Seminole Chieftains football
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No. 22 Clemson (1-1) at No. 1 Florida State (2-0), 8:18 p.m. (ABC)Line: Florida State by 16 1/2Series Record: Florida State leas 19-8WHAT'S AT STAKEFlorida State or Clemson have represented the Atlantic Division in the ACC championship game the past five years. The winner of this matchup has played in the title game in each of those five years. The Tigers dropped from their No. 16 ranking after...
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The Associated Press, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2014No. 22 Clemson (1-1) at No. 1 Florida State (2-0), 8:18 p.m. (ABC) Line: Florida State by 16 1/2 Series Record: Florida State leas 19-8 WHAT'S AT STAKE Florida State or Clemson have represented the Atlantic Division in the ACC championship game the past five years. The winner of this matchup has played in the title game in each of those five years. The Tigers dropped from their No. 16 ranking after a season-opening loss to No. 13 Georgia, but an upset of the No. 1 team in the nation would surely move them back up the polls. Florida State used the 51-14 win at Clemson last year to propel itself to a national championship. The Seminoles are the top team in the country, but have not been as dominant. A decisive victory would answer a lot of questions. KEY MATCHUP Florida State left tackle Cam Erving versus Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley. The two seniors have been going against each other for years and there are no secrets. Erving was the ACC offensive lineman of the year in 2013 and Beasley is an All-American that leads all active players in FBS with 23 sacks. The entire Florida State offensive line is comprised of seniors and the Clemson defensive line is the strength of that side of the ball. Beasley and his teammates will want to rattle Florida State quarterback Sean Maguire in the first half. Erving and the line must have a strong game to help the untested quarterback. PLAYERS TO WATCH Clemson: Quarterback Deshaun Watson is not the starter, but the freshman was rated the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in the country by several recruiting services. The Tigers are expected to play two quarterbacks and Watson brings a level of mobility that Florida State must account for. He's been known to take more chances throwing the football. Florida State: Quarterback Sean Maguire will make the first start of his career because of a first-half suspension of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston. Maguire has to keep the game close until Winston can return after halftime. Maguire has only thrown 26 passes in college and was not a prolific passer in high school. Maguire has a strong arm, but has never been in this type of high-pressure situation. FACTS & FIGURES Florida State has a school-record 18-game win streak and has scored 80 more touchdowns than its opponents during that span. ... FSU senior Karlos Williams has started at running back, safety and linebacker during his career. ... The Seminoles haven't trailed in a regular season game since September 28, 2013. ... Clemson averaged more than 40 points per game and 500 yards per game in 2013 and 2012. ... The Tigers had three defensive players named preseason first-team All-ACC, the most of any team. ... Clemson has never defeated the No. 1 team in the nation in four attempts.
Oklahoma football: Three years later, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett ready for second shot at the SoonersSep 17, 2014
West Virginia senior quarterback Clint Trickett nearly rallied fifth-ranked Florida State to a second-half comeback over Oklahoma three years ago this week. Trickett transferred to West Virginia before last season, and entering Saturday’s Big 12 opener against the Sooners, is one of the nation’s top passers in 2014.
Oklahoma football: Three years later, West Virginia quarterback Clint Trickett ready for second shot at the Sooners
By Jason Kersey | Sep 17, 2014A nationally televised night game against Oklahoma won’t be anything new to West Virginia’s senior quarterback on Saturday. But this time, Clint Trickett is far removed from being a nervous freshman unexpectedly thrust into action. Trickett — who transferred to West Virginia from Florida State before the 2013 season — nearly rallied the fifth-ranked Seminoles to a second-half comeback three years ago this week, when then-No. 1 Oklahoma went to Tallahassee, Fla., and won 23-13. “That was really my introduction to major college football,” Trickett said in a telephone interview this week. “I really hadn’t had a lot of experience before it. I’d played in just mop-up duty the first two games before that.” Entering Saturday’s Big 12 Conference opener against the Sooners, Trickett and the Mountaineers have played much better than almost anyone expected. West Virginia (2-1) lost 33-23 to Alabama in the first game, and won 40-37 at Maryland last weekend. Trickett has thrown for 1,224 yards — good for third in the country — and seven touchdowns so far. “We’ve gotten a real shot in the arm from Clint Trickett,” said Dwight Wallace, the color analyst on Mountaineer radio broadcasts. His father, Rick, served two stints as West Virginia’s offensive line coach, from 1975-79 and again from 2001-06. Rick Trickett is now in his eighth season in the same role at Florida State. “He ran these halls as a kid, and that sideline during many a Mountaineer game,” said Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen. “He’s always loved it here.” Still, Trickett opted to join his dad and Florida State out of high school in 2010, and after a redshirt season, was starter E.J. Manuel’s backup in 2011 and 2012. The Seminoles trailed Oklahoma by 10 points at halftime on Sept. 17, 2011, and Manuel — now the Buffalo Bills’ starting quarterback — left the game with a shoulder injury midway through the third quarter. “When I saw E.J. go down, I was like, ‘Oh crap,’” Trickett remembered. If he was nervous on the inside, he sure didn’t show it. The redshirt freshman tossed a 56-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter — on third-and-28 — that tied the game at 13. OU quarterback Landry Jones responded with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Stills, and Trickett threw an interception to end the Seminoles’ ensuing possession. He finished that night 7-of-15 passing for 134 yards. “I knew it was my time and I went out there and played well, but wasn’t able to get the win,” Trickett said. Trickett went on to start two games in Manuel’s place that year and played pretty well, then made eight appearances with no starts in 2012, when the Seminoles finished with a 12-2 record and an Orange Bowl victory. The next spring, after it became apparent that coach Jimbo Fisher would start eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at quarterback in 2013, Trickett graduated from FSU and transferred to West Virginia with immediate eligibility. He lost the Mountaineers’ preseason quarterback battle to Paul Millard and didn’t play in the team’s Big 12 opener at Oklahoma, but eventually started seven games. In his first start, an upset victory over Oklahoma State, Trickett sustained a painful shoulder injury that nagged him the rest of the season. But after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery, he’s back and better than ever. “Anytime you’re playing hurt, it’s rough, and then when you’re playing hurt and losing, it makes it that much worse,” Trickett said. “Last year was definitely something I hope I never have to go through again, but then it also was a learning experience … I believe it put me in the situation we’re in now.” He also points to that first game against Oklahoma three years ago as a positive experience. “It was the start of my growth,” Trickett said. “It was one of those games I’ll always remember. It was my first real big-time action, and it doesn’t get any bigger than playing the No. 1 team in the country on College Gameday.”
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola...
The Oklahoman's Week 2 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 10, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last week’s record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Season record: 135-47 (74.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 28, TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24 EDMOND SANTA FE 44, Moore 20 NORMAN NORTH 38, Yukon 17 Class 4A SANTA FE SOUTH 35, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Class 3A Locust Grove 45, KANSAS 12 Class 2A Pocola 36, Poteau JV 14 Class B DEPEW 40, OSD 24 Independent Wright Christian 46, Eagle Point Chr. 28 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 28, CASCIA HALL 17 Bentonville, Ark. 17, BROKEN ARROW 7 Deer Creek 21, NORMAN 17 Edmond Memorial 20, EDMOND NORTH 14 Enid 28, SAND SPRINGS 24 Guthrie 44, PONCA CITY 10 TULSA UNION 31, Jenks 28 DEL CITY 55, Lawton Eisenhower 28 LAWTON 28, Lawton MacArthur 27 Midwest City 21, CARL ALBERT 20 Owasso 35, MUSKOGEE 14 CHOCTAW 42, Putnam City 28 Putnam North 28, PUTNAM WEST 24 Rogers, Ark. 21, CLAREMORE14 Sapulpa 48, TULSA HALE 12 WESTMOORE 28, Southmoore 20 MUSTANG 45, Stillwater 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 49, Tulsa Central 8 Class 5A ANADARKO 42, Altus 8 Ardmore 28, DURANT 12 WESTERN HEIGHTS 40, Capitol Hill 12 COLLINSVILLE 28, Catoosa 14 GROVE 22, Jay 18 Liberal, Kan. 35, GUYMON 14 McAlester 35, COWETA 28 McGuinness 17, TULSA KELLEY 14 Noble 28, CHICKASHA 14 NORTHWEST 35, Northeast 28 Pryor 24, WAGONER 20 Shawnee 35, DUNCAN 14 Skiatook 20, OOLOGAH 14 ELK CITY 31, Southeast 24 Stilwell 14, TAHLEQUAH 13 Tulsa Edison 30, TULSA MEMORIAL 22 Weatherford 17, PIEDMONT 13 Woodward 20, EL RENO 12 Class 4A HOBART 27, Cache 20 HERITAGE HALL 24, Clinton 21 HILLDALE 17, Fort Gibson 14 BEGGS 32, Glenpool 27 BROKEN BOW 28, Idabel 22 HARRAH 27, Jones 20 ADA 31, Madill 28 CLEVELAND 30, Mannford 10 Marlow 24, ELGIN 17 McLoud 30, PERKINS 20 VERDIGRIS 27, Miami 24 SPIRO 28, Muldrow 6 Oklahoma Christian 24, METRO CHR. 20 Poteau 34, VAN BUREN, ARK. 28 Seminole 49, TECUMSEH 7 SALLISAW 28, Stigler 20 BRISTOW 30, Stroud 22 TULSA McLAIN 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 NEWCASTLE 28, Tuttle 27 NOWATA 21, Vinita 17 Class 3A Berryhill 35, CUSHING 28 NEWKIRK 20, Blackwell 16 LEXINGTON 21, Bridge Creek 20 KELLYVILLE 34, Caney Valley 18 BLANCHARD 24, Casady 20 Chandler 28, MEEKER 21 Checotah 32, HENRYETTA 14 Chr. Heritage 42, MOUNT ST. MARY 28 LITTLE AXE 34, Crooked Oak 16 Davis 42, SULPHUR 14 PAWHUSKA 28, Dewey 24 LINDSAY 30, Dickson 17 HARTSHORNE 34, Eufaula 10 Haskell 14, MORRIS 13 John Marshall 38, CENTENNIAL 26 Kingfisher 40, HENNESSEY 20 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 49, Lighthouse Chr. 7 Lincoln Christian 42, HOLLAND HALL 14 Lincoln, Ark. 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 21 Lone Grove 42, HUGO 7 BETHANY 45, OKC Legion 8 Okemah 28, BETHEL 12 PLAINVIEW 26, Pauls Valley 13 WASHINGTON 18, Purcell 12 Roland 35, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 Salina 21, INOLA 14 Seq. Claremore 28, SPERRY 6 COMANCHE 14, Tishomingo 13 Tulsa Rogers 26, TULSA WEBSTER 22 U.S. Grant 22, OKMULGEE 18 KINGSTON 35, Valliant 7 Vian 28, HEAVENER 6 COLCORD 27, Westville 22 Class 2A Adair 46, WYANDOTTE 6 COMMERCE 28, Afton 26 Alva 24, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21 TALIHINA 41, Antlers 16 Barnsdall 21, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 PANAMA 28, Central Sallisaw 20 Chouteau 24, KETCHUM 16 SAVANNA 42, Coalgate 14 Empire 20, WALTERS 14 CHISHOLM 42, Fairview 20 CHELSEA 27, Foyil 16 Holdenville 20, ATOKA 14 Hominy 28, PAWNEE 18 FREDERICK 30, Mangum 12 ELMORE CITY 18, Marietta 14 TONKAWA 28, Morrison 21 CRESCENT 28, Perry 6 LUTHER 35, Prague 20 Rush Springs 30, DIBBLE 16 Summit Christian 46, LIBERTY 6 Warner 27, HULBERT 14 Wewoka 28, KONAWA 21 QUINTON 22, Wilburton 6 Yale 28, WELLSTON 20 Class A SYRACUSE, KAN. 20, Beaver 16 SNYDER 29, Burns Flat-Dill City 7 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 34, Carnegie 20 CORDELL 21, Central Marlow 20 MINCO 28, Crossings Christian 21 Drumright 16, PORTER 14 TEXHOMA 22, Gruver, Texas 14 STRATFORD 24, Healdton 22 Hollis 42, HOOKER 6 Humboldt, Kan. 27, QUAPAW 14 Kiefer 42, REJOICE CHRISTIAN 14 CASHION 35, Mooreland 16 Mounds 28, GORE 7 THOMAS 21, Okeene 7 WAYNE 32, Okla. Christian Aca. 13 HINTON 24, Sayre 14 WYNNEWOOD 35, Velma-Alma 34 APACHE 37, Wilson 20 Class B Allen 56, MACOMB 6 Arkoma 38, GANS 26 Canadian 28, HAILEYVILLE 24 ALEX 44, Cyril 6 Garber 48, OAKS 20 Geary 56, BRAY-DOYLE 42 Keota 42, WELEETKA 34 WAURIKA 38, Maud 20 Maysville 56, STROTHER 22 SEILING 44, Merritt 28 CANTON 34, Pioneer 28 DEWAR 56, Porum 6 Ringwood 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WELCH 32, South Coffeyville 28 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Turpin 12 DAVENPORT 54, Watts 6 LAVERNE 58, Waukomis 20 WOODLAND 42, Wesleyan Christian 20 Wetumka 40, CADDO 28 Class C Balko 42, ROLLA, KAN. 28 BOKOSHE 28, Bowlegs 24 Cherokee 54, BUFFALO 8 RYAN 44, Corn Bible 28 Covington-Douglas 34, MEDFORD 30 Coyle 54, PRUE 16 BLUEJACKET 56, DC-Lamont 40 Fox 60, WEBBERS FALLS 14 DUKE 48, Gracemont 44 CAVE SPRINGS 28, Paoli 24 Regent Prep 54, COPAN 38 Sasakwa 42, MIDWAY 26 Shattuck 58, SHARON-MUTUAL 28 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, SW Covenant 22 TIPTON 56, Temple 8 Thackerville 54, GRANDFIELD 52 Timberlake 34, WAYNOKA 24 BOISE CITY 40, Tyrone 14 Independent Destiny Christian 40, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CLAREMORE CHR. 42, Immanuel Chr. 14 Saturday’s Game Class 3A Douglass 28, MILLWOOD 24 *Home team in CAPS
OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens StadiumSep 5, 2014
Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Jordan Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently.
OSU football: Jordan Sterns, other Cowboys youngsters finally getting their chance inside Boone Pickens Stadium
BY JENNI CARLSON | Sep 5, 2014STILLWATER — Jordan Sterns played a handful of garbage-time snaps in the Oklahoma State secondary last season. Just so happened that most came away from home in road blowouts against UTSA, Iowa State and Texas. Saturday, then, will be the first time Sterns plays meaningful defensive snaps inside Boone Pickens Stadium. “I haven’t ever really played in front of the Paddle People on defense,” the Cowboy safety said of the students who smack giant wooden paddles against the wall surrounding the field every time the OSU defense takes to the turf. Sterns smiled. “That’s gonna be fun.” Many an orange blood sees this game against Missouri State as a nothingburger home opener, and after last week’s thriller against Florida State, it’s easy to understand the comedown. But there are a bunch of guys like Sterns on the OSU roster who feel differently. Sterns is one of five players who will be making their first career start at BPS after seeing extremely limited or no action last season. And there are a bunch more reserves now being used extensively who were largely relegated to the sideline a year ago. Truth be told, the phenomenon happens on every college team every season, guys finally getting a chance to get on the field. But the volume of players in that position this season at OSU is larger than most. That’s because the Cowboys lost 32 players off last year’s team. Lots of spots to fill. Lots of holes to patch. Lots of opportunity, too. More on this weekend's OSU-Missouri State matchup Getting ready for Missouri State David Glidden explains what it's like to be THAT open Cowboys land first receiver recruit of 2015 class Fountain outside Edmon Low Library dyed Missouri State maroon Cowboys look to move on from inconsistent special teams play OSU-Missouri State: Predictions Sterns is one of the unproven players who has made the most of his chance. He not only claimed the starting free safety spot but also showed himself worthy of the gig. He led the Cowboys with eight tackles in the opener and forced a fumble that the Seminoles managed to recover. “That was my first time really contributing since high school,” said Sterns, who played on several special teams units last season. “It feels good going out there and playing hard for your team.” Sterns knew a year on the fringes would be his destiny when he arrived in Stillwater from Steele High School in Cibolo, Texas, a bedroom community northeast of San Antonio. He was a three- or four-star recruit, depending on who you trust. He was sought after by all sorts of Big 12 programs. But he suspected he’d rarely see the field on defense during his first season as a Cowboy. “We had good guys,” he said of starting safeties Shamiel Gary and Daytawion Lowe. “They taught me a lot about the coverages, what we do, the ins and outs of the defense. “I needed a year off to learn the college game.” Knowing that still didn’t make last year any easier. “It’s the reality,” Sterns said. “It’s a humbling experience.” Even the times he got on the field last season could be bittersweet. He made a couple of special teams tackles against Baylor and a couple more against Oklahoma. He heard his name on the loud speaker at BPS. He soaked in the cheers from the Cowboy faithful. But then he went right back to the sideline. That changes Saturday against Missouri State. Sterns and many other Cowboys will be playing in front of the home crowd on the BPS turf for the first time. They’ll be fired up. They’ll be excited. A nothingburger game? Nothing could be further from the truth. Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.
Defending state champion Kingfisher blasted Woodward 38-0 behind a smothering defense and strong running game Friday night. Junior running back Nick Smith rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns for the top-ranked Yellowjackets. Smith also kicked a 53-yard field goal. Kingfisher’s defense limited Woodward to three first downs and 67 yards of total offense as linebacker...
High school football roundup: Defending champion Kingfisher blanks Woodward
Compiled by Ed Godfrey, from staff reports | Sep 5, 2014Defending state champion Kingfisher blasted Woodward 38-0 behind a smothering defense and strong running game Friday night. Junior running back Nick Smith rushed for 103 yards on 18 carries and scored three touchdowns for the top-ranked Yellowjackets. Smith also kicked a 53-yard field goal. Kingfisher’s defense limited Woodward to three first downs and 67 yards of total offense as linebacker Trey Weoman recorded a team-high 11 tackles. The Yellowjackets’ defense also intercepted three passes, including a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown by defensive tackle Kolton Mueggenborg, who also had eight tackles. Defensive backs Wendell Prim and Trey Borelli also had interceptions as Woodward completed just one pass. Kingfisher’s first score of the game was on a 67-yard pass to Jace Sternberger from quarterback Docker Haub. Giles has big night for Western Heights Running back Gerald Giles rushed for 303 yards on just 12 carries as Western Heights belted U.S. Grant, 54-2. Giles scored three touchdowns, including two 80-yard runs as the Jets led 29-0 after the first quarter. Quarterback J.T. Lewis was 7 of 10 passing for 165 yards and four touchdowns for Western Heights. Duke leads Bethany to victory Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke accounted for four touchdowns and 294 yards of total offense to lead the Bronchos to a 32-26 victory over Marlow. Duke was 19 of 30 through the air for 211 yards with no interceptions and a touchdown. On the ground, Duke ran for three more scores, rushing for 83 yards on 20 carries. Guthrie rolls over Duncan Guthrie compiled 409 yards in total offense, including 323 on the ground, as the Bluejays pounded Duncan 47-6 at Jelsma Stadium. Senior running back Idae Alexander scored three touchdowns while rushing for 197 yards on 25 carries. Alexander added his fourth touchdown and the final score of the game on a 95-yard kickoff return. Cashion trounces Yale behind Liebman’s four TDs Cashion running back Blakely Liebman scored four touchdowns as the fifth-ranked Wildcats rolled to a season-opening 50-14 victory over Yale. Liebman scored on runs of 15, 1 and 1 yards and also returned a punt 61 yards for a score. Payton Maroney returned a kick 90 yards for a touchdown for the Wildcats. Cashion quarterback Matt Harman was 17 of 19 passing for 201 yards in the game. The Wildcats led 44-0 at halftime. Lindsey to LittleJim deady connection for Christian Heritage Quarterback Spencer Lindsey tossed three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Christian Heritage to a 35-7 victory over Santa Fe South. Gabe LittleJim caught two TD passes and had 83 of Christian Heritage's 202 total passing yards on the night. Joseph Lemieux added two rushing touchdowns as Christian Heritage held Santa Fe South scoreless for the first three quarters. Standlee, Bagwell lead Meeker past Prague Jake Standlee returned two interceptions for touchdowns as Meeker downed Prague, 35-22. Wide receiver Levi Bagwell caught four passes for 91 yards and returned a kickoff 75 yards for a score for Meeker. Bagwell and Standless combined for 299 all-purpose yards. Fourth quarter surge carries Hennessey past Elgin Abraham Ortega had 220 yards of total offense, including 125 receiving, as Hennessey defeated Elgin, 30-7. Ortega made an impact on both sides of the ball, recording five tackles and a sack while playing defensive end. He scored twice, one on a 4-yard run and the other on an 80-yard reception from Tony Mendoza, who also added a 10-yard touchdown run for Hennessey. The Eagles broke open a close game with a 17-point fourth quarter. OCS shuts out Ringling Senior running back Luke Frankfurt rushed for 131 yards on 12 carries to lead Oklahoma Christian to a 29-0 victory over Ringling in a battle of ranked teams. Frankfurt scored on a 33-yard run while Connor Sykes added a 3-yard scoring run for the Saints. Corbin Mez caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Thomas Qualls. Ringling is ranked No. 2 in Class A while Oklahoma Christian is No. 10 in Class 2A. Seminole nips Harrah behind Harvey’s five touchdowns Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey rushed for three touchdowns and threw for two more as the Chieftains edged Harrah, 34-32. The senior quarterback carried the ball 19 times for 111 yards and tossed touchdown passes of 46 yards to Max Guest and 23 yards to Dake Reese. Reese also gained 127 yards on 19 carries for Seminole, ranked No. 4 in Class 3A. Sheppard’s two TDs carries Little Axe Little Axe's Jacob Sheppard had touchdown runs of 27 and 25 yards as the Indians defeated Lexington, 22-15. Sheppard rushed for 133 yards on 17 carries and had two receptions for 37 yards. CORRECTION: Two Christian Heritage football players' names -- Spencer Lindsey and Joseph Lemieux -- were spelled incorrectly in Saturday's editions. Lindsey threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter to lead Christian Heritage to a 35-7 victory over Santa Fe South, while Lemieux added two rushing touchdowns. (This story has been corrected.)
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
The Midwest City vs. Tulsa Washington football game on Friday night was not only selected as The Oklahoman's top game of Week 1 of the high school football season, it was also picked as the Air and Army National Guard Game of the Week. As part of the event, both teams will wear camouflage jerseys. Midwest City will wear digital snow camo jerseys with black trim, and Tulsa Washington will have...
High school notebook: Midwest City, Tulsa Washington to wear special jerseys
BY SCOTT WRIGHT AND JACOB UNRUH | Sep 2, 2014The Midwest City vs. Tulsa Washington football game on Friday night was not only selected as The Oklahoman's top game of Week 1 of the high school football season, it was also picked as the Air and Army National Guard Game of the Week. As part of the event, both teams will wear camouflage jerseys. Midwest City will wear digital snow camo jerseys with black trim, and Tulsa Washington will have green camo. The game is at 7 p.m. Friday at Midwest City’s Rose Field. WAND OFFICIALLY COMMITS TO ARKANSAS STATE Edmond Memorial running back Warren Wand verbally committed to Arkansas State recently, ending an odd period of recruitment for the star running back. Wand had reportedly committed to the university early in the month, but Memorial coach Justin Meredith told The Oklahoman on Aug. 15 that he had yet to finalize his decision. The decision became official last week when Wand announced his commitment via Twitter and Instagram. “Your talent is gods gift to you, what you do with it is your gift to god! I’m so blessed to be this blessed and be OFFICIALLY COMMITTED to the University of Arkansas State,” he put in an Instagram photo wearing a Red Wolves shirt. Wand, who is No. 9 on the The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top recruits in the state, rushed for 1,769 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, but has been dealing with a quad injury during the preseason. PAPI WHITE SUFFERS KNEE INJURY AT OHIO Former Seminole star Papi White was already putting on display his speed and athleticism at Ohio this season as a true freshman, but that came to an abrupt end with a knee injury in Saturday’s opener against Kent State. He has been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Kentucky, Ohio coach Frank Solich said Tuesday. White tweeted Saturday that he suffered an injury to his MCL. A member of The Oklahoman’s All-State team, White rushed for 3,133 yards and 41 TDs last season. He played receiver and running back for Ohio in the season opener. HOBART’S DALKE SECOND Hobart junior Brad Dalke, one of the top junior golfers in the country, shot a three-round total of 2-under-par 214 (72-70-72) at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., to finish tied for second at the Junior Players Championship over the weekend. But the runner-up finish might not even be the most memorable moment of the trip. In a practice round last Wednesday, Dalke made a hole-in-one on the 17th hole, with the famed island green, at Sawgrass. Because it was a practice round, the ace actually came on his second attempt off the tee. “Yeah I was kind of mad,” Dalke said with a laugh. “I hit my first shot to about 15 feet, but I didn’t hit it solid, so I hit another one. “It’s still pretty cool. How many people can say they made a shot from the tee box on No. 17 at Sawgrass?” Dalke has another special experience coming up later this month. He’ll leave for Blairgorie Golf Club in Perthshire, Scotland, on Sept. 18 to participate in the Junior Ryder Cup. He’ll get to stay after the three-day event to watch the professionals compete in the Ryder Cup as well. YUKON’S WALLACE, NORMAN’S SON WIN Yukon sophomore Lane Wallace defeated Southmoore’s Lance Gregory in a playoff to win the boys division of the OJGT Labor Day Classic at John Conrad Golf Course in Midwest City. Wallace and Gregory tied at 5-under-par 139 after two rounds. Norman’s Yujeong Son, the 13-year-old who became the youngest winner of the Oklahoma women’s state amateur over the summer, shot back-to-back rounds of 70 to win the girls event by three strokes.
Sep 2, 2014
The defensive end’s breakout game against Florida State serves notice that he’s here to play on the big stage.
Oklahoma State football: Introducing Emmanuel Ogbah
By John Helsley | Sep 2, 2014STILLWATER — Florida State’s Jameis Winston dragged himself off the deck, eyes looking confused about just who had planted him into the AT&T Stadium turf. Who indeed? Emmanuel Ogbah, that’s who. Twice. Ogbah — pronounced AWG-buh — introduced himself Saturday night. To the Heisman Trophy holder Winston and the touted FSU offensive line. To many Oklahoma State fans. And to much of America. The guy in the curious No. 38. The guy with the intriguing name. The guy who came to play on the big stage. “That was great to see that,” said Jimmy Bean, who plays opposite Ogbah at defensive end. “I’m proud. “I feel like it’s been a long time coming for him. He’s getting his chance, and a lot of people are going to see what he can do.” By Monday morning, ESPN’s Skip Bayless raved about OSU’s array of athletes making plays, which certainly includes Ogbah. By Tuesday morning, Ogbah carried the voting as the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week after totaling six tackles, two sacks and two pass breakups against the Seminoles in his first career start. There will be many more starts to come for the sophomore defensive end. Perhaps many more Player of the Week honors, too. Still, exactly who is Emmanuel Ogbah, who’s quickly becoming a major factor on a talented defensive front that already had known quantities in Bean and James Castleman? He’s interesting, to say the least. And Cowboys coach Mike Gundy ratcheted up the interest level Monday, suggesting that by the time Ogbah is done at OSU, he could be the best defensive end of Gundy’s tenure. “I heard about that,” said Ogbah, his voice quickening. “I’m excited about that. I was surprised he said that, but I’m willing to keep working to get to that goal.” Ogbah was born in Lagos, Nigeria, moving with his family to Houston at the age of 9. At that age, he said, the transition to a new country and culture was more exciting than daunting. “I was still pretty young, so I was just excited to interact with people and see how the new world was,” Ogbah said. “It was pretty smooth.” Pretty soon, he found himself attracted to football, partly because it was the thing to do. “I started playing in seventh grade,” he said. “All my friends were playing. I thought it would be fun, so I just tried it.” His older brother had played, too, which is how Ogbah came about adopting the No. 38, in a roundabout sort of way. “The real story behind the No. 38,” Ogbah said, “my brother played football, too; he wore the No. 38 in high school. And my sophomore year, guys would say, ‘Ogbah sucked.’ They were talking about my brother. “I said, ‘I’m going to change the Ogbah name.’ So I decided to wear that number my whole career.” Ogbah became a name-changer and a game-changer. At George Bush High School, he was a finalist for the Greater Houston Area Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. He was only rated a three-star recruit and well down the list of top-100 defensive ends, drawing interest from Arizona, Texas Tech and a few others. Still, Cowboys coaches saw something they liked, and they had an in with Russell Okung, another player of Nigerian descent who had also attended George Bush High and then starred at OSU. “That was a big influence,” Ogbah said. “I wanted to be just like Russell. He came out of my high school, was a first-round (NFL Draft) pick, the third pick. That really impressed me. I wanted to come out and put in the work to get to his level.” When he contacted Okung, he heard the right things, too. “He said, ‘You come here, prepare to work. They’ll treat you good. The coaches are great. We’ve got a great head coach. They’re going to treat you nice,’” Ogbah said. Joe DeForest did the primary recruiting on Ogbah, but left to follow Dana Holgorsen to West Virginia. While Ogbah said there was a temptation to reopen his recruiting when DeForest left, he credited the relationship built by former Cowboys defensive coordinator Bill Young for keeping him firm with the Cowboys. Ogbah arrived at 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, and redshirted his first year, learning and bulking up. He played in all 13 games a year ago, producing four sacks in a backup role. Now at 6-4, 270, he checks all the boxes of what a premium defensive end should look like. And in the opener, his play was premium. “I would say he has a chance to be as good as anybody we’ve had since I’ve been the head coach here,” said Gundy, who’s not prone to showering praise on first-year starters. “He’s really quick. He’s strong. His attitude’s good. His work ethic’s good. And he’s been very durable and tough.” And he’s just a sophomore. “I like that he’s a sophomore,” Gundy said, “that’s a good thing.” OSU defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer focuses more on the now. “I just want him to be an authentic tough guy,” Spencer said. “A real genuine kid who cares more about others more than himself. “After that, who knows? That story will be written this Saturday and the Saturday after that. I’m not going to put that on him.” Still, Spencer admits that the Cowboys believe they have a good one. “So far, he hasn’t disappointed,” he said. And it appears to go beyond the field. Ogbah was selected by Gundy for the team’s Leadership Council, a group made up of representatives from each class that facilitates a positive locker room and serves as a liaison between the players and staff. “It means I’m doing something right,” Ogbah said. Actually, it means he’s doing a lot right. “He just plays,” Gundy said. “It’s enjoyable to be around players who just go out and play. And they don’t talk a lot and get caught up in everything going on out there in the sideshow. He just plays.” Against Florida State, he played and produced on the big stage. And he wants more, much more. “It means a lot, but I feel like it’s just a stepping stone to my main goals that I’m trying to reach,” Ogbah said. “Coming into the season, my goal was to be an All-American, an All-Big 12 player. “And in doing that, I want to help my team. I want to lead my team.”
Sep 1, 2014
Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone […]
Arlington road trip: Florida State fans impressive
Berry Tramel | Sep 1, 2014[img url=https://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/09/cash.jpg]3375471[/img] Florida State fans have a reputation of being mediocre travelers. Nothing like Alabama or Ohio State. But give the Seminole Nation credit. They were all over North Texas during the weekend for the OSU-FSU game Saturday night. The game at JerryWorld drew over 61,000 fans, and there appeared to be few neutral parties. Virtually everyone was in OSU orange or Florida State garnet. The Cowboys might have had a slight fan advantage, but still, there had to be at least 25,000 Florida State fans in the building. Quite the turnout consider Tallahassee, Fla., is about 900 miles from Dallas-Fort Worth. This was an old-hat road trip for me and for OSU fans. Been to Dallas a lot. This was OSU’s third game in DFW in its last 15 games overall — the Heart of Dallas Bowl against Purdue on Jan. 1, 2013, followed by the Cotton Bowl Classic game last season against Missouri and now Florida State. And the Cowboys play at TCU later this season. Anyway, here are the highlights of our short and familiar trip. DOWNTOWN ARLINGTON We stayed in Las Colinas, just southeast of DFW Airport. We went down to Arlington for dinner Friday night to hook up with Fox- 23 (Tulsa) sports director Nathan Thompson. Nate and our man Johnny Damon went to high school together in Bartlesville, which is an impressive collection of talent in the Oklahoma sports videography realm. But I told them not as impressive as the Norman High School dynasty of Oklahoma sports media, classes of 1974 through 1981. Dean Blevins (KWTV-9), Bob Barry Jr. (KFOR-4), myself and Mike Steely (107.7 the Franchise) all came through Norman High. Anyway, we went to dinner at Babe’s Chicken House. They’ve got 10 spread out over DFW. Fried chicken, fried catfish, chicken fry steak, mashed potatoes and gravy, cream corn, green beans and biscuits, served family style. Each Babe’s is set in old downtowns, with rustic and vintage decor. Really cool spots. I never had been to downtown Arlington. I always think of Arlington as Six Flags, the Ballpark, now JerryWorld and Interstate 30, connecting Dallas and Fort Worth. The old turnpike. Arlington, of course, is a huge place, with a population of 374,000 at the end of 2011. But before it became the size of Tulsa, Arlington was a regular Texas town. And it’s trying to keep its downtown alive. Babe’s sits in sort of a town square, next to the Arlington Music Hall, where a Johnny Cash revue is upcoming. Really neat-looking building. Turns out, city fathers throughout the Metroplex recruit Babe’s to come to their downtowns, helping with revitilzation, because each Babe’s draws as many as 400,000 customers a year. Babe’s are located in Roanoke, Carrollton, Frisco, Sanger, Arlington, Garland, Burleson, Cedar Hill and Granbury. I’ve been to four now, and they’re all outstanding. The cost per person is something $14. You walk away full and thinking of old-time Sunday dinners at your mom’s house. LAS COLINAS The upscale district is an interesting place. Home to the new College Football Playoff headquarters. Home to corporations that attract business visitors en masse during the week. Home to Yuppies (is that still a word?) living in condos. We stay at Las Colinas a lot because you can get fantastic hotel rates on the weekends. We stayed this weekend at a full Marriott for $94 a night. During OU-Texas weekend, the Courtyard goes for $79 a night; it’s $179 a night during the week. The Marriott this time was loaded with Florida State and OSU fans. We shared some TV time with a Florida State group. We came back from dinner Friday night and noticed the Colorado State-Colorado game on a lobby television. Our new OSU beat man, Kyle Fredrick Fieldhouse, grew up in Fort Collins, Colo., so naturally is a big CSU fan. The Marriott, like most swanky hotels, has a meager cable TV lineup, so we didn’t get Fox Sports1 in our rooms. But it was in the lobby. So we sat down and watched the second half. When we got there, Colorado led 17-7. Colorado State dominated the rest of the game and won 28-17. The Fieldhouse was quite pleased. The next morning, I woke up early — I always do on the road — and was rewarded with college football at dawn. Penn State-Central Florida from Dublin was on ESPN2. So I watched football into the afternoon, until Johnny Damon called to grab some lunch. We went down to a little Italian cafe in the heart of Las Colinas and had a slice of pizza and shared a salad. The cafe had UCLA-Virginia on, so we watched more football. Las Colinas is the headquarters of the Cotton Bowl during game week. The Omni hotel hosts the Cotton Bowl functions. We’ll see if OU and OSU make as many Cotton Bowl trips as they have recently (three of the last five years). The Cotton Bowl now is a major bowl and unaffiliated with any conference. DRIVING DFW As I’ve told you in the past, the Bush Turnpike is a game-changer in DFW. Getting from the guts of Dallas to the affluent northeast suburbs of Plano and McKinney and Frisco, getting from North Dallas to Las Colinas, from Las Colinas to Arlington, it’s all gravy now, compared to the old days, thanks to the Bush. We got to the stadium easily and got into the stadium easy. My old days of covering the Dallas Cowboys taught me the easy way to get to JerryWorld’s north parking lot, and we sailed right in. We parked right next to the officiating crew, which was arriving at the same time. They were from the Pac-12 and did an OK job, from what I could tell. Missed that pass interference committed against OSU’s Jhajuan Seales, but those things happen. The stadium remains a marvel. The giant video screen is must-watch television, either live or on replay. My established method is anything on the far side of midfield, I’m watching the video. Anything on my side (we’re in the corner pressbox), I’ll watch live. OSU fans clearly love JerryWorld. They keep coming back strong. We walked half the interior suite level of JerryWorld. An escalator took us up to our level, dumping us at Cotton Bowl headquarters. Then we walked the hallways, which are filled with photos commemorating the Dallas Cowboys’ storied success. Not much of it recent, of course. After the game, we shot a video on the field and you get a different sense of the awesomeness of the place. It’s quite the spectacle, with light shows and Ford trucks dangling in one end zone, the giant video board hanging above your head, the seats and suites that seem to stretch to the sky except you can’t see the sky because the roof is closed. One heck of a place to play a football game. MORNING IN DALLAS The great thing about games in DFW is that you can get home quick. Sometimes, I drove home after the games. I didn’t do that this time, because the older you get, the harder it is. We stagged back to the hotel room sometime around 2:15 a.m., I got to sleep around 3 a.m. and my phone alarm went off at 6:45. I know I was tired because I was disoriented when the alarm went off. I’m a light sleeper. I wake up fully charged almost every morning. Not this time, I didn’t know where I was, I was worried about getting the alarm off so I wouldn’t wake my wife except she wasn’t with me. It was a weird feeling. I had slept with the curtains open. The Dish wants a room pitch-black in which to sleep, but my Marriott room looked out over a beautiful Las Colinas lake, with some cool lighting. I left the curtains opens. I’d rather have the Dish with me, though. Anyway, I got cleaned up, got downstairs by 7:15 and met Johnny Damon for the trip home. I try to get back for church when I can, and I could. So Johnny Damon was a trooper; he had been up all night producing his video packages for newsok, but he rode along with me in the video department’s Jeep Cherokee, then I dropped myself off in Norman and he went on. Driving Dallas early on a Sunday morning is easy. No traffic. The only problem I saw — which I never had seen before — were local peace officers parked off the interstate, ready to pop on for speeders. Not much crime to monitor, I suppose, so they look for interstate income. But once we cleared Denton, that worry was gone. I pulled off in Gainesville to stop at a Whataburger for breakfast, but the Gainesville Whataburger is two miles off I-35, so we weren’t doing that. We zipped back onto I-35 and waited until Ardmore. Whataburger can be slow, and the car in front of us must have ordered breakfast for Cox’s army, but we finally were back on our way. I like Whataburger because I like their milk shakes. They’re thick. Lots of people talk a thick shake. Whataburger actually produces a thick shake. Anyway, we got to Norman at 10 a.m., so our timing was perfect.
Aug 31, 2014
The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list.
Oklahoma high school football: A week-by-week look at the top games of the season
BY JACOB UNRUH, SCOTT WRIGHT AND TRENT SHADID | Aug 31, 2014After three weeks of practices and scrimmages, official high school football games are upon us. With an impressive schedule to start the season this week that includes several rivalry games Thursday and Friday along with some intriguing games on Saturday, the season should have a strong opening weekend. But the season’s top games don’t stop there. The Oklahoman staff combed through every schedule for the season and chose the most impactful games each week for fans to see. Here is that list. Week 1 Top game: No. 3 Tulsa Washington at No. 1 Midwest City The two teams will meet in Week 1, and could very well meet again in Week 14 with the first-ever Class 6A-II gold ball on the line. As for this week, Tulsa Washington’s athletically gifted offense will get a stout test against the Bombers lauded — and loaded — defense. Honorable mention: No. 1 Davis vs. No. 2 Vian at Choctaw (2A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A), No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I) vs. Southlake (Texas) Carroll at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. Week 2 Top game: No. 1 Jenks vs. No. 2 Tulsa Union A rematch of last season’s final Class 6A championship game, this could be a preview of the Class 6A-I title game in December. Lots of crazy things happen — like Dylan Harding’s 77-yard TD reception with 25 seconds remaining last season to propel Jenks. This matchup will be intriguing with both teams replacing several star players. Honorable mention: No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II) at No. 5 Carl Albert (5A); No. 4 Millwood (2A) at No. 2 Douglass (3A); No. 2 Lawton MacArthur (5A) at No. 2 Lawton (6A-II). Week 3 Top game: No. 3 Norman North at No. 4 Westmoore The Timberwolves and Jaguars enter the season as the most likely OKC-area 6A-I title contenders. This matchup features a ton of offensive talent on the field highlighted by Oklahoma State quarterback commitment John Kolar for Norman North and Louisville receiver commitment Dahu Green for Westmoore. Honorable mention: No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 6 Del City (5A) at No. 1 Midwest City (6A-II); No. 7 Heritage Hall (3A) at No. 1 Davis (2A) Week 4 Top game: No. 10 OCS at No. 4 Millwood Though it’s the opening week of district play, the impact of this game could be felt the rest of the season. The winner gets an early leg up on the District 2A-2 race, with Christian Heritage still lurking, waiting for its shot. Honorable mention: No. 6 Edmond Memorial vs. No. 7 Edmond Santa Fe (6A-I); No. 12 Ardmore at No. 6 Del City (5A); No. 10 Owasso at No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) Week 5 Top game: No. 3 Clinton at No. 1 Anadarko The past two Class 4A champions collide with the district title likely in the mix — along with possibly Anadarko’s regular-season winning streak that stretches back to 2009. Last year, Clinton limped into this matchup, but if healthy this is a fight between two heavyweights built on power football. Honorable mention: No. 1 Laverne at No. 2 Pond Creek-Hunter (B); No. 3 Norman North at No. 2 Tulsa Union (6A-I); No. 1 Cherokee (C) at No. 3 Shattuck (C). Week 6 Top game: No. 1 Kingfisher at No. 4 Seminole These two teams have met in the 3A semifinals the past two years, both Kingfisher wins. In 2014, the Yellowjackets and Chieftains have scheduled an earlier meeting, and Seminole quarterback Doc Harvey could be the toughest test of the season for defensive end Jace Sternberger and the Kingfisher defense. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 1 Jenks (6A-I); No. 9 Tulsa Kelley (5A) at No. 1 Shawnee (5A); No. 9 Beggs (3A) at No. 3 Victory Christian (3A) Week 7 Top game: No. 5 Woodward at No. 1 Anadarko Another huge game in perhaps the toughest district outside of 6A Division I. Woodward was the only team to play Anadarko closer than 20 points in an 18-15 battle last season. This year should be another thriller. Honorable mention: No. 6 Tuttle (4A) at No. 2 Ada (4A); No. 5 Choctaw (6A-II) at No. 6 Stillwater (6A-II); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I). Week 8 Top game: No. 4 Bixby at No. 3 Tulsa Washington A district title is likely on the line here between two 6A-II teams loaded with talent that could translate into a deep playoff run. Both possess talented quarterbacks in Bixby’s Tanner Griffin and Tulsa Washington’s Cordale Grundy along with some veteran presence, making this a nearly even matchup. Honorable mention: No. 4 Westmoore (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 6 Apache (A) at No. 1 Hollis (A); No. 1 Jenks (6A-I) at No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I). Week 9 Top game: No. 2 Lawton at No. 1 Midwest City Week 9 is loaded with potentially huge games, none bigger than this matchup of 6A-II title contenders. Midwest City and Lawton would likely be competitive in 6A-I, but the change in class has created new hope for both. If they can meet expectations, this could serve as a championship game preview. Honorable mention: No. 1 Shawnee (5A) at No. 3 McAlester (5A); No. 5 Carl Albert (5A) at No. 4 Guthrie (5A); No. 5 Woodward (4A) at No. 3 Clinton (4A) Week 10 Top game: No. 4 Guthrie at No. 10 Deer Creek Depending how the season plays out, anything could be on the line in this game, from a district title to a No. 4 playoff seed. Guthrie’s talented veteran offense meets Deer Creek’s blossoming defense. Honorable mention: No. 3 Norman North (6A-I) at No. 9 Southmoore (6A-I); No. 5 Broken Arrow (6A-I) at No. 6 Edmond Memorial (6A-I); No. 3 Hennessey (2A) at No. 13 Chisholm (2A).
Talihina Golden Tigers have sights on gold ball. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals.
High school football: District A-8 preview
By Ed Godfrey | Aug 27, 2014Talihina has fielded good football teams in recent years. The Golden Tigers have won at least 11 games five of the past six seasons. Kelly Gravitt is entering his ninth season as head coach and thinks the 2014 Golden Tigers could be the best yet. That’s what happens when a team returns eight starters on offense and nine on defense from a team that finished 13-1 last season and reached the state semifinals. There are seven senior starters on both sides of the ball, led by Alan Lockhart, a four-year starter at free safety and a two-year starter at quarterback. Running back Bryar Humphreys and cousins Ty (wide receiver/linebacker) and Tucker Trowbridge (center/defensive end) are also four-year starters. Talihina’s two biggest question marks coming into the season were replacing All-State guard Jordan Blue in the offensive line and all-star Preston Derby at strong safety. Gravitt’s worries about replacing those players have been erased by the development of guard Dominck Shedd and safety Keaton Jackson. The Golden Tigers were ousted from the playoffs by Ringling, 26-18, last year and the club still feels the sting of that loss, Gravitt said. “They’re hungry,” Gravitt said. “These guys have had their eyes on the prize for a long time.” Gravitt has never been more confident entering a season. “If we stay healthy, I look to make a strong run,” he said. INJURIES ALREADY PILING UP FOR SAVANNA Staying healthy hasn’t happened in Savanna. The season hasn’t even started and the Bulldogs already have lost three returning starters and two other players for the season due to injuries and illness. Savanna coach James Bond said the lofty expectations for a Bulldog team that went 9-3 last season and was returning seven offensive starters and six defensive starters will now be difficult to reach. “That’s life,” Bond said. “You play with what’s dealt you and go on. You don’t necessarily like the hand you are dealt but you go play it.” Savanna has been buoyed by two move-ins from McAlester in freshman Richie Williams and sophomore Jonathan Impson, but the loss of five key players has forced some lineup shuffling. For example, wide receiver Josh Holloway (5-foot-9, 185 pounds) is now the new starting right tackle. “He is one of my tougher kids,” Bond said. Bond said Savanna has been fortunate to be injury-free in recent years. “It hadn’t happened to us in a while. I guess it was just due,” he said. “We are just going to try and get tougher and figure out what we can do.” GORE LOOKS TO GET BACK IN PLAYOFF PICTURE New Gore coach Jimmy Whitlock is used to winning. He was a guard on Seminole’s 1996 state championship team. For the past 10 years, he was on the Chieftains coaching staff and Seminole was 38-3 over his last three seasons there. He plans to bring the Chieftains’ work ethic to Gore football. “That was our deal in Seminole,” said Whitlock, who is a head coach for the first time. “We were going to outwork whoever we were playing that week.” Whitlock said his current group of Pirates have been working hard in the pre-season. “I am pretty sure it is quite a bit more than they are used to,” he said. “But the kids have really bought into everything. They are really pushing themselves. They want to be successful.” Gore finished just 2-8 last season and missed the playoffs for the first time in seven years. The Pirates return eight starters on both sides of the ball, led by quarterback Wade Shanks, who also is a four-year starter in the secondary. “He is a very smart player,” Whitlock said. “He’s one of those kids who is like having another coach on the field.” Senior linebacker Noah Batesole is another four year starter who leads a strong linebacking corps that includes seniors C.J. Lehnick and Tanner Clay plus sophomore Lane McDaniel. EXTRA POINTS Gore has 27 players on its roster and only eight are upperclassmen... Talihina’s Tucker Trowbridge was a running back last season but is moving to center because of the number of concussions he’s had, Gravitt said... Savanna quarterback/linebacker Seth Burke has been a four-year starter for the Bulldogs. DISTRICT 2A-8 COACHES’ POLL 1. Talihina (13-1) 2. Central Sallisaw (5-6) 3. Savanna (9-3) 4. Warner (6-5) 5. Quinton (5-5) 6. Gore (2-8) 7. Porter (3-7) (Last season’s records in parentheses)
The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night.
High schools: Big scrimmages highlight final weekend of preseason
By Scott Wright | Aug 27, 2014If you’re looking for an opportunity to see state championship-caliber teams in their final dress rehearsal of the preseason, you have plenty of options Thursday and Friday nights. The high school football scrimmage schedule includes a matchup of the teams that have played for the Class 3A championship the last two years when Kingfisher visits Blanchard on Thursday night. The Oklahoma City schools will be in action in the annual All-City Preview at Douglass and Star Spencer on Thursday and Friday. Mustang’s annual Pigskin Preview features top teams from Class 4A, 5A and 6A on Thursday, and Norman’s Top of the World Classic has another strong field Friday night. Here are some notable scrimmages involving metro-area teams Thursday and Friday: Thursday Davenport, Alex, Haileyville at Allen OKC Legion at Beggs Kingfisher at Blanchard Community Christian at Christian Heritage Academy Edmond Memorial at Del City OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Westmoore at Edmond North Putnam North at Edmond Santa Fe Guthrie at El Reno Seminole at Henryetta Bethel at Hinton Bethany at Jones McLoud at Little Axe Meeker at Luther Bartlesville at Midwest City Lawton Eisenhower, Lawton MacArthur, Anadarko, Piedmont, Elk City, Norman North, McGuinness at Mustang Tecumseh, Mount St. Mary at Newcastle Moore at Putnam City Choctaw, Bixby at Southmoore Davis at Tuttle Pauls Valley at Washington Enid at Yukon Friday Burns Flat-Dill City, Morrison at Cashion OCS at Chandler Crossings Christian, Walters at Cordell Prague at Crooked Oak Wynnewood at Dibble OKCPS All-City Preview at Star Spencer and Douglass Heritage Hall, Cascia Hall, Locust Grove at Lincoln Christian Harrah, Durant at McAlester Carl Albert, Deer Creek, Noble, Shawnee, Stillwater at Norman Top of the World Classic Hennessey at Perkins-Tryon Minco at Sayre
Aug 26, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The foundation of Jimbo Fisher's coaching philosophy began during rides home with his father after Pop Warner games. His dad would pepper him in the car with a single question: Why?John Fisher would ask the young quarterback why did he make a certain throw? Why didn't he make different decisions?The talks continued through high school, and three decades later Florida...
Florida State's Fisher emerging as a top QB coach
KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press | Aug 26, 2014TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The foundation of Jimbo Fisher's coaching philosophy began during rides home with his father after Pop Warner games. His dad would pepper him in the car with a single question: Why? John Fisher would ask the young quarterback why did he make a certain throw? Why didn't he make different decisions? The talks continued through high school, and three decades later Florida State's Fisher has used those father-son bonding moments to arguably become the pre-eminent quarterback coach in college football. Fisher has had eight quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 2001, works with reigning Heisman winner Jamies Winston and two of his former Seminole disciples are expected to start for other major college programs this year. "There's one thing I ask them: Why?" Fisher said. "Why'd you do that? Why did you not do that? Why was that successful? Why was that not successful? "If you can't know why you did something and why you didn't, how are you going to repeat it? If you do it well, but you don't understand why you did it, when the moment comes that you have to repeat it In the game for the championship, you can't do it because you never understood in the first place." Fisher, 48, lists former Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Tom Moore, Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak, former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden and Alabama coach Nick Saban as major influences, but it was his father who first peppered him with the question, "Why?" Fisher always played quarterback through college at Salem College and Samford, but was never the most athletic. His father constantly questioned Fisher with the goal being to outthink other players. The lessons stuck. Fisher helped turn JaMarcus Russell into the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL draft when he was offensive coordinator at LSU. Former Tiger Matt Flynn is the backup in Green Bay. Former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder was the No. 12 overall pick in 2011. E.J. Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the 2013 draft. Winston is a leading candidate to win his second Heisman trophy. Florida State transfers Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker are likely to start at West Virginia and Alabama, respectively. Fisher is the only head coach in college football that has had three quarterbacks drafted in the first round since 2007, according to STATS LLC. "I think a combination of things makes him really, really successful," said Tommy Bowden, who coached with Fisher at Auburn. "One, he played the position. He's an overachiever. He's extremely confident. "He's a hard-nosed guy, coming from that coal-mining background with his father. ... He doesn't baby those guys." Winston, Manuel and Ponder credit their success to how Fisher trains QBs mentally. Fisher drills technique and fundamentals, but he holds quarterbacks accountable for everything in the offense. "He'll test you in practice just to see how you respond," Manuel said. "He'll say things just to get you off your game and see if you can come and battle back because that's what's going to happen in a real game. "Things aren't always going to go perfect. He wants to see if you have the mental makeup to bounce back." The BCS championship victory was one of Fisher's proudest moments as a coach. Not because it validated his status in college football, but because of Winston's performance. He struggled in the first half and the Seminoles fell behind 21-3. Winston responded and eventually drove FSU on an 80-yard drive and threw the game-winning touchdown pass with 13 seconds remaining. The top-ranked Seminoles begin their title defense Saturday against Oklahoma State in Arlington, Texas. "His practices are so tough," Winston said of Fisher. "He's constantly on us. He's on us the hardest out of everyone. We are accountable for every mistake." Part of Fisher's drive derives from a constant fear of failure. He uses that motivation to be a better coach, recruiter and teacher. He's never had another job outside of coaching and always yearned to be in charge. Fisher wanted that responsibility regardless of the sport. "I wanted to be involved in play-calling," Fisher said. "I think I liked being in charge. I was competitive as a young kid. I wanted to decide that game, not nobody else. Whether we won or we lost." Florida State runs a complex, quarterback-driven, pro-style offense designed to have an answer for every defensive coverage. Fisher compares it to math where there's a formula for each problem. The quarterback is responsible for knowing where to go with the ball in every situation. The quarterbacks aren't only expected to regurgitate Fisher's ideas, but to come up with their own solutions. He gives homework assignments where they are tasked to come up with concepts to counter certain looks. "I don't want to teach them everything," Fisher said. "I think the greatest teacher in the world is yourself. I don't want them to be robots. I don't want them to learn it because that's what I said. I want them to understand it. There's a difference." It has made his QBs attractive to NFL teams. "He put a lot of things on the quarterback ... with checks and everything," Ponder said. "That helps the team, getting the best look and the best play, and also helps you transition to the NFL game. "Because especially in the offense now, there are so many checks and so much on the quarterback, I feel like from that offense I was prepared for this." ___ Associated Press reporter Dave Campbell in Minnesota contributed to this story.
Aug 26, 2014
OSU FOOTBALL — Listen to Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy talk and you’d think J.W. Walsh is easily the Cowboys’ starter. So why hasn’t Gundy committed and named Walsh the man? It’s just not what Mike Gundy does.
Oklahoma State football: Is Mike Gundy having quarterback commitment issues again?
By John Helsley, Staff Writer, firstname.lastname@example.org | Aug 26, 2014STILLWATER — Mike Gundy admires J.W. Walsh. Respects Walsh. Professes faith in Walsh. Now, can he commit to Walsh? That’s been a key storyline throughout Oklahoma State’s preseason camp. And not just because Gundy stoked speculation in August with chatter of a “quarterback battle,” which may have been gamesmanship directed toward first-game foe Florida State. And not due to the fact that Gundy has had several opportunities to confirm Walsh as OSU’s quarterback — only to hesitate. Gundy hasn’t gone all in on Walsh yet. Not through two seasons. Not now. None of this is new. Spanning Gundy’s tenure as head coach — and even before — the quarterback situation has rarely been concrete. From Donovan Woods to Bobby Reid and on through Clint Chelf and Walsh, volatility has ruled the position. Some of that is owed to injury. And some, too, to Gundy’s jostling. The coach can’t commit, not to his quarterbacks anyway. “Whoever we play, we hope that, most of the time, they'll play at a solid level,” Gundy said when asked specifically about Walsh earlier this month.” “Whoever” involves either Walsh, who is certain to be the starter when OSU opens with the Seminoles on Aug. 30, or Daxx Garman or Mason Rudolph. “Our quarterback situation this year is a little bit different than what it has been in the past,” Gundy said. “We vary our style of offense based on who's in the game. We expect that player and that style to be involved enough to score points.” That would be different, considering Gundy’s previous stance on the difficulty associated with amending systems inside seasons, let alone games. And all three quarterbacks offer something different, with Walsh more of a runner, Garman more of a passer and Rudolph a mix of the two. All three, too, come with major question marks. Walsh is an odd fit for what the Cowboys ideally want in the trigger man of their Air Raid attack, better built for an offense geared around the quarterback run game. The offense has to be tweaked to accentuate Walsh’s strength — his legs — rather than an arm that has proven erratic. Neither Garman nor Rudolph have taken a college snap. Garman last played in a game in 2009 — his junior year of high school — after a an adventurous route of frequent transfers. There’s a trust factor that hasn’t been forged. So all signs point to Walsh as the quarterback. For now. Cowboys coaches privately turned bullish on Walsh last August, enough to thrust him ahead of incumbent Clint Chelf. But as Walsh gained more exposure, his flaws became more apparent. And by midseason, Chelf seized the job back, putting Walsh on the back burner. That doesn’t mean Walsh missed his opportunity. Just a junior, he’s started but eight games, still a small sample size. “J.W. still hasn’t played one full season,” Gundy said. “He’s been in a lot of practices. He came in a semester early, and he’s been here a long time, so it’s like he’s been here for 10 years. He hasn’t competed in game settings, and he will continue to get better and develop as the season goes on. “He’ll play better this year than what he played last year, and we start to expect that. It’s our responsibility to put him in that position where he can perform at a higher level. We have a lot of confidence in J.W.” Walsh has allies in his teammates, who marvel at his leadership and toughness and a work ethic that has become legendary inside the program. Walsh wants to win. At everything. Even conditioning drills, like running the Boone Pickens Stadium steps in the offseason. “Every Friday we have stadiums,” said sophomore receiver Marcell Ateman. “I’ve never seen him not finish first.” “Stadiums is the big thing we do on Fridays. We’re like, ‘Aw, we have stadiums.’ But J-Dub takes it upon himself to finish first every time. It just amazes me how he beats everyone.” Said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich: “There’s a will. There’s a deep down drive the young man has. I don’t want to overdo it or oversell it, but it’s there. It’s impressive.” “And the best leadership is to lead. He does that with his work day in and day out.” Walsh has a solid record at beating opponents, carrying a 6-2 record as a starter. He was at the control for two more wins after stepping off the bench. Overall, the Cowboys are 8-2 in games where Walsh has played a significant role. He’s completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,897 yards and 22 TDs, with eight picks; adding 584 yards and 10 more scores rushing. Solid numbers. Solid enough to put him in line to be the Cowboys quarterback. For now. Walsh, off limits to reporters until after the first game, is just the latest in a recent line of Cowboys quarterbacks to have an unofficial asterisk attached to his starter status. There have been exceptions. Zac Robinson. Brandon Weeden, once given his shot. Uncertainty behind center hasn’t hampered the Cowboys success, with the program in the midst of the greatest stretch of football in school history. The run has been led by Gundy, who in nine seasons has climbed to the top of the OSU coaching wins list. Still, the lack of commitment to the men behind center is at least curious, particularly considering Gundy played and coached the position. If anything, Walsh is cut from similar cloth as Gundy, drawing many of the same semi-compliments afforded to quarterbacks who don’t fit the prototype: “Winner.” “Competitor.” “Gamer.” Maybe that’s why Gundy admires Walsh. Respects Walsh. Professes faith in Walsh. Now, can he commit to Walsh?
1. Kingfisher (15-0): The defending champions are primed for another title run with a strong defense and championship game star Nick Smith at RB. 2. Douglass (11-2): One of Class 4A’s top teams could be a powerhouse with the move down to 3A. 3. Victory Christian (11-1): Junior QB Keats Calhoon led the state as a sophomore last season with 3,350 yards through the air. 4. Seminole (13-1): Senior...
Class 3A football: Preseason Oklahoma high school football rankings
BY TRENT SHADID | Aug 26, 20141. Kingfisher (15-0): The defending champions are primed for another title run with a strong defense and championship game star Nick Smith at RB. 2. Douglass (11-2): One of Class 4A’s top teams could be a powerhouse with the move down to 3A. 3. Victory Christian (11-1): Junior QB Keats Calhoon led the state as a sophomore last season with 3,350 yards through the air. 4. Seminole (13-1): Senior QB Doc Harvey is one of just two returning starters on an offense that must replace star RB Papi White. 5. Locust Grove (12-1): QB Mason Fine returns after leading the Pirates to one of their most successful seasons. 6. Blanchard (13-1): Replacing RB Braden Stringer won’t be easy, but the Lions return most of their offensive line. 7. Heritage Hall (6-5): The Chargers are looking to contend behind highly touted QB Connor McGinnis. 8. Plainview (13-1): Inexperience is Plainview’s biggest concern after losing 16 starters from last season’s run to the semifinals. 9. Beggs (10-3): RB Kerry Daniels is expected to have another big season after rushing for over 1,500 yards in 2013. 10. Bethany (7-4): QB Kyle Duke is entering his third year as a starter and threw for 1,587 yards last year. 11. Lincoln Christian (8-5): QB Micah Wilson and WR Alec Davidson lead one of 3A’s top passing attacks. 12. Lone Grove (8-3): Junior RB Jeremy Lewis, who rushed for 2,176 yards last season, is one of 19 returning starters. 13. Marlow (6-5): Dual-threat QB Braeden O’Dell gives the Outlaws a versatile athlete to lead Rob Renshaw’s offense. 14. Roland (6-5): QB Manuel Bunch and TE/DE Austin Cantrell make the Rangers a potential sleeper. 15. Berryhill (9-3): Ty Walker returns at QB after accounting for 2,400 yards of offense last season. 16. Stigler (8-3): The Panthers may throw 40-plus times a game this season with senior QB Dylan Bryant. 17. Jones (7-5): Junior DT Ty Hughes will anchor a solid defense while the offense aims to find an identity with a new QB. 18. Spiro (8-3): Senior QB/DB McKinley Whitfield is one of the most talented playmakers in the state. 19. Hilldale (10-3): The Hornets hope to continue their recent success as they’ve won at least nine games in three straight seasons. 20. Cushing (8-3): The Tigers have several holes to fill offensively. 21. Purcell (6-5): The Dragons will look for a repeat playoff appearance behind nine returning starters on defense. 22. Madill (4-6): After missing the playoffs for the first time since 2007 last season, the Wildcats are looking for a bounce-back season. 23. Meeker (12-1): The Bulldogs are coming off the best season in school history but are moving up to 3A. 24. Sequoyah-Claremore (6-5): The Eagles are looking to make the playoffs for a fourth consecutive year. 25. Verdigris (2-8): The Cardinals return QB Reece Phillips and leading tackler Seth McLaughlin at LB. 26. Checotah (10-2): Wildcats come to District 3A-6 after winning 3A-8 looking for the same success. 27. John Marshall (4-6): Looking to break through into the postseason in Rashaun Woods’ second year as coach. 28. Sequoyah-Tahlequah (4-6): Talented duo of RB Justin Hooper and QB Zach Parish returns after combining for 2,700 yards last season. 29. Jay (6-5): QB Brandon Weaver leads the way after throwing for 1,698 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. 30. Dewey (5-6): Defense is the biggest concern for the Bulldoggers, who gave up at least 34 points in seven games last season. 31. Sulphur (5-6): Senior RB Nate Johnson and junior QB Cole Palmer have the Bulldogs expecting a second straight playoff trip. 32. Perkins-Tryon (5-6): The Demons are shifting to the spread offense under new coach Bruce Williams. 33. Little Axe (3-7): The Indians return experience at the skill positions led by senior QB Keith Robertson. 34. Centennial (6-5): The Bison are looking to build on their first playoff appearance last season. 35. Inola (5-6): Former Wagoner offensive coordinator Jeff Williams is taking over the Longhorns’ program. 36. Star Spencer (3-7): LB Milon Smith anchors the defense as a four-year starter. 37. Mannford (6-4): The Pirates have to find replacements at QB and RB to build on a winning season last year. 38. Okmulgee (3-8): The Bulldogs return QB Brad Bell and all four members of the starting secondary. 39. Mount St. Mary (4-6): Dual-threat QB Matt Peace is a third-year starter on offense, fourth-year starter at DB. 40. Dickson (6-4): The Comets are looking to build on their first winning season since 2003 under new coach David Gilliam. 41. Eufaula (5-5): The Ironheads are looking for their first winning season since 2008. 42. Pauls Valley (2-8): Senior Coleton Jolley is expected to once again be an impact player at multiple positions. 43. Tulsa Rogers (4-6): The Ropers have dropped from Class 5A to 3A in a span of three years and haven’t had a winning record since 2006. 44. Heavener (2-7): New coach Sam Hembree takes over at his alma mater. 45. Keys-Park Hill (1-9): RB Dakota Matlock is the top returnee for the Cougars’ uptempo offense. 46. Idabel (1-9): Speedy WR K.J. Wells is moving to quarterback for his senior season. 47. Sperry (1-9): The Pirates will need to show improvement on offense after scoring just 87 points last season. 48. Comanche (2-7): Making the transition to 3A under new coach Micah Mashburn after struggling in 2A last season. 49. Tulsa Webster (0-10): The Warriors are moving down a class after going 1-20 in Class 4A over the past two seasons. 50. Kellyville (2-8): Coach Scott Robb takes over a program that hasn’t been to the playoffs in a decade. 51. Valliant (2-8): RB/LB Kaleb Clardy is expected to do it all as a two-way standout. 52. Bethel (0-10): The Wildcats, led by junior QB Caleb Smith, will be looking to snap a 13-game losing streak. 53. Morris (1-9): After winning just one game last season, the Eagles won't have it any easier in 2014 with four 10-win teams in their district. 54. Blackwell (0-10): The Maroons are aiming to snap a 23-game losing streak that goes back to 2011. 55. Westville (0-10): The Yellowjackets surrendered 49 points per game last season. 56. Bridge Creek (0-10): Looking for a turnaround in coach Greg Wallis’ second season. By Trent Shadid, Scott Wright, Jonathan Greco and Chris Brannick
Class 3A football: Communities like Kingfisher, Bethany, Seminole provide the backing to create contendersAug 26, 2014
Successful football programs in Class 3A often come with a special bond between the school and town. Talent and coaching still trumps all factors in winning, but community support can help turn a program into a yearly contender. Here’s a look at how three of the schools in the preseason top 10 have benefited from that type of backing. Kingfisher: A winning mindset In Kingfisher, the defending...
Class 3A football: Communities like Kingfisher, Bethany, Seminole provide the backing to create contenders
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer | Aug 26, 2014Successful football programs in Class 3A often come with a special bond between the school and town. Talent and coaching still trumps all factors in winning, but community support can help turn a program into a yearly contender. Here’s a look at how three of the schools in the preseason top 10 have benefited from that type of backing. Kingfisher: A winning mindset In Kingfisher, the defending Class 3A state champions are surrounded by an expectation for success that goes beyond football. The community and school administration has placed an emphasis on fostering the winning mindset. “Kingfisher, I think, is a unique community in the sense that the people expect to do well and succeed in everything,” said Superintendent Jason Sternberger. “It obviously shows in football, but that community support goes through all our sports, and FFA, and band, and whatever else. It just bleeds from one activity to the next.” Over the past 11 years, the Yellowjackets are 125-25 with six trips to the state championship game and two titles. Jeff Myers has been a major part of the recent success since becoming the head coach in 2004. “Coach Myers deserves a lot a credit for organizing the way he runs the program,” said Sternberger, the father of defensive end Jace Sternberger. “As kids go through the system and develop, they just continually turn into good players. He also has a good outreach and communication with the parents. That stuff can go a long way.” Bethany: Top-notch facilities Bethany High School is part of a tight-knit community surrounded by the metro area. The unique bond is especially evident on Friday nights in the fall. “It’s special that we have a small-town atmosphere within our whole school system, yet we’re locked in the heart of the city,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “That’s unheard of today.” A recent rise in success has helped develop that passion. The Bronchos had a sub-par program in the 1990s, but have turned things around in the past 15 years including a Class 2A title in 2003. Bethany’s community support has been as good as any 3A school could ask for, as evidenced by some of the state’s best facilities. In the past five years, the program has raised money for an indoor practice facility, a 3,000 square-foot weight room, and a new locker room. “Every facility at this place is new within the last 10 years,” Roof said. “Since we’ve had a little bit of success it’s kind of been a combination of parents’ support, administration support, and just everyone getting involved. People have donated in every way, not just with money. If someone is an electrician they’ll come do the electrical for a facility, or a plumber, or construction.” Seminole: A coach in it for the long haul At Seminole, the town has rallied around what Mike Snyder has built. Over Snyder’s 34 years as coach, Seminole has averaged 9.5 wins a season. He is second in all-time wins among Oklahoma coaches with a record of 323-99. “I think it’s a unique community in the sense that there’s been so much tradition here that expectations are high from our kids and the town,” Snyder said. “As a result we pretty much fill the bleachers up every Friday night and we travel well to road games.” Snyder has led the Chieftains to the playoffs 29 consecutive years, the second-longest current streak in the state. The community has responded by provided for the program. Last season, a new $100,000 video board was put in at Chieftain Stadium, which Snyder says was paid for by the community. “We’ve got a great administration and when you put that together with a great community, you can get what you need and want for your program,” Snyder said. “Money has never been an object at Seminole with this program. It’s always been a ‘what can I do for you?’ or ‘what do you need?’ situation. I have a lot of former players who are out there in the business world that help take care of us. I think that’s one of the advantages to staying in one place a long time.”
Mike Gundy has kept quiet regarding his depth chart for Oklahoma State’s opener on Saturday. Apparently, Jimbo Fisher doesn’t have anything to hide. The Florida State coach made his starters and backups known to the media on Monday.
Oklahoma State football: Five takeaways from Florida State depth chart released today
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 25, 2014Mike Gundy has kept quiet regarding his depth chart for Oklahoma State’s opener on Saturday. Apparently, Jimbo Fisher doesn’t have anything to hide. The Florida State coach made his starters and backups known to the media on Monday: FSU depth chart pic.twitter.com/bdjT18j5aF — Jared Shanker (@JShankerESPN) August 25, 2014 Five takeaways from the FSU depth chart: 1. The Seminoles have seniors starting at every position on the offensive line. 2. Across the board, five sophomores are slated to start and zero freshmen. 3. The most inexperienced position group appears to be wide receiver, where three freshmen and two sophomores are in the mix for playing time. 4. Every starting position is solidified and four position groups (SS, Z-WR, X-WR, TB) each have two players listed as potential backups. 5. Eleven players listed as starters hail from Florida. Unlike OSU, no players from Texas are listed on the depth chart. However, outside linebacker Mario Edwards Jr. played for Denton Ryan High School in the Dallas area.
Aug 23, 2014
While expectations lag for this season, it could be the buildup for 2015 and 2016, when the Cowboys should be primed to compete for the Big 12 title and beyond again.
Oklahoma State football: The re-making of a champion
By John Helsley, Staff Writer | Aug 23, 2014STILLWATER — Nobody in or around the Oklahoma State football program willingly allows for an anticipated drop-off. Nobody. Not even with 28 seniors missing from a year ago, as well as several other key contributors. “The past is the past,” linebacker Ryan Simmons said of the roster turnover. “This is a new year and this is what we have and what we’re working with. “It’s going to raise questions, because people don’t know what to expect. It happens every year. But as far as us going out and getting the job done, we’re held to the same standards as last year.” Of course, that’s the only acceptable attitude, with pride and man cards at risk. That’s the way it is everywhere this time of year, even in the camps of football failures like New Mexico and Tulane and Temple and Florida International. So freshmen and sophomores are waging a two-deep takeover at OSU? So No. 1-ranked and defending national champ Florida State is up first in a rugged schedule that also features road trips to Manhattan and Norman and Waco and Fort Worth — three of which carry Top 25 status? So the Cowboys, used to being in the middle of the Big 12 title chase, are now picked for the middle of the Big 12 standings? So it is. “We don’t try to look at that,” said junior cornerback Kevin Peterson. “We just try to keep going, play our hearts out. Win games. “It’s motivation. You never see yourself down like that. Just play games and let people know what you can do.” Still, anybody in or around the Oklahoma State football team would admit that the Cowboys are best built for 2015 and beyond, when the kids — and we do mean kids — will be past their Big 12 baptisms. That’s when the buzz-worthy players collected from what Cowboys coaches believe to be their best recruiting classes can pair talent with experience. “There’s just really no substitute for having experienced players,” said Cowboys coach Mike Gundy. That’s not to say 2014 doesn’t offer hope and optimism. Oh, it’s there, beginning with the shot at taking on FSU to start the season. Yet no matter how the next three months play out, exceeding expectations or not, the bar for what comes next goes higher. Scouting ahead: The roster OSU’s roster is overrun with youth. Freshmen, redshirt freshmen and sophomores dominate the squad’s overall makeup. The junior class is strong, setting up a vital core of talent and leadership for 2015. At the top, only 11 scholarship seniors can be counted. Youth will be served, too, with underclassmen holding spots all over the depth chart. There’s a lot of developing and growing up to be done. Showing up in practice is one thing. Getting it done on Saturdays is another. Still, by all accounts, this group of OSU youngsters is oozing with talent and a fire to become better. “They’re so eager,” Gundy said. “It’s so enjoyable to be around them. And I see the look in some of the young guys’ eyes. They’re considerably better than when they showed up here, just in this short period of time. It’s a lot of fun to be around. This team’s fun.” Scouting ahead: The playmakers OSU’s offense could be good. Really good. Now and in the coming years. The Cowboys carry but one senior at the skill positions, albeit a good one in running back Desmond Roland. All the other playmakers — and there are many — project to return, many for multiple years. At receiver, the Pokes are deep and talented. And young. And hungry. “I love those guys. Those guys are great,” said receivers coach Kasey Dunn. “It’s so much fun coming to work every day. It really is. I told them the other day, ‘This is a blast for us.’ “And every single one of them is coming back next year. I hope they are. We’re excited about what the future has for all those guys, a lot of young kids who are eager to learn. They come out and play. “They’re athletic. They’ve got really good ability and hands. A good work ethic. It’s fun.” Quarterbacks J.W. Walsh and Daxx Garman are juniors, yet freshman Mason Rudolph is closing ground in a bid to be the QB of the future. John Kolar, a current high school commitment from Norman North, prepares to join the mix as well. Roland, a late-season find a year ago, will be missed. Yet already he’s in a job share with newcomer Tyreek Hill, whose speed and skills could make him the focus of the entire offense. Rennie Childs and Sione Palelei are waiting in the wings. And on the way is Ronald Jones II, one of the nation’s elite running back recruits. Scouting ahead: The offensive line An area of concern, especially with left tackle Devin Davis’ career in jeopardy, this year’s offensive line will require major contributions from underclassmen. Daniel Koenig and Chris Grisbhy are senior starters, while senior Brandon Garrett is a key backup. But there’s but one junior offensive lineman on the roster, with younger players filling critical roles. Center Paul Lewis and guard Zac Veatch are sophomore starters. Redshirt freshman Zach Crabtree is due to start at right tackle. And the backups are a mix of freshmen and sophomores, a crisis created by the injury to Davis and would-be starters Jake Jenkins and Travis Cross opting to get on with their lives, rather than return for senior seasons. Relying on so many unproven players can be frightening. Yet it’s also exciting — assuming, of course, the group gets bigger, stronger and better through experience. Scouting ahead: The defense The predominant storyline of the past six months: the Cowboys lost seven senior starters from last year’s defense. And the replacements are mostly raw rookies readying for a baptism by fire against the likes of No. 1 Florida State and a rugged run through the Big 12. OSU’s defensive two-deep features as many as nine true or redshirt freshmen who are all but assured of playing significant roles. That’s the bad news. And it’s the good news, down the road. The kids are alright, already. “Sometimes, that’s what it takes,” said senior tackle James Castleman, “to be thrown in there and forced to play. That’ll make you grow up real fast. “And that’s all it takes sometimes.” Scouting ahead: The schedule Well, for starters, there’s no Florida State on the 2015 nonconference schedule. Nothing close. Where the Seminoles had OSU’s attention from the start of spring this year, providing daily inspiration and motivation, the bigger challenge next fall may be in getting the players’ attention. They’ll have to be prepped on two Central schools — Central Michigan and Central Arkansas — the squads on tap to start the season. Care to take a guess on their mascots? Chippewas and Bears. Then there’s another visit from the Roadrunners of Texas-San Antonio. Once into Big 12 Conference play, the Cowboys get Oklahoma, Baylor, Kansas State and TCU at home.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school levelAug 22, 2014
Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Some Cowboys are used to tough season openers — at the high school level
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Aug 22, 2014There’s no denying a young Oklahoma State football team faces an extreme test when it opens the season with Florida State on Aug. 30 in Arlington, Texas. But among the inexperience concerns is a silver lining. Young Cowboy players are no stranger to opening a season against the very best talent around. Just ask cornerback Kevin Peterson. The returning leader in the secondary played high school football at Wagoner in northeast Oklahoma — a Class 4A school that won its first state championship with Peterson as its star. Who did Wagoner schedule for its season openers? “We played 5A schools the first couple games,” Peterson said. While college football has mostly embraced a model of softer nonconference schedules, top teams at the high school level have taken the opposite approach. Last fall, top 6A programs Jenks and Union played two of the best programs from the Dallas area — Euless Trinity and DeSoto — to kick off the year. Three players featured in those matchups are now Cowboy freshmen: safety Dylan Hardy (Jenks), offensive lineman Junior Galea’I (Euless Trinity) and wide receiver Chris Lacy (DeSoto). “The top tier of Oklahoma football is good … but you’ve got to go down and prove it against a very good team in enemy territory,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble told The Dallas Morning News last September. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity.” That type of mentality has stuck with Peterson. His confidence trumps the idea that a lesser opponent would benefit OSU in the long run. “I’d rather play the best teams,” Peterson said. “I’m not really a fan of playing the softer schedule, getting a pounding in and getting guys’ confidence behind them. I’d rather go after the best early, to really set a standpoint to see where we’re at.” SIMMONS: DEFENSIVE LINE ONE OF THE NATION’S BEST Ryan Simmons is supposed to have supreme confidence in the OSU defense. It comes with his role as the Cowboys’ projected starting middle linebacker this season. During Thursday’s press conference previewing the opener, Simmons used his platform to praise a specific position group: the defensive line. “One of the best d-lines in the conference and in the nation, in my opinion,” Simmons said. “A lot of the things we can do can definitely put pressure on (FSU quarterback Jameis Winston).” That’s some high praise. And quite the prediction considering the competition for those titles. The Cowboys return a majority of their playmakers on the defensive line — including defensive tackle James Castleman and defensive end Jimmy Bean, who started every game last season. But OU also returns a number of talented defensive linemen, and that group ranked second in the conference in sacks (33) and rush defense (137.6 yards allowed per game) last season. The Cowboys ranked sixth and fifth in those categories, respectively. And none of the current OSU defensive linemen are considered top 2015 NFL draft picks next season — while USC, Nebraska, Michigan State, Florida, Iowa and Ohio State each have pass rushers and run stuffers who might go as high as the first round. Simmons understands his defense isn’t getting that kind of hype, but says it won’t dictate his own expectations. “Right now, nobody knows what we have the potential to be,” Simmons said. “The effort is there, we’re all still learning day by day. We just have to go about it and prepare as if it’s our last day.” CBS SPORTS 2015 MOCK NFL DRAFT PLACES FIVE SEMINOLES IN FIRST ROUND The 2015 NFL Draft won’t take place for another eight months, but that hasn’t stopped draft analysts from making their predictions for who will be chosen in the first round. CBS Sports recently unveiled its guess at how it will shakeout. And there’s plenty of love for the Seminoles. Staff writer Bob Rang estimates five FSU players will come off the board in the first round: No. 5: QB Jameis Winston (Soph.) No. 11: CB PJ Williams (Jr.) No. 22: DE Mario Edwards Jr. (Jr.) No. 24: OT Cameron Erving (Sr.) No. 31: OG Josue Matias (Sr.)
Aug 20, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The way Mario Edwards Jr. moves on a football field seems to conflict with the basic principles of physics. The 6-foot-3 Florida State defensive lineman weighs 300 pounds, is very nimble and truly light on his feet.The 20-year-old can do standing backflips wearing 20-plus pounds of pads.With his size and athletic ability, he worked to become the No. 1 overall recruit in...
Florida State lineman Edwards poised to dominate
KAREEM COPELAND, Associated Press | Aug 20, 2014TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The way Mario Edwards Jr. moves on a football field seems to conflict with the basic principles of physics. The 6-foot-3 Florida State defensive lineman weighs 300 pounds, is very nimble and truly light on his feet. The 20-year-old can do standing backflips wearing 20-plus pounds of pads. With his size and athletic ability, he worked to become the No. 1 overall recruit in the nation and a third team All-ACC selection as a sophomore, but something has been missing: Every-down domination. Edwards will play every position along the line, sometimes standing up on the outside and even dropping into pass coverage. "I just took this year serious," Edwards said. "I feel good. I'm more explosive and I'm strong. "This year, they really want to do mismatches with me. The worst player on the line, that's who they'll put me against." Bucky Brooks, NFL Media analyst and former scout for the Seattle Seahawks and Carolina Panthers, said it's important for players like Edwards to show that they can be consistently dominant. "The guys that are blue chippers, the guys who go on to have multiple Pro Bowls, guys who are impact players that change franchises have that ability," Brooks said. "I need to see Mario Edwards Jr. show people that he wants to be a dominant player by putting it on tape, doing it against everybody, small competition, big competition, whatever. Really dominating the guy that's across form him." Edwards has shown flashes of domination in his first two years. The best game of his career was a six-tackle, including three for loss, one-sack effort in the national championship game. He showcased his athleticism in the first quarter, firing through the offensive line, chasing Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall out of the pocket and then doubling-back to get the sack. He got to Marshall again in the fourth quarter, running down the quarterback while isolated one-on-one on a read-option. Coaches recently stopped the tape during a film session to show Edwards chasing down speedy back Mario Pender from the opposite side of the field. Edwards has regularly weighed around 300 pounds but reshaped his body during the offseason. He firmed up and can run with players 100 pounds lighter. He squats 600 pounds and bench presses 450 pounds. Florida State has GPS equipment to track their speed and Edwards' has improved from 17.5 miles per hour last season to 18.8. The new goal is to increase the sack numbers. Edwards only has five in 23 games, but part of that had to do with his responsibilities within the scheme. Edwards didn't regularly have the go-get-the-quarterback green light. Edwards also acknowledged there were lapses in effort and he hadn't mastered the playbook. He believes six or seven sacks were left on the field. Edwards wants double-digit sacks in 2014. Though Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher said sacks aren't the only indicator of Edwards' impact. "Sacks don't equate to greatness," Fisher said. "You watch that film, that guy's a heck of a football player. You watch when the draft comes around, where he's at. ... He didn't get sacks, but we had the lowest scoring defense in the country last year. "That guy there is as athletic and as dominant as any of the ends we've had. ... He's as strong physically and naturally as powerful as anybody I've been around." Fisher has seen his share of NFL-caliber linemen. The Seminoles had four defensive linemen drafted in the 2013 NFL draft, including Bjoern Werner (No. 24 overall) and Cornellius Carradine (No. 40). FSU defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan was the No. 48 pick in 2014. And LSU regularly sent defensive linemen to the NFL when Fisher was the offensive coordinator in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. "As far as guys that can dance around like that," Brooks said, "guys that are athletic, guys that can play upright off the ground, has the ability to move and do some things that you want to see in these exotic schemes where you can put your D-line on the move ... he can do all those things." Now, the goal is do it consistently. Defensive coordinator Charles Kelly said the two have had extensive conversations on the subject. Everyone knows that's the last piece of the puzzle for someone unnaturally blessed with that type of natural strength and fluidity. Edwards reminisced about intimidating opponents before high school games when he would finish pregame stretches with a backflip and watch the jaws drop open. Fisher wants to see similar reactions on a consistent basis from Edwards' opponents — but at the end of four quarters.
Aug 17, 2014
All signs point to more than one quarterback playing for Oklahoma State this season.
OSU football: No clear No. 1 quarterback for Cowboys
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Aug 17, 2014STILLWATER — All signs point to more than one quarterback playing for Oklahoma State this season. J.W. Walsh finished spring as the presumed replacement for Clint Chelf, but coach Mike Gundy hasn’t named Walsh, Daxx Garman or Mason Rudolph the starter throughout fall camp. As the opener at AT&T Stadium against defending national champion Florida State approaches, there’s no firm answer as to who will play the majority of snaps in week one. Rather than rehash all the possible scenarios or dissect the possible strategy of keeping the Seminoles in the dark, here’s a timeline of the more outspoken things Gundy has said about his quarterbacks, despite little actually being known as to who the Cowboys’ signal caller will be: OSU FOOTBALL MEDIA DAY / AUG. 2 “Whoever we play, we hope that, most of the time, they'll play at a solid level,” Gundy said. “I think, as coaches, we're responsible for that. Our quarterback situation this year is a little bit different than what it has been in the past. We vary our style of offense based on who's in the game. We expect that player and that style to be involved enough to score points. “It's a very good possibility,” that multiple quarterbacks earn playing time.” POST-PRACTICE / AUG. 5 Gundy said Daxx Garman is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” in the Aug. 30 opener. “I would always prefer to say, ‘OK, here’s our guy.’ And then (the backup) is prepared to play, but the other guy is clearly more mature and better at this point,” Gundy said. “But if something happened, (the backup) could make a play. I think that’s my best case scenario … If you have guys that can bring something different to the table — that’s what we have right now — then I’m a little reluctant to just disregard that (multiple look) aspect of it.” OKLAHOMA CITY COWBOY CARAVAN / AUG. 5 “We have a heck of a quarterback battle going.” POST-PRACTICE / AUG. 16 “The quarterbacks played really the best that they’ve played in a scrimmage in a number of years here … They were very productive.” Depth Chart No. Name Height Weight Class 4 JW Walsh 6-2 201 Jr. Walsh’s career record as a starter is 6-2, but he lost the job to Clint Chelf in 2013 after inconsistent play early in the season. 12 Daxx Garman 6-2 205 Jr. Garman has received rave reviews for his arm strength, but the Arizona transfer hasn’t started a game with any meaning since he was a junior in high school. 10 Mason Rudolph 6-4 204 Fr. The true freshman ran a spread offense in high school, has a strong arm and NFL-type frame. But would he benefit from redshirt year? 14 Cornelius Taylor 6-6 184 Fr. Taylor is a very tall freshman walk-on for the Cowboys.
Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly […]
High school football: Bethany eyeing return to elite in 3A
Trent Shadid | Aug 13, 2014Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly at the skill positions, so we’re pretty excited,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “We think we’ve got a chance to a pretty good team in 3A again. With 3A being as tough as it is, I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of wins and losses, but we’ve got a chance to be better than we’ve been the last couple of years for sure.” Senior Kyle Duke returns to start for a third straight year at quarterback. Duke will have one of his top targets back from a season ago in senior receiver Cody Seeds, and 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior Sam Jones will lead the offensive line. Bethany went 7-4 last season, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Tuttle. “We thought we had a pretty good year last year,” Roof said. “We got beat by Seminole, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Beggs. That was some pretty good competition a year ago.”
Aug 13, 2014
The Cyclones lineman has 24 scholarship offers.
High school notebook: Casady's Wariboko-Alali adds Cal offer
By Scott Wright, Jacob Unruh and Trent Shadid | Aug 13, 2014The list keeps growing for Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali. He picked up yet another scholarship offer Wednesday, this time from California to bring his offer total to 24. Wariboko-Alali confirmed the offer to The Oklahoman through a text message. He is ranked No. 1 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 and was verbally committed to Oklahoma at one point. He de-committed from the Sooners in April, but recently told Rivals.com he remains in contact with the Sooners and indicated he is pleased with the direction they are headed and his relationship with OU offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh. Wariboko-Alali also said he remains interested in Oklahoma State. WESTMOORE’S ROBINSON TURNING HEADS Football fans already know about Westmoore’s talented receiver duo of Dahu Green and DeShawn Lookout, but the Jaguars have a scary third option in the passing game now, too. Stephan Robinson, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound senior, was at Westmoore as a sophomore, then moved to Moore and has moved back into the Westmoore district for his senior year. He excelled during the Jaguars’ 7-on-7 summer competition and is looking strong early in camp as well. “Pound for pound, he might be the most athletic guy on our team,” first-year coach Adam Gaylor said. “He’s tremendously fast and just so quick. He can change direction and get to full-speed in one step. “He can play any position on defense, probably, outside of noseguard, and probably anything on offense except the offensive line. He could probably run the chains if you asked him to.” An under-the-radar college prospect, Robinson could emerge as a Division I target with a good senior season because of his athletic ability and versatility. He’s likely to play receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Jags. BETHANY EYEING RETURN TO ELITE IN 3A Since finishing as the Class 3A runner-up in 2010, Bethany hasn’t made a run past the second round of the playoffs. With several players returning led by a solid senior class, the Bronchos are expecting to potentially become a state championship contender once again this season. “We’ve got a lot of our kids back, particularly at the skill positions, so we’re pretty excited,” said Bethany coach Reagan Roof. “We think we’ve got a chance to a pretty good team in 3A again. With 3A being as tough as it is, I don’t know exactly what that means in terms of wins and losses, but we’ve got a chance to be better than we’ve been the last couple of years for sure.” Senior Kyle Duke returns to start for a third straight year at quarterback. Duke will have one of his top targets back from a season ago in senior receiver Cody Seeds, and 6-foot-3, 300-pound senior Sam Jones will lead the offensive line. Bethany went 7-4 last season, falling in the first round of the playoffs to Tuttle. “We thought we had a pretty good year last year,” Roof said. “We got beat by Seminole, Blanchard, Tuttle, and Beggs. That was some pretty good competition a year ago.” THE OKLAHOMAN’S FALL MEDIA DAY AUG. 20 The Oklahoman’s annual Fall Sports Media Day has been set for Wednesday, Aug. 20, and this year it will be featured at a new location. The event will be held at McGuinness High School, 801 NW 50 Street, beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 7:30. Each Oklahoma City-area high school participating in football, fastpitch softball, cross country, volleyball and fall baseball is encouraged to bring athletes to meet The Oklahoman’s high school coverage team for interviews, videos and photos that will be used throughout the upcoming season.
Aug 10, 2014
The junior Oklahoma State wide receiver said “being in the Big 12 is tough,” but 2014 presents a whole new set of challengers. The Cowboys’ strength of schedule is among the conference’s best.
Oklahoma State football notebook: David Glidden knows Cowboys have challenging road ahead
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Aug 10, 2014David Glidden is no stranger to the bright lights of a top-tier college football matchup. Arizona at home in 2011 and on the road in 2012. Mississippi State in the opener last year. Bowl games against Stanford and Missouri. Three Bedlam matchups. The junior Oklahoma State wide receiver said “being in the Big 12 is tough,” but 2014 presents a whole new set of challengers. The Cowboys’ strength of schedule is among the conference’s best. And it’s not just Florida State in the opener. “Down the stretch, it does get tough again,” Glidden said. Nine weeks after the Cowboys take on the Seminoles on Aug. 30, OSU faces a brutal road schedule to close the season — Kansas State, Baylor and Oklahoma. While the motto hasn’t changed, taking each game as it comes, the prospect of facing the Big 12’s best on the road to finish the year only emphasizes the need for young team to jell and learn on the fly. “Every day when you’re pushing those younger guys, it is something you think about,” Glidden said. “You remind them that’s why we’ve got the music playing at practice and all that kind of stuff. “If they’re complaining late in practice, they’re ready to get off the field. But yet, we’ve got to keep pushing because that’s how it’s going to be when we’re down at OU or Baylor and you’ve got 100,000 fans in Norman just screaming at you. At the same time, that’s what makes it fun.” But from a strictly game-planning perspective, those late season-matchups don’t matter, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer said. Not yet, at least. “I’d be lying if I said I haven’t looked a lot at Florida State, but thought about the other games?” Spencer asked. “No … I’d be uptight and anxious if we were playing a team we were favored by four touchdowns (in the opener). That’s just me.” CONNELLY PRAISES RUN GAME AS STRENGTH First-year offensive line coach Bob Connelly understands the challenge ahead of him this season. He takes over a position group that features a new starting center. There are questions as to whether his two most experienced returners — Brandon Garrett and Devin Davis — will be at full strength after suffering injuries last season. A handful of underclassmen will get their first shot at starting roles. But through the first two weeks of fall practice, Connelly said he’s been impressed with one aspect of his unit’s development. “You know, I think that we're a very good run team right now,” Connelly said. “We've got to continue to grow and develop, and we're young, as we stated. We're going to continue to get better each and every day. Obviously, that's a goal of mine for them and a goal of Coach (Mike) Gundy for the football team. As long as we take baby steps and show improvement each day, we're doing that. As we develop mentally and understand the scheme structures both offensively and defensively, I think we'll continue to progress.” But Gundy was hesitant to immediately declare the run game a team strength. “We have a long ways to go,” Gundy said. “You’re certainly a better running team when you have running backs that can make plays, and then (offensive) linemen just have to cover up defensive lineman. We still have a ways to go. We’ve got another 10 practices before we can really decide who we are.” MUNCRIEF MAKES SWITCH TO INSIDE RECEIVER Junior Caleb Muncrief is switching positions this fall — from running back to inside receiver. “I just feel like it was a better fit,” Muncrief said. “I just wanted to get out in space and I enjoy receiver. If I can get out in space, it gives me a better opportunity to showcase my skills not.” Muncrief said he played receiver his freshman and sophomore seasons at Madill High School and that he’s “always had confidence in my hands.” “It’s just learning the signals and plays,” Muncrief said. “That’s all I’ve got to do.” Muncrief has been featured at running back and return specialist. He’s totaled 75 rushing yards on 20 carries over the past two seasons.
Aug 7, 2014
The Chargers, who went 6-5 and made the second round of the playoffs last season, have just 36 players on the roster entering the season. In the season finale against Seminole, they suited up just 29 players.
District 3A-1 football preview: Health key for Heritage Hall
BY JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT | Aug 7, 2014After losing 11 players to season-ending injuries last season, Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert is hoping that doesn’t happen again this season. The Chargers, who went 6-5 and made the second round of the playoffs last season, have just 36 players on the roster entering the season. In the season finale against Seminole, they suited up just 29 players. But there is something to be gained with so many young players seeing significant playing time. “We played so many young kids that probably wouldn’t have played,” Bogert said. “Obviously experience is going to help for sure. A lot of those guys played all year long that might have been playing JV instead of varsity. The experience is going to help for sure.” Bogert was also happy to not open district play against Kingfisher like the past two seasons. The two teams will meet in Week 9. Heritage Hall does open with rival Casady before playing perennial powers Clinton and Davis, the Class 2A defending state champion. SMITH READY TO TAKE OVER IN KINGFISHER BACKFIELD For the first time in four years, Kingfisher will have a new running back in the backfield. Landon Nault has graduated after rushing for more than 7,000 yards and 121 touchdowns during four highly celebrated seasons. Junior Nick Smith is set to take over, and if last season’s Class 3A championship game is any indication, the Yellowjackets will be just fine. He accounted for all 30 points in the win over Blanchard. He rushed for just more than 1,000 yards and 17 touchdowns on 101 carries last season. WILLIAMS TAKES OVER AT PERKINS-TRYON Change is happening at Perkins-Tryon, and it’s not just a coaching switch. New coach Bruce Williams brings with him a pass-oriented offensive philosophy, much different than the run-based schemes of former coach Lloyd Wertman. Williams has spent the last 10 seasons at Broken Bow, the last two as the team’s offensive coordinator. He took over in May and began installing his spread offense. “We’ll have a lot of formations, spread the ball around a little bit,” Williams said. “We won’t be slinging it every down, but we’ll have a vertical passing game.” CENTENNIAL BUILDING ON PLAYOFF APPEARANCE Coming off its most successful season to date, Centennial has some challenges ahead in coach Don Willis’ third season. First will be replacing quarterback Malcolm Mitchell Jr., who guided the Bison to a 6-5 record and their first playoff appearance. Centennial defeated Star Spencer and John Marshall in the final two weeks of the regular season, with the win over John Marshall clinching the school’s first-ever playoff berth. EXTRA POINTS With only four starters returning on offense, Cushing will rely heavily on junior linebacker Josh Houtchins after he recorded 89 tackles, four sacks and one interception last season. … After going 0-10 last season, Blackwell will lean heavily on senior quarterback Sam Schuerman. Coach Graham Snelding said Schuerman “brings a tough, hard-nosed attitude and a great work ethic.” … Mannford went 6-4 last season, narrowly missing the playoffs but posting its first winning record in six years. The Pirates last made the postseason in 2007. DISTRICT 3A-1 COACHES’ POLL 1. Kingfisher (15-0) T2. Cushing (8-3) T2. Heritage Hall (6-5) 4. Mannford (6-4) 5. Perkins-Tryon (5-6) 6. Centennial (6-5) 7. Blackwell (0-10) *Last year’s record in parentheses
Aug 5, 2014
Cowboys coaches have believed that this class of freshmen carries great potential. And while early in camp, they’re seeing some confirmation.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Young players showing up
BY JOHN HELSLEY | Aug 5, 2014Cowboys coaches have believed that this class of freshmen carries great potential. And while early in camp, they’re seeing some confirmation. “We had nine players, I counted, on the second team today that are true freshmen, basically,” said OSU coach Mike Gundy. “Those guys are going to have to play, so I'm encouraged in that area.” Most of the freshmen who have put themselves in play are on defense, where the Cowboys took huge personnel hits from a year ago. The defensive front is a strength, loaded with experience and proven players. But the back seven features but two players with extensive experience in linebacker Ryan Simmons and cornerback Kevin Peterson. “We've got a number of players that have a lot of experience and understanding, and then there's a gap,” Gundy said. “Then we have more players that are talented, but don't have any experience. “It's really the best definition of where we're at right now as a defense.” CARAVAN STOP REVEALING Gundy broke some news, to an extent, at the Cowboy Caravan stop at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City Tuesday night. Prepping the crowd on the 2014 Cowboys, Gundy ran through common talking points before saying: “We have a heck of a quarterback battle going.” He had some fun, too. A young girl asked him, “When we beat Florida State, will you do the dance in the locker room?” Gundy responded, “That’s the plan … Whenever we do, everybody in here will be dancing.” OSU opens the season against the Seminoles on Aug. 30 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Other select outtakes from his combination primer/question-and-answer session: “It’s been as fun as ever for myself and my staff to see young players develop.” “I think this is the best recruiting staff we’ve had.” “This is my first time as head coach that we’ve put a plan in place before we left for summer break, for a variety of reasons. One, they’re pretty good.” “We’re recruiting further ahead, on 2016-17 prospects. We hate to get too far ahead, but prospects now are bigger, faster, stronger than ever.” “We’ll play at least two guys (at linebacker) who were playing high school football last year.” PRACTICES GAINING INTENSITY Tuesday morning’s practice was the Cowboys’ fifth, but the first in full pads. And that came with some added intensity. “It's a good feeling to get back in pads,” said sophomore linebacker Seth Jacobs, in competition for a starting job. “Everyone's flying around. Everybody's getting more reps. Everyone's working hard and trying to get their assignments right.” The Pokes will conclude this week with their first full-scale scrimmage Saturday. ROLAND BACK FROM GROOMSMAN DUTY Running back Desmond Roland was excused over the weekend to attend his sister’s wedding. “First time ever at a wedding and I really enjoyed it,” Roland said. “I held back the tears. It was a shock seeing my sister getting married. She was just babysitting me the other day. “It was just amazing to see her get married. And I’m glad Coach Gundy let me go to the wedding.” A former All-American long-distance runner at Grambling State, the former Neia Richard tabbed little brother as a groomsman. “I was late to rehearsal,” he said. “We were still figuring stuff out the day of the wedding. I was like, ‘I hope I don’t mess things up for my sister. She’s going to be really mad.’ “But we did a good job and she had a great time. And she’s really happy, so that’s all that matters.” QUOTABLE “We've been showing some intensity, some juice and some emotion. We've done a good job of that. I thought today, at first, that we didn't have that edge coming out to practice, but as the day went on, we got better. Then, there's the mental mistakes, which have a collective accountability out there. There's a responsibility to get it right, which you realize can be a process as coach.” — Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer
Aug 5, 2014
The starter for the Florida State opener in Arlington has yet to be announced. But the conversation shifted from “if JW Walsh will start,” to “how much time will Daxx Garman really play?”
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy says he's got 'a heck of a quarterback battle going'
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON, Staff Writer | Aug 5, 2014Fans waited patiently in padded-metal chairs for him to arrive on stage. With the season opener less than a month away, a few hundred shifted excitedly to talk Oklahoma State football with coach Mike Gundy. With microphone in hand, Gundy spent nearly 15 minutes of his spotlight at the 2014 Cowboys Caravan inside the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Tuesday night breaking down different position groups. Then, he said this: “We have a heck of a quarterback battle going.” That was a hot topic Tuesday in Stillwater. The Cowboy quarterback depth chart didn’t change, as the starter for the Florida State opener in Arlington has yet to be announced. But the conversation shifted from “if JW Walsh will start,” to “how much time will Daxx Garman really play?” Gundy told reporters after a morning practice that Garman — a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior — is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” when OSU faces the Seminoles on national TV Aug. 30. Gundy, assistant coaches and teammates have raved about Garman’s arm strength. Even Brandon Weeden. The former OSU quarterback told The Oklahoman in March that Garman impressed when he visited spring camp. But while there’s much to like about Garman, who transferred to OSU from Arizona in 2012, much is unknown about his skill set. Because Garman hasn’t started a fall football game with any real meaning since the 2009 season. That’s the year he was a junior quarterback at Jones High School, northeast of Oklahoma City, and finished the season with 2,500 yards passing and 26 touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his throws. Garman transferred to Southlake Carroll High School, a powerhouse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for his senior season but didn’t play because of transfer eligibility issues. Other than spring showcases, Garman hasn’t appeared in a college football game since. He was redshirted at Arizona and has been deep on the OSU depth chart the past two seasons. Now, he might be asked to play against the returning national champions in his first collegiate matchup. If what Gundy suggests takes place in the opener, it’s hard to believe Garman would be the starter. The Cowboys averaged about 75 offensive plays per game last season, so 10-to-12 snaps would take less than 20 percent of the entire game plan. Or, considering the challenge Florida State presents, Gundy’s assessment of Garman’s use in the opener might lean toward the side of gamesmanship, rather than fact. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich wouldn’t go into detail as to who had the most repetitions at practice Tuesday. He instead praised all three of his quarterbacks for their work this fall. “All three are looking good,” Yurcich said. “Daxx is doing a great job with the reps that he’s getting, JW is getting better every day it seems. The young rookie, Rudolph, is really doing good as well. So all three have their strong points and it’s fun to go and coach them every day.” Gundy said his ideal depth chart resembles the 2011 OSU roster, when Weeden was the unquestioned leader and backup Clint Chelf had proven in late blowout victories that he could be plugged into the offense and be productive. Based on Gundy’s potential strategy to use multiple quarterbacks this season, it’s clear he doesn’t have the luxury of that scenario in 2014. “I would always prefer to say, ‘OK, here’s our guy.’ And then (the backup) is prepared to play, but the other guy is clearly more mature and better at this point,” Gundy said. “But if something happened, (the backup) could make a play. I think that’s my best-case scenario … If you have guys that can bring something different to the table — that’s what we have right now — then I’m a little reluctant to just disregard that (multiple look) aspect of it.”
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy talks quarterbacks, says Daxx Garman is preparing for “10-to-12 snaps” against Florida StateAug 5, 2014
Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won’t name a starting quarterback for the Cowboys’ season opener against Florida State. But following a morning practice Tuesday, he did hint that one OSU QB is preparing to play: Daxx Garman. Garman — a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior — is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” when the […]
Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy talks quarterbacks, says Daxx Garman is preparing for “10-to-12 snaps” against Florida State
Kyle Fredrickson | Aug 5, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2014/08/db96a8ef684cceeba40489315252a268.jpg]3143914[/img] Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy won’t name a starting quarterback for the Cowboys’ season opener against Florida State. But following a morning practice Tuesday, he did hint that one OSU QB will play: Daxx Garman. Garman — a 6-foot-2, 205-pound junior — is preparing as if he will take “10-to-12 snaps” when the Cowboys face the Seminoles at AT&T Stadium on Aug. 30, Gundy said. It’s a notable, but otherwise expected, development for the quarterback depth chart. Since Big 12 Media Days in Dallas last month, Gundy has repeatedly said that he’ll potentially use all three quarterbacks situationally this season. The Cowboys averaged about 75 offensive plays per game last year. So if Garman plays those estimated 10-to-12, that’s less than 20 percent of the total scheme. Not a stat that points to Garman being the starter, but a solid contributor should OSU need his skill set. So what does Garman bring to the table? Coaches and teammates have raved about his arm strength, but Garman’s abilities have yet to be seen in a meaningful setting. Outside practice, Garman has only played in spring games for OSU. To be exact, no one has seen Garman play in a game with any real meaning since 2009. That was the year of his last season as a starting quarterback. At Jones High School, just northeast of Oklahoma City, he passed for 2,500 yards and 26 touchdowns while completing 69 percent of his passes. Garman transferred to Southlake Carroll High School, a powerhouse in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for his senior season, but did not play. After one redshirt year at Arizona, he transferred to OSU; where he’s been deep on the Cowboys’ depth chart ever since. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich wouldn’t go into detail as to who is getting the most reps at practice, and instead praised all three of his quarterbacks for their work this fall. "All three are looking good," Yurcich said. "Daxx is doing a great job with the reps that he’s getting, JW is getting better every day it seems. The young rookie, Rudolph, is really doing good as well. So all three have their strong points and it’s fun to go and coach them every day." When Gundy was asked if what his ideal quarterback depth chart would look like, he suggested his current situation isn’t the most desirable. And that’s why Garman could get a chance to prove himself against FSU. "I would always prefer to say, ‘OK, here’s our guy.’ And then (the backup) is prepared to play, but the other guy is clearly more mature and better at this point," Gundy said. "But if something happened, (the backup) could make a play. I think that’s my best case scenario … If you have guys that can bring something different to the table — that’s what we have right now — then I’m a little reluctant to just disregard that (multiple look) aspect of it."
Jul 30, 2014
Warren doesn’t want to wait three years to re-enter the Major League Baseball Draft.
High school notebook: Carl Albert's Cameron Warren heading to Seminole State instead of Oklahoma
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Jul 30, 2014Cameron Warren doesn’t want to wait three years to re-enter the Major League Baseball Draft. The former Carl Albert standout and member of The Oklahoman’s All-State and Big-All City teams said he will play baseball at Seminole State instead of Oklahoma next year. “To try and raise my draft stock and re-enter after this year,” he told The Oklahoman via Twitter. Warren hit .420 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs last season, helping the Titans win their third straight Class 5A title. He was also 8-0 on the mound with a sparkling 1.82 ERA. Warren and teammate Gavin LaValley had both signed with the Sooners, but now neither will suit up at OU. LaValley was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the fourth round and has already reported to the Rookie League in Arizona. Warren was selected in the 39th round by the New York Yankees, but chose not to sign. NCAA rules prohibit players from entering the MLB Draft until after their junior season. Players at junior colleges can enter each year. KINGFISHER, MERRITT RECOGNIZED BY COACHES VS. CANCER The Kingfisher football team and Merritt basketball teams were recognized by the American Cancer Society’s Coaches vs. Cancer initiative for their fundraising efforts during the 2013-14 school year. Merritt raised $16,344, more than $10,000 more than any other basketball program that took part in the effort. The Kingfisher football team raised $10,001. Schools interested in participating in Coaches vs. Cancer this year can contact Kaci Underwood at (405) 841-5814 on the west side of the state, or Marcy Beeman at (918) 477-5417 on the east side. PIEDMONT INTRODUCES BOYS BASKETBALL COACH Piedmont officially introduced new boys basketball coach Troy Lallemand last week, the Piedmont Gazette reports. Lallemand spent last season as an assistant coach at Bixby after spending four years in Wichita, Kan., at Kapaun Mount Carmel Catholic High School. He replaces Ryan Wagner, who is now the head coach at Putnam North. Piedmont made the Class 5A state tournament last season. “We want to incorporate a team atmosphere here,” Lalleman told the paper. “I never heard one bad thing about Piedmont when I was asking about this place and interviewing for the job. I’m very excited to get to work with these players and see what we can accomplish.” MILLWOOD STANDOUT LITTLE MOVING TO FLORIDA One of the state’s top football prospects has announced he will be moving to Florida for his senior season. Kansas State commit Josh Little is leaving Millwood and will attend Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla. Little was rated No. 10 in The Oklahoman’s most recent edition of the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2015 class. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end had 76 tackles and five sacks as a junior. UNUSUAL TIME FOR CONRAD Camped out in his usual spot at the annual Oklahoma Coaches Association clinic all week, J.R. Conrad was hard at work for Power Lift, the weight lifting equipment company he is a salesman for. But Friday nights won’t be so typical for Conrad, the former Oklahoma standout who has worked the last several years as a coach at multiple levels. He stepped down as the head coach at Dibble in April. “It’ll be the first time since third grade that I haven’t done anything in the fall,” Conrad said. Chad Stone, formerly the head coach at Altus, has taken over at Dibble. PIEDMONT’S REID, PRIDDY ADDING OFFERS After making the state tournament last season, two Piedmont girls basketball players are turning heads. Second-year coach Jamie Hill said Bre Reid has picked up two scholarship offers this summer from Denver and Tulsa, while Hayden Priddy has gathered offers from Arkansas State and Southern Arkansas. Priddy is also receiving interest from several Division II schools.