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Aug 21, 2014
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other...
Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Aug 21, 2014Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other helmet — can reduce the risk of a devastating head injury. "It's just like everything else — everything advances and you get better at it," Bielema said at a recent Arkansas practice. "I think our kids really like the way (the helmets) feel. They feel snug. They feel fit. So I think that's a step in the right direction." With lawsuits and concern regarding concussions hanging over every level of football, the race to develop safer helmets and other equipment has never been more intense. Even so, experts say it remains to be seen if new technology has made a dent in reducing concussions on the football field. "It's very admirable that they're trying to get better," said Dr. Robert Cantu, a Boston-based neurosurgeon who specializes in sports concussions. "But with regards to concussions, it's a very complex issue ... There really isn't any helmet that has clearly been shown on the football field to be superior to other helmets." The NCAA recently reached a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. Concussions occur when the brain moves inside the skull from an impact or a whiplash effect, but it's still an injury that doctors are learning about. There's also debate about the best way to test for concussion factors or how to even identify when concussions occur. The SpeedFlex's new design features a five-sided indentation on the crown of the helmet and a faceguard that both have some flexibility, which is supposed to allow some force to be absorbed and dispersed instead of going directly to the head. There's also a revamped ratchet chinstrap system for faster adjustments and a quick release for the faceguard that could benefit medical staff seeking access to the face in the event of an emergency. Thad Ide, Riddell's senior vice president for research and product development, said his company isn't claiming that the SpeedFlex can help reduce concussions. But like Bielema, he believes progress is being made in regards to lessening head impacts. "We'll let the medical researchers weigh in on the medical data around concussions, because that's kind of a moving target right now because of all the things that are being learned," Ide said. "But what we can do is try to reduce the forces of impact to the player's head. I think reducing those forces is unequivocally a good thing." Cantu said current football helmet certification tests by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) measure only linear impacts, which are direct blows. But new standards proposed over the summer would also mandate tests for rotational forces — or non-direct blows that could better reflect what actually happens on a football field. NOCSAE's new standards are expected to go into effect sometime next year. Mike Oliver, the executive director of NOCSAE, said helmet technology is improving but there are no simple answers. "I think the helmet manufactures are doing everything they can do to address these issues," Oliver said. "But they labor under the same restrictions that we do, which is until we understand more about the specifics of what causes a particular concussion, it's a little difficult." Riddell spokeswoman Erin Griffin said more than half of NCAA Division I programs are using the SpeedFlex. She said some programs — like Arkansas — have taken an aggressive approach to using the helmets while others have more of a wait-and-see attitude. Mississippi State equipment manager Phil Silva, who is in his 31st year at the school, said he had the opportunity to order the SpeedFlex but declined. He said the technology looked fine, but he wanted to make sure there was demand among players. "Most of our players like to use the brand of helmet they used in high school," Silva said. "We want to make sure guys are going to use them before we order." Dr. Stefan Duma, the department head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been a pioneer in releasing independent ratings for the safety football helmets provide. He says Riddell's newest modifications for the SpeedFlex are "promising," though he has not tested the helmet because it's not yet available to the public. His team tests helmets by purchasing three and then performing 40 tests on each helmet that measure front, top, side and back impacts. They then aggregate the scores from all impacts and assign each helmet a 1-5 star rating, with a 5-star label being the highest. "It's one of the first really new concepts in helmet technology — having the flexible outer shell," Duma said of the SpeedFlex. Riddell provides helmets to every level of football — all the way from the pros to Pop Warner. Designing a helmet that successfully tests as a 'safer' model would be a boon for the manufacturer. The company was previously the official helmet of the NFL, but that partnership ended after last season. A league spokesman said that in 2013, about 60 percent of the league's players used Riddell helmets. For now, experts say the best way to make football safer is through rule changes. Dr. Julian Bailes, who has advised the NFLPA and NCAA about concussions and is the medical director for Pop Warner, says rules that outlaw targeting the head and limits on how often teams can have full-contact practices are vital advancements. "Every level of play is addressing this issue," Bailes said. "Do you really need to be exposed to that many blows to the head?" _____ Online: www.Riddell.com/SpeedFlex _____ AP Sports Writers Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Ark., and Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Marcus Harris was beginning his high school football career as a quarterback at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, he was given a nickname by teammate Jeremy Maclin."He called me 'Superstar,' but I didn't like it much," said Harris, the New York Giants' rookie wide receiver, talking about his friend Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles."So it got shortened to...
Marcus Harris making an impact at Giants camp
JIM HAGUE, Associated Press | Aug 7, 2014EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When Marcus Harris was beginning his high school football career as a quarterback at Kirkwood High School in St. Louis, he was given a nickname by teammate Jeremy Maclin. "He called me 'Superstar,' but I didn't like it much," said Harris, the New York Giants' rookie wide receiver, talking about his friend Maclin of the Philadelphia Eagles. "So it got shortened to 'Soup.' That stuck." Harris signed as a free agent with the Giants out of Murray State last year and spent the season bouncing on and off the Giants' practice squad. His work in training camp has impressed the Giants' coaching staff. The 6-foot-1, 187-pound Harris caught four passes for 48 yards to lead the team in the Giants' 17-13 preseason win over the Buffalo Bills last Sunday night. He's already become a fan favorite, as fans were chanting "Sooooooup," at practice Wednesday night. "I thought they were yelling, 'Cruuuuuuz,' but then I realized it was for me," Harris said Thursday before the team's final practice before facing the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday night. "It was pretty cool. Now everyone is calling me that, even some of the coaches." In Sunday night's game, Harris caught a pass and took a big hit, but got up quickly and mimicked with his hands as if he had a bowl and a spoon in his hands. "It's just what I do," said Harris, who was a standout receiver at Murray State, with 216 receptions and 21 touchdowns during his career that ended in 2010. He had 84 catches for 1,057 yards and nine touchdowns in his senior year. Harris spent 2012 playing for Omaha of the United Football League and the Iowa Barnstormers of the Arena Football League, the same team that once produced Super Bowl MVP QB Kurt Warner. Harris was with the Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans' practice squads before signing and re-signing with the Giants a total of five times in 2013. That determination caught the eye of the Giants' staff this year. "He's a tough kid," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "He's out there on special teams and he's making plays. He's had some nicks, but he's out there. He's caught the ball well. He's usually been in the right spot. "The person who takes advantage of the opportunity given to him is where it starts. If you come in, be focused, work hard and stay out there day in and day out and be persistent the way this young man has done, well, that's a good thing. He's gotten better enough to be recognized." Harris knows that the Giants have had a history of keeping undrafted free agents. One in particular is fellow receiver Victor Cruz. "It's great to have a guy like that on the team, knowing he's with me and supporting me," Harris said of Cruz. "He knows what this is like and how tough it is. He's a good friend and I'm glad he's pulling for me." Harris is not afraid of any position. "I think kickoff returns are something I really liked doing in college," Harris said. "Hopefully, I'll get a chance in a game. I'm down with whatever they want for me. I can play inside. I can play outside. "I'm comfortable with everything. I have to do it all. The more I do, the better shot I have of making this team. I know I had a good game, but there are things I still have to work on. I still have to prove myself. There are a lot of receivers here and I still have to make my mark." However, hearing his name chanted by fans and getting noticed by a two-time Super Bowl winning head coach is not a bad start for Harris. "Most people just dream about an opportunity like this," Harris said. "I just have to keep doing what I have been doing." NOTES: First-round draft pick Odell Beckham, Jr. said that he is making progress with his strained hamstring, but he's not ready to take the field just yet. "I'm doing a lot more and I feel a lot better," said Beckham, the team's top pick (No. 11 overall) out of LSU. "It's just one of those day-by-day things. I don't feel like I can reach my top speed, so I'm holding off and waiting. Once I get back out there, I definitely feel like I can do things. It's kind of hard just being on the side and watching practice. I see all the fun they're having, so it hurts not to be out there." There is no timetable for Beckham's return to action. ... Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell has been impressed with rookie LB Devon Kennard, the team's fifth-round pick out of USC. "He's definitely exceeding my expectations," Fewell said of Kennard. "He came in very poised and mature and you don't find that a lot in rookies." ... Fewell also said that fourth-year LB Jacquian Williams has become an every down linebacker and not a specialty player. "His confidence combined with his ability has enabled him to become a good football player." ... The Giants have the day off on Friday. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Jul 6, 2014
From the smooth, almost laid-back approaches of Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell to the fiery passion of Mike Zimmer, new NFL coaches are reshaping the environments of their teams.Some have much bigger chores than others.Bringing in a new coaching staff usually means the previous one did too much losing. That's true times seven this year as Smith takes over at Tampa Bay, Caldwell in Detroit, Zimmer...
Change it up: How 7 new coaches are shaping tone
BARRY WILNER, Associated Press | Jul 6, 2014From the smooth, almost laid-back approaches of Lovie Smith and Jim Caldwell to the fiery passion of Mike Zimmer, new NFL coaches are reshaping the environments of their teams. Some have much bigger chores than others. Bringing in a new coaching staff usually means the previous one did too much losing. That's true times seven this year as Smith takes over at Tampa Bay, Caldwell in Detroit, Zimmer in Minnesota, Ken Whisenhunt in Tennessee, Bill O'Brien in Houston, Jay Gruden in Washington and Mike Pettine in Cleveland. PETTINE: BEING BLUNT Pettine might have the biggest challenge because he takes over a perennial loser: Cleveland last made the playoffs in 2002. There's been discord surrounding the franchise ever since Jimmy Haslam bought it in 2012, and he's already on his third head coach. The son of a highly successful high school coach, Pettine is bright, self-confident and media savvy, seemingly lacking the suspicious nature of so many NFL head coaches. He doesn't pull punches, which is critical in engineering a cultural change. "I would say no nonsense," Pettine says. "I have been nicknamed BFT: Blunt Force Trauma. The days are too short to dance around subjects and I think guys appreciate that." SMITH: STAYING LOW-KEY Another necessary skill is communication. Smith, who was 84-66 in nine seasons in Chicago, yet was canned after 2012, is a master at that. After the roughness of Greg Schiano's reign in Tampa, Smith's low-key style easily won over the players. Not that Smith doesn't know how and when to be stern; he learned under Tony Dungy, a master communicator. "It's been a while, I can honestly say, since you've seen guys smile this much and have this much fun," says DT Gerald McCoy, among the Bucs' best players. "It's just a completely different feel around the building." CALDWELL: STAYING CALM Caldwell also comes from the Dungy coaching tree, and he might still be the man in Indianapolis had Peyton Manning not missed 2011 after neck surgery. The Lions needed a steadying influence as head coach after the often unpredictable Jim Schwartz regime. To some, Caldwell was a surprise choice. To others, he is the anti-Schwartz and will bring a calm steadiness to Detroit — along with more discipline for a team that sometimes stepped beyond the bounds of NFL protocol in its on-field behavior. Caldwell has joked about his reputation for remaining even-keeled. "There's no need for a whole lot of cussing, screaming, yelling and all that kind of stuff," Caldwell says. "It's a mini-quiz out here. I never had any of my professors yelling in my ear when I was sitting at the desk filling out those multiple-choice questions." ZIMMER: THE TEACHER Zimmer might be doing some yelling in Minnesota, but it will be in a constructive way. An outstanding defensive coach in Cincinnati since 2008, he was in the running for several jobs before landing the Vikings gig. His forthright manner, confidence in his defensive schemes and tough love approach make him stand out from predecessor Leslie Frazier. Most of all, Zimmer sees himself as an educator. "I think one of the things of being a coach, you're a teacher," he says. "You're trying to teach them about techniques, you're trying to teach them about all the different aspects of the game of football, not just offense or defense, but what the other side of the ball is thinking." GRUDEN: FOLLOWING HIS OWN LEAD Gruden, the younger brother of ESPN analyst and 2003 Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden, was Zimmer's alter ego in Cincinnati. Gruden ran the Bengals' offense, and when Washington decided to replace Mike Shanahan, it sought someone who could design an attack around Robert Griffin III, while also protecting the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Nearly everything had fallen apart in the nation's capital last year, one season removed from an NFC East title. Perhaps most damaging was the fractured relationship between veteran coach and dynamic quarterback. So Gruden is charged with fixing things on the field and off it. "I'm not going to try to do something that Shanahan didn't, or not do something that he did, or do something that my brother did or Joe Gibbs did," Gruden says. "I'm just going to try to coach the way I know how, and the way I've done it in the past, and hopefully it'll be good enough." WHISENHUNT: PICKING UP THE PACE Like Gruden, Whisenhunt is considered an offensive guru. With Kurt Warner as his quarterback, he took usually downtrodden Arizona to a Super Bowl. What he likes best is a quick pace — everywhere. His practices in Tennessee are run at a faster tempo than in previous years. Players and coaches jog from drill to drill. Whisenhunt says he hopes that's noticeable because the intent is to better mimic game speed and conditions. "I think you have to create an intensity in practice because the game is so fast," he explains. Veteran receiver Nate Washington, who was with Pittsburgh when Whisenhunt was an assistant there, says the change is impossible to miss. "Before, things have happened in the past and we can't really sit here and try to compare the two or what's been happening before," he says. "But as of right now, I have seen a lot more intensity on this team, period." O'BRIEN: TEAM FIRST The excitement in Houston disappeared with a 14-game losing string that sank the Texans from AFC South champs to worst in the league. O'Brien, who could have written his own ticket at Penn State for years, instead chose to return to the NFL and take on a reclamation project. Not as massive a challenge as the one he faced with the Nittany Lions, perhaps. But certainly a hefty one for the former offensive assistant at New England. O'Brien delivered some not-so-subtle messages early on. Veterans don't have their names on their lockers anymore, only their numbers. A note on the inside of each locker says: "Always put the team first." Rookies have a temporary cubicle set up in the middle of the locker room and won't get real ones until they make the team. That goes for everyone, even top choice Jadeveon Clowney. "Being a head coach is about making sure the team understands the philosophy of what you want to get done: hard work, being a good teammate, team first and all of those things that we talk about every day," O'Brien says. ____ AP Pro Football Writer Dave Campbell and Sports Writers Noah Trister, Tom Withers, Kristie Rieken, Teresa M. Walker, Fred Goodall and Joseph White contributed to this story. ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
Some of the commitments President Barack Obama will announce Thursday at a White House summit on youth sports concussions:RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTION:— The NCAA and the Defense Department are launching a $30 million effort to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management.— The National Football League is committing $25 million over the next three years on promoting youth...
Highlights of White House youth concussion summit
The Associated Press, Associated Press | May 29, 2014Some of the commitments President Barack Obama will announce Thursday at a White House summit on youth sports concussions: RESEARCH AND DATA COLLECTION: — The NCAA and the Defense Department are launching a $30 million effort to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management. — The National Football League is committing $25 million over the next three years on promoting youth sports safety, including support for new pilot programs to put more athletic trainers in schools. — The National Institutes of Health will undertake a new research effort on the chronic effects of repetitive concussions, work supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through an initial investment of $16 million from the NFL. The funding, together with grants announced at the end of last year, fulfills a $30 million commitment the league made to the institutes in 2012. — With a $10 million investment from New York Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, UCLA will launch the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, especially youth. The money will also support planning for a national system to determine the incidence of youth sports concussions. — The National Institute of Standards and Technology will invest $5 million over five years as part of the Materials Genome Initiative to accelerate development of advanced materials that can provide better protection against concussions for athletes, service members and others. — Pop Warner Little Scholars will participate in a research project modeled on a system that tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports. EDUCATION AND AWARENESS: — Safe Kids Worldwide, in partnership with Johnson & Johnson, will host more than 200 sports safety clinics for parents, coaches and young athletes across the country, including education on concussions. The Brain Injury Association of America, in collaboration with SAP, will build an online application to help students, parents and educators better understand when to return to class after a concussion. — USA Cheer will unveil a new Head Injury Protocol to more than 300,000 cheerleaders and their coaches this summer to teach them how to prevent, identify and seek treatment for suspected head injuries. Updated cheerleading guidelines designed to reduce head injuries also will be released. — U.S. Soccer will employ a chief medical officer to work with the medical community and experts in the field of concussion management and prevention. — The National Federation of State High School Associations, which writes playing rules for high school-level sports, will host a concussion summit this year focused on best practices to minimize injury risks in high school athletes. The National High School Athletic Coaches Association will provide education sessions on concussions at its summer convention. — The CDC will promote use of a new app to help parents learn how to recognize concussion symptoms and what to do if they think their child has a concussion.
May 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned that too little is known about the effects of head injuries in young athletes, President Barack Obama is bringing representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players, researchers and others to the White House to help educate the public about youth sports concussions.Tackling the issue at a White House summit Thursday, Obama also...
Obama to tackle youth sports concussion issue
DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press | May 28, 2014WASHINGTON (AP) — Concerned that too little is known about the effects of head injuries in young athletes, President Barack Obama is bringing representatives of professional sports leagues, coaches, parents, youth sports players, researchers and others to the White House to help educate the public about youth sports concussions. Tackling the issue at a White House summit Thursday, Obama also will highlight pledges of money and other support from the NFL, the National Institutes of Health, the Pop Warner Little Scholars and others to do the research, promote safety and speed development of materials designed to provide better protection. Obama comes to the issue through his well-documented love of sports, and as the father of two daughters active in sports. The president thinks sports are also a good way to keep kids healthy and out of trouble, but he raised some eyebrows last year by saying he would "have to think long and hard" before letting a son, if he had one, play football because of the risk of head injuries. "He, as a parent, is concerned about the safety of his own daughters," said White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri, one of several officials who previewed the White House Healthy Kids & Safe Sports Concussion Summit for reporters. In a report last fall, the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council called for a national system to track sports-related concussions and begin answering questions about the risks of youth sports, such as how often do the youngest athletes suffer concussions or which sports have the highest rates. A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a blow to the head. Concussions also can be caused by body blows that cause the brain to bounce around or twist inside the skull. Nearly 250,000 kids visit hospital emergency rooms each year with brain injuries caused by sports or other recreational activity, the White House said. The pledges Obama will announce Thursday are designed to start gathering the needed data. Among the largest commitments, the NCAA and the Defense Department are launching a $30 million effort to produce research on concussion risks, treatment and management. Concussions and other types of brain injuries are an issue for U.S. service members too. Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, was to participate in the summit. The National Football League is committing $25 million over the next three years to promote youth sports safety. The NIH is undertaking a new research effort on the chronic effects of repetitive concussions, work supported by the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health through an initial investment of $16 million from the NFL. With a $10 million investment from Steve Tisch, UCLA will launch a program named for the New York Giants co-owner to target sports concussion prevention, outreach, research and treatment for athletes of all ages, but especially youth. The money will also support planning for a national system to determine the incidence of youth sports concussions. The Institute of Medicine report had called for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to establish and oversee such a system. Pop Warner Little Scholars, a private youth league, will participate in a research project that tracks concussions and concussion trends in high school sports. After Obama opens the summit with remarks, Fox Sports reporter Pam Oliver was scheduled to moderate a panel discussion that includes Odierno. In the afternoon, Obama planned to participate in sports drills on the South Lawn with kids from local YMCA programs. Obama said in a 2013 interview with the New Republic that football may need to change to prevent injuries. "I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football," Obama said. "And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence. In some cases, that may make it a little bit less exciting, but it will be a whole lot better for the players, and those of us who are fans maybe won't have to examine our consciences quite as much." The NFL has agreed to pay $765 million to settle concussion claims from thousands of former players whose complaints range from headaches to Alzheimer's disease. That settlement is still awaiting a judge's approval, while a group of former professional hockey players have filed a class-action lawsuit of their own against the National Hockey League for head injuries sustained on the ice. ___ Follow Darlene Superville on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dsupervilleap
May 15, 2014
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams.The bill by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, AB2127, passed on a 50-22 vote and now heads to the Senate. It has the support of the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school athletics.Cooley, D-Rancho...
Bill limits full contact youth football drills
FENIT NIRAPPIL, Associated Press | May 15, 2014SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Responding to parental safety concerns, the state Assembly on Thursday passed legislation limiting full-contact practices for high school football teams. The bill by Assemblyman Ken Cooley, AB2127, passed on a 50-22 vote and now heads to the Senate. It has the support of the California Interscholastic Federation, which oversees high school athletics. Cooley, D-Rancho Cordova, said he was motivated by the growing anxiety from parents about the risks associated with concussions. The American Academy of Pediatrics, writing in support of the bill, said head injuries from football may lead to long-term brain damage and early-onset dementia. "There are just a lot of parents today who are worried about what happens if my kids get in these sort of sports," Cooley said in an interview after the bill passed. The issue has even caught the attention of the White House, which announced on Thursday plans for a May 29 summit about youth sports safety and concussions. The California bill limits drills involving game-speed tackling to 90-minute sessions twice a week, while prohibiting such full-contact drills in the offseason. It also applies to private and charter schools. Most coaches already abide by similar rules to protect student safety. "There's really not a big uproar about this because it really is nothing new for our coaches," said Brian Seymour, a senior director with the federation. Seymour's group also updated its bylaws earlier this month to limit total practice time to 18 hours per week for high school football players. At the college level, the Ivy League and Pac-12 Conference have reduced full-contact practices to cut down on injuries. Most of the votes against the bill came from Republican lawmakers and some Democrats questioning whether the issue merits state attention. "Coaches, the schools, the parents are well-equipped without the state's involvement to determine what's best for that team, for their players," said Assemblywoman Kristin Olsen, R-Modesto. Cooley responded that his bill only limits certain types of practice and that Texas has even stricter rules. That state, the setting for the popular television drama "Friday Night Lights," allows just one 90-minute full-contact session a week. The legislation also references middle schools, although flag football is by far the most common form of the game played at that level in California. Cooley's bill would not apply to private youth leagues such as Pop Warner.
Executive Q&A: Oklahoma State University's medical school chief is passionate about improving rural health careMay 11, 2014
Executive Q&A: Kayse Shrum, president of the Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center, wants more FFA students statewide to exchange their signature blue jackets for white doctors’ coats.
Executive Q&A: Oklahoma State University's medical school chief is passionate about improving rural health care
By Paula Burkes, Business Writer | May 11, 2014Kayse Shrum, Coweta pediatrician and president of the Oklahoma State University Health Sciences Center, burned up the turnpike to Tulsa the week before last to help man an exhibit booth for the center’s osteopathic medical school at the Cox Convention Center — where thousands of high school students converged for the statewide convention of the Future Farmers of America. Why? Shrum passionately believes the future of Oklahoma’s health care hinges on more outstanding small-town youths becoming doctors. According to the latest studies, Oklahoma ranks 49th nationwide in the number of primary care physicians per capita, Shrum said. Just to be average, the state needs 1,361 more physicians, she said. Meanwhile, the shortages are deepest in rural towns. Through student face-time opportunities like last week, and annual meetings over the past three years with every FFA teacher statewide, Shrum strives to ask as many students as she can if they’ve considered going to medical school. Years ago, simply being asked that question is what prompted her to pursue medicine. Meanwhile, data indicates physicians, like herself, choose to practice close to home and within 100 miles of where they completed their training, she said. To that end, Shrum, who’s dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine, has led a concerted effort to establish medical residency programs across rural Oklahoma. Programs now are underway in McAlester, Lawton, Enid, Talihina, Tahlequah and Durant, and others are in the works in Ada and Ardmore. Shrum, 41, took a break from her recruiting to talk with The Oklahoman about her life and career. This is an edited transcript: Q: Tell us about your roots. A: I grew up in Coweta, about 30 minutes outside Tulsa, which had, and still has, a population of about 10,000. My graduating class was 120. My father worked for Southwestern Bell, starting as a telephone man and retiring in management 30 years later. My mother, who has four sisters who live nearby, was a mom to me and my sister, who’s two years older and also lives close. As a kid, my thing was fast-pitch softball. I pitched for the school team, and for a club team — the Tulsa Eagles — which practiced indoors and played year-round in Indiana, Tennessee and elsewhere. My whole family would come watch me play. Q: And college? A: I was recruited to play softball by the University of Nebraska, OU and schools across Colorado, Kansas and Texas, which I visited but were too big for me; I didn’t turn 18 until the end of my first semester of college. I decided on Connors State College in Warner, outside Muskogee, because it was small and close to home, and the coach gave me and three of my high school teammates full-ride scholarships. My husband, Darren, and I already had started dating. I met him through my best friend, who worked for him at a Walmart in Broken Arrow. He had graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, where he played football, and was in Walmart’s management training program. Q: What led you into medicine? A: I took a summer physiology course at Connors and my instructor asked me if I was going to medical school, noting that I had the highest grade in the class among premed students and others. He suggested I talk with my hometown doctor, who encouraged me and urged me to visit the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. There, I immediately was fascinated by a neuro-anatomy class in which human brains were being examined and studied. It wasn’t that anyone told me I couldn’t go to med school. But until that point, no one had told me I could. I went into medicine, because I wanted to help people. And I love pediatrics because of its impact on families and the future. Q: How long has your focus been on medical education versus private practice? A: I joined the faculty about 12 years ago, and was named chair of the OSU Center for Health Sciences pediatrics department in 2005 and promoted to interim vice president of academic affairs in 2009. In January 2011, I became dean of the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and provost of the health sciences center, and in October of last year, was named president of the center. In this role, I feel like I can make an even bigger impact (than private practice), by training multiple doctors to go back and serve their communities. Q: You and your husband had three biological children when you decided to adopt two older boys from Ethiopia. Why? A: When we lived in Muskogee, Darren and I provided respite for a family friend and foster mother of three, and our kids did really well with it. We wanted to adopt those foster kids, but two went back to live with their biological mom. Meanwhile, we had friends who’d adopted from Ethiopia and, through Facebook connections, learned the importance of adopting older children, because most were passed over for babies, and multiples, because they could lean on one another in their transition to their new home. Darren made the first trip alone to Ethiopia, and was impressed with the kind, gentle nature of the boys at an orphanage in a remote part of the country. He gave a pack of gum to our future son Joseph, who asked, “Is this mine? Can I do what I want with it?” When Darren said he could, Joseph kept one piece and gave the rest to his friends. The process to adopt Joseph and Kilientn, whose mother has HIV, took one and a half years. When they finally arrived home, it was like having a new baby, only they could tell us what they thought of their new, never-before experiences — from drive-thru restaurants, ice and ice cream to elevators and seeing the ocean for the first time on a family trip we took to Destin, Fla. Q: How do you plan to celebrate Mother’s Day? A: My husband probably will cook out chicken, steak and hotdogs, and we’ll visit with my mother and my maternal grandmother, and his mom likely will come over from Fort Smith, Ark. Truth be told, Darren is a better cook than I am. But I’ll cook for him on Father’s Day.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Crediting his upbringing in a military family for his passion for the game, Deone Bucannon was introduced as the Arizona Cardinals' first-round draft pick in a thoughtful, insightful news conference.A big-hitting strong safety, whose thumping exploits are widely available in online videos, Bucannon was selected 27th overall on Thursday after the Cardinals traded down from...
WSU's Bucannon brings big-hitting style to Arizona
BOB BAUM, Associated Press | May 9, 2014TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Crediting his upbringing in a military family for his passion for the game, Deone Bucannon was introduced as the Arizona Cardinals' first-round draft pick in a thoughtful, insightful news conference. A big-hitting strong safety, whose thumping exploits are widely available in online videos, Bucannon was selected 27th overall on Thursday after the Cardinals traded down from the No. 20 spot, getting New Orleans' first-round pick and a third-round selection. He is the highest drafted player from Washington State since Seattle took cornerback Marcus Trufant at No. 11 in 2003. At his Friday news conference, Bucannon acknowledged pre-draft reports that he had trouble in pass coverage. "Everybody has their own opinion," he said. "Everybody thinks they know about different things. I could throw out all my stats right now, but that's not going to help anybody. That's not going to make you guys believe any more." But, he said, "In my heart, I feel I can do anything." If he works out at strong safety, Arizona would field an impressive secondary, once Tyrann Mathieu returns to free safety after recovering from major knee surgery. Patrick Peterson is at one cornerback, with recently signed free agent Antonio Cromartie at the other. Bucannon broke down in front of his family when the Cardinals called him and told him they were going to select him. Of the 20 teams that looked at him, the Cardinals were by far his favorite destination, he said. That desire had its roots in a dinner he had with general manager Steve Keim and other members of the Cardinals' top brass. "They were not only talking to me as a player, but as a person," Bucannon said. "They cared about what I did off the field. We were just talking about life. It wasn't just about football." Bucannon's passion for football went a long way toward convincing the Cardinals he should be their pick. He traced that to his family, where his father was a Marine and his mother in the Navy. "My dad told me, 'Don't play this game if you're just going through the motions," he said. "That's not why I play this game. I play this game because I love it. I love the camaraderie. I love making plays for my team." The big hits, Bucannon said, come naturally, from his start in Pop Warner football to high school, then college. Keim called him "a headhunter," and Bucannon is aware of the NFL's rules regarding nasty hits. "I'm not going to sacrifice any of what got me here, through my aggressiveness and playmaking ability, and I'm still going to do that on the field," he said. He said he was recruited by only four teams out of high school — Washington State, San Diego State, Cal Poly and Nevada. Bucannon chose Washington State, toiling in relative obscurity in faraway Pullman, Washington, for a program that was a longtime loser before finally making a bowl appearance in Mike Leach's second season as coach last year. "That's how I flew under the radar," he said. "... I'm going to use that as motivation. I'm going to go out there and show them why I'm out here on the field. I want to be a pro — not want to be, I am a pro. This is what I live to do. " ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
May 3, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Zach Moore and Larry Webster found unconventional ways to reach NFL draft weekend.When Moore's subpar high school grades scared away big-time football schools from offering scholarships, the Chicago native enrolled at tiny Concordia University in Minnesota. Webster, the son of a former NFL player, spent three years starting on Bloomsburg's college basketball team before...
NFL welcomes small-school players to big stage
MICHAEL MAROT, Associated Press | May 3, 2014INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Zach Moore and Larry Webster found unconventional ways to reach NFL draft weekend. When Moore's subpar high school grades scared away big-time football schools from offering scholarships, the Chicago native enrolled at tiny Concordia University in Minnesota. Webster, the son of a former NFL player, spent three years starting on Bloomsburg's college basketball team before giving football a second shot in 2012. League scouts still found them and next week, these two Division II stars could hear their names called out on the biggest stage of all, Radio City Music Hall. "Not many of these people thought I would get this far," Moore said. "The knock always is the level of competition. They're always going to grill you for not facing Division I talent, but as they watch in film, they know I can play." The scouts have increasingly found talent at smaller schools, making sure they don't miss out on the next big thing in football, even if it comes far from the spotlight. Examples can be found everywhere. Football Championship Subdivision alums Kurt Warner and Joe Flacco both earned Super Bowl rings after becoming starting quarterbacks, although Warner had to play in Arena Football and NFL Europe first. Robert Mathis, who also played in the FCS, is the NFL's reigning sacks champ. Offensive lineman Jahri Evans has been to five Pro Bowls despite coming out of Bloomsburg. And three of the greatest players in NFL history — Brett Favre, the late Walter Payton and Jerry Rice — all played college ball in Mississippi, though none of the three played at an SEC school and only Favre played in the top level of college ball. Those sorts of oversights have prompted NFL decision makers to take their annual talent search to some unusual places. "I was actually in Concordia this year and I wasn't the only GM, which really blew my mind when I saw a stack of business cards and saw another GM in there," Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said. "I was always taught by my old boss Charley Armey, I remember him saying years ago, 'Scout the player, not the school.'" It's a sentiment that seems to resonate within a league no longer totally reliant on traditional powerhouses to find talent. A year ago, Central Michigan offensive lineman Eric Fisher was selected No. 1 overall by Kansas City. This year, Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack is projected to go in the top five, giving the once overlooked Mid-American Conference the possibility of having top-five picks in back-to-back years. The small-school talent pool is not drying up. Anything but. —Quarterback Jimmy Garopollo has drawn comparisons to Dallas quarterback Tony Romo, a fellow Eastern Illinois alum, and isn't expected to last beyond the second round. —Haitian immigrant Pierre Desir, a 23-year-old cornerback, husband and father who worked in sewers between stints at two Division II schools, Washburn in Kansas and Lindenwood in Missouri, could go on the second day of the draft. —Short, powerful running back Terrance West ran for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns last season at Towson and appears to have a similar physique to Maurice Jones-Drew. —Offensive lineman Billy Turner played on three straight FCS championship teams at North Dakota State. —Receiver Jeff Janis of Saginaw Valley State impressed scouts at the combine with a 4.42-second 40-yard dash after measuring in at 6-foot-3, 219 pounds. —Linebacker Johnny Millard of Cal Poly is attempting to follow in the footsteps of his father, Keith, a longtime NFL player. Moore, a 6-5, 269-pound pass rusher who had 21 sacks over the past two seasons, and Webster, a 6-6, 252-pound defensive end who had 26 sacks in that span, are in the mix, too. Both were finalists for the Cliff Harris Award presented to the nation's best small-school defender. None of these guys is surprised. "I do feel like there is a lot of talent in Division II that does get overlooked because it's Division II, unless you stand out," Webster said. "You have to really stand out. If you don't, you get overlooked." It's not that teams can't find the talent. It's just that sometimes it takes a lot more work to discover it beyond the traditional BCS schools. Getting to some campuses can be complicated, and analyzing game tape isn't always easy. While BCS schools have plenty of tape available for scouts, often from multiple angles and against other potential draft prospects, that's not always the case in the FCS, Division II and III, the NAIA, or even all of the FBS leagues. "That's where the real grinders on your staff find players. The lazy guys, they are not sitting there at a D-III school or another school that has poor facilities and you are sitting there with a VHS tape and an actual remote control where you hit rewind," Grigson said. "I've been there before and then it rewinds all the way to the beginning of the tape and you've got to find where you were at before. It becomes a challenge, but the guys that work for me and work for the Indianapolis Colts have that type of drive to where they will sit there painstakingly through four, five tapes." Eventually, they're able to determine whether a Moore or a Webster can cut it in the NFL. And more frequently, NFL decision-makers are giving guys like Moore and Webster the benefit of the doubt. "Throughout the course of the season last year I have had over from 35-40 scouts from different teams come through," said Moore, who never played in front of a crowd bigger than 7,000. "I just stuck to the mindset that if you are good they will find you, and that is how I am fortunate enough to be here." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL
I have three rules I live my life by.1. God has a plan for all of us. 2. Family matters. 3. Never bet against a Dreiling.As April nears its end and May flowers begin to bloom, so, too, will come the NFL Draft. And as each name is called, Nate Dreiling will hope someone reads his. You may remember Nate as the star linebacker of such teams as Hutchinson High School and Pittsburg State University...
Dear NFL: Do not bet against a Dreiling
Kyle McCaskey, Associated Press | Apr 20, 2014I have three rules I live my life by. 1. God has a plan for all of us. 2. Family matters. 3. Never bet against a Dreiling. As April nears its end and May flowers begin to bloom, so, too, will come the NFL Draft. And as each name is called, Nate Dreiling will hope someone reads his. You may remember Nate as the star linebacker of such teams as Hutchinson High School and Pittsburg State University football. “All it takes is one team to like what you’ve done,” Dreiling said. But we have to face facts. Dreiling knows his name will not be called May 8. Or May 9. Or probably even May 10. By the end of that Saturday, 256 names will be read out, and not one will likely be Dreiling. His work will then start in earnest. Dreiling hopes for a team to take a gamble on him in free agency. The best chance for the 6-foot-3, 235-pounder comes from shining on special teams and in a backup linebacker role. “As long as I just get a shot at making a team, that’d be an honor,” Dreiling said. Of course, we all know undrafted free agents cannot cut it in the big leagues. To confirm this, I took a gander at some former undrafted free agents. Adam Vinatieri, James Harrison, Kurt Warner, Warren Moon – anybody ever heard of these guys? Actually, upon further review, that’s a collective seven Super Bowl rings, 20 Pro Bowls and one Hall of Famer so far (Moon). OK, bad example. But let us not overlook that someone who played Division II football could not possibly succeed in the NFL. Brent Grimes? Jahri Evans? Matt Overton? What have those guys ever done in the NFL, besides make the 2014 Pro Bowl? “They put so many hours into breaking down a player,” Dreiling said. “Once they realize that you can play, they say they don’t care what the competition looks like.” It should not take too much film to realize Dreiling can play. One does not rack up 491 tackles and become a four-time All-American by standing around slurping Gatorade. Look, I am not an NFL talent evaluator, though we all can agree I should be. Dreiling will have to prove himself to someone else. He is working on that. He spent two months in Florida running a gamut that ranged from speed training to lifts to boxing classes. Several NFL scouts got to size him up as he motored through pro day workouts at Kansas State and Pittsburg State. Now, he is in Kansas City, helping his father, Randy, run the weight room at St. Thomas Aquinas. Which brings me to my final point – do not bet against a Dreiling. When Randy took over as coach at Hutchinson High, the team was, to be frank, terrible. When he resigned after this past season, he left with seven state titles. Expect more of the state as he takes over at Aquinas. Nate was part of that tradition at Hutchinson, and he continued to shine at Pitt State. I would not pass on Nate Dreiling. He says playing for the Chiefs or Cowboys would be awesome, but he is simply looking for one opportunity. “As long as some team gives me a chance, I don’t care where it’s at,” Dreiling said. Kyle McCaskey is a sportswriter for The Hutchinson News. Email: email@example.com. ——— ©2014 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kan.) Visit The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, Kan.) at www.hutchnews.com Distributed by MCT Information Services _____ Topics: t000046469,t000003194,t000003183,g000218018,g000065627,g000362661,g000066164
ARIZONANational rankings (Rivals 28; Scout 29)Best in class: Cam Denson, WR, Tucson, Ariz.Best of the rest: Jamardre Cobb, LB, Harbor City, Calif.; LB Marquis Ware, LB, Bellflower, Calif.; QB Jerrard Randall, QB, NE Mississippi CC; T.J. Johnson, WR, Cape Coral, Fla.Late addition: Marcus Griffin, DL, Bellevue, Wash.One that got away: Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington, D.C.NOTES: With the addition...
Pac-12 capsules from signing day
The Associated Press, Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014ARIZONA National rankings (Rivals 28; Scout 29) Best in class: Cam Denson, WR, Tucson, Ariz. Best of the rest: Jamardre Cobb, LB, Harbor City, Calif.; LB Marquis Ware, LB, Bellflower, Calif.; QB Jerrard Randall, QB, NE Mississippi CC; T.J. Johnson, WR, Cape Coral, Fla. Late addition: Marcus Griffin, DL, Bellevue, Wash. One that got away: Jalen Tabor, CB, Washington, D.C. NOTES: With the addition of Randall and high schooler Brandon Dawkins (Oxnard, Calif.), Rich Rodriguez has a bunch of quarterbacks to choose from as he looks for a replacement for senior B.J. Denker. "Some people say I collect quarterbacks," Rodriguez said. "Yeah, I do. It's better than collecting seashells." ... The defection of CB Naijiel Hale to Washington was accompanied by a good riddance sort of message from Rodriguez. Not mentioning Hale by name, he said if a player makes a commitment, then visits another school, he's not committed anymore. "He didn't marry you, he's just dating you," Rodriguez said. "I keep reminding guys it's our scholarship, not theirs." ___ ARIZONA STATE National rankings (Rivals 21; Scout 17). Best in class: D.J. Calhoun. The linebacker from El Cerrito High School in California has the potential to be an immediate difference-maker for the Sun Devils. He was the highest-rated player in Arizona State's 2014 class and is equally adept at playing in coverage or stopping the run. Calhoun enrolled in January and will take part in spring drills, so he should have a head start on the other freshmen. Best of the rest: WR Eric Lauderdale, a transfer from Saddleback CC in California, has the chance to be a big-threat player alongside Jaelen Strong. Coach Todd Graham also picked up a couple of quarterbacks for the first time at ASU, and both Manny Wilkins and Coltin Gerhart could be the successor to Taylor Kelly when he leaves. Local product Tyler Whiley could have an impact on both sides of the ball, though he may stick to playing receiver. Late addition: Defensive back Kweishi Brown, a transfer from Grossmont CC in El Cajon, Calif., waited until the last day to make a decision, but could have an immediate impact on the Sun Devils in the secondary next season. NOTE: Arizona State is still waiting on the decision of Kalen Ballage, a running back from Falcon High School in Colorado. The Sun Devils appear to have the inside track and adding him would be a huge boost to this year's class. ___ CALIFORNIA National rankings (Rivals 45; Scout 43). Best in class: Tre Watson, RB, Corona, Calif. Best of the rest: LB Chandler Leniu, Lakewood, Calif.; ATH Devante Downs, Mountlake Terrace, Wash.; WR Erik Brown, Fontana, Calif.; QB Luke Rubenezer, Scottsdale, Ariz. Late addition: LB Hamilton Anoa'i, San Mateo, Calif. One that got away: ATH Koa Farmer, Sherman Oaks, Calif., to Penn State. NOTE: "Tre Watson was probably as good a football player and productive a player as anybody in high school football this year. His numbers were astronomical and he did that against the best competition in the state." - Coach Sonny Dykes ___ COLORADO National rankings (Rivals 64; Scout 72). Best in class: WR Shay Fields, Bellflower, Calif. Best of the rest: TE Dylan Keeney, Granite Bay, Calif., DE Terran Hasselbach, Parker, Colo. Late addition: ATH Jay MacIntyre, Boulder, Colo. One that got away: OL Elijah Rodriguez, Houston. NOTE: DE Terran Hasselbach, a 6-foot-1, 235-pounder from Regis High School in Parker, Colo., is the son of former Denver Broncos DL Harald Hasselbach. Terran had 11 sacks, 35 hurries, four forced fumbles and three pass breakups as a senior — his only year of high school football. He was in a near-fatal car accident with his father right before the start of the freshman football season in 2010 and wasn't cleared until his junior year, but a fluke shoulder injury sidelined him until his senior season. ___ OREGON National rankings (Rivals 26; Scout 22). Best in class: RB Royce Freeman, Imperial, Calif. Best of the rest: CB Arrion Springs, San Antonio. Late addition: S Khalil Oliver, Meridian, Idaho, decided on Oregon despite late push from Washington. One that got away: DB Budda Baker, Bellevue Wash., decided on Washington. NOTE: Coach Mark Helfrich on the ones that got away: "I'm sure my wife wishes she married George Clooney. ... She moved on. We will too." ___ OREGON STATE National rankings (Rivals 49; Scout 48). Best in class: defensive tackle Kalani Vakameilalo of Hawaii. Best of the rest: Receiver Xavier Hawkins from Tennessee. Late addition: Offensive lineman Kammy Delp of Pomona, Calif., decommitted from Arizona State. One that got away: RB Harris Ross of Pittsburg, Calif., has not qualified academically, but still plans to enroll. NOTE: Mike Riley: "The beauty of this class was there were no surprises." ___ SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA National rankings (Rivals 10; Scout 10). Best in class: CB-WR Adoree Jackson, Gardena, Calif. Best of the rest: OG Damien Mama, Bellflower, Calif.; WR Rahshead Johnson, Long Beach, Calif.; CB Jonathan Lockett, Santa Ana, Calif.; LB Olajuwon Tucker, Gardena, Calif.; TE Bryce Dixon, Ventura, Calif. Late addition: S Juju Smith, Long Beach, Calif. One that got away: LB Fred Warner, Mission Hills, Calif. NOTE: "All in all, it was a fascinating process to have about a month where it was an absolute dead period in recruiting. To finish the way we did a 2 1/2 week span was really incredible." — Steve Sarkisian ___ STANFORD National rankings (Rivals 14; Scout 15). Best in class: Solomon Thomas, DE. Best of the rest: Keller Chryst, QB, Palo Alto (Calif.); Dalton Schultz, TE, Bingham (South Jordan, Utah); Casey Tucker, OT, Hamilton (Gilbert, Ariz.). Late addition: Thomas. One that got away: Uriah Leiataua, DE, Dominguez, Compton, Calif. (BYU). NOTE: Stanford filled a major hole on its defensive line with Thomas. The Cardinal also made their biggest marks at the most important offensive positions with Chryst, Schultz, Tucker and running back Christian McCaffrey. The only real downer on the day was losing Leiataua, who had been verbally committed to Stanford for a month until signing with BYU. ___ UCLA National rankings (Rivals 18; Scout 19). Best in class: DB Jaleel Wadood, Bellflower, Calif. Best of the rest: LB Zach Whitley, Galena Park, Texas; WR Austin Roberts, Carmel, Ind.; WR Alex Van Dyke, Roseville, Calif.; DB Adarius Pickett, El Cerrito, Calif. Late addition: LB Kenny Young, River Ridge, La. One that got away: S Budda Baker, Bellevue, Wash. NOTE: The Bruins signed three sets of high school teammates, including Wadood and DE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner from St. John Bosco High School in nearby Bellflower. ___ UTAH National rankings (Rivals 68; Scout 72) Best in class: OL, Jackson Barton, Cottonwood Heights, Utah Best of the rest: QB, Donovan Isom, Destrehan, La. Late addition: DB D.J. Law, Haines City, Fla. One that got away: TE, Dalton Schultz, South Jordan, Utah ___ WASHINGTON National rankings (Rivals 38; Scout 38). Best in class: Budda Baker, DB, Bellevue, Wash. The AP state player of the year in Washington was originally committed to Oregon, but decided he wanted to play closer to home. Major coup for Chris Petersen in his first season. Best of the rest: DL Kaleb McGary, QB K.J. Carta-Samuels, CB Naijiel Hale, TE Drew Sample, DT Greg Gaines. Late addition: Baker capped the recruiting class with his announcement on Tuesday night on local TV of his decision to stay at home. One that got away: Jonathan Lockett, CB. Lockett was originally committed to Washington but followed Steve Sarkisian to USC. __ WASHINGTON STATE National rankings (Rivals 68, Scout 59) Best in class: Peyton Bender, QB, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. "What I liked best is his best games are ahead of him," coach Mike Leach said. "He steadily improves." Best of the rest: Nick Begg, TE, Santa Margarita, Calif.; Squally Canada, RB, Milpitas, Calif.; Calvin Green, WR, Sacramento, Calif.; Deion Singleton, S, Pasco, Wash. Late addition: "This class had the fewest surprises of any I've been involved in recruiting," Leach said. "This thing was wrapped up by 11 o'clock."
PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU announced a 20-player class of football signees Wednesday that includes a highly-regarded linebacker and three transfer wide receivers who are expected to contribute immediately.Linebacker Fred Warner of Mission Hills, Calif. is listed as a four-star recruit by multiple services and chose the Cougars over USC. The 6-3, 210-pound Warner leads a class that includes 17 high...
BYU announces 20 Cougar football recruits
Associated Press | Feb 5, 2014PROVO, Utah (AP) — BYU announced a 20-player class of football signees Wednesday that includes a highly-regarded linebacker and three transfer wide receivers who are expected to contribute immediately. Linebacker Fred Warner of Mission Hills, Calif. is listed as a four-star recruit by multiple services and chose the Cougars over USC. The 6-3, 210-pound Warner leads a class that includes 17 high school players, two junior college transfers and one FBS transfer. The Cougars also have 18 players returning from Mormon missions. BYU signed a trio of experienced wide receivers. Jordan Leslie was UTEP's leading receiver the past two seasons. Devon Blackmon is an Oregon transfer who played junior college last year. Nick Kutz is a four-star recruit from a junior college in California. BYU is coming off an up-and-down 8-5 season.
Feb 4, 2014
Jim Thorpe Award winner didn't get a scholarship offer from the Spartans until his last high school game. Now he's projected to go in the first round of the NFL Draft.
Michigan State took a chance on Darqueze Dennard, and it paid off
By Mike Baldwin | Feb 4, 2014Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard is a reminder that talented players still are overlooked. On the eve of signing day, Dennard was in Oklahoma City Tuesday night to pick up the Jim Thorpe Award, presented to college football's top defensive back. Dennard is an amazing story. He wasn't offered a scholarship until after his final game his senior year at Twiggs County (Ga.) High School. “It blows me away sometimes,” Dennard said. “You can never measure a guy's heart, what motivates him. Coach (Mark) Dantonio has believed in a lot of guys like that, looking under rocks. A lot of them have gone to play in the NFL.” Listed at 5-foot-11, 197 pounds, Dennard is projected to be a mid-first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. A three-year starter for the Spartans and a two-time All-Big Ten selection, Dennard compiled 167 career tackles and 30 passes defended, including 10 interceptions. “I'm really blessed, grateful and thankful for all the opportunities I've received,” Dennard said. “Seeing this doorway open, I'm really anxious to see how I will fit in at the next level. The NFL has so many great players.” When Dennard's mother, Mona Lisa Curry, moved to Macon, Ga., her son stayed behind in Dry Branch, Ga. He lived with his grandparents. His grandfather, Claude, worked the chalk mines. His grandmother, Peggy, worked several years at the local zipper factory. “Darqueze was very frustrated nobody was looking at him,” Curry said. “When his (high school) coach told him a Michigan State coach was going to be at his final game, he told Darqueze this probably was his last chance. He played a great game. Looking back, winning the Jim Thorpe Award, wow!” Michigan State assistant Dave Warner accidentally stumbled onto Dennard. Warner was impressed after watching Dennard cover Vienna's Keith Mumphery, a Spartan commitment. Dantonio requested tape from Dennard's high school coach. Michigan State's staff agreed the kid from Dry Branch, a town with only a blinking yellow light, had tremendous upside. “I hope this is an example for young kids where I grew up,” Dennard said. “A lot of them have nothing. Some become felons. They do negative things to get money. Hopefully I'm showing kids there are other routes you can take.” This past season, Dennard helped lead the Spartans to their first Rose Bowl win in 16 years. After ending Ohio State's 24-game winning streak in the Big Ten Championship Game, Michigan State defeated Stanford 24-20. The Spartans finished 13-1. Dennard is projected to graduate with a degree in communications. He will be the first member of his family to earn a college degree. “I don't know what would have happened if that Michigan State coach hadn't been there,” Curry said. “He was definitely going to school, possibly a junior college. We were focused on getting a degree more than anything.” Middle Tennessee State was the only school to show interest in Dennard his senior year but backed off. After Michigan State offered, other schools jumped on board. The kid in a graduating class of 30 suddenly was a hot commodity seven weeks before national signing day. “This is all a dream,” Dennard said. “If Michigan State hadn't come along I'd probably be a barber or something. I wouldn't have played football. Who knows? This is truly a blessing. Every morning I wake up and thank God I got the opportunity.”
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SHOOTING-MENTAL HEALTH HARTFORD — Connecticut's Department of Children and Families on Tuesday announced it will work families and child mental health advocates to come up with a plan to improve mental health services for kids across Connecticut, not just those under DCF's purview. The plan comes in the wake of the deadly 2012 massacre in Newtown and was part of last year's legislative package. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 450 words. NYC TRAIN DERAILMENT NEW YORK — The commuter train derailment that killed four people in New York last month caused more than $9 million in damage to the railroad, officials said Tuesday. The Metro-North Railroad said the figure covers repair or replacement of the locomotive, seven coaches and tracks that were damaged in the Dec. 1 derailment in the Bronx. By Jim Fitzgerald. SENT: 750 words. BUSINESS: ELECTRIC BOAT GROTON — Navy contractor Electric Boat expects to grow significantly in the years ahead despite an expected decline in U.S. defense spending because of strong support for the strategic roles played by submarines, the company's president said Tuesday. The Groton-based submarine builder employs about 12,000 people, mainly in Connecticut and Rhode Island. It expects the number of jobs to hold steady before ramping up significantly near the end of the decade for work on a new class of ballistic-missile submarines that the Navy has described as its top priority program. By Michael Melia. SENT: 430 words. CHARTER-TIME WARNER CABLE LOS ANGELES — Connecticut-based Charter Communications executives labeled Time Warner Cable a "turnaround project" suffering from a failed strategy as they urged Time Warner Cable shareholders to prod management to begin talks with Charter on its buyout offer. By Ryan Nakashima. SENT: 500 words. INSIDER TRADING ARREST NEW YORK — A doctor testifying at an insider trading trial told a jury on Tuesday that he revealed secrets about the testing of a drug to treat Alzheimer's disease to a large hedge fund's money manager, who paid him $1,500 an hour for consultations. Dr. Joel Ross testified for the government at the Manhattan federal court trial of Mathew Martoma, an ex-portfolio manager for Stamford, Conn.-based SAC Capital Advisors. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 378 words. BUDGET-FLOOD INSURANCE WASHINGTON — Homeowners worried that new federal flood maps will send their flood insurance premiums skyrocketing would get some short-term relief under a provision tucked into a massive government-wide funding bill. But other changes to the federal flood insurance program, including higher premiums on businesses, vacation homes and frequently flooded properties will remain in place, as well as a new rule blocking homeowners from passing insurance subsidies on to the people who buy their homes. By andrew Taylor. SENT: 650 words. NORTHERN PASS CONCORD, N.H. — New Hampshire's congressional delegation on Tuesday asked the U.S. Department of Energy to provide details of alternative routes for a proposal to run electrical transmission lines from Canada to southern New Hampshire. The DOE is preparing an Environmental Impact Study on the proposed Northern Pass, a $1.4 billion project that would transmit 1,200 megawatts of hydroelectric power from Hydro-Quebec into New England. By Rik Stevens. SENT: 325 words. AROUND THE STATE: UNIVERSITY GUN SCARE MILFORD — A Connecticut man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to weapons charges stemming from a gun scare at the University of New Haven last month. William Dong entered the plea Tuesday in Milford Superior Court on state charges including illegal possession of an assault weapon, said his attorney, Fred Paoletti. SENT: 200 words. HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING NEW HAVEN — A New Haven teenager was recovering from gunshot wounds and police searched for suspects Tuesday after gunfire erupted outside a city high school as about 2,000 people were leaving a basketball game. SENT: 223 words. MARIJUANA VIDEO-ARREST CLINTON — A Connecticut man faces numerous drug charges after police say he posted a YouTube video of himself giving a tour of what he calls his marijuana garden. Police in the shoreline town of Clinton, about 20 miles east of New Haven, arrested William Bradley, 46, on Monday following a six-month investigation. SENT: 300 words. IN BRIEF: ROBBERY SUSPECT SHOT MILFORD — State prosecutors have cleared a state trooper in the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect at a Milford gas station in October. Trooper James Scott shot 28-year-old Matthew Lofaro during what police say was an attempted robbery on Oct. 23. CONNECTICUT JOBS-DEMOCRATS HARTFORD — Democratic leaders of the General Assembly say more money should be spent on Connecticut's STEP-Up program, an initiative offering employers financial incentives to hire unemployed workers. OFFICERS STABBED NEW BRITAIN — A New Britain man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for his assault of his girlfriend and stabbing two New Britain police officers who responded to the attack. ANIMAL SHELTER ABUSE LITCHFIELD — The head of an animal rescue group has been convicted of 15 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty over dogs housed in the cold. FATAL POLICE CHASE DERBY — An Oxford man who wrecked his car and killed his friend during a police chase has pleaded no contest and agreed to serve up to nine months in prison. STRATFORD FATAL STRATFORD — Stratford officials have approved a $4.1 million settlement of a lawsuit filed by the family of a 13-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a town dump truck in 2008. MURDER ACQUITTAL NEW HAVEN — A state jury has found a New Haven man not guilty of murder in a 2011 shooting death. The 12 jurors acquitted 34-year-old Larry Johnson on Monday in New Haven Superior Court in connection with the killing of 37-year-old Edward Thompson. But Johnson wasn't released from custody because he also faces drug, assault and other charges. SPORTS: FBN--PATRIOTS-SECONDARY FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Less than two months ago, the New England Patriots held Peyton Manning to 150 yards passing in a 34-31 comeback win over the Denver Broncos. The stakes will be much higher in Sunday's AFC championship game and the Patriots secondary will be called on again to control the star quarterback. By Howard Ulman. SENT: 800 words, photos. FBN--BRONCOS-MORENO'S RENAISSANCE ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — During his two-month banishment to the scout team for fumbling in 2012, Knowshon Moreno promised himself if he ever got another shot, he'd let neither the opportunity nor the football slip through his grasp again. He's had 490 touches since, and been good to his word. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 800 words, photos. FBC--UCONN-COACH STORRS — The president of the University of Connecticut is taking issue with public comments from a member of the school's new football staff. Ernest Jones, hired as a running backs coach and director of player engagement, told The Hartford Courant in a story published Saturday that he and others are going to make sure UConn's players understand that, "Jesus Christ should be in the center of our huddle." SENT: 130 words. ___ If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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Dec 27, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — For all his ups and downs, Arizona's Carson Palmer is closing in on the fourth 4,000-yard passing season of his career.Perhaps more significantly, he has a chance for an 11-win season, something he has accomplished only once in his 11 NFL seasons.However, those numbers won't mean a whole lot to him if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs."The playoffs are what make it...
Palmer has shot at 4,000 yards, 11-win season
BOB BAUM, Associated Press | Dec 27, 2013TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — For all his ups and downs, Arizona's Carson Palmer is closing in on the fourth 4,000-yard passing season of his career. Perhaps more significantly, he has a chance for an 11-win season, something he has accomplished only once in his 11 NFL seasons. However, those numbers won't mean a whole lot to him if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs. "The playoffs are what make it really satisfying," Palmer said. "To be 11-5 and not get in the playoffs, it almost seems unfair and unjust, but that's how it is. There are teams that make it at 7-9; there are teams that haven't made it at 10-6. Like I said, we just want to keep playing football. You get the satisfaction when you get to the postseason." Palmer hasn't had much of that sort of satisfaction in his career. He has been in the postseason twice, with Cincinnati in 2005 and 2009. His first appearance ended on his second snap against Pittsburgh, when he went down with a severe knee injury. Palmer wraps up his first regular season with Arizona on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals, winners of seven of their last eight, cling to a single playoff hope, that they can beat San Francisco and, more unlikely, that Tampa Bay can win at New Orleans. Otherwise, Palmer will be staying home again. If Palmer gets 133 yards Sunday, he will become the first quarterback in NFL history to have 4,000-yard passing season for three teams. He has already done it for Cincinnati and Oakland. Palmer would be the third Cardinal to do it, joining Kurt Warner, who threw for 4,583 in 2008, and Neil Lomax, who set a franchise record with 4,614 in 1984. "I think it will mean something later when you think about things like that," he said. "Statistics don't matter right now. Getting a win, and like I said, sending them (the 49ers) into the playoffs with a loss, is what matters." Palmer has thrown for 22 touchdowns but has 21 interceptions. He threw four interceptions in Seattle on Sunday only to come back and throw a picture-perfect winning 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. Coach Bruce Arians said he has never been around a quarterback who can put a bad play behind him so quickly. "First one that I've been around that can erase it that fast," Arians said. "Others have let it linger too long. I've been around guys that couldn't shake it off. They just couldn't go to the next play, they kept thinking about it and another bad one would happen and the snowball effect. He's as good as I've been around as far as being resilient and going onto the next series." Palmer said it's something he worked on way back in high school. "It's something you have to train yourself for," he said. "It's easy being a football player to get down on yourself and lose confidence no matter what position you play. It's something I spend a lot of time thinking about and preparing myself for. It's a mindset. It's simply a mindset." Palmer threw for 4,018 yards for Oakland last year, but the Raiders went 4-12. They wanted to move on to a younger quarterback and Palmer became expendable. Arians, in his first season with Arizona, sorely needed a quarterback and said he had no doubt Palmer could have a big season. "He made every throw in the book last year," Arians said. "It was just the situation — he was in a bad one. When you turn the tape on, there wasn't a throw he couldn't make." When Arizona staggered to a 3-4 start and Palmer struggled with Arians' intricate offense, it looked as if the acquisition might have been a mistake. But Arians stayed with the veteran, even as fans wanted a change. Now, the Palmer-led Cardinals are on the brink of tying a franchise record for wins in a season. "We've come a long way these last probably nine or 10 weeks," Palmer said. "We want to keep playing. We want to keep playing football. We're having fun right now. We're playing good football. We're going to keep playing until they tell us we can't." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org ___ Follow Bob Baum at www.twitter.com/Thebaumerphx
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — For all his ups and downs, Arizona's Carson Palmer is closing in on the fourth 4,000-yard passing season of his career.Perhaps more significantly, he has a chance for an 11-win season, something he has accomplished only once in his 11 NFL seasons.Yet, he said, those numbers won't mean a whole lot if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs."The playoffs are what make it really...
Palmer closing in on 4,000 yds, eyes 11-win season
BOB BAUM, Associated Press | Dec 26, 2013TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — For all his ups and downs, Arizona's Carson Palmer is closing in on the fourth 4,000-yard passing season of his career. Perhaps more significantly, he has a chance for an 11-win season, something he has accomplished only once in his 11 NFL seasons. Yet, he said, those numbers won't mean a whole lot if the Cardinals don't make the playoffs. "The playoffs are what make it really satisfying," Palmer said. "To be 11-5 and not get in the playoffs, it almost seems unfair and unjust, but that's how it is. There are teams that make it at 7-9; there are teams that haven't made it at 10-6. Like I said, we just want to keep playing football. You get the satisfaction when you get to the postseason." Palmer hasn't had much of that sort of satisfaction in his career. He has been in the postseason twice, with Cincinnati in 2005 and 2009. His first appearance ended on his second snap against Pittsburgh, when he went down with a severe knee injury. Palmer wraps up his first regular season with Arizona on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The Cardinals, winners of seven of their last eight, cling to a single playoff hope, that they can beat San Francisco and, more unlikely, that Tampa Bay can win at New Orleans. Otherwise, Palmer will be staying home again. If Palmer gets 133 yards Sunday, he will become the first quarterback in NFL history to have 4,000-yard passing season for three teams. He has already done it for Cincinnati and Oakland. Palmer would be the third Cardinal to do it, joining Kurt Warner, who threw for 4,583 in 2008, and Neil Lomax, who set a franchise record with 4,614 in 1984. "I think it will mean something later when you think about things like that," he said. "Statistics don't matter right now. Getting a win, and like I said, sending them (the 49ers) into the playoffs with a loss, is what matters." Palmer has thrown for 22 touchdowns but has 21 interceptions. He threw four interceptions in Seattle on Sunday only to come back and throw a picture-perfect winning 31-yard touchdown pass to Michael Floyd. Coach Bruce Arians said he has never been around a quarterback who can put a bad play behind him so quickly. "First one that I've been around that can erase it that fast," Arians said. "Others have let it linger too long. I've been around guys that couldn't shake it off. They just couldn't go to the next play, they kept thinking about it and another bad one would happen and the snowball effect. He's as good as I've been around as far as being resilient and going onto the next series." Palmer said it's something he worked on way back in high school. "It's something you have to train yourself for," he said. "It's easy being a football player to get down on yourself and lose confidence no matter what position you play. It's something I spend a lot of time thinking about and preparing myself for. It's a mindset. It's simply a mindset." Palmer threw for 4,018 yards for Oakland last year but the Raiders went 4-12. They wanted to move on to a younger quarterback and Palmer became expendable. Arians, in his first season with Arizona, sorely needed a quarterback and said he had no doubt Palmer could have a big season. "He made every throw in the book last year," Arians said. "It was just the situation — he was in a bad one. When you turn the tape on, there wasn't a throw he couldn't make." When Arizona staggered to a 3-4 start and Palmer struggled with Arians' intricate offense, it looked as if the acquisition might have been a mistake. But Arians stayed with the veteran, even as fans wanted a change. Now, the Palmer-led Cardinals are on the brink of tying a franchise record for wins in a season. "We've come a long way these last probably nine or 10 weeks," Palmer said. "We want to keep playing. We want to keep playing football. We're having fun right now. We're playing good football. We're going to keep playing until they tell us we can't." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org ___ Follow Bob Baum at www.twitter.com/Thebaumerphx
Dec 12, 2013
HOUSTON (AP) — Johnny Manziel isn't sure if he'll declare for the NFL draft next month.But if he does he's thought a lot about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered as one of the best to have ever played and someone who made a major impact for Texas A&M.He's made a pretty compelling argument for both. He's a finalist for the Heisman Trophy again, with a chance to join Archie Griffin as...
2012 Heisman winner Manziel a finalist again
KRISTIE RIEKEN, Associated Press | Dec 12, 2013HOUSTON (AP) — Johnny Manziel isn't sure if he'll declare for the NFL draft next month. But if he does he's thought a lot about his legacy and how he wants to be remembered as one of the best to have ever played and someone who made a major impact for Texas A&M. He's made a pretty compelling argument for both. He's a finalist for the Heisman Trophy again, with a chance to join Archie Griffin as the second player to win the award twice. "To be a college football player in a skill position, that's what you shoot for every year," Manziel said. "So to get to New York and to be one of the best players in the country and then to be that person to win it, it's a dream come true for anybody that's grown up playing Pop Warner Football, that's grown up playing middle school, high school football." Johnny Football is one of six players who will attend the presentation ceremony Saturday night in New York. Manziel isn't expected to take home another Heisman after Florida State's Jameis Winston burst onto the scene with a spectacular redshirt freshman season much the way Manziel did last year. Manziel became the first freshman to win the Heisman in 2012 after setting numerous school and Southeastern Conference records while leading Texas A&M to an 11-2 record and a victory over No. 1 Alabama in its first season in the SEC. The Aggies were supposed to contend for a national title in Manziel's encore. But another standout season by the electric quarterback wasn't enough to overcome a porous defense that was among the worst in the nation. The Aggies finished 8-4. "This year we definitely had our ups and downs," Manziel said. "We didn't have a final record like we wanted to at the beginning of the year. But just the whole season and how it's been, it's been a ride." That ride for Manziel started when he was suspended for the first half of the Aggies' season opener against Rice for what the school said was an "inadvertent" violation of NCAA rules involving signing autographs. The quarterback was investigated for allegedly accepting money for autographs from memorabilia brokers, a violation of NCAA rules that could have led to a much longer suspension. He shook off his early season drama to throw for 3,723 yards and 33 touchdowns and led the team in rushing with 686 yards and eight more scores. He threw more touchdown passes, had more yards passing, a better completion percentage and averaged more yards an attempt than he did in 2012. He's third in the nation in total offense with 368.2 yards a game and fourth in pass efficiency. Manziel dealt with various nagging injuries this season and said this week that he's getting better as the Aggies have some time off before facing Duke in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. His thumb injury is still bothering him the most, but he said it isn't anything that would keep him out of the bowl game. Manziel continued to spend time with quarterback guru George Whitfield to work on becoming a more polished quarterback. "I wanted to come back and be a better quarterback, not just a guy who some people say is a good athlete," he said. "I never wanted to be labeled as that. So to work hard with coach Whitfield multiple times this summer to put in the work I thought... to get where I needed to be." Left tackle Jake Matthews has enjoyed blocking for Manziel and said his ability to evade tackles makes his job much easier. "It's fun to watch him run around the field and see the things he does to the other guys," Matthews said. "I just try to give him as much time as I can and let him make the plays." Manziel said he thinks he's ready to play in the NFL, but the sophomore insists he hasn't made a decision about his future. Most assume that he will leave College Station, but despite Tweeting that he was growing tired of the town this summer, he indicated that he wasn't itching to get out. "I need to take everything in to account," he said. "I think you take that, how the season went. But more than anything, are you ready for the next level? You don't want to go be unprepared for the National Football League or leave two years on the table. You don't want to do that." "In the grand scheme of things it all comes down to making the best decision for you." ___ Associated Press writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.
Dec 3, 2013
Leslie Frazier shook his head and managed a slight smile when the question was posed.How hard, the Minnesota Vikings coach was asked, has this been to have to decide so many different weeks in a season about who the starter will be at the sport's most important position?"It's not a lot of fun," Frazier said recently. "You'd like to say that this is your quarterback for 16 weeks, but we haven't...
Has good-bad gap with NFL QBs widened?
DAVE CAMPBELL, Associated Press | Dec 3, 2013Leslie Frazier shook his head and managed a slight smile when the question was posed. How hard, the Minnesota Vikings coach was asked, has this been to have to decide so many different weeks in a season about who the starter will be at the sport's most important position? "It's not a lot of fun," Frazier said recently. "You'd like to say that this is your quarterback for 16 weeks, but we haven't been in that situation." This hardly brings solace for the head of a struggling team like Frazier, but the Vikings are far from the only bunch either sputtering along without a long-term solution or needing a stronger backup for a starter who's hurt. Minnesota is one of five teams that, for a variety of reasons, have started three different quarterbacks this year. That includes Green Bay, which has started four. Four! Whether due to failures to successfully draft and develop the next championship-capable franchise leader or procure and produce a reliable second-stringer, the league this year has seen a clear shortage of quality quarterbacks. "The supply and demand's kind of out of whack," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. Injuries are, of course, a significant factor. The Packers have won a Super Bowl behind Aaron Rodgers, and they'll be set at quarterback as long as he continues his career. But since he broke his collarbone last month, the Packers have lost four games and tied the other. Though not in that top tier like Rodgers, then there are quarterbacks who've shown promise such as Jay Cutler, Jake Locker and Sam Bradford but have been hurt often, beyond just this season. "How many times do you keep saying on Sept. 1, 'OK, this is my guy,' and then he gets hurt again? Regardless of talent, work ethic, toughness," Mayock said. "When do you say enough is enough?" Cleveland has started 20 different quarterbacks since their expansion rebirth in 1999, the most in the league. From Brandon Weeden to Brian Hoyer to Jason Campbell, this season has brought more instability. The Browns have tried every avenue to find one, too, but despite a stockpile of draft picks for a well-regarded crop of 2014 quarterback prospects there's no guarantee the carousel will stop. Tim Couch, Brady Quinn and Weeden were all first-round picks who haven't panned out. Christian Ponder fits in that category, the No. 12 selection by the Vikings in 2011. He went two spots after Blaine Gabbert, who has been even worse for Jacksonville. Both the Vikings and Jaguars are bound to be searching far and wide again for quarterbacks when the draft takes place next May, along with at least another half-dozen teams. "There are about 15 quarterbacks in the league that have a chance to win a Super Bowl. Let's just tell it like it is. And then there is everybody else," NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth said on a recent episode of "Inside the NFL" on Showtime. "Now occasionally a Kurt Warner comes from nowhere and ends up being a guy you can count on." That's rare, though. In this increasingly pass-driven league, the position hasn't been any easier to master for even the best of athletes with the strongest of arms. Even Super Bowl winners like Eli Manning and Joe Flacco have struggled this year, aberrations or not while injuries and instability swirl around them on offense. "We're asking quarterbacks to do what I perceive to be almost super-human things on a consistent basis," Mayock said. "We're asking them to have a certain physical skill level: arm strength, athletic ability, foot speed, hand-eye coordination. We're asking them to have all that kind of stuff, but on top of that they've got to process information like a computer. We're putting more and more of the mental piece of this on the quarterback, and the decision-making both at the line of scrimmage and in the pocket is more complicated than it's ever been." So for the teams that don't have a Hall of Fame-bound player like Peyton Manning or a steady young standout like Russell Wilson and haven't succeeded in the modern-era draft at finding the next franchise quarterback, will they ever have a chance to win a championship? Well, sure. They'll just have to keep trying. College and high school offenses have become more complex and powerful. Summer camps and seven-on-seven leagues around the country have helped teenagers develop their skills to much-greater degrees before they reach the highest levels of competition. The nature of the NFL makes a scenario with 25 elite quarterbacks dominating the league improbable. But there'll always be a new pool of candidates for the job. "It's a good time to be a quarterback. It's a demanding position, but one where I think kids are getting reps at a younger age and developing the necessary skills," Denver interim coach Jack Del Rio said. "So I don't think there will be a shortage. You always look at who's going to be the next storied guy, who's going to be the next Hall-of-Fame-type guy, and I think we want to crown people before they have their careers. But I think the talent will continue to come through the ranks, and we'll continue to see really gifted players." ___ AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton in Denver and AP Sports Writers Teresa M. Walker in Nashville, Tenn., and Tom Withers in Berea, Ohio, contributed to this report. ___ AP NFL website: http://www.pro32.ap.org ___ Dave Campbell on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/DaveCampbellAP
Dec 2, 2013
For Eddie Mason, the decision wasn’t difficult. The NFL veteran’s 10-year-old son, Tyler, won’t play tackle football until high school. Mr. Mason’s decision wasn’t a result of the burgeoning national discussion about football’s role in brain injuries. Instead, he believes children should learn the game’s fundamentals without tackling. Mr. Mason, who played three seasons at linebacker for the...
Kids flee football in light of NFL violence; Pop Warner participation plummeting
Dec 2, 2013For Eddie Mason, the decision wasn’t difficult. The NFL veteran’s 10-year-old son, Tyler, won’t play tackle football until high school. Mr. Mason’s decision wasn’t a result of the burgeoning national discussion about football’s role in brain injuries. Instead, he believes children should learn the game’s fundamentals without tackling. Mr. Mason, who played three seasons at linebacker for the Redskins before retiring in 2003, sees a problematic culture infecting football’s lowest levels that’s inextricably connected to the safety concerns. H/T: Drudge Report
Nov 20, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Matt McGloin has made a career out of exceeding other people's expectations.The player who had no scholarship offers coming out of high school walked on at Penn State and became the school's career leader in touchdown passes.The player who sent a letter and video to NFL teams pleading for a chance after getting passed over for the combine went undrafted before finally...
McGloin to start again for Raiders at QB
JOSH DUBOW, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2013ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Matt McGloin has made a career out of exceeding other people's expectations. The player who had no scholarship offers coming out of high school walked on at Penn State and became the school's career leader in touchdown passes. The player who sent a letter and video to NFL teams pleading for a chance after getting passed over for the combine went undrafted before finally getting a chance as a camp arm with the Oakland Raiders. The player who entered training camp as a fourth-stringer managed to beat out fourth-round pick Tyler Wilson for a roster spot and moved up to second string when Matt Flynn was released last month. As surprising as all of those accomplishments may have been, it was his performance in his first NFL start last week in Houston that really opened up eyes. McGloin became the fourth quarterback since the 1970 NFL merger to throw three touchdown passes and no interceptions in his first career start in place of the injured Terrelle Pryor to earn himself a longer-term look as the starter in Oakland. "I never took a backseat to anybody," McGloin said. "I didn't put myself in a position that I'm buried behind all these guys. I really don't look at who is ahead of me on the depth chart or who's behind me on the depth chart. Each day is a better way to get better, improve as a leader, improve as a person." McGloin will make his second start on Sunday against Tennessee (4-6) as Pryor still is dealing with a right knee injury and the Raiders (4-6) want to see if he can repeat that performance. "This is a production business," coach Dennis Allen said. "If you go out and you perform and you make plays, you get opportunities to continue to go out and perform and make plays. Matt did that last week. He's going to get another opportunity this week. We'll see how it goes." McGloin's ascension from undrafted quarterback to starter is not unique as players such as Kurt Warner, Tony Romo and Jeff Garcia also took that route. But those players came from much lower-profile colleges than Penn State, where scouts had ample opportunity to watch McGloin play against NFL-caliber opposition, and took longer to reach their NFL success. They all spent time either in the Arena Football League, NFL Europe, Canada or an NFL bench before getting a chance to start in the NFL. "I think some guys weren't born or blessed with great athleticism, size or speed or strength, all those things you can measure," Allen said. "You can't measure what's in their head or their heart. This guy has overcome a lot of challenges." It started when he got no scholarship offers coming out of high school in Scranton, Pa., and decided to walk on at Penn State. One reason McGloin didn't get a scholarship was because Penn State was waiting to see if Pryor would come to State College. But even being at the same school as the top quarterback recruit in the country couldn't scare the confident McGloin. "I remember asking him, 'What happens if Terrelle goes to Penn State,'" McGloin's father, Paul, said. "He said, 'Dad, I don't care. I'll go there and beat whoever is there." Pryor went to Ohio State and McGloin spent much of his time in college fighting off more heralded recruits like Rob Bolden, Paul Jones and Kevin Newsome before earning his chance. He became the starter midway through his sophomore season in 2010 before throwing five interceptions in a loss to Florida at the Outback Bowl. McGloin began the 2011 season as the backup to Bolden before becoming the starter just weeks before the Jerry Sandusky scandal went public at Penn State, throwing the program in disarray. That eventually led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno and crippling sanctions but McGloin decided to stick it out for his senior season under new coach Bill O'Brien, who had previously been offensive coordinator for Tom Brady in New England. "Not too many kids go through something like that," he said. "I've seen it all. I've overcome many different types of adversity. In a way it has helped me at this level." McGloin had his best year under O'Brien, throwing for 3,266 yards and 24 touchdowns with only five interceptions in leading the Nittany Lions to an 8-4 record. "He's a smart guy," O'Brien said. "Smart guys that work hard, that have some talent, they really thrive in that league. They really do. I think he'll thrive in that league." But few NFL teams believed the same thing as McGloin was not invited to the scouting combine, leading him to send out a video to all 32 NFL teams which began with him saying, "My entire life has been defined by the words 'You'll never make it.' So hard work is not new to me." McGloin cited his upbringing in Scranton and experience at Penn State as reasons why he should get a chance in the NFL. That came to fruition in May when he worked out for the Raiders and earned a contract. "It shows the type of person he is, the character and determination that he's not going to let someone tell him what he can't do," said Titans coach Mike Munchak, a Scranton and Penn State product who has followed McGloin's career. "I'm sure when he went to Penn State a lot of people said he should have done something else. Obviously, he worked his way through it." ___ AP Sports Writer Dan Gelston contributed to this report ___ Online: http://pro32.ap.org
Nov 13, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 138-29 (82.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,412-335 (80.8 pct.
High school football playoffs: First-round picks
By Scott Wright | Nov 13, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 138-29 (82.6 pct.) Overall record: 1,412-335 (80.8 pct.) Thursday's Game Class 6A LAWTON 35, Yukon 17 Friday's Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 49, Sapulpa 7 EDMOND MEMORIAL 20, Edmond North 17 NORMAN NORTH 42, Mustang 35 BROKEN ARROW 31, Tulsa Washington 21 JENKS 45, Owasso 7 MIDWEST CITY 16, Edmond Santa Fe 13 Westmoore 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 28, Deer Creek 14 PRYOR 28, Skiatook 27 McALESTER 44, Tulsa East Central 20 CARL ALBERT 21, Del City 14 GUTHRIE 49, Chickasha 13 SHAWNEE 33, Claremore 18 COLLINSVILLE 28, Tulsa Kelley 14 ARDMORE 24, McGuinness 20 Class 4A ANADARKO 35, McLoud 17 CASCIA HALL 28, Catoosa 21 WAGONER 40, Fort Gibson 14 Woodward 20, ADA 18 DOUGLASS 34, Elgin 12 Sallisaw 28, OOLOGAH 24 POTEAU 27, Cleveland 16 CLINTON 26, Harrah 23 Class 3A BLANCHARD 33, Perkins 18 NEWCASTLE 28, Sulphur 6 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Dewey 14 STIGLER 17, Lincoln Christian 14 PLAINVIEW 49, Centennial 22 Tuttle 27, BETHANY 24 LOCUST GROVE 42, Roland 12 BERRYHILL 34, Inola 20 METRO CHR. 45, Okmulgee 6 HILLDALE 27, Spiro 20 SEMINOLE 49, Marlow 22 Heritage Hall 28, LONE GROVE 21 CHECOTAH 21, Jay 20 BEGGS 31, Seq. Claremore 18 KINGFISHER 35, Purcell 7 Cushing 21, JONES 14 Class 2A HENNESSEY 35, Crooked Oak 24 WASHINGTON 21, Lexington 14 VIAN 42, Haskell 16 SALINA 34, Pawhuska 14 DAVIS 38, Frederick 18 CHR. HERITAGE 28, Alva 24 ADAIR 35, Kansas 13 OKEMAH 32, Panama 14 MEEKER 37, Hugo 22 NOWATA 28, Colcord 21 MILLWOOD 49, Tonkawa 14 Hobart 27, KINGSTON 22 COMMERCE 35, Chelsea 20 HARTSHORNE 21, Stroud 14 LINDSAY 33, Marietta 17 CHISHOLM 30, Oklahoma Christian 28 Class A OKEENE 39, Cordell 12 CASHION 35, Rush Springs 7 TALIHINA 44, Stratford 10 SUMMIT CHR. 21, Hominy 14 RINGLING 34, Watonga 8 THOMAS 21, Texhoma 14 MORRISON 44, Fairland 6 ELMORE CITY 33, Central Sallisaw 18 WYNNEWOOD 42, Quinton 6 KIEFER 38, Warner 7 HOLLIS 35, Oklahoma Bible 7 Crescent 22, EMPIRE 7 AFTON 28, Barnsdall 24 Wewoka 34, SAVANNA 30 MINCO 36, Velma-Alma 24 Apache 28, FAIRVIEW 26 Class B LAVERNE 54, Allen 8 KEOTA 48, Woodland 16 REJOICE CHR. 38, Dewar 22 FOX 32, Merritt 28 ALEX 46, Ringwood 20 COYLE 48, Davenport 34 WETUMKA 46, Oaks 12 PC-HUNTER 42, Central Marlow 6 Class C SHATTUCK 58, Grandfield 8 Timberlake 36, ARKOMA 34 CHEROKEE 46, SW Covenant 0 Balko 42, CORN BIBLE 20 TIPTON 52, Waynoka 6 BLUEJACKET 44, Sasakwa 18 THACKERVILLE 54, DC-Lamont 22 SHARON-MUTUAL 50, Mt. View-Gotebo 12
Nov 9, 2013
A look at all the first-round playoff matchups.
Oklahoma high school football first-round playoff pairings
Nov 9, 2013Class 6A Sapulpa at Tulsa Union Edmond North at Edmond Memorial Mustang at Norman North Tulsa Washington at Broken Arrow Owasso at Jenks Edmond Santa Fe at Midwest City Yukon at Lawton, Thursday 7 p.m. Westmoore at Sand Springs Class 5A Deer Creek at Lawton MacArthur Skiatook at Pryor Tulsa East Central at McAlester Del City at Carl Albert Chickasha at Guthrie Claremore at Shawnee Tulsa Kelley at Collinsville McGuinness at Ardmore Class 4A McLoud at Anadarko Catoosa at Cascia Hall Fort Gibson at Wagoner Woodward at Ada Elgin at Douglass Sallisaw at Oologah Cleveland at Poteau Harrah at Clinton Class 3A Perkins at Blanchard Sulphur at Newcastle Dewey at Victory Christian Lincoln Christian at Stigler Centennial at Plainview Tuttle at Bethany Roland at Locust Grove Inola at Berryhill Okmulgee at Metro Christian Spiro at Hilldale Marlow at Seminole Heritage Hall at Lone Grove Jay at Checotah Seq. Claremore at Beggs Purcell at Kingfisher Cushing at Jones Class 2A Crooked Oak at Hennessey Lexington at Washington Haskell at Vian Pawhuska at Salina Frederick at Davis Alva at Chr. Heritage Kansas at Adair Panama at Okemah Hugo at Meeker Colcord at Nowata Tonkawa at Millwood Hobart at Kingston Chelsea at Commerce Stroud at Hartshorne Marietta at Lindsay Oklahoma Christian at Chisholm Class A} Cordell at Okeene Rush Springs at Cashion Stratford at Talihina Hominy at Summit Christian Watonga at Ringling Texhoma at Thomas Fairland at Morrison Central Sallisaw at Elmore City Quinton at Wynnewood Warner at Kiefer Oklahoma Bible at Hollis Crescent at Empire Barnsdall at Afton Wewoka at Savanna Velma-Alma at Minco Apache at Fairview Class B Allen at Laverne Woodland at Keota Dewar at Rejoice Christian Merritt at Fox Ringwood at Alex Davenport at Coyle Oaks at Wetumka Central Marlow at Pond Creek-Hunter Class C Grandfield at Shattuck Timberlake at Arkoma SW Covenant at Cherokee Balko at Corn Bible Waynoka at Tipton Sasakwa at Bluejacket DC-Lamont at Thackerville Mt. View-Gotebo at Sharon-Mutual Note: All games are Friday, 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.
Nov 7, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright makes his predictions for Friday's Week 10 games.
High school football: Week 10 picks for Friday's games
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 7, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 144-25 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 1,274-306 (80.6 pct.) Friday's Games City Area CUSHING 35, Bethany 14 SW COVENANT 48, Bokoshe 14 WESTMOORE 35, Broken Arrow 34 EDMOND SANTA FE 35, Choctaw 31 LEXINGTON 28, Community Christian 24 Coyle 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Crescent 42, PAWNEE 8 Crooked Oak 44, NORTHEAST 20 CASHION 35, Crossings Christian 12 Davenport 56, GANS 8 Del City 49, SOUTHEAST 14 MILLWOOD 56, Dibble 20 Douglass 24, ADA 20 Edmond Memorial 45, PC WEST 18 CARL ALBERT 38, El Reno 13 WESTERN HEIGHTS 44, Guymon 20 Harrah 33, McLOUD 30 Hennessey 29, ALVA 26 Heritage Hall 42, STAR SPENCER 20 Jones 34, BRIDGE CREEK 14 Kingfisher 44, MARLOW 14 NORMAN NORTH 40, Lawton Eisenhower 22 PAULS VALLEY 28, Madill 27 Mannford 42, TECUMSEH 16 DEER CREEK 35, McGuinness 32 Meeker 35, HOLDENVILLE 7 Newcastle 42, BETHEL 6 LAWTON 35, Norman 21 GUTHRIE 49, Northwest 13 Oklahoma Christian 38, LUTHER 35 Piedmont 32, WEATHERFORD 28 MINCO 44, Pioneer 12 Purcell 34, ATOKA 7 JENKS 49, Putnam City 7 GLENPOOL 47, Santa Fe South 8 Seminole 42, CHANDLER 18 Shawnee 45, NOBLE 16 Southmoore 35, MUSTANG 32 St. Mary 28, LITTLE AXE 27 OWASSO 31, Stillwater 28 CHR. HERITAGE 30, Stroud 26 BLANCHARD 28, Tuttle 21 Washington 34, LINDSAY 28 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 44, Waurika 20 Wayne 35, MAYSVILLE 7 OKEMAH 48, Wellston 12 Class 6A TULSA WASHINGTON 35, Bartlesville 28 Bixby 31, MUSKOGEE 13 Sand Springs 28, ENID 25 SAPULPA 38, Tulsa Edison 7 Tulsa Union 49, PONCA CITY 6 Class 5A Claremore 28, GROVE 22 Collinsville 35, TAHLEQUAH 17 Coweta 40, TULSA CENTRAL 38 Duncan 28, CHICKASHA 21 Lawton MacArthur 30, ARDMORE 22 McAlester 45, TULSA MEMORIAL 18 PRYOR 38, Tulsa East Central 34 DURANT 35, Tulsa Hale 18 Tulsa Kelley 42, SKIATOOK 28 Class 4A Anadarko 42, ELGIN 6 Cascia Hall 46, BROKEN BOW 7 Catoosa 21, OOLOGAH 20 WOODWARD 26, Clinton 22 CACHE 21, Elk City 20 SALLISAW 27, Fort Gibson 24 Miami 30, TULSA WEBSTER 10 STILWELL 24, Muldrow 20 Tulsa McLain 32, CLEVELAND 24 Wagoner 46, VINITA 12 Class 3A Beggs 37, HENRYETTA 7 METRO CHRISTIAN 17, Berryhill 10 Bristow 28, PRAGUE 7 SULPHUR 20, Dickson 16 Eufaula 27, HEAVENER 24 STIGLER 30, Idabel 6 Inola 34, KELLYVILLE 18 Jay 38, BLACKWELL 12 Locust Grove 42, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 PLAINVIEW 40, Lone Grove 12 VICTORY CHR. 49, Morris 6 PERKINS 21, Okmulgee 20 Seq. Claremore 28, DEWEY 24 LINCOLN CHR. 34, Seq. Tahlequah 28 VERDIGRIS 28, Sperry 7 CHECOTAH 27, Spiro 24 ROLAND 30, Valliant 12 HILLDALE 44, Westville 6 Class 2A Adair 34, PAWHUSKA 12 HUGO 28, ANTLERS 27 NOWATA 38, Chelsea 6 Chouteau 28, CANADIAN 20 Comanche 24, HINTON 22 Davis 44, TISHOMINGON 12 Hobart 24, FREDERICK 14 Kingston 30, COALGATE 13 Marietta 28, KONAWA 21 Mounds 28, HASKELL 27 Newkirk 21, PERRY 14 CANEY VALLEY 28, Oklahoma Union 24 Pocola 24, MOUNTAINBURG, ARK. 20 KANSAS 27, Salina 22 Thomas 40, MANGUM 6 CHISHOLM 28, Tonkawa 24 HARTSHORNE 48, Wilburton 8 COLCORD 38, Wyandotte 32 Class A Apache 22, CORDELL 14 EMPIRE 40, Bray-Doyle 14 WATONGA 31, Carnegie 27 SAVANNA 42, Central Sallisaw 28 BARNSDALL 34, Depew 26 Fairview 40, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 Hollis 44, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 Hominy 32, DRUMRIGHT 6 TEXHOMA 34, Hooker 7 Kiefer 42, MORRISON 28 Okeene 46, MOORELAND 14 Porter 28, FOYIL 20 Quinton 34, HAILEYVILLE 12 Rush Springs 28, WILSON 12 SAYRE 28, Snyder 22 ELMORE CITY 36, Stratford 28 Summit Christian 30, AFTON 28 Talihina 44, GORE 12 BEAVER 28, Turpin 16 Velma-Alma 42, HEALDTON 30 RINGLING 44, Walters 6 Warner 34, LIBERTY 12 Wynnewood 42, WEWOKA 20 Yale 24, REGENT PREP 20 Class B CAVE SPRINGS 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton at Waukomis Cyril at Central Marlow Fox 58, ALLEN 30 WETUMKA 66, Keota 20 GARBER 54, Medford 8 RINGWOOD 38, Merritt 34 Paoli 42, GEARY 14 LAVERNE 56, Pond Creek-Hunter 28 STROTHER 56, Porum 48 Rejoice Christian 56, WOODLAND 22 Seiling 42, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34 Welch 38, WATTS 32 DEWAR 54, Weleetka 20 Class C Balko 58, TYRONE 8 DC-LAMONT 34, Buffalo 24 TIPTON 56, Corn Bible 6 Gracemont 34, DUKE 28 CHEROKEE 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 0 SASAKWA 34, Maud 28 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 38 SHARON-MUTUAL 44, Shattuck 34 MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 40, Temple 28 Thackerville 56, MIDWAY 8 Timberlake 52, WESLEYAN CHR. 6 BOISE CITY 56, Waynoka 6 ARKOMA 48, Webbers Falls 20 Independent TULSA NOAH 44, OKC Legion 20
Nov 1, 2013
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Despite rumblings of dissent within the Miami Dolphins, they managed a memorable overtime win that might save their season.The question now is whether the team's first victory in 39 days will quell any discord."Sometimes stuff happens in the family," coach Joe Philbin said Friday. "Some of it is not always great, and you have to deal with it. That's what we do."When asked if...
Win in OT might ease discord on Dolphins
STEVEN WINE, Associated Press | Nov 1, 2013DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Despite rumblings of dissent within the Miami Dolphins, they managed a memorable overtime win that might save their season. The question now is whether the team's first victory in 39 days will quell any discord. "Sometimes stuff happens in the family," coach Joe Philbin said Friday. "Some of it is not always great, and you have to deal with it. That's what we do." When asked if he's satisfied with the Dolphins' chemistry, Philbin referred to their 22-20 win over Cincinnati 12 hours earlier. "I think the character of the team was revealed," he said. Cameron Wake became only the third NFL player to end an overtime game with a sack when he tackled Andy Dalton at the goal line in the 69th minute Thursday. The victory put the brakes on a tailspin by Miami (4-4) that included a four-game losing streak and talk of dissension between coaches and among players, including teasing by teammates that may have contributed to the abrupt departure of tackle Jonathan Martin. The second-year pro from Stanford left the team to receive help for emotional issues, and it's unclear whether or when he's expected back. "Our primary concern is for the health of the individual," Philbin said after the game. "He has been excused with a non-football illness. Our concern and support are with him, and really that's all I'm going to say on the matter." On Friday, Philbin was asked if bullying is an issue on the team. "We emphasize a culture of team first, accountability and respect for one another," he said. "Any behavior that deviates from that is inconsistent with the values of our organization." When asked if he has seen evidence of bullying or harassment, Philbin said, "This is something we take very seriously, and it will not be tolerated." Martin left the team Monday. That same day, Philbin said, he told his players in a meeting that he had never been part of a team where there wasn't respect among the players and coaches for each other. "If you don't have that in this league, Pop Warner, in high school or in college, you don't have a chance," he said. "I believe strongly in the men we have in the locker room. I believe strongly in the staff." Given the tumult of the week, another loss could have devastating. Instead, with one improbable play — Wake's tackle — the Dolphins revived their flagging playoff hopes. "It's almost like a movie moment," Wake said. Late-game dramatics had gone against the Dolphins in recent weeks. They had chances to win in the fourth quarter in three consecutive games and came up short each time. But against Cincinnati, they drove 50 yards in the final 84 seconds of regulation for a tying field goal, made a stand in their own territory in overtime to force a punt, then won with a sack. "We knew it was going to be a dogfight," defensive end Olivier Vernon said. "It came down to the wire, and we finally finished." With the victory, the Dolphins matched their best record at the halfway point since 2003, which shows how woeful the past decade has been for the franchise. Now Miami still has a reasonable shot at its first winning season in five years — and perhaps more than that. After two games in five days against first-place teams, the schedule eases a bit. The Dolphins get a 10-day break before playing on a Monday night at winless Tampa Bay, followed by consecutive home games. "We had our backs up against the wall for a couple of weeks in a row," quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. "We kept getting pushed further back, and finally we got out of that hole a little bit." Tannehill has been getting sacked at a franchise-record pace, and guard Richie Incognito suffered a neck injury Thursday that further depleted the beleaguered offensive line. But Nate Garner filled in for Incognito and won praise from teammates, while Tyson Clabo — benched a week earlier — had a solid game as Martin's replacement. Incognito is expected to be available for the Tampa Bay game, and Clabo said he hopes Martin returns soon, too. Regardless, he said, the victory will make the locker room a happier place. "Those consecutive losses are tough," Clabo said. "They start piling up, and you have to get a win to stop the bleeding. Hopefully we can turn this thing around and get a streak going the other direction." ___ AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFL ___ Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine
Oct 30, 2013
The Oklahoman's Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state, including Edmond North-Midwest City, Cushing-Seminole and McGuinness-Guthrie.
Oklahoma high school football picks: Week 9
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 30, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 143-29 (83.1 pct.) Overall record: 1,130-281 (80.1 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area LAWTON MAC 45, Capitol Hill 8 WESTMOORE 34, Tulsa Edison 7 Class 6A TULSA UNION JV 28, Tulsa NOAH 24 Class 5A TULSA EAST CENTRAL 31, Tahlequah 20 Class B REJOICE CHR. 58, South Coffeyville 12 Independent Cornerstone Chr. 56, COOKSON HILLS 32 Friday's Games City Area Ada 28, McLOUD 21 Alva 42, DIBBLE 30 Bethany 38, BRISTOW 20 HERITAGE HALL 56, Bethel 7 MARLOW 54, Bridge Creek 12 CASADY 31, John Marshall 28 Cashion 35, CARNEGIE 13 MEEKER 38, Central Sallisaw 14 PERKINS 28, Chandler 24 Chickasha 35, SOUTHEAST 7 Chr. Heritage 48, CROOKED OAK 42 Crossings Chr. 28, PIONEER 22 COMMUNITY CHR. 30, Dallas HSAA Davenport 44, STROTHER 14 Destiny Christian 54, LIFE CHR. 20 Douglass 27, HARRAH 17 DEL CITY 24, Duncan 20 Edmond North 13, MIDWEST CITY 10 EDMOND MEMORIAL 24, Ed. Santa Fe 20 Enid 28, STILLWATER 10 Geary 28, MACOMB 24 EL RENO 42, Guymon 14 Haskell 35, WELLSTON 20 Kingfisher 28, NEWCASTLE 21 LEXINGTON 30, Konawa 22 PUTNAM NORTH 28, Lawton Ike 12 JONES 35, Little Axe 7 MILLWOOD 45, Luther 20 GUTHRIE 34, McGuinness 14 Minco 46, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 LAWTON 45, Mustang 20 DURANT 28, Noble 27 Norman North 49, MOORE 20 OKLAHOMA CHR. 47, Northeast 18 DEER CREEK 42, Northwest 14 BERRYHILL 38, OKC Legion 17 FOX 56, Okla. Christian Aca. 8 Piedmont 32, ELGIN 24 Plainview 48, PAULS VALLEY 12 Putnam City 28, MUSKOGEE 24 NORMAN 44, Putnam West 20 TECUMSEH 30, Santa Fe South 13 OKC PATRIOTS 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Shawnee 49, TULSA HALE 7 Southmoore 49, CHOCTAW 33 TUTTLE 40, St. Mary 13 CENTENNIAL 42, Star Spencer 38 PURCELL 28, Sulphur 7 HENNESSEY 35, Tonkawa 22 YUKON 49, U.S. Grant 8 CRESCENT 28, Watonga 24 WYNNEWOOD 21, Wayne 14 SW COVENANT 32, Webbers Falls 28 CARL ALBERT 56, Western Heights 8 Windsor Hills 34, COLDWATER, KAN. 30 Class 6A Bartlesville 44, PONCA CITY 13 Jenks 45, BIXBY 14 OWASSO 32, Sand Springs 28 BROKEN ARROW 56, Sapulpa 10 TULSA UNION 49, Tulsa Washington 20 Class 5A Ardmore 42, ALTUS 7 PRYOR 28, Collinsville 18 Coweta 38, CLAREMORE 28 McALESTER 44, Skiatook 13 Tulsa Central 35, GROVE 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, TULSA MEMORIAL 24 Class 4A POTEAU 42, Broken Bow 13 CLINTON 34, Cache 10 CATOOSA 28, Cleveland 14 WOODWARD 30, Elk City 13 Glenpool 28, MANNFORD 27 Oologah 28, MIAMI 24 Sallisaw 37, MULDROW 17 FORT GIBSON 32, Stilwell 17 CASCIA HALL 49, Tulsa Rogers 8 WAGONER 56, Tulsa Webster 6 TULSA McLAIN 30, Vinita 14 ANADARKO 42, Weatherford 18 Class 3A MADILL 28, Atoka 7 Beggs 39, MORRIS 18 Checotah 34, EUFAULA 20 SEMINOLE 49, Cushing 42 Dewey 44, VERDIGRIS 6 Heavener 28, IDABEL 21 INOLA 30, Henryetta 22 Hilldale 35, SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 17 Jay 28, KEYS (PARK HILL) 7 OKMULGEE 32, Kellyville 10 LOCUST GROVE 34, Lincoln Christian 17 Lone Grove 28, DICKSON 22 SPIRO 30, Roland 19 METRO CHR. 34, Seq. Claremore 7 Sperry 14, BLACKWELL 6 Stigler 28, VALLIANT 7 Victory Christian 44, PRAGUE 8 ADAIR 36, Westville 6 Class 2A KINGSTON 28, Antlers 24 Caney Valley 18, CHELSEA 14 Chisholm 22, NEWKIRK 15 DAVIS 44, Coalgate 6 FREDERICK 28, Comanche 20 Commerce 36, COLCORD 21 VIAN 35, Hartshorne 14 HOBART 35, Hinton 24 Holdenville 28, MOUNDS 20 Kansas 38, HULBERT 6 WYANDOTTE 44, Ketchum 7 Lindsay 36, MANGUM 12 Nowata 44, CHOUTEAU 14 Okemah 35, STROUD 34 Panama 48, POCOLA 28 Pawhuska 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 14 Perry 31, PAWNEE 12 SALINA 34, Quapaw 6 MARIETTA 27, Tishomingo 20 HUGO 42, Wilburton 14 Class A Afton 38, WARNER 12 HOLLIS 34, Apache 8 KIEFER 42, Barnsdall 7 FAIRVIEW 32, Beaver 16 QUINTON 22, Canadian 6 DEPEW 28, Drumright 7 Elmore City 34, CADDO 7 VELMA-ALMA 28, Empire 27 SUMMIT CHR. 34, Fairland 12 MORRISON 42, Foyil 6 GORE 28, Haileyville 21 Healdton 24, RUSH SPRINGS 12 PORTER 24, Liberty 22 STRATFORD 32, Maysville 14 Mooreland 33, TURPIN 8 Oklahoma Bible 28, HOOKER 7 Ringling 49, BRAY-DOYLE 0 TALIHINA 29, Savanna 24 CORDELL 22, Sayre 16 OKEENE 28, Texhoma 21 Thomas 42, SNYDER 7 Wewoka 34, REGENT PREP 20 WALTERS 28, Wilson 26 HOMINY 28, Yale 24 Class B Alex 58, CYRIL 12 Allen 52, PAOLI 6 Cave Springs 44, PORUM 32 MERRITT 48, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 56, STROTHER 8 Dewar 54, KEOTA 38 Laverne 60, SEILING 14 WAUKOMIS 48, Medford 22 Oaks 42, COPAN 20 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, CANTON 8 Ringwood 48, GARBER 28 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Waurika 12 WOODLAND 42, Welch 14 Weleetka 54, BOWLEGS 6 Wetumka 52, GANS 6 Class C SHATTUCK 44, Boise City 28 WESLEYAN CHR. 46, Claremore Chr. 14 Corn Bible 38, DUKE 12 SHARON-MUTUAL 58, Goodwell 8 Maud 54, BOKOSHE 6 GRANDFIELD 48, Midway 8 Ryan 48, MOUNT VIEW-GOTEBO 44 Temple 54, GRACEMONT 8 Thackerville 58, SASAKWA 12 BLUEJACKET 50, Timberlake 42 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 42, Waynoka 20
Oct 23, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B...
Picking Week 8's high school football games
By Scott Wright | Oct 23, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 141-30 (82.5 pct.) Overall record: 987-252 (79.7 pct) Thursday's Games City Area Lawton 56, PC WEST 14 Midwest City 24, YUKON 21 Millwood 50, NORTHEAST 22 EDMOND NORTH 42, Moore 6 Star Spencer 35, BRIDGE CREEK 8 LAWTON IKE 42, U.S. Grant 12 Class A APACHE 38, Anadarko JV 13 Class B KEOTA 48, Gans 6 DEWAR 52, Porum 8 RINGWOOD 66, Waukomis 28 Class C MIDWAY 48, Cookson Hills Chr. 34 Shattuck 52, GOODWELL 8 Friday's Games City Area Anadarko 35, PIEDMONT 28 KINGFISHER 54, Bethel 7 Bixby 28, PUTNAM CITY 25 Blanchard 42, ST. MARY 14 ARDMORE 56, Capitol Hill 8 Carl Albert 48, GUYMON 7 Casady 28, ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 24 DAVENPORT 48, Cave Springs 28 MUSTANG 49, Choctaw 35 ELMORE CITY 38, Community Christian 24 Coyle 46, OAKS 6 Cashion 35, Crescent 32 Crooked Oak 48, DIBBLE 42 Del City 42, CHICKASHA 18 SHAWNEE 35, Durant 14 Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 21 El Reno 44, WESTERN HEIGHTS 13 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 28 ADA 28, Harrah 22 Hennessey 38, NEWKIRK 16 Heritage Hall 49, CENTENNIAL 38 CHANDLER 42, Kellyville 7 Lexington 28, TISHOMINGO 24 Life Christian 48, BOULEVARD CHR. 20 Luther 46, PERRY 18 ALLEN 40, Macomb 6 WASHINGTON 34, Mangum 16 Mannford 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Marlow 35, LITTLE AXE 18 DOUGLASS 38, McLoud 20 Minco 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 14 MEEKER 44, Mounds 6 Newcastle 31, JOHN MARSHALL 20 EDMOND SANTA FE 42, Norman 31 McGUINNESS 45, Northwest 12 OKC Legion 35, LIGHTHOUSE CHR. 14 Oklahoma Christian 49, CHR. HERITAGE 30 OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 48, Paoli 14 Pauls Valley 38, ATOKA 20 CUSHING 42, Perkins 21 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 17 BETHANY 35, Prague 14 Purcell 32, LONE GROVE 26 DUNCAN 42, Southeast 12 SAND SPRINGS 35, Stillwater 17 MAUD 44, SW Covenant 28 GLENPOOL 38, Tecumseh 10 NOBLE 40, Tulsa Hale 16 Tuttle 28, JONES 14 HOLDENVILLE 28, Wellston 21 Westmoore 35, SAPULPA 17 Wewoka 34, WAYNE 30 WINDSOR HILLS 54, Wright Chr. 12 Class 6A Broken Arrow 47, TULSA EDISON 14 JENKS 56, Muskogee 7 Owasso 28, ENID 27 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Ponca City 7 Tulsa Union 45, BARTLESVILLE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MAC 42, Altus 10 Claremore 28, TULSA CENTRAL 13 COWETA 35, Grove 24 McAlester 40, TULSA KELLEY 28 Pryor 35, TAHLEQUAH 20 Tulsa East Central 34, COLLINSVILLE 31 Tulsa Memorial 28, SKIATOOK 17 Class 4A Catoosa 47, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 14 WEATHERFORD 35, Elgin 20 CASCIA HALL 28, Fort Gibson 21 Miami 31, VINITA 18 Poteau 38, MULDROW 7 Sallisaw 42, BROKEN BOW 12 Tulsa McLain 28, OOLOGAH 20 Tulsa Rogers 28, STILWELL 24 Wagoner 42, CLEVELAND 14 Woodward 35, CACHE 7 Class 3A BERRYHILL 45, Blackwell 8 SEMINOLE 49, Bristow 13 PLAINVIEW 42, Dickson 6 ROLAND 30, Eufaula 28 CHECOTAH 34, Idabel 12 HILLDALE 41, Keys (Park Hill) 7 Locust Grove 42, DEWEY 24 SULPHUR 20, Madill 13 Metro Christian 44, SPERRY 8 INOLA 34, Morris 18 Okmulgee 22, HENRYETTA 14 Seq. Tahlequah 34, JAY 28 Spiro 32, VALLIANT 6 Stigler 34, HEAVENER 8 SEQ. CLAREMORE 44, Verdigris 6 Victory Christian 34, BEGGS 20 LINCOLN CHR. 38, Westville 12 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 26 PAWHUSKA 35, Chelsea 14 Chouteau 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 Colcord 40, KETCHUM 16 Davis 48, KINGSTON 6 Frederick 24, HINTON 20 HARTSHORNE 34, Gore 6 Hobart 32, COMANCHE 24 Hugo 27, PANAMA 20 WYANDOTTE 38, Kansas 34 OKEMAH 28, Konawa 12 Marietta 34, COALGATE 14 ADAIR 42, Oklahoma Union 12 CHISHOLM 34, Pawnee 8 ANTLERS 28, Pocola 26 Quapaw 22, HULBERT 20 NOWATA 34, Regent Prep 16 COMMERCE 38, Salina 34 Stroud 28, HASKELL 12 Vian 48, WILBURTON 8 Class A SNYDER 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 24 Caddo 30, MAYSVILLE 12 Central Sallisaw 36, CANADIAN 14 THOMAS 34, Cordell 14 YALE 30, Depew 28 RINGLING 35, Empire 14 TEXHOMA 34, Fairview 30 Foyil 28, LIBERTY 7 Hollis 42, SAYRE 6 SUMMIT CHR. 33, Hominy 14 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 24 Kiefer 56, DRUMRIGHT 6 Morrison 48, BARNSDALL 8 Okeene 50, BEAVER 6 CARNEGIE 22, Pioneer 14 AFTON 32, Porter 14 VELMA-ALMA 28, Rush Springs 20 Savanna 42, QUINTON 12 Talihina 46, HAILEYVILLE 8 Tulsa NOAH 34, WATONGA 22 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 26, Turpin 12 HEALDTON 34, Walters 14 Warner 30, FAIRLAND 18 Wynnewood 40, STRATFORD 20 Class B WETUMKA 54, Bowlegs 6 Canton 48, MEDFORD 12 ALEX 60, Central Marlow 28 WATTS 44, Copan 16 Cyril 48, GEARY 12 Fox 56, WAURIKA 8 Garber 48, COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 14 LAVERNE 52, Merritt 6 POND CREEK-HUNTER 56, Seiling 6 WELEETKA 48, Strother 34 WELCH 38, Wesleyan Christian 34 Woodland 44, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Class C THACKERVILLE 64, Arkoma 38 Bluejacket 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 14 Buffalo 34, WORD OF LIFE (WICHITA) 28 Cherokee 54, TIMBERLAKE 8 DC-Lamont 52, Claremore Chr. 6 TEMPLE 56, Duke 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, CORN BIBLE 38 BOISE CITY 48, OKC Patriots 34 WEBBERS FALLS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 60, BALKO 38 Tipton 60, Ryan 12 Tyrone 44, WAYNOKA 16 Independent Holland Hall 28, DALLAS EPISCOPAL 27
Here are the players from Oklahoma high schools currently on rosters at NCAA Division I FBS programs.
Oklahomans in Division I college football
COMPILED BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 20, 2013Here are the players from Oklahoma high schools currently on rosters at NCAA Division I FBS programs: Football Bowl Subdivision Hunter Atyia, Air Force (Tulsa Union)* Dante Barnett, Kansas State (Tulsa Washington) Matt Bayliss, UT-San Antonio (Holland Hall) Austin Beck, Arkansas (Nowata) Eric Bennett, Arkansas (Tulsa Washington) Isaac Bennett, Pittsburgh (Tulsa Washington) Beau Blankenship, Ohio (Norman North) Kentrell Brothers, Missouri (Guthrie) Brayle Brown, Louisiana-Monroe (Shawnee) Cayman Bundage, Arizona (Douglass) Daniel Burton, Iowa State (Putnam City North) Jeremy Burton, Louisiana-Monroe (Muskogee) James Caligone, Alabama-Birmingham (Tulsa Washington) Brandon Carletti-Silva, Army (Duncan) Kimmie Carson, New Mexico (Tulsa East Central) Demarco Cobbs, Texas (Tulsa Central) Jared Collins, Arkansas (Tulsa Washington) Will Conant, Air Force (Edmond Memorial) Tuswani Copeland, Baylor (Lawton MacArthur) Levi Copelin, Missouri (Broken Arrow) Chase Dahlquist, UT-San Antonio (Tulsa Union) Dakota Diessner, Air Force (Durant)* Jackson Dillon, Memphis (Ringling) Michael Doctor, Oregon State (Tulsa Washington) Donte' Foster, Ohio (Guthrie) Carlos Freeman, Washington State (Midwest City) Antonio Gillespie, Troy (Jenks) Bob Graham, Iowa State (Jenks) Khari Harding, Auburn (Edmond Santa Fe) Kahlil Harper, Army (Tulsa Union)* Rowdy Harper, Houston (Broken Arrow) Keon Hatcher, Arkansas (Owasso) Christopher High, Navy (Douglass)* Gavin Howard, Kansas (Owasso) Ry Huff, Air Force (Edmond Memorial) Terry Jackson, Colorado State (Owasso) Jabral Johnson, Oregon State (Lawton) Zach Johnson, Houston (Norman) Blake Jones, Colorado State (Tulsa Union) Orion Jones, Toledo (Jenks) George Kittle, Iowa (Norman) Brad Kragthorpe, LSU (Holland Hall) Jarrett Lake, Arkansas (Jenks) Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (Tulsa Washington) David Lore, Air Force (Jenks) Jake Love, Kansas (Tonkawa) Tajh Lowe, Alabama-Birmingham (Tulsa Washington) Adrian McDonald, Houston (Lawton Eisenhower) Andre McDonald, Kansas State (Choctaw) Colby Mitchell, Louisiana-Monroe (Bartlesville) Cre Moore, Kansas State (Broken Arrow) Connor Morrison, Vanderbilit (Casady) Mason Myers, Colorado State (Southmoore) Jamelle Naff, TCU (Del City) David Oku, Arkansas State (Carl Albert) Kale Pearson, Air Force (Tulsa Union) Turner Petersen, Rice (Heritage Hall) Davion Pierson, TCU (Millwood) Randy Ponder, Missouri (Edmond Santa Fe) Tre Porter, Texas Tech (Carl Albert) Sonny Puletasi, Wyoming (Lawton) Ben Risenhoover, Louisiana-Monroe (Jenks) Zack Robinson, Oregon State (Sequoyah-Tahlequah) George Rogers, Georgia State (Stillwater) Barry J. Sanders, Stanford (Heritage Hall) Cameron Sanders, Utah State (Millwood) Brayden Scott, Memphis (Sequoyah-Tahlequah) P.J. Scott, Ball State (Morris) Dylan Seibert, Houston (Tulsa Washington) Christian Smith, Toledo (Carl Albert) Xavier Smith, Missouri (Edmond North) Preston Soper, Missouri (Muskogee) Trent Spurgeon, Arizona (Owasso) Ray Stovall, Louisiana-Monroe (Tulsa Washington) Phillip Sumpter, Memphis (Edmond Santa Fe) Brandon Swindall, Utah State (Millwood) Keenan Taylor, Kansas State (Tulsa Washington) Tyler Tettleton, Ohio (Norman North) Robert Thomas, Arkansas (Muskogee) Micah Thompson, North Texas (Jones) Tramaine Thompson, Kansas State (Jenks) Zach Trujillo, Kansas State (Deer Creek) Josh Turner, Texas (Millwood) Jacques Washington, Iowa State (Owasso) Brad Wilcox, BYU (Edmond North) Anthony Wilkinson, Army (Lincoln Christian)* Diquon Woodhouse, Navy (Altus)* Tyrequek Zimmerman, Oregon State (Lawton) Football Championship Subdivision Ryan Alger, South Dakota (Broken Arrow) William Armstead, South Dakota (Broken Arrow) Ryan Boatright, Missouri State (Jenks) Cam Bohnert, Drake (Edmond North) Josh Booker, Weber State (Putnam City North) K.J. Booze, Dartmouth (Spiro) Nick Canavan, Missouri State (Norman North) Jared Chance, Drake (Mustang) Caleb Cline, Nicholls State (Norman North) Stephen Cochran, Drake (Bartlesville) Calan Crowder, Missouri State (Bartlesville) Daniel Davis, Penn (Norman North) Brandon DeWitt, Sam Houston St. (Lawton) Robbie Diamond, Weber State (Putnam City) Joe Dowdell, Dartmouth (Tulsa Kelley) Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston St. (Midwest City) Marquice Fletcher, South Dakota (Tulsa Union) Tevin Foster, South Dakota (Lawton) Cohle Fowler, Dartmouth (Verdigris) Darius Graham, Northern Colorado (Lawton MacArthur) Terry Harris, Morgan State (Douglass) Sam Hedman, Drake (Holland Hall) Nick Jeffreys, The Citadel (McGuinness) Austin Katigan, Dartmouth (Casady) Lance Kloker, Central Arkansas (Owasso) Khalid Kornegay, South Dakota (Tulsa Union) Alex Land, Weber State (Edmond Santa Fe) Sam Laptad, Dartmouth (Jenks) Zeke Lewis, South Dakota (Midwest City) Michael Major, Princeton (Tulsa Kelley) Abrm McQuarters, Dartmouth (Cascia Hall) Brian Mills, Princeton (Edmond Santa Fe) Anthony Morales, Weber State (Edmond Memorial) Connor Myers, Weber State (Edmond Memorial) Kyle Osborn, Cornell (Tuttle) Tyler Ott, Harvard (Jenks) Bryan Pisklo, Drake (Jenks) Alex Powell, Princeton (Tulsa Kelley) Nick Rosa, Drake (Owasso) Howard Scarborough, Missouri State (Tulsa Union) Kirby Schoenthaler, Dartmouth (Bartlesville) Vernon Scott, Missouri State (Muskogee) Corbin Stall, Dartmouth (Tulsa Union) Jackson Stallings, Yale (Southmoore) Nick Ward, Wofford (Southmoore) Jacob Warner, South Dakota (Lawton MacArthur) Victor Williams, Dartmouth (Muskogee) Roman Wilson, Princeton (Lincoln Christian) Ryne Yost, Sam Houston St. (Lawton) *-Signed in February 2013, but required to attend a year of prep school at the military academy.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Perhaps no quarterback understands the challenge of facing South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney better than Tennessee's Justin Worley.Worley and Clowney both grew up in Rock Hill, S.C., though they went to different high schools. That allowed Worley to watch Clowney mature into one of the nation's most feared pass rushers. Worley remembers Clowney as an...
Tennessee's Worley seeks to build on his momentum
STEVE MEGARGEE, Associated Press | Oct 18, 2013KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Perhaps no quarterback understands the challenge of facing South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney better than Tennessee's Justin Worley. Worley and Clowney both grew up in Rock Hill, S.C., though they went to different high schools. That allowed Worley to watch Clowney mature into one of the nation's most feared pass rushers. Worley remembers Clowney as an elementary school running back who was taller and faster than all his peers. "I played against him in middle school, and it was the same thing," Worley said. "He played defensive end and running back and ran all over the place. ... The rest is history now. He's a great, great, great player." Worley will spend Saturday afternoon trying to make sure he doesn't get a face-to-face reunion with Clowney in Tennessee's backfield. Clowney clinched South Carolina's 38-35 victory over Tennessee last year by sacking Tyler Bray and forcing a fumble with the Vols driving in the final minute. Tennessee's chances of gaining revenge Saturday against the 11th-ranked Gamecocks depend in part on whether Worley can maintain the momentum he established in his last game, a 34-31 overtime loss to Georgia. "He's gained a lot of confidence, but you're only as good as your last game," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "We're going to need a lot from him Saturday. He's going to be challenged with his pocket presence and just overall management and leadership of the offense." While South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw has been a model of consistency this season, Worley has gone through plenty of ups and downs in his first year as a starter. Worley lost his starting job earlier this year. He threw a combined five interceptions in back-to-back games against Florida and South Alabama. But he bounced back against Georgia, avoiding turnovers and rallying Tennessee from a 14-point halftime deficit. "It helps a lot, knowing I can put together a performance like that against a quality team," Worley said. Worley needs a strong outing to match what South Carolina likely will receive from Shaw, who is playing the best football of his career. Shaw ranks seventh nationally in passing efficiency and has thrown 124 passes without being intercepted this season. Shaw also has rushed for 319 yards and two touchdowns, and Tennessee's defense has struggled against mobile quarterbacks this season. "He runs," South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. "He throws. He makes first downs for us with his legs at times. He doesn't do those stupid things a lot of quarterbacks do. He takes care of the ball very well." Shaw's big year hasn't surprised Worley. Worley met Shaw this summer while working as a counselor at the Manning Passing Academy. They've kept in touch periodically ever since. "He's having a great season," Worley said. "I would have expected nothing less. He's a great quarterback." Worley knows plenty of players on South Carolina's roster because of his Rock Hill background, though the Gamecocks didn't actively recruit him. But he downplayed the idea that beating South Carolina would be particularly special because it's his home-state school. He was born in North Carolina, and his parents attended North Carolina. So he grew up a North Carolina fan, even though he moved to South Carolina at the age of 5. "It would mean more beating the (No. 11) team in the nation, I don't think it matters who it is," Worley said. "Granted, I've been playing with some of those guys and against a lot of them from Pop Warner to high school, but I think just getting this win, regardless of who it is, (would be) huge for us."
Oct 16, 2013
Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-23 (86.7 pct.) Overall record: 846-222 (79.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Bethany 31, BEGGS 28 LITTLE AXE 30, Bridge Creek 20 PERKINS 32, Bristow 24 MINCO 42, Carnegie 14 KINGFISHER 49, Centennial 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Choctaw 21 LEXINGTON 34, Coalgate 18 Cushing 42, CHANDLER...
High school football: Picking Week 7's games
By Scott Wright | Oct 16, 2013Every week, The Oklahoman's Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week's record: 150-23 (86.7 pct.) Overall record: 846-222 (79.2 pct.) Thursday's Games City Area Bethany 31, BEGGS 28 LITTLE AXE 30, Bridge Creek 20 PERKINS 32, Bristow 24 MINCO 42, Carnegie 14 KINGFISHER 49, Centennial 18 EDMOND MEMORIAL 35, Choctaw 21 LEXINGTON 34, Coalgate 18 Cushing 42, CHANDLER 14 Davenport 46, PORUM 12 OKLAHOMA CHR. 45, Dibble 21 PURCELL 35, Dickson 28 GUTHRIE 41, El Reno 14 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 10 Hennessey 38, PAWNEE 12 John Marshall 35, BETHEL 8 BLANCHARD 42, Jones 14 Luther 38, CHR. HERITAGE 24 McLoud 28, MANNFORD 17 Meeker 45, WELLSTON 12 Millwood 56, CROOKED OAK 22 Mustang 44, PUTNAM WEST 20 Noble 30, SKIATOOK 24 ST. MARY 35, OKC Patriots 21 Okla. Christian Aca. 44, MACOMB 12 CRESCENT 32, Pioneer 16 BROKEN ARROW 42, Putnam City 20 Putnam North 49, U.S. GRANT 8 NORTHEAST 44, SeeWorth 14 TULSA KELLEY 28, Shawnee 24 ALTUS 34, Southeast 22 NEWCASTLE 35, Star Spencer 24 Stillwater 35, BARTLESVILLE 28 Sulphur 28, PAULS VALLEY 27 Tuttle 30, MARLOW 27 Washington 42, COMANCHE 14 CASHION 28, Watonga 24 COYLE 48, Watts 8 DEER CREEK 48, Western Heights 6 Yukon 45, MOORE 27 Class 6A Bixby 35, TULSA EDISON 21 Enid 28, PONCA CITY 7 SAPULPA 31, Muskogee 14 Owasso 31, TULSA WASHINGTON 28 TULSA UNION 49, Sand Springs 14 Class 5A ARDMORE 28, Chickasha 13 Claremore 34, PRYOR 24 COLLINSVILLE 38, Coweta 34 LAWTON MAC 33, Duncan 13 McALESTER 42, Durant 20 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 35, GROVE 13 Tulsa Central 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Class 4A Ada 33, GLENPOOL 12 Broken Bow 21, TULSA ROGERS 20 ELGIN 35, Cache 28 POTEAU 28, Cascia Hall 27 MIAMI 27, Cleveland 24 WEATHERFORD 28, Elk City 7 FORT GIBSON 35, Muldrow 14 WAGONER 48, Oologah 21 SALLISAW 44, Stilwell 12 TULSA McLAIN 35, Tulsa Webster 7 CATOOSA 49, Vinita 12 ANADARKO 35, Woodward 14 Class 3A STIGLER 28, Checotah 24 Dewey 28, BLACKWELL 14 KELLYVILLE 21, Henryetta 20 Hilldale 34, LOCUST GROVE 31 VICTORY CHR. 49, Inola 12 Jay 35, WESTVILLE 14 Lincoln Chr. 35, KEYS (PARK HILL) 6 Lone Grove 38, MADILL 20 OKMULGEE 28, Morris 21 Plainview 47, ATOKA 7 Roland 28, IDABEL 7 Seminole 49, PRAGUE 6 Seq. Claremore 28, BERRYHILL 24 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 38, Sperry 12 Spiro 34, HEAVENER 8 EUFAULA 28, Valliant 20 METRO CHR. 49, Verdigris 3 Class 2A Adair 44, CHELSEA 8 Barnsdall 28, MOUNDS 14 NOWATA 42, Caney Valley 6 KANSAS 38, Colcord 12 Hartshorne 40, POCOLA 12 OKEMAH 28, Haskell 27 STROUD 35, Holdenville 8 SALINA 42, Hulbert 6 COMMERCE 44, Ketchum 6 Kingston 24, MARIETTA 7 OKLAHOMA UNION 28, Liberty 6 Lindsay 44, HINTON 16 HOBART 35, Mangum 12 ALVA 35, Newkirk 21 Panama 28, QUINTON 7 Pawhuska 35, CHOUTEAU 14 CHISHOLM 34, Perry 12 KONAWA 28, Tishomingo 7 Vian 40, HUGO 13 ANTLERS 42, Wilburton 22 Wyandotte 35, QUAPAW 14 Class A Afton 44, FOYIL 14 HOOKER 28, Beaver 27 TALIHINA 38, Canadian 12 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MORRISON 34, Drumright 6 Fairland 28, PORTER 7 SAVANNA 38, Gore 12 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Haileyville 7 Hominy 28, DEPEW 20 ELMORE CITY 44, Maysville 20 FAIRVIEW 32, Mooreland 28 OKEENE 34, Oklahoma Bible 22 RINGLING 42, Rush Springs 6 APACHE 44, Snyder 6 WEWOKA 34, Stratford 20 Summit Christian 45, WARNER 24 Texhoma 42, TURPIN 6 Thomas 42, HOLLIS 31 Velma-Alma 44, WALTERS 6 EMPIRE 28, Wilson 7 Wynnewood 40, CADDO 12 KIEFER 34, Yale 8 Class B Allen 48, CYRIL 8 Covington-Douglas 54, WAUKOMIS 20 Dewar 54, GANS 6 CENTRAL MARLOW 58, Fox 54 ALEX 62, Geary 6 Laverne 56, GARBER 6 REJOICE CHR. 64, Oaks 12 Pond Creek-Hunter 56, MERRITT 38 Ringwood 52, MEDFORD 16 Seiling 44, CANTON 6 Waurika 44, PAOLI 24 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 38, Welch 22 CAVE SPRINGS 50, Weleetka 42 Wetumka 64, STROTHER 20 Class C BLUEJACKET 60, Claremore Chr. 8 TYRONE 48, Boise City 12 Corn Bible 44, TEMPLE 32 CHEROKEE 48, DC-Lamont 20 Grandfield 46, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 12 SASAKWA 38, Midway 12 Ryan 48, GRACEMONT 8 Sharon-Mutual 58, BUFFALO 12 Thackerville 54, BOKOSHE 6 Timberlake 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 WESLEYAN CHR. 38, Tyro, Kan. Christian 34 Waynoka 42, DUKE 12 MAUD 42, Webbers Falls 28 Friday, Oct. 18 City Area Fort Worth All Saints 34, CASADY 28 DEL CITY 48, Capitol Hill 12 Clinton 42, PIEDMONT 16 Douglass 54, SANTA FE SOUTH 8 LAWTON 48, Edmond Santa Fe 45 Frederick 28, COMMUNITY CHR. 24 McGUINNESS 49, Guymon 6 Jenks 31, WESTMOORE 17 MIDWEST CITY 30, Lawton Ike 14 SW COVENANT 34, Life Christian 28 EDMOND NORTH 24, Norman North 21 CARL ALBERT 49, Northwest 8 DAVIS 34, OKC Legion 17 Southmoore 35, NORMAN 34 CROSSINGS CHR. 28, Wayne 21 DESTINY CHR. 42, Woodland 34 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 45, Tulsa Hale 12 Class B Keota 46, BOWLEGS 6 Class C BALKO 54, Goodwell 8 TIPTON 48, Hobart JV 20 Independent Dallas St. Mark's 34, HOLLAND HALL 20 Tulsa NOAH 34, DALLAS HSAA 31
The OSSAA board of directors approved the new football districts to be used for the 2014-15 high school seasons.
High school football: New high school football districts for 2014-2015 seasons released
FROM STAFF REPORTS | Oct 9, 2013The OSSAA board of directors approved the new football districts to be used for the 2014-15 high school seasons: Class 6A Division I District 1 Broken Arrow Edmond Memorial Edmond Santa Fe Jenks Norman Putnam City Westmoore Yukon District 2 Edmond North Moore Mustang Norman North Owasso Putnam City North Southmoore Tulsa Union Class 6A Division II District 1 Bartlesville Bixby Claremore Muskogee Ponca City Sand Springs Sapulpa Tulsa Washington District 2 Choctaw Enid Lawton Lawton Eisenhower Midwest City Putnam City West Stillwater *U.S. Grant Class 5A District 1 Altus Ardmore Chickasha Del City Duncan El Reno Lawton MacArthur Northwest Classen District 2 Bishop McGuinness Carl Albert Deer Creek Guthrie Guymon Piedmont Southeast Western Heights District 3 Durant McAlester Noble Shawnee Skiatook Tulsa Hale Tulsa Kelley Tulsa Memorial District 4 *Capitol Hill Collinsville Coweta Grove Pryor Tahlequah Tulsa East Central Tulsa Edison Class 4A District 1 Anadarko Cache Clinton Elgin Elk City Newcastle Weatherford Woodward District 2 Ada Bristow Glenpool Harrah McLoud Santa Fe South Tecumseh Tuttle District 3 Cascia Hall Catoosa Cleveland Miami Oologah Tulsa McLain Vinita Wagoner District 4 Broken Bow Fort Gibson Metro Christian Muldrow Poteau Sallisaw Stilwell Tulsa Central Class 3A District 1 Blackwell Centennial Cushing Heritage Hall Kingfisher Mannford Perkins-Tryon District 2 Bethany Blanchard Bridge Creek Douglass John Marshall Meeker Mount St. Mary District 3 Bethel Jones Little Axe Pauls Valley Purcell Seminole Star Spencer District 4 Comanche Dickson Lone Grove Madill Marlow Plainview Sulphur District 5 Berryhill Dewey Kellyville Lincoln Christian Tulsa Webster Verdigris Sperry District 6 Beggs Checotah Hilldale Morris Okmulgee Tulsa Rogers Victory Christian District 7 Inola Jay Keys (Park Hill) Locust Grove Sequoyah-Claremore Sequoyah-Tahlequah Westville District 8 Eufaula Idabel Heavener Roland Spiro Stigler Valliant Class 2A District 1 Alva Chisholm Hennessey Newkirk Pawnee Perry Tonkawa District 2 Christian Heritage Crooked Oak Luther Millwood Northeast Oklahoma Christian Wellston District 3 Dibble Frederick Hobart Lexington Lindsay Walters Washington District 4 Atoka Coalgate Davis Hugo Kingston Marietta Tishomingo District 5 Chandler Henryetta Holdenville Okemah Prague Stroud Wewoka District 6 Antlers Hartshorne Liberty Panama Pocola Vian Wilburton District 7 Adair Chouteau Colcord Haskell Hulbert Kansas Salina District 8 Caney Valley Chelsea Commerce Nowata Oklahoma Union Pawhuska Wyandotte Class A District 1 Beaver Burns Flat-Dill City Fairview Hooker Mooreland Sayre Texhoma Thomas District 2 Apache Carnegie Cordell Hinton Hollis Mangum Snyder District 3 Central Marlow Empire Healdton Ringling Rush Springs Velma-Alma Wilson District 4 Community Christian Elmore City Konawa Minco Stratford Wayne Wynnewood District 5 Cashion Crescent Crossings Christian Oklahoma Bible Oklahoma Christian Academy Okeene Watonga District 6 Barnsdall Drumright Hominy Kiefer Morrison Mounds Yale District 7 Afton Fairland Foyil Ketchum Quapaw Rejoice Christian Summit Christian District 8 Central Sallisaw Gore Porter Quinton Savanna Talihina Warner Class B District 1 Canton Kremlin-Hillsdale Merritt Pioneer Pond Creek-Hunter Ringwood Seiling Turpin Waukomis District 2 Alex Allen Bray-Doyle Cyril Geary Macomb Maud Maysville Strother Waurika District 3 Agra Davenport Depew Garber Oaks South Coffeyville Watts Welch Wesleyan Christian Woodland District 4 Arkoma Caddo Canadian Dewar Gans Haileyville Keota Porum Weleetka Wetumka Class C District 1 Balko Boise City Buffalo Cherokee Goodwell Sharon-Mutual Shattuck Tyrone Waynoka District 2 Corn Bible Duke Gracemont Grandfield Mountain View-Gotebo Ryan Southwest Covenant Temple Tipton District 3 Bluejacket Carney Copan Covington-Douglas Coyle Deer Creek-Lamont Medford Prue Timberlake District 4 Bokoshe Bowlegs Cave Springs Fox Midway Paoli Sasakwa Thackerville Webbers Falls *-U.S. Grant and Capitol Hill will play independent schedules for the 2014-17 seasons and will not be part of the district schedule.