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COLUMBIA, Mo. • University of Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith has a problem. His throat is sore from countless interviews he has conducted, but he has more phone calls to make. Smith’s Tigers, the best team on Missouri’s campus, just won a milestone event. For that, the Tigers now are ranked No. 1 in the country.Smith should be watching film of upcoming opponents, but on this busy weekday...
Smith built Mizzou wrestling into national powerhouse
Dave Matter, Associated Press | Mar 3, 2015COLUMBIA, Mo. • University of Missouri wrestling coach Brian Smith has a problem. His throat is sore from countless interviews he has conducted, but he has more phone calls to make. Smith’s Tigers, the best team on Missouri’s campus, just won a milestone event. For that, the Tigers now are ranked No. 1 in the country. Smith should be watching film of upcoming opponents, but on this busy weekday afternoon two things top his list. Chicken wings and wine. For Smith, in his 17th season as Mizzou’s wrestling coach, the job requires non-stop grassroots fundraising to maintain the program’s facilities and sustain its future. While the Tigers prepare to host this weekend’s Mid-American Conference tournament, Smith scrambles to plan Friday’s fundraiser at Deja Vu Comedy Club, where donors will pay $75 a ticket to benefit the wrestling program. His phone beeps with texts and emails. Each one, Smith hopes, is final confirmation on donations to secure the wings and wine. “Every day I feel like I have to raise money,” Smith said. “But it’s part of being a wrestling coach. “When I first got here, I had to fool people that we had a budget. … It’s just hustling.” Smith, 49, has hustled Missouri into college wrestling’s penthouse suite. Division I college wrestling has crowned only 11 schools as national champion since 1928 — and the last 26 titles have been won by Penn State, Iowa, Minnesota or Oklahoma State — but Smith doesn’t apologize for outsized expectations for the NCAA Wrestling Championships, set for March 19-21 in St. Louis. Missouri (24-0) enters the MAC tournament as the nation’s only undefeated team in dual matches, highlighted by last month’s 18-12 win over then-No. 1 Iowa at the National Duals in Iowa City, Iowa. Wrestling doesn’t draw the biggest crowds at Mizzou or haul in the most cash — in the 2014 fiscal year, MU wrestling revenue was $220,210, compared to $1.17 million in expenses — but Smith has built the school’s biggest winner at the national level. In two weeks, he could deliver the school its first national team championship since the men's track team won in 1965. “Brian has really done things the right way,” said MU senior associate athletics director Sarah Reesman, who oversees the wrestling program. “He built a program from the ground up. He didn’t cut any corners. He laid the foundation for what we know as ‘Tiger Style,’ and it’s grown into something that’s more than a wrestling team. It’s a philosophy.” “You’ve got to expect to win,” Smith said, “but you can’t be overconfident. You can’t say, ‘I’m going to walk on the mat, I’m wearing a Missouri singlet so I’m going to win.’” In the Missouri wrestling room, sacrifice breeds confidence, and no one knows sacrifice like the Tigers’ coach. In 1980, Smith’s parents, Brian and Linda Smith, packed up their family and moved from Binghamton, N.Y., to Orlando, Fla. The move came on doctor’s orders. “I was a sickly kid,” Smith said. The coach suffered from asthma throughout childhood. He had pneumonia seven times. He was hospitalized for a month in first grade. When Smith turned 14, the family doctor gave the Smiths two options: major lung surgery or move to a warmer climate. “Binghamton was the coldest place in the world,” Brian Smith, the elder, said in a phone interview. “So we moved to Florida.” Smith, 35 years later, still is awed by his family’s decision. “We moved for me,” Smith said. “They made a huge sacrifice.” Smith’s father had just taken a sales job in New York, but in Florida he’d return to his earlier career as a high school teacher and football coach. Little Brian, as the son was known, would repeat eighth grade when the family moved south and play his favorite sports: He was a point guard in basketball and option quarterback in football. After Smith’s ninth grade football season, Dad made a suggestion during a car ride that forever changed Smith’s life. He suggested Brian try wrestling. Smith had wrestled some as a fifth grader and hated it. “He was small,” Smith’s dad said, “and it was a good sport for him.” Dad was right. Smith soon fell in love with wrestling and quit football. “It became my life,” Smith said. He qualified for the Florida state meet as a sophomore and won the championship as a junior. Spring breaks and summer vacations were spent back in New York wrestling with his cousins. For Smith’s senior year, it was time for another family sacrifice. Randy Miller coached the state’s best high school program at St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, nearly four hours away. The Irish Catholic son moved south to live with his Jewish grandmother, Lillian Bluver, and wrestle for Miller. Smith still cherishes the experience. “I had such a great upbringing,” Smith said. “One side, my dad’s side, was all into sports. The Jewish side was very much into education.” After winning another state title as a senior, Smith went to Michigan State, where Miller wrestled in college. Smith, wrestling at 126 pounds, earned All-Big Ten honors three times. He also settled on his future. “My dad is why I’m in coaching,” he said. “It’s all I ever wanted to be, like my dad.” After two years coaching high school wrestling and football in Florida, Smith went north again and became an assistant wrestling coach at Cornell. He landed his first head coaching job in 1997, at Syracuse. At the time, several schools were shutting down wrestling programs. Smith had to raise $2 million to keep Syracuse’s problem alive. He raised $300,000 but after a year looked for other opportunities. Smith interviewed for 10 different jobs before Missouri took a chance on the 32-year-old, in May 1998. “He was an outsider and not a well known name,” said Montana State AD Peter Fields, who worked at Mizzou at the time and headed the selection committee that chose Smith. “I talked to a lot of people in the wrestling world, and they talked about Brian as up-and-coming coach that was really going to do a good job.” In the five-team Big 12, Mizzou finished fifth at the conference meet in six of Smith’s first eight years. Within the program, though, the foundation was taking shape. When the basketball team moved to Mizzou Arena in 2004, Smith’s wrestlers took over the fourth floor of the Hearnes Center, converting the old basketball practice gym into a wrestling room. Piece by piece, Smith built a weight room that’s exclusively for wrestlers. In 2011, Smith built the 3,500-square foot Olympic Training Center, where he hires former wrestlers to stay on campus and work with current wrestlers — a luxury for recruiting and training but a costly expense that requires significant funding. On the mats, the breakthrough came in 2006, when 174-pounder Ben Askren won MU’s first of five NCAA titles under Smith. In 2007, the Tigers finished third at the NCAA meet. In 2012, Mizzou won the Big 12 title. Smith has produced 20 All-Americans, including current 197-pound star J’Den Cox, who last year became MU’s first freshman national champion. Along the way, a brand was born. In the early 2000s, Mizzou wrestler Jeremy Spates would shout “Tiger Style” when the team broke down its huddle at practice and meets, a custom he took from his high school team in Oklahoma, the Norman Tigers. “Tiger Style” stuck with Smith, who had begun to keep a journal of all of his thoughts and philosophies on the sport and coaching. Smith wanted Mizzou wrestling to mean more than takedowns and pinfalls. Over time, Smith devised a pyramid that came to define his program. The base foundation is one word: Believe. “It’s a commitment to a lifestyle that we expect,” he said. “The guys have completely bought into it.” ?Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter email@example.com ——— ©2015 the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Visit the St. Louis Post-Dispatch at www.stltoday.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC _____ Topics: t000003183,t000003654,t000177929,t000002776,t000049144,t000002786,t000416230,t000143290,t000008056,t000008060,t000003277,g000065614,g000362661,g000066164,g000065577,g000065682,g000065556
Mar 3, 2015
With Trevor Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle. Baker Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it.
Oklahoma football: Will Baker Mayfield once again make the most of an opportunity?
BY JASON KERSEY | Mar 3, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield was too slow and didn’t have a strong enough arm to start for his high school freshman football team, until an injury gave him an opportunity and he started the rest of the season. Two years later, coaches at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, picked a different quarterback to start the 2011 season opener, but by the end of the year, Mayfield had accounted for 55 touchdowns and led his team to a state championship. “Those things are what drove him to the success that he had at Texas Tech early on, and that’s what’s gonna end up driving him to play at Oklahoma,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant when Mayfield played there. “Baker was never a guy who accepted his role.” Mayfield’s decision to walk on at Oklahoma more than a year ago seemed crazy at the time. Trevor Knight was coming off a Sugar Bowl MVP performance against Alabama and appeared firmly entrenched as OU’s starter for the forseeable future. With Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle in spring practices beginning Saturday. Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it. Mayfield took over as Lake Travis’ quarterback midway through the first quarter of his junior season after an injury sidelined the starter, and threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two more scores in a 35-7 victory over Westlake. By the time his high school career was over, he’d thrown for 6,255 yards and 67 touchdowns and led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record. He seemed like the next Lake Travis quarterback destined for big-time college football, following Garrett Gilbert and Michael Brewer, but his recruiting never took off. He only received scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State. High school teammate and longtime friend Luke Hutton remembers catching passes for Mayfield at a workout for Oregon State coaches. “He didn’t have one incompletion; he was just perfect,” said Hutton, who now plays at Harvard. “But they didn’t offer him. They offered a guy who was four inches taller.” Mayfield chose to walk on at Texas Tech, and by the season opener, had won the starting job. He completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns against SMU in what is believed to be the first-ever season opener in which a walk-on true freshman quarterback started for a power five conference school. He ended up starting seven games — throwing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions — but decided to transfer, he said, because he was frustrated with a lack of communication with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mayfield announced his plans to walk on at Oklahoma around the time of the Sugar Bowl, despite Knight’s incredible performance against the mighty Crimson Tide. Then in the OU spring game, he completed all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His appeals to Texas Tech and the NCAA for immediate eligibility last season were denied, although he was put on scholarship last fall. Still, because he transferred within the Big 12 Conference, he not only had to sit out the 2014 season, but lost that year of eligibility. Knight failed to replicate his Sugar Bowl performance last season, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was fired. Riley — who tried unsuccessfully to recruit Mayfield to East Carolina after he left Texas Tech — runs a system similar to Kingsbury’s, leading many to believe Mayfield’s the best candidate to take over the OU offense in 2015. He’ll compete with Knight, sophomore Cody Thomas and redshirt freshman Justice Hansen for the job. “A whole lot of people doubted him about playing at OU,” said Hagen Patterson, another of Mayfield’s Lake Travis teammates who now plays at Columbia. “People would ask me, ‘What is Baker doing? What is he thinking?’ “I told them, ‘Just wait. He’ll find a way to play.’”
University of Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley has been a forward-thinking college administrator for nearly three decades.He hired an unproven 30-year-old basketball coach named Billy Donovan when everybody thought he was crazy. He fired a struggling Ron Zook after only 2 1/2 seasons because he knew he had a chance to hire the next great coach in college football — Urban Meyer.But I truly...
Mike Bianchi: Gators AD has never allowed fans to storm the court or rush the field
By Mike Bianchi, Associated Press | Feb 26, 2015University of Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley has been a forward-thinking college administrator for nearly three decades. He hired an unproven 30-year-old basketball coach named Billy Donovan when everybody thought he was crazy. He fired a struggling Ron Zook after only 2 1/2 seasons because he knew he had a chance to hire the next great coach in college football — Urban Meyer. But I truly believe Foley’s most progressive and enlightened stance over the years has been his passionate pleas to his college athletic brethren to quit putting their stamp of approval on this post-game rioting otherwise known as fans storming the court or rushing the field to celebrate victories. Foley is one of the main reasons the Southeastern Conference is the only league in the country that actually fines member schools (although not nearly enough) when their fans envelop the playing surface after big victories. I thought of Foley again the other night after Kansas State’s fans rushed the court after a victory over rival Kansas, jostling, hitting and heckling the Kansas players who barely escaped the university-endorsed melee before the situation really turned ugly. One Kansas assistant subdued a rowdy K-State fan by putting him in a headlock. Several K-State fans appeared to intentionally charge Kansas players, with one student running across the court and slamming into Jayhawks forward Jamari Taylor and nearly knocking him to the ground. This would have never happened at UF because Foley does not allow it. Gator fans have been indoctrinated for decades to know they are not allowed onto the playing surface under any circumstances. Through the years, UF has been known to prevent these post-game melees by lining the floor/field with dozens of brawny uniformed officers with billy clubs and police dogs. “Yes, we put people on their face, handcuff them and arrest them,” Foley told me once. “Obviously, that’s not what you want to do, but you can’t let people get trampled.” I’ve had several conversations with Foley about this and his stance has remained the same: “Do we have to get somebody paralyzed or killed before we start taking this seriously? At some point, we’re going to have a serious, serious, accident, and that’s when everybody is going to jump up and want to weigh in on this topic. We’ll form committees and have meetings and seminars and try to figure out how such a tragedy could have happened.” Actually, we’ve already had tragedies; they just haven’t happened at Duke, North Carolina, Florida or Florida State. There was the case of Joe Kay, a high-school basketball player in Arizona who was paralyzed several years ago when he was tackled by his own fans after a big win. Kay was the class valedictorian and had a scholarship to Stanford waiting for him before the accident. A few years back when I wrote about Foley championing the cause of stopping fans from storming the court, Kay’s mother Suzanne contacted me and said, “Tell that Florida A.D. we support his efforts to keep fans off the court. It’s a very dangerous situation, and we need more people out there willing to speak out against it.” We can start with the irresponsible analysts on ESPN who glorify and publicize the court-storming and field-rushing as part of the passion and pageantry of college sports. Of course, ESPN will be the first to demand change and sick their attack dogs from “Outside the Lines” on the NCAA the first time a player or coach gets seriously hurt in one of these post-game melees. But shouldn’t we be protecting the fans, too; protecting them from themselves? Hundreds, if not thousands, have been injured over the years in these celebratory riots. Let’s never forget Richard Thomas Rose, the 20-year-student at a small college in Minnesota who was killed a few years back when fans rushed the field and pulled down a goal post that fell on his head. “The crowd cheered,” an eyewitness told the Associated Press at the time. “I was looking and then saw someone on the ground with the goal post laying on top of them.” I’ve asked this before and I’m going to ask it again … and again … and again until a college administrator gives me legitimate answer. Why is it that when one NBA player goes into the stands it’s portrayed as an “appalling scandal”, but when thousands of college fans go onto the playing surface it’s considered “school spirit.” Which is more dangerous? ——— ABOUT THE WRITER Mike Bianchi is a columnist for the Orlando Sentinel. ——— ©2015 OrlandoSentinel Visit OrlandoSentinel at www.orlandosentinel.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC ————— PHOTO of Mike Bianchi is available from the Columnist Mugs section of www.tribunenewsservice.com. _____ Topics: g000065577,g000362661,g000066164,g000065634
Feb 23, 2015
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Dr. Mark McKenna watches from a cruising altitude of 11,000 feet as dawn breaks over Wyoming's plains.The landscape below is flat, brown and vast — cast in long shadows, creased and riven in watercourses flowing off the Laramie Range."Once you clear the mountains, it's definitely a different terrain," said the Premier Bone and Joint Centers orthopedic surgeon. "You can...
Bone and joint doctors fly across Wyoming to offer care
By CHILTON TIPPIN, Associated Press | Feb 23, 2015LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — Dr. Mark McKenna watches from a cruising altitude of 11,000 feet as dawn breaks over Wyoming's plains. The landscape below is flat, brown and vast — cast in long shadows, creased and riven in watercourses flowing off the Laramie Range. "Once you clear the mountains, it's definitely a different terrain," said the Premier Bone and Joint Centers orthopedic surgeon. "You can watch the sun rise over the course of the flight." McKenna rides in a Beechcraft King Air C90A. Guided by Pilot Cody Diekroeger, the twin-engine turboprop sails quietly through the air, its nose pointed for Torrington. Registered Nurse Abra O'Brien sits across from McKenna, and Lisa Sinicki, Premier Bone and Joint travel staff, rides alongside Diekroeger in the cockpit. The team is preparing for a long day, one which began before their roughly 6:50 a.m. takeoff from Laramie Regional Airport; one which would take them to clinics in both Torrington and Casper, where McKenna would see some 50 patients, as well as perform one bicep surgery in Casper; and one which would have the entire team back in Laramie by about 7 p.m. — more than 12 hours after departure. Sitting in the plane's leather chair, O'Brien said she doesn't mind flying all over the state on a day-to-day basis. "Traveling breaks up your week a little bit," she says. "It's not the same thing every day." McKenna and crew are part of one of the most unique orthopedic practices in the country. Based in Laramie, Premier Bone and Joint flies eight specialized physicians to 11 towns and cities throughout the state. On any given day, as many as four of the practice's Beechcraft King Airs could be aloft in Wyoming skies, whisking doctors and nurses to satellite clinics in places as far flung as Gillette and Rock Springs, or as small as Wheatland, Torrington and Douglas. "There's not another group like this, that does what these guys do," Thomas Wolfe, Premier Bone and Joint CEO, said of the practice. "How they work within the entire state — no other state has this. Other groups might have one plane, but not four. This practice is the biggest of its kind." Breadth and scale are not the only distinctive features of the practice, which owes its existence to a sort of symbiotic relationship between the physicians and their patients throughout the state. On the one hand, a city the size of Laramie could never support nine highly specialized doctors, Wolfe said. To find a group with this degree of fellowship training, one would have to go to a big city, such as Denver or Salt Lake City. But by expanding care to Wyoming's near 600,000 residents, the market is large enough to support the specialized group. On the other hand, the physicians' willingness to fly all over the state grants patients access to specialized care in their hometowns — orthopedic treatment they wouldn't otherwise receive without traveling outside of Wyoming. Premier Bone and Joint's roots date back to 1973, when David A. Kieffer opened his orthopedic practice in Laramie. He was joined in 1976 by Robert Curnow, and the duo renamed the practice Gem City Bone and Joint. Over the years, the doctors grew their practice, changed the name to Premier Bone and Joint and began offering care in other cities. In the early years, doctors ran sorties to satellite clinics in a hired limo. In time, however, it became apparent too many hours were wasted commuting doctors to and fro on the roads, and, in the winters, blizzards and ice-sheathed highways made the trips harrowing and unpredictable. The partners decided they needed a plane, and the Beechcraft King Air proved worthy of the task. Today, the practice employs four pilots and more than 120 administrative and clerical staff. It operates locally out of a 33,000 square-foot building in east Laramie, owns clinics in Rock Springs and Casper and rents space to treat patients in nine other locations. The net effect, Diekroeger said, is a practice covering roughly three-fourths of Wyoming's 97,814 square miles. The backbone of the operation is the doctors, each of whom is a partner in the practice. Seven are highly specialized orthopedic surgeons, focusing on a range of subspecialties covering the entire body — from the neck, back and spine, to joints, shoulders and knees. The eighth physician, Michael Kaplan, specializes in non-operative spinal care and interventional spine management — special methods for treating spinal issues without surgery. "I challenge you to find another group — in a town of this size — that has this degree of expertise and advanced, fellowship training and diversity," Kaplan said of the doctors. At about 7:25 a.m. Feb. 3, the plane touches down in Torrington, a city of about 6,500. During the approach, Diekroeger uses his smartphone to remote-start the Premier Bone and Joint vehicle parked at the Torrington Airport — a warming convenience during cold winter months. Diekroeger drives the team to the clinic, a medical office building. They operate out of three rooms, McKenna consulting with patients, O'Brien and Sinicki checking them in. On this day, a busy one, 30 patients make the roster. Scrolling through the schedule, O'Brien explains the patients come from all over the area: Guernsey, Fort Laramie, Lingle and Lusk as well as Mitchell and Potter, Nebraska. One of McKenna's early patients is Jackson Reifschneider, 17, a Torrington High School student who hurt his knee playing football. McKenna examines the knee, asking Reifshneider questions and prompting him to take his knee through a series of movements. Then he offers three suggestions: Work with the pain through therapy, get an MRI to determine the extent of the damage or take injections for the pain. Reifshneider's father, Patrick, indicates his son might play football again next season. McKenna suggests the MRI would likely be the best idea. "If it was my kid, that's would I would do," he says. The Reifshneiders schedule an MRI for the following week in Torrington. ___ Information from: Laramie Boomerang, http://www.laramieboomerang.com
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation will remain closed to the media.The court agreed with a Family Court judge who said in denying public access that the goal of rehabilitating the juvenile defendants from the Sayreville War Memorial High School team "would be...
Court rules against news outlets seeking hazing case access
By JOSH CORNFIELD, Associated Press | Feb 17, 2015TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey appeals court ruled Tuesday that juvenile court hearings for seven high school students charged in a football hazing investigation will remain closed to the media. The court agreed with a Family Court judge who said in denying public access that the goal of rehabilitating the juvenile defendants from the Sayreville War Memorial High School team "would be thwarted" and "community backlash" against them enhanced if the media had access to the hearings. In upholding the judge's decision, the appeals court also agreed that media access could lead to a backlash against the alleged victims, who are also juveniles. On another point, however, the court said the media can name the defendants if the information is obtained from outside court proceedings. The Associated Press, NJ Advance Media, Gannett New Jersey Newspapers and ABC Inc. appealed the Family Court decision after requesting access to the hearings as a First Amendment right. They also argued that allowing public access to the case would provide an outlet "for community concern" in the highly charged case. The AP does not generally name juvenile suspects and has not identified the suspects from Sayreville. "We're disappointed in terms of the access part, obviously," said Thomas Cafferty, an attorney representing the media organizations. "The issue of whether to publish identities we believe, as a result of the appellate decision, now rests where the First Amendment says it should rest, in the sound discretion of editors." Cafferty said the media organizations are reviewing the court decision. The teenagers were charged in October: three with aggravated sexual assault, criminal restraint, hazing and other crimes for an act of sexual penetration upon a child; four with aggravated criminal sexual contact and other crimes. The school district canceled a scheduled game on Oct. 2 amid the prosecutor's investigation, then canceled the rest of the season. Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey, who opposed the media request, said in a statement that he agreed with Family Court Judge James Hyland's decision and was pleased it withstood the appeal. Attorneys representing two of the teens also welcomed the decision, saying the issue has held up scheduling trial dates for their clients and a resolution of the case. Steven Altman and Richard Klein said all seven students have been kept out of school since the charges were filed. "A number of the young men are innocent. The only way we're going to get it done with is to get a trial," Altman said, adding that his client wants to get back to school. Juvenile proceedings generally are closed to the public unless media outlets or others seek access. The media organizations say previous cases show state courts favor increased public access to juvenile proceedings unless the juvenile can provide evidence of a substantial likelihood of specific harm. The school district announced this month that the team would return with a new head coach next school year. None of the coaches have been charged.
Cashion guard Vaughn Raney is the team’s motor on the court, averaging 21.4 points per game, and he totaled 69 points in three crucial wins last week to earn The Oklahoman’s Boys Basketball Player of the Week honor
High school boys basketball: Cashion's Vaughn Raney named player of the week
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer | Feb 9, 2015CASHION — Vaughn Raney knows Cashion’s mid-January turnaround wasn’t a one-man job. The 6-foot-2 Cashion guard is the team’s motor on the court, averaging 21.4 points per game, and he totaled 69 points in three crucial wins last week to earn The Oklahoman’s Boys Basketball Player of the Week honor. But Raney is quick to share the credit for the Wildcats’ current seven-game winning streak that included a win over Class A No. 5 Thomas in which Raney had 25 points and 11 rebounds. “Coming out of football, some of the guys had to adjust to getting back into basketball mode,” Raney said. “But we’re starting to find our offense, making more shots, playing good defense.” Peyton Maroney has come on strong lately, including games of 22, 14 and 14 points last week. Keegan Reneau made eight 3-pointers in a recent game and others have added to the offensive punch as well. “Vaughn has gotten better, but the other guys have really added a lot,” coach John Hardaway said. “During this run we’ve been on, there’s always been another guy who has had a really good game on the scoring end of things.” Still, it all starts with Raney, a junior and the cousin for former Putnam City star Dominique Raney. During the seven-game win streak, which has Cashion at 13-7 on the year, Raney has had 11 or more rebounds in four of them, and at least seven in two others. He had a nine-assist game, and two others with five assists each. In the first game of the winning streak, he scored 34 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in a win over Crescent. “He consistently works on his game, every day, all the time,” Hardaway said. “His 3-point shot has come around in the last three weeks or so. And that has made him so much more difficult for teams to guard him, because he’s so strong and physical and athletic. “We’ve been able to play defense and rebound and limit turnovers all year long, but our scoring has finally kicked in the last couple weeks.” With Cashion set to open playoff action next week, it’s the ideal time for the Wildcats to find their stride. “There’s no better time to be getting on a winning streak than when you’re going into the playoffs,” Raney said. “It’s a great time to be clicking the way we are.”
A look at the Oklahoma high school athletes who have signed to play college sports.
Oklahoma high school athletes college signing list: Saturday, Feb. 7
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Feb 7, 2015BASEBALL Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aiden Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jesus Gamez, Dover (Seminole St.) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Karsten Laferr, Edmond North (NOC) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Bryan Pacheco, Dover (NOC-Enid) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Landon Roney, Edmond North (NOC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Ryan Weeks, Savanna (Murray St.) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Louisiana Prep) Tanner Bowman, Cherokee (NWOSU) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dayton Campbell, Stillwater (Texas College) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) C.J. Citizen, Stillwater (Texas College) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Quinton Conaway, Edmond North (Oregon)* Eric Cook, Tulsa Washington (NWOSU) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John DelMoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Marcellous Dowell, Cache (SWOSU) Trent Dunaway, Thomas (SWOSU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) DeOndre Graham, Tulsa Union (NEO) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Noah Gregory, Thomas (SWOSU) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Rhett Hall, Westmoore (OBU) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe/Auburn (Tulsa) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Antwan Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Ryan Haymaker, Collinsville (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) KeyOndre Huntley, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) Nathan Knitig, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawn Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Johnathan Lee, Lone Grove (NEO) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) Adrian Lewis, Tulsa Union (NEO) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Alan Lockhart, Talihina (SOSU) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Cameron Mayberry, Stillwater (Colo. School of Mines) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Stephen McClernon, Edmond North (Benedictine) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Byron Mendoza, Westville (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Tez Miles, Westmoore (NEO) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) DTravius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Carlton Oates, Tulsa Memorial (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) Deonta Owens, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jonathan Palmer, Christian Heritage (NEO) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Jacques Penny, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Tryce Prince, Ada (Abilene Chr.) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Keonric Ricks, Idabel (NEO) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Austin Steward, Edmond North (UCO) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Jacob Test, Texhoma (Panhandle St.) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Jesse Turner, Mount St. Mary (Colo. School of Mines) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Ashton Vickers, Vian (OBU) T’Quan Wallace, Casady (Emporia St.) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) Anthony Walker, Tulsa Washington (NEO) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Braden Wesley, Idabel (NEO) Lorenzo West, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) De’Aundre Wilkins, Pocola (NEO) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) GOLF Rhett Bechtel, Edmond North (SNU) Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Andrew DeLapaz, Tulsa East Central (Rose St.) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Matthew McLaughlin, Heritage Hall (SMU) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Ricardo Perez, Tulsa Union (NSU) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) Jacob Tunney, Edmond North (OBU) GIRLS SOCCER Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (Oklahoma City) Bri Demuth, Jenks (Oklahoma City) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Jordan Huereca, Edmond North (SW Christian) Kathryn Huff, Edmond Homeschool (John Brown) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Tifani Langston, Lawton MacArthur (Bethel) Vanessa McGee, Moore (Rose St.) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Natalie Speer, Stillwater (Rose St.) Alissa Tapp, Ponca City (Rose St.) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Maci Brush, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dakota Clouse, Amber-Pocasset (Rose St.) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Hannah Danielson, Edmond North (Hutchinson CC) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Demi Dobbs, Moore (Rose St.) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kim Herron, Bethel (Dodge City CC) Courtney Hickman, Tupelo (Rose St.) Madison Hussey, Southmoore (Independence CC) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Poetry Jameson, Northwest Classen (Rose St.) Nicole Jarvis, Luther (NOC-Enid) Jessica Johnson, Pioneer (Rose St.) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Erica Martinez, Purcell (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Kacey Taylor, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Makayla White, Edmond Memorial (Rose St.) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) Rylee Willmon, Luther (NOC-Enid) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Avery Niemann, Heritage Hall (Denver) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Air Force football recruiting: Signing day listBrent BriggemanThe Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.)Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the...
Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list
Brent Briggeman, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2015Air Force football recruiting: Signing day list Brent Briggeman The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) Because of the appointment process involved with entry into the Air Force Academy, and the fact that athletes are still recruitable to other teams while at the prep school, signatures collected by Air Force on national signing day are not technically binding and, subsequently, not released to the media. #BoltBrotherhood Tweets The following is an unofficial list compiled by The Gazette's Brent Briggeman of players who are expected to commit to the Falcons on Wednesday. The list was gathered through social media, recruiting sites and other sources. It will be updated throughout the day on Wednesday as more information becomes available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any needed changes to the information listed. Other Air Force recruiting coverage: 2015 Air Force signing day recruits (with video links below each profile) Tyler Adams DT 6-3 240 Goodyear, Ariz. (Estrella Foothills) Recorded 13 tackles for loss -- including four sacks in nine games as a senior; lists 40 time at 5.0 and vertical at 29 inches. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1662743/highlights/180136384 Yaquarri Adams DB 6-0 170 Lithonia, Ga. (Arabia) One of the latest commitments in the class, as he announced his intentions on Tuesday night. He lists a 470-pound squat. Goes by the name Dre. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwRW-wYHpIc Justin Agner QB 6-1 200 Woodstock, Ga. Also held an offer from Navy. Threw for 2,071 yards and 14 touchdowns and ran for 402 yards and nine scores. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Igiv_ss0_Ns Miles Alexander RB/CB 5-10 183 Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley Northwest) A burner with 4.44 speed. Ran for more than 1,300 yards as a junior. A native of Kansas City area, with its jazz-rich background, and is named after legend Miles Davis. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1489984/highlights/206703382 Garrett Amy WR 5-8 170 Dallas, Texas (Dallas Jesuit) Caught 61 passes for 1,346 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1793217/highlights/209758375 Eric Autry K/P 6-3 175 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) A kicker who can move a little, boasting a 4.85 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3370174/highlights Sam Barry QB/DB 6-2 190 Colleyville, Texas (Grapevine) One of just three members of this Air Force class to receive a three-star rating (his from 247Sports.com). Held an offer from Northern Colorado. Runs a 4.64 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/776201/highlights/99489377 Streator Bates TE 6-3 220 Phoenix, Ariz (Brophy Prep) Caught 28 passes for 337 yards and five TDs. Doubled up as kicker, booting a 47-yard field goal. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2584364/highlights/220478391 Ryan Brand QB 5-10 190 Detroit, Mich. (U. of Detroit Jesuit HS) Three-star recruit according to several sites. Was invited by Trent Dilfer to the Elite 11, though his only other offer was Indiana State. "I would bet on Ryan Brand," Dilfer told USA Today. "I would stake my reputation on that kid. He'll do it. He will make it. He plays big. He eats up a lot of space physically, emotionally and mentally. When you're around him, you feel him. I just love this kid." http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1550176/highlights/168961375 Curran Brandt LB 6-1 205 San Mateo, Calif. (Aragon) Made 76 tackles with seven sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/817620/highlights/167785376 Tommy Bruns OLB 6-3 205 Kings Mill, Ohio (Kings) Was a finalist for the National Football Foundation That's My Boy Award, given for success in football, academics and school/community activities. Led team to an 11-1 mark in 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1578770/highlights/143125378 Jaylen Burgess RB 5-11 210 Maryville, Tenn. Had an offer from Army and was at West Point when Air Force won there in November. Rushed fore more than 1,000 yards in helping his team repeat at 6A champions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473615/highlights/161772375 Harris Cannon FB 6-2 210 Oviedo, Fla. Bruiser who could play tight end or fullback. Runs a 4.80 40. Had considered walking on at Central Florida. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1694755/highlights/204382377 Nick Capella OL 6-6 273 Ventura, Calif. (St. Bonaventure) Named the Marmonte League Offensive Lineman of the Year. Also carries a 3.51 GPA, scored a 28 on the ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1598432/highlights/206789379 Eric Carrera SS 6-1 200 St. Louis, Mo. (Christian Brothers) Displays size, speed and ball-hawk skills that helped Christian Brothers to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/540170/highlights/175545378 Cameron Castleberry WR 6-3 175 Keller, Texas (Fossil Ridge) Runs a 4.7 40 with a 28-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1914957/highlights/209688381 Campbell Clarkson OL 6-4 245 Houston, Texas (St. Thomas) Rare combination of 500-pound squat, 28-inch vertical and 4.99 40 with a frame that large. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/650778/highlights/207556387 Ronald Cleveland WR 5-9 165 Franklin Tenn. (Battle Ground Academy) Has family history in the Army, Navy and Air Force and held an offer from Navy. Will be used as a slot receiver and kick returner. "Any way to get me on the field and let me try to do something with the ball," he told The Tennessean. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/313855/highlights/214416375 Dalton Collins LB 6-1 200 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Played quarterback and linebacker in high school. Runs a 4.67 40 and has a 33-inch vertical. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1097552/highlights/184333375 Blake Davis OL 6-2 270 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Played center and defensive tackle in high school. Also had an offer from Charleston Southern. Benches 340 pounds, squats 550 and runs a 5.1 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/923121/highlights/175448383 Lesley Dalger WR 6-5 205 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Westminster Acad.) Caught 31 passes for 482 yards and a touchdown, including 10 for 170 in his team's lone loss. Has a 38-inch vertical to go with that tall frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3945947/highlights/163626380 Malik Dawkins DB 6-0 175 Conyers, Ga. (Rockdale County) Could profile as a tall cornerback for the Falcons with a 4.48 40 and a 38-inch vertical. Is a sprinter for the track team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/3188837/highlights/168200376 Luke Dekker DT/C 6-3 240 Albuquerque, N.M. (La Cueva) Brother of former Falcons tight end Travis Dekker. Scored a 26 on the ACT and carries a 3.69 GPA. Moved to center as a senior and earned first-team all-state honors. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2997949/highlights/215589378 Cole Delgado OL 6-5 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) The offensive tackle is one eight players in this Air Force recruiting class listed at at least 6-foot-5. Also plays first base for his school's baseball team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2678101/highlights/185622375 Ryan DeLung OL 6-4 275 Glendale, Ariz. (Mountain Ridge) Honor student benches 365 pounds, squats 525, runs a 4.99 40 and, according to 247Sports.com, had an offer from Nevada. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2774873/highlights/77106400 Michael DeVries DL 6-2 250 Lafayette (Centaurus) The in-state two-way lineman runs a 4.84 40, according to his hudle.com profile, and plays basketball. Credited style of d-line coach Tim Cross for helping draw him to the academy. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/412936/highlights/105788377 Steve Dinneen OLB 6-5 220 Mountain View, Calif. (Saint Francis) Piled up 41 solo tackles and 14 sacks in 13 games and was named his league's top defensive lineman. Also had an offer San Diego. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1171374/highlights Dylan Draper OLB 6-4 208 Colorado Springs (Discovery Canyon) The Gazette's 3A-A Football Player of the Year after guiding the Thunder to an 11-1 record with 167 tackles, 17 sacks, four interceptions, four fumble recoveries and four blocked punts. He also had 367 receiving yards with two touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1586740/highlights/211097382 Cade Erwin S 5-11 180 Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) The free safety had initially committed to North Texas and also had offers from Southern Methodist, Eastern Michigan and Texas State. Averaged about eight tackles a game last year with two interceptions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/911068/highlights/163558377 Cole Fagan LB 6-1 220 St. Petersburg, Fla. (Admiral Farragut) Runs a 4.86 40 with a 29.5-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 545 squat. Also a star wrestler, going 46-3 last year. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1398310/highlights/170142375 Blake Fall DB 6-0 190 Newhall, Calif. (Hart) The safety picked off three passes and defended four others in eight games according to MaxPreps. He also caught six touchdown passes. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2223330/highlights/175510383 Kyle Floyd S 6-3 205 Humble, Texas Held offers from Army and Cornell. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1624629/highlights/87772375 Matt Gaiter OL 6-4 250 Littleton (Chatfield) The in-state lineman held offers from Northern Colorado and South Dakota State. Was also recruited by Colorado State and Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/961164/highlights/198865380 Gavin Graham DB 6-2 200 Austin, Texas (Anderson) Brother of Air Force basketball player Hayden Graham gave up basketball after his junior year, bulked up by 20 pounds and earned the D1 offer he sought. The only problem, his dad said, was paying for all the food that helped him put on that extra weight. "I'd be full because we just ate two hours ago and he'd want to eat again," said William Graham, a six-year starter for the Detroit Lions. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/805484/highlights/199275385 Parker Hammond OL 6-4 240 Colorado Springs (Pine Creek) Local recruit part of the dominant Pine Creek squad that has won back-to-back state titles and dominated Colorado Springs 4A for the better part of a decade. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2736321/highlights/177799377 Tristyn Hanson LB 6-1 212 Lakeville, Minn. (Lakeville North) Held offers from Illinois State and North Dakota. Runs a 4.68 40 and carries a 3.9 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/489427/highlights/175727380 Ben Harris DE 6-6 230 Peculiar, Mo. (Raymore-Peculiar) A three-sport athlete (football, basketball, baseball) has 4.99 40 speed to go with a large frame. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1181294/highlights/163748387 Alex Heil OL 6-2 250 Cleveland, Ohio. (Benedictine) Helped his team amass 4,200 rushing yards and a state title. He played guard, tackle and started the final four games at defensive tackle after a teammate was injured. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/672585/highlights/171453386 Danny Highland DE 6-3 240 Loveland (Thompson Valley) The in-state two-way lineman had offers from Chadron State and Cornell and interest from Wyoming, according to the Denver Post. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1800113/highlights/97020377 Elijah Hill K/P 6-3 195 Tumwater, Wash. Averaged 40.8 yards per punt as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1413322/highlights/164467379 Zach Honnold OLB 5-11 203 Clermont, Fla. (East Ridge HS) Made 75 tackles with three sacks as a senior. Falcons likely to look at him at the spur position, the hybrid defensive back/linebacker spot. "At one point it was Dartmouth and Valparaiso, but as soon as I stepped on [Air Force's] campus, there was no other choice," Honnold told the Orlando Sentinel. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1395129/highlights/171437379 Noah Hoxie OLB 6-2 215 Knoxville, Tenn. (Knoxville West) Physical tools include a 4.6 40, 31-inch vertical and 295-pound bench press, according to his hudl.com profile. Had offers from Army, Princeton and Yale, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1351714/highlights/170778377 Braden Hucks ATH 5-11 185 San Angelo, Texas (San Angelo Central) District MVP threw for 3,070 yards and 32 touchdowns and ran for 1,339 yards and 22 touchdowns. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1601972/highlights/210893375 Jamie Hudson QB 6-1 210 Austin, Texas (Vandegrifft) Threw for 3,315 yards, 36 touchdowns and just four interceptions while rushing for 1,215 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading his team to the Class 5A, Division I semifinals. Was one of 25 finalists for the Mr. Texas football award. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/534034/highlights/207967400 RJ Jackson TE 6-4 215 Beloit, Kan. Versatile athlete who played fullback, tight end, defensive end and linebacker, throws the shot put, runs on relay teams and has logged a 52-second 400-meter time in track and plays basketball. Had an offer from Wyoming. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/931254/rj-jackson Ryan Jacobs K 6-2 172 Arlington, Texas (Lamar) All-state academic first-team honors, all-state honorable mention as a kicker. Hit 11-of-14 field goals, with two of the three misfires coming as the result of blocks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/676764/highlights/105811400 Jalen Johnson RB 5-9 165 Avondale, Ariz. (Westview) Ran for 2,615 yards and 37 touchdowns over the past two years. Also caught 24 passes and returned kicks. Had an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1248238/highlights/205752375 Dominieke Jones DB 6-1 170 South Jordan, Utah (Bingham) Had 53 tackles, three interceptions and eight passes defended. Had offers from Army, Wyoming and Jacksonville State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1637947/highlights/160857375 James Jones IV DB 6-1 180 Denver (Mullen) The in-state defensive back with 4.5 speed reportedly had offers from Army, Navy, Eastern Washington and Hawaii, among others. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1546520/james-jones-iv Garrett Kauppila SS 6-2 195 Rocklin, Ga. Safety picked off a pair of passes this past season, runs a 4.61 40 and claims to never have had a GPA under 4.0. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/147960/highlights/164478375 Josiah Klingenberg DE 6-3 240 Fort Worth, Texas (All Saints) Made 17 tackles for a loss and 4.5 sacks over the past two years. Also throws the discus and runs the 200 and 400 in track. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/372938/highlights/163764378 Griffin Landrum OL 6-1 283 Cumming, Ga. (South Forsyth) Had 93 pancake blocks as a senior. Held an offer from Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1731008/highlights/172981376 Patrick Lee DT 6-3 248 Kennesaw, Ga. (Mount Paran) Runs a 4.87 40 with a 29-inch vertical. Helped his team to a state championship as a senior. Two-time all-region, 165 tackles, 27 tackles for loss, 18 sacks. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/933547/highlights/162256375 Jacob Littlefield LB 6-0 200 Las Vegas, Nev. NevadaPrepReport.com calls Littlefield one of the most productive and active defenders in the state, crediting him with 200 tackles, eight sacks and two interceptions over the past two years. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/622556/highlights/199089375 Jake Matkovich WR 6-5 175 Milwaukee, Wisc. (Marquette Univ. HS) Was the Al Toon Award winner, given to the best receiver in Wisconsin after setting state records with 1,725 yards and 22 touchdowns. Had offers from Drake, Northern Iowa and Valparaiso. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1562086/highlights/206764381 Nick Maxey OL/LS 6-0 240 Phoenix, Ariz. (Pinnacle) Long-snapper had an offer from Cornell. No. 4 by Prokicker and No. 7 by Khol's in national long snapper ratings. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/867932/highlights/85553401 Drew McAdams DB 6-1 185 Coppell, Texas The football and lacrosse player made 69 tackles as a senior for a 6-5 squad. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295821/drew-mcadams Sean McKinney OL/DL 6-2 265 Davidson, NC (Cox Mill) Late addition signed and committed on Wednesday. Levi McQuinn OLB 6-0 201 Fort Myers, Fla. Had an offer from James Madison. Being looked at for the spur position. Also an all-state wrestler and carrying a 4.4 GPA. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1635099/highlights/18913373 Malik Miller RB 5-10 200 Griffin, Ga. Runs a 4.52 40 with a 37.5-inch vertical, according to his hudl.com profile. Initially committed to Furman. Full stats are not available, but he had 1,579 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns through 10 games as a senior, all victories for his team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1259833/highlights/172307378 Stone Miller DE 6-4 245 Mason, Mich. Two-way lineman earned all-state honors with 98 tackles and nine sacks for an 8-4 team. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2993489/highlights/167717382 Chris Musselman LB 6-1 210 San Tan Valley, Ariz. (Poston Butte) Runs a 4.57 40. He is the first player from his high school program to commit to a Division I program. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1459105/highlights/160963376 Torre Parker Jr. ATH 5-10 180 Wildwood, Fla. Versatile player who runs a 4.66 40. He often played quarterback in high school, but might fit in elsewhere for the Falcons. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1222384/highlights/179591375 Carson Pearlman LB 6-2 215 Fort Myers, Fla. (Evangelical Christian) Versatile player who caught 10 touchdown passes this year and starred on defense with 118 tackles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/936977/highlights/176475377 Jared Pulu OLB 6-4 225 Federal Way, Wash. Missed five games with an injury, but returned to help his team make a deep playoff run. The youngest of four brothers, including Andru, who played at Washington and had a free-agent look with the Seattle Seahawks. "There's no doubt he's the best," Andru told the Seattle Times. Jared reportedly had interest from Boise State, Colorado and Army. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1513147/highlights/107979382 Josh Rice OL 6-1 290 Lake Nona, Fla. Had at least 11 offers, including Army, Navy, Marshall, Georgia Southern and Georgia State. Benches 385 pounds, squats 545 and runs a 5.55 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/877132/highlights/214371386 Nick Searcy OL 6-2 270 Woodstock, Ga. (Etowah) The center and competitive weightlifter had offers from Coastal Carolina and Davidson. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1371301/highlights/167613381 Matt Smith ATH 6-1 237 Bakersfield, Calif. (Bakersfield Christian) Ran for more than 6,000 yards in high school will naturally get a look at running back. However, he is versatile enough to fit in elsewhere, too. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/430795/highlights/139941377 Dailen Sutton DB 6-1 170 Dallas, Texas (Bishop Dunne) Runs a 4.52 40 and has a 32.4-inch vertical. Had offers from Miami of Ohio, S.F. Austin and Yale. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1407975/highlights/172397376 Corey Taylor II RB 5-10 200 Tulsa, Okla. (Holland Hall School) Reports a 4.5 40, 37.2-inch vertical, 350-pound bench press and 450 squat. Ran for 1,233 yards and nine touchdowns, while adding 57 tackles and three sacks as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/631268/highlights/204318380 Lorenzo Thomas LB 6-2 220 Tulsa, Okla. (Union) Runs a 4.76 40. From the same Oklahoma powerhouse as former Falcons QB Kale Pearson. Had offers from Penn and Tulsa. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1597188/highlights/175167377 Nolan Thompson WR 6-4 190 Huntington Beach, Calif. Caught 40 passes for 682 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games as a senior. Father played in backfield for UCLA, brother played as San Jose State. Had an offer from Navy http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1564786/highlights/160530375 Sam Turner TE 6-3 203 Fort Myers, Fla. Spent his junior year solely as a blocking tight end, but said he worked on his route-running in the offseason and amassed 300 receiving yards as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2583808/highlights/195416388 Samuel Valleroy TE 6-3 255 Guyton, Ga. (South Effingham) A local magazine reported that Valleroy has wanted to be an aerospace engineer since the seventh grade and is thrilled to have the opportunity to play at a program that offers that major. He also had an offer from Army http://www.hudl.com/athlete/510262/highlights/91057375 Tyler Vaught ATH 6-1 170 Maryville, Tenn. Played a little at receiver as a junior before guiding team to unbeaten state championship run as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1473492/highlights Jonathan Vogt OL 6-4 277 Canutillo, Texas Tackle had an offer from New Mexico State. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1931244/highlights/214817378 Bryce VonZurmuehlen S 6-0 180 Coppell, Texas Second-team all-district cornerback. Picked off a pass and blocked a kick as a senior. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1295823/bryce-vonzurmuehlen Ethan Walton LB 6-1 220 Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview) Led his team with 85 tackles as a senior. Runs a 4.69 40. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2634994/highlights/199495392 Jacob Welborn DL 6-5 270 Dripping Springs, Texas Runs a 5.2 40, benches 295 pounds and squats 375 according to his hudl.com profile. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2644058/highlights Mitchell Williams OL 6-4 275 Bentonville, Ark. Earned all-state honors after helping his team to back-to-back state titles. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/410625/highlights/118577376 Parker Wilson RB 5-11 215 Coppell, Texas Starred at fullback in a prolific rushing offense. http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/tx/coppell/coppell-high-school/parker-wilson Arion Worthman QB 6-0 205 Normal, Ill. (University) A rarity with 4.43 speed while weighing in over 200 pounds, with those numbers from his hudl.com profile. Held six offers, including Army, Illinois State and several Ivy League programs http://www.hudl.com/athlete/673541/highlights/185741376 Daniel Zivney K 5-11 190 College Station, Texas (A&M Consolidated) First-team all district as a receiver and punter. Ran a 4.47 40 at a combine in Jan. 2014. http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1434051/highlights/118800378 ——— ©2015 The Gazette (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 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Feb 4, 2015
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It's the one day in college football when everyone's a winner: The day high school seniors sign their letters of intent, rejuvenating hope that the recruits will help a school achieve gridiron glory.Passionate fans follow every development as their schools assemble their recruits. They argue on social media when a heralded prospect chooses one school over another. And...
Schools look to capitalize on signing day fan frenzy
By ERIC OLSON, Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — It's the one day in college football when everyone's a winner: The day high school seniors sign their letters of intent, rejuvenating hope that the recruits will help a school achieve gridiron glory. Passionate fans follow every development as their schools assemble their recruits. They argue on social media when a heralded prospect chooses one school over another. And 18-year-olds hold news conferences where the adults breathlessly wait to see if the kid will don the cap of their favorite teams. Schools, ever hungry for revenue to fuel their programs, see a new chance to capitalize on the signing-day hubbub by putting on events to celebrate the new blood coming into their programs. At Nebraska, a few hours after the ink dried on those letters of intent, nearly 1,000 fans paying as much as $60 apiece gathered at the Devaney Sports Center to hear new coach Mike Riley talk about and show video of the Cornhuskers' recruits. Before Riley went on stage, fans clapped along as the pep band played, "There Is No Place Like Nebraska" and cheerleaders led a "Go Big Red" chant. Similar scenes played out all around the country. The events themselves typically don't make much, if any, money. Schools say the purpose is to keep fans engaged and give boosters an opportunity to rub shoulders with the coaches. The payoff comes later, the schools hope, in the form of season ticket renewals, the cultivation of new season ticket buyers or donations to the program. "The schools got savvy and know that for the real passionate fan, there's lots of excitement over these 18 year olds who sign," said Paul Swangard, managing director of the University of Oregon's Warsaw Sports Marketing Center. "The idea is that this day is kind of a way to rekindle the excitement for the team, whether it's for those that just had a great season or for those that are trying to rebuild. "It's become one of the ways a college football team can extend its relevance to its fan base into February at an important time with renewals." Fan engagement is critical, be it through social media or through special events like recruiting celebrations, as programs try to counter a general decline in ticket sales. The average crowd at an FBS game was down 1,300 in 2013 from a high of 46, 971 in 2008. Figures weren't available for 2014. While Riley spoke, he stood on a stage that rose above a long message board flashing two messages: "Join The Nebraska Football Season Ticket Request List" and "Get Your 2015 Spring Game Tickets Today." Even Nebraska, which has sold out an NCAA-record 340 consecutive home games since 1962, doesn't take for granted that its stadium will always be full. Before he went on stage Riley mingled with donors, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, an ardent Huskers fan whose wife is from Omaha. As fans wearing the scarlet and cream enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and cocktails and milled on the arena floor as they waited for Riley, Gerald and Linda Bontrager of Ithaca, Nebraska, were in the first balcony scanning a sheet with the recruits' biographies. "I have orders to bring this to work tomorrow to some friends who want to know about the class," Linda said, laughing. Richard Tyrrell of Waverly, Nebraska, received tickets to the event as a birthday gift and attended with his grandson, Brice Tyrrell of Lincoln. They said they were interested to see Riley in person for the first time. "Seems to be a very personable guy, laid back," Richard said. "I remember him at Oregon State. We'll see how he does." Arizona State had a soiree at a Phoenix hotel where fans paid a minimum of $60. Fans ponying up $600 got a table for eight, and for an extra $150 a member of the ASU coaching staff would sit with you. Florida State expected to sell out a room of 750 at $40 per ticket. Jimbo Fisher and his assistants discussed the recruits in an event streamed live on ESPN3, and a number of "watch parties" were held throughout the state and across the country. Some schools host multiple events. Tennessee held a dinner in Knoxville on Wednesday night, with a breakfast in Memphis and a lunch in Nashville on Thursday. Arkansas had an event in Fayetteville on Wednesday night and will have another in Little Rock on Thursday. About 400 showed up at Nebraska last year — and the event lost $423, according to a spokesman — but excitement about the Huskers' new coaching staff more than doubled attendance this year. Riley received a standing ovation, and then he started talking about each recruit as video of the player was shown. "This event is designed to bring our fans together with our coaches to celebrate Signing Day," the athletic department said in a statement. "Those that have attended have enjoyed hearing the coaches' insight and some of the personal stories about the newest Huskers. The focus is on Signing Day, the coaches and student-athletes and not generating revenue." Linda Bontrager said she appreciated the February football fix. She nodded when asked if she noticed the sales pitches for spring game tickets and season tickets. She pointed out there were no merchandise sales. "That," she said, "would be the next step."
BASEBALL Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aiden Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan...
Oklahoma high school athlete signing list: Feb. 4, 2015
Compiled by Scott Wright | Feb 4, 2015BASEBALL Andrew Bolen, Silo (Arkansas) Brady Bradshaw, Noble (Crowder) Blake Brewster, Moore (OU) Chase Burgess, Jenks (NEO) Riley Cabral, Carl Albert (Chipola College) Joseph Corbett, McGuinness (Ark.-Little Rock) Joel Davis, Midwest City/Seminole St. (Texas A&M) Jonathan Davis, Edmond North (Ark.-Little Rock) Aiden Doherty, Deer Creek (NSU) Jackson Goddard, Holland Hall (Kansas) Dylan Grove, Moore (OU) Thomas Hughes, Norman North (OU) Barrett Loseke, Jenks (Arkansas) Joshua Matelsky, Putnam City North (Dodge City CC) Trevor McCutchin, Owasso (ORU) Josh McMinn, SW Covenant/Union City (ORU) Zach Parish, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Lane Paul, Tuttle/Murray St. (OC) Ricky Ramirez, Deer Creek (Seminole St.) Garret Rogers, Putnam City North (Barton CC) Colin Simpson, Edmond Memorial (OSU) Hunter Southerland, Westmoore (OU) Slater Springman, Holland Hall (OC) Kyle Tyler, Westmoore (OU) Lane Workman, Deer Creek (Pratt CC) Corey Zangari, Carl Albert (OSU) BOYS BASKETBALL Conner Avants, Deer Creek (Air Force) Chris Crawford, Victory Christian (ORU) A.J. Cockrell, Memorial (UTSA) Hayden Howell, Carl Albert (Abilene Christian) Chris Miller, Tulsa Washington (ORU) Shake Milton, Owasso (SMU) GIRLS BASKETBALL Amanda Allen, Edmond Santa Fe (McPherson) Ashley Beatty, Anadarko (ORU) Lauren Billie, Tulsa East Central (Texas-Arlington) Blake Blessington, Harrah (North Texas) Shay Brown, Tulsa East Central (Houston) Addy Clift, Kiowa (OC) Madison Davis, Locust Grove (West Texas A&M) Andee Decker, Edmond Memorial (West Texas A&M) Makenzie Ellis, Tulsa Washington (Colorado) Serithia Hawkins, Southmoore (Houston) Jentry Holt, Elgin (OSU) Kylie Looney, Adair (NSU) Crystal Polk, Lawton Eisenhower (Tulsa) Lexi Smith, Bethany (ECU) Bailey Taylor, Shawnee (UCO) Rylie Torrey, Locust Grove (ORU) Dakota Vann, Deer Creek (Loyola-Chicago) Tia Williams, Norman North (ECU) CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK Ben Barrett, Norman North (North Carolina St.) Bryce Balenseifen, Deer Creek (OSU) Rachel Chrisman, Norman North (Embry-Riddle) Olivia Head, McGuinness (Wofford) Morgan Long, Sand Springs (OU) Baylor Nelson, Lincoln Christian (OSU) Donovan Nunley, Edmond Memorial (Pittsburg St.) Harrison Pierce, Edmond Memorial (OCU) Isabella Rose, Norman North (OU) Sierra Thompson, Owasso (SWOSU) EQUESTRIAN Emma Holbrook, Stillwater (OSU) Addie Minnick, Jenks (OSU) FIELD HOCKEY Ellen Payne, Casady (North Carolina) Mercedes Pena, Holland Hall (Saint Louis) FOOTBALL Emmanuel Adesokan, Victory Christian (OBU) Malon Al-Jiboori, Tulsa Union (NEO) Chazdon Anderson, Davis (SNU) Michael Anderson, Owasso (Tulsa) Collin Andrews, Washington (ECU) Estevan Arana, Enid (Emporia St.) Jordan Baker, Glenpool (NWOSU) Jalin Barnett, Lawton (Nebraska) Dustin Basks, Claremore (UCO) Tyler Beasley, Cordell (NWOSU) Bryce Bell, Nowata (NEO) Keaton Bell, Southmoore (ECU) Sammy Benard, Lindsay (UCO) Bryce Birt, Lawton (SWOSU) Chris Bishop, Lawton (NEO) Shane Block, Yukon (UT-San Antonio) Terrell Bluejacket, Bluejacket (NEO) Malik Boardingham, Anadarko (UCO) Lane Bouse, Beggs (Panhandle St.) Kaleel Bowden, John Marshall (Louisiana Prep) Jakob Bradford, Durant (SOSU) Bentley Bross, Lawton Eisenhower (OU)* Taggart Brown, Chisholm (NWOSU) Terrel Buchanan, Tulsa Union (NEO) Austin Cantrell, Roland (Arkansas) Cyntrell Carden, Stillwater (NEO) Camron Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Trevin Carson, Midwest City (Langston) Pete Carter, Wynnewood (SOSU) Eric Casey, Vian (NEO) Connor Cherry, Lawton MacArthur (Pittsburg St.) Tre’Von Cherry, Tulsa East Central (Grambling) Andre Clanton, Millwood (UCO)* Wyatt Clevenger, Tulsa Union (NEO) Tristyn Close, Stroud (SWOSU) Antonio Cole, Edmond North (NEO) Michael Colston, Midwest City (Langston) Will Collins, Lawton MacArthur (La.-Monroe) Blake Cooper, Bixby (Central Missouri) Stelen Covel, Casady (Lamar) Jevonte Cross, Tulsa East Central/NEO (Sam Houston St.) L’liott Curry, Guthrie (UCO) Riley Daniel, Ringling (Baylor) Anthony Daniels, Jenks (NEO) Kerry Daniels, Beggs (SWOSU) Bradley Davis, Berryhill (SNU) Jonathon Dawley, Lexington (SNU) John Delmoral, Westmoore (NEO) Marwin Dickerson, Ada (OBU) Dameko Doddles, Douglass (Wyoming) Noah Dorton, Dewar (SWOSU) Dewayne Douchette, Lawton (ECU) Ben Duncan, Jenks (NEO) Zach Duncan, Oologah (Fort Hays St.) Kris’sean Edwards, Tulsa Union (NEO) Carson Epps, Jenks (Iowa St.) Sheldon Estes, Midwest City (NSU) Zach Fisher, Tulsa Union (SNU) Dajorh Fitzgerald, Midwest City (Langston) Dylan Flinn, Snyder (NWOSU) J.D. Flowers, Wynnewood (NEO) Jordan Fredrickson, Harrah (SWOSU) Casey Freeman, Newcastle (SWOSU) Davion Freeman, Del City (Wyoming) Corey Ganz, Enid (SWOSU) Sullie Garner, Mannford (NEO) Mark Garner, Poteau (NEO) Bo Garver, Norman North (SWOSU) Devin Gates, Lawton (ECU) Caleb Gatewood, Del City (NEO) Roscoe Gatewood, Midwest City (Emporia St.) Reece Gilbert, Southmoore (OBU) Seth Glasscock, Nowata (OBU) Tristan Gooden, Lawton (NSU) Dahu Green, Westmoore (OU) Gunner Green, Owasso (UCO) Austin Grotts, Bixby (Tulsa) Cordale Grundy, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Will Hamilton, Tulsa Union (Washburn) Jason Hand, Edmond Memorial (NSU) Mahlik Hanna, Lawton (Pittsburg St.) Davis Harker, Tulsa Union (NEO) Trenton Harmon, Garber (NWOSU) Cody Harris, Broken Arrow (NEO) Ken Harris, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) O’Shay Harris, Lone Grove (UCO) T.J. Harris, Tulsa Washington (Arkansas St.) DeMikal Harrison, Midwest City (North Texas) Judge Hartin, Madill (NEO) Doc Harvey, Seminole (NWOSU) Docker Haub, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Jacques Henderson, Lawton Mac (OBU) J.R. Hensley, Edmond Santa Fe (Hawaii) Jacoby Hicks, Victory Christian (SNU) Duke Hollingsworth, Northeast (OBU) James Houchin, Lone Grove (ECU) Cameron Hunter, McAlester (NSU) Travis Hytche, Tulsa Rogers (OBU) Coltyn Ingham, Douglass (Haskell) Kaden Jackson, Kingfisher (Wyoming) Noah Jackson, Stillwater (NEO) John Jacobs, Shawnee (East Carolina) Mark Jimmerson, Putnam City (NEO) Jett Jobe, Tuttle (Emporia St.) Dejai Johnson, Midwest City (SWOSU) Denver Johnson, Casady (Iowa St.) Jonathan Johnson, Tulsa East Central (Sam Houston St.) Chris Jones, Lawton (NWOSU) Ian Jones, Cushing (SNU) Bryan Jordan, Tonkawa (NEO) Larry Joubert, Douglass (NEO) Hayden Kaaiohelo, Edmond Memorial (Lamar) Brendan Kane, Yukon (Friends) Chase Kemp, Edmond Memorial (SOSU) Exzavier King, Putnam City West (NEO) John Kolar, Norman North (OSU) Shawne Koscheski, Collinsville (NWOSU) Bryson Lee, Westmoore (OBU) James Lee, Chisholm (NWOSU) Trevor Lester, Noble (Panhandle St.) James Lewis, Western Heights (NEO) Jordan Littrell, Apache (SNU) Jonah Llanusa, Choctaw (Navy) Dillon Lohr, Carl Albert (Emporia St.) Kaelon Love, John Marshall (Army) Keagan Macias, Hollis (Wayland Baptist) Trevor Magee, Norman North (OBU) Tyler Marr, Beggs (SWOSU) D’Shaun Martin, Seminole (NEO) Akylen Mayfield, Tulsa Edison (Independence CC) Floyd McAllister, Lawton Ike (NWOSU) Kevion McGee, Ardmore (NEO) Aaron McKinney, Midwest City (NEO) Robert McQuarters, Tulsa Washington (NEO) Jack Meservy, Lawton (Middlebury) Johnson Miller, OKC Legion (SWOSU) Alec Monsees , Garber (NWOSU) Jakii Moore, Tulsa/UAB (North Texas) Josh Morgan, Shawnee (UCO) Colin Morris, Casady (Colo. School of Mines) LaMarcus Morris, Hartshorne (UCO) Markale Moses, Broken Arrow (South Dakota) Cullen Nail, Midwest City (Langston) D’Travius Neal, Spiro (NEO) Tyeson Neals, Moore (NEO) Chase Nevel, Catoosa (NEO) Terrence Olds, Star Spencer/OU (SNU) Marquise Overton, Jenks (OU) DeMarcus Owens, Yukon (New Mexico St.) David Parker, Mustang (Emporia St.) Josh Parton, Anadarko (NWOSU) Darreyl Patterson, Lawton (Kansas St.) Ben Persall, Newcastle (SNU) Jacob Peyton, Perkins-Tryon (NWOSU) Nolan Philpott, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NEO) Chris Pogi, Putnam City (New Mexico) Brandon Pollard, Anadarko (OBU) Tyler Potter, Colcord (NEO) Brandon Prather, Stillwater (NEO) Ashton Preston, Edmond Santa Fe (North Texas) Logan Price, Putnam City North (SWOSU) Wendell Prim, Kingfisher (NWOSU) Camren Proby, Casady (Emporia St.) Joshua Redmond, Victory Christian (OBU) Jordan Reed, Edmond Memorial (Emporia St.) Keenan Reed, Tulsa Washington (NEO) TomyJo Reider, Tulsa Washington (OBU) Jordan Rickets, Plainview (OBU) Lance Riggs, Davis (SNU) Cagney Roberson, Coweta (OBU) Brooks Robertson, Roland/UCO (SWOSU) Stephan Robinson, Westmoore (NEO) Brandon Rolin, Purcell (SWOSU) Alex Rudolf, Durant (OBU) Curtis Rushing, Wynnewood (SOSU) Kalin Sadler, Lawton (Abilene Chr.) DuJuan Shaw, Midwest City (Langston) Joseph Shells, John Marshall (SNU) Rylee Simon, Vian (OSU)* J.R. Singleton, Fort Gibson (SNU) Brady Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Brett Smith, Kingfisher (SNU) Carson Smith, Blanchard (UCO) Darrin Smith, Glenpool (McPherson) Jerome Smith, John Marshall (Langston) Riley Smith, McAlester (NSU) Chase Sparks, Putnam City North (Bethel) Emmett Spencer, Tulsa Hale (NWOSU) Cody Spess, Luther (NWOSU) Wyatt Steigerwald, Nowata (NEO) Jace Sternberger, Kingfisher (Kansas) Tyler Stilwell, Yukon (UCO) Bennett Stone, Edmond Memorial (OBU) Jared Storey, Newcastle (OBU) Branson Straessle, Glenpool (Emporia St.) Blake Summers, Davis (ECU) Will Sunderland, Midwest City (OU) Jordan Sweat, Edmond Santa Fe (Langston) Corey Taylor, Holland Hall (Air Force) Lorenzo Thomas, Tulsa Union (Air Force) Robert Thomas, Tulsa Union (Missouri St.) Mikal Thompson, Lawton (NWOSU) Rudy Thompson, Western Heights (NEO) Quinton Thorp, Cashion (OBU) Marshall Tolson, Pawhuska (UCO) Dillon Twigg, Empire (SNU) Houston Tyler, Southmoore/Citadel (OBU) Jacob Unsicker, Westmoore (SNU) Nathan Varano, Catoosa (NEO) Warren Wand, Edmond Memorial (Arkansas St.) James Walker, Putnam City West (UCO) Kyle Walker, Del City (NEO) Josh Wariboko-Alali, Casady (UCLA) Jaylon Watson, Broken Bow (Wyoming) Tramayne Wauahdooah, Anadarko (NEO) Gerald White, Tipton (SWOSU) McKinley Whitfield, Spiro (Tulsa) Isaac Whitney, Southmoore/Riverside CC (USC) Daxton Williams, Eufaula (UCO) Justin Williams, Bixby (NEO) Dalton Wood, McAlester (OU) Gary Woods, Casady (Emporia St.) Jake Woodson, Wagoner (NSU) Creede Wright, Velma-Alma (OBU) Demeco Wright, Midwest City (Langston) Tristan Wyatt, Shawnee (Tulsa) Nick Yates, Marlow (SWOSU) Cody Young, Western Heights (NEO) Devontrae Young, Lawton Mac (OBU) GOLF Brad Dalke, Hobart (OU) Quade Cummins, Weatherford (OU) Elizabeth Freeman, Casady (OC) Kathryn Goodwin, Riverfield Country Day (OC) Brett Hagan, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Thomas Johnson, Norman North (OU) Arjun Reddy, Holland Hall (Drake) Tyson Reeder, Edmond North (OSU) Ethan Smith, OCS (OC) Logan Smoak, Edmond Santa Fe (SNU) Shannen Stewart, Broken Arrow (OBU) LACROSSE Joey Provost, Edmond North (St. Gregory’s) ROWING Emily Vittitow, Norman North (OU) BOYS SOCCER Carson Cacciatore, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Quinton Carey, Edmond Memorial (Regis) Ethan Dvorak, Norman North (OBU) Camilo Haller, Casady (Washington, Mo.) Jacob Jerles, Norman North (Central Arkansas) Myles Moore, Edmond Santa Fe (OBU) Michael Ojada, Edmond Memorial (OC) Austin Parker, Deer Creek (USAO) Tristan Tippeconic, Edmond Memorial (Northeastern-Boston) GIRLS SOCCER Kelsi Bussert, Bethany (SNU) Sara Clarke, Tulsa Edison (Oklahoma City) Bri Demuth, Jenks (Oklahoma City) Hailey Drylie, Edmond Memorial (ECU) Casey Herndon, Putnam City North (UCO) Luka Joyner, Norman North (OU) Sage Moore, Norman North (Nebraska-Omaha) Ashley Snider, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Kristin Wilpitz, Norman North (OU) Haley Woodard, Norman North (OSU) Marlo Zoller, Jenks (OSU) SOFTBALL Larie Amos, Westmoore (SWOSU) Erika Brandenburg, Mooreland (Southern Illinois) Katie Carollo, Tuttle (Rogers St.) Jayden Chestnut, Mustang (OU) Caleigh Clifton, Wayne (OU) Dru Collins, Norman North (Seminole St.) Annie Combs, Tuttle (Cameron) Lacey Davidson, Community Christian (OC) Kayon Dunn, Edmond North (NOC) Mariah Ewy, Perry (ECU) Bry Flanagan, Bethel (Creighton) Ashley Fletcher, Maud (South Alabama) Katelyn Gamble, Edmond North (Rogers St.) Taryn Gray, Wyandotte (NSU) Sidney Green, Westmoore (USAO) Kelsey Harmon, Washington (NSU) JoBi Heath, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Michal Hylton, Wayne (Creighton) Kyla Ibarra, Hilldale (NSU) Keely Kingsley, Putnam City North (Rose St.) Jenifer Marwitz, Mount St. Mary (Kansas) Alyssa Osterdock, Henryetta (Cameron) Kati Phillips, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Ronnie Quinton, Putnam City North (NOC) Baylee Ratliff, Sequoyah-Tahlequah (NSU) Raegan Rogers, Bridge Creek (OU) Kirsten Scott, El Reno (OC) Bailey Thompson, Deer Creek (North Texas) Ali Turner, Verdigris (NSU) Mykaela Wallace, Henryetta (SOSU) Abbey Warren, Marlow (Cameron) Emily Wassinger, Frederick (Cameron) Bridget White, Edmond North (OC) Bailey Whitmore, Westmoore (OCU) SWIMMING Breonna Barker, Broken Arrow (Kansas) Mason McCauley, Bartlesville (William Jewell) Ally Robertson, Edmond North (TCU) Conner St. John, Piedmont (Saint Louis) Justin Wu, Norman North (Harvard) TENNIS Alex Bowers, Duncan (OBU) David Burdick, Norman North (Southwestern, Kan.) Blake Cherry, Edmond Memorial (Southwestern, Kan.) Olivia Hauger, Tulsa Washington (California) Jordan Henry, Southmoore (Abilene Christian) Spencer Papa, Edmond (OU) BOYS VOLLEYBALL Logan Agnello, Casady (Missouri Baptist) GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Audrey Alford, Norman North (OU) Anna Bezhan, Holland Hall (Stetson) Cassidy Hackett, Edmond Memorial (NWOSU) Taylor Horton, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Rachel Manriquez, Edmond North/Iowa St. (OU) Baleigh Murphy, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) Ijeoma Njenje, McGuinness (UCO) Heather Ann Pruitt, Choctaw (SW Christian) Livi Schiffner, Edmond Memorial (Midwestern) Jordan Spence, Edmond Santa Fe (UCO) WRESTLING Kaid Brock, Stillwater (OSU) Nathan Daniels, Del City (OCU) Jacob Fontanez, Stillwater (Army) Hayden Hansen, Norman North (OU) Davion Jeffries, Broken Arrow (OU) Becka Leathers, Choctaw (OCU) Boo Lewallen, Yukon (OSU) Dylan Lucas, Plainview (OU) Dustin Mason, Tuttle (OCU) Christian Moody, Collinsville (OU) Keegan Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Zachary Moore, Putnam City (West Virginia) Tristan Moran, Stillwater (OSU) Markus Simmons, Broken Arrow (Iowa St.) Joe Smith, Stillwater (OSU) *-Will walk on Know of a player who signed a letter of intent but isn't on this list? 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Feb 3, 2015
NORMAN — Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas won’t play baseball this season to focus on competing for “the starting quarterback job during spring practice,” according to a news release from the OU baseball team. Thomas started three games at quarterback last season for the Sooners while Trevor Knight was out with an injury. In seven total […]
Oklahoma football: Cody Thomas quitting baseball to focus on the spring quarterback competition
Jason Kersey | Feb 3, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma quarterback Cody Thomas won't play baseball this season to focus on competing for "the starting quarterback job during spring practice," according to a news release from the OU baseball team. Thomas started three games at quarterback last season for the Sooners while Trevor Knight was out with an injury. In seven total appearances, Thomas completed 45.5 percent of his passes for 342 yards, two touchdowns and four interceptions. He also recorded 23 carries for 141 yards and a rushing touchdown, most of that coming in his first career start -- a 42-30 win at Texas Tech on Nov. 15, 2014. He appeared in 14 baseball games -- with one start -- last season as a true freshman, batting .083 with one run scored, one walk and two strikeouts. He recorded just one hit in 12 at bats. Thomas released a statement on Twitter confirming his decision. "I have decided not to play baseball this spring so I can focus on football," Thomas wrote. "I want to thank Coach (Pete) Hughes and the University of Oklahoma baseball program for making this opportunity possible. This has been a tough decision and I am thankful for all the support." Thomas was a phenomenal passer at Colleyville (Texas) Heritage High School -- passing for 3,407 yards, 38 touchdowns and only five interceptions as a senior -- seemingly making him a strong fit to succeed in new offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley's Air Raid offense. Knight has the most experience entering next season, but after a disastrous performance in the Russell Athletic Bowl, OU coach Bob Stoops said his quarterback position is "open." The Sooners' competition will consist of Knight, Thomas, redshirt freshman Justice Hansen and junior Baker Mayfield, who sat out last season after transferring from Texas Tech. Hansen is the only Sooner quarterback without any career college football starts.
Jan 31, 2015
The number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined.
A look at why Oklahoma and Oklahoma State don't recruit more Oklahoma high school athletes
BY JASON KERSEY AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jan 31, 2015More than 30 Oklahoma high school seniors will sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play college football at the highest level. No more than six of those players, though, will become Sooners or Cowboys. Some of the greatest players in both programs’ histories have come from in-state. Four of OU’s five Heisman Trophy winners — including the two most recent — played high school football in Oklahoma. Even in the last five years, many of the best OU and OSU players have been homegrown. Think about Cowboys like Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon, and Sooners like Ryan Broyles and Sterling Shepard. Former Oklahoma high school football players have won 19 of the Sooners’ 36 national awards. Blackmon won back-to-back Fred Biletnikoff Awards as the nation’s best wide receiver, and former Southwest Covenant standout Dan Bailey won the 2008 Lou Groza Award, given to college football’s best kicker. Still, the number of native Oklahomans to sign with either football program out of high school has been small the past several years. In 2014, there were only 23 scholarship players from Oklahoma on the two teams combined. Don’t expect that number to improve next year, either. Oklahoma has three current commitments from the state — Midwest City safety Will Sunderland, McAlester tight end Dalton Wood and Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton — and Overton is an academic risk who might not make it to Norman. Norman North quarterback John Kolar is expected to be the only Oklahoman in OSU’s 2015 signing class. Meanwhile, the schools have eight commitments each from Texas high school players. The sheer number of talented high school players from the Lone Star State make it fertile recruiting ground for both schools. While Oklahoma produces around 30-40 FBS-caliber high school seniors each year, Texas produces at least 10 times that many. Pat Jones, who coached the Cowboys from 1984 through 1994, plucked lots of top talent from Texas, including wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes and running back Thurman Thomas. But Jones said he thinks the most important thing Mike Gundy has done since becoming the Cowboys’ head coach 10 years ago is take that dedication to recruiting Texas even further. “You can play the numbers game way better down there,” Jones said. “There’s just so many Jenks and Unions, that’s the way I’d put it. “(Gundy’s) coaches spend a ton of time in Texas. I think they’ve probably done as good a job of evaluating down there as probably anybody in the league.” That dedication to Texas — or other states overflowing with talent — has a tendency to upset some high school players and coaches in Oklahoma. Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning isn’t one of them, but he can understand it. Manning has sent several players to FBS schools, including current OU freshman quarterback Justice Hansen. “Some Oklahoma high school coaches take it personally, and it’s because they care about their players,” Manning said. “But the fact is, (college coaches’) jobs depend on making sure they don’t miss and they recruit the right kids for their program.” Many times, that means OU and OSU coaches passing on local players. Sometimes, Oklahoma players are made late offers after other OU and OSU targets fall through. The Sooners just offered Westmoore receiver and Washington State commitment Dahu Green a scholarship last week. Current OU starting linebackers Dominique Alexander (Tulsa Washington) and Jordan Evans (Norman North) were both offered scholarships late in the 2013 recruiting cycle. Former OU fullback J.D. Runnels owns and operates Nutrition & Athletic Club of Choctaw, where he often works with local high school football players hoping to play at the next level, and he often advises them not to get their hopes up about getting attention from OU and OSU. “It does affect these kids,” Runnels said. “There’s a lot of kids around here that wanna stay local, and quite frankly, I have to tell them, ‘Don’t worry about it. Chances are, it’s not gonna happen.’” Runnels knows how they feel, though. As a Carl Albert standout in the 2002 recruiting class, he was committed to Texas A&M until almost Christmas, when OU came with a scholarship offer. “Bob’s the same talent evaluator that gave me a scholarship,” Runnels said. “If he sees a player who’s like me, chances are, he’s gonna give them a scholarship. If there aren’t those players, that’s not really on him. “If this state only has two or three people that he’s really looking at, then to me, that just tells me that the talent is down around here.” That doesn’t mean there aren’t talented players who slip through the cracks. Former Heritage Hall star Wes Welker didn’t get attention from the local schools, went to Texas Tech and became a five-time NFL Pro Bowler. Rafe Watkins thinks OU and OSU coaches have been better the last several years at giving local kids a chance, but still doesn’t understand some decisions. “I really thought Donte Foster deserved a better look from the local schools,” said Watkins, the longtime Guthrie High coach who just finished his first season at Muskogee. Foster, a superstar wide receiver at Guthrie, got so little attention football-wise that he played a season of basketball at Seminole State before transferring to Ohio and catching 21 career touchdown passes. He went undrafted a year ago, but signed with the Minnesota Vikings and is still with the team. Ringling product Jackson Dillon’s father was a Sooner football player, but Dillon didn’t get an OU scholarship offer. The linebacker just wrapped up his sophomore season at Memphis with an 11-tackle, two-sack performance in the Miami Beach Bowl. And sometimes, the best Oklahoma high school players simply choose to go elsewhere. Casady offensive lineman Josh Wariboko — the state’s top-ranked 2015 prospect — will choose Wednesday between OU, Ohio State and UCLA. Still, the fact remains: Players with top-flight talent don’t go unnoticed by OU and OSU coaches very often. “As an Oklahoma kid, you grow up around here and you see the treatment that OU football players get,” Runnels said. “With the system being what it is and us recruiting all Texas players, as an Oklahoma kid, you’re like, ‘Why not me?’ “Then when you get there, you’re like, ‘Oh, OK. That’s why.’ These guys are huge. They’re fast.”
Jan 18, 2015
New offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley wants to keep quarterbacks healthy.
Oklahoma football: Quarterbacks' job will be to lead and distribute
By Jason Kersey | Jan 18, 2015NORMAN — Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops made it clear from the beginning that he would allow his new offensive coordinator to run their system. Stoops also said his hiring of Lincoln Riley stemmed from his desire to get back to running the Air Raid offense that made his teams so successful in the past. Where does that leave the quarterback run game that OU tried to hard to implement the past two seasons? “We’ve used it a little bit,” Riley said Saturday at his introductory news conference. The Sooners tried hard to make the zone read option an integral piece of their offensive attack beginning in 2013 — only months after Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel used his mobility to dominate OU in the Cotton Bowl. It’s a big reason why Trevor Knight beat out Blake Bell for the starting quarterback job before that season began. But the quarterback run game never quite took off the way OU coaches imagined it would. Knight sometimes struggled with his reads. OU coaches also were hesitant to run Knight very much early last season for fear of injury. Those fears have been validated, too. Knight has left three games with injuries to his knee, shoulder and neck. “I wanna keep those guys healthy,” Riley said. “Their number one job is gonna be to lead and distribute. I do think there’s a time and place for it. “We’ll look at our personnel and see what we have. If that fits us a little bit, we’ll look to it.” In five seasons as East Carolina’s offensive coordinator, quarterbacks rushed for 41 touchdowns, but never averaged more than one or two yards per carry. All four of the quarterbacks on the Sooners’ roster have the ability to run with the football. Knight is fast and athletic; sophomore Cody Thomas rushed for 103 yards and a touchdown at Texas Tech last season; junior Baker Mayfield showed some mobility during his one season of action at Texas Tech in 2013; and redshirt freshman Justice Hansen made lots of plays with his feet at Edmond Santa Fe High School. Because Mayfield played in a system like Riley’s at Texas Tech, some have said he might have an edge in the upcoming quarterback battle, especially with Knight’s inconsistent play last season. Riley, though, praised all of the quarterbacks he’s inheriting. “I got a chance to watch Baker as a freshman at Texas Tech,” Riley said. “We tried to get him at East Carolina when he left. He’s a very good player. “We’re gonna be very blessed in that quarterback room. … We have what we need in that room to be successful. We have to get it implemented and get those guys coached. I’m excited about Baker and all the guys in that room.”
Jan 17, 2015
The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten Marlow, the town where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. And this week, a street was renamed after him.
Why former Oklahoma State, NFL player Terry Brown still loves and lives in his hometown of Marlow
BY BERRY TRAMEL | Jan 17, 2015Terry Brown’s buddies were giving him the business Wednesday at the Marlow Lions Club meeting. Brown’s hometown had renamed a stretch of South 7th Street. Terry Brown Avenue now runs a couple of blocks alongside Outlaw Stadium. Brown shut them up by telling his pals to be careful, else he’d put up a toll booth. It was an empty threat. This half-a-century relationship between a man and his hometown has been about giving, not taking. A toll booth on Terry Brown Avenue would hand out quarters, not require them for passage. The only native Oklahoman to score a Super Bowl touchdown hasn’t forgotten where he grew up. Hard to forget when you moved back there, and raised your kids there, and live there still, driving two minutes to work even on the days when traffic is heavy. “I loved the community,” said Brown, a 1965 Marlow High School graduate. “When they do things, they do it right.” A Christmas parade. A Fourth of July parade. Fireworks displays that rival far bigger cities than this town of 4,662 in Stephens County, between Duncan and Chickasha on Highway 81. The community loves Brown back. He’s been in business for 35 years, the State Farm Insurance agency on North Broadway. Been a civic leader and a contributor to causes and the radio voice of Outlaw football for three decades. A Minnesota Viking safety from 1972-75, the glory days of Bud Grant. Played in two Super Bowls. Recovered a fumble for a touchdown in Super Bowl IX, the Vikes’ 16-6 lost to the Steelers. Minneapolis is a nice place. Brown was a hero. When he finished his football career with the ’76 Cleveland Browns, Brown could have chosen to live anywhere. He picked Marlow. Here’s why. In 1961, John Junior Brown moved his family from Walters to Marlow, to take a job as head electrician for the city. His wife, Kate, saw after their three children. Karen, Jim and Terry. Karen had just graduated high school and was on her way to Central State College. Jim was a high school sophomore, Terry a freshman. The Brown brothers jumped into athletics, but “I don’t think they expected much out of us,” Terry Brown said. One coach suggested they’d make good managers. Might have been a little motivation. In 1964, tragedy struck. John Junior Brown, 43 years old, underwent open heart surgery to repair a valve. He never got off his back and he never woke up. Brown died of pneumonia three weeks later. Kate Brown took a job in a laundry at Fort Sill, about 25 miles to the west. Terry got a job at the Marlow Review, pouring lead in those prehistoric printing days, and building advertisements, often a letter at a time. Kate wasn’t sure she wanted her boys to play football. Marlow coach Sevil Pickett was Old School. A great coach — Marlow won the 1959 state championship — but Old School. “Coach Pickett had a reputation in southern Oklahoma as a tough, no-nonsense, rough-talking, stern, taskmaster,” said Mickey Hoy, who grew up in Marlow, became a high school football coach himself, coaching Davis to two state championships, and recently celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary with the former Karen Brown. For the Brown brothers, Sevil Pickett stepped into the void created by the loss of their father. “Coach Pickett was a great coach,” Terry Brown said. “Back then, they coached a little different. He was pretty tough. But he had a way of getting the most out of you. He was almost like a dad to us.” Pickett consoled Kate and her grieving sons. He was there when their house burned. There when Terry Brown needed advice for college. There to offer an idea that changed Brown’s life. Before Brown’s senior season, he was called to Pickett’s office. Brown had been an end in Marlow’s single wing. Pickett wanted to move Brown to fullback. “He knew something I didn’t know,” Brown said. The move ignited the Outlaws. They beat Bixby for the 1964 state championship and Brown became a star. He drew a variety of scholarship offers. Even asked Pickett where he should go. Pickett wouldn’t say. Pickett had played at Oklahoma A&M in the 1930s but didn’t want to steer his young charge one way or the other. But Brown indeed chose Stillwater, playing for Phil Cutchin at OSU, then getting chosen by the St. Louis Cardinals in the third round of the 1969 NFL Draft. Soon enough, Brown was a Viking. And just as soon as he could, Brown and his wife, Ann, returned to Marlow with children Kristen, Suzzane and Greg. “He could have moved anywhere in the world, but he chose to come back and raise his family there, because he liked what it was all about,” said Greg Brown. “He’s had his business there. Supported things financially as well as supporting everything in the town. Just been a mainstay in the town for a really long time.” And so last Monday, Terry Brown’s hometown gathered to honor him. A couple of former Sooners, Chuck Bowman and Clendon Thomas, made the trip. So did former Cowboy Derrel Gofourth. And OSU associate athletic directors Larry Reece and Kevin Klintworth. The family of Brown’s OSU quarterback, Bob Cutburth, was there. So was the widow of Wally Hilgenberg, the great old Minnesota linebacker who died in 2008 of Lou Gehrig’s disease. “It turned out quite a deal,” Terry Brown said. “Marlow does things right.” Berry Tramel: Berry can be reached at (405) 760-8080 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. He can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including FM-98.1. You can also view his personality page at newsok.com/berrytramel.
Jan 13, 2015
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Mariota's season ended without the honor that mattered to him most. Now Oregon waits to see if he will be back for another try.Going into Monday night's game against Ohio State, the standout junior quarterback said he would trade the Heisman Trophy he won this season for a national championship because the team honor was more important to him.Instead, the Buckeyes...
The Ducks fall in what may be Mariota's last game
By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marcus Mariota's season ended without the honor that mattered to him most. Now Oregon waits to see if he will be back for another try. Going into Monday night's game against Ohio State, the standout junior quarterback said he would trade the Heisman Trophy he won this season for a national championship because the team honor was more important to him. Instead, the Buckeyes bottled up Mariota and overpowered the Ducks for a 42-20 victory in the first College Football Playoff championship. It may have been Mariota's final game at Oregon. He has until Thursday to decide if he will skip his senior season and declare for the NFL draft. Mariota, who has already completed his degree, is expected to be a top pick. Did the devastating loss change his mind about coming back? "I'm sure it will weigh in a little bit, but there's a lot of other things that have to play into that decision," he said. "There's starting grad school, coming back for another year to improve, there's a lot of other things that could bring me back. It's just not specifically this loss." Despite the loss, the soft-spoken, lead-by-example team leader had a stellar season. In addition to the Heisman, Mariota was named AP Player of the Year and the Pac-12's offensive player of the year and a slew of other awards. He set conference records for most touchdowns in a single season with 58. He had 42 via pass, 15 on the run and a touchdown catch. He has also set the conference mark for career touchdowns with 134. He has also thrown at least one touchdown pass in all 41 games he has started in his career, the second-longest streak in NCAA history behind Marshall's Rakeem Cato (46). And he's one of four quarterbacks in FBS history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and run for more than 2,000 in his career. Not that any of that mattered much to Mariota on this night. "My main focus was to be a great teammate. That's all I hoped to accomplish," he said. "I don't care about legacies." All season his bold moves on the field belied his shy demeanor off it. Against Wyoming he flipped into the end zone for a touchdown, and against Arizona he caught a touchdown pass from running back Royce Freeman. "The impact he's had on the field is extremely significant," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. "Off the field, probably even bigger." Senior center Hroniss Grasu said he'll miss his good friend. Last season both Grasu and Mariota decided they'd return to the Ducks for another year. "He's just an unbelievable leader. Unbelievable guy. Unbelievable person," Grasu said. "Anyone can learn from that guy because of the way he handles everything that's thrown at him, the way he handles the success, the way he handles the attention. Nothing fazes him." But Mariota faced challenges against Ohio State. Oregon's receiver corps was hit earlier in the week when redshirt freshman Darren Carrington was declared ineligible for the game because of a failed NCAA drug test. Carrington did not travel to Texas for the biggest game of the season. The team had already lost freshman receiver Devon Allen, who also runs on Oregon's track team, on the opening kickoff of the Ducks' 59-20 victory over Florida State in the Rose Bowl. Junior tight end Pharaoh Brown had six touchdown catches for the Ducks this season before he sustained a season-ending knee injury against Utah. And before the season started, junior receiver Bralon Addison tore a ligament in his left knee. That left Oregon, which regularly uses three- and four-receiver formations, with just Dwayne Stanford, Keanon Lowe, Charles Nelson and converted running back Byron Marshall. While Mariota found Lowe on Oregon's opening drive with a 7-yard touchdown pass, both Nelson and Stanford dropped third-down passes in the first half and the Ducks trailed 21-10. He seemed to find more of a groove with his receivers as the game wore on, hitting Marshall with a 70-yard scoring pass to close the gap to 21-17 in the third quarter. Oregon got closer with Aiden Schneider's 23-yard field goal. Ezekiel Elliott answered the threat with a pair of rushing touchdown to put Ohio State up 35-20 and Oregon couldn't catch up. "It's tough. It happens. It's a part of football," Mariota said about the injuries. "But I thought that the guys who played stepped up and made plays." Mariota found ways all season to overcome injuries. Oregon's best offensive lineman, tackle Tyler Johnstone, injured his knee before the season started and was done for the year. Fellow O-linemen Andre Yruretagoyena and Jake Fisher also missed games and running back Thomas Tyner was hampered by shoulder and ankle issues. With the exception of the lone loss this season to Arizona, the Ducks kept winning thanks to the dual-threat quarterback's savvy and elusiveness. But ultimately it wasn't enough against the bigger and stronger Buckeyes. Mariota finished with 333 yards passing and two touchdowns and his final attempt of the game was an interception when the game was out of reach. "This is a family. I'm truly grateful for all of them. And everything that we've accomplished this season, it says a lot about these guys," Mariota said. "I feel truly blessed." Oregon has never won a national championship. The Ducks' last appearance in the title game was following the 2010 season, when Mariota was a senior at St. Louis High School in Honolulu. Oregon fell to Auburn 22-19.
Jan 9, 2015
Baylor, Texas Tech, Tulsa, North Texas and Houston are also pursuing Daniel. With only three weekends remaining before National Signing Day on Feb. 4, Daniel has a limited amount of time to visit the campuses of the schools he’s considering.
High school notebook: Ringling's Riley Daniel receives K-State offer
By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Jan 9, 2015Time is winding down on college football recruiting for the 2015 class, and another Big 12 program has entered the competition for Ringling offensive lineman Riley Daniel. Kansas State offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-6, 300-pound left tackle prospect on Friday. Baylor, Texas Tech, Tulsa, North Texas and Houston are also pursuing Daniel. With only three weekends remaining before National Signing Day on Feb. 4, Daniel has a limited amount of time to visit the campuses of the schools he’s considering. “I’m not sure what he’ll be able to squeeze in,” Daniel’s father, Brent, said Friday. Daniel is a top-15 prospect in The Oklahoman’s Super 30 rankings and was a first-team All-State selection. He is part of the state’s elite offensive line class, the top three of whom have yet to finalize their college decisions. Along with Daniel, Casady’s Josh Wariboko-Alali and Lawton’s Jalin Barnett are still weighing their options. Barnett is choosing between Oklahoma State and Nebraska, while Wariboko-Alali will announce his decision between Ohio State, Oklahoma and UCLA on Signing Day. FERGUSON JENKINS, MICHELE SMITH AWARD WINNERS NAMED Warren Spahn Award Gala organizers announced Thursday the winners of the annual Ferguson Jenkins Outstanding Student Athlete Award and the Michele Smith Outstanding Student Athlete Award. The awards are presented to the state’s top high school baseball and softball players and coaches. The baseball winners include Thomas Hughes of Norman North, Keegan Meyn of Yukon, Trevor McCutchin of Owasso, Kyle Tyler of Westmoore and Corey Zangari of Carl Albert. The baseball coach being honored is Carl Albert’s Wayne Dozier. The softball winners include Michelle Brandon of Piedmont, Jayden Chestnut of Mustang, Caleigh Clifton of Wayne,Berkley Faulkner of Duncan and Kristen Prieto of Moore. The softball coach being honored is Newcastle’s Mike Crossley. The Ferguson Jenkins Award is presented in honor of baseball Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins. The Michele Smith Award is named for former Olympic pitcher and Oklahoma State All-American Michele Smith, who is a member of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. The awards will be presented as part of the Warren Spahn Award Gala on Jan. 14 at the Jim Thorpe Museum & Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw will also receive the Warren Spahn Award, which is presented to the best left-hander in Major League Baseball in honor of Oklahoman and Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. FORMER BROKEN ARROW STAR TRANSFERRING TO TCU After just one semester, former Broken Arrow standout and The Oklahoman’s Super 5 Player of the Year Toree Thompson is transferring from Ole Miss to TCU. TCU announced Tuesday that Thompson had signed a financial agreement and will enroll for the spring semester, but she won’t be eligible to play until sometime next season. She told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that part of her decision to transfer was based on the chance to play in a Power 5 conference closer to home. “I get to be coached by a great coach and directed by a great staff that has a lot of professional experience, and I’ll be exposed to a family-oriented environment with quality people,” she told the newspaper. The 5-foot-10 Thompson started nine games last semester for Ole Miss, averaging 6.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1.5 rebounds. She scored a career-high 23 points against Utah. As a senior at Broken Arrow last season, Thompson led the Tigers to the Class 6A championship, averaging 21.9 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. SAND SPRINGS’ WALDEN WINS GATORADE AWARD Sand Springs runner Cheyenne Walden was named the Gatorade Oklahoma Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year, the organization announced this week. The sophomore won the Class 6A individual state title in the fall with a record time of 17:56.3. Norman North’s Ben Barrett was named the boys award winner last month.
Jan 5, 2015
Former Oklahoma A&M star running back and Thomas coach Kenneth Roof died Saturday. He was 90. Roof was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in track for Oklahoma A&M — now known as Oklahoma State — before becoming the most successful coach in Thomas’ history. As an assistant and head coach for […]
Former Oklahoma A&M star, Thomas football coach Kenneth Roof dies
Jacob Unruh | Jan 5, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/11/2015/01/Kenneth-Roof.jpg]3535076[/img] Former Oklahoma A&M star running back and Thomas coach Kenneth Roof died Saturday. He was 90. Roof was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in track for Oklahoma A&M -- now known as Oklahoma State -- before becoming the most successful coach in Thomas' history. As an assistant and head coach for the Terriers, he led the team to seven state football championships and 35 district titles over 37 years. The Terriers even won three straight titles from 1955-1957. They have also won just three championships -- including this season -- since his tenure. Roof, who was just 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds as a senior, was named to The Oklahoman's All-State team in 1942 after rushing for 1,100 yards. Thomas lost just one football game his entire playing career. Following high school, he became All-American Bob Fenimore's successor in the backfield, where he set the school record for yards per carry (7.56) for a single season in 1947. That record stood at OSU until Barry Sanders topped the mark. Roof was also the first Oklahoma high school athlete to win four individual events at a state track meet. More on Roof: Roof returned home as coach to help start Thomas dynasty
Roof was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in track for Oklahoma A&M — now known as Oklahoma State — before becoming the most successful coach in Thomas’ history.
High school notebook: Former Oklahoma A&M player, Thomas coach Kenneth Roof dies
By Jacob Unruh and Scott Wright | Jan 5, 2015Former Oklahoma A&M star running back and Thomas coach Kenneth Roof died Saturday. He was 90. Roof was a four-year letterman in football and a three-year letterman in track for Oklahoma A&M — now known as Oklahoma State — before becoming the most successful coach in Thomas’ history. As an assistant and head coach for the Terriers, he led the team to seven state football championships and 35 district titles over 37 years. The Terriers even won three straight state titles from 1955-1957. They have won just three championships — including this season — since his tenure. Roof, who was just 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds as a senior, was named to The Oklahoman’s All-State team in 1942 after rushing for 1,100 yards. Thomas lost just one football game his entire playing career. Following high school, he became All-American Bob Fenimore’s successor in the backfield, where he set the school record for yards per carry (7.56) for a single season in 1947. That record stood at OSU until Barry Sanders topped the mark. Roof was also the first Oklahoma high school athlete to win four individual events at a state track meet. STAR SPENCER TO RENAME FIELDHOUSE TO HONOR JOHNSONS Star Spencer will honor a pair of legendary Bobcat basketball coaches when it renames its gym the Johnson and Johnson Fieldhouse. The two coaches who will have their names on the south face of the fieldhouse are former Star Spencer girls coach Janith Johnson, and former boys coach Johnnie Johnson, who combined to coach a total of 57 seasons and nine state titles. Janith Johnson coached the Bobcat girls for 33 years, ending in 2011 with two state titles as head coach and two more before that, while she was still an assistant. Johnnie Johnson led the boys team for 24 seasons, winning seven state titles, including four straight from 1976-79. Star Spencer will hold a ceremony honoring both coaches at halftime of the boys game vs. Centennial, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 13. Former players, coaches and the Spencer community are invited to celebrate the historic event. The game also coincides with the teams’ Pink Out night for breast cancer awareness, so anyone attending is encouraged to wear pink.
Jan 4, 2015
Oklahoma’s senior forward is a native Texan, but he describes his feeling about the Longhorns pretty succinctly, using the word “hatred.”
Oklahoma basketball: Sooners newcomer TaShawn Thomas has a dislike for Texas
Ryan Aber | Jan 4, 2015AUSTIN, Texas — When TaShawn Thomas arrived in Norman over the summer after transferring from Houston, he came with a strong feeling about Texas that’s familiar to plenty of Sooners. Oklahoma’s senior forward describes his feeling about the Longhorns pretty succinctly, using the word “hatred.” Monday, Thomas makes his first trip to Austin as a member of the Sooners carrying that feeling with him. The No. 18 Sooners play No. 11 Austin at 8 p.m. at Texas’ Frank Erwin Center. Thomas grew up in Killeen, Texas, about an hour north of Austin. “It’s gonna be crazy,” Thomas said. “When I was in high school, a lot of my games were in Austin. “I’m gonna have a lot of family and friends there. It’s gonna feel kind of like a high school game with way more competition. I’m ready to be out there and close to home — basically home.” Like plenty of other kids in the area, Thomas grew up a Longhorns fan, though that fandom had more to do with Texas football than basketball. Thomas said he was a fan of the Longhorns when Vince Young was Texas’ quarterback. “When I got older and colleges started looking at me, I started shying away from them,” Thomas said. “When I got to college, I started hating Texas — especially after my sophomore year. That’s when the hatred kind of started.” That started at the end of his sophomore year, when Thomas’ Cougars were paired with Texas in the College Basketball Invitational postseason tournament. “It was a real physical game with a lot of trash talking,” Thomas said. “A lot of people on their team at the time were from Houston. It was just hectic.” Houston won the game, 73-72, thanks to 15 points and 10 rebounds from Thomas. Still, because of his earlier Texas allegiance, considering a transfer to Oklahoma was a bit strange at first. But assistant Lew Hill soon convinced Thomas that the best fit for him was in Norman. It’s worked out well for both sides. The night before the season opener, Thomas was ruled immediately eligible by the NCAA. There have been some growing pains, especially on offense, as Oklahoma learned to play with the 6-foot-8 forward. But Thomas has proven a strong complement to Ryan Spangler inside and the solid outside play that the Sooners returned from last year’s NCAA Tournament team. In his Big 12 debut Saturday, Thomas scored 24 points in OU’s win over Baylor. Thomas said the win over Texas two years ago — and a game against Texas Tech last season — helped him gauge what it will be like to play in the Big 12. “Both of those games were very physical,” Thomas said. “I’m getting myself prepared that that’s how it’s going to be in the whole conference.”
Oklahoma State football: Who might fill the Cowboys' running back needs in the 2015 recruiting class?Dec 28, 2014
Since Ronald Jones — a four-star rated prospect from McKinney North High School (Texas) who committed to OSU in April — reopened his options earlier this month, the Cowboys are in need of at least one more running back
Oklahoma State football: Who might fill the Cowboys' running back needs in the 2015 recruiting class?
By Kyle Fredrickson, Staff Writer | Dec 28, 2014No position on the Oklahoma State depth chart is more wide open entering 2015 than running back. Senior Desmond Roland will play his final game against Washington on Friday in the Cactus Bowl. Two tailback signees from last year’s recruiting class — Tyreek Hill and Devon Thomas — are gone with off-field issues. In April, four-star rated running back Ronald Jones of McKinney North High School (Texas) committed to the Cowboys. But on Dec. 14, Jones announced on Twitter that he was opening up his options. ESPN recruiting analyst Damon Sayles reports Jones will chose between Notre Dame and USC during the Under Armor All-American game the same day OSU takes on Washington. Next season, OSU returns sophomore Rennie Childs, freshman Sione Palelei and walk-on junior Raymond Taylor in the offensive backfield. But with just over a month until National Signing Day, the Cowboys are without a true running back in their 2015 class. Here’s a closer look at a few players who have yet to suit up in Stillwater that might help fill the tailback void moving forward. ATH Todd Mays (East Mississippi CC) Mays is seemingly the only current 2015 commitment who might find himself in the offensive backfield, as he rushed for 400 yards on 69 carries. But his use at OSU is uncertain. Mays completed 15 passes at quarterback last year and also hauled in 200 yards receiving. Quotable: “I was really excited when they offered. It's another offense similar to ours here. They have a lot of offensive play-makers and do a lot of different things. I am excited about going there and seeing where I can fit in.” — Mays (The Dispatch newspaper, Oct. 28) RB Chris Warren (Rockwall HS, Texas) Warren, the son of former NFL all-pro running back Chris Warren, is a four-star rated recruit who ranks No. 102 on the ESPN 300. He holds scholarship offers from more than 20 top programs from across the nation; including Oregon, Alabama and Oklahoma. On Dec. 6, Warren tweeted that OSU, Texas, Texas Tech and Washington were in his top four. And Sayles reports Warren has scheduled an official visit to Stillwater on Jan. 16. Quotable: “It was frustrating after the injury last year, but I knew that I could either come back better or come back worse. That was the only decision.” — Warren following a 176-yard rushing, two touchdown performance (The Dallas Morning News, Sept. 12) RB Tyreik Gray (Lamar HS, Texas) When Gray unveiled his top-three schools Dec. 11 on Twitter, OSU was not included. But the three-star rated recruit has medium interest in the Cowboys, according to Scout.com. And if a chance to contribute immediately is important, OSU might have a chance to land Gray late. Quotable: “Tyreik has exceptional speed … because of his athletic ability, we might play two backs or move Tyreik to wide receiver.” — Lamar coach Tom Nolen (The Houston Chronicle, Aug. 19)
Dec 25, 2014
The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season.
Oklahoma football notebook: Steven Parker, Jordan Thomas still adjusting
BY JASON KERSEY AND RYAN ABER | Dec 25, 2014Oklahoma’s defensive backfield has struggled mightily at times this season. The Sooners rank ninth in the Big 12 Conference in pass defense, allowing an average of 272.7 yards per game to opposing quarterbacks. A lot of those problems, though, can be attributed to several young, inexperienced guys playing in Oklahoma’s secondary. The Sooners have started true freshmen Steven Parker and Jordan Thomas at safety and cornerback, respectively, several times this season. “I think it’s been an eye-opening experience,” defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said of Parker and Thomas. “I don’t have any question that both those freshmen have the possibilities of being All-Americans when they leave here if they progress and work hard and be competitive. They both have shown they can compete at this level.” Thomas said that the biggest adjustment for him this year has been the fact that everyone on this level — unlike in high school — is a great athlete. “Everyone out there knows the game just as good as you do or better,” Thomas said. “The speed is entirely different. Everyone is just as strong, just as big, just as fast if not bigger, faster and stronger. That was the one thing I had to cope with the most. Just getting adjusted to the bigger and better players.” NORVELL TALKS WR DEPARTURES Oklahoma’s wide receivers have been among the most disappointing position group of the 2014 season, with junior Sterling Shepard being the only wideout to be consistently productive. Adding to that difficultly, though, has been the untimely departure of a couple talented young receivers. Redshirt freshman Dannon Cavil and junior Derrick Woods both left the team this year. Cavil, who never made a game appearance in Norman, announced his departure in the middle of the season, while Woods was dismissed from the team earlier this month. “Every year there are challenges,” said receivers coach Jay Norvell. “You never want to lose anybody. We want to help all of these players improve and reach their goals. It’s a competitive environment. College football is that way, whatever school you’re at. It’s unfortunate if it doesn’t work out, but that’s life. Life is hard. “You have ups and downs and you have to work your way through it. Some guys just choose a different route. That’s their prerogative. You’ve just gotta keep working through it.” QUOTABLE Mike Stoops, on facing Brent Venables: “It’s never about us; it’s about our programs and getting our players to play and do what they have to do to play well. … This game is very difficult. The longer you’re in it the more you respect the people and the way they go about their business and the way they do things. Brent has been first-class ever since I first met him.”
A brutal hit while having a punt blocked sidelined San Diego's Mike Scifres with a broken left collarbone.In came placekicker Nick Novak, charged with one of the most important roles in special teams. He hadn't punted since high school and barely practices it as a pro.Yet he was more than comfortable with the challenge."I can do it," Novak said after punts of 27, 33, 45, 51, 46 and 38 yards in...
Placekickers who punt, punters who place-kick
By BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Dec 24, 2014A brutal hit while having a punt blocked sidelined San Diego's Mike Scifres with a broken left collarbone. In came placekicker Nick Novak, charged with one of the most important roles in special teams. He hadn't punted since high school and barely practices it as a pro. Yet he was more than comfortable with the challenge. "I can do it," Novak said after punts of 27, 33, 45, 51, 46 and 38 yards in the loss to New England on Dec. 7. "I can't do it on Mike's level, but I feel I can certainly get the job done. The pressure's not there, because I'm sure the expectation is, just catch it and kick it and get it out. ... If you mess up, 'Well, he doesn't punt.' If he does well, it's more of a 'Wow' kind of thing. "There really was no pressure there." Ah, but usually there is tons of pressure on a placekicker replacing a punter in a game, and vice versa. The only similarities between the jobs are that both players make a living with their foot, and their specialties are critical to field position and scoring. Because there are so many differences in the mechanics of each job, rarely do the kickers and punters practice the other's role. "Punting's very linear, and your swing is more straight up and through the ball," explained Minnesota field goal kicker Blair Walsh. "Kicking, you're coming around it a little bit more and you're worried about a plant." Still, as a pro, Walsh has studied what the Vikings' Jeff Locke and other NFL punters do, and believes he could handle the assignment. He even spends some time on Fridays working on punting. "You could use the similarities between the two, whether it's locking your foot out or having an explosive motion through it," he said, adding that "overdoing it" must be avoided. "There's definitely similarities you could carry over to each position to make you successful at both," Walsh said. "I've been around it long enough where I've seen a lot of good punters do the right technique, so you sort of emulate it a little bit in your mind. "But I think the biggest thing would just be getting used to the live rush coming at you." Indeed, the rush to get to the punter is a sprint, entirely different and probably more dangerous than attempts to block field goals. While NFL coaching staffs and personnel people try to account for all situations, an in-game injury or illness to a placekicker or punter often falls outside their preparation. San Diego was extremely fortunate that Novak was so successful; the Chargers have a similar history because Scifres did the placement work in the 2011 opener when Nick Kaeding injured his knee. That's also how Novak wound up in San Diego. Generally, though, it's a desperate spot when one of those guys goes down in a game. "I was 70 percent in college, which is plenty enough to get you cut in the NFL," Saints punter Thomas Morstead said of his placekicking. "But I'd be a very serviceable backup, I would think, if they need me in a pinch. "I can kick it a long ways, but whether it goes between the sticks, you know. ..." There's the rub. "They're so different, but I'm going to say it's probably more difficult filling in as a field goal kicker just because there's not much room for error," Jets punter Ryan Quigley said. "Punting, you've got the whole field to work with. It's like, when you're punting, you can just say, 'OK, we're going to punt it down the middle and hopefully it stays in bounds and you get a good 40 yards out of it.'" Punters and placekickers find good reasons not to practice the other guy's art. San Francisco's Phil Dawson, now in his 16th season making field goals and extra points, works on punting occasionally. He notes "the more I do it, the worse I get." But he points out with a sharp jab that punter Andy Lee trying Dawson's specialty "would be worse." Some teams even had other players as the backup punter or placekicker. On the Saints, it's second-string quarterback Luke McCown behind Morstead. For Philadelphia, wide receiver Riley Cooper backs up placekicker Cody Parkey. Perhaps the patron saint of replacement kickers is Craig Hentrich, who punted for 16 NFL seasons. Hentrich was a standout at both jobs at Notre Dame, won a Super Bowl as a punter with Green Bay and played in another with Tennessee. He went 3 for 3 on field goals of 49, 34 and 33 yards in the 2003 opener after placekicker Joe Nedney suffered a season-ending knee injury. Hentrich hadn't made a field goal since 1995. "I've seen some punters, actually, step in and have good games kicking when the kicker went down. The most noticeable I've ever seen is ... Hentrich," Saints placekicker Shayne Graham said. "But he was also a respected kicker at Notre Dame in college because he did both, so he had the background for it." Nobody does both in the NFL anymore, except in a pinch. So if Quigley gets called on to replace Folk during Sunday's finale, what's his philosophy? "Shoot, I'd tell them to back it up and put me out there from anywhere," he said with a laugh. "Nah, that's the way I think because I'd just crank it and use my leg strength. But who knows where it's going? ___ AP Pro Football Writers Teresa M. Walker, Dave Campbell and Rob Maaddi, and Sports Writers Janie McCauley, Joe Kay, Dennis Waszak Jr., Bernie Wilson and Brett Martel contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Dec 22, 2014
NORMAN — The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don’t feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners — widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff — finished the […]
OU football: Jason Kersey's favorite Sooner stories from 2014
Jason Kersey | Dec 22, 2014[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Samaje.jpg]3524433[/img] NORMAN -- The year 2014 started as well as it possibly could have for the Oklahoma football program. But nearly 12 months later, things don't feel so great for OU football fans. The Sooners -- widely considered a heavy favorite to win the Big 12 Conference and reach the College Football Playoff -- finished the regular season 8-4 and are preparing for the Russell Athletic Bowl against Clemson next week. But the year had plenty of positives around OU football as well, and this blog post will highlight some of them. I've compiled a list of links to my favorite stories I wrote during the 2014 calendar year. These aren't breaking news stories; they are simply the stories I enjoyed working on the most, and I've tried to keep it positive. Consider it my Christmas gift to our readers who happen to be OU fans. [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Trevor-Knight.jpg]3524431[/img] FRIDAY, JAN. 3: Oklahoma stuns Alabama with 45-31 upset victory in the Sugar Bowl Quotable -- Bob Stoops' mother, Dee, on her initial reaction when she found out the Sooners would face Alabama: "I said, 'Oh no.' But I feel very confident in Bobby’s body of work, so I’m not counting the Sooners out." SUNDAY, JAN. 12: The Collected Wisdom of former OU center Bubba Burcham Quotable -- Burcham, on his decision to quit coaching at Coweta High School and enter the ministry: "God puts a path for a man to do something, and you have to follow that path. I couldn’t deny what God was doing in my heart. So I jumped off the school bus." THURSDAY, FEB. 6: Georgia offensive lineman Orlando Brown the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- surprise for Oklahoma Quotable -- Brown, on his maturation through high school: "Through it all, I feel I kept a level head. I stayed humble. I worked hard. I feel as though this Oklahoma opportunity definitely shows that it paid off." SUNDAY, FEB. 9: A closer look at what went into Blake Bell’s decision to move to tight end Quotable -- Former OU center Gabe Ikard, on why Bell changed positions: "He did this for himself, but he also did this because it is the best thing for the team. He loves being at OU; didn’t want to leave the friendships he has established in Norman; and wanted to have an opportunity to play for a national championship next year." SUNDAY, MARCH 16: Trevor Knight taking his newfound fame in stride. Quotable -- Trevor's mom, Tricia Knight, on her son: "I always tell my friends that he makes me a better person, just by listening to the things he says. He's a very humble kid, and that's the way we raised him. He knows that life is gonna have his ups and downs, and he got to really experience that -- probably for the first time in his life -- last year. It builds character and it made him a better person." SATURDAY, APRIL 12: How Trevor Knight’s positivity and support helped his father through cancer treatments Quotable -- LaDonna Sutherland, the nurse who cared for George Knight throughout his cancer treatments, on the Sugar Bowl: "It was the best ending to the story, to have that finally come to fruition. George is just so proud of the boys. He just beamed when they walked in. I can tell you I've never seen it before as a nurse, the way those boys look at their dad. Trevor was there during his dad's worst times, and I genuinely think it was a big, huge part of pulling George through." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Jaz.jpg]3524435[/img] WEDNESDAY, MAY 7: Jaz Reynolds praises Bob Stoops in extensive interview about his past -- and his future Quotable -- Reynolds, on Bob Stoops giving him several chances: "That's Coach Stoops for you. He's a good coach, but he's a better man. He understands that people make mistakes. I say the same thing to everybody, I'm just happy that Coach Stoops is who he is and gave me a second chance to come back, even though I didn't deserve it. Honestly, that was the second time I'd been suspended. If I was to do that at any other school, I'm pretty sure they would've been done with me." FRIDAY, MAY 9: Aaron Colvin’s family supported him through tough stretch Quotable -- Colvin, on his parents: "I couldn’t ask for better parents, period. Their mentality, their mindset makes me stronger because they're just so strong-willed. They don't let many things affect them or get them down, and if they do, they're not gonna show it." SUNDAY, JUNE 15: Blake Bell’s resilience, flexibility resonate with residents from his hometown of Wichita Quotable -- Johnnie Bell, Blake's 87-year-old grandfather, on Blake: "He's been blessed with a frame of mind that is pretty much on the happy side. He always looked on the better side of things. He was always proper. In fact, I think he handled (last season) better than I did." SUNDAY, JULY 6: Lynn McGruder, another Sooner who received a second chance, rooting for Dorial Green-Beckham Quotable -- McGruder, on what advice he'd give Green-Beckham: "I would tell him to take it one day at a time. Stay positive. Really, really soak in the fact that he has a second chance, and truly, truly don't let anything negative from the outside come into his life." SUNDAY, JULY 20: Midsummer, Knight's dream: How Trevor Knight spent his summer vacation Quotable -- Trevor's pastor, Adam Barnett: "He keeps a level head and shows a lot of discipline in the way he manages his time. I'm proud of him for keeping his priorities straight. He could very easily get those out of order, but he doesn't." SUNDAY, AUG. 3: Strength coach Jerry Schmidt optimistic about Sooners’ leadership and newcomers Quotable -- Schmidt, on receiver Dorial Green-Beckham's first few summer workouts: "He was in the trash can quite a bit. To me going into it, I thought this guy is going to be a pain and throw our whole karma off as far as leadership and all that stuff. He responded to it. ... He said, 'I'm gonna get there coach.' ... Sometimes guys like that have kinda cruised through because they can kinda get by on their talent." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Lacoltan-Bester.jpg]3524432[/img] SUNDAY, AUG. 10: Lacoltan Bester, Justin Gilbert and 'The Play That Changed It All' Quotable -- OU co-offensive coordinator Jay Norvell: "I can't remember a more satisfying season, and it just goes to show, one play can make a difference." MONDAY, AUG. 25: Eric Striker’s mother a continuing source of inspiration for the OU linebacker Quotable -- Striker, on his mother, Lia Skelton: "I'm the person I am because of her. I get my kindness from her. My humbleness from her. My relentlessness from her. I always try to project that image of how she raised me." TUESDAY, SEPT. 2: Sterling Shepard’s biggest fan isn’t crazy about his new role in the return game Quotable -- Shepard, on his mom, Cheri: "She remembers seeing my dad get kinda clobbered back there, but I’m not worried about it. That’s the name of the game. You’re gonna get hit." THURSDAY, SEPT. 4: Jordan Thomas’ intelligence, fast learning result in early playing time Quotable -- Thomas, on when he has fun: "I have fun when I sleep. You've got to rest your brain and rest your body from all the work you have to do mentally and physically. That's it." SUNDAY, SEPT. 7: Walk-on Caleb Gastelum rewarded with scholarship after big performance against Tulsa Quotable -- Gastelum, on staying motivated: "I tell myself everyday that hard work pays off. Sometimes you get down because you don't think it'll happen and things aren't going your way. You just remind yourself that if you work hard, good things will happen." TUESDAY, SEPT. 16: Freshman running back Samaje Perine has always looked, played mature beyond his years Quotable -- Samaje's mother, Gloria: "Samaje has worked all his life for this moment. He puts in a ton of work. He goes that extra mile. When everybody else is tired or playing video games, he’s in the gym or watching plays to try to get better. I’m happy that the coaching staff realizes that and trusts him." SATURDAY, OCT. 4: Trevor Knight was almost a TCU Horned Frog Quotable -- Trevor's dad, George Knight: "Trevor really thought he wanted to stay in Texas," George Knight said. "That's until he saw Norman and saw the campus and got to know the coaches there." [img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/12/2014/12/Tyrus-Thompson.jpg]3524434[/img] MONDAY, OCT. 27: Tyrus Thompson’s family motivates him to improve, make NFL Quotable -- Tyrus' wife, Olivia, on the challenges of raising two kids, working and having a husband who plays college football: "The road games are the hardest. I can't go because my job doesn't care that he plays football or that I don't have child care. There have been times when I've been on the brink of getting fired because they don't care. I've almost lost my job two or three times." MONDAY, NOV. 3: ‘Sooner Dave’ gets his moment in the sun Quotable -- Smith, on getting his chance against Iowa State: "I've learned that chances don't come often, so when they do come, you have to make the most of them. That's the only thing that was in my head when I was out there." THURSDAY, NOV. 6: Walk-on Oklahoma safety Najee Bissoon working to stand out from the crowd Quotable -- Bissoon, on his red hair: "I know it attracts attention. Not from crowds; I wanted to attract the attention of our coaching staff. I want Coach to always have something to remember me by. As a walk-on, it’s already hard enough to get much attention.” SUNDAY, NOV. 23: Samaje Perine runs for record 427 yards in OU’s 44-7 win over Kansas Quotable -- Legendary former OU running back Joe Washington: "With today's passing offenses, you've got a kid that rushes for 427 yards? It's a thing of beauty." SUNDAY, NOV. 30: Why news of Caleb Gastelum’s scholarship thrilled other walk-ons past and present Quotable -- Former OU tight end Trent Ratterree, on the walk-on brotherhood: "When one of us did well, it was like all of us did well. It is kinda like a sub-group within the team. We were always pulling for each other. Anytime a walk-on got to play, if they messed up. it hurt. If they did well, it felt good." FRIDAY, DEC. 5: Former high school rivals offer advice for stopping Samaje Perine Quotable -- Rouse High (Leander, Texas) linebacker Ryan Heinrich: "Rule No. 1 when you play Samaje is you always have to hit him low. Not just because you have a better chance of making a tackle, but for your own safety." FRIDAY, DEC. 11: Sooners fullback Aaron Ripkowski is as tough as they come Quotable -- Marlo Ripkowski, Aaron's mom, on her son receiving the Don Key Award: "To be able to a receive an award like that shows all his hard work and all those years paid off. He's such a good young man."
Dec 21, 2014
Here’s a look at what our staff considers some of the top games, moments and surprises of the 2014 season.
A look back at the best of the 2014 Oklahoma high school football season
BY SCOTT WRIGHT, JACOB UNRUH AND TRENT SHADID | Dec 21, 2014Another high school football season has come to a close, and The Oklahoman will be announcing its All-State and All-City teams throughout the day Monday on NewsOK.com. To go with that, here’s a look at what our staff considers some of the top games, moments and surprises of the 2014 season: Best moment Scott Wright: Mustang’s playoff win at Broken Arrow. Sure, it wasn’t a championship, and it wasn’t even a win over one of the two teams that every Class 6A team desperately wants to beat — Jenks and Tulsa Union. But it was big. In 6A-I, it was the only win by an OKC-area team over a Tulsa-area team in 29 attempts. And it set the tone for what Mustang is trying to build at the largest high school outside of the four Tulsa-area mammoths. Jacob Unruh: Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert winning one last championship in his final game before retirement. The win capped an impressive and impactful career with the Chargers that included four total gold balls. He also leaves as the school's all-time wins leader. Trent Shadid: Bixby and Lawton MacArthur winning state titles. Bixby (6A-II) and Lawton MacArthur (5A) finally brought home long-awaited championships this season, ending the state’s longest winless streaks in title games. The Spartans’ 35-21 win over Lawton gave them their first crown in eight trips, and the Highlanders’ 39-12 rout of Skiatook was their first championship win in seven tries. Best game Scott Wright: I wish I had been in the stadium for Lawton MacArthur’s 50-49 overtime victory against McAlester in the Class 5A semifinals. Considering the circumstances, I think it’s clearly the game of the year. As for the best one I witnessed, Heritage Hall’s 53-42 win over Locust Grove is the topper. Locust Grove QB Mason Fine and WR Jason Pirtle were setting ridiculous records, but Heritage Hall rallied from 11 down for the win. Jacob Unruh: There were a few games I didn't see in person this season that could top this list, but nothing tops the Class 5A playoff opening weekend for me in which I saw two equally fun games. First, Lawton MacArthur nearly exited in the first round despite a huge lead against Carl Albert. The Titans' rally only fell short thanks to a personal foul late in the game. The next night, fourth-seeded Del City upset Deer Creek on a last-minute drive by junior quarterback Terry Wilson. Doesn't get much better than that in one week. Trent Shadid: Westmoore 48, Norman North 41. In this Week 3 non-district contest, the Jaguars and Timberwolves combined to score 33 points in the final three minutes. OSU signee John Kolar kept Norman North in the game with 355 passing yards, but Westmoore QB Bryson Lee gave the Jaguars a win by scoring his fifth touchdown of the game with 42 seconds remaining. Biggest surprise Scott Wright: Only two repeat performances. The 2013 season was unique in that all eight state champions were undefeated. Seven of them began 2014 as the preseason No. 1 in their respective classes. Yet only two — Jenks and Davis — were still standing atop their respective classes at the end of the year. Only four of the eight reigning champs even reached the finals. Jacob Unruh: There were plenty of surprises this season, but Alex upsetting Laverne in the Class B championship stands out. Kyler Thornburg had an incredible night helping his team end what was the state's longest winning streak. Trent Shadid: Thomas’ 28-0 win over Cashion in the Class A title game. It wasn’t a complete surprise to see Thomas beat Cashion to win the Class A state title. But the way the Terriers’ defense dominated an offense averaging 50 points per game was a shocker. The shutout loss was the Wildcats’ first since Week 1 of 2011.
FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N....
Sports TV listings for Friday, Dec. 12-Sunday, Dec. 14
Dec 11, 2014FRIDAY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Davis vs. Nowata, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 7 p.m., Thomas vs. Cashion, KRXO-FM 107.7 BOYS HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL 5:30 p.m., Bishop O’Dowd at Montverde, ESPN2 (Cox 28) NBA 6 p.m., Portland at Chicago, ESPN (Cox 29) 7 p.m., OKC at Minnesota, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM 8:30 p.m., L.A. Lakers at San Antonio, ESPN (Cox 29) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7 p.m., Chattanooga vs. N. Hampshire, ESPN2 (Cox 28) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6 p.m., Texas Southern at Florida, SECN (Cox 275) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 8 p.m., M. Tenn. St. at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KXXY-FM 96.1 GOLF 6:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, GOLF (Cox 60) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) 12 a.m., Sat. Thailand Golf, GOLF (Cox 60) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 4 p.m., UMBC vs. Virginia, ESPNU (Cox 253) 6:30 p.m., Providence vs. UCLA, ESPNU (Cox 253) HOCKEY 6:30 p.m., Sarnia at. Kitchener, NHLNET (Cox 263) VOLLEYBALL 8:30 p.m., Nebraska at Washington, ESPNU (Cox 253) SATURDAY NBA 9 p.m., Detroit at Sacramento, NBATV (Cox 256) NHL 6 p.m., Detroit at Toronto, NHLNET (Cox 263) 7:30 p.m., New Jersey at Dallas, FSOK (Cox 37) 9 p.m., St. Louis at Colorado, NHLNET (Cox 263) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 11 a.m., C. Carolina vs. N. Dak. St., ESPN (Cox 29) 2 p.m., Army vs. Navy, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 7 p.m., Heisman Presentation, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., Wichita State at Detroit, ESPNU (Cox 253) 11 a.m., N. Carolina at Kentucky, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) 11 a.m., Stony Brook at Providence, FSOK (Cox 37) 11 a.m., Radford at Georgetown, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Dayton at Arkansas, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 1 p.m., St. Bonaventure at Pitt., ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., St. Mary’s, at Creighton, FS1 (Cox 67) 1:30 p.m., Oklahoma at Tulsa, CBSS (Cox 249)/KRXO-FM 107.7/KRMG-AM 740 2:15 p.m., Utah vs. Kansas, ESPN (Cox 29) 3 p.m., Xavier at Missouri, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 3:30 p.m., W. Kentucky at Mississippi, SECN (Cox 275) 4:15 p.m., Michigan at Arizona, ESPN (Cox 29) 5 p.m., Oklahoma St. at Memphis, ESPN2 (Cox 28)/KXXY-FM 96.1 6 p.m., Sam Houston St. at LSU, SECN (Cox 275) 6 p.m., Northern Iowa at VCU, NBCSN (Cox 251) 7 p.m., Texas State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 7 p.m., Florida St. at Notre Dame, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 8 p.m., Purdue at Vanderbilt, SECN (Cox 275) 9 p.m., Gonzaga at UCLA, ESPN2 (Cox 28) RODEO 9 p.m., NFR, CBSS (Cox 249) MEN’S SOCCER 9 a.m., English Premier, NBCSN (Cox 251) 11:30 a.m., Arsenal FC vs. Newcastle U., NBCSN (Cox 251) VOLLEYBALL 3 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 5:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 8 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) 10:30 p.m., NCAA Regional, ESPNU (Cox 253) AHL 7 p.m., Grand Rapids at OKC, KGHM-AM 1340 GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) Noon, Franklin Templeton, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) 7 p.m., Australian PGA, GOLF (Cox 60) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) FOOTBALL 11 a.m., Pop Warner, ESPN2 (Cox 28) SUNDAY NFL Noon, Oakland at Kansas City, KGHM-AM 1340 Noon, Miami at New England, KWTV-9 (Cox 10) Noon, Green Bay at Buffalo, KRXO-FM 107.7 Noon, Cincinnati at Cleveland, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 3:25 p.m., San Francisco at Seattle, KOKH-25 (Cox 12) 7:20 p.m., Dallas at Philadelphia, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)/KGHM-AM 1340 NBA 6 p.m., Phoenix at OKC, FSOK (Cox 37)/WWLS-AM 640/98.1 FM MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 11 a.m., St. Peter’s at Seton Hall, FS1 (Cox 67) 1 p.m., Butler at Tennessee, ESPNU (Cox 253) 1 p.m., Prairie V.A.M at Texas T., FSOK (Cox 37) 1 p.m., Temple at Villanova, FS1 (Cox 67) 3 p.m., Jacksonville at Florida, FSOK (Cox 37) 3 p.m., La. Tech at Syracuse, ESPNU (Cox 253) 3 p.m., Illinois St. at DePaul, FS1 (Cox 67) 5 p.m., Savannah St. at Kansas St., FSPLUS (Cox 68) 5 p.m., UNC Wilmington at Louisville, ESPNU (Cox 253) 7 p.m., Oakland at Michigan St., ESPNU (Cox 253) WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL Noon, Mercer at Alabama, SECN (Cox 275) 2 p.m., NW State at Texas, LHN (Cox 274) 2 p.m., Tennessee at Rutgers, ESPN2 (Cox 28) 2 p.m., Stephen F.A at Baylor, FSPLUS (Cox 68) 4 p.m., Oklahoma at Ark.-L.R., KREF-AM 1400/98.5 FM/KOKC-AM 1520/103.1 FM 5 p.m., Belmont at Kentucky, SECN (Cox 275) GOLF 4:30 a.m., Alfred Dunhill, GOLF (Cox 60) 1 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, GOLF (Cox 60) 2 p.m., Father/Son Challenge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4) COLLEGE FOOTBALL 7:30 p.m., Bowl Mania, ESPN (Cox 29) MEN’S SOCCER 11 a.m., NCAA Final, ESPNU (Cox 253) DEW TOUR Noon, Breckenridge, KFOR-4 (Cox 4)
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of the Class 2A and A championships and the Class 3A semifinals.
Oklahoma high school football Week 5 playoff picks
Dec 11, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 5-6 (45.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,573-350 (81.8 pct.) All games at 7 p.m. Friday Championships Class 2A at Stillwater Davis 34, Nowata 28 Class A at Enid Cashion 35, Thomas 31 Semifinals Class 3A at Sapulpa Heritage Hall 28, Locust Grove 24 *All games at neutral sites
Dec 11, 2014
More than 20 alumni and current students have spent their evenings this week practicing in the school’s auditorium for a return performance some would say is long overdue.
Friday Night Lights: Cashion will strike up the band once more
By Jacob Unruh | Dec 11, 2014CASHION — Amber Meek nearly gave her trumpet away as recently as a few weeks ago. She hadn’t played it since graduating from Cashion in 2006, but for some reason she held on to the instrument. A smart move considering Meek and more than 20 alumni and current students have spent their evenings this week practicing in the school’s auditorium for a return performance some would say is long overdue. There were saxophones. There were trumpets. There were drums. There were trombones. It was a familiar and beautiful sound for those involved since Cashion’s music program was the victim of budget cuts nearly four years ago. “We haven’t had a band here in so, so long, which really breaks my heart because back when I went to school you were cool if you were in band,” said Meek, a 2006 graduate. “It was sad that they cut it off anyway, so the fact they’re allowing us to do it is really, really neat I think.” The band’s reformation to offer support for Friday’s Class A championship game between the Wildcats and top-ranked Thomas in Enid is a display of the tightness in the small community, but also a sign of unity to bring back a staple of high school football. “That’s why small towns are great,” Cashion football coach Lynn Shackelford said. “The school’s a big deal, the football team’s a big deal and success is fun, everybody wants to be a part of it. I think it’s great and our kids think it’s great. I’m excited for those people that are excited they’re going to be part of the game.” Cashion has won three state championships at the eight-man level, the last one coming in 1981. This could be the first in 11-man, but fourth with a band blasting the school fight song “Washington and Lee Swing.” The band might not stop with this game, however. First-year Cashion superintendent Sammy Jackson said he intends to bring the music program back, even if it takes baby steps that include an after-school program. “I personally think it’s a great idea because it doesn’t let the memory of the band die away and we don’t want it to die away,” he said. “We’re going to work really hard to get the program back in our school because we think it’s very important. Hopefully, it will help our resurgence of the program.” The idea of reforming the band started over the weekend and it was nearly complete in an hour. Cashion High School secretary Jamie West quickly became the school sponsor. That was relatively easy considering the school still owns instruments and music that could be loaned to alumni. Alumnus Tyler Persechino quickly became the key to the puzzle. A student at Oklahoma State University, Persechino was a member of the Cashion band during high school before it was cut following his junior year in 2011. He directed a volunteer band his senior year, but when he graduated it completely fell apart. Leading the band this week brings back some fun and bitter memories, but he’ll do whatever it takes to help bring back the music program he loved. “It’s more of alumni, everybody coming together and doing something they love,” Persechino said. “That’s what I’m so excited about. “I think that’s what this is going to help do. I think people are excited about the music program; it’s going to show we are capable of doing something great and I think it’s going to help kick-start the program again.” In Wednesday’s practice, 20 people attended, including graduates as far back as 1991, transplanted community members and current students who were finally getting their chance to experience a pep band. It was only expected to grow Thursday night among the community. “It’s good to finally get a chance to play with some sort of band,” junior Travis West said. “The last year they had it we had five people. It’s good to finally be able to have one of the big performances instead of the five people.” The hope is the band will return the normal game-time experience back to the game, boosting the atmosphere and excitement around the community. Normally, the Cashion cheerleaders lead the crowd in the fight song after each touchdown, an option that doesn’t necessarily bring much fanfare. Friday’s band will feature the fight song along with a short version of it for big plays and first downs. There’s also the possibility of a few other songs mixed in. “Whenever you have the football team out there and they make a touchdown and then you hear the cheerleader sing the fight song, there’s not a lot of noise going on,” Persechino said. “I think this is going to get people really excited. We’re going to play the fight song loud and proud for our football players.”
NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Conlan played high school football in western New York on teams with some linemen who weighed 140 pounds.He was discovered by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who decided to offer the 170-pound kid from Frewsburg a scholarship after watching him play basketball.Conlan proved he belonged at his first college practice, and Bradley's faith in him was...
Conlan, Thomas inducted into College Hall of Fame
By RALPH D. RUSSO, Associated Press | Dec 9, 2014NEW YORK (AP) — Shane Conlan played high school football in western New York on teams with some linemen who weighed 140 pounds. He was discovered by longtime Penn State defensive coordinator Tom Bradley, who decided to offer the 170-pound kid from Frewsburg a scholarship after watching him play basketball. Conlan proved he belonged at his first college practice, and Bradley's faith in him was rewarded. "I was doing one-on-one drills against the starting tight end and I did really well," Conlan said. The former All-America linebacker who helped the Nittany Lions win their last national title is part of a class of 14 former players and two coaches inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame on Tuesday. The group of honorees at the National Football Foundation awards banquet included: North Carolina cornerback Dre Bly; Southern California offensive tackle Tony Boselli; Purdue defensive tackle Dave Butz; Georgia Tech quarterback Joe Hamilton; Maine linebacker John Huard; Stanford halfback Darrin Nelson; Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf; South Carolina wide receiver Sterling Sharpe; McNeese State cornerback Leonard Smith; TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson; Mississippi tight end Wesley Walls; and the late Derrick Thomas, who dominated at linebacker for Alabama. "I know that big smile is smiling down on us today," said Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, who represented him a morning news conference at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in midtown Manhattan. Thomas had 27 sacks and won the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker in 1988 before going on to a successful NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs. He was paralyzed in an automobile wreck in 2000 and died from complications about a month later. He was 33. Conlan was also one of the most dominant linebackers of the 1980s. He had two interceptions in his final college game as Penn State upset Miami 14-10 in the Fiesta Bowl to win the national title. "I guess (Miami quarterback) Vinny (Testaverde) threw it to the wrong guy," said Conlan, who played nine NFL seasons, most of them with the Buffalo Bills. Conlan thanked Bradley, who is now a defensive assistant at West Virginia after spending 35 years at Penn State as a player and coach under Joe Paterno. Bradley said he had to convince Paterno to give Conlan one of the last scholarships Penn State had available that year. "Tom found me," Conlan said. "I owe him everything." The coaches being inducted were Jerry Moore, who won I-AA national titles at Appalachian State and led the Mountaineers to an upset against Michigan in 2007, and Mike Bellotti, the winningest coach in Oregon history.
Dec 8, 2014
This season, and particularly this week in the Class A championship game, the Wildcats are looking to remind everyone that reputations can change.
High school football: High-scoring Cashion team wants to be known for defense, too
By Scott Wright | Dec 8, 2014CASHION — Cashion football coaches and players know they’ve gained a reputation as a team with a high-powered offense, hoping to win games in shootout fashion. This season, and particularly this week in the Class A championship game, the Wildcats are looking to remind everyone that reputations can change. “In the past, we’ve been known as a finesse team, and we absolutely hate that,” defensive end Kaleb George said. “We’re pretty tough kids and when we get out here on the football field, we like to go fight. We like to deliver the first blow and take it to everybody.” Cashion faces a tough Thomas squad in the Class A final at 7 p.m. Friday at Enid High School. The offense is as dangerous as ever, averaging 50.0 points while helping lead the Wildcats to a 14-0 record. But the defense is playing with a different mindset this season, and is a big reason the Wildcats are in the state finals for the first time at the 11-man level. The Cashion defense came up with several big plays in the 48-32 win over Talihina in the semifinals last Friday. And while giving up 32 points might not sound like great defense, it was only the second time all year Talihina’s powerful offense had been held below 46. “A big focus for us every year is getting our defense to play at the same level our offense does,” Cashion coach Lynn Shackelford said. “One way to do that is to play a physical style of ball. If we’re going to have a chance to win a state title, our defense will have to play well.” Shackelford credits defensive coordinator Tony Woods for emphasizing the new mental approach this season, and using a versatile lineup effectively. “We’ve got the mix of what it takes to have a good defense,” Shackelford said. “We have guys on the edge who are fast and can rush the passer. We have big guys in the middle who can let our linebackers run free. “Coach Woods has done a good job of getting through to the kids that defense is fun and defense is important. It used to be, ‘Let’s just get the ball back.’ Now the kids take pride in it.”