defense. 2) The Mike Stoops experiment is a total disaster. I've been waiting patiently (an optimistically) to see how it goes, but I've seen enough now to pass judgment. Mike's defenses have now been embarrassed in every way it is possible for a defense to be embarrassed. The failures are already well documented and I don't need to rehash them here. Now we can add an old school punch-in-the-mouth whipping from a down and out arch rival to Coach Mike's growing list of black eyes on his second stint resume. To make things worse, I'm afraid by hiring his brother, Bob has painted himself into a corner. In some ways it's possible that the entire Bob Stoops tenure hinges on how his brother's defense performs. 3) I've personally never seen an Oklahoma squad with a lower talent level than the current one. Even the John Blake and Howard Schnellenberger teams had some top talent sprinkled around the roster. This OU squad is almost totally devoid of playmakers on defense. Only Eric Striker is a real playmaker, and on a really good college defensive squad he would only be a situational edge rusher. The defensive backs are too slow and the overall team speed is no longer elite. Yes the linebackers can really run, but unfortunately they are undersized and are a huge liability against any power running game. And you simply need more playmaking ability from your linebackers if you want to have a strong defense. Have you ever known a great defense that didn't have big time playmakers at linebacker? OU hasn't had a great linebacker since Curtis Lofton, around 8 years ago. Recruiting has really slipped and I would say the drop off in Texas recruiting is the single biggest problem that the program faces. It will not be fixed without a major effort by the entire coaching staff. I'm not convinced this staff is even capable of it. I see a continued slide in this area as the Oklahoma brand name has lost cachet among the high school kids. Just look at the other programs that OU recruits have been receiving offers from (Hint: it ain't what it used to be).” Linebacker is a huge issue. I agree. And talent overall. It’s well-established that OU’s offensive line is rebuilding. And the receivers, despite a good game against West Virginia, reverted back to mediocrity vs. Texas. The DBs are just so-so. The defensive line is OK. The 2014 quarterback was a great character guy, and the 2015 QB is a feisty gamer. But outside of tailback, this isn’t a team of rich talent. Of course, neither is Texas. Ray: “Cut to the chase, Stoops is over rated and has been for more than five years. When you are paid $5 million plus a year, the production should reflect as much, say a national championship every 5-10 years or so. The best career coaches have produced such. The greatest, including Wilkinson and Switzer, have produced more in the same time frame. That puts Stoops on not so strong of turf. This loss was his loss. This loss was a coach loss. Stoops can point his finger where he wants, but he is ultimately responsible. I have told anyone that would listen, ‘Bob Stoops is overpaid and overrated.’ You can write your article the way you see fit. At the end of the field the fact remains, Stoops is paid more than he deserves.” Well, yes, but that goes for a lot of people. Bringing up Stoops’ salary is taking your eye off the ball. Bringing up salary infers that if OU paid a coach $2 million, everyone would be pleased with 8-5. And that ain’t true. Gary: “How much longer must we endure the unprepared and unmotivated play of the Oklahoma Sooners? Big Game Bob is now known as No Game Bob! Everyone knew that Texas could not beat us throwing the ball and Mike Stoops could not come up with a defense to stop the run. Has anybody noticed the high-rated defense of Clemson and Brent Venables? Has anybody noticed how well Arizona is doing without Mike Stoops? Can anyone explain why there is no quick throw passing game in the Air Raid to counter blitzes? Too many unanswered questions and too many mistakes by the Stoops brothers! $5 million a year for too many years means ZERO incentive for No Game Bob. Too many lost games that should have been won. Time for a change!” I thought both coordinators struggled, but that’s nothing new. OU, on both sides of the ball, have been shaky the last three games against Texas. But again, another salary reference. That’s simmering just below the surface. Shlomo: “How do you run 50-60 some odd plays a game unless you're hanging half a hundred on people and hitting long range passes? If you’re running the Air Raid and keeping it short to medium, then you should have more plays than that, right? Air Raid? Arid. Which brings me to this: Exactly how do you spread the field and terrify the D with pass catchers all over the place and have no ability to run the ball, at all? Do you think that just maybe, if you put in, say, a fullback as well, you can....wait for it....RUN THE FREAKIN' BALL IN FROM THE FOUR? Do ya, huh, huh, do ya? More than once I felt like this was the absolute worst, most embarrassing, disgusting display of football that has ever been perpetrated on a loyal fan base. So, I'll get over this one, too. But, dang, even ol' Bud knew when it was time to go. If Bob doesn't, maybe the powers that be could drop a hint or two?” I most definitely would have used Dmitri Flowers more. He could have helped pass block, more than anything. And it’s not like he’s a staff with the ball. Flowers caught a touchdown pass on a nifty play and also made a one-handed catch on third down. Don: “I think he (Bob Stoops) is a good person, but has the fire in his belly diminished?” I don’t detect that. But who knows? Dunlap: “Here are my ratings for the OU-Texas game. Offensive and defensive lines — F. The offensive line could not block for Mayfield or the backs. Coaching — probably a D-. Texas outcoached OU, both offense and defense. Generally it is Bill Snyder who outcoaches Stoops and Co.” I would cut the OU defensive line a little slack. The Sooners’ defensive problems didn’t just stem from the D-line. Heck, same with the O-line. Not much of anyone played well. Royse: “Charlie Strong showed a lot of class today when he chose to run the clock out on Oklahoma’s 1-yard line instead of scoring another touchdown. I’m sure you remember that Mack Brown did the same thing in the Texas/Oklahoma game a couple of years ago. For some reason, I can’t see Bob Stoops cutting Texas slack like that. And, I don’t really think it’s too far out in left field to wonder if maybe Bob’s tenure at OU may be in just a tad of jeopardy.” Stoops most definitely has taken it easy on Texas in the waning seconds of a rout. But there’s no doubt. There are people who increasingly are wondering if Stoops is past his prime. Dave: “We want to thank you for the article regarding OU's game with Texas. We quit watching OU when they lost to Southern Cal several years ago. If you remember, the players quit in the fourth quarter. In fact, the Southern Cal players said they saw it ‘in their eyes.’ The only remedy is to get rid of Stoops, and the sooner (no pun) the better. President David Boren should be held accountable for not stepping in and rectifying the problem. He has forgotten how OU football brought fame and fortune to Oklahoma. Where is the fan outrage? I believe they have become complacent. Tailgating is more important than winning the game.” Well, I think the outrage is in this blog post. But I wonder if they’ve really quit watching OU? If you don’t watch, that means you don’t care. If you don’t care, why the outrage? Larry: “I am done with Bob Stoops and his brand of Sooner football. Losing has become commonplace. This won't work any longer.” Here’s what’s interesting. A loss like this has happened before. Two years ago. Losing to Texas when it had no business losing to Texas, except those Longhorns actually proved to be a solid football team, and these Longhorns can’t possibly do that. They’ve already proven otherwise. Yet the 2013 Sooners rallied to beat OSU and Alabama and have a great season. Not saying the same thing will happen, but sometimes, there’s over-reaction to one game. Kenneth: “As Ernest Tubbs says in one of his songs of many, many years ago, ‘You Hit The Nail Right On The Head’ in every one of your articles for the entire week leading up to the game and the articles in the paper today. Great job. I would love it if you would write an article about how Bob Stoops has lost control of the team. Also, an article about this will be a better team when most of this year’s seniors are gone. Great talent, but thugs and uncoachable.” I don’t really know what you mean by thugs. But will OU miss its seniors. Let’s see. Devante Bond, Ty Darlington, Nila Kasitati, Durron Neal, Sterling Shepard, Eric Striker, Charles Tapper. Those are some good ballplayers. The good news is not that OU is losing them. The good news is that OU is losing so few of them. Damon: “I just need to vent. I'm so tired of Oklahoma football being the poster child for other teams getting monumental wins at OU’s expense (Boise State, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, BYU, etc.). Uggghhh.” Look at it this way. OU gets some monumental wins at others' expense. Alabama. OSU. Tennessee. Judd: “After witnessing what I consider as an old coach, the sorriest exhibition of game preparation I believe ever seen! OU should be fined for impersonating a No. 10 ranked team! The offensive line coaches should be docked in their pay for the performance before a nationally televised audience. Our poor QB took a beating today because our lineman can't move their feet, but they can accumulate unwanted yards in penalties. I am just venting because I want them to play like I know they can. It'll be long games against TCU & Baylor!” You know, maybe it’s just me, but I think too much blame has been placed on the offensive line. It wasn’t good at all, but the idea that Baker Mayfield would run around and make great plays if just given a little help, well, I think that’s off base. Mayfield didn’t have a good game, either. His completion percentage was excellent, 20 of 28, but he missed a couple of key throws and seemed a little jittery. Not that you can blame him, considering the circumstances. Adrian: “No energy, no adjustments, no blocking and the worst excuse for tackling I've ever seen on any level of football. All F's for the players and assistant coaches and a big fat F- for the head idiot from Youngstown. Seven years and counting.” Seven years since the national title game, I assume. The biggest indictment of Stoops is that it’s seven years, with just one outright Big 12 championship. And in that year, OU actually tied OSU and Texas A&M for the South Division title. So it’s seven years since the Sooners were dominant within their conference. Jay: “Looking at the potential losses for the rest of this season adds up to a repeat of last season in terms of wins and losses. To me that is an indication that the Stoops boys need to go. I think I mentioned to you last year that Bob Stoops has retired from coaching, he just hasn’t told anyone. The team for OU today was not ready for Texas. This team like last year’s team is not well coached. He fired two capable coaches, when he was the problem all along. I truly believe Bob does not have the passion and drive to think, plan and execute the nuances of football the way he did at one time.” Stoops does look awfully bad. He’s been schooled twice in the last six games by coordinators he invited to work elsewhere, while his current coordinators have been either repeatedly questionable (Mike Stoops) or outfoxed vs. Texas (Lincoln Riley). Greg: “First, fire Boren and JC. Next, fire all except Cale (Gundy). Hire (Justin Fuente). Same old tired crap.” Wouldn’t something a little less severe be a better way to proceed? I don’t know. Keeping the greatest president in school history and one of the most-respected athletic directors in the nation might be a little more prudent way to make decisions. Mike: “The OU defense against Texas was about the most poorly-designed defense you could imagine. Mike Stoops should have been fired last year, and unbelievably Coach Bob puts Mike in charge of the defense. Everything Mike Stoops has been in charge of has failed miserably. Texas was totally run — no pass threat — and OU could still not stop them.” I think it was the biggest indictment of Mike Stoops yet. It’s one thing to get blown up by Baylor. But a one-dimensional offense, with a dimension that OU has historically corralled? Strange. Doc: “I wish Mayfield had Knight’s speed and running ability. Time to get him involved some way. Too much running. The hits he took and the nerves of the game I feel tired Mayfield out today. Need a package for Knight for various reasons. He has proven he can throw the ball. So if you bring him in to run it, teams still have to respect his throwing ability and work it during practice. Also for a change of pace. I hope Bob and Lincoln implement such a package. Noticed when Swoops came in Oklahoma ended up burning timeouts.” I don’t see how Knight could add much to the offense. He’s quite similar to Mayfield in skill set. The Swoopes/Jerrod Heard difference is vast, and the J.W. Walsh/Mason Rudolph difference is vaster. But Knight and Mayfield are fairly similar, it’s just that Mayfield takes better care of the ball. Gary: “Paying these guys to coach $5 million a year and this is what you end up with? Unbelievable. Totally disgraceful. The laughing stock of NCAA football. The big, arrogant coaches, they need to be run out of town. How about the despicable, lazy, carefree attitude with which they approached this game? Terrible gameplanning on both sides of the football. Penalties, worst-run football program in the nation with all the resources they have to compete. They need to go now!” Hyperbole doesn’t get anybody anywhere. Worst-run program in the nation? Laughing stock of NCAA football? Making decisions about your football program requires adult decisions. Adult decisions require adults. Tony: “A question I'm sure you've already contemplated: Where does OU's performance today rank in terms of the most disappointing or infuriating of the Stoops era? The only ones that come to mind quickly are OSU in 2001, West Virginia in the 2008 Fiesta Bowl and Clemson last season.” Great question. Disappointing and infuriating are two different things. Disappointing? Bedlam 2001. LSU 2003. Florida 2008. Texas 2013. Infuriating? Southern Cal 2004. Bedlam 2014. Texas 2015. That’s an early list. Ken: “Well once again, Stoops loses to a big underdog. Very poor defense and O-line play. If you can't stop the run, you're not going to win much.” Failure to stop the run is the biggest disaster of the day. Think about it. This defense was torched by Tulsa’s Baylor offense. But now it’s been torched by the polar opposite of Baylor’s offense. Kent: “Horns dominate line of scrimmage. This is without a doubt another one on Bob. OU had no fire.” Both sides of the line of scrimmage. No doubt about it. Tim: “Would you please ask Stoops why his defense refuses to tackle? It's been that way for years. They won't wrap their arms while attempting to tackle.” The tackling was abysmal. Dom Alexander’s short-armed push of Marcus Johnson along the sideline, after the shovel pass, was the low point in the game for OU. That came early and showed that Texas came to play and the Sooners didn’t. Thomas: “OU was never a championship contender team when Mark Mangino left. For you to be a championship team, your offensive line should hold ground and blow the other team out of the water. That's why Alabama was and is a playoff contender every year. Mark Mangino was the offensive coordinator. Before he left, OU’s offensive line was good. After he left, OU’s offensive line was and is mediocre. How can you be a powerhouse football team with such a slow and week offensive line. I would rather have a 6'5 and 6'6 300-pound athletic offensive lineman rather than a slow 6'9 300-pound offensive lineman. Orlando Brown was too slow. Can you please ask Stoop why we never have a dominant offensive line? The reason Texas out-gained us on yards the last two years in a row because our line sucks.” In times of stress, there’s a natural tendency to overreact. OU has had several excellent offensive lines since 2001. 2004, 2008. OU protected Trevor Knight against Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. I love Mark Mangino, but this is a lot of revisionist history. When Mangino left, OU fans were happy. Brett: “Seriously, with a good d-coordinator, we could have beat Texas 6-0. Should have had eight in the box all game. The whole team played poor individually and as a whole. The defense played bad but also had zero chance due to poor coaching. Many times UT used seven to block OU's six spread-out defenders which are only two defensive linemen and four linebackers. UT had a freshman running quarterback and a good running back with five offensive linemen and tight end and fullback. OU runs a 2-4-5 without any muscle. Cannot believe how stupid that is! Heard has not proven to beat a team with his arm and didn't try I Dallas. Yet OU ran a basically 2-4-5 defense the whole game best designed to stop a Hail Mary play. OU puts eight in the box, they disrupt UT and win going away. Fire Mike Stoops yesterday!” Excellent points. OU’s defensive alignment was strange. Very strange. Joe: “Though I played a little football a long time ago, I've never coached or written about it as you have. But I have followed OU since the late '40s, and my one steadfast observation is motivation. This especially is true in college football. In my opinion, Jay Norvell was a factor today. He was super-motivated after OU fired him last year, and he went to call offense at Texas. Also, do you think Mike Stoops is up for the job? I don't, but you know more about it than I do.” I don’t know think motivation affected Norvell. He should have been equally motivated last week against TCU, and I assume he was. But Mike Stoops’ competence is increasingly coming into question. John: “Typical OU today. Played sluggish. Defense couldn’t stop the run. Texas looked like CRAP last week but, what a surprise, plays like Super Bowl champions against OU. Mike Stoops sucks. And I don’t know about Lincoln Riley. I really don’t. Mayfield is great, but Perine barely getting the ball is no good. I know we have adopted this ‘open’ offense with Riley, but I think if you give the ball to Perine 25-30 times a game, we don’t lose. Mixon is unimpressive. The O-line stinks for OU, too. Another huge letdown for OU. Didn’t show up again for what should have been a 2-3 touchdown win. OU gets caught up in complacency on the heels of TCU’s blowout of Texas, plays flat and gets embarrassed. I am sick of this pattern with Stoops’ teams.” Generally, I don’t have a lot of patience with fans who go ballistic after a defeat. But this game was particularly baffling. It indeed was on the coaches. Not the players. Jack: “Oklahoma will lose six games this year. Five in the regular season plus whatever bowl game they go to. How long are people going to support this bum? He needs to go. He’s a has-been. He was a one-hit wonder.” Well, that one-hit wonder stuff is nonsense. But how many losses could OU have? The game at Manhattan now looks rough. The Baylor/TCU/OSU November games are going to be incredibly difficult. The Sooners could be looking at a variety of defeats. Craig: “Wow, offensive line and defensive lines both got their butts whipped. Can't believe I'm seeing this.” It wouldn’t be so bad if the same thing hadn’t happened to the Longhorns. David: “The heat is going to be turned up this week like never before. Sooners still have some very tough games left. I thought at one time Mack Brown was in the ‘can't be fired’ category. I still think OU will find a way to win 10 games.” Ten wins will be tough. Baylor seems a sure loss. Otherwise, who knows? Michael: “I agree with what you wrote, on so many levels. Not quite 24 hours later, and that game just keeps getting worse and worse. Horrible preparation, almost nonexistent in-game adjustments and poor tackling (rooted in taking even poorer angles to the ball). Another 8-5 season is quite possible, and at $5 million per year, that's just not acceptable.” No, probably not. Jim: “Has Bob Stoops entered the Mack Brown Zone?” I’d say so. Gene: “Lots of blame to go around. I agree with you on the defensive game plan. It seemed we were in too many spread sets against a team that was no threat to throw the ball. The Texas offense should've been exactly what we could shut down. I've been a Mike Stoops supporter for a long time, but I'm starting to question his thinking. However, in his defense Texas had 165 yards after contact. That is unacceptable at FBS level football. The first TD the Horns got where we missed four tackles was horrible. We have too many players such as Sanchez who like to throw their shoulder down at a guy’s ankles to try and get him down. When I played, I was taught to wrap up on tackles. That is what I still teach to players. I would have given the offensive gameplan a C+. It's kind of hard to implement a plan when the line can't run block or pass block. Many times Texas was rushing three or four but still able to disrupt everything we tried to do. That was some of the worst O-line play I've ever seen. The only thing Riley could've done was run more draw plays and rollouts for Baker. Considering the pressure he was under the entire game, Baker played his butt off. Until the O-line starts asserting themselves, OU will continue to sputter on offense.” That’s probably true. But on 24 called running plays, OU gained 98 yards. That’s not terrible. Tom: “As a long-time OU fan going as far back at least with Joe Washington, Thomas Lott, etc., I have grown up a Sooner. I graduated in 1989 and remember well the dark days of the ‘90s. While we owe a lot to Coach Stoops, paying him over $5 million a year brings expectations I believe he is unable to fulfill with his brother Mike as the head of our defense. Bob has already hidden Mike from view in an effort to feign change. However, it was only superficial and in my view an attempt only to hide the fact he is still in charge after some of the dismal defensive performances last year. Despite nearly costing him his job, which is the real truth, Bob won't ask his brother to find something else, and if not it just might mean Coach Stoops should look elsewhere, too. His comments following yesterday's loss show he may have just lost the energy we need at the helm. ‘Who is better?’ is a question my friends ask me. I submit the answer is the premise is faulty in that if Bob had us at 11-1, they would be right. An 8-5 Bob can go away.” There’s no doubt, Stoops has lowered the bar on OU football. Any time you’re talking about a change, in most any business, you have to consider replacement level. Can OU find someone who could replicate Stoops’ career accomplishments? Not likely. Can OU find someone who could replicate Stoops’ last several years? Almost surely. Brian: “So happy that someone in print is calling out the inexcusable lack of preparedness that this coaching staff puts on the field sometimes. If I’m not mistaken you did a blog awhile back, I think in 2013, that had Bob Stoops below 90 percent when a double-digit favorite. I believe that Stoops has lost a game when being a double digit favorite every year for the last 9 seasons. That is ridiculous for a program like OU when many programs don’t have that problem whatsoever. Great article calling out something that many of us have been saying for years.” Here’s what I don’t know. How often does anyone lose as a double-digit favorite? And does OU have more opportunity because it is so often a big favorite? I need to research that. Fred: “I am a realistic OU football fan. I remember watching Bud's team on a black and white TV when I was in grade school, then the magic Barry brought. Bob is no Bud or Barry. Saturday was a disgrace to Oklahoma football. How many games can they win? Kansas and Iowa State? I'm not going to say Bob Stoops should be fired, but he should just fade away.” Hard to take someone as realistic when they ask if OU can beat someone besides Kansas and Iowa State. OU stunk against Texas and obviously has some fundamental issues. But that’s no reason to talk crazy. Keith: “How do you get rid of a poor performer when he is your brother? Tough situation in a close family. This is why many organizations have a policy against nepotism.” That’s the problem with nepotism. It’s not the hiring of family members. It’s the problem with trying to fire family members. Or adequately evaluate family members. Kevin: “I enjoyed reading your article this morning regarding 'Just not much more to say.’ I thought the way Mr. Stoops responded to your press conference questions last week showed his arrogance and lack of desire to accept the failures of the 2013/14 rivalry games. Both were failures to perform. It seemed that as of last Monday, Texas should simply roll over and give up because he is Stoops and this is OU. As a fan of the Sooners, I feel Mr. Stoops should humble himself a bit, accept these failures and demand more of himself and the program. This is an unacceptable level of mediocrity when it can be written off as 'they just beat us' or 'we won, what more do you want?’ How about superior performance? This isn't Popcorn State after all.” That was not a particularly good omen, was it? Basically, I asked Stoops why OU hadn’t played well two straight years in the Cotton Bowl, and he said the Sooners did play well last season. Which was goofy. OU was totally dominated on both lines in both 2013 and 2014, yet the Sooners won a year ago because of two long returns. Ryan: “Guess I'm too immature for football, because I am consumed by this loss. It’s got the chance to ruin my week. It's horrible. I grew up hating Texas, so this hurts. Has OU ever played Texas when they were 1-4 and we were ranked and lost?” I don’t think OU ever has lost to a Texas team off to a poorer start. Rich: “If anyone watched our first four 2015 games, it was clear Oklahoma and its coaching staff were waiting to be exposed. Mayfield gets no time in the pocket, the defensive backfield leaks like the Iraqi Navy, we have the wrong players for the offensive scheme, there's no leader in the locker room and the coaching staff doesn't adjust the game plan until it's too late. I think it's time to look at the Stoops era in the rear view mirror. I hope journalists such as yourself will continue to press for accountability and an end to mediocrity in the great OU program. What happened to Lincoln Riley's Air Raid?” It appears the Air Raid is a work in progress. Enough of an Air Raid to render Samaje Perine ineffective, not enough of an Air Raid to not need the zone read. J.D.: “It’s about time our $5 million man get up off his (butt) and on a plane start recruiting and coaching. I among other fans are tired and we want to see results. There’s not fight in the dog. I doubt seriously whether or not the Texas Tech game will be a sellout. As a longtime fan I have become skeptical about the future under Stoops.” The Tech home game will be very interesting. Should we consider it a referendum?
Oct 9, 2015
Texas the football team is easy to despise, if you have a mailing address or roots north of the Red River. As the Sooners face off against the Longhorns, some Oklahomans talk about their feelings about Texas, the team and the state.
Berry Tramel: On hating Texas the team, not Texas the state
By Berry Tramel Columnist email@example.com | Oct 9, 2015DALLAS — If Oklahomans hate Texas, we have a funny way of showing it. Texas the state. Not Texas the football team. Texas the football team is easy to despise, if you have a mailing address or roots north of the Red River. The Longhorn Network. Running off Texas A&M and Nebraska from the Big 12. Mack Brown's politicking and the aerial banners during the great Bowl Championship Series debate of 2008. “I hate Texas football,” said OU fan Scott Noland of Edmond. “Their condescending fans, their fight song and their stupid drum. I hate Texas all year, not just for a week.” Noland is referring to this week. The Sooners and Longhorns play Saturday for the 110th time. Playing amid the Texas State Fair for the 87th straight year. Hearing “Texas Fight!” resound repeatedly in the Cotton Bowl, hearing chants of “MobileHoma” (not that Oklahomans don't have their own verbal jabs) drift through the Midway turns Sooner attitudes sour toward the Longhorns. But it doesn't make Oklahomans not want to come back. OU fans stream across the river beginning midweek, turning Dallas/Fort Worth into an Oklahoma colony, spending money in restaurants and hotels and bars, not to mention the fair. That's nothing new. Even without a football game to jolt state pride, Oklahomans love coming to Texas. Taking the kids to Great Wolf Lodge or shopping at the Galleria or riding the boats on San Antonio's RiverWalk or listening to music at Austin City Limits or catching a luxury liner in Galveston. Watching the Cowboys at JerryWorld or the NASCARs at Texas Motor Speedway or the Rangers at the ballpark in Arlington. “Texas is the best state in the union. Period,” said OU fan John Whitaker, of Bethany, who moved back to Oklahoma from Austin in 2014. “They have their crap together. Public education is a priority. No state income taxes. Roads that are in fantastic shape. Parks, greenbelts, public amenities galore. Simply no comparison to Oklahoma in this regard.” Yep, there's some envy involved. Texas has virtually no federal land. Texas has been swiping our oil companies for decades. We've exacted some revenge with state-line casinos, which suck a lot of money north. And Oklahoma City is a major league city, with the Thunder, which has waged memorable playoff series with all three Texas teams in the NBA, winning more than they've lost. “It's kinda funny, the fascination that OU Nation has with Texas,” said OU fan Jim Harris of Sallisaw. “I'd guess there is envy at the heart of the matter. Wealthy state, sixth-largest economy in the world if Texas was its own country, which sometimes it acts like it is.” But the truth is, Texans and Oklahomans are more alike than they are different. “The people? They are the same folks,” Whitaker said. “Mostly the same values. Just different locations.” Then two football teams meet not far from a giant Ferris wheel, and things change. “My hate for Texas stems from the ‘holier-than-thou' mentality,” said OU fan David Paulson, of Yukon. “If everything is bigger and better in Texas, why do we get so many of your elite high school players? Just because the state is the size of a country doesn't mean you're better people.” And Sooner fans remember UT's role in the shaky status of the Big 12. Texas' establishment of The Longhorn Network is blamed by many for the instability of the conference, which has lost four members, while adding two, in the last five years. “They ruined the Southwest Conference, kept half of their compatriots out of the Big 12, then ran off Nebraska, set up a special network deal so that they are the only Big 12 team to get ESPN love and ruined the rest of conference teams' chance for a large, full conference deal,” said OU fan Jay Horsley, who grew up in Oklahoma but now lives in Mulvane, Kan. “They'd leave half the conference (or more) behind again as soon as they could if they could make enough money out of it.” OU's revenge comes on the field. The Sooners are 10-6 against Texas in the Bob Stoops era and are heavy favorites again on Saturday. The Longhorns are 1-4 and have been routed by both Notre Dame and TCU. “I grew up with a hatred for the 'Horns even as OU started dominating them in the early 2000s, which were my high school years,” said OU fan Kory Warren. “But over the last four, five years, it has become more a form of pity, I guess. I want them back to a point because I know the Big 12 needs it, but if we beat them 50-0, doesn't hurt my feelings.” So Interstate 35 will be jammed this weekend with OU fans filing into Dallas and through downtown to get to the fair, where they will spend money and enjoy their stay and enjoy it even more if the Sooners win. The bigger the victory, the better. Then they will reverse their course, and drive home on the crowded freeway that links them to a state to which they readily will return. “I do not hate the state of Texas,” said OU fan Kyle Whitson, of Norman. “Just their traffic.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40 to 5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Oct 9, 2015
Smallwood tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the spring. The Jenks product played in 13 games last season, with three catches for 21 yards.
OU football notebook: Jordan Smallwood likely back for Red River Showdown
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey, Staff Writers | Oct 9, 2015Redshirt sophomore receiver Jordan Smallwood will likely be available for the first time this year Saturday when the Sooners play Texas at the Cotton Bowl. Smallwood tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the spring. The Jenks product played in 13 games last season, with three catches for 21 yards. Sooners coach Bob Stoops said he wasn't sure if Smallwood would play against the Longhorns. “He's practicing,” Stoops said. “If he's prepared to play or not, we'll see. He's released, so he's been out there and practicing and doing things. How up to speed he is, we'll see. Other guys have been doing well, but we want to try to get him back in there.” PERINE: FRONTS COULD CHANGE Running back Samaje Perine has had a tough go of it early this season, with 328 rushing yards through four games. Nearly half of those have come in the fourth quarter or overtime. Also, nearly have (152) came in the win over Tulsa. If Oklahoma continues to have success through the air, Perine said things could open back up for him once again. “Maybe a little bit,” Perine said. “They're going to be more focused on the passing game because our running game isn't going as great as we'd like. Once that happens and once we keep chugging away at the running game, then eventually that's going to pop and then defenses won't know what to do.” SEIBERT LOOKING FOR PUNTING IMPROVEMENT Freshman kicker/punter Austin Seibert is averaging 45.2 yards per punt, which puts him 16th nationally. But neither Seibert nor special teams coordinator Jay Boulware are happy with the punts. “I haven't been pleased for now with what we're doing punt-wise,” Boulware said. “The distance is fine, the hang time hasn't been there, the location is really good.” Seibert said he hadn't done much directional punting in high school, specifically mentioning the corner punt against West Virginia that pinned the Mountaineers inside the 20 but that he thought could've been better. The Sooners have allowed just nine total punt return yards on six returns this season. QUOTABLE Zack Sanchez, Sooners cornerback, on going through the tunnel at the Cotton Bowl: “I can't really explain it. Maybe it's just like when you're a kid, opening up those gifts on Christmas, maybe that's probably the closest comparison. It's just a good feeling knowing you're going to play in front of 100,000, the whole world's watching you all play in one of the biggest rivalry games in college football history.”
OU-Texas Week always is fun. Especially if you go to Dallas. Especially if you go to Dallas before Friday. Like usual, we headed out Wednesday. The Dish puts on her annual OU Engineering dinner on Wednesday night in Dallas, and Dean Tom Landers asks me to speak during dessert, talking mostly about the game. On Friday, we head over to the OU Club of Fort Worth luncheon, then of course there’s...
Dallas travelblog: Avoid I-35 on Friday at all costs
Berry Tramel | Oct 8, 2015OU-Texas Week always is fun. Especially if you go to Dallas. Especially if you go to Dallas before Friday. Like usual, we headed out Wednesday. The Dish puts on her annual OU Engineering dinner on Wednesday night in Dallas, and Dean Tom Landers asks me to speak during dessert, talking mostly about the game. On Friday, we head over to the OU Club of Fort Worth luncheon, then of course there’s the game Saturday. My Thursdays are reserved for full-scale work, except this year I’m participating in the College Football Playoff’s mock selection process out in Grapevine. So our Dallas trip is wall-to-wall. Sort of like Dallas traffic. I generally try not to tell people what to do. My goal is to tell people what’s going on. But I’m going to suspend that mantra today. Do not, I repeat do not, take I-35E into Dallas on Friday. I’m begging you. Unless you want to see more of your cardiologist, stay away from Stemmons Freeway. Find an alternative route. Get off at 380 in Denton, go east and then tackle the Toll Road. Go I-35W toward Fort Worth, exit 114 and into Dallas that way. Get off I-35 at Gainesville, go east on Highway 82 and then south on 377. Heck, I don’t care. Take the H.E. Bailey Turnpike to Wichita Falls, then veer back into the Metroplex on 287. Get off in Ardmore, take Highway 70 east to Durant and go south on U.S. 75. Take a stagecoach to Dodge City and ask Doc Adams for directions, I don’t care. Just don’t drive through the belly of the beast. Dallas traffic usually is open to navigation. Getting through Denton will drive you crazy, but it’s usually brief. However, I-35 is undergoing massive construction — widening, let’s all hope — between 635 and the Bush Turnpike, and at 3 p.m. Wednesday, traffic was bumper-to-bumper for probably five miles. We weren’t in any major hurry, so my blood pressure didn’t spike. But if you’ve got someplace to be Friday, I wouldn’t recommend it. With what, 150,000 Oklahomans coming into town for the weekend?, I-35 is going to be packed. If it’s full at 3 p.m. Wednesday, imagine what it will be at 3 p.m. Friday. Or 4 p.m. Friday. Or 5 p.m. Friday. I could have gotten off on the Bush Turnpike and gone east to the Toll Road. Stephanie Buettner, who works with the Dish, rode down with us, and we dropped her off at an Enterprise car rental location by the Galleria. We would have had no problems then. But Friday, your traffic is going to be awful long before the Bush Turnpike. Long before Denton. So try an alternative. Leave early — by early, I mean, not Friday — or go a different way. STEPHEN KING TRAFFIC Here’s how bad traffic was. We had Stephen King traffic, and it wasn’t the horror show that we encountered on I-35. A miniseries based on King’s novel 11/22/63 is being shot in Dallas, and on Tuesdays, street closings created massive havoc with downtown traffic. Several streets were supposed to be closed at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. But Dallas police announced Wednesday that would be delayed until 9 a.m. Dallas rectified the situation by placing officers at every intersection to direct traffic. So Dallas’ Finest were on every corner for the mile or so that we went south on Lamar, after getting off I-35. It was rough traffic, but not as rough as I-35. Not even a film crew can cause the problems resulting from construction. FUNKY HOTEL We’re staying two nights at the downtown Omni, and it’s always an adventure there. Not my favorite hotel. This year, our adventure is the room. Easily the funkiest hotel room I’ve ever stayed in outside of New York. The room is spacious and modern. Too spacious and too modern. You know it’s a bad sign when your first order of business in a hotel room is to move furniture around. But that’s what we had to do. Our room is complete with NO desk, but with four huge, high-backed chairs, two of which were slotted next to each other, facing the television and right in front of the bed. I laid down and could see about 2/3 of the TV over those chairs. Who designs a hotel room like that? Who designs a downtown hotel — which by definition caters to business people — with no workspace? In place of a desk, we got a huge bookcase type of monstrosity, housing the television in the middle and modern art sitting on shelves. The bed was strange, too. A queen-sized, which was curious, but sitting inside its own little bookcase-type piece of furniture. Trouble is, the bed doesn’t go all the way to the wall. And the bed doesn’t move. Which meant it took about 30 seconds for one of my pillows to fall into the crack. There’s no reading light by the bed. A floor lamp serves that purpose, but you have to get up to turn off the light. I have a question. Do the people who design these rooms ever actually stay in them? A ROOM WITH A VIEW Our engineering dinner was on the 39th floor of the Chase Tower, on the east edge of downtown, at the Petroleum Club. Great view of the Fair, which is cool at night, when the Ferris wheel lights up. It’s always fun to meet with the Engineering alums and staff. Most are OU football fans, and all are OU fans of some kind. Mike Stice, the new dean of the College of Earth & Energy, spoke to the group, and we had a chance to talk. I hadn’t made the connection, but Stice was two years ahead of me at Norman High. He’s a 1977 grad and was a wingback on the great Norman football teams quarterbacked by Jay Jimerson. Back in those days, only juniors and seniors went to the high school, so we never were in school together. But I read all about his teams and watched them play several times. We reminisced about old days, and Dean Landers, who grew up in a small town in West Texas, made a great point that reminded me how blessed I am. He listened to Stice and I talk about old Norman days, and Dean Landers said he was wistful that he didn’t grow up in a town in which he could have stayed. Stice and I were lucky enough to do that. We’re living in our hometown, doing jobs we love. Hard to knock a life like that.
Oct 7, 2015
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.
The Oklahoman's high school football predictions
By Scott Wright Staff Writer email@example.com | Oct 7, 2015Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 128-36 (78.0 pct.) Overall record: 693-187 (78.8 pct.) Thursday's Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 50, NORMAN 7 PC WEST 42, Capitol Hill 7 Owasso 42, MOORE 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Yukon 21 Class 5A McGuinness 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A JOHN MARSHALL 55, Bridge Creek 12 Heritage Hall 48, PERKINS 8 Class A Crossings Christian 35, OKEENE 7 Friday's Games Class 6A Bixby 41, PONCA CITY 14 Choctaw 34, LAWTON IKE 21 Edmond Memorial 31, PUTNAM CITY 20 Jenks 49, WESTMOORE 14 Lawton 28, STILLWATER 24 Midwest City 35, ENID 6 BARTLESVILLE 48, Muskogee 14 MUSTANG 50, Norman North 38 EDMOND NORTH 28, PC North 24 Sand Springs 30, SAPULPA 7 TULSA UNION 48, Southmoore 42 Tulsa Washington 44, CLAREMORE 6 Class 5A Chickasha 42, NORTHWEST 12 Coweta 24, MAIZE SOUTH, KAN. 21 ALTUS 42, Del City 35 ARDMORE 38, El Reno 10 COLLINSVILLE 28, Grove 7 GUTHRIE 30, Guymon 13 Lawton MacArthur 34, DUNCAN 17 McAlester 28, SKIATOOK 24 CARL ALBERT 44, Piedmont 10 TULSA KELLEY 24, Shawnee 21 Tahlequah 21, PRYOR 20 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA EAST CENTRAL13 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 14 NOBLE 42, Tulsa Memorial 34 DEER CREEK 41, Western Heights 14 Class 4A ANADARKO 34, Cache 10 Catoosa 38, VINITA 14 Clinton 21, ELGIN 14 Elk City 34, NEWCASTLE 7 TULSA CENTRAL 22, Fort Gibson 18 Glenpool 44, BRISTOW 12 TECUMSEH 28, McLoud 24 Metro Christian 42, MULDROW 21 CASCIA HALL 21, Oologah 20 Sallisaw 29, BROKEN BOW 21 POTEAU 49, Stilwell 6 Tulsa McLain 28, CLEVELAND 24 Tuttle 38, HARRAH 35 Wagoner 35, MIAMI 13 Woodward 31, WEATHERFORD 16 Class 3A CUSHING 48, Centennial 8 MADILL 28, Comanche 14 Dewey 27, KELLYVILLE 7 PLAINVIEW 24, Dickson 14 Douglass 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 SEQ. CLAREMORE 29, Jay 21 JONES 35, Little Axe 14 Locust Grove 56, KEYS (PARK HILL) 14 Mannford 20, BLAKCWELL 13 SULPHUR 35, Marlow 28 Meeker 21, BLANCHARD 14 KIEFER 44, Morris 6 HILLDALE 38, Okmulgee 8 Pauls Valley 24, BETHEL 12 Purcell 33, STAR SPENCER 20 Roland 26, IDABEL 22 Seminole 28, KINGFISHER 27 BERRYHILL 30, Sperry 7 STORUD 20, Spiro 8 Stigler 36, HEAVENER 13 CHECOTAH 27, Tulsa Rogers 20 LINCOLN CHR. 49, Tulsa Webster 7 EUFAULA 38, Valliant 6 Verdigris 21, INOLA 20 Victory Christian 45, BEGGS 28 Westville 41, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 21 Class 2A Adair 56, COLCORD 14 Antlers 24, WILBURTON 18 COALGATE 28, Atoka 7 Caney Valley 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 OKEMAH 42, Chandler 35 Chisholm 35, ALVA 14 SALINA 20, Chouteau 16 Chr. Heritage 42, CROOKED OAK 6 LUTHER 56, Dibble 20 PANAMA 48, Foyil 8 Hartshorne 22, VIAN 16 Haskell 42, HULBERT 14 Hennessey 28, PAWNEE 12 WEWOKA 34, Henryetta 28 KINGSTON 40, Hugo 8 PAWHUSKA 20, Kansas 12 Lindsay 41, LEXINGTON 14 Marietta 28, KONAWA 7 Millwood 56, WELLSTON 12 TONKAWA 24, Newkirk 14 Nowata 42, CHELSEA 6 Oklahoma Christian 48, NORTHEAST 8 CASHION 44, Perry 12 Pocola 20, LIBERTY 14 Prague 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 DAVIS 34, Tishomingo 14 Walters 30, HOBART 20 Washington 35, FREDERICK 20 COMMERCE 42, Wyandotte 14 Class A Afton 35, SUMMIT CHR. 6 Apache 21, SNYDER 14 Barnsdall 20, MOUNDS 18 TEXHOMA 24, Beaver 22 FAIRVIEW 42, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 Central Sallisaw 44, GORE 6 WYNNEWOOD 28, Community Christian 14 MORRISON 27, Drumright 24 WAYNE 30, Elmore City 28 REJOICE CHR. 34, Fairland 26 Healdton 32, RUSH SPRINGS 13 Hinton 35, CENTRAL MARLOW 7 HOLLIS 35, Carnegie 12 Ketchum 34, QUAPAW 20 Mangum 26, COLCORD 14 STRATFORD 28, Minco 27 Mooreland 30, HOOKER 13 Okla. Christian Aca. 38, CRESCENT 21 QUINTON 31, Porter 6 Ringling 28, VELMA-ALMA 18 Savanna 34, WARNER 13 THOMAS 49, Sayre 14 Watonga 38, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 30 Wilson 28, EMPIRE 27 HOMINY 48, Yale 8 Class B LAVERNE 56, Canton 8 Davenport 58, DEPEW 6 Dewar 52, CADDO 6 Garber 60, WESLEYAN CHR. 14 GANS 34, Haileyville 20 Keota 54, WETUMKA 8 PIONEER 46, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 Macomb 24, BRAY-DOYLE 16 Maud 34, CYRIL 18 GEARY 42, Maysville 38 WAUKOMIS 44, Merritt 20 Oaks 52, WATTS 6 ARKOMA 42, Porum 12 TURPIN 54, Ringwood 6 Seiling 42, POND CREEK-HUNTER 34 South Coffeyville 40, MEDFORD 28 ALEX 58, Strother 6 Waurika 40, ALLEN 28 WOODLAND 50, Welch 12 Weleetka 56, CANADIAN 6 Class C CHEROKEE 42, Balko 20 BOISE CITY 52, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, WEBBERS FALLS 28 BLUEJACKET 44, Claremore Christian 34 Corn Bible 48, TEMPLE 20 Coyle 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 24 Destiny Christian 54, BOWLEGS 8 Fox 46, SASAKWA 0 Midway 48, BOKOSHE 12 GRANDFIELD 54, Mt. View-Gotebo 6 TIPTON 28, OKC Patriots 24 COPAN 36, Prue 16 DUKE 48, Ryan 18 Thackerville 56, PAOLI 6 DC-LAMONT 50, Timberlake 44 Tyrone 32, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Waynoka 46, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 Independent Casady 28, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 IMMANUEL CHR. 38, Eagle Point Christian 28 Holland Hall 21, FW COUNTRY DAY 17 Life Christian 42, CEMENT 22 WRIGHT CHR. 56, Regent Prep 6 U.S. GRANT 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Saturday's Game Independent OSD 58, Iowa Deaf 12 *Home team in CAPS