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|2013-09-27||vs||Marlow||W||15 - 14|
|2013-10-04||@||Bethel||W||46 - 0|
|2013-10-11||@||St. Mary||W||43 - 10|
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|2013-10-25||vs||Tuttle||W||21 - 19|
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|2013-11-15||vs||Cushing||W||33 - 14|
|2013-11-22||@||Kingfisher||L||0 - 48|
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Sep 20, 2014
Jones scored with less than a minute left in the game as the Longhorns defeated Class 2A’s second-ranked Hennessey, 21-17, a week after the Eagles had knocked off Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher.
High school football roundup: Jones rallies to defeat Hennessey
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Sep 20, 2014Jones scored with less than a minute left in the game as the Longhorns defeated Class 2A’s second-ranked Hennessey, 21-17, a week after the Eagles had knocked off Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher. A 2-yard scoring pass from Brandon George to Sean Shaw on a quick slant was the game-winner for Jones. The Longhorns’ Ty Hughes forced four Hennessey fumbles in the game, including one late in the fourth quarter that set up the game-winning touchdown. George tossed two touchdown passes and ran for another score for Jones. SAINTS STRIKE EARLY TO DOWN LINCOLN CHRISTIAN Oklahoma Christian quarterback Thomas Qualls tossed two touchdown passes and ran for two scores as the Saints routed Lincoln Christian 38-8. Qualls connected with Connor Sikes for a 62-yard touchdown for the Saints’ first points. Luke Frankfurt added an 8-yard scoring run and caught 41-yard touchdown pass from Qualls for the Saints’ next two scores. Qualls added a 43-yard touchdown run to give the Saints a 28-0 halftime lead then had a 6-yard scoring run in the third quarter. OWASSO BREAKS 23-GAME LOSING STREAK TO JENKS Class 6A’s No. 6-ranked Owasso beat No. 2 Jenks for the first time since 1993, knocking off the Trojans 7-6. The victory snapped the Rams' 23-game losing streak to Jenks. The Trojans, who lost for the second straight week, missed a potential winning field goal with less than three minutes left in the game. FAST START PROPELS MCGUINNESS TO WIN McGuinness scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to defeat Weatherford 21-7. The Irish’s first score came on a 15-yard touchdown run by Zac Segell who had 15 carries for 71 yards and two receptions for 51 yards. McGuinness scored again on a 29-yard touchdown pass by Jacob Mullins to Rubell Goe. Braden Roy returned an interception 25 yards for a score for the Irish’s final score of the opening period and the game. Issaac Fuller had 145 yards rushing on 29 carries for Weatherford, including a 10-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. MINCO ROLLS OVER RUSH SPRINGS Junior receiver Tyler Rose returned the opening kickoff of the game 92 yards for a touchdown as Minco blitzed Rush Springs, 42-8, to remain unbeaten. Rose also caught touchdown passes of 46 and 58 yards from quarterback Hunter Jones and had 137 yards receiving on four catches. Jones was 14 of 17 through the air for 226 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions. Asher Baade had two touchdown receptions, and Dayon Johnson returned an interception 96 yards for another score for the Bulldogs. BLUEJAYS EDGE SAND SPRINGS BEHIND MALTZ Zane Maltz scored three touchdowns to lead No. 4 Guthrie past Sand Springs 23-20. Maltz had scoring runs of 4, 4, and 7 yards for the Bluejays. Nataneal Luevano kicked a 35-yard field goal for Guthrie. ROCKETS BLANK SANTA FE SOUTH Mount St. Mary quarterback Matt Peace threw two touchdown passes, including a 93-yard scoring strike to Jimmy Turner, as the Rockets shut out Santa Fe South 28-0. Peace passed for 160 yards and rushed for 90 in the game, including a 40-yard touchdown run. Turner also had 59-yard touchdown run. MEEKER BLASTS TECUMSEH IN GAME THAT ENDS EARLY Levi Bagwell scored three touchdowns and kicked a 28-yard field goal as Meeker defeated Tecumseh 43-6. Bagwell caught three touchdown passes from Meeker quarterback Jake Standlee on receptions of 7, 78 and 35 yards. The game was called with 2:39 remaining in the fourth quarter after a fight led to three players from Meeker and four from Tecumseh being ejected. JETS ROMP TO EASY WIN OVER EL RENO Western Heights' J.P. Lewis completed just eight passes, but five were for touchdowns as the Jets dominated El Reno 59-6. Lewis was 8 of 14 through the air for 230 yards in the game. Rudy Thompson had three receptions for 139 yards and two scores for the Jets. Western Height’s Jarod Giles carried the ball 11 times for 167 yards and one touchdown. CASADY’S WALLACE HAS BIG NIGHT Senior quarterback T'Quan Wallace passed for 310 yards and four touchdowns as Casady ripped previously unbeaten Trinity Valley 45-7. Wallace also ran for two scores and didn’t play in the fourth quarter. Denver Johnson caught two touchdown passes and Colin Morris had four catches for 171 yards and a score. Casady’s defense held Trinity Valley to minus-3 yards rushing. CANTRELL LEADS ROLAND PAST OKMULGEE Austin Cantrell, a verbal commit to the University of Arkansas, scored four touchdowns and rushed for 137 yards on 11 carries as Roland pounded Okmulgee 34-8. Cantrell had scoring runs of 42, 1, 1 and 73 for the Rangers. He also caught two passes for 42 yards.
STILLWATER — If you’ve heard of Oklahoma State receiver Ra’Shaad Samples, chances are you’ve also heard of his 4.32 40-yard dash time. Despite redshirting his first year on campus last season, teammates have consistently mentioned Samples as a player who could be primed for a big season, though through three games he has just three catches for 11 yards. He has the athletic ability, and as the...
OSU football: Ra'Shaad Samples OK giving title of 'team's fastest' to Tyreek Hill
BY CODY STAVENHAGEN, For The Oklahoman | Sep 20, 2014STILLWATER — If you’ve heard of Oklahoma State receiver Ra’Shaad Samples, chances are you’ve also heard of his 4.32 40-yard dash time. Despite redshirting his first year on campus last season, teammates have consistently mentioned Samples as a player who could be primed for a big season, though through three games he has just three catches for 11 yards. He has the athletic ability, and as the son of Reginald Samples, who coached Ra’Shaad at Dallas Skyline School, he also has the football pedigree. Samples talked with The Oklahoman about finally getting on the field and the moment that finally sold him on being a football player. Q: How does it feel to get your chance after redshirting last season? A: I’m feeling really good. I’m really looking forward to getting out there, helping out the team any way I can. That’s what I came here for. I had to wait a year, but it’s OK. Now it’s over and I’m just looking forward to taking advantage of my opportunity. Was your most important takeaway from that redshirt year? Probably maturity. Understanding. Being more mature in the system. Understanding the game more, you know, and just playing with these guys, getting a feel for the game. Teammates have raved about your speed since you got here. Are you the fastest guy on this team? No. Tyreek (Hill) came, and I seen that guy run, and I ain’t never seen anything like it. I went, ‘Whoo, he fast.’ He is really fast. Before I’d argue with people about it. I’d be like, ‘I’m faster than you, I’m faster than you.’ But not even with Justin (Gilbert). Justin was faster. So those two guys are probably two of the fastest guys I’ve seen. Being the son of a coach, did football come naturally to you? It probably wasn’t until I went to the Under Armour All-American Game, honestly. That’s really how I started playing football. I really went more toward basketball growing up. I was really small. My dad was the football coach, but I tried to quit every day. Didn’t like getting tackled, I didn’t like getting hit. I was a cry-baby. I went to the Under Armour All-American game the first year they ever had it. My dad had a high school player playing in the game. Keanon Cooper, he went to Minnesota. EJ Manuel was there. I got to see Julio Jones. I was a kid, I was probably in seventh or eighth grade, and I saw that and I saw those football players, and ever since then I just dreamed of playing in that game myself. My senior year I got the opportunity to play in that game. So what was it like when you found out you would be playing in that game? It was a dream. When I got the phone call, I was in the car and I lost my mind. I was screamin’, got home, going crazy. I didn’t believe it until I got on the plane to go. It was amazing. Never felt anything like that before. Outside football, what is your favorite thing to do? Video games. I’m a video game addict. My favorite game is NCAA football, and it sucks because they stopped making it. It broke my heart. I play that game nonstop. Now I’ve been having to venture out. I play FIFA now and (NBA) 2K. I’m trying to find that video game that I can play all day.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee believes the painful aftermath of its first defeat can lead to brighter moments later in the season.Volunteers coach Butch Jones said he made a point after last week's 34-10 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma to see how each of his players was reacting to it. This was one instance in which he appreciated all the looks of disappointment."I wanted to see the look in their...
Young Tennessee team showing signs of growth
STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Sep 19, 2014KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee believes the painful aftermath of its first defeat can lead to brighter moments later in the season. Volunteers coach Butch Jones said he made a point after last week's 34-10 loss at No. 4 Oklahoma to see how each of his players was reacting to it. This was one instance in which he appreciated all the looks of disappointment. "I wanted to see the look in their eyes," Jones said. "I wanted to see if there was pain. I wanted to see if they hurt. And this football team hurt. That's a direct correlation to their investment." That represents a major step forward for a team attempting to end a string of four straight losing seasons. The Vols hope the hard lessons learned against Oklahoma can help them as they enter Southeastern Conference competition. "You can see a big change in our locker room," sophomore cornerback Cam Sutton said. "The mentality that we have, we're just a very hungry team. We want it all. Losses hurt. (For) last year's team losses hurt, and a few minutes after the game or so you'd (be) down, and the next thing you'd know, they're laughing and 'hurrah-ing' like we won. This year you can see a big difference." The Vols will attempt to show how much they've grown up in their next game Sept. 27 at No. 13 Georgia, where they'll attempt to avenge one of their toughest losses from last season. Tennessee fell 34-31 to Georgia last year after giving up a game-tying touchdown with five seconds left in regulation and having an overtime touchdown overturned via replay. Three games into the season, it's already apparent this year's Tennessee team is much different from last year's version. The Vols are tougher on defense, particularly on third down. Tennessee has allowed opponents to convert just 10 of 43 third-down situations. The Vols are tied for third among all Football Bowl Subdivision teams in third-down conversion percentage defense. But they're weaker in other areas. Tennessee has allowed the most sacks of any SEC team and is averaging just 3.3 yards per carry. Tennessee ranks last in the SEC in punting average. The most obvious difference is that the Vols are much younger. Tennessee already has given starts to seven different true freshmen (defensive end Derek Barnett, tight end Daniel Helm, safety Todd Kelly Jr., kicker Aaron Medley, offensive guard Jashon Robertson, offensive tackle Coleman Thomas and tight end Ethan Wolf). "I think there were times I looked out there (against Oklahoma) and the whole right side of our offense was true freshmen," Jones said. "Jashon, Coleman Thomas, Daniel Helm, (wide receiver) Josh Malone and (running back) Jalen Hurd. It is what it is. We have to be careful that we don't put so much stress and expectations on these 17- and 18-year-olds. They're still freshmen." Many of those freshmen came from winning high school programs and aren't accustomed to losing. That's one reason why Jones wanted to discover how the Vols would respond after the Oklahoma game. He found a team upset about the loss but confident about the future. "We were hurting after the game," sophomore linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin said. "Everyone felt like we let them off the hook. We feel we should have come out with the win, but no one got down. We came to work at the beginning of this week, so we'll keep grinding."
Sep 18, 2014
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona running back Nick Wilson is right on the heels of two-time All-American Ka'Deem Carey so far in his short career.Carey, a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears, averaged 152.6 yards per game his last two seasons at Arizona. Wilson is at 149.7 through his first three games.Not bad for a true freshman."I call him 'Little Ka'Deem,' with the way I see him run out...
Arizona getting big boost from Wilson
ANTHONY GIMINO, Associated Press | Sep 18, 2014TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona running back Nick Wilson is right on the heels of two-time All-American Ka'Deem Carey so far in his short career. Carey, a fourth-round pick of the Chicago Bears, averaged 152.6 yards per game his last two seasons at Arizona. Wilson is at 149.7 through his first three games. Not bad for a true freshman. "I call him 'Little Ka'Deem,' with the way I see him run out there,'" Wildcats junior safety Will Parks said. "It's pretty awesome. The first play from scrimmage in camp, he took it about 40 yards. When I had seen it, I was like, 'We might have a little something right here.'" For Arizona, Wilson has been the right guy at the right time in the right offense. He rushed for 104 yards on seven carries as a backup in the opener against UNLV, then took over the starting role when Terris Jones-Grigsby had to sit because of an ankle injury. Wilson has turned into a Carey-like workhorse in the past two games: 30 carries for 174 yards at UTSA, and 29 carries for 171 yards against Nevada. "I get a little banged-up," he said of the workload, "but it's nothing a cold tub can't fix." Wilson and the 3-0 Wildcats begin Pac-12 play Saturday night against Cal. With Wilson's help, Arizona has produced a 100-yard rusher in 20 consecutive games in coach Rich Rodriguez's run-based, hurry-up spread offense. That's the longest streak for an FBS team since 1996. "It's been mind-blowing in a way," Wilson said of his early success. "But for the most part I just try to keep my composure. Some of my teammates try to hype me up, but I just go to my room and watch Netflix. I'm kind of to myself." Wilson has the most carries (66 for 449 yards) of any freshman running back in the country. He is seventh nationally in rushing, second among freshman backs behind Jarvion Franklin of Western Michigan. Rodriguez and Calvin Magee, the team's running backs coach and co-offensive coordinator, said Wilson is unusual for a freshman in two ways: He has great vision at the line of scrimmage, and he's a full-service running back who doesn't need to be taken out on passing downs. "So many freshmen come in just used to running and they do a lot of what I call 'taking the cheese' — they take holes that look to be there but aren't there," Magee said. "It's important to get past taking the cheese." A four-star recruit from Central East High in Fresno, California, Wilson didn't generate a lot of recruiting buzz because he committed early, in March 2013, and battled injuries as a senior. When Carey left after his junior season, the 5-foot-10, 199-pound Wilson became part of a wide-open six-player competition in camp. "He's a freshman and is still learning, but he runs hard," Rodriguez said. "Nick is a smart football guy, and the competition we have at running back is keeping everybody on their toes." It's not clear when Jones-Grigsby, a fifth-year senior who ran 13 times for a team-high 124 yards in the opener, will be back. Meanwhile, Wilson continues to further earn the trust of coaches with his production and mature approach to the game. "My vision has improved tremendously," Wilson said. "I see things I don't normally see. In my old high school habits, I kind of forced things to try to make things happen. But with the help of Coach Magee and some of my fellow running backs, I have been very successful in the last few weeks."
Sep 18, 2014
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he would like to see the NFL’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft pushed back.
Oklahoma football notebook: Bob Stoops wants draft declaration deadline pushed back
BY RYAN ABER AND JASON KERSEY | Sep 18, 2014Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday that he would like to see the NFL’s deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft pushed back. Last year, the NFL’s deadline was Jan. 15. With the inaugural College Football Playoff after this season, two teams will play Jan. 12. “That question needs to be raised because that is an issue, when you’ve got a senior-laden team or when you’ve got some juniors that are in that position,” Stoops said. “There’s just no way to avoid it and it’s been hard, even with some in the past. Some other games are late like that with that date and that decision, even if they’re seniors knowing that it’s right around the corner, it’s an issue.” REPORT: HEUPEL A CANDIDATE FOR SMU JOB Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel is a candidate for the SMU head coaching job, EJ Holland of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football and the Dallas Morning News reported Thursday. The job came open when June Jones resigned earlier this month two games into the season. Tom Mason is the Mustangs’ interim coach. Heupel, who starred at OU, has been an assistant for the Sooners since 2005 and served as co-offensive coordinator since 2011. His only coaching stop other than OU was in 2005, when he was Arizona’s tight ends coach under current Sooners defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. SOONERS HOLDING OFF ON INSURANCE A recently enacted NCAA rule gives schools the flexibility to pay the insurance premiums for loss-of-value insurance to protect players whose draft stock falls The premium on such a policy was estimated by Yahoo to be $55-60,000. The money, though, isn’t unlimited. Schools can use money from the Student Assistance Fund, which is generally used to pay for financial aid after a player’s eligibility expires and other expenses. Texas A&M was able to entice offensive tackle Cedric Ogbuehi to return this season by offering to pay for the insurance. Ogbuehi said he wouldn’t have returned had the insurance not been available. Florida State paid for Jameis Winston’s premiums. Oklahoma has not followed suit with any of its players yet at least. “But it’s something we’re talking about how to do it,” Sooners coach Bob Stoops said. “We’ve got to figure out … how teams determine this guy and not that guy. That’s something that we need to look at. “It becomes a dilemma. We’re trying to determine what would be a fair policy.” Stoops said he is glad the rule is in place allowing schools to assist with the insurance payments. NEAL ITCHING FOR END ZONE Oklahoma junior wide receiver Durron Neal is having the best season of his career so far, already topping last year’s reception and yardage marks. But Neal is still missing something very important — a touchdown. He has 33 catches for 434 yards so far in his career but has yet to find the end zone. He’s had a couple chances but just hasn’t quite made it yet. “It’s frustrating,” Neal said. “You want to score. You don’t want to fall down or anything like that. It’s nothing I can control, though. I’m just trying to get better every week. “As long as I’m making big plays for the team to get us in scoring range position, I’m not worried about that. TAPPER EXPECTS BIG BALTIMORE CROWD Sooners defensive end Charles Tapper’s mom is organizing a bus trip from Tapper’s native Baltimore to Morgantown, W.Va., for Saturday game. The cities are about three and a half hours apart. “We’re trying to get a bus load of at least a hundred deep,” Tapper said. “Trying to. We’ll see if the guys will give me the rest of their tickets.” Tapper said he’s begging his teammates for as many tickets as he can find for high school teammates, friends he grew up with and others in Tapper’s neighborhood. “Everybody’s saying yes but a lot of guys don’t know if their moms are coming,” Tapper said. West Virginia has five players from Maryland on its roster, including a pair from Baltimore. Both Baltimore players are from Dunbar High, the same school that produced former West Virginia star Tavon Austin, who torched the Sooners for 344 rushing yards and 572 all-purpose yards on their last trip to Morgantown in 2012. Tapper went to City College High but has seen Austin a few times. “When I go back home, he told me one of those guys is gonna put up 700 yards,” Tapper said. “I told him we’re gonna see. It’s kind of like an in-state rivalry because a bunch of those guys are from Baltimore.”
Sep 17, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck is learning to become the fix-it man.First, he critiqued himself for a botched play call at Denver. Then he accepted the blame for throwing a late interception Monday night against Philadelphia.Two games, two mistakes, two losses for the Colts. Nobody expects those sorts of results from the budding third-year quarterback, especially Luck."That pick I threw at the...
Colts' Luck looking to make amends after mistake
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Sep 17, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck is learning to become the fix-it man. First, he critiqued himself for a botched play call at Denver. Then he accepted the blame for throwing a late interception Monday night against Philadelphia. Two games, two mistakes, two losses for the Colts. Nobody expects those sorts of results from the budding third-year quarterback, especially Luck. "That pick I threw at the end of the game last week again, disappointed with myself, frustrated with myself for doing that," Luck said Wednesday. "Then the two picks in the Denver game. So those jump out, those jump out." During his first two pro seasons, Luck won 22 games, an AFC South title, engineered 11 game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime and produced the second-greatest comeback in playoff history -- all before he turned 25 last week. The emerging star made the made the transition from college football to the NFL look seamless. Like any young quarterback, of course, there have been bumps along the way. He threw 18 interceptions as a rookie and seven interceptions in two playoff games last season. He's been sacked 76 times in 34 career starts and has taken more hits than just about quarterback in the league. But winning overshadowed most of the budding star's flaws. This year's awkward start has put things in a different perspective. For only the second time since 1999, the Colts are 0-2. For the first time in Luck's pro career, he has endured back-to-back losses. And instead of rallying the Colts to late wins, Luck has mostly blamed himself for the struggles that have led to the losses. At Denver, he called a hurry-up quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal and ran it even though he knew he didn't have the right guys on the field to make the play work. The result: Luck was stopped for a loss and wound up losing 31-24. Luck called it a "stupid" decision. Against the Eagles, with the Colts holding a seven-point lead and in field-goal range with about 5 minutes to go, all the Colts needed was to play it safe and set up Adam Vinatieri for what would likely have been a game-sealing field goal. Luck's third-down pass was picked off, prompting Luck to again use the word stupid in his postgame news conference. Teammates and coaches insist the losses are more the result of bad luck than a bad Luck. Backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said Wednesday he doesn't fault Luck for either play. He noted that at Denver, Luck was initially grabbed by the facemask, a penalty that wasn't called, and against Philly his intended receiver, T.Y. Hilton, had been knocked off the route. "I feel like he's played great the last two weeks," tight end Dwayne Allen said. "As far as the losses, I wouldn't put those on him at all. We all can play better. Look, if we were all playing on the same level he's playing at, we'd be 2-0 instead of 0-2." But this is unprecedented territory for Luck. He never started 0-2 in college, can't remember starting a season 0-2 in high school and has even told the Colts' local radio network that he had played terrible Monday night. And though his completion percentage is up this year, to 63.2 percent from 60.2 percent in 2013, his yards per attempt are down from 6.7 to 6.2. The Colts, who now head to Jacksonville (0-2) for a must-win game Sunday, don't see any discernible problems on film, even though that's where Luck has been looking for answers. Hasselbeck, a former Pro Bowler who led Seattle to its first Super Bowl appearance after the 2005 season, believes poring through tape is the best remedy for a quarterback. "I think it's kind of therapeutic," he said. "When you throw an interception, you feel kind of sick to your stomach till you watch the film. But you don't really start feeling better until after you watch the film." Allen calls Luck meticulous in film study. Hasselbeck insists Luck is "well ahead" of his age in terms of knowledge and points out that quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen will help ensure Luck doesn't overcorrect, become hesitant or start second-guessing himself. "You don't need to freak out and go start wholesale changes just because you've made some mistakes," Luck said. "But you also realize that you can't repeat those mistakes at the same time." Notes: Center Khaled Holmes (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice and could reclaim his starting job Sunday. ... Cornerback Darius Butler (neck), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), defensive tackles Ricky Jean Francois (ankle) and Arthur Jones (ankle) and offensive lineman Joe Reitz (ankle) all missed practice with injuries. Running back Ahmad Bradshaw, linebacker D'Qwell Jackson, safety LaRon Landry and receiver Reggie Wayne all sat out to get extra rest. Receiver T.Y. Hilton (groin) and cornerback Greg Toler (ribs) did limited work in practice. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Former Arizona coach Mike Stoops happy for quarterback Daxx Garman; 'I just hope he doesn't get too good'
NORMAN — When he was Arizona’s head coach, Mike Stoops recruited quarterback Daxx Garman to Tucson. Stoops was fired in the middle of Garman’s true freshman season, and the quarterback transferred to Oklahoma State the following year. Garman, who was ruled ineligible his senior year of high school after moving from Jones to Southlake, Texas, […]
Former Arizona coach Mike Stoops happy for quarterback Daxx Garman; 'I just hope he doesn't get too good'
Jason Kersey | Sep 17, 2014NORMAN — When he was Arizona’s head coach, Mike Stoops recruited quarterback Daxx Garman to Tucson. Stoops was fired in the middle of Garman’s true freshman season, and the quarterback transferred to Oklahoma State the following year. Garman, who was ruled ineligible his senior year of high school after moving from Jones to Southlake, Texas, started the Cowboys’ win over UTSA last weekend and appears to be the man moving forward after J.W. Walsh’s debilitating injury. “I’m happy for him,” said Stoops, now Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator. “It’s been a long road. I’m happy that he was able to get a scholarship and play. He’s waited, what, five years?” Indeed, before he entered Oklahoma State’s game two weeks ago for an injured Walsh, he hadn’t played in a football game since 2009 at Jones. “We always knew he could throw the ball,” Stoops said. “We wouldn’t have recruited him at Arizona if he couldn’t throw. We didn’t have a chance to develop him through the system; you know, I was gone after that. I really didn’t have much time with him.” Stoops and Garman will be on opposite sides of Owen Field on Dec. 6 during the Bedlam game. “I just hope he doesn’t get too good,” Stoops said with a laugh.
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.”
Sep 17, 2014
OU coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday the Sooners would wear the wood grain crimson helmets, cream jerseys with “Oklahoma” on the chest, crimson pants and black shoes.
Oklahoma football notebook: Sooners will debut alternate uniforms Saturday at West Virginia
By Ryan Aber and Jason Kersey | Sep 17, 2014Oklahoma will debut its new “Bring The Wood” alternate uniforms Saturday when the Sooners play at West Virginia. OU coach Bob Stoops said Wednesday the Sooners would wear the wood grain crimson helmets, cream jerseys with “Oklahoma” on the chest, crimson pants and black shoes. “We just thought we might as well use them since you've got them,” Stoops said. He said he presented the idea to the captains Monday, who agreed the jerseys should debut when the Sooners open Big 12 play in Morgantown at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. “Not a big process,” Stoops said. “It just took about five minutes.” The last time the Sooners wore alternate uniforms on the road was 2009 at Texas Tech, when the Red Raiders blew out the Sooners 41-13. DON’T EXPECT TAVON AUSTIN, PART II IN MORGANTOWN Oklahoma defensive coordinator Mike Stoops might still have nightmares of Tavon Austin. The West Virginia wide receiver moved to running back two years ago when the Sooners played in Morgantown and scorched OU, running for 344 yards and a pair of touchdowns. With the Mountaineers having another dynamic playmaker at wide receiver in Kevin White, could West Virginia once again do something similar? “I don’t think they’ll try that,” Stoops said. “I hope not. I think our defense ...we hope this year he could. We may be better prepared for it.” Still, Stoops expects some wrinkles from Mountaineers coach Dana Holgorsen. SENATOR CRITICIZES STOOPS, SOONERS U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill is apparently no fan of Bob Stoops. McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat, wrote a column for USA Today in which she takes aim at Stoops for adding troubled wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to the OU roster last summer. She wrote that she was “stunned” when Stoops was atop a recent poll of college football head coaches, who were asked which coach they’d most want their son to play for. Missouri dismissed Green-Beckham last spring after he was accused of forcing his way into an apartment and shoving a woman down stairs. “I have been a fan since I was a child growing up in Columbia, and even worked in college as a tutor and recruiting hostess for the football program,” McCaskill wrote. “I have followed Mizzou for my entire life through ups and downs, victories and defeats. My university is no different than many others in that its record is not perfect in terms of dealing with misconduct by its athletes. But I don’t think I have ever been prouder of my team and university than the day coach Gary Pinkel and athletic director Mike Alden announced the decision to kick DGB off the team.” McCaskill, a former sex crimes prosecutor, concludes her column by writing, “It is time for real leaders in the world of big-time sports to do a soul search on character. Every decision they make reflects on them in ways that a won/loss record never will.” It should be noted that McCaskill is a champion of Title IX sexual misconduct investigations on college campuses. The University of Oklahoma recently suspended one of its best players, linebacker Frank Shannon, after he was accused of sexual assaulting a female student, despite the fact that Shannon was never charged in criminal court. A recent ESPN “Outside the Lines” report didn’t pain the University of Missouri in the best light when it comes to Title IX investigations. Former Mizzou tailback Derrick Washington was accused of several violent crimes against women — a fact university officials knew, but did nothing about — before he left campus in 2010. MIKE STOOPS HAPPY FOR OSU QB DAXX GARMAN When he was Arizona’s head coach, Mike Stoops recruited quarterback Daxx Garman to Tucson. Stoops was fired in the middle of Garman’s true freshman season, and the quarterback transferred to Oklahoma State the following year. Garman, who was ruled ineligible his senior year of high school after moving from Jones to Southlake, Texas, started the Cowboys’ win over UTSA last weekend and appears to be the man moving forward after J.W. Walsh’s debilitating injury. “I’m happy for him,” said Stoops, now Oklahoma’s defensive coordinator. “It’s been a long road. I’m happy that he was able to get a scholarship and play. He’s waited, what, five years?” Indeed, before he entered Oklahoma State’s game two weeks ago for an injured Walsh, he hadn’t played in a football game since 2009 at Jones. “We always knew he could throw the ball,” Stoops said. “We wouldn’t have recruited him at Arizona if he couldn’t throw. We didn’t have a chance to develop him through the system; you know, I was gone after that. I really didn’t have much time with him.” Stoops and Garman will be on opposite sides of Owen Field on Dec. 6 during the Bedlam game. “I just hope he doesn’t get too good,” Stoops said with a laugh. WVU’S WORLEY ARRESTED FOR BATTERY Suspended West Virginia cornerback Daryl Worley turned himself in Wednesday after a warrant was issued for his arrest on a misdemeanor battery charge earlier in the day. Worley, who was suspended indefinitely earlier this week by West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen, has been accused of grabbing a woman by the throat and pushing her to the ground, Morgantown Police told ESPN.com. Police were called to a night club not long after 1 a.m. Sunday and found the alleged female victim upset and crying. Police said surveillance video of the altercation showed Worley grab the alleged victim around the neck and push her to the ground. In West Virginia’s first three games, Worley probably has been the Mountaineers’ best player in the secondary. He has 17 tackles and a pair of interceptions.
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
The MacArthur coaching staff knew it was coming. Sometimes that's a recipe for disaster, but Friday night at Cameron Stadium it wasn't. With assistant coach Max Plunk yelling in the press box "here comes the double pass!" to his coaches on the field, the Highlander defense sniffed it out and stripped the ball from Lawton High's Chris Jones with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter to preserve...
High school football: Lawton MacArthur holds off rival Lawton in thriller
Sep 13, 2014The MacArthur coaching staff knew it was coming. Sometimes that's a recipe for disaster, but Friday night at Cameron Stadium it wasn't. With assistant coach Max Plunk yelling in the press box "here comes the double pass!" to his coaches on the field, the Highlander defense sniffed it out and stripped the ball from Lawton High's Chris Jones with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter to preserve a 35-33 win over the Wolverines. It was MacArthur's first win in the series since a 21-14 win in 2011. "They hadn't put (Jones) in all game. When they put him in, we knew something was up," MacArthur head coach Brett Manning said.
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Daxx Garman could be making his first start at quarterback since his junior year of high school.With J.W. Walsh reportedly having surgery this week and out for an extended period, Garman could be running Oklahoma State's offense for the foreseeable future. If so, his first chance comes Saturday when UTSA (1-1) visits Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday.When he entered the...
Daxx Garman could get the call for Oklahoma State
JOHN TRANCHINA, Associated Press | Sep 12, 2014STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Daxx Garman could be making his first start at quarterback since his junior year of high school. With J.W. Walsh reportedly having surgery this week and out for an extended period, Garman could be running Oklahoma State's offense for the foreseeable future. If so, his first chance comes Saturday when UTSA (1-1) visits Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. When he entered the game last weekend late in the first quarter for the injured Walsh, Garman was making his first game appearance in five years and looked impressive. He completed 16-of-26 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cowboys (1-1) to a 40-23 victory over Missouri State. And while he wasn't perfect by any means, Garman set OSU records for yardage and completions by a debut quarterback — surpassing marks set by current coach Mike Gundy in 1986 and Walsh in 2012. "He played fairly well, he made some mistakes," Gundy said. "We'd like to have some throws back, I'm sure he would. For the most part, it's never like what people think it is until you step out there and play. I think he handled himself well, I think the team felt comfortable with him in the game." That isn't the best of news for UTSA, which is coming off a 26-23 loss at home to Arizona last weekend. It was a roller-coaster game for the Roadrunners, who fell behind 10-0 in the first five minutes, rebounded to take a 16-13 lead just before halftime. After Arizona regained the lead and led 26-16 in the fourth quarter before a late comeback fell short. "It was a disappointing loss for us, but I'm really proud of our team, they fought hard," said UTSA coach Larry Coker. "They responded and could have given up a couple of times and never did" Things to watch Saturday: START ME UP: Garman's last start was for Jones High School, just outside Oklahoma City, in 2009. After moving to the Dallas suburbs the following year, he was ruled ineligible to play for Southlake Carroll his senior season. He then enrolled at Arizona, where he red-shirted in 2011, before transferring to OSU. The NCAA made him sit out a mandatory year (2012) before he returned as a backup last season. QUICK SUCCESS: UTSA football is in just its fourth season. Coker started it from scratch in 2011 and has built it quickly. After going 4-6 that first season with mostly freshmen and sophomores, the Roadrunners have gone 8-4 and 7-5 since, ending last season on a five-game winning streak. FOLLOW THY SHEPERD: Cowboys junior receiver Brandon Sheperd enjoyed a big day last weekend against Missouri State. He had four receptions for 131 yards and a touchdown, matching or setting career-high totals. "It's progressively gotten better for him. He's really improved from the understanding of the game and still continues to do so," said offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich. STUDENT VS. MENTOR: Coker served as Oklahoma State's offensive coordinator for seven seasons, including all four while Gundy was the school's quarterback from 1986-89. Gundy considers him one of his mentors. "He's always been a very special part of our family," said Gundy, who defeated Coker in their first meeting last season when the Cowboys beat UTSA 56-35. YOUTH IS SERVED: After losing 32 letter-winners off last season's 10-3 squad, Oklahoma State has one of the youngest teams in the nation, tying Tulane with 32 freshmen and sophomores on its season-opening roster. No less than 10 Cowboys, including seven on defense, made their first college starts in their opening-day 37-31 loss to No. 1 Florida State.
Oklahoma State football: For quarterback Daxx Garman, opportunity at OSU finally sheds image as jaded transferSep 12, 2014
By now, most know Garman’s backstory of not playing since 2009. But more unusual is what it took for the Cowboy quarterback to overcome in order make it this far
Oklahoma State football: For quarterback Daxx Garman, opportunity at OSU finally sheds image as jaded transfer
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Sep 12, 2014STILLWATER — Much of his early football career was defined by anonymous letters and tips. Veiled accusations against the high-school star and his family. They poured into the email inboxes of principals, administrators, coaches and reporters. In one way or another, each making this statement about the teenager: Daxx Garman is cheating his way to the top. When Garman makes his first career start for Oklahoma State on Saturday night against UTSA, his well-documented backstory will once again be under the microscope. Before his appearance against Missouri State last weekend, Garman hadn’t played in a real game since his junior season at Jones High School in 2009. His prep career was highlighted by three transfers and two seasons lost to ineligibility, followed by a redshirt year at Arizona. Garman was then buried on the Cowboys’ depth chart for two seasons as a walk-on. But missing from that narrative is what’s also hidden in those letters. The evidence — interviews with those close to the family over the past five years and documents obtained by The Oklahoman — show that Garman’s early journey to becoming a Big 12 starter was marred by political battles and the desire for stardom. On Aug. 24, 2010, the athletic director at Southlake Carroll High School, where Garman graduated, received an email from a community member about the media firestorm Garman’s transfer attempt created. Five sentences. Two exclamation points. The final line? You better watch your back. ***** Garman was born and raised in Oklahoma, but little has been reported on his upbringing. Members of the Garman family did not respond to interview requests. What is certain? Garman’s high school football career began in 2007 when he transferred from Choctaw to Carl Albert for his freshman and sophomore seasons. And he came in with genetics that pointed toward a successful athletic future. His father, Pat Garman, played baseball in the Texas Rangers minor league system in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and once hit four home runs in a single game. But his son never got the opportunity to star at Carl Albert. Garman was passed over by upperclassmen quarterbacks, including J.T. Realmuto, a third-round pick by the Florida Marlins in 2010. So the family transferred Garman into Jones, a Class 3A school northeast of Oklahoma City, for his junior season. Kris Vaughn, 22, was a Jones running back who played alongside Garman in 2009. “Daxx was kind of (shy) and it took him a minute to open up,” Vaughn said. “It really didn’t click until like the second or third game.” But it wasn’t long before Jones coach David Martin understood the talent he suddenly had at quarterback. His first impression? “Man, can he spin the football,” Martin said. In his first ever varsity season, Garman totaled 2,500 passing yards and 26 touchdowns. His accuracy on deep and intermediate throws is what impressed Martin most. But Garman’s identity as a passer always came back to arm strength. “I would usually always wear gloves whenever Daxx threw the ball,” Vaughn said. “There was a time we were playing Millwood. I went to go block and then ran out in the flat. He threw it just hard enough to actually cut my hand. I was bleeding.” With one game left in the regular season, Jones was undefeated in district play and a shoe-in for the league crown. But everything changed one school day when Jones administrators pulled football players out of class just after lunch for a team meeting. Someone had tipped off the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association that there was an issue with Garman’s eligibility. Jones would forfeit all its games up to that point. Martin said he still does not know who alerted the rules committee. “The principal came in and said it was his fault,” Vaughn said. “That it was a paperwork thing.” In the hours leading up to Jones’ next game, Garman addressed the team in a group setting. “He said this was one the best experiences he ever had playing football, playing with us,” Vaughn said. “He told everybody thank you and he was sorry … he was collective about it, but just as hurt by it.” Apology accepted. But not by everyone. As Vaughn puts it, when news broke that Garman was the player responsible for a successful season lost, “stuff hit the fan.” The Garman family reported in several transfer documents that Daxx received “death threats” following the OSSAA’s decision and that his car was vandalized. However, Martin said he had no recollection of those events taking place. “I know there were Jones’ parents that weren’t too happy about it, because they’re thinking how it affects their kids,” Vaughn said. “They thought that Daxx and his family — since they had money — that they were some big shots that could run over the system. But that’s not how everybody saw it. “Forget the politics, he was never recruited or anything. Daxx just wanted to be somewhere he could play football and do what he loved to do.” Garman attempted a return to Carl Albert, but was denied because the school had reportedly reached its enrollment capacity. However, Garman’s future was still bright. After less than a season of starting varsity experience, the University of Arizona offered Garman a scholarship and he committed. But he still needed a home for his senior year. So the Garmans moved to Southlake, Texas. A decision that only escalated pressure on the 17-year-old quarterback. “At some point, you’ve got to sit there and go; man, is this really for me? And Daxx kept pushing on,” Martin said. “Most people might start to think; maybe I’m not supposed to be doing this.” ***** Every offseason, Southlake Carroll High School puts on a football camp for aspiring youth players from feeder programs in the community. For $125 at the door, participants received four days of “quality instruction with the opportunity to learn the Dragon Football System at an early age,” according to the 2014 camp flyer. It’s also a chance for SLC coaches to identify and develop incoming talent long before an athlete ever steps on campus. That process begins in first grade — the minimum-age requirement for the camp. It’s a system with proven results. Notable SLC football alumni include a slew of top collegiate quarterbacks, including Chase Daniel (Missouri), Greg McElroy (Alabama) and now Kenny Hill (Texas A&M). So imagine the community reaction in summer 2010, when Garman — the outsider with a history of transferring schools — was named the Dragons’ starter by coach Hal Wasson. “I think it made at least one family very upset,” SLC athletic director Kevin Ozee said. “I think they got into the ear of this particular reporter.” That reporter was Brett Shipp of WFAA-TV in Dallas. Shipp — who did not respond to interview requests — led an investigation into Garman’s eligibility. The governing body of Texas high school sports, the University Interscholastic League, prohibits players from transferring schools solely for athletic purposes. In two district meetings chaired by opposing athletic directors and principals, Garman’s transfer was unanimously approved — as it was shown that the entire Garman family had moved to Southlake and planned on settling down in the area. Five years later, the Garman’s still reside in Southlake. Daxx’s younger brother is currently on the Dragons’ freshman football team, Ozee said. But soon after those initial meetings that approved Garman’s 2010 transfer, Shipp’s investigation reached a tipping point. He caught Pat Garman on camera at an Oklahoma gas station, fueling up for a camping trip, and questioned whether the Garman’s moved to Southlake just so Daxx could play for SLC. Pat Garman responded by chest-passing a bag of ice at Shipp and the video went viral. It created the perception that the Garman family was out of control, Ozee said. “In my opinion, they made it appear like this was a horrible kid, a horrible family and they took advantage of the situation,” Ozee said. “And that was not the case at all.” Shipp also discovered an “out-clause” in the rental contract for the Garman’s home in Southlake. It stated that “in the event the Tenant’s son, Daxx Garman, is not accepted in the Carroll ISD Football program, Tenant will have the option to cancel this Lease…” Ozee said that clause was added in the situation that Garman’s transfer could possibly cause another round of threats against him — a safety precaution. However, there was no hard evidence to prove that theory. In the wake of Shipp’s investigation, another district meeting was called. And this time, Garman was found ineligible by a 4-3 vote. The Garman’s appealed to the state executive committee, but were once again denied. Hours after Ozee and the family left UIL headquarters in Austin, Garman was on the sidelines for the Dragon’s season opener. And that presence continued all season long. “You really feel for Daxx,” Ozee said. “He was 17-years-old, and this kid had been through more than most adults … He asked to be able to come out, practice, be part of the team and come to the games to support his teammates. Man, that spoke volumes.” ***** Soon after Garman passed for 244 yards and two touchdowns Sept. 6 against Missouri State, he spoke with the reporters for the first time as a Cowboy. When asked about the five-year gap in his career: “I’ve moved past that. Just trying to move on.” Hard to blame him. Because the days of Garman’s identity as the jaded transfer who couldn’t find a home are now long gone. However, he did make one last switch to become a Cowboy. Garman spent one season of anonymity as a redshirt at Arizona in 2011 and transferred to OSU when the Wildcats made a coaching change. “I'm getting the opportunity to move closer to home," Garman told local Arizona media. "My family can be more involved in the situation, and I felt like it's a better opportunity for me. Oklahoma State, they have a great football environment.” Garman entered the program as a walk-on. Former OSU quarterback Clint Chelf’s locker was right next to Garman’s when he arrived. Chelf called Garman a “quiet guy” who “doesn’t say a lot.” But any time Chelf put in extra time with his wide receivers outside practice, Garman was usually there, too. “He wanted to always be out there throwing and getting better,” Chelf said. “I think that’s just who he is.” Garman wasn’t put on scholarship until the beginning of this season, and now finds himself in a position he has not been accustomed to prior. After fighting for a chance to become a starting quarterback the past four seasons, the job has dropped into his lap at the expense of someone else. OSU coach Mike Gundy said last week that J.W. Walsh is the Cowboys’ starter when healthy. But with Walsh out indefinitely following lower right leg/foot surgery, it’s now Garman’s job to lose. “(Garman) has always been a self-starter and he’s been motivated to learn,” Gundy said. “That’s why you do it, because you never know when you’re going to be in a game.” OSU fans witnessed the same arm strength that wowed Martin five years ago. His performance Saturday against UTSA will be chapter two in a new story to define his football career. “I’m sure there are a lot of people that would have liked to coach a kid a like that for a number of years,” Martin said. “Especially with how offenses are run in the spread and being able to put the ball all over the place. You’ve got a guy back there that can do that.”
Tony Mendoza threw three long TD passes as Hennessey, ranked No. 3 in Class 2A, beat Class 3A’s top-ranked Kingfisher 32-13.
High school football roundup: Hennessey beats top-ranked Kingfisher
From Staff Reports | Sep 12, 2014Three long touchdown passes by Tony Mendoza helped lead Class 2A No. 3 Hennessey to a 32-13 home victory over Kingfisher, the top-ranked team in 3A. Mendoza had a 37-yard TD pass to Tabor Johns and a 25-yarder to Jose Sanchez as Hennessey took a 25-0 lead after three quarters. Kingfisher scored twice in the fourth to make it 25-13, before Mendoza hit Sanchez on an 80-yard TD. Mendoza finished 12 of 14 for 228 yards. Sanchez had 153 yards on seven catches. Javy Renteria led Hennessey’s defense with 13 tackles and two pass deflections. HARMON PACES CASHION Matt Harmon threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns to lead Class A No. 5 Cashion to a 40-7 victory over Mooreland. Harmon was 13 of 18, including TD passes of 38 and 11 yards to Josh Hampton. Hampton finished with 102 yards on five catches. Dylan Kordeliski scored twice for Cashion, including a 44-yard fumble return. DAVENPORT COASTS Hunter Reid accounted for five touchdows as Davenport, ranked No. 3 in Class B, defeated Watts 46-0 in a game stopped at halftime due to the mercy rule. Reid threw three TD passes, had a 31-yard touchdown run and returned a kickoff 88 yards for a score. CURRY-MALTZ CONNECTION LEADS GUTHRIE Class 5A No. 4 Guthrie improved to 2-0 with a 24-6 victory at Ponca City. L’liott Curry caught touchdown passes of 10 and 21 yards from Zane Maltz, and ran for 114 yards on 11 carries. CHOCTAW BOUNCES PUTNAM CITY Jonah Llanusa ran for three scores and threw for another, leading Choctaw past Putnam City 34-3. Two of Llanusa’s TD throws went to Jacob Rapp, covering 17 and 8 yards. Llanusa also connected with Kurt Yandell on a 49-yarder, and scored on a 6-yard run. Choctaw (2-0) is ranked No. 4 in Class 6A-II. JONES GETS PAST HARRAH A 7-yard run by Brandon George in the fourth quarter proved to be the game winner in Jones’ 26-20 victory at Harrah. George also had a 16-yard TD pass to Layton Moore. Tarik Leniger had TD runs of 19 and 16 yards for the Longhorns. Grant Martin led the way for Harrah with touchdown runs of 24, 1 and 60 yards. MCGUINNESS EDGES KELLEY Bishop McGuinness scored two first-half touchdowns and held on for a 16-14 victory at Tulsa Kelley. Jacob Mullins completed 15 of 22 passes for 214 yards including a 31-yard touchdown to Rubell Goe. The other TD for the Irish (1-1) came on an 11-yard run by Zach Segell. Kelley scored both its touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Comets (0-2) converted the 2-point coversion after their first TD, but failed on the second after a penalty. PAYTON SHINES FOR PERKINS Jacob Payton ran for 227 yards on just 12 carries and scored four touchdowns as Perkins beat McLoud 42-9. Payton had TD runs of 6, 28, 67 and 5 yards. Zac Bledsoe added two TD passes, one of them a 59-yarder to Thunder Sharp. BIG PLAYS SPARK OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN A 99-yard kickoff return by Kade Van Meter was the first of several big scoring plays that helped Oklahoma Christian beat Class 4A No. 10 Metro Christian, 43-32. OCS, No. 10 in Class 2A, got three touchdowns from quarterback Thomas Qualls — on a 75-yard run, and passes of 29 and 15 yards to Connor Sikes. Callen Crockett added a 49-yard interception return for a score, and Luke Frankfurt had a 75-yard TD. He finished with 113 yards. Van Meter also had two interceptions. Abe Anderson threw three touchdown passes for Metro Christian. CHRISTIAN HERITAGE TRIMS ROCKETS Spencer Lindsey threw for 144 yards and two touchdowns as Christian Heritage beat Mount St. Mary, 21-14. Lindsey’s TD passes went to Braden Mikes, one of them a 68-yarder. St. Mary got touchdown runs of 33 yards from Archie Browne and 11 yards from Joe Castiglione Jr. RUN GAME CARRIES MEEKER The running of quarterback Jake Stanlee and fullback Tim Whitfield led Meeker to a 62-46 victory over Chandler. Stanley had 222 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries, and Whitfield had 204 yards and six TDs on 20 carries.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck studies the sport of football incessantly.When something works, he wants to know why. When something fails, he scours game tape to find a solution. And when Luck makes a mistake, well, he quickly takes the blame.Five days after rushing his offense to the line of scrimmage and calling an ill-advised quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal from the Denver 1-yard line,...
Luck tries to make amends for 'stupid' decision
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | Sep 11, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Luck studies the sport of football incessantly. When something works, he wants to know why. When something fails, he scours game tape to find a solution. And when Luck makes a mistake, well, he quickly takes the blame. Five days after rushing his offense to the line of scrimmage and calling an ill-advised quarterback sneak on fourth-and-goal from the Denver 1-yard line, Indy's third-year quarterback didn't change his assessment of what he described earlier this week as a poor play call. "It's still a stupid decision, and it will remain so for perpetuity," Luck said, drawing laughter from a crowd of reporters huddled around his locker Thursday. Luck contends he should have been smart enough to realize the Broncos loaded up against the run and that the Colts (0-1) didn't have the right personnel on the field to execute it. The result: Luck was stopped at the 2-yard line, leaving the Colts without points and prompting Luck to uncharacteristically slam his helmet on the ground. Indy wound up losing the game 31-24. Rather than repeatedly relive that moment, Luck believes he learned a critical lesson about assessing the situation and calling time out if needed. It's a mistake he's not likely to make again. For Luck, harsh self-critiques are merely part of a regular process. A year ago, after cutting his regular season interception total in half — from 18 to nine — he was picked off seven times in two playoff games. During the Colts' offseason workouts, Luck brought up the number before anyone could even ask about it and quickly acknowledged that he had to protect the ball better if Indianapolis was going to make a Super Bowl run. Even when asked about being hit too frequently or the struggles of the running game, Luck often blames himself for not getting the Colts into the right play. While teammates and coaches have embraced Luck's combination of blatant honesty and personal accountability, they also insist that one of the league's best young quarterbacks doesn't need to unnecessarily shoulder the burden. Luck turns 25 on Friday. "We all know that he's an accountable guy, but I think as the head football coach, I've got to do a better job of managing that situation for our entire football team," coach Chuck Pagano said. "It's not on just Andrew." In many ways, there's little to quibble with on the pro resume. Luck is 22-11 in the regular season, 1-2 in the playoffs, has produced 11 game-winning drives, the second-largest comeback in playoff history and has won a division title. He holds the NFL record for most yards passing in a player's first two NFL seasons (8,196), has rushed for more touchdowns (10) than any quarterback other than Cam Newton since 2012 and could soon reach the top five on some of the Colts' career passing charts. But Luck is a consummate student of football. The valedictorian of his high school class and an architectural major at Stanford still spends countless hours trying to refine his craft and look for an edge. And after last weekend's loss in Denver, Luck figures there are plenty of areas he can improve upon before Monday night's home opener against defending NFC East champion Philadelphia (1-0). "A lot of lessons to take. Got to execute, got to convert third downs," Luck said after his latest study session. "I can tell you there's probably a bit of a more motivating factor when you do something wrong and you watch it on film and just go clean it up." Especially when something goes as wrong as it did in Denver. It's a mistake Luck could have avoided by calling a timeout or waiting for subs to come in, and it's a mistake he promises not to make again. "I knew where the ball was, so it was stupid," Luck said. Notes: Defensive tackle Josh Chapman (ankle), linebacker Jerrell Freeman (hamstring), defensive lineman Arthur Jones (shoulder), offensive lineman Joe Reitz (ankle) and cornerback Greg Toler (ribs) did not practice Thursday. Receiver Reggie Wayne sat out to get some extra rest. Center Khaled Holmes (ankle) and running back Ahmad Bradshaw (rest) did limited work Thursday. ... The Colts signed running back Zurlon Tipton to the practice squad and released offensive tackle Reid Fragel from the practice squad. Tipton was waived earlier this week. The moves came after outside linebacker Cam Johnson went on injured reserve with a left elbow injury. ___ Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
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
Sep 10, 2014
Former Oklahoma defensive backs coach didn’t play or coach at Tennessee before last season, but he’s surrounded by familiarity as the Volunteers’ secondary coach.
Oklahoma football: Willie Martinez returns to face Sooners
BY RYAN ABER | Sep 10, 2014NORMAN — Willie Martinez is back home. The former Oklahoma defensive backs coach didn’t play or coach at Tennessee before last season, but he’s surrounded by familiarity as the Volunteers’ secondary coach. Saturday, Martinez returns to Norman for the first time since leaving the Sooners following the 2011 season when Tennessee plays at Oklahoma. “There will be a lot of mixed emotions from the standpoint of we made a lot of good friends there — my wife and I and our children,” Martinez said. “Not that we’re going back to see those friends, but we’ll see some. There were a lot of great memories there.” While at Oklahoma, Martinez and his family lived in Oklahoma City. His son, Will Martinez, was a standout baseball and football player for Bishop McGuinness and wrapped up his high school career in 2013-14 at Knoxville Catholic. Martinez’s departure at Oklahoma following the 2011 season was officially announced as a resignation, but the writing was on the wall that Martinez wasn’t going to return. After Mike Stoops was fired as Arizona’s coach, it was clear that Bob Stoops wanted to bring his brother, who served as secondary coach and co-defensive coordinator for the Sooners from 1999-2003, back to the staff. Martinez wound up at Auburn as the secondary coach at a program just a year removed from the Tigers winning a national title. But Martinez’s one season with the Tigers was disastrous, with Auburn finishing 3-9 and winless in SEC play. A day after the season ended, Tigers coach Gene Chizik and the entire staff — including Martinez and Jay Boulware, who is now Oklahoma’s tight end and special teams coach — were fired. It didn’t take long for Martinez to find a new landing spot around some familiar faces. About a month after leaving Auburn, Martinez was reunited with Butch Jones and John Jancek at Tennessee. Martinez and Jones served together as assistant coaches at Central Michigan from 1998-2000. Jancek, Tennessee’s defensive coordinator, was Georgia’s linebackers coach from 2005-08 with Martinez as defensive coordinator and in 2009 shared the defensive coordinator duties with Martinez. Of the current Sooners defensive backs, only cornerback Julian Wilson and safety Quentin Hayes played under Martinez. “He was a good coach, a real strict coach and taught us a lot,” Hayes said. “He stayed on us — class, football, everything.” Aaron Colvin was coached by Martinez for the his first two seasons with the Sooners, starting 12 games in 2011 and leading the Sooners with 84 tackles that season. “He was a real genuine guy,” Colvin said. “He cared more about us off of the football field than a lot of others would. Of course he wanted us to perform on the field, but off, he cared for us just as much.” Colvin remembers Martinez talking often with his players about things that went far beyond football. “The stuff he taught us, it was real,” Colvin said. “A lot of the stuff I still remember to this day. Any time he spoke, we listened.” Even with the way things ended, Martinez remembers his two years in Norman fondly. “They’re just first class,” Martinez said about OU’s football program. “They’re very professional, good people, and it’s really led by athletic director Joe Castiglione. He’s just an unbelievable, great leader, great person. You could see that in the whole athletic department and it just trickles down to their whole coaching staff and whole support staff.”
STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn quarterback Casey Cochran has accepted he will never again play football, but his coach is making sure he doesn't have to give up the game.The sophomore decided to end his playing career after he suffered his third concussion since entering college during a season-opening loss to BYU on Aug. 29. He had other concussions while in high school.Diaco said Tuesday that he...
Former UConn QB to become coach-in-training
PAT EATON-ROBB, Associated Press | Sep 9, 2014STORRS, Conn. (AP) — UConn quarterback Casey Cochran has accepted he will never again play football, but his coach is making sure he doesn't have to give up the game. The sophomore decided to end his playing career after he suffered his third concussion since entering college during a season-opening loss to BYU on Aug. 29. He had other concussions while in high school. Diaco said Tuesday that he met with Cochran, his family and the medical staff last Thursday and they came to a consensus. Cochran will remain on scholarship and take a new role with the team as a coach in training. He still will spend 20 hours a week with the team during the season and eight hours during the offseason just as any other member of the team, Diaco said. "It sounds like he's excited about learning how to be a coach," Diaco said. "So, we can immediately... get started with his development in that area, give him a few jobs and a few roles." The university did not make Cochran available to reporters Tuesday. But his father said the final decision to not play again came from the quarterback and his son is at peace with it. Casey spent a lot of time studying the issue of concussions after he realized that his were becoming more frequent, easier to get, and the symptoms were lasting longer each time, Jack Cochran said. His latest occurred during the fourth quarter of the BYU game, and after trying to hide it for a few days, Casey came forward to the medical staff last Wednesday, Jack Cochran said. "He just didn't want to be one of those people who were affected by it long term," he said. "He knew his age group can live another 60 to 70 years if healthy and wanted to have a strong mind and a strong body for those years." Jack Cochran won eight state championships coaching at Connecticut high schools before deciding to take time off to be able to follow Casey's UConn career. He said he has mixed emotions about his son's desire to follow in his footsteps, worrying that it might "consume" his life. But he said he was floored that Diaco offered to become a mentor, and allow Casey, who is listed as a pre-communications science major, get a college education in high-level coaching. "From the first second he learned of this, he put my son's well-being ahead of what might be better for the success of the team," Cochran said. "Without this, who knows what Casey would be doing with all his time. I applaud coach Diaco. I really owe him for that." Cochran said his son has already started his coaching career. He was given the assignment of drawing up a scouting report on the Boise State defensive backs for this Saturday's game, and has spent hours this week poring over film and coming up with some interesting insights on how to attack that defense. Cochran's teammates say they also are 100 percent behind his decision. Defensive back Byron Jones had two brothers play for Jack Cochran when he was coaching at New Britain High School. He said Casey always was with his dad on the sideline, watching and learning. "He's going to be a pumped-up, juiced-up coach," he said. Senior Chandler Whitmer will take over the starting duties. Diaco said sophomore Tim Boyle, who he had hoped to redshirt, also will play. Whitmer, who had been splitting time with Cochran, revealed Tuesday that he also has had three concussions, one in high school and two at UConn. . But the affects, he said, have not been as severe. "I trust the training staff for their opinions," he said. "You can't play scared or thinking about things like that. You've just gotta play until it's done."
Sep 9, 2014
From ballyhooed quarterback recruit to the Belldozer to starting quarterback to tight end, Bell has had a unique career arc.
Oklahoma football: The long and winding road of Blake Bell
By Jason Kersey | Sep 9, 2014NORMAN — Blake Bell is hardly the first Oklahoma football player to change positions during his collegiate career. He’s not the first quarterback to do so, either. The senior’s touchdown catch last weekend at Tulsa was his first score on a reception, but his 37th overall touchdown. With that grab, he became one of only a handful of OU players to ever throw, run and catch a touchdown during his career. But consider all the different hats Bell has worn throughout his career. He was a ballyhooed quarterback prospect. He was the Belldozer. He was Landry Jones’ backup and heir apparent. Bell was the starting quarterback for eight games last season, leading the Sooners to their first victory over Notre Dame since the Eisenhower administration. He’s a two-time Bedlam hero. Last weekend, he became the first OU tight end in more than two years to catch a touchdown. Through it all, Bell has remained a fan favorite, and when it’s all said and done, he might have completed the most unique career arc in OU’s storied football history. “I mean, how many different things has he done?” said OU football historian Mike Brooks. “He’s been the third-down back as the Belldozer. He was a five-star quarterback prospect. He’s been a tight end. He’s just such an unusual athlete.” Bell joined the Sooners out of Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kan., and when he signed, many OU fans thought they’d landed the next great Oklahoma quarterback. He redshirted as a true freshman in 2010, and midway through the 2011 season, with OU struggling in short-yardage situations, became a cult hero by scoring touchdowns and picking up first downs from the “Belldozer” formation. He rushed for 51 yards and three touchdowns in Oklahoma’s Insight Bowl victory over Iowa to end that season, earning him the game’s offensive most valuable player honors. Before the next season began, coach Bob Stoops named Bell as Jones’ backup. He continued his Belldozer role that year, scoring 11 touchdowns — four of which came in a 63-21 rout of archrival Texas — and plowing into the end zone for the tying score to force overtime in an eventual 51-48 Bedlam victory. A redshirt freshman named Trevor Knight spoiled Bell’s plans to become the Sooners’ starting quarterback in 2013, but after Knight struggled and was injured in the second game of the season, Bell took over. He threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns in his first career start against Tulsa, setting the program record in both categories for a quarterback in his starting debut. Two weeks later, he was spectacular in a 35-21 win at Notre Dame — the Sooners’ first win over the Fighting Irish since 1956, and only the second in the series. Bell started six more games before Knight took back over, playing well in some contests and poor in others, most notably in embarrassing losses to Texas and Baylor. Bell was the third option at quarterback last December at Oklahoma State, but entered the game and led a remarkable last-minute touchdown drive to stun the No. 6 Cowboys on their home field. After Knight’s Sugar Bowl MVP performance against two-time defending national champion Alabama, Bell’s future as Oklahoma’s quarterback was clear. Many expected him to transfer, considering he had graduated from OU and would have immediate eligibility elsewhere, but instead, he chose to stay and change positions. Coaches and teammates insisted he was adapting well to his new position, and he’s proved it with two solid performances to begin his senior season. He caught no passes in the season opener, but blocked well. With his touchdown reception against Tulsa, he became the 21st OU football player to throw for, rush for and catch a touchdown during his career. That list also includes Heisman Trophy winner Billy Vessels and All-Americans like Tommy McDonald, Clendon Thomas and Joe Washington. In all likelihood, Bell won’t win any national awards and probably won’t be an All-American. But what he has accomplished gives him a special, unique place in OU lore. “Blake is special,” Stoops said. “I’m elated that it’s working out as well as it is. “It does speak to his talent, his skill and his overall attitude and how positive he is.”
Mhiesen reportedly attended OSU’s win against Missouri State on Saturday and later committed, according to media reports.
Oklahoma State football notebook: Junior college offensive lineman Deya Mhiesen commits to OSU
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Sep 7, 2014Oklahoma State had two reasons to celebrate on Saturday. First, the win against Missouri State. Second, a verbal commitment from a junior-college offensive lineman. Deya Mhiesen — a 6-foot-8, 305-pound offensive tackle from Pierce College (Los Angeles, Calif.) — told GoPokes.com that he picked the Cowboys over Baylor, Arizona State, UCF and others. Mhiesen is currently in a redshirt season and will have three years of eligibility remaining. “I loved everything about my visit (to OSU),” Mhiesen said in a GoPokes.com post on Sunday. “Where do I begin? The facilities were awesome, but it was the people, the atmosphere, the coaches. Everything about it, I like. I'm still full from all the food I ate yesterday.” Mhiesen is the fourth offensive lineman in OSU’s 2015 class. He joins Brandon Pertile, of Mesa Community College (Ariz.); Joshua Jones, of Bush High School (Texas); and Johnny Wilson, of Midland Christian High School (Texas). Mhiesen is the 12th member of OSU’s 2015 recruiting class. YOUNG COWBOYS GET VALUABLE PLAYING TIME AGAINST MSU Mike Gundy has been doing plenty of sideline math lately. Calculating the number of young Oklahoma State players on the field. As expected, a number of second-team Cowboys played against Missouri State on Saturday. “At one time I counted eight freshmen, two sophomores and a junior on the field on defense,” Gundy said. “And they were out there for quite awhile. So that’s good for our football team for those guys to get some reps. “They made mistakes. They missed tackles in space, they got beat on double-moves … those are the situations that you’re in when you play with that many young players.” Nine OSU true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen played against the Bears. Running back Rennie Childs made his first career start. True freshman cornerback Chris Hardeman and safety Kirk Tucker made their first appearances, as did redshirt freshman wide receiver Ra’Shaad Samples. Demarcus Sherrod, a sophomore linebacker who missed all of 2013 with injury, also made his season debut. Sophomore linebacker Seth Jacobs said the victory was earned, “but it wasn’t in the fashion that we wanted to.” The Bears averaged 13.7 yards per pass completion and finished within a hundred yards of OSU’s total mark. But those stats point to Cowboy mistakes that ultimately serve as building blocks. “They’ve got to get work, because we’re eventually going to have to use them some, hopefully sparingly throughout the conference,” Gundy said. “But they’re still going to have to be on the field at times.” MIKE YURCICH SAYS DAXX GARMAN’S 87-YARD TD A ‘CALCULATED THROW’ It looked like the type of play that’s drawn up in a backyard football game. Oklahoma State quarterback Daxx Garman running one way, throwing another, and completing an 87-yard touchdown pass. It’s not exactly how offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich drew it up. But from his spot in the coaches box atop Boone Pickens Stadium, Yurcich identified that Garman made a smart read on the play. He called it a “calculated throw.” Missouri State lined up in a two-high safety look. OSU wide receiver Brandon Sheperd ran a deep post toward the far sideline. As the play developed, Sheperd got behind the far-side safety — leaving open field ahead. “You don’t want to see a quarterback throw it across his body, but he knew it was a safe bet because it was middle-field open and it was a corner post play,” Yurcich said. “He knew he was throwing into green grass there.” Yurcich said he runs “awkward throw” drills in practice. And while it’s impossible to practice every scenario that falls into that category, it might have helped Garman to make the correct decision while on the run Saturday. “We’ve seen him throw plenty of balls like that,” Yurcich said.
In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20.
High school football notebook: Moore's Josh Detweiler impressive in first start
BY TRENT SHADID, SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH | Sep 7, 2014First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15-of-29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20. Detweiler did not play as a freshman after suffering an elbow injury. His most recent quarterback experience before Friday night came in eighth grade running the run-heavy wishbone offense. “I’m absolutely glowing over him right now,” Hix said. “He came in with no real expectations, so to step into a game like that as a sophomore and play the way he did was something we were very pleased with. He’s so calm, under control, and I thought he threw the ball magnificently. “For him to pick up the complexity of our air-raid offense so quickly has been awesome to watch and I’m excited to see him develop.” Detweiler did throw two interceptions, one coming on a miscommunication with a receiver inside the 10-yard line. His first touchdown pass came on an eight-yard connection with tight end Jordan Jones. Jones, who didn’t play football last season, had a team-high six catches for 56 yards. Hix says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior will continue to be a go-to target for Detweiler. “(Jones) loves football, and he’s still learning how to play,” Hix said. “He came to us as just a basketball player, and I told him he had a chance to be a possible college prospect as a tight end. He certainly showed flashes of that last night.” MCLOUD QB LAMBERT STRONG IN DEBUT McLoud quarterback Jesse Lambert’s first career start couldn’t have gone much better. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior threw three touchdown passes and rushed for three more scores in a 49-0 win over Bethel that was called at halftime because of lightning. McLoud visits Perkins-Tryon for its first road game of the season Friday. OVERSTREET HAS BIG GAME FOR DRUMRIGHT Drumright equaled its win total from last season with a 25-13 win Friday over Wellston behind the play of Tre’von Overstreet. Overstreet, a junior, rushed for 214 yards on 25 carries, scoring four touchdowns. He averaged an impressive 8.6 yards per carry. Drumright went 1-9 last year, beating only Liberty in Week 3.
NEW YORK (AP) — It's difficult to imagine anyone aspiring to the job Dean Blandino has.He works every Sunday from late summer into the dead of winter, and the people he oversees are among the most scrutinized and criticized in all walks of life.He recognizes that being as anonymous and unobtrusive as possible is a key part of his charge.Blandino is the NFL's vice president of officiating, a...
Dean Blandino, NFL's officiating chief
BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Sep 6, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — It's difficult to imagine anyone aspiring to the job Dean Blandino has. He works every Sunday from late summer into the dead of winter, and the people he oversees are among the most scrutinized and criticized in all walks of life. He recognizes that being as anonymous and unobtrusive as possible is a key part of his charge. Blandino is the NFL's vice president of officiating, a position he assumed last year. Although he is affable, honest and extremely communicative, he wouldn't mind never being asked a question about his job or the performance of his underlings. But he knows attention always will follow him and the 119 officials who work games. So Blandino simply shrugs and admits it goes with the territory that when a game is called well, he hardly ever hears about it. But when the officials mess up, the complaints from team owners, general managers, coaches, players and fans could drown out the crowd at CenturyLink Field. "We have our challenges," Blandino says with a grin, making it clear he believes his group meets them. The 42-year-old Blandino has never officiated a game. A 1994 graduate of Hofstra University on Long Island, he used to play pickup basketball with Jets players whose training base was at the school. He joined the NFL's officiating department in 1994 as an intern, working under Jerry Seeman, the longtime head of officials. Ever since, Blandino has immersed himself in all aspects of officiating, much as a former public relations intern named Roger Goodell did in learning every facet of NFL business. Blandino worked as an officiating video assistant, a special projects coordinator, an NFL instant replay official — handling two Super Bowls and two conference championships — and then managed the league's instant replay program from 2003 to 2009. Blandino emphasizes the importance of experience for all officiating positions. "You need a certain level of experience before you can officiate in the NFL," he says. "Nothing replaces it, starting at an entry point and moving through the ranks." Those entry points often are at the high school level, then on to college before being placed in the NFL's officiating pool. "We look at a combination of experience, ability and presence," he says. "We think that is a good mix." One of the criticisms of his officials is that "experienced" turns into "aged" and that they can't keep up with the speed and power of modern pro football. Another is that they are part-timers. Blandino smiles comfortably before attempting to shoot down such notions. "There are misconceptions about our officials, that they just show up on Saturdays and work on Sundays and go home," he says. "The number of hours they spend during the week watching videos and communicating and taking tests becomes maybe 15 hours, and that is not counting the weekend. There are conference calls on a Tuesday or Wednesday and feedback they get from the league office. They go through training tapes and have meetings at the game site. "This is much more than a weekend profession." Blandino insists the men handling the jobs are fit mentally and physically, that they train hard and with the most updated resources. All of them attend a clinic that has a physical assessment component, and the league is using a performance group with expertise in functional movement and agility to help the officials. In July in Dallas, the officials underwent a 90-minute assessment in which they ran through drills that mimic their movements on the field. That established a baseline for their performances, and helped in devising a workout program for each of them. "We identify problem areas, where we need to get better." Blandino himself ran into something of a problem area during the summer when TMZ reported he was on a party bus with Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones. The league said it received no complaints. Once the games start, though, there are sure to be plenty of complaints about the officiating. It's the nature of the beast, and Blandino knows it. He could be at the center of the firestorm because his duties have increased exponentially. Blandino's office will consult on all video reviews this season, although the final decision will remain with the referee. The objective is simple: get the call right. Blandino believes the entire review will be sped up by having his office involved in the process. A similar system has worked well for the NHL. "We'll have one person monitoring each game, and when there is a key play, it will be called to our attention," he says. "I can start to formulate my opinion and we communicate with the replay official at the game even before the referee has gotten under the hood. "It's more efficient. We want to make sure we do not make a mistake and that we apply a consistent standard." One thing Blandino can be certain about: If his officials get even one call wrong, they will hear about it, regardless of the hundreds they might get right. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15 of 29 passing for 243 yards and […]
High school football: Moore quarterback Josh Detweiler impressive in first start
Trent Shadid | Sep 6, 2014First-year Moore coach Paul Hix believes his team has plenty of positives to build on despite a lopsided loss to Westmoore in the season opener on Friday night. The most obvious being the play of sophomore quarterback Josh Detweiler. In his first high school start, Detweiler was 15 of 29 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns as the Lions fell to the No. 4 Jaguars 49-20. Detweiler did not play as a freshman after suffering an elbow injury. His most recent quarterback experience before Friday night came in eighth grade running the run-heavy wishbone. “I’m absolutely glowing over him right now,” Hix said. “He came in with no real expectations, so to step into a game like that as a sophomore and play the way he did was something we were very pleased with. He’s so calm, under control, and I thought he threw the ball magnificently. “For him to pick up the complexity of our air-raid offense so quickly has been awesome to watch and I’m excited to see him develop.” Detweiler did throw two interceptions, one coming on a miscommunication with a receiver inside the 10-yard line. His first touchdown pass came on an eight-yard connection with tight end Jordan Jones. Jones, who didn’t play football last season, had a team-high six catches for 56 yards. Hix says the 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior will continue to be a go-to target for Detweiler. “(Jones) loves football, and he’s still learning how to play,” Hix said. “He came to us as just a basketball player, and I told him he had a chance to be a possible college prospect as a tight end. He certainly showed flashes of that last night.”
Sep 6, 2014
Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 40-23 win over Missouri State by the numbers: 1: Punt by Oklahoma State in its 40-23 victory against Missouri State. It didn’t come until the Cowboys’ final possession with less than two minutes remaining in the game. 2: OSU became only the second team in NCAA history to block a field goal, an extra point and a punt in a game. Oregon State is the other,...
OSU football by the numbers: Cowboys become 2nd team in NCAA history to block punt, FG and PAT
BY JENNI CARLSON | Sep 6, 2014Here is a look at Oklahoma State’s 40-23 win over Missouri State by the numbers: 1: Punt by Oklahoma State in its 40-23 victory against Missouri State. It didn’t come until the Cowboys’ final possession with less than two minutes remaining in the game. 2: OSU became only the second team in NCAA history to block a field goal, an extra point and a punt in a game. Oregon State is the other, achieving the special special-teams mark against Southern Cal in 1996. 5: Years since quarterback Daxx Garman played in a football game, dating back to his high school days at Jones. 6: Field goal attempts by Ben Grogan, tying the school record for most in a game. He only made four of them, though, missing from 51 and 46 yards. 16: Freshmen who played Saturday, nine true freshmen and seven redshirt freshmen. 19: Consecutive victories in home openers for the Cowboys, who haven’t lost a home opener since 1995. 54: Consecutive games in which OSU has scored 20 or more points, dating back to the 2010 season and continuing the longest active streak in the country. 87: Yards on a touchdown pass from Garman to Brandon Sheperd, which is the second longest pass completion in OSU history. The only one longer? Zac Robinson’s 95-yard pass to Jeremy Broadway vs. Iowa State in 2008.
Sep 6, 2014
Victory Christian defeated Jones 37-20 in the opening game, and Davis topped Vian 20-6 in the main event of the TotallyTickets.com Kickoff Classic at Choctaw’s Bill Jensen Field .
High school football doubleheader in Choctaw a big hit
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Sep 6, 2014CHOCTAW — If Choctaw athletic director Todd Dilbeck could have ordered up some better weather, he would have, but otherwise, the first-ever TotallyTickets.com Kickoff Classic at Choctaw’s Bill Jensen Field was a big hit. “It was something different,” said Jones coach Dave Martin, whose team played in the first game of Saturday’s high school football doubleheader. “It brought a little buzz to the kids and the situation. The weather was a damper, but it’s a great event, and I’d like to see more stuff like this early in the season.” Martin and Davis coach Jody Weber were two of the men who began the conversation about the possibility of a neutral-site doubleheader. They got in touch with Dilbeck, and the idea took off. “They contacted me, and we told them we’d love to be a part of it,” Dilbeck said. “We thought it would be great for Oklahoma. No one’s ever really done anything like this. We thought it would be a great one-day event. You can pay $5 and watch two great games.” Dilbeck wants to continue the event, and said they might even add a third game eventually. He brought in sponsors like TotallyTickets.com and Oklahoma Sports and Orthopedics Institute. After Dilbeck paid his workers, the rest of the ticket proceeds were to be split four ways and sent to the participating schools. Victory Christian defeated Jones 37-20 in the opening game, and Davis topped Vian 20-6 in the main event, which matched the Nos. 1 and 2 teams in Class 2A. “It was different than what we’re used to, but we enjoyed that,” Victory Christian quarterback Keats Calhoon said. “It was good playing in the morning, because now we have the whole day to celebrate.” The event took plenty of planning, and Choctaw’s own game made things tough, too. The Yellowjackets played at Sapulpa Friday night. “It was tricky, because I got home at 2 a.m. and had to be back up here at 6 a.m.,” Dilbeck said. “There was a lot of work to be done ahead of time, and it’s a little hectic. But I’m just thankful that I’ve got good coaches and supporters to help out.” The college football folks didn’t help out, aligning the Oklahoma-Tulsa and OSU-Missouri State games with the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. kickoff times at Choctaw. But crowds were still strong, particularly for the Davis-Vian game, with two football-crazy towns in a rematch of last year’s Class 2A semifinals. And the neutral site added a playoff feel, starting with the team preparations. “In the playoffs, we typically have to make one really long trip,” Davis coach Jody Weber said. “Now this isn’t a really long trip, but logistically with a 3 p.m. start, trying to get meals and all that — it’s good to go through that stuff now. “Having to get ready for something quite a bit different from normal is gonna be good for our kids in the long run.” The uniqueness of the event generated excitement, and that’s what the organizers hope to build on. “When I was coaching down in Texas, we did it quite a bit. Why not Oklahoma?” Martin said. “It’s a cool deal, and Choctaw did an incredible job hosting this. “If it got big enough, maybe you could even get some television revenue. A lot of other places can do it. I don’t see why we couldn’t do it here in Oklahoma.”
Sep 6, 2014
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Daxx Garman went 16 of 26 for 244 yards and two touchdowns to help lead Oklahoma State to a 40-23 victory over Missouri State Saturday. Garman entered the contest late in the first quarter, for injured starter J.W. Walsh, with OSU leading 10-6. It was his first game action since his junior year of high school in 2009. Tyreek Hill ran for 62 yards for Oklahoma State...
OSU football: QB Daxx Garman replaces injured J.W. Walsh, leads Cowboys to 40-23 win
Kyle Fredrickson | Sep 6, 2014STILLWATER — Daxx Garman took a sack, threw an incompletion and was pinned inside his own 20-yard line: third-and-long for Oklahoma State’s second-string quarterback midway through the second quarter, up just 11 points against Football Championship Subdivision’s Missouri State. Garman took the shotgun snap and rolled right. Wide receiver Brandon Sheperd crossed left 35 yards downfield. On the run and across his body — Garman let it fly. And suddenly, all the stories from two years of practice about Garman’s arm strength played out in real life. He zipped the ball right into Sheperd’s chest, and Sheperd raced into the end zone. The Cowboys won 40-23 and that 87-yard touchdown pass was etched into history — the second longest ever by a Cowboy quarterback in Stillwater. It also showcased Garman’s potential to re-write OSU’s offensive attack this season. “I saw exactly what he saw,” OSU coach Mike Gundy said. “The only guy I thought could make that throw was wearing a headset.” Gundy was talking about himself, of course. High praise for Garman. “I thought I better get it to (Sheperd) quick and let him run … That’s the most fun I’ve had in a long time,” Garman said. Garman’s stat line — 16-of-26 passing for 244 yards and two touchdowns — helps make sense of Gundy saying he’d play his quarterbacks “situatioinally” this season. Garman’s arm strength stretched the field and changed the demeanor of his deep-threat wideouts. As Sheperd puts it, his “mindset is vertical, every time,” when Garman comes into the game. Garman was expected to play Saturday, but not under the circumstances he faced. Starter J.W. Walsh exited the game with an undetermined foot injury late in the first quarter. Gundy said the team will know more about Walsh’s prognosis by Sunday. So in came the backup who hadn’t played in a real game since he was a high school junior. Garman transferred from Jones High School outside Oklahoma City after his 2009 season to finish his prep career at Dallas-area power Southlake Carrol. But he was never ruled eligible. After one redshirt season at Arizona, Garman transferred to OSU where he’s sat deep on the depth chart ever since — until Saturday. “It’s kind of like riding a bike I guess,” offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich said. “Once you get back on it, it feels normal.” Gundy has said he couldn’t be certain of Garman’s true potential until the lights came on in a real-game setting. “(Garman’s) had a lot of reps,” Gundy said. “He’s really ready to play. He had to go through some growing pains. The speed of the game is different for him. He hadn’t played in a long time. He made some mistakes, but he also made some throws.” Garman spoke with reporters after the game for the first time as a Cowboy. He kept his answers short, thanked his teammates and was on his way. “Just another day,” Garman said.
Sep 4, 2014
In the spread-happy world of college football that Oregon helped create, being old-school like Michigan State has its advantages.The seventh-ranked Spartans, who visit the third-ranked Ducks on Saturday, are among a dwindling number of teams still using what can best be described as a traditional, pro-style attack featuring tight ends, fullbacks and the quarterback regularly taking a snap from...
Old-school has its advantages in college football
RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Sep 4, 2014In the spread-happy world of college football that Oregon helped create, being old-school like Michigan State has its advantages. The seventh-ranked Spartans, who visit the third-ranked Ducks on Saturday, are among a dwindling number of teams still using what can best be described as a traditional, pro-style attack featuring tight ends, fullbacks and the quarterback regularly taking a snap from under center. The Ducks have been at the forefront of the spread revolution. Few teams do it as well as Oregon, though plenty are trying. The reaction from defenses has been to streamline personnel, using quicker and leaner players who can track down all those fast guys in the open field. Now that the traditional has become unorthodox, teams such as Michigan State, No. 1 Florida State, No. 2 Alabama and No. 13 Stanford can benefit from going against the trend as opponents struggle to prepare for their bigger and more bunched-up offenses. "I think it does become a little bit more difficult to simulate the things that we do in practice because of the nature of your personnel," Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said. "Your personnel begins to take on your offense's personality. "If you can't simulate things very well throughout the week in practice and then you hit the game field, there's a difference in speed, there's a difference in physicality, in just the way different plays are run." For many programs, the best way to neutralize the talent advantage that teams such as Florida State and Alabama have is the spread. And spread offenses are even more prevalent in high school football than they are in college, which has helped trigger the explosion of the last decade. In the Pac-12, where Oregon resides, the spread is just about everywhere outside of Stanford. Even Southern California, long a pro-style stronghold, is now dabbling in the spread with what new coach Steve Sarkisian calls a "hybrid" offense. "When you practice all day against four wide receivers in training camp and then you show up to a game and there's the I-formation with a fullback and tailback, it takes some adjusting to it," Sarkisian said. The Big 12 is even more spread-heavy, with Texas taking the most traditional approach. "Talking to our defensive coaches, they don't see it (prostyle offense) much anymore so when they do face a traditional pro-style offense there's some new things that go into preparing for it," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. The spread has swept through the Southeastern Conference in recent years with the additions of Texas A&M and Missouri, and the coaching arrivals of Auburn's Gus Malzahn, Mississippi's Hugh Freeze and Tennessee's Butch Jones. A similar infiltration has happened in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with Larry Fedora at North Carolina, Dave Doeren at North Carolina State and Dave Clawson at Wake Forest. Among the Big Five conferences, the Big Ten leans heaviest toward traditional offenses with Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan and Rutgers among those joining Michigan State in running prostyle sets that can provide multiple formations. There are two potential problems teams face when trying to prepare for pro-style offenses. First, there's the lack of offensive personnel. "You can't emulate them in practice if you don't even have tight ends to throw in there," said former Auburn coach Gene Chizik, who is now working as an analyst for the SEC Network. Of course, that can work both ways. No doubt Michigan State has had to get creative this week to prepare for Oregon. The second problem is a lack of defensive personnel. "I haven't seen it as much in our conference, but out of conference I've seen it a lot where you kind of tailor your entire defense to play against the spread so you've got smaller, lighter outside linebackers that are more like nickel guys that can kind of play the pass," Stanford coach David Shaw said. "And then you come up against a team like us where you don't have a big outside linebacker to defend the fullback in the running game." For example, West Virginia of the Big 12 didn't have a linebacker on its depth chart for the Alabama game that weighed more than 235 pounds. The Mountaineers usually line up three safeties, with 210-pound K.J. Dillon at the Spur position, a hybrid of linebacker and safety. That's a defense better suited to chase Texas Tech than knock heads with the Crimson Tide. Of course, Alabama also has the benefit of having awesome players. Talent generally trumps schemes. "Nick can run pretty much whatever offense they want to run because he does such a wonderful job recruiting some of the best players in the country," Kansas coach Charlie Weis said. While coaches might try to blend more of the traditional power running game into their spreads, the way Malzahn does at Auburn, don't expect a retro movement toward pro-style offenses anytime soon. "I think that for the majority of the teams, it's a long way from cycling back the other way," said Weis, the former NFL offensive coordinator. "Everything goes in cycles in football and it's not going to shock me if somewhere down the road teams take that tact, but I think we're a long way away from that." ___ AP Sports Writer Antonio Gonzalez in Stanford, Calif., contributed to this report. ___ Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP
Sep 3, 2014
The defensive tackle has recorded at least 60 tackles in each of his first two high school seasons and holds a scholarship offer from the University of South Dakota. He’ll look to once again be a force for a Jones defense that expects to be the strength of a young team.
Jones football: Ty Hughes anchors Longhorns' tough defense
BY TRENT SHADID, Staff Writer | Sep 3, 2014Ty Hughes comes into his junior year as the anchor in the middle of the Jones defense for a third straight season. The defensive tackle has recorded at least 60 tackles in each of his first two high school seasons and holds a scholarship offer from the University of South Dakota. He’ll look to once again be a force for a Jones defense that expects to be the strength of a young team. Q: Now that you’re starting for a third season, are you taking on a leadership role? A: Of course. Being just a sophomore last year I couldn’t really take on much of a leadership role. We lost a lot of guys from last year’s team, and now with me being a junior I’m definitely looking to be more of a leader. With strength being a big part of playing defensive tackle have you bulked up since last year? Last year towards the end of the season I was a little sluggish, so this year I’ve trimmed down some and built up a lot of muscle. I feel great. What are the expectations for Jones this season? We’re a little young this year. We’re going to have to have some young guys step up and play for us. Compared to last year we are also lacking some size, but we have a lot of speed. Our defense is really fast. Jones has had its starting quarterback transfer to a different school for a second straight season, is that frustrating at all? It’s frustrating only because when you have a new quarterback it sort of feels like you’re rebuilding, at least early on. But regardless we have the expectation to win games and be better than people say we’re going to be.
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
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Get to the quarterback.That's the goal this season for Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones. It doesn't matter how he does it, either."No matter how you get there, you just have to get there," Jones said.The Steelers hope to see just that starting Sunday when they welcome the Cleveland Browns to Heinz Field for their season opener.Jones displayed flashes...
Jones' mantra: Get to the quarterback
DAN SCIFO, Associated Press | Sep 2, 2014PITTSBURGH (AP) — Get to the quarterback. That's the goal this season for Pittsburgh Steelers second-year linebacker Jarvis Jones. It doesn't matter how he does it, either. "No matter how you get there, you just have to get there," Jones said. The Steelers hope to see just that starting Sunday when they welcome the Cleveland Browns to Heinz Field for their season opener. Jones displayed flashes during the preseason. He sacked Eli Manning in the first game against the New York Giants and, in the team's finale, recovered a fumbled snap that went 15 yards past Carolina Panthers quarterback Derek Anderson. Jones is ready for more against the Browns. "That's what we look forward to, being able to play some real football and actually fight for something," Jones said. "This one right here, Week 1, we're playing against a top opponent in our division and we can't afford to start slow. "You have to be hitting on all cylinders because everything counts from here on out." Jones, the No. 17 pick in the 2013 draft, carried a reputation for reaching the passer at Georgia, totaling 28 sacks in 26 games, good for third in school history. But he struggled in his rookie season with just one sack, four passes deflected and 41 tackles in 14 games. "I wasn't productive and it hurt," Jones said. "I'm not used to being in that position. Ever since I started playing football in high school, I've always been successful. "It was humbling, but at the same time it makes you work harder. That's the approach I take." Jones has focused more on his mental approach to the game, spending additional time in the film room, studying formations, techniques, tendencies and more. The extra time helps, particularly in a week like this one when Jones will face Browns left tackle Joe Thomas, considered one of the best in the league. "When you get to the NFL, you're playing against guys that have been in the league for 10 years," Jones said. "I think most people try to play this game on the physical side, but it's the mental side that makes you a Pro Bowler and a Hall of Famer." That's where Jones eventually wants to land. He wants to be mentioned alongside the likes of James Harrison, the 2008 Defensive Player of the Year who retired over the weekend fourth in team history with 64 sacks. "When you look at it, he's one of the best players to ever play this game," Jones said. "When you win Defensive Player of the Year in this league it means something. "When you talk about someone who had 60-plus sacks, defensive player of the league . I've got a long way to go and I'm nowhere near there. So for myself I have to continue to work, continue to try to get better and do the things my coaches and teammates ask of me." Reaching the quarterback is a big part of the job description, and Jones knows it. "Everybody puts me as a pass rusher, so that's the main thing everybody wants to see me produce this year," Jones said. Jones is ready to answer the call. The disappointments of last season are a distant memory, replaced by the optimism of an impressive preseason and a new start against the Browns on Sunday. "We got a good defense here and I believe we can be great," Jones said. "We have a lot to improve on, and that's going to be there no matter how good you are, but I think we have a great defense. We just have to go out and prove it." NOTES: The Steelers will honor former coach Chuck Noll this season with a commemorative decal on the back of their helmets. Noll, the only coach to win four Super Bowls, passed away in June. . The players selected quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as offensive captain for the sixth time in his career. Safety Troy Polamalu was voted defensive captain for the first time. Safety Robert Golden and kicker Shaun Suisham are the special teams captains. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL