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The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has.The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button....
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Sam Mellinger, Associated Press | Aug 29, 2015The loudest voice of the Royals is driving up I-35, and if there is a radar gun ahead, Rex Hudler is going to have a problem. It is 8:42 on a recent morning and he’s running a bit late, but he’d probably be speeding anyway. The Royals broadcaster doesn’t do slow. Never has. The alarm went off at 6 this morning. His wife, like most humans, likes to lie in bed for a bit. Hit the snooze button. Hudler’s feet hit the floor within seconds. He is like a red-headed 54-year-old windup toy, only you never know what’s about to come out of his mouth, and one pull of the string lasts all day. He is in the middle of, like, the fourth of a hundred stories in a day that started at 6 and won’t end until around 11 that night, after he broadcasts the 126th of 162 games in what is shaping up to be a historic Royals season. Day in the life of Rex Hudler, Kansas City Royals broadcaster Kansas City sports columnist Sam Mellinger spent a day with Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals. Listen to his report here. (Video by Rich Sugg and Monty Davis | The Kansas City Star) There was the time he got promoted from Class A by writing George Steinbrenner a letter. The time he took out a teammate with a slide during a spring training B-game at 9 in the morning. The time he bought two engagement rings just to make sure she said yes. All the times he’s talked to God, the big man always calling him Hud, and the time he got fired by the Angels, then hired by the Royals, and mostly hated by his new city. That was hard. There was also time he found out his first son had Down syndrome. That was harder. But at the moment, he is talking about baseball, so he is smiling and taking his sunglasses off to look you in the eye even as he speeds down the highway and steers with his leg. “The feeling I get coming to the ballpark now is the same as when I played,” Hudler says. “I know who’s pitching that night, and I’m thinking about that (expletive). He’s the guy I’m going to make a living off of. He’s the man who’s going to pay my family, and my future. That’s how serious it is. I’d stand in the batters box, ‘My family against yours, (expletive). Let’s go.’” By the time the day is over, Hud — even his wife, Jennifer, calls him that — will have laughed and cried and kissed each of his three sons. He will have talked about experimenting with drugs, of starting six straight seasons with the same minor-league team, and of asking to play one last game before retiring at the age of 37 — a game in which he got hit in the neck with a pitch, then lost the game by whiffing a routine grounder at second base. For three hours every night, he is the goofball announcer some call Uncle Hud. Every day, Royals fans come up to him and say they never know what’s going to come out of his mouth. And every day, he tells them, “That makes two of us.” Once, his tongue got tied and he ended up calling a backup Royals outfielder “Paulo Homo.” Another time, he called the moon a planet. He said the Astros use the metric system. He laughs these things off, even when Jennifer playfully calls him an idiot, and (not as playfully) begs him to stay away from big words on the air. The stories come out in real life the same as they do during his broadcasts: fast, loud, occasionally mangled, often self-deprecating and usually out of nowhere. The difference is they are about a complicated life, not a simple game, and he doesn’t have to watch his language. But first, he’s got yoga, shirt off in a room the instructor keeps at 105 degrees. At 7:16 in the morning, the bus pulls up outside Hudler’s home. Cade has been standing in the driveway for a few minutes already, waving a small American flag. Hudler just got back from taking his two younger boys to school, and jokes that Cade is throwing a one-man welcome home parade. “Love you, daddy,” Cade says. “Oh, I love you too, bud,” Hudler says. Cade smiles and runs toward the bus. Hudler calls Cade “my special boy.” He will never forget that phone call. It was a few days after Cade was born, and doctors had already pronounced him totally healthy. But then the blood test results came back. Cade had an extra chromosome. Down syndrome. Hudler took the news the way he takes everything in his life. With a smile. A stubborn optimism. The rest of the family – Jennifer, their parents, friends – cried. Hudler refused the pain. He smiled. He didn’t know what else to do. Then Hudler called Tim Burke, an old teammate who raised a child with special needs. “You need to grieve with Jennifer,” Hudler remembers Burke saying. “You need to grieve the dreams of the typical boy for your first-born son.” That’s when Hudler wept. This went on for days. He was consumed. The lowest point of his life. Then he met some teammates for an offseason workout. They could tell something was off. He told them the news. One of those teammates was Jim Abbott, who pitched 10 big-league seasons and threw a no-hitter despite being born without a right hand. “Miracles can happen,” Abbott said, and that’s all Hud needed to hear. He sped home, slammed open the door, and yelled with joy to Jennifer. “Honey, guess what?” he remembers saying. “Cade came to the right place. We’re gonna get him where he needs to be. Call the cops!” Cade will be 18 in November. He is the happiest kid you are likely to meet in a month. Rex and Jennifer started a non-profit to help children with special needs, and their annual event will take place at Kauffman Stadium on Sept. 6. Sometimes people ask Hudler why he’s happy all the time. Where all of this energy comes from. He tells them about Cade. How could Hud be sad when Cade keeps him so happy? There’s more to it than that. We’ll get to the rest soon. But watching Hud kiss his son is a good place to start. At 10:21 in the morning, Hud is dead silent except for rhythmic and deliberate breaths. His shirt is off, sweat pouring from his skin. He is face down, only his pelvis touching the ground, his legs and arms stretching up and out. In yoga, they call this the full locust. “Feel that bone-to-skin stretch,” the instructor is saying. “You are continually reminding yourself how great you are, even through the pain, even through the suffering.” Rex Hudler in his yoga class Rex Hudler, color commentator for the Kansas City Royals, participates in a yoga class. (Video by Rich Sugg | email@example.com) Steve Physioc, Hud’s occasional broadcast partner with the Royals and before that with the Angels, introduced him to yoga. But like most things, Hud took it to the extreme, which is why he drives a half-hour to Kansas City Bikram Yoga and this room intentionally kept hot enough to induce a fever. The only noise is the instructor’s steady voice and the breaths of the other 14 people here. Hud feels lighter when he’s done, and says the pain of 21 years of professional baseball is diminished every time he does this. But there is also a peace he finds here, a peace that he’s needed. That first year in Kansas City was particularly brutal as Hudler replaced the fired Frank White on the broadcast. That would’ve been difficult anyway. White’s No. 20 is on the Hall of Fame building in left field, and before the first game Hudler broadcast a plane flew over the stadium with a banner asking WHERE’S FRANK? But Hud is also — and how do we say this? — different. For as long as the Royals have existed, their broadcasts have been defined by the steady and understated Denny Matthews. White’s style was much the same, his focus put into picking out details from a replay rather than raw entertainment. Into that culture came Hud, with his catchphrases and presentation that more closely resemble former pro wrestler Macho Man Randy Savage (who Hud once asked if he could body-slam, but that’s a different story). It didn’t help that the Royals lost 90 games that year, including all 10 at home in April. People wrote in saying they were done with the Royals, that they couldn’t stomach Hudler’s broadcasts. It was one thing to fire a franchise icon, they said, but to replace him with this? “I knew I was going to eat (expletive),” he says now. “The Royals told me that when I took the job.” At some point, he made the decision to pull back a little bit. Give the fans half a dose of Hud, is the way he puts it, because they weren’t ready for the full dose. After a month or two, someone from the team called him in. Where’s the guy we hired? But it’s hard when a near consensus of the feedback is negative, much of it brutal. Hudler made a nice living as a player, but even with his pension he needs to work. He has four kids. His in-laws stay in the master bedroom, and require hired care. He needs to work, and he considers his job the second best in the world (being a ballplayer, of course, is No. 1), so it’s head down and refuse to give up. Hud is a man of faith. He prays every morning with his family over breakfast, and by himself whenever he gets a free moment. He often describes conversations with God in very plain terms. “I heard Him get on me,” Hudler says. “He said, ‘Get up, Hud, stand up, be the man I sent you to be.’” So Hudler put a box of his old baseball cards in his car one day, and stood outside Kauffman Stadium, handing them out like a politician. “Hi,” he told people. “I’m Rex Hudler and I’m your new color commentator.” Nothing happens overnight. Hud says it wasn’t until midway through last season — his third in Kansas City — that the compliments started to outnumber the criticisms. Look around the ballpark now and you’ll see references to his catchphrases. Fans stand and yell for his autograph along with Eric Hosmer’s. Aside from Yost and general manager Dayton Moore, there may not be anyone around the team whose image benefitted from the Royals’ turnover more than Hudler. “It took some time for me,” says Scott Hadsall, who got Hudler’s autograph before Wednesday’s game. “When the team starts winning, and you grow to love the team, you grow to love everything about the team. Now, I can’t help but love the guy and his enthusiasm. “It’s like, everything about the team is better. Even with Rex, the same stuff that before you saw as a flaw, well, now it’s his youthful enthusiasm.” Hudler is thinking about bits of all this as he stretches. They tell you to clear your mind completely during yoga, but that’s impossible for him. So he prays for his family, thinks of reasons to be grateful, ways he can improve, and soaks in the only silent part of his day. “I feel so energized when I leave here,” he says, walking to his car. “But I’m not kidding. An hour and a half of not talking is hard for me.” At 11:57, Hud is at the Peach Tree Buffet eating catfish and collard greens. This is his favorite restaurant in town, the place he goes to treat himself. The food is Southern and goes on forever, both of which remind him of growing up with a mother with Texas roots. Mom was the constant. Hudler’s parents divorced when he was 8. She got remarried to a man she did not love but thought would be a good father to her three boys. She wanted to divorce again when Rex was a junior in high school, but Rex begged her to wait a year. She did. Of course she did. Anything for those boys. Mom was full of love, but she also was strict. She yelled and got physical in ways that fathers did a generation or two ago. She taught Rex to respect authority, and to take care of himself. She gave him a list of chores and they had to be done right or Rex had to start over. She worked so hard. Raising those three boys, she still found time to study her way through nursing school. Sometimes, Rex would race home from school and clean the house. He’d hide behind the couch and wait for his mother to get home. Even now, all these years later, tears drip from his eyes as he tells the story and remembers his mom’s reaction. “I just wanted to see her expression,” he says. “She’d drop her jaw. She’d start crying. As hard as she worked for me and my brothers, I wanted to see the joy in her face.” Hudler’s two brothers took a different path. Both got swept up by addiction. Drugs. Heavy stuff. Hudler admits to experimenting — “I tasted, I dabbled,” he says — but he never went too far. He wanted to do well by Mom, and later he kicked what he calls an immature and selfish lifestyle to better his baseball career. Mom gave him so much. Not just the discipline, and not just a standard to meet. She gave him the best advice of his life, too. “The world is negative,” he remembers her saying. “The only way you’ll survive is to be positive. You have to learn how to get a positive out of a negative. If you don’t, you’ll have a hard time surviving.” Those words, along with Cade’s spirit, are the fuel for what the baseball world and Royals fans in particular have come to know as Hud. That energy was always in him, but he made a conscious effort to bring it out. He is a natural salesman, and he sells baseball. At some point, a conscious effort becomes habit and a habit becomes who you are. People sometimes wonder if Hudler is acting. If he’s playing a character. There was some of that in the beginning, sure, but if you are constantly playing the same character it stops being a character and becomes your personality. This is how Rex Hudler came to be Hud. “You’re right on,” Hud says. “One hundred percent.” At 1:34 p.m., Hud is sitting by the pool in his backyard and he is in full Hud mode. He is making fun of his baseball career, and the jokes work, because Hud has always been comfortable laughing at himself. He says that instead of the collection of old jerseys he has inside his house, he should’ve kept a collection of splinters from every bench he rode in the big leagues. And speaking of benches, did you know the one in Montreal was the best for farting? Something about the acoustics there. And speaking of farting, do you have any idea how many times he crop-dusted his teammates? Too many to count. This goes on for a few more minutes, until, well, maybe he’s run out of one-liners because here comes something you weren’t expecting. “Every day I get to go to the ballpark and talk about the best team in baseball,” he says before ripping off his T-shirt and doing a half belly-flop into the pool. This is all a bit of a show, of course. The jokes about his career cover up a few important points about him, too. The first is that he worked hard for that career, no matter how many times he lets it be defined by eating a june bug on the bench (which he did for $800 cash). Hudler spent a full decade in the minors before becoming a regular big-leaguer. He was a high school football star, signing with the Yankees over Notre Dame, and after his third or fourth stalled season in the minor leagues the coach at Fresno State — Hud’s hometown school — offered him a scholarship to play wide receiver. Hud kept on in baseball, though, never believing his story would end anywhere but the big leagues. He played in eight organizations and spent a year in Japan before getting the 10 years of service time required for a big-league pension. That was always a big goal of his. Money is important, obviously, but so too is validation. When he’s pushed too far in the baseball world, he talks about how hard he played, adding: and not much has changed. Ozzie Smith learned his name after Hudler slammed into him at second base. Cal Ripken signed a picture for him once, writing, “All these years I thought you were the real ‘Iron Man.’” The second important point covered up by all the jokes is that Hud’s story is woven together in a way that can’t be undone. He made the most money of his career during his last two seasons in the majors. That was on a deal with the Phillies, playing in Terry Francona’s first two years as a big-league manager. The Phillies had a bunch of rookies on that team. Francona knew about Hudler’s fire and heard about his positivity and thought it could be a good example for his younger players. So Hudler made more money than ever before, and finally qualified for a pension that will last as long as he or Jennifer live, mostly because of his energy. In other words, Hud would not have this house or the pool behind it without being Hud. “I’m a professional people person,” he says. “I’m in the love business.” At 9:44 p.m., Hud is in the broadcast booth on the fourth floor at Kauffman Stadium. He’s finally comfortable here. Finally feels the love coming back. As he puts it, Royals fans always waved to him. But now they use all their fingers, instead of just the middle one. This is his booth now, more than it ever has been before. Ryan Lefebvre, his broadcast partner, is learning how to better set him up, and the pair’s chemistry is improving. Hud is still too much at times — the other day, they had to reshoot the opening to the Royals broadcast because he was about five levels too Hud — but he is learning to pick his spots. You can hear both sides after Mike Moustakas hits a home run in the eighth inning. “That’s a Moose souvenir for sure!” he says. “That ball was tattered and battered! A fastball up in the zone. Moose is taking his hands back, doing very little with his body. I love the fact he’s so quiet with his lower body. He’s letting his hands do the work, and that’s why Moose is coming back.” In front of Hud sits a bottle of water, a cup of coffee, notes, his scorecard, and two TV monitors. A baseball is almost constantly bouncing around his right hand. Hud calls this his pacifier, a way to let the extra energy drip out. He used to bounce it on the table but stopped after learning it could be heard two booths down. Behind Hudler’s right shoulder is a wall signed by guests on the broadcast. Much of it is the good-natured insults of male friendship. I need a vacation from Rex! writes Ripken. Rex you are #2 in my heart, everybody else is #1, kiss my ass! writes Bert Blyleven. Hud loves it, of course. All of it. This is his life, and the language of his people. The Royals will lose this game, 8-5. It’s their first loss in five games and they will come back the next day to win. Hud has always been at his best when focusing on the positives. At 9:58 p.m., the last out is made and Hud packs up and walks out of the booth. He takes one flight of stairs down, then walks out to the parking lot to beat as much of the postgame traffic as he can. It was a good broadcast, he thinks. One more step of progress. One more chance to get better. One more day of, hopefully, winning over a few more fans. The broadcast two days earlier was his best of the year, according to Hudler. It was a quick game, and the points he and Lefebvre made played out like fortune-telling. They said the outfield was playing Omar Infante too far in, and Infante hit a triple to the wall. Next time up, they said the right fielder was still too far in and Infante hit a triple that way. This was good. Lefebvre set him up well, and Hudler did not step on Lefebvre’s calls. Perhaps most importantly, Hudler did not screw up. His wife will not call him an idiot. But tomorrow is another day. To reach Sam Mellinger, call or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @mellinger. For previous columns, go to KansasCity.com. Download True Blue, The Star’s free Royals app, here. ——— ©2015 The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) Visit The Kansas City Star (Kansas City, Mo.) at www.kansascity.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000007325,t000003270,t000160437,t000007353,t000003271,t000007305,t000003183,t000007860,t000007502,t000007908,t000007886,t000007504,t000007910,t000007866,t000007506,t000007934,t000007460,t000007564,t000007548,t000007552,t000007480,t000007472,t000007462,t000007464,t000007634,t000007598,t000007484,g000224911,g000065634,g000362661,g000066164
Aug 5, 2015
NORMAN — Freshman tight end Dalton Wood did not report the Oklahoma football program Wednesday along with the rest of the team, sources told The Oklahoman. According to one source, it wasn’t a surprise when Wood didn’t report Wednesday, but that fact doesn’t necessarily close the door on his chances of being a Sooner this year. Wednesday evening, Wood was removed from OU's official...
Oklahoma football: Dalton Wood did not report Wednesday with rest of team
Jason Kersey | Aug 5, 2015NORMAN — Freshman tight end Dalton Wood did not report the Oklahoma football program Wednesday along with the rest of the team, sources told The Oklahoman. According to one source, it wasn’t a surprise when Wood didn’t report Wednesday, but that fact doesn’t necessarily close the door on his chances of being a Sooner this year. Wednesday evening, Wood was removed from OU's official online roster. Wood (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) has not been with the team since reporting for summer workouts June 3, then mysteriously packing his belongings and leaving that night. He has not responded to multiple text messages and phone calls since that time. The former McAlester star was a quarterback for most of his high school career but was recruited to the Sooners as a tight end. He threw for 1,845 yards and 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,198 yards and 20 scores last season as a senior, earning him a place on The Oklahoman’s 2014 All-State football team. “They just tell me to be ready to get up there and be ready to hustle, and they’ll find me a spot to play next year,” Wood said in December. “Tight end is what I always wanted to be. At McAlester, we don’t use a tight end much. They needed me at quarterback, so I played it. It’s not my favorite position, but I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to be the most successful. “I’m hoping to play tight end, but if they move me around, I’m not gonna gripe.” Wood missed most of his sophomore and junior years with various health problems. He had heart surgery to correct a rare birth defect, ccausing him to miss his sophomore season, then broke his ankle midway through his junior year. Former McAlester coach Bryan Pratt — who accepted another job in Arkansas last offseason — said in a text message that he hadn’t spoken to Wood and had “no idea” whether he planned to report or not. The strange situation surrounding Wood has been made more mysterious by his silence. Wood hasn’t spoken to any reporters since early June, nor has he posted anything on social media.
PERRIN – Derek Ray has built a life around overcoming obstacles.The Perrin senior plows past offensive tackles on the gridiron and soars over hurdles on the track, but the biggest hindrances have seemed to always come not on the field of play, but in life itself.Yet Ray has never wavered, choosing instead to push through life's tragedies rather than allow them to defeat him – whether they be...
Perrin's senior defensive end perseveres through life's tragedies
Clint Foster, Associated Press | Jul 26, 2015PERRIN – Derek Ray has built a life around overcoming obstacles. The Perrin senior plows past offensive tackles on the gridiron and soars over hurdles on the track, but the biggest hindrances have seemed to always come not on the field of play, but in life itself. Yet Ray has never wavered, choosing instead to push through life's tragedies rather than allow them to defeat him – whether they be the untimely deaths of both parents, a crippling back injury or a learning disorder. "I'm not one to give up," Ray said. "I just go forward. There's no point in dwelling on things. "When something hits you, you can either sit and rot about it or you can go past it. If someone hit your truck and totaled it, would you just sit there and dwell on it and never buy a new vehicle? You're going to have to buy a new vehicle eventually. It doesn't help to just sit there and look at a wreck. If something hits you in life and totals your life, you can't dwell on it. Most people want to and a lot of people do, but that's not going to get you anywhere." Disaster first struck Derek at the tender age of 8, when his mother Charlene died suddenly in her sleep from what officials believe was a massive heart attack. Derek and his father, John, were left alone in there home in Temple, Texas. After a time, Derek's father remarried but a void remained in his life – a void he tried to fill with alcohol. "He was a good guy before it, he just got a sickness," Derek explained of his father. Just as Derek was preparing to attend high school in nearby Salado, his father's addiction began to spiral out of control. Derek went to live with his aunt and uncle, Lori and Jackie Vick, in Perrin while his father entered rehab for the first time. Midway through his freshman year, Derek's father got out of rehab and called him home to Temple, where he finished his first year of high school in Salado. Derek ran track for the Eagles that spring and made it all the way to the regional finals, but he wasn't done facing hurdles. All the while, Derek's struggles with dyslexia grew, making it harder for him to succeed in school. By the time sophomore year rolled around, Derek's father had lost his job and sunk back into alcoholism. Derek took it upon himself to go to work and help support the family, paying many bills out of his own pocket. He stopped competing in all sports to give himself more time to earn money in what he referred to as his darkest time. But Derek's extended family refused to allow this to go on for long. "Eventually my grandparents, aunt and uncle all showed up at my dad's door and told my dad, 'You're not well and he's not well. We need to take him and put him where he can progress.'" The Vicks got custody of Derek and moved him back up to Perrin to finish his sophomore year. Not long afterward, in July between his sophomore and junior years, Derek received a fateful phone call that his father was found dead in his home. Derek had been bracing himself for such bad news for quite some time. "At that time, I knew it was happening. I was prepared, because he had scares before," he said. "He tried, but he hit rock bottom again and started digging. There was no recovery. With how he was acting and what he was doing, he started getting real sick all the time. I used to live with my friend and I told him, 'It's only a matter of time. I know he's going to pass away. But there's nothing I can do. I can't help him, he won't listen to me or anyone else.' I was just waiting for the day. I knew it would at least free him from it." It was around this time, too, that Derek was just coming off a severe back injury. While working in the high jump one day during track season, Derek missed the mat five times. "They had like a foot-high mat, not regulation, but they made us jump on it," he said. "I hit the concrete twice and then I cleared the height, but landed on my legs, then the next three times I hit the ground with the bar under my back. "We never got it checked out until recently. They believe I compressed my back to where I didn't have a disc between my lowest vertebrae and my tailbone. I played football with it through junior year and tried half of basketball, but someone knocked me on my back again against Throckmorton. It caused it to flare up again and I couldn't run anymore. Then Newcastle kept elbowing me in the back and it flared it up even worse. "My aunt and uncle made me do physical therapy and I just got released June 16. If I was older, I would have had to have surgery to fix it, but since I'm around 18, I should be able to decompress it and do just about anything – I'll just have a weaker back. My physical therapist didn't recommend that I play football, but I'm going to anyways." In the true spirit of Texas, Derek refuses to let anything keep him down. It's just how he's wired. But it wasn't as though he got that way without some help. Derek credits his best friend Kody with always being there for him, helping him through some of his toughest times, keeping him focused on his goals and steering him away from fruitless vices like drugs to fulfill him. Keeping the memory of his parents alive is also a huge motivator Derek in how he lives his life. "You've just got to know they wouldn't want you to sit there stuck in the past. They'd want you to grow up, be strong and work for your life," he said. "You can't dwell in sadness or depression, no matter how bad you want to. You have to just work on getting up and going through it. "I do everything based on my mom. She was a very kind woman. She was always there for you. I used to have a neighbor that was paralyzed from the waist down because he was hit by a semi on a bike and then the hospital dropped him. But that was my mom's best friend, she did everything for him and he would have done anything for us. I want to be like that, so I base my life on that. My letter jacket has her name on it." Derek went on to explain that he further commemorated his mother on his 18th birthday by getting her first and last name tattooed down his biceps. Words escaped him as he revealed his cherished ink. Although Derek always carries the memory of his parents with him, he said he has also found much-needed escapes in the sports he loves. "I just like to hit in football," he said. "I don't really focus on my personal things in football. I just usually zone out, see the ball and hit. That's all." But Derek said where he finds the most peace is when running hurdles on the track – a sport that seems to mirror his own life experience better than any other. His cathartic approach has helped him post a personal-best time of 15.2 in the 110 hurdles. "I just focus. Everyone always says you jump over hurdles, but I always correct them and say you run over hurdles," he said. "I was taught when you get into the starting blocks, you want to be completely relaxed. It's the same with life: you don't want to be tense in life, you want to relax and move with the motions. You have to be comfortable enough knowing you're not going to hit it and get as close as possible to that hurdle and get over it going as fast as possible." With a great many life hurdles behind him and almost certainly more on the horizon, Derek said the most important lesson he's learned is to never be afraid to accept help when you need it – especially from your family. "When people want to help you, don't push them away," he advised. "At times, I tried pushing people away and it put me in a worse spot. My grandparents, aunt and uncle all wanted to help me and I let them be my counselors. I knew I could trust them. Trust in your family no matter what and they'll help you through it. "I'm very grateful [to my family]. My aunt and uncle put a roof over my head and feed me. I owe them everything." In just over a month, Derek will tackle yet another hurdle as the Perrin Pirates appear to be on the cusp of a memorable season led by a potentially ferocious defense. Armed with lessons learned and bearing the scars of a lifetime of testing fire, Derek couldn't possibly be more prepared what lies ahead – both on the gridiron and in life far beyond. ——— ©2015 the Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Texas) Visit the Mineral Wells Index (Mineral Wells, Texas) at www.mineralwellsindex.com Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. _____ Topics: t000003183
COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum:___CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting...
A look at players to be inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame
By The Associated Press, Associated Press | Jul 23, 2015COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — A look at the players to be inducted July 26 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum: ___ CRAIG ALAN BIGGIO: Born Dec. 14, 1965 in Smithtown, New York. ... 5-foot-11, 185 pounds, throws right. ... only player in major league history with at least 3,000 hits, 600 doubles, 400 stolen bases and 250 home runs. ... spent all 20 seasons with Houston Astros, hitting .281 with 1,844 runs scored (15th all-time), 291 home runs and 414 stolen bases. ... was hit by a pitch 285 times, second all-time. .. won five Silver Slugger Awards (one at catcher and four at second base) and four Gold Glove Awards at second base (1994-97). ... led NL in runs with 123 in 1995 and 146 in 1997 and topped the league in doubles three times with a high of 56 in 1999. ... starred at Kings Park High School on Long Island in football. ... accepted partial baseball scholarship to Seton Hall University and in 1987 was taken in first round of the draft with the 22nd overall pick by the Astros. ... after batting .344 in 141 minor league games over parts of two seasons was called up in June 1988. ... took over as Houston's regular catcher in 1989 and had 13 homers and 60 RBIs to win the NL's Silver Slugger Award for catchers. ... in 1991 batted .295 and made the first of seven All-Star appearances. ... in 1992 became Houston's second baseman and appeared in all 162 games. ... from 1993-99 averaged 17 homers, 33 steals and 116 runs scored as Houston's leadoff hitter. ... finished career with 668 doubles, fifth all-time. ... in 2003 moved to center field for two years before moving back to second base for the final three years of his career. ... joined 3,000-hit club in 2007, his last year in the majors, and finished career with 3,060 hits. ___ RANDALL DAVID JOHNSON: Born Sept. 10, 1963 in Walnut Creek, California. ... nicknamed the Big Unit, the 6-foot-10 left-hander was an elite athlete who excelled in both baseball and basketball. ... played 22 seasons in major leagues and led his league in strikeouts nine times, earning four ERA titles and recording 100 complete games and 37 shutouts. ... his 4,875 strikeouts rank No. 2 all-time behind Nolan Ryan's 5,714, and his 10.61 strikeouts per nine innings rank first all-time. ... owns six of the 33 300-strikeout seasons in the modern-era history of the game and five of the top 11 single-season strikeout seasons. ... named to 10 All-Star Games ... his 303 victories rank fifth all-time among lefthanders, behind only Warren Spahn, Steve Carlton, Eddie Plank and Tom Glavine. ... turned down the Atlanta Braves after they drafted him in the fourth round in 1982, opting for a combination baseball/basketball scholarship at the University of Southern California. ... began concentrating solely on baseball following his sophomore year and was drafted by the Montreal Expos on the second round in 1985. ... made the Expos roster in 1988, becoming the tallest player in big-league history. ... midway through the 1989 season, Montreal traded Johnson to the Seattle Mariners. ... hurled a no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers on June 2, 1990. ... led AL in walks three times. ... on Sept. 27, 1992, threw 160 pitches in eight innings, striking out 18 Rangers in a 3-2 loss. ... in 1993 went 19-8, led the AL with 308 strikeouts and finished second in the Cy Young Award voting. ... posted a 13-6 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season and led AL in strikeouts with 204. ... went 18-2 in 1995, struck out 294 and led AL with a 2.48 earned-run average, winning his first Cy Young Award. ... missed most of the 1996 season after undergoing back surgery. ... rebounded in 1997 to go 20-4 with 291 strikeouts. ... was traded midway through 1998 season to Houston and went 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA in 11 starts, leading the Astros to a playoff berth. ... signed a four-year deal with Arizona Diamondbacks prior to 1999 season ... from 1999-2002 captured four straight NL Cy Young Awards, three ERA titles and struck out at least 334 batters each season. ... in 2001 went 21-6 in the regular season and 3-0 in the World Series, sharing Most Valuable Player honors with Curt Schilling and leading Arizona to a seven-game series win over the Yankees. ... at age 40 struck out 13 batters in pitching a perfect game at Atlanta's Turner Field on May 18, 2004, breaking a record set a century earlier by Cy Young, who pitched a perfect game at age 37 on May 5, 1904. ... traded to Yankees after 2004 season and won 34 games in two seasons in New York. ... returned to Arizona for two more seasons and finished his career in 2009 with the Giants, where he won his 300th game. ___ PEDRO JAIME MARTINEZ: Born Oct. 25, 1971, in Manoguayabo, Dominican Republic. ... grew up with five brothers and sisters in a one-room home on the outskirts of Santo Domingo. ... eight-time All-Star who finished career with a 219-100 record in 18 years for a winning percentage of .687. ... the 5-foot-10, 170-pound right-hander won five ERA titles en route to a career mark of 2.93. ... his 3,154 strikeouts rank 13th all-time, his strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.15-to-1 ranks third all-time, and his average of 10.04 strikeouts per nine innings also is third all-time, behind only Randy Johnson and Kerry Wood. ... signed with the Dodgers in 1988 and made major league debut Sept. 24, 1992 at age 20. ... in 1993 got regular work in the Dodgers' bullpen, posting a 10-5 record in 65 games while striking out 119 batters in 107 innings. ... traded to the Expos in November 1993 for second baseman Delino Deshields. ... on June 3, 1995, retired the first 27 Padres batters he faced before allowing a hit in the bottom of the 10th. ... named to his first All-Star Game in 1996. ... went 17-8 in 1997 with a National League-best 1.90 ERA and 13 complete games, striking out 305 batters en route to his first Cy Young Award. ... in November 1997 was traded to Boston Red Sox and signed a seven-year contract. ... went 19-7 in 1998 and finished second in the AL Cy Young Award vote. ... in 1999 went 23-4 with a league-best 2.07 ERA and 313 strikeouts, including a then-record 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings, becoming just the eighth pitcher to post two 300-strikeout seasons, and finished second in the AL Most Valuable Player voting. ... in 2000 went 18-6 with a 1.74 ERA and 284 strikeouts to win his third Cy Young Award, allowing just 128 hits in 217 innings en route to a WHIP (walks plus hits divided by innings pitched) of 0.737, by far the best single-season mark in big league history. ... battled shoulder problems in 2001 and went 7-3. ... rebounded in 2002 with a 20-4 record, again leading the AL in ERA (2.26) and strikeouts (239) and finishing second in Cy Young Award voting. ... in 2003 led AL in WHIP, ERA and winning percentage en route to a 14-4 record. ... in 2004 posted a 3.90 ERA while going 16-9 and helped the Red Sox win the World Series for the first time since 1918, pitching seven shutout innings in Game 3 on the road in St. Louis to give the Sox a commanding 3-0 series lead. ... signed a free-agent contract with the Mets following the World Series and went 15-8 with a 2.82 ERA in 2005. ... in 2006 battled a nagging toe injury and finished 9-8, helping the Mets reach the National League Championship Series. ... after two more injury-filled seasons, sat out first part of 2009 before signing with the Phillies and going 5-1 in nine regular-season starts to become the 10th pitcher to win at least 100 games in both leagues. ... explored pitching again in 2010 and 2011 but never returned to the majors and announced his retirement on Dec. 4, 2011. ___ JOHN ANDREW SMOLTZ: Born May 15, 1967 in Detroit. ... finished 21-year big league career with a 213-155 record, 154 saves, 3,084 strikeouts and a 3.33 ERA. ... winner of 14 or more games 10 times and twice led NL in wins (1996 and 2006), innings pitched (1996 and 1997) and strikeouts (1992 and 1996). ... eight-time All-Star and winner of the 1997 NL Silver Slugger Award. ... honored with Lou Gehrig Memorial Award and Roberto Clemente Award in 2005 and the 2007 Branch Rickey Award. ... starred in baseball and basketball at Waverly High School in Lansing, Michigan. ... the 6-foot-3, 210-pound right-hander signed with hometown Tigers after being selected on 22nd round of 1985 amateur draft. ... acquired by Atlanta Braves for Doyle Alexander on Aug. 12, 1987. ... from 1989-93 averaged 14 wins, 34 starts and 182 strikeouts with a 3.42 ERA. ... only Braves player to be part of the franchise's run of 14 consecutive division titles from 1991-2005. ... appeared in 41 postseason games, compiling a 15-4 record, a 2.67 ERA and a record 199 strikeouts. ... in five World Series started eight games and finished with a 2-2 record and 2.47 ERA. ... in September 1994 underwent the first of a half-dozen surgeries when doctors removed a large bone spur and some chips from the back of his right elbow. ... in 1996 went 24-8, including 14 straight victories, and posted a 2.94 ERA and league-best 276 strikeouts to capture the NL Cy Young Award. ... underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery to remove bone chips prior to 1998 season, also spent four weeks on disabled list with an inflamed elbow, and still finished with a 17-3 record. ... in 1999 was placed on the DL twice with a strained elbow and finished 11-8. ... missed entire 2000 season after tearing medial collateral ligament in his right elbow in spring training and undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. ... 2001 comeback derailed after five starts with more time on DL. ...after 159 wins as a starter was converted to a relief pitcher in July 2001 in an effort to maximize his health and finished with 10 saves in 11 chances with a 1.59 ERA. ... in 2002 set NL record by converting 55 saves (tied by the Dodgers' Eric Gagne in 2003). ... saved 154 games in 168 opportunities in 3½ seasons as a closer. ... suffered right elbow tendinitis in 2003 and had right elbow surgery in October 2004 to clean up scar tissue. ... returned to starting rotation in 2005 and averaged 15 wins and 222 innings over three seasons. ... in 2008 became 16th big league pitcher to reach 3,000 career strikeouts. ... signed as free agent by the Red Sox in January 2009 and went 3-8 in a final season split between Boston and the Cardinals.
Jul 19, 2015
TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after...
SUPER 30: Justice Hill's versatility will pay off for Hornets
BY KYLE FREDRICKSON | Jul 19, 2015TULSA — Tulsa Washington was down 3-0 at halftime against Midwest City in Week 1 last season, and its star running back suffered a dislocated shoulder. But Justice Hill would not be denied. “He was determined because he knew how important that game was,” Tulsa Washington coach Marvin Dantzler recalled. “He wasn’t going to sit back until he knew that game was in hand. So he goes out after halftime and scores our only offensive touchdown of the game to break it open for us.” That was a reoccurring story line for Hill, the first verbal commit of Oklahoma State’s 2016 recruiting class, as he battled through injury his entire junior season — despite raking up more than 1,400 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns. “It was really irritating, especially at the beginning of the year,” Hill said in a February interview with okpreps.tv. “I would come into a game, it popped out. I went to the next game, it popped out. And the next game after that, it did the same thing.” Even then, Hill’s injury-plagued performance was more than enough for OSU to offer a scholarship. And following offseason shoulder surgery and a completed rehabilitation program, it’s anyone’s guess how much better Hill might become. “It’s good to see he’s back,” Dantzler said. “But I don’t think anyone has seen him at his best outside of watching practice.” At 5-feet-10 and 190-pounds, Dantzler says Hill’s top talent that will translate to the college game is his versatility. Tulsa Washington will ask Hill to run through defenders in power formation sets this season along with his duties as a slot receiver. Ever since Hill emerged as a star midway through his sophomore season, rushing for 200 yards in his first start, Dantzler has looked for creative ways to get Hill the ball. “After that,” Dantzler said, “we couldn’t take him off the field.” Dantzler also says Hill is as impressive outside of football. “He’s a high character kid,” he said. “When you look at his grades, personality and the way he carries himself, there’s not much baggage — if any — that you have to worry about as a coach. He says all the right things, and he does all the right things. “He’s someone you can build a program around.” Hill spent the offseason as a standout member of Tulsa Washington’s sprint relay team working on his speed while also gaining strength in the weight room. Since verbally committing to OSU, Houston and Louisville have also offered Hill scholarships. But consider this: Hill’s father, aunt and uncle all attended OSU. He’s a self-proclaimed lifelong Cowboys fan. That has Hill dreaming in orange and black as he prepares for his final high school season. “You’ve just got to prioritize and work hard,” Hill told okpreps.tv. “You’ll achieve your goals if you want to.”
May 30, 2015
Alabama’s Nick Saban wants the NCAA to ban football ‘satellite camps’. Unsurprisingly, Bob Stoops disagrees.
OU football: Bob Stoops has positive view of football camps
BY RYAN ABER, Staff Writer | May 30, 2015NORMAN — Bob Stoops has poked at the Southeastern Conference a few times in the past couple of years. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh has taken Stoops’ place as the SEC’s antagonist this summer. And he’s not doing it from Ann Arbor. Harbaugh is taking his show on the road this month as he and the Wolverines coaches work camps in seven states — including in Alabama and Texas in SEC country. The tour has reignited debate about coaches working “satellite camps” — camps hosted by lower-level schools or even high schools where coaches from out-of-state Division I programs work as guest coaches. About eight years ago, the NCAA limited programs to hosting camps either within 50 miles of their campus or in the school’s home state. That barred Stoops’ Sooners from hosting camps in Texas and any place other than the Sooner State. That led to a work-around. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been aggressive in partnering with other schools to work camps officially hosted by the smaller programs. The SEC and the ACC went a step further than the NCAA in prohibiting its coaches from working satellite camps. Now, the SEC is calling for its rule to go nationwide. “If we’re going to compete for the championship and everybody is going to play in the playoff system and everybody is going to compete for that, we need to get our rules in alignment so we’re all on a level playing field, whether they’re transfer rules, whether they’re satellite camp rules,” Alabama coach Nick Saban said recently during the SEC meetings. “It’s a disadvantage not to be able to do something in one league and be able to do it in another.” Of course, nobody forced the SEC to pass its more restrictive rule aimed at keeping conference teams from poaching each other. Stoops said he hasn’t paid much attention to the recent furor. “I haven't heard what their points are,” Stoops said. “I'm sure they don't want anybody going into their recruiting area or their home base, but that's just the way it is.” The Cowboys have teamed with Mary Hardin-Baylor, a Division III program in Belton, Texas, for seven years. OSU coaches will work Mary Hardin-Baylor camps beginning Thursday in Belton — about midway between Waco and Austin — and continuing through the next few days in Dallas, the Houston area, San Antonio and east Texas. Oklahoma has teamed up with several schools in recent years including McMurry University, where Hal Mumme coached from 2009-12. This summer, the Sooners’ partners include Sam Houston State. OU coaches will work Bearkats’ camps this month in the Dallas and Houston areas. “I think it’s a positive thing,” Stoops told The Oklahoman. “We’ve had positive experiences with it. I don't know how much of an advantage it really gives you recruiting wise, but even just being able to bring the University of Oklahoma somewhere, or whatever university it is. You’re not making people have to come, so being able to bring your product somewhere, and people get to work with you is positive for those young people.” The camps haven’t directly had a big impact on recruiting, it would appear. Josh McCuistion, who covers OU recruiting for SoonerScoop.com, said he can remember just one recruit from the camps that wound up at OU in recent years — and that recruit grew up an OU fan. “Did that really sway anything?” McCuistion asked. “I don’t know. I really struggle to believe that. “I understand why it’s kind of a hot-button topic but to me I’d be very surprised if there are more than 20 or 30 kids a year in the thousands that sign college football letters of intent that end up making their decision based on it or that it was the catalyst behind the start of the interest.”
NORMAN — Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season — when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 — and replaced him with […]
Oklahoma football: K.J. Young the latest in troubling trend of OU receiver busts
Jason Kersey | May 17, 2015NORMAN -- Oklahoma dismissed redshirt sophomore wide receiver K.J. Young from the team, continuing a troubling trend of receiver busts over the past several years. OU coach Bob Stoops fired receivers coach Jay Norvell after last season -- when the Sooners had arguably the worst receivers in the Big 12 -- and replaced him with Cale Gundy coaching inside receivers and Dennis Simmons coaching outside receivers. Here is a look at every wide receiver prospect signed in the seven seasons Norvell was in charge of the position group. There have been legal problems, lack of on-field development, transfers and dismissals. Of the receivers Norvell signed, very few became much more than a role player. Here's a look at all 25 wide receivers signed by the Sooners between 2008 and 2014. (NOTE: This does not account for NCAA Division I transfers Justin Brown and Jalen Saunders. This chart only includes players signed out of high school or junior college). 2008 JOSH JARBOE Hometown (School): Ellenwood, Ga. (Cedar Grove) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 10 receiver; No. 69 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Jarboe picked OU over offers from Florida, Georgia and LSU and was one of the Sooners' prized commits in 2008, but he was arrested in March 2008 on felony gun charges. He pled guilty and was expelled from school, but OU gave him another chance after he finished graduation requirements online. After he arrived at OU, a video of Jarboe rapping about guns and violence surfaced online and Stoops dismissed him before he even played in a game. He transferred to Troy and was kicked off the team there after two arrests, but eventually got things turned around and recorded 1,300 receiving yards and six touchdowns over two seasons at Arkansas State. JAMEEL OWENS Hometown (School): Muskogee (Muskogee) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 8 receiver; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Owens joined the Sooners along with high-school teammate and highly-touted defensive tackle prospect Stacy McGee. He played some as a true freshman, but fell out of favor with coaches and transferred to Tulsa, where he only played one season. DEJUAN MILLER Hometown (School): Metuchen, N.J. (Metuchen) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 32 receiver; No. 232 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Miller played four seasons at OU, recording a total of 75 receptions for 892 yards and two touchdowns. But after Miller's final game at OU -- a 31-14 Insight Bowl win over Iowa in 2011 -- Miller's father ripped Norvell on Twitter, calling him "flaky" in a rant about his son not getting more snaps in the bowl game. 2009 CAMERON KENNEY Hometown (School): Dacula, Ga. (Garden City CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Kenney became a solid contributor in two seasons at OU, finishing his career with 55 catches, 812 yards and five touchdowns. JAZ REYNOLDS Hometown (School): Aldine, Texas (Eisenhower) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 92 receiver (3-star) What happened: Reynolds was suspended multiple times throughout his OU career -- including for the entire 2012 season -- but finished with 68 career catches for 1,187 yards and six touchdowns. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Tennessee Titans but didn't make the team. In a lengthy May 2013 interview with The Oklahoman, Reynolds praised Bob Stoops for giving him so many chances. 2010 TREY FRANKS Hometown (School): Orange, Texas (West Orange-Stark) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 74 receiver (3-star) What happened: Franks was one of three receivers suspended for the entire 2012 season. During that suspension, he still practiced with the team and switched to safety, but was back at receiver by the time the 2013 season began. He didn't record any statistics that year, but appeared in 12 games and started once. Franks chose to end his college football career with a year of eligibility still remaining. JUSTIN MCCAY Hometown (School): Shawnee, Kan. (Bishop Miege) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 6 athlete; No. 52 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: McCay redshirted in 2010 and made only three appearances with no catches in 2011, then decided to transfer to Kansas to be closer to his family. The NCAA denied his appeal for immediate eligibility -- despite Bob Stoops and Joe Castiglione supporting his transfer -- and only caught 27 passes for 273 yards and three touchdowns in two seasons at KU. JOE POWELL Hometown (School): Dallas (Skyline) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 57 athlete (3-star) What happened: Powell was at OU for two seasons -- switching to defensive back -- before he was arrested on felony drug charges and kicked off the team. SHELDON MCCLAIN Hometown (School): Cibolo, Texas (Steele) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 94 receiver (3-star) What happened: McClain tore an ACL during his senior year of high school and redshirted as a true freshman. He left the team before OU's 2011 Insight Bowl appearance. KENNY STILLS Hometown (School): Carlsbad, Calif. (La Costa Canyon) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 23 receiver; No. 147 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Stills became one of the best players on the Sooner offense, finishing his career with 204 catches, 2,594 yards and 24 touchdowns. He's already had a productive NFL career with the New Orleans Saints, and was traded to the Miami Dolphins during this offseason. 2011 KAMEEL JACKSON Hometown (School): Arlington, Texas (Sam Houston) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 34 receiver (3-star) What happened: Jackson caught 12 passes for 165 yards during his true freshman season, but was suspended indefinitely after the 2012 spring, and then dismissed a few months later. TREY METOYER Hometown (School): Whitehouse, Texas (Whitehouse) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 2 receiver; No. 12 overall prospect (5-star) What happened: Metoyer was one of the most hyped OU signees of the Stoops era, but couldn't qualify academically in time for the 2011 season. He spent that year at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia and got eligible, then shined in the 2012 spring game. He started the first few games of his freshman year, but fell out of the lineup after Fresno State transfer Jalen Saunders was granted eligibility. A few games into the next season, he was kicked off the team after being charged with indecent exposure. A judge recently sentenced Metoyer to eight years probation. 2012 LACOLTAN BESTER Hometown (School): Scooba, Miss. (East Mississippi CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Bester appeared in 24 games over two seasons at OU, saving his best game for last. He caught six passes for 105 yards and a touchdown in the Sooners' Sugar Bowl upset of Alabama. He also made "The Play That Changed It All" in Bedlam 2013. COURTNEY GARDNER Hometown (School): Roseville, Calif. (Sierra CC) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (4-star) What happened: Gardner was unable to qualify academically and never made it to campus. DURRON NEAL Hometown (School): St. Louis (DeSmet) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 9 receiver; No. 62 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Neal was the Sooners' second-leading receiver last season, but on the whole, hasn't contributed nearly as much as anyone expected. He's got 60 career catches for 764 yards and three touchdowns. STERLING SHEPARD Hometown (School): Oklahoma City (Heritage Hall) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 20 receiver; No. 131 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Shepard has become -- arguably -- the best player on the current OU football team. He would've easily surpassed 1,000 yards receiving last season if not for a nagging hamstring that essentially sidelined him for the final six games of the season. DERRICK WOODS Hometown (School): Inglewood, Calif. (Inglewood) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 31 receiver; No. 216 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Woods redshirted as a true freshman, only caught two passes during his career and was booted from the team in the middle of last season for unspecified team rules violations. 2013 AUSTIN BENNETT Hometown (School): Manvel, Texas (Manvel) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 71 receiver (3-star) What happened: Bennett played some as a true freshman, but entering his junior season only has three career catches for 42 yards. DANNON CAVIL Hometown (School): San Antonio (Madison) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Cavil redshirted as a true freshman and never saw any action in 2014. He announced his decision to leave the program midway through that season. JORDAN SMALLWOOD Hometown (School): Jenks (Jenks) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 46 receiver (3-star) What happened: Smallwood suffered an ACL tear during fall camp before his true freshman season and redshirted. He appeared in all 13 games last year, but only caught three passes for 21 yards. He tore another ACL during spring practices and is expected to miss at least the first couple games of next season. K.J. YOUNG Hometown (School): Perris, Calif. (Citrus Hill) Rivals ranking (stars): No ranking (3-star) What happened: Young redshirted as a true freshman and started three games last season, ending the year with 19 catches for 215 yards and a touchdown. He was dismissed from the team Sunday. 2014 MARK ANDREWS Hometown (School): Scottsdale, Ariz. (Desert Mountain) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 25 receiver; No. 176 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: Andrews redshirted last year and switched positions to tight end. He apparently had a huge spring and is expected to really take off in Lincoln Riley's new offense. JEFFERY MEAD Hometown (School): Tulsa (Union) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 75 receiver (3-star) What happened: Mead played some early last season, but fell out of the regular receiver rotation by the end of the year. A big, tall receiver, Mead could find a more consistent role in the new offense. MICHIAH QUICK Hometown (School): Fresno, Calif. (Central East) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 4 athlete; No. 76 overall prospect (4-star) What happened: It took Quick a few games to get going last year as a true freshman, but he ended up catching 25 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He's expected to be a big part of the offense moving forward. DALLIS TODD Hometown (School): La Mirada, Calif. (La Mirada) Rivals ranking (stars): No. 50 receiver (4-star) What happened: Todd redshirted last season.
May 14, 2015
OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. […]
Can Keith Ford still make the NFL?
Berry Tramel | May 14, 2015[img url=http://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2015/05/keith-ford-bedlam.jpg]3666336[/img] OU tailback Keith Ford has transferred, and that’s not the least bit surprising. Truth is, I thought that was already a done deal with the announced suspension from the spring. The Sooners have plenty of tailbacks, it seems, but Ford was a ballplayer. Outside of those pesky fumbles, Ford appeared to be a big-time tailback. Rugged, fast, hard-running. I liked him a lot. He looked like an NFL-caliber tailback to me. And don’t bet on his football future being over. Ford will transfer to some school and play. And don’t discount the NFL from Ford’s future. OU football history is rife with tailbacks who transferred and still found their way to the NFL. I found 13 players who made the NFL after transferring from OU. There could be more. I went to profootball-reference.com’s list of Sooner alumni, which includes players who played at OU even if they finished up at another school, and just did an eyeball/memory survey. Someone might have slipped past me. But 13 is in the neighborhood. And out of those 13 players, eight — eight! — were tailbacks. The non-tailbacks were Troy Aikman; cornerback Elbert Watts, who transferred to Southern Cal and played nine games for the ’86 Packers; Keith Traylor, who played linebacker at OU but transferred to Central Oklahoma and ended up as a 16-year NFL veteran, playing mostly defensive line, including a major contributor to Denver’s two Super Bowl champs in the ’90s; defensive lineman Tyrone Rodgers, who transferred to Washington U. and played 37 games for the 1992-94 Seahawks; and offensive lineman Jerry Crafts, who transferred to Louisville and played 54 NFL games for the Bills and Eagles. An interesting list. But not as interesting as the tailbacks. Here are the eight tailbacks who transferred from OU and still made the NFL: 1. Mike Thomas: From Greenville, Texas. Transferred to Nevada-Las Vegas during the loaded wishbone days of the early 1970s, ended up a fifth-round draft pick of the Redskins (108th overall) in 1975. In four seasons with Washington, Thomas rushed for 3,359 yards on 878 yards. He gained 1,101 yards in 1976, a 14-game season in the NFL. Thomas finished out his career with two seasons as a Charger. His NFL totals: 4,196 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns. 2. Dexter Bussey: From Dallas. Another talented tailback squeezed out in the Greg Pruitt-Joe Washington era of OU football. Transferred to Texas-Arlington and was taken in the third round (65th overall) of the 1974 draft, by Detroit. Bussey played 11 seasons with the Lions, rushing for 858 yards in 1976, 924 yards in 1978 and 720 yards in 1980. He finished with 5,105 yards rushing and 23 total touchdowns. Bussey is the Lions’ No. 3 all-time rusher, trailing only Barry Sanders and Billy Sims. 3. Glyn Milburn: From Santa Monica, Calif. Transferred to Stanford after playing as a 1988 OU freshman. Drafted in the second round (43rd overall) by the Broncos in 1993, Milburn played nine NFL seasons. He was used primarily as a receiver out of the backfield and as a kick returner. In 1998 with Chicago, Milburn returned two kickoffs and one punt for touchdowns. Milburn rushed for just 817 yards in his NFL career but had 170 catches for 1,322 yards. 4. Tashard Choice: From Hampton, Ga. Played sparingly as an OU freshman but transferred to Georgia Tech and became a star, rushing for 3,365 yards in three seasons. The Cowboys drafted Choice in the fourth round (122nd overall) in 2008. He played six NFL seasons, rushing for 1,579 yards for the Cowboys, Bills, Redskins and Colts. 5. Marcus Dupree: From Philadelphia, Miss. You know all about him. Was a national sensation as a freshman but left OU midway through his sophomore year. Dupree transferred to Southern Miss but never played for the Eagles. Dupree went to the World Football League and finally found his way to the NFL. Dupree joined the Rams, who had drafted him in the 12th round (327th overall) of the 1986 draft. Dupree played 15 games in 1990 and 1991, gaining 251 yards on 68 carries. 6. Donald Brown: From Annapolis, Md. Never really played at OU and transferred to Maryland. Drafted by San Diego in the fifth round, 129th overall, in 1986. Brown played defensive back for 18 games for the Dolphins, Chargers and Giants in 1986 and 1987. 7. Clifford Chatman: From Clinton. Never really played at OU and transferred to Central Oklahoma. The Giants took Chatman in the fourth round (85th overall) of the 1981 draft. He played for the ’82 Giants, gaining 80 yards on 22 carries. 8. Jimmy Edwards: From Oklahoma City’s Classen High School. Another talented player caught up in OU’s talent load of the early 1970s, Edwards transferred to Louisiana-Monroe. He wasn’t drafted but made the 1979 Vikings as a 27-year-old and was used primarily as a kick returner..
May 2, 2015
Blake Bell, the former OU quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday.
OU football: Former quarterback/tight end Blake Bell taken by San Francisco in fourth round
BY JASON KERSEY | May 2, 2015Blake Bell switched positions last offseason because he felt like he had a better chance to make it in the NFL as a tight end. That strategy worked. Bell, the former quarterback, was selected by the San Francisco 49ers with the 117th overall pick in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Saturday. The Wichita, Kan., native started eight games at quarterback for the Sooners in 2013 — and came off the bench to lead OU to an upset Bedlam victory — but switched positions after Trevor Knight’s MVP performance in the Sugar Bowl against Alabama. He caught 16 passes for 214 yards and four touchdowns in his only season playing tight end. “When you haven’t done something for that long, it’s all about just getting reps and getting used to the switch,” Bell told San Francisco reporters after his selection. “It went good. It all went back to me making a switch. “A lot of people thought that, you know, OU or somebody wanted to do it for me. And I said ‘No, no. That was my decision.’ “So, ever since I switched, I haven’t looked back. And I’m just excited about it.” Bell was a four-star recruit out of Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita and signed with OU in the recruiting class of 2010. He first named a name for himself as a Sooner by entering games in short-yardage and goal-line situations as a quarterback and plowing forward for first downs and touchdowns in what was known as the “Belldozer” package. He didn’t win the starting quarterback job to begin the 2013 season, but took over midway through the second game and played well for much of the season, including leading the Sooners to an historic win at Notre Dame. In San Francisco, Bell will be reunited with former OU fullback Trey Millard, one of his close friends. Millard was picked by the 49ers in the seventh round of last year’s draft. “Me and Trey are really close friends still to this day,” Bell said. “I’m excited to be reunited with him, too, and go to work.”
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday.The decision came after Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Barnes met Saturday, according to the people who requested anonymity because the school wasn't expected to make a formal...
AP sources: Texas fires coach Barnes after 17 years
By JIM VERTUNO, Associated Press | Mar 28, 2015AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas basketball coach Rick Barnes will be released after yet another quick exit from the postseason, people with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday. The decision came after Texas athletic director Steve Patterson and Barnes met Saturday, according to the people who requested anonymity because the school wasn't expected to make a formal announcement before Sunday. The 60-year-old Barnes shaped Texas into a national basketball power with three Big 12 championships and 16 NCAA Tournament appearances in 17 years. He had four years left on his contract at $2.65 million per year and will receive a severance of $1.75 million under his contract because he is being released before April 1. Barnes didn't immediately respond to text and telephone messages seeking comment. Barnes built a program with NBA-level talent that reached the Final Four in 2003 and produced two national players of the year in T.J. Ford (2003) and Kevin Durant (2007). Barnes also led Texas within one game of the Final Four in 2005 and 2008. But while the program continued to win, and even reached its first No. 1 ranking in the 2009-2010 season, the Longhorns have struggled in the postseason in recent years despite rosters full of future NBA players. Texas hasn't advanced past the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament since 2008. The latest defeat was this season's opening-round loss to Butler. Texas had much higher hopes when the Longhorns began the season ranked in the Top 10, only to limp through a ragged season and barely scrape their way into the tournament. Barnes' 17-year tenure was the longest in the Big 12. He's 604-314 in 28 seasons overall and won 402 games at Texas. Texas was mostly a basketball afterthought when it hired Barnes from Clemson in 1997. He dumped Tom Penders' free-wheeling offense with a tough, defense-first mentality that immediately produced Texas' first Big 12 regular-season title in 1999. But while Barnes brought a new game plan to the court, it was his ability to land some of the biggest recruits in the country that paid the biggest dividends. Barnes recruited a litany of top talent to a "football school," none bigger than Ford and Durant. The zenith was the 2003 Final Four where the Longhorns lost to eventual national champion Syracuse and Carmelo Anthony. The program was still humming when Durant won national player of the year honors as a freshman in 2007. Even after he left, Texas won a share of its third Big 12 title under Barnes and was regularly among the top programs in the country. By midway through the 2009-2010 season, a 17-0 start earned the Longhorns the program's first No. 1 ranking. But that season ended in disappointment as the Longhorns limped to a 24-10 finish and a first-round loss in the NCAA Tournament. That started a period of stagnation for a program that had become used to success, and while Barnes' teams were good, many saw them as failing to live up to high expectations. Barnes' only losing season came in 2012-2013, but he turned that around with a surprising 24-11 finish the next season. That rebound, and the return of every starter with highly-touted recruit Myles Turner, landed Texas in the Top 10 to start this season. Texas reached as high as No. 6 before Christmas, but had a much rougher time in once Big 12 play began, finishing 8-10 in the conference. Barnes and Patterson met three times this week about the job and the future of the program. By firing Barnes, Patterson now must make another high-profile hire barely more than a year on the job. Texas pushed out football coach Mack Brown in December 2014, barely a month after Patterson was hired to replace longtime athletic director DeLoss Dodds. Patterson will have an attractive program to sell. Texas is the wealthiest athletic program in the country and will soon build a new basketball arena to replace the nearly 40-year-old Frank Erwin Center. And any new coach will land in the middle of a state rich in high school basketball talent.
Mar 3, 2015
With Trevor Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle. Baker Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it.
Oklahoma football: Will Baker Mayfield once again make the most of an opportunity?
BY JASON KERSEY | Mar 3, 2015NORMAN — Baker Mayfield was too slow and didn’t have a strong enough arm to start for his high school freshman football team, until an injury gave him an opportunity and he started the rest of the season. Two years later, coaches at Lake Travis High School in Austin, Texas, picked a different quarterback to start the 2011 season opener, but by the end of the year, Mayfield had accounted for 55 touchdowns and led his team to a state championship. “Those things are what drove him to the success that he had at Texas Tech early on, and that’s what’s gonna end up driving him to play at Oklahoma,” said Ryan Priem, a Lake Travis assistant when Mayfield played there. “Baker was never a guy who accepted his role.” Mayfield’s decision to walk on at Oklahoma more than a year ago seemed crazy at the time. Trevor Knight was coming off a Sugar Bowl MVP performance against Alabama and appeared firmly entrenched as OU’s starter for the forseeable future. With Knight’s struggles in 2014 and a new offensive coordinator in Lincoln Riley, OU is staging another quarterback battle in spring practices beginning Saturday. Mayfield, who sat last year out due to NCAA transfer rules, will be right in the thick of that competition, and those who know him best expect him to win it. Mayfield took over as Lake Travis’ quarterback midway through the first quarter of his junior season after an injury sidelined the starter, and threw for 281 yards and a touchdown and also ran for two more scores in a 35-7 victory over Westlake. By the time his high school career was over, he’d thrown for 6,255 yards and 67 touchdowns and led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record. He seemed like the next Lake Travis quarterback destined for big-time college football, following Garrett Gilbert and Michael Brewer, but his recruiting never took off. He only received scholarship offers from Florida Atlantic, Rice and Washington State. High school teammate and longtime friend Luke Hutton remembers catching passes for Mayfield at a workout for Oregon State coaches. “He didn’t have one incompletion; he was just perfect,” said Hutton, who now plays at Harvard. “But they didn’t offer him. They offered a guy who was four inches taller.” Mayfield chose to walk on at Texas Tech, and by the season opener, had won the starting job. He completed 43 of 60 pass attempts for 413 yards and four touchdowns against SMU in what is believed to be the first-ever season opener in which a walk-on true freshman quarterback started for a power five conference school. He ended up starting seven games — throwing for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions — but decided to transfer, he said, because he was frustrated with a lack of communication with Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury. Mayfield announced his plans to walk on at Oklahoma around the time of the Sugar Bowl, despite Knight’s incredible performance against the mighty Crimson Tide. Then in the OU spring game, he completed all nine of his pass attempts for 125 yards and two touchdowns. His appeals to Texas Tech and the NCAA for immediate eligibility last season were denied, although he was put on scholarship last fall. Still, because he transferred within the Big 12 Conference, he not only had to sit out the 2014 season, but lost that year of eligibility. Knight failed to replicate his Sugar Bowl performance last season, and offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel was fired. Riley — who tried unsuccessfully to recruit Mayfield to East Carolina after he left Texas Tech — runs a system similar to Kingsbury’s, leading many to believe Mayfield’s the best candidate to take over the OU offense in 2015. He’ll compete with Knight, sophomore Cody Thomas and redshirt freshman Justice Hansen for the job. “A whole lot of people doubted him about playing at OU,” said Hagen Patterson, another of Mayfield’s Lake Travis teammates who now plays at Columbia. “People would ask me, ‘What is Baker doing? What is he thinking?’ “I told them, ‘Just wait. He’ll find a way to play.’”
Feb 4, 2015
DALLAS (AP) — New SMU coach Chad Morris wasn't joking about his focus for recruiting targeting Texas and the Dallas area.All 22 of the Mustangs signings announced Wednesday were high school players from in-state. Morris was a high school coach for 16 years in Texas before moving on to the college ranks as an assistant.Morris was hired Dec. 1, and said it wasn't necessarily the fast recruiting...
New SMU boss Morris serious about recruiting home turf
Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015DALLAS (AP) — New SMU coach Chad Morris wasn't joking about his focus for recruiting targeting Texas and the Dallas area. All 22 of the Mustangs signings announced Wednesday were high school players from in-state. Morris was a high school coach for 16 years in Texas before moving on to the college ranks as an assistant. Morris was hired Dec. 1, and said it wasn't necessarily the fast recruiting track for his first class that dictated staying close to home. "Being a Texas high school football coach, I think right here in our own area, in our own state there are some unbelievable players," Morris said. "I don't want to drive past a player to get the same caliber of player in another state. It doesn't make any sense for us." Topping the list for Morris was quarterback Ben Hicks of Waco Midway. Hicks enrolled in January after a brief visit to campus the weekend before the latest dead period started. Morris coached some top Texas quarterbacks before going to Tulsa and then Clemson, where he was one of the nation's highest-paid offensive coordinators for one of the most prolific units in the country. That was enough to persuade Hicks, who threw for more than 3,500 yards and 28 touchdowns last season. "He's been extremely important in the process of the other high-profile players that we got on our roster," said Morris, who also landed receiver James Proche from nearby DeSoto while hiring that team's coach, Claude Mathis, as an assistant. Elsewhere in Texas, UTSA landed Southlake Carroll defensive tackle King Newton, the son of former Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman and three-time Super Bowl winner Nate Newton. Newton is part of a huge class of 37 for UTSA coach Larry Coker, who won the 2001 BCS championship at Miami. The largest signing class in the program's four-year history includes former Oklahoma receiver Dannon Cavil and eight junior college transfers. Houston officially added receiver Chance Allen, who played five games for Oregon during the Ducks' run to the first championship game in the College Football Playoff. Allen played at a Houston-area high school. The Cougars are also adding quarterback Adam Schulz, a former Wisconsin high school star who played eight games for Utah before transferring. Tight end M.J. McFarland is joining UTEP after transferring from Texas. He played at an El Paso high school.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma signed four receivers as part of a top 25 class on Wednesday, a step the Sooners hope returns them to college football's elite.Oklahoma opened last season ranked No. 4 but finished out of the Top 25. Since then, the Sooners have fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell and hired Lincoln Riley to step in.Riley now has some options for his...
Oklahoma pulls in Top 25 class
By CLIFF BRUNT, Associated Press | Feb 4, 2015NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma signed four receivers as part of a top 25 class on Wednesday, a step the Sooners hope returns them to college football's elite. Oklahoma opened last season ranked No. 4 but finished out of the Top 25. Since then, the Sooners have fired co-offensive coordinators Josh Heupel and Jay Norvell and hired Lincoln Riley to step in. Riley now has some options for his pass-happy Air Raid system. John Humphrey is a 160-pound speedster who passed up offers from Notre Dame, Clemson, Baylor and others. Dede Westbrook, a transfer from Blinn Community College, led the nation's junior college ranks with 1,487 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Dahu Green, a 6-5 leaper from Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City, caught 14 touchdowns as a senior. A.D. Miller, from Bishop Dunne High School in Dallas, used his 6-3 frame to haul in 18 touchdown passes last season. "The direction changed midway through, after the holidays and in the last two weeks," Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said. "In the end, we wanted to get more speed and quickness in some of the inside spots. And then we had a couple of guys that could go up and get the ball outside as well." The top overall addition, linebacker Ricky DeBerry of Mechanicsville, Virginia, is considered one of the nation's top overall recruits. "More of an outside guy, rusher, but a cover guy, great tackler," Stoops said. Neville Gallimore of the Canada Prep Football Academy in St. Catherine's, Ontario, Canada, is the Sooners' top offensive line pickup. The junior is one of four additions on the line. Stoops acknowledged that the Sooners have been thin in the secondary the past few years. He felt that need was addressed with six players who Stoops says comprises the best group he's recruited in his 16 years at the school. "We got players at every position that we needed," Stoops said. "I felt we hit our target on numbers to start camp next year at the right numbers, really, at every position." ___ OKLAHOMA Top 25 Class: Yes Best in class: Ricky DeBerry, LB, Mechanicsville, Va. Best of the rest: Neville Gallimore, OL, St. Catharine's, Ontario, Canada. Late addition: Prentice McKinney, db, Dallas. One that got away: Josh Wariboko-Alali, OL, Oklahoma City (UCLA).
Feb 2, 2015
Green, who had been committed to Washington State for less than a month, flipped to Oklahoma on Monday. He announced his decision on Twitter.
Football recruiting: Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green flips to Sooners
BY JASON KERSEY, SCOTT WRIGHT, RYAN ABER, JACOB UNRUH AND KYLE FREDRICKSON | Feb 2, 2015Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green didn't wait until signing day to make his decision public. Green, who had been committed to Washington State for less than a month, flipped to Oklahoma on Monday. He announced his decision on Twitter. Green picked up an offer from the Sooners last week and took an official visit to Norman over the weekend. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Green is No. 4 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruiting rankings for the class of 2015. As a senior, he had 943 yards and 12 touchdowns on 56 catches and earned Oklahoman All-State honors. The Rivals.com three-star prospect had offers that included Indiana, Louisville, Boise State and Cincinnati. Green was committed to Louisville before switching to Washington State last month. Green is the 22nd commitment in the 2015 class for the Sooners and the fourth wide receiver. OU picked up its third, Dallas Bishop Dunne's A.D. Miller, just Sunday night. He's also the fourth in-state commit for the Sooners, joining Jenks defensive tackle Marquise Overton, Midwest City safety Will Sunderland and McAlester athlete Dalton Wood. Green's commitment is non-binding. Signing day is Wednesday. OSU OFFERS RINGLING’S DANIEL Though Oklahoma State lost its offensive line coach, it hasn’t stopped pursuing prospects for that unit, extending an offer to Baylor commit Riley Daniel of Ringling on Monday. Former OSU offensive line coach Bob Connelly is joining the USC coaching staff in the same capacity, according to reports. But Johnny Barr, OSU’s director of recruiting, called Daniel on Monday to extend the scholarship offer, the family said. Just two days before National Signing Day, it could be difficult for the Cowboys to change Daniel’s mind. He verbally committed to Baylor on Jan. 25 during his official visit to the campus. Daniel, 6-foot-6, 300 pounds, was an All-State selection and is No. 9 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruit rankings. DALLAS SAFETY VISITS OU Oklahoma hosted four prospects last weekend, and one of them was a surprise visitor. Dallas South Oak Cliff safety Prentice McKinney — who flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to North Carolina in late January — visited Norman along with linebacker Arthur McGinnis and wide receivers A.D. Miller and Dahu Green. Miller committed to Oklahoma on Sunday evening, and Green — a Westmoore standout and current Washington State commit — committed Monday. McGinnis has yet to make his commitment. McKinney (6-2, 180 pounds) is a four-star prospect and the 19th-ranked safety in the 2015 recruiting class, according to Rivals. He holds offers from Arizona State, Arkansas, Michigan, Nebraska, TCU and UCLA, among others. In an interview with Rivals.com on Monday, McKinney said that cornerback Zack Sanchez was his host for his visit to OU. “I’m still North Carolina, but I’m still thinking about other things,” McKinney told the website. “At the end of the day, it’s gonna be the best choice for me and my family. “The trip was nice. It was a great program. The facility was nice. The football players showed me a good time, and I like the environment up there.” The Sooners already have two safeties committed in the 2015 class — Midwest City’s Will Sunderland and Waco (Texas) Midway’s Kahlil Haughton. MWC’S HARRISON SWITCHES TO NORTH TEXAS DeMikal Harrison is still Texas-bound, just not as far south. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound defensive lineman had verbally committed to UTEP last week, but on Sunday night, he announced his change of plans. Harrison posted on Twitter that he had committed to North Texas. Tulsa had also offered Harrison a scholarship recently. LAWTON’S SADLER SWITCHES COMMITMENT After verbally committing to Northern Iowa last week, Lawton receiver Kalin Sadler reopened his commitment and committed to an entirely different school in a matter of hours Monday. Sadler committed to Abilene Christian, following his former quarterback Dallas Sealey to the Division I program. He announced the decision and his excitement to join Sealey on his Twitter page. Sadler caught 47 passes for 915 yards and 12 touchdowns last season while helping the Wolverines reach the Class 6A-II state championship game. CASADY’S MORRIS HAS CHANCE AT OSU Casady senior Colin Morris has four scholarship offers, but he also has the chance to be a preferred walk-on at Oklahoma State. Morris recently picked up an offer from Montana, joining Air Force, Colorado School of Mines and Oklahoma Baptist. He started his only season with the Cyclones at receiver — where he’ll likely play collegiately — but moved to quarterback with the injury to T’Quan Wallace. Morris led the Cyclones to the Southwest Preparatory Conference championship game, accounting for 12 touchdowns the entire season. Morris transferred from Westmoore over the summer. JUCO RUNNING BACK CHRIS CARSON PICKS OSU OVER UGA Chris Carson — a three-star rated, 6-foot-2, 220-pound running back from Butler Community College (Kan.) — told the Atlanta Journal Constitution last week he was “70-to-80 percent” solid on his commitment to Georgia. But Carson changed his mind Monday and will play for OSU next season, first reported by gopokes.com. “It’s a better opportunity," Carson told the website. "I was looking for playing time right away and that is a school where I can get it. Coach (Mike) Gundy said he understands guys looking to get to the NFL." Carson rushed for 994 yards and nine touchdowns last season. With two years of junior college football under his belt, he is expected to compete for the starting running back spot with returning rising junior Rennie Childs. JOSHUA JONES FLIPS ON OSU, PICKS HOUSTON Joshua Jones — a three-star rated offensive tackle from Bush High School (Texas) — announced Monday on Twitter he was decommitting from OSU for Houston. Jones’ departure comes a day after scout.com reported OSU offensive line coach Bob Connelly was leaving the Cowboys for the same position with USC. OSU added three offensive linemen during the mid-year transfer signing period and still has two verbal commitments from high school prospects.
Jan 19, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Isaiah Taylor says he's coming around after missing 10 games with a broken left wrist, and maybe No. 17 Texas is too.Taylor had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 15 points in a 66-48 victory against TCU on Monday night.The Longhorns (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) never trailed in their second straight win since a two-game skid that...
Felix, Taylor lead No. 17 Texas past TCU 66-48
By SCHUYLER DIXON, Associated Press | Jan 19, 2015FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Isaiah Taylor says he's coming around after missing 10 games with a broken left wrist, and maybe No. 17 Texas is too. Taylor had 13 points, seven rebounds and six assists while Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 15 points in a 66-48 victory against TCU on Monday night. The Longhorns (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) never trailed in their second straight win since a two-game skid that included a blowout loss at home to Oklahoma. Earlier in the day, Texas moved up three spots in The Associated Press poll after a 27-point win at home over No. 18 West Virginia. "We're putting in hours in the practice gym, just talking on and off the court," said Taylor, who has played in all five conference games since returning from the injury. "We feel that we're ready for a big push." Kenrich Williams scored 10 to lead the Horned Frogs (14-4, 1-4), who were coming off a win at Texas Tech that snapped a 23-game conference losing streak, including postseason tournaments. Kyan Anderson, who came in sixth in the Big 12 in scoring at 13.9 points per game, flirted with the first scoreless game since he was a freshman in 2011, getting in early foul trouble and scoring his only points on a jumper with 6:02 remaining. "Going into the game we knew they were going to pay a lot of attention to Kyan in their zones, so there were going to be other guys with open shots," TCU coach Trent Johnson said. And the Frogs couldn't make them, not even from the free-throw line. Texas blocked TCU's first two shots, both from the perimeter, and held the Horned Frogs to 28 percent shooting in the first half and 33 for the game. Two days earlier, the Longhorns held West Virginia to 24 percent, a school record for a Big 12 regular-season game. As for free throws, the Frogs made three of 11 in the first half (27 percent) and nine of 23 overall (39 percent). "I just think this is one game where for the first time in what it is it, 18 games, where I just didn't like our effort," Johnson said. "It's not a lot I liked out there." The Longhorns contested TCU jumpers out of their zone defense, but didn't give the Frogs much room around the basket either. Jonathan Holmes emphatically swatted a shot by Karviar Shepherd under the basket in the first half, and Myles Turner blocked a layup try by Trey Zeigler from behind after halftime. Texas finished with nine blocks, led by three from Cameron Ridley, who also had 10 points. TURNER'S HOMECOMING Turner, a freshman, was playing his first game close to home, about 20 miles from the high school he attended in the Fort Worth suburb of Euless. He had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks in the high school arena TCU is using while its campus facility is renovated. Turner said he played three games for Trinity High School there. "A lot of family members. A lot of old teachers. A lot of family friends. So it felt like a home game for me," Turner said. DECISIVE RUN The Longhorns put the game away with 14-0 run for a 52-28 lead midway through the second half. Felix had nine points during the 6-minute scoreless drought for the Horned Frogs. TIP-INS Texas: Holmes, who had nine points and six rebounds, and Taylor both left the game briefly in the second half with apparent injuries before returning. TCU: Although there were no-shows, the Frogs had their first sellout at the 4,759-seat Wilkerson-Greines Activity Center. Another sellout is expected Jan. 28 when No. 11 Kansas visits. The crowd was evenly split between fans of either school, and the same figures to be true against the Jayhawks. ... TCU's football team was honored at halftime. The Frogs were left out of the first four-team playoff before beating Ole Miss 42-3 in the Peach Bowl and finishing No. 3 in the final Associated Press poll. ... Anderson's last scoreless game was Dec. 6, 2011, against Texas Tech, when TCU was still in the Mountain West. UP NEXT: Texas: Saturday at home against Kansas. TCU: Saturday at West Virginia.
Dec 29, 2014
Some good news emerged from the locker room after OU’s 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Star linebacker Eric Striker said he would return for his senior season. There had been speculation Striker would declare for the NFL draft, though he wasn’t expected to be a first-round pick. “Things are going to change around here,” Striker vowed. “No one wants to finish like...
OU football notebook: Sooners linebacker Eric Striker says he'll be back for senior season
BY BERRY TRAMEL AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writer | Dec 29, 2014Some good news emerged from the locker room after OU’s 40-6 loss to Clemson in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Monday. Star linebacker Eric Striker said he would return for his senior season. There had been speculation Striker would declare for the NFL draft, though he wasn’t expected to be a first-round pick. “Things are going to change around here,” Striker vowed. “No one wants to finish like this — not at all. I’m a team guy. Know what I mean? That’s the way Armwood (High School, in Seffner, Fla.) shaped me and that’s the way I’m gonna be. I’ve got another year to make it better and that’s what I’m gonna do — everything I can to make it better. You shouldn’t finish like this. You shouldn’t want to go out like this. I’m a winner and we should all want to be winners. This is not the way you do it.” OFFSIDES HURT TWICE The Sooners committed two offsides penalties, and both were costly. In the first quarter, Clemson’s Amon Lakip missed a 39-yard field goal, but Zack Sanchez was flagged for being offsides. Lakip promptly nailed a 34-yard field goal to give Clemson a 10-0 lead. “We finally make a play, get a turnover, and we’re offsides,” OU coach Bob Stoops said. “A few plays later, they score. There’s another 14-point swing.” In the second quarter, OU’s Charles Tapper bore down on Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt, batted his pass into the air, caught it, avoided a tackler and rambled about 55 yards for a touchdown. But Ogbonnia Okoronkwo was flagged for offsides. Clemson scored its own touchdown three plays later to take a 27-0 lead. “Start the game off, two of our veteran guys miss a tackle in the open field, guy gets out of the gate for a touchdown,” Stoops said. “You gotta make those plays if you’re gonna have a chance in these kinds of games.” PICK-SIX AFFLICTS KNIGHT AGAIN Midway through the first quarter, OU quarterback Trevor Knight threw a pass in the flat to tailback Keith Ford, who had gone in motion. Trouble was, Clemson linebacker Korrin Wiggins stepped into the play and had an easy path to the end zone. Wiggins didn’t catch it cleanly, though, and intercepted only with a bobble. That allowed the Sooners to recover and pull down Wiggins after a seven-yard return. But on OU’s next possession, Knight threw slightly high to Sterling Shepard on a crossing route. The ball caromed off Shepard’s hands and was intercepted by linebacker Ben Boulware, who zagged 47 yards through Sooners to a touchdown. In each of OU’s four losses quarterbacked by Knight, he’s thrown an interception returned for a touchdown. All of which means the quarterback competition will be open come spring. “I think it’s fair to say it is open,” Stoops said of a derby that will be joined by Texas Tech transfer Baker Mayfield. “With the other guys that we have coming in and our inconsistency overall, it has to be.” SMITH TRANSFERRING After the game, OU redshirt sophomore tailback David Smith announced on Twitter that he would leave the program. Smith, from Midlothian, Ill., was given permission within the last few weeks to begin exploring transfer options. Smith was in uniform for the Russell Athletic Bowl. He was a team favorite, known as “Sooner Dave” because of his Twitter handle even before arriving on campus in the summer of 2012. Mayfield indicated earlier this month on Twitter that Smith would transfer to Illinois. In his only game appearance as a Sooner, Smith rushed for 76 yards and a touchdown in Oklahoma’s Nov. 1 rout of Iowa State. STOUDT NAMED MVP Clemson’s Stoudt spent three seasons as the backup to star quarterback Tajh Boyd, then lost the job this season to true freshman DeShaun Watson. But Stoudt was stout against OU, completing 26 of 36 passes for a career high 319 yards and three touchdowns. He was named the Russell Athletic Bowl most valuable player. “I wouldn’t say it’s redemption,” said Stoudt, the son of former Pittsburgh Steelers backup QB Cliff Stoudt. “I just knew this was my last game here and knew that I prepared to do my best. I just wanted to do it for the guys around me.” SHEPARD RETURNS Shepard, OU’s receiving star, returned after missing most of the previous four games with a strained groin. But Shepard was mostly ineffective; he had one catch for 13 yards and rarely was targeted by Knight. “Well, he’s hurt,” Stoops said. “It hurt us. I mean, he’s a guy that you saw for the first six games or whatever he played, he made big plays and was over 100 yards each game. When you remove that, that’s tough when you need such a dynamic player that way. It changes you.” Tailback Samaje Perine, who suffered a sprained ankle against Oklahoma State, returned and played well, gaining 134 yards on 23 carries. CLEMSON STRIKES QUICK On Clemson’s first play of the game, Stoudt threw a quick sideways pass to flanker Artavis Scott. The Sooners had three defenders in position, and Clemson had just two blockers. But Scott sidestepped both Striker and safety Quentin Hayes and dashed to a 65-yard touchdown. “It was a huge momentum booster, starting off 7-0 right off the bat for the first play,” Stoudt said. “And I knew that was one of the big plays. It all comes down to who makes the big plays in the game. And we had the most this game.” HUNNICUTT STUCK ON 450 OU kicker Michael Hunnicutt entered the game with 450 career points, good for sixth place in major-college history. Hunnicutt needed one point to catch former Baylor kicker Aaron Jones for fifth and just two points to catch former Texas tailback Ricky Williams for fourth. But Hunnicutt got zero. Hunnicutt’s only kicking opportunity against Clemson came on a late extra point. It was blocked. SANCHEZ WINS MEDIA AWARD Sophomore cornerback Zack Sanchez was named the winner of the inaugural J.D. Runnels OU Media Cooperation Award, voted on by 14 writers who regularly cover the team. Runnels, an OU fullback in 2002-05, was known for interacting with the media as a player and has continued that since his playing days ended. “I don't think there's a better choice," Runnels said of Sanchez. “He's very outspoken. He's going to let you know how he feels. He's had an up and down year, but the thing I love about the kid is he remains positive.” Each voter was asked to rank three players in order. Of the 14 possible first-place votes, Sanchez received six. Only Blake Bell received more than two. Eleven players received votes in the poll.
Dec 29, 2014
Ed Cunningham, who served as the color analyst for Monday’s ESPN broadcast of the Russell Athletic Bowl, teed off on Oklahoma and Sooners coach Bob Stoops early in the broadcast. “This is just bad defense from the safety, Quentin Hayes,” Cunningham said after Clemson’s Artavis Scott opened the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown catch early in the Tigers’ 40-6 rout of the Sooners at the Orlando...
OU football: ESPN analyst Ed Cunningham rips Sooners and Bob Stoops early, often
Ryan Aber | Dec 29, 2014Ed Cunningham, who served as the color analyst for Monday’s ESPN broadcast of the Russell Athletic Bowl, teed off on Oklahoma and Sooners coach Bob Stoops early in the broadcast. “This is just bad defense from the safety, Quentin Hayes,” Cunningham said after Clemson’s Artavis Scott opened the scoring with a 65-yard touchdown catch early in the Tigers’ 40-6 rout of the Sooners at the Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium. It only got worse from there for the Sooners and Cunningham had plenty to say about it. After Zack Sanchez was called for being offsides on a missed field goal less than seven minutes into the game, Cunningham quickly made reference to Oklahoma’s Bedlam loss. “If you’re an Oklahoma fan, you don’t like to see things being re-kicked,” Cunningham said after the penalty gave the Tigers another chance at the field goal. When the game returned from commercial, Tyreek Hill’s punt return in Bedlam was shown before Ammon Lakip made his second field-goal attempt to put Clemson up 10-0. Hill’s return was made possible after the Sooners accepted a penalty instead of forcing Oklahoma State to go 85 yards in 1:01 with no timeouts. Oklahoma State eventually won in overtime. Late in the second quarter, Cunningham piled on the Sooners. “This really does look like the varsity vs. the JV right now,” he said. A few minutes later, Cunningham kept it going. “If I’m Bob Stoops, I ask for a running clock in the second half,” Cunningham said. Late in the third quarter, Cunningham criticized Oklahoma’s defense alignment, saying that even though OU’s coaches were worried about getting beat deep, they needed to be more aggressive in their coverages. A bit later, with Oklahoma defense continuing to struggle and its offense unable to move the ball, Cunningham kept it up. “I don’t know that there’s enough Pepto Bismol in the state of Florida to help the Stoops brothers tonight.” Late in the second quarter, sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards said that it wasn’t just the ESPN booth that wondered about the will of OU’s defense. With Clemson leading 27-0, Edwards reported that Tigers defensive tackle DeShawn Williams addressed his teammates. “I don’t think they want it,” Williams said, according to Edwards. “It doesn’t look like they want it.” SWITCHOVER ISSUES Since the games overlapped, the broadcast of the Russell Athletic Bowl started on ESPN2 while the Liberty Bowl between West Virginia and Texas A&M wrapped up on ESPN. The way the network handled the transition back to ESPN, though, left something to be desired. Announcer Mike Patrick welcomed viewers who were watching the other game just before Eric Striker sacked Clemson quarterback Cole Stoudt on third down. Instead of keeping the game on ESPN2 through the drive, though, the network cut from the game just before Chuka Ndulue blocked a field goal moments later. The switch left plenty of Sooners fans missing the blocked kick. EXTRA POINTS At halftime, with his team up 27-0, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney continued to praise Oklahoma. “This is a national championship-caliber football team we’re playing in Oklahoma,” Swinney said. … Late in the game, ESPN showed highlights of the 1989 Citrus Bowl between the teams, which Clemson won 13-6 in Barry Switzer’s final game. Cunningham warned OU fans against getting too up-in-arms about the Sooners’ struggles, pointing to their lack of success under Gary Gibbs, Howard Schnellenberger and John Blake. … ESPN’s announcers struggled at times with pronunciations, misfiring on Samaje Perine’s last name and offensive line coach Bill Bedenbaugh’s last name early. But no name vexed them more than Oklahoma freshman wide receiver Michiah Quick. His first name is pronounced ma-KIE-uh, but the announcers repeatedly called him ma-KEY-uh. … TWEET, TWEET “Well… it can only go up from here I suppose.” — Gabe Ikard (@GabeIkard), former OU center, after OU fell behind early. “Well I was wrong. It got worse. #Boomer.” — Ikard moments later. “Big Game Bob!” — Paul Finebaum, SEC Network show host after the end of the first quarter. “This offensive game plan is a joke.” — Rufus Alexander (@Rufus_Alexander) midway through the second quarter. “This is a massive failure of leadership at Oklahoma. The decline began in earnest more than four seasons ago. Sad day. Leadership missed it.” — Spencer Tillman (@SpenceTillman), former Sooner and current CBS analyst, during halftime.
Oklahoma picked up its first linebacker commitment in the 2015 recruiting class Friday, when four-star, Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee product Ricky DeBerry chose the Sooners.
Oklahoma football: A look at the Sooners' scholarship linebackers
By Jason Kersey | Dec 19, 2014NORMAN — Oklahoma picked up its first linebacker commitment in the 2015 recruiting class Friday, when four-star, Mechanicsburg (Va.) Atlee product Ricky DeBerry chose the Sooners. DeBerry’s commitment ended a long string of bad news for Oklahoma on the linebacker recruiting front, and will help — a little, anyway — to shore up a thin position group. Here’s a look at the Sooners’ scholarship linebackers that are expected to be on campus next season: Dominique Alexander, Jr.: The Tulsa Washington product has started 20 straight games since entering the starting lineup midway through his true freshman season. His 98 tackles lead the Sooners this season. Curtis Bolton, RFr.: The Murrieta, Calif., native redshirted during his first season at Oklahoma, but he’s got big-time potential as an outside ’backer. He recorded 13 sacks during his senior season at Vista Murrieta High School. Devante Bond, Sr.: Bond, who transferred last January from California’s Sierra College, has appeared in 11 games, with two starts since Geneo Grissom’s season-ending knee injury. He’s a strong pass rusher, and has recorded 23 tackles with three for loss this year. Ricky DeBerry, Fr.: DeBerry is considered the 10th-best outside linebacker prospect in the country, according to Rivals, and the 122nd best player overall. He chose the Sooners over offers from Alabama, Baylor, Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, Texas A&M and UCLA, among several other prominent scholarship offers. Jordan Evans, Jr.: Evans stepped into the starting lineup after Frank Shannon’s year-long suspension and has played well for the most part. The former Norman North standout is second on the team with 87 tackles — 54 of which have been solo stops. Tay Evans, RFr.: Evans redshirted along with Bond this season, but could be asked to play a big role next season in the Sooners’ thin linebacker corps. P.L. Lindley, Sr.: Lindley — a Round Rock, Texas, native — started two games last season, but has appeared in just nine games this year, with only three total tackles. One of his two starts last season was the Sooners’ Sugar Bowl victory over Alabama. Entering his senior season, Lindley clearly hasn’t produced the way coaches once believed he would. Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, So.: OU coaches expect big things from Okoronkwo, but this season, he struggled to get on the field much. He appeared in 10 games, recording only six tackles and 0.5 sacks. Frank Shannon, Sr.: The most intriguing linebacker expected to be on the roster next season. Shannon was Oklahoma’s leading tackler in 2013 and started every game, but was suspended for an entire year after a university Title IX sexual misconduct investigation found him responsible for assaulting a female student at his off-campus apartment last January. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said he expects Shannon to be back, and that his suspension is over in May. That means Shannon won’t be able to go through spring practices, and he’s already behind after Evans has played well in his place this year. Still, if he actually returns, Shannon would be an important addition to the team because OU is especially thin at middle linebacker. Eric Striker, Sr.: Striker, one of the best pass rushers in America when he gets the opportunity to do it, is one of the OU underclassman who is at least considering leaving school early and entering the 2015 NFL Draft. OU coaches have tried to use him more in pass coverage this year with mixed results, but when he’s cut loose and allowed to attack quarterbacks, he’s an incredible player. He leads the team with 7.5 sacks entering the Russell Athletic Bowl. If he was to leave school early, it would be a tough loss to sustain for the Sooners.
Dec 18, 2014
“My dream growing up was to be one of the varsity players out on the field,” Wheeler said. “That was my dream playing football on the sidelines during halftime. To actually score again, it felt awesome.”
Friday Night Lights: Heritage Hall's Joe Wheeler had a vision quest
By Jacob Unruh | Dec 18, 2014Joe Wheeler had envisioned crossing the goal line to score a touchdown the better part of the past three years. In the vision, there was a leap across the white line and a celebration with his Heritage Hall teammates. For nearly two of those years, a headache often followed the vision. But it was Oct. 24 against Mannford that Wheeler found himself lining wide left as a receiver behind a trio of receivers serving as blockers catching a screen pass and taking that leap. The weight of a debilitating concussion that left Wheeler unable to sustain contact to his head and led him to become the team’s punter and scout team star this season was gone. “My dream growing up was to be one of the varsity players out on the field,” Wheeler said. “That was my dream playing football on the sidelines during halftime. To actually score again, it felt awesome.” Wheeler’s concussion his freshman year was the catalyst for Heritage Hall coach Andy Bogert to seek a better way to protect players’ heads, which resulted in the adoption of the Seattle Seahawks’ Hawk tackling system this season. The success of the new method based on shoulder-leverage tackles is a big reason the Chargers are playing Cushing for the Class 3A state championship 7 p.m. Friday at Stillwater High School. And Wheeler is a part of the team he watched from the sideline the past two years as a student and coach despite having incredible potential with his 6-foot-2, 210-pound frame. “We’ve kept him out of harm’s way with also allowing him to participate,” Bogert said. “I think that was huge for him, huge for his family and huge for us. We’ve loved him since he’s been here. Just thinking, ‘My gosh, the potential there.’ Things really worked out this year for us.” THE BLACK HOLE Joe Wheeler remembers scoring a touchdown on a blocked punt in the second quarter Nov. 11, 2011, against Cushing. He remembers going back onto the field for the kickoff. The next thing he remembers is 3 p.m. the next day. “It’s just kind of a black hole in between there,” Wheeler said. Nobody quite knows what occurred during that game other than a few details. Wheeler said he got his bell rung early in the game but chose not to report it to anybody. The belief is he suffered a second concussion between that hit and blacking out. It’s a time period that gnawed at Wheeler for a lengthy period following the injury. “It was really unsettling, and it frustrated me for months trying to figure out what happened,” he said. “It’s something that I had no control over and that’s really been the battle the past two years before this year. I have no control over getting better. It’s just when my brain heals.” That just took some time. Over the next 16 months, there was rarely a day Wheeler did not have a headache. He missed school, which was a struggle when he attended, and his mood was altered. Eventually, Heritage Hall adjusted his class schedule to be completed by 12:30 every afternoon. He also had to quit the football team, becoming a coach on the sideline just to remain around his friends and the game. He turned to baseball his freshman year, but he suffered a setback when a teammate hit him in the head while horsing around in the dugout. Wheeler then tried basketball his sophomore year, only to complete four games before taking an elbow to the head during practice. Wheeler and his mom Janine would visit the doctor hoping for any encouraging sign, one that would allow him to return to the football field, though the prognosis was never really promising. Wheeler and his mom would then sit together in their car crying. “It was horrible watching your kid struggle with wanting so badly to play sports and be a team player because that’s what he’s been his whole life,” Janine said. “Every time we went to the doctor what we heard was unless having a professional career is your goal, you’ll probably never play again.” THE TRIUMPHANT RETURN Even as the doctors’ prognosis was bleak about a comeback, Joe Wheeler was finding ways to remain an athlete. He returned to the baseball diamond, getting clearance to play the final game of his sophomore season. He closed out the game on the mound and has been playing ever since, becoming the Chargers’ starting first baseman and closer. But football was still out of the question — until this season. The doctors agreed to let Wheeler return to the football team as a punter, holder and scout team receiver in Week 2. He just had to get approval from the coaching staff and then beat out quarterback Connor McGinnis. “I immediately said, ‘Yes, but you’ve got to win your way,’” Andy Bogert said. “He was kicking just as good as Connor, plus it gets us to talk to Connor more now. It helped us there for sure.” Along the way — especially in the playoffs — Wheeler has developed into what Bogert refers to as “our Dorial Green-Beckham” on the scout team, referencing the Oklahoma receiver ineligible this season. Wheeler plays the role of the opposing team’s best receiver each week, usually giving a good measurement of what’s coming. “We should’ve known (last week about Locust Grove’s Jason Pirtle),” Bogert said. “He lit us up last week all week long.” Midway through the season, Bogert started forming his own vision of a way to reward Wheeler. He toyed with the idea of a fake field goal the Chargers ran in the late 1990s. He instead decided on Wheeler being a receiver and putting the big bodies of Terrell “Tank” Love, Tevin McDaniel and Cole McDaniel in front of him as blockers. Bogert drew the play up on a piece of paper and then drew two lines at the bottom for Wheeler’s parents to sign. Wheeler spent the evening explaining what the Xs and Os meant on the page, but eventually got permission for the play. Then late in the second quarter, Wheeler caught the pass during the blowout and scored one final touchdown. AN UNCLEAR FUTURE After all he’s been through, Joe Wheeler remains terrified. He’s not sure what lingering effect he will have from the concussion as he gets older, which leaves him wondering if he’ll someday let his children play the sport he loves. “I’ve thought about that a lot and unless they keep progressing and take other steps I don’t think it’s worth it because I don’t know what I’m going to be like,” Wheeler said. “They said it’s hard to tell what the long-term effects are, so I could be out of the woods now but I don’t know memory-wise what it’s going to be like when I’m 45-50 and that’s scary. It’s insanely scary. It’s hard to even wrap your head around thinking about it.” The risk each time he steps onto the football field even as a punter still remains, though it might be diminished. Wheeler said he still struggles to remain out of the play following his kick, oftentimes hearing the Chargers’ coaching staff yelling for him to get off the field even with the play happening. “The emphasis we’re trying to put on here is take the head out of the game,” Bogert said. “You obviously can’t prevent when you get hit by someone, but you can prevent when we’re hitting.” Still, Wheeler is grateful for a chance to even be on the field. And he will certainly be forever grateful for his final career score that was part of a championship season, should the Chargers win. “Actually being here is over my head,” Wheeler said. “I think most of our team doesn’t have a grasp on what this means, but once it’s over I think they’ll realize that’s a big deal and it’s something we’re going to hang on to the rest of our lives.”
It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons.
Oklahoma football walk-ons: A look at walk-ons who made an impact at OU, OSU and around the nation
BY JASON KERSEY | Nov 29, 2014It’s often tough for walk-ons to make major on-the-field impacts in college football, but there have been plenty who have done it. Here’s a look at five walk-ons from both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State who made an impact, plus five big names nationally who started as walk-ons. OKLAHOMA Bubba Burcham, C: Burcham walked on at Oklahoma out of Mustang High, and earned a scholarship after two seasons playing for John Blake. By 2000, he was Bob Stoops’ starting center, snapping the ball to Josh Heupel on the Sooners’ national championship football team. Trent Ratterree, TE: Ratterree, from Weatherford, chose to walk on in Norman despite some scholarship offers from smaller schools. He became a special teams contributor as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and earned a scholarship before his senior season in 2011. The tight end ended up catching 31 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns through his carer. Aaron Ripkowski, FB: The strong fullback made an instant impression on OU coaches after he walked on in 2011, and earned a scholarship before his junior season. Ripkowski is now one of the best, most valuable players on Oklahoma’s offense. Derrick Shepard, WR: The ultimate OU walk-on, he joined Barry Switzer’s team in the early 1980s, was a key receiver on the Sooners’ 1985 national title team and went on to a five-year NFL career. He died of a heart attack in 1999, but his son, Sterling, is now a superstar wide receiver for the Sooners. Oklahoma’s team award for the most outstanding walk-on is named after Derrick Shepard. Dominique Whaley, RB: Whaley, a former Lawton MacArthur standout, couldn’t start at Langston, but he walked on at Oklahoma and became the Sooners’ top tailback as a junior in 2011. A devastating ankle injury midway through that season derailed his career, and he played only sparingly as a senior. OKLAHOMA STATE Levy Adcock, RT: The former Sequoyah-Claremore standout walked on at Oklahoma State in 2009 and was a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection. He earned consensus All-America honors as a senior in 2011, when the Cowboys won the Big 12 title and the Fiesta Bowl. Tyler Johnson, DE: The Haskell native signed with the Los Angeles Angels out of high school and spent six years with the organization before walking on at Oklahoma State. He ended up starting every game of his senior year in 2013, ranking sixth on the Cowboys with 52 total tackles. Larry Mahsetky, WR: A Westmoore High standout, Mahsetky walked on at Oklahoma State in the early 1990s and earned a scholarship in 1992. But he’s mainly known because his 2012 graduation gave the Cowboys back two hours of practice per week that were initially lost because of the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate regulations. Matt Monger, LB: The Miami, Okla., native walked on at Oklahoma State as a fullback in the early 1980s, but was switched to linebacker and excelled, eventually playing five seasons in the NFL with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills. Brandon Weeden, QB: The former Edmond Santa Fe two-sport standout spent five seasons playing professional baseball before walking on with Oklahoma State’s football program in 2007. He eventually spent two seasons as the Cowboys’ starting quarterback, leading Oklahoma State to a 12-1 record, Big 12 title and Fiesta Bowl victory during the 2011 season. He’s now the Dallas Cowboys’ backup quarterback. NATIONAL Jordy Nelson, WR, Kansas State: Nelson walked on at K-State as a safety in 2003, but switched to receiver and became one of the best in Wildcats history. As a senior in 2007, he caught 122 passes for 1,606 yards and was a consensus All-American. He’s now Aaron Rodgers’ top target for the Green Bay Packers and one of the best receivers in the NFL. In the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win in February 2011, he caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. Clay Matthews, LB, USC: Matthews walked on at USC in 2004 and didn’t become a starter until his senior season in 2008, but went in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers. He’s been a four-time Pro Bowl selection. Rudy Ruettiger, DE, Notre Dame: Arguably the most famous walk-on of all time, Ruettiger got in the game for three plays late in a November 1975 home win over Georgia Tech and recorded a sack on the game’s final play. He is one of only two players in Notre Dame history to be carried off the field by his teammates. His story was adapted into the 1993 movie “Rudy,” which starred Sean Astin as Ruettiger and is considered one of the greatest sports films of all time. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin: Watt originally played as a scholarship tight end at Central Michigan, but left CMU and walked on at Wisconsin in 2008 because he always dreamed of being a Badger. He earned a scholarship that first fall, eventually became a first-round NFL Draft pick by the Houston Texans and is currently having one of the most dominant individual defensive seasons in NFL history. Darren Woodson, LB, Arizona State: Woodson walked on at Arizona State in the late 1980s before playing 13 NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys as a safety. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a three-time Super Bowl champion.
Nov 21, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin sprinted forward and hurled himself into the end zone with an acrobatic somersault.No big deal."I can probably do backflips all the way down the field. I've been doing that since I was little," Boykin said. "I practiced it a little when I was young, but when it started coming to me, it was pretty easy."Much like playing quarterback in TCU's new up-tempo...
TCU quarterback Boykin flipping Frogs forward
STEPHEN HAWKINS, Associated Press | Nov 21, 2014FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Trevone Boykin sprinted forward and hurled himself into the end zone with an acrobatic somersault. No big deal. "I can probably do backflips all the way down the field. I've been doing that since I was little," Boykin said. "I practiced it a little when I was young, but when it started coming to me, it was pretty easy." Much like playing quarterback in TCU's new up-tempo offense this season. The No. 5 Horned Frogs are a playoff contender in only their third year as part of a power conference, and Boykin is increasingly part of the Heisman Trophy conversation. "He just wants to go out there and compete," said David Porter, who used to go through receiver drills with Boykin in practice. "No matter where you put him on the field, he'll succeed." Boykin is the only Horned Frogs player ever with a 200-yard passing game, 100-yard receiving game and 100-yard rushing game in the same season. That was last year, when he started the season opener at receiver and his six starts at quarterback didn't come until after senior Casey Pachall broke his non-throwing arm. As a redshirt freshman in 2012, TCU's inaugural Big 12 season, Boykin had moved to running back in practice with the anticipation of playing in place of some injured teammates. Midway through that same week, less than three days before a game against Iowa State, he instead became the starting quarterback after Pachall was arrested on a DWI charge and left school for the rest of the semester to get treatment for substance abuse. "Being the No. 2 guy, you've got to be ready, so I wasn't really forced into it. It just happened in a short period of time," Boykin said. "I learned a lot from my first start to now. It's been crazy, it's been an up-and-down ride, a roller coaster like the last couple of years. But this year, I feel like we've settled down as a team." The Frogs (9-1, 6-1 Big 12, No. 5 CFP) are off this weekend before playing Thanksgiving night at Texas, another prime-time game like two weeks ago at home when Boykin had his spinning 19-yard touchdown run in an eye-catching 41-20 win over Big 12 co-leader Kansas State. In that game, one by which coach Gary Patterson said the quarterback would be judged, Boykin threw for 219 yards with a touchdown and ran for 123 yards and three more scores. "He provides a great deal of spark and leadership to his football team," K-State coach Bill Snyder said. "Obviously his quickness and vision on the field, and ability to make big plays on his own ... It's just his innate ability to get to the right place the right time. He can make people miss. He just has a great sense of where he is and how to get where he needs to go." That came a week after Boykin apologized to teammates in the locker room for what he felt was his subpar performance in a 31-30 win at West Virginia, though he had big plays on the final drive and encouraged the kicker before a game-ending field goal. A week before that, Boykin had thrown a school-record seven TDs in an 82-point outburst against Texas Tech. Boykin and the Frogs have clearly benefited from Patterson's philosophy change to keep up with other high-scoring Big 12 teams. The defensive-minded coach hired co-offensive coordinators Doug Meacham and Sonny Cumbie after last season. "I don't think it can get any better than it is right now," Boykin said when asked if he and the offense were a perfect match. Patterson has turned many prep quarterbacks into defenders, and often kids with Boykin that he would make a great hybrid safety or linebacker. What he has become is one of the nation's top quarterbacks. The Big 12 leader as a junior with 357 total yards a game, Boykin has thrown for 3,021 yards with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions while also running for 548 yards and seven more scores. TCU is the nation's most improved offense from last season by a wide margin, going from 345 to 542 total yards per game and averaging three more touchdowns, from 25 to 46 points. Boykin accounted for 7,775 total yards and 92 touchdowns his final two seasons at West Mesquite High School in suburban Dallas, but was mostly overlooked as a quarterback in the same recruiting class with dual threats like Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Notre Dame's Everett Golson and current NFL players Johnny Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater. With offers from UTEP and TCU, Boykin stayed close to home knowing he would get a chance at quarterback with the Frogs. "It's crazy to be one of those guys that's just always under the radar," Boykin said. "I always try to overachieve in everything I do."
Nov 21, 2014
Wood guided the Buffs to touchdowns on all eight offensive series he played, putting the game away early.
McAlester football: Dalton Wood accounts for five TDs as McAlester rips Del City
By Scott Wright | Nov 21, 2014DEL CITY — Dalton Wood’s future might be as a college tight end, but he’s still focused on the work he has left to do as a high school quarterback. Verbally committed to Oklahoma, the McAlester quarterback had three passing touchdowns and rushed for two more, while leading the third-ranked Buffaloes to a 56-8 rout of No. 9 Del City in the Class 5A quarterfinals Friday night at Kalsu Stadium. Wood guided the Buffs to touchdowns on all eight offensive series he played, putting the game away early. “We knew with bigger games against better teams, you can’t start slow,” the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Wood said. “You’ve got to get after them, and that’s when teams start quitting. “We knew Del City had some good athletes, so we knew we had to get on them. That’s when stuff goes right for you and wrong for them.” Contributing to the fast start, McAlester attempted four onside kicks in the first half, recovering two of them — one to start the game and one after taking a 14-0 lead midway through the first quarter. But the primary goal of the onside kicks was to limit Del City kick returner Davion Freeman’s opportunities for big plays. He returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the Eagles’ upset of Deer Creek last week. “He’s a Division I kid back there,” McAlester coach Bryan Pratt said. “If you squib it, you give it to them about the 40, so I figured we might as well try it. Our kicker is really good at it.” Because of the two onside recoveries, McAlester promptly found itself leading 21-0 less than six minutes into the game, when Del City had run just four offensive plays. “I don’t think in all my years coaching that I’ve ever seen that, so give credit to them for trying it,” Del City coach Nick Warehime said. “We have about five guys back there who can really go, and they kept it away from them. “Our kids were ready to play. They were just a better team than us today.” Wood was sharp from the start, completing seven of his first nine passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns. He finished 15-of-26 for 287 yards and three scores, adding 70 rushing yards on seven attempts, with two touchdowns, playing only one series in the second half. On the other side, Del City junior quarterback Terry Wilson was 13-of-27 for 104 yards, scoring the Eagles’ only touchdown with an 8-yard rush in the third quarter. He was intercepted twice and had multiple on-point passes dropped by receivers. Del City concluded the season at 6-6. McAlester (11-1), making its fourth consecutive 5A semifinal appearance, advances to face top-ranked Lawton MacArthur, which defeated Collinsville 35-14 Friday night. The site of the game has not been officially announced, but is likely to be held at Choctaw. It will be a rematch of last year’s semifinal, which McAlester won 56-20.
Nov 5, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright predicts the score of every game in the state.
Week 10 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Nov 5, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 148-24 (86.0 pct.) Overall record: 1,291-297 (81.3 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A TULSA UNION 48, Edmond North 12 Enid 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Class 5A Altus 49, NORTHWEST 0 TULSA EDISON 28, Grove 24 Class 3A Heritage Hall 24, PURCELL 14 Hilldale 35, TULSA ROGERS 14 Class 2A Adair 44, REJOICE CHR. 20 VIAN 28, Panama 21 CHANDLER 49, Shawnee JV 20 Class C BUFFALO 38, Laverne JV 22 TIPTON 56, SW Covenant 6 Independent U.S. GRANT 28, Capitol Hill 27 Friday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 17 BARTLESVILLE 30, Claremore 14 Edmond Santa Fe 38, NORMAN 10 Jenks 42, YUKON 7 Lawton 35, CHOCTAW 14 STILLWATER 34, Lawton Ike 28 MUSTANG 42, Moore 13 TULSA WASHINGTON 31, Muskogee 13 SOUTHMOORE 21, Norman North 20 Ponca City 21, SAPULPA 14 OWASSO 38, Putnam North 10 BIXBY 42, Sand Springs 31 Westmoore 35, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A Carl Albert 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Coweta 21, TAHLEQUAH 14 Del City 30, CHICKASHA 27 ARDMORE 28, Duncan 14 LAWTON MACARTHUR 48, El Reno 14 Guthrie 35, DEER CREEK 21 McAlester 49, TULSA MEMORIAL 12 SKIATOOK 42, Noble 18 MCGUINNESS 28, Piedmont 17 COLLINSVILLE 30, Tulsa East Central 13 SHAWNEE56, Tulsa Hale 6 Tulsa Kelley 28, DURANT 14 PRYOR 17, Tulsa NOAH 14 Western Heights 35, GUYMON 34 Class 4A Ada 21, HARRAH 20 Anadarko 42, WEATHERFORD 7 Broken Bow 28, MULDROW 14 WOODWARD 20, Cache 17 Catoosa 28, WAGONER 24 CASCIA HALL 34, Cleveland 17 Clinton 28, ELK CITY 21 NEWCASTLE 30, Elgin 7 Fort Gibson 42, STILWELL 13 GLENPOOL 27, McLoud 21 METRO CHR. 35, Sallisaw 24 BRISTOW 20, Tecumseh 16 POTEAU 32, Tulsa Central 6 OOLOGAH 44, Tulsa McLain 6 Tuttle 42, SANTA FE SOUTH 0 Vinita 26, MIAMI 20 Class 3A Bethany 27, JOHN MARSHALL 22 LITTLE AXE 34, Bethel 8 PERKINS 44, Blackwell 20 KINGFISHER 35, Centennial 0 BEGGS 42, Checotah 34 MEEKER 28, Comanche 12 Cushing 30, MANNFORD 6 MARLOW 26, Dickson 8 Douglass 42, BRIDGE CREEK 7 ROLAND 21, Eufaula 14 Idabel 40, HEAVENER 7 Inola 27, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LOCUST GROVE 54, Jay 7 Jones 28, STAR SPENCER 14 BERRYHILL 35, Lincoln Christian 31 Lone Grove 34, SULPHUR 12 PLAINVIEW 33, Madill 13 BLANCHARD 28, Mount St. Mary 27 Okmulgee 35, MORRIS 6 SEMINOLE 35, Pauls Valley 7 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Seq. Tahlequah 28 Sperry 40, DEWEY 13 VICTORY CHR. 28, Stigler 22 SPIRO 42, Valliant 7 Verdigris 35, KELLYVILLE 6 Westville 27, TULSA WEBSTER 13 Class 2A HUGO 24, Antlers 21 WYANDOTTE 28, Caney Valley 7 COMMERCE 30, Chelsea 14 HULBERT 21, Chouteau 6 Crooked Oak 34, WELLSTON 14 Davis 49, KINGSTON 20 Dibble 32, FREDERICK 28 COLCORD 31, Haskell 21 Hennessey 21, CHISHOLM 20 LEXINGTON 28, Hobart 24 OKEMAH 36, Holdenville 12 WILBURTON 20, Liberty 6 Lindsay 35, WALTERS 20 Marietta 28, COALGATE 14 Newkirk 27, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 18 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Northeast 6 Nowata 38, PAWHUSKA 7 Oklahoma Christian 49, LUTHER 35 TULSA UNION JV 28, Oklahoma Union 21 Perry 35, ALVA 8 HARTSHORNE 49, Pocola 6 Prague 40, HENRYETTA 12 Prime Prep 35, MILLWOOD 21 Salina 27, KANSAS 13 Stroud 42, WEWOKA 12 ATOKA 21, Tishomingo 20 PAWNEE 22, Tonkawa 18 Washington 49, MANGUM 6 Class A Barnsdall 28, YALE 14 SAYRE 21, Burns Flat-Dill City 20 APACHE 48, Carnegie 8 Cashion 54, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 28 VELMA-ALMA 45, Central Marlow 6 TALIHINA 35, Central Sallisaw 14 HOLLIS 28, Cordell 21 OKEENE 35, Crescent 7 Crossings Christian 34, WATONGA 14 KIEFER 42, Drumright 6 RUSH SPRINGS 28, Empire 22 AFTON 49, Fairland 6 SAVANNA 42, Gore 7 RINGLING 21, Healdton 20 Hinton 27, SNYDER 22 TEXHOMA 30, Hooker 26 Ketchum 49, FOYIL 6 WAYNE 28, Konawa 21 Minco 32, ELMORE CITY 28 Mooreland 34, BEAVER 26 Morrison 28, HOMINY 27 Mounds 34, PORTER 20 Quapaw 20, SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 14 Thomas 36, FAIRVIEW 20 Warner 26, QUINTON 22 COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 40, Wilson 6 Wynnewood 28, STRATFORD 14 Class B Alex 48, GEARY 8 Allen 38, CYRIL 24 MAYSVILLE 56, Bray-Doyle 6 Caddo 54, ARKOMA 8 WETUMKA 52, Canadian 6 KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 48, Canton 22 Davenport 56, OAKS 8 Depew 60, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 12 Dewar 48, KEOTA 22 PORUM 48, Gans 38 WELEETKA 52, Haileyville 6 Laverne 58, MERRITT 8 WAURIKA 52, Macomb 6 TURPIN 56, Pioneer 8 Pond Creek-Hunter 60, WAUKOMIS 14 SEILING 44, Ringwood 40 MAUD 48, Strother 8 GARBER 58, Welch 6 Class C CHEROKEE 48, Boise City 24 FOX 56, Bokoshe 6 THACKERVILLE 52, Bowlegs 6 Corn Bible 48, DUKE 8 Coyle 66, BLUEJACKET 20 DC-Lamont 54, COPAN 6 Mt. View-Gotebo 42, RYAN 34 MIDWAY 36, Prue 28 CAVE SPRINGS 54, Sasakwa 8 Sharon-Mutual 48, TYRONE 20 Shattuck 44, BALKO 24 GRANDFIELD 50, Temple 22 MEDFORD 36, Timberlake 34 Waynoka 56, GRACEMONT 6 Webbers Falls 48, PAOLI 14 Saturday’s Game SPC Championship At Dallas Jesuit Casady 28, Dallas Episcopal 24 *-Home team in CAPS
Oct 30, 2014
Cox has taken the state by storm as the Lawton kicker this football season. Two impressive field goals have helped soften a gender barrier with a veteran coach and change a football program.
Friday Night Lights: Caitlyn Cox adds a little kick to Lawton's storied football program
By Jacob Unruh | Oct 30, 2014LAWTON — Caitlyn Cox grew up in her Lawton neighborhood surrounded almost entirely by boys near her age. It was natural that she would play football, basketball, baseball or whatever the popular sport of the season in the neighborhood. She really took to soccer, picking that up when she was 4. She started playing basketball later and she even skateboarded in a national competition when she was 13. Still, there’s something special about kicking a ball. And there’s something special about Cox, who has taken the state by storm as the Lawton kicker this football season. Two impressive field goals have helped soften a gender barrier with a veteran coach and change a storied football program. “I just want to come out and kick,” Cox said. “I never thought that I’d actually get to play. I just thought it was fun to kick and then I actually did, so it was cool.” This season, Cox has made 41 extra-point attempts and she’s perfect in her two field goal attempts, with the longest being a 42-yard kick that is believed to be the third longest kick recorded by a female in the nation and a state record. Pretty impressive for a girl who served as a team trainer last season. “She’s just come a long way for being a female kicker,” Lawton senior linebacker Matthew Leon said. “It’s not any different having her out there. She gets the job done, she hits it the way she has to do and she’s even on kickoffs for us.” Cox, a junior, will be kicking the ball off and more Friday for the fourth-ranked Wolverines, who travel to No. 2 Midwest City in a battle for the District 6AII-1 title. ‘NOT A SPORT FOR LADIES’ Cox finally summoned enough courage to approach Lawton football coach Randy Breeze midway through the summer. She had been kicking and working out with the football team since spring practice, impressing assistant coaches and possible teammates. The junior just needed to break a barrier with Breeze, a veteran coach who had never allowed a girl on one of his teams. “About once every two or three years, we’ll have a girl want to come out for football,” Breeze said. “It’s just one of those deals; it’s not a sport for ladies. I don’t let them come out and I just politely tell them, ‘It’s a physical game and it’s not a place for a lady to be. I appreciate your interest, but we’re not going to do that.’ “But, she knew she wanted to kick and she was our water girl, so I knew she had high character and she’s a fine person to have out there. And bottom line, she’s real good. She can make me a hypocrite on the deal. That’s why you never say never in this game because things change.” Things have certainly softened across the state, as well. At least five other schools have female kickers, including Bixby, Coweta, Dibble, Mannford and Sperry. Even if his old-school stance softened, Breeze didn’t make things easy for Cox to win the varsity position or even the junior varsity position, which was what her original request involved. He promised a “parade” of people that will get the chance to earn the spot over her. First, Cox had to beat the two kickers on Lawton’s roster. She never wavered in that competition. Then she had to beat a total of six soccer players brought in for a tryout. She never blinked. “I just go with the flow,” Cox said. “Shoot, she’s getting better and better,” Breeze said. “She’s not a gimmick, she’s a good athlete and she’s the best kicker we’ve got.” A NEW COMPASSION Brett Cox received a text message with a picture attached one Friday. His daughter Caitlyn and Breeze were surrounded by the team at Lawton’s practice field. She was just announced as the varsity starting kicker and she was getting a standing ovation from her teammates and the small amount of parents in attendance. “What she had just achieved, to me it was an amazing feat,” said Brett, who played football one year at Lawton along with playing baseball. “Lawton High is a 6A power in Oklahoma and I never saw this coming, to be honest with you, and it’s just an amazing deal. It still hasn’t set in with me that she’s actually doing it.” Brett said he was surprised when Caitlyn said she was going to try to win the kicking spot. She already plays soccer and basketball for the Wolverines, sports she is expected to start in during the upcoming seasons. That’s really led to mutual admiration from her teammates, whom she labels as “94 brothers.” It’s also led to less pressure, even for a girl surrounded by boys. “I didn’t know if she could handle the pressure of being a female and then letting the team down if you didn’t hit that field goal,” Caitlyn’s mom Missy McDonald said. “From a woman’s and a girl’s mindset I didn’t know if she could take that. But they’ve been the ones to lift her up after she misses something.” Cox struggled last week against Prime Prep (Texas). Despite making a 41-yard field goal, she missed an extra-point attempt that many thought was blocked. She said she actually kicked it so poorly it appeared that way, coming nowhere close to a defender. She also had to wait seven weeks to attempt her first field goal, which on the surface appears as a way for the Wolverines to avoid using her. “I thought maybe they don’t even want me to kick a field goal,” Cox said. “I practice them all week long, I warm up doing about 45-yard field goals and I never get to do one in a game. I was surprised they actually let me do one.” Breeze simply said the delay was due to the Wolverines’ powerful offense, led by highly recruited offensive lineman Jalin Barnett. “When you’ve got maybe the No. 1 offensive lineman in the country, you’re going to run the football right behind him because you can,” he said. Yet with each kick, no matter the situation, the Lawton football team is better, Breeze said. That’s the real value in adding Cox to the roster. “Football doesn’t have to be all scream and yell and knock people down,” Breeze said. “There’s some compassion in the game — believe it or not — and some of our kids needed compassion. They all think the world of her.”
Oct 29, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for every game in the state.
Week 9 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 29, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 147-27 (84.5 pct.) Overall record: 1,143-273 (80.7 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Broken Arrow 40, EDMOND SANTA FE 28 Norman North 42, MOORE 7 LAWTON EISENHOWER 28, PC West 22 Class 5A TULSA MEMORIAL 48, Tulsa Hale 6 Class 3A Mannford 40, CENTENNIAL 30 Class 2A Crooked Oak 34, NORTHEAST 20 Class A QUINTON 28, Hilldale JV 12 Class C Bluejacket 54, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 CAVE SPRINGS 56, Immanuel Christian 8 Friday’s Games Class 6A JENKS 45, Edmond Memorial 20 STILLWATER 28, Enid 17 MIDWEST CITY 28, Lawton 27 BIXBY 42, Muskogee 14 Owasso 24, EDMOND NORTH 7 BARTLESVILLE 28, Ponca City 24 Putnam City 30, NORMAN 27 CLAREMORE 21, Sapulpa 14 Southmoore 20, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 10 Tulsa Union 35, MUSTANG 21 Tulsa Washington 34, SAND SPRINGS 17 CHOCTAW 56, U.S. Grant 6 WESTMOORE 31, Yukon 28 Class 5A Altus 28, DUNCAN 14 GUTHRIE 35, Carl Albert 28 Chickasha 27, EL RENO 20 Collinsville 28, PRYOR 7 Coweta 34, TULSA EDISON 18 LAWTON MACARTHUR 42, Del City 28 McGuinness 38, WESTERN HEIGHTS 12 Noble 28, DURANT 24 ARDMORE 49, Northwest 0 Piedmont 34, GUYMON 22 MCALESTER 28, Shawnee 27 Skiatook 30, TULSA KELLEY 17 DEER CREEK 54, Southeast 8 Tahlequah 28, GROVE 14 Class 4A Anadarko 20, NEWCASTLE 13 HARRAH 31, Bristow 7 ELK CITY 28, Cache 21 Cascia Hall 21, TULSA MCLAIN 7 TUTTLE 27, Glenpool 17 McLoud 48, SANTA FE SOUTH 14 Metro Christian 50, TULSA CENTRAL 16 CATOOSA 31, Miami 20 SALLISAW 34, Muldrow 12 Oologah 28, VINITA 7 FORT GIBSON 42, Poteau 28 BROKEN BOW 28, Stilwell 24 ADA 56, Tecumseh 7 Wagoner 38, CLEVELAND 24 Weatherford 28, ELGIN 14 Woodward 21, CLINTON 20 Class 3A Beggs 35, HEAVENER 7 Berryhill 47, KELLYVILLE 7 Bethany 30, MOUNT ST. MARY 13 CUSHING 28, Blackwell 21 STAR SPENCER 27, Capitol Hill 12 Checotah 24, HILLDALE 21 DICKSON 35, Comanche 14 VERDIGRIS 30, Dewey 7 Douglass 21, BLANCHARD 14 Idabel 35, EUFAULA 34 Jones 42, BETHEL 7 Kingfisher 28, HERITAGE HALL 27 Little Axe 28, PAULS VALLEY 7 Locust Grove 50, INOLA 6 Madill 35, BRIDGE CREEK 24 LONE GROVE 28, Marlow 21 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Meeker 28 VICTORY CHRISTIAN 42, Morris 6 LINDSAY 42, Perkins 40 Plainview 28, SULPHUR 12 Roland 49, VALLIANT 0 PURCELL 28, Seminole 24 Seq. Claremore 34, KEYS (PARK HILL) 20 LINCOLN CHR. 30, Seq. Tahlequah 21 Spiro 26, STIGLER 12 Tulsa Rogers 42, OKMULGEE 35 SPERRY 34, Tulsa Webster 18 Westville 42, JAY 20 Class 2A Adair 42, CHOUTEAU 7 VIAN 28, Antlers 14 MARIETTA 28, Atoka 27 PRAGUE 35, Chandler 34 Chisholm 35, PERRY 7 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 28, Chr. Heritage 21 DAVIS 49, Coalgate 7 Colcord 34, SALINA 14 Commerce 28, OKLAHOMA UNION 20 STROUD 30, Henryetta 14 Hobart 20, FREDERICK 13 Hugo 35, TISHOMINGO 14 Hulbert 28, CANEY VALLEY 7 HASKELL 42, Kansas 7 Lexington 28, DIBBLE 27 MILLWOOD 42, Luther 35 HENNESSEY 40, Newkirk 8 HARTSHORNE 26, Okemah 22 Panama 42, LIBERTY6 Pawhuska 28, CHELSEA 24 Pawnee 20, ALVA 12 Pocola 28, WILBURTON 13 Tonkawa 24, CRESCENT 20 Washington 35, WALTERS 28 Wewoka 30, HOLDENVILLE 16 NOWATA 42, Wyandotte 28 Wynnewood 49, WELLSTON 0 Class A Afton 28, KETCHUM 21 Apache 35, HINTON 7 Barnsdall 24, FAIRLAND 12 Beaver 27, SAYRE 7 THOMAS 56, Burns Flat-Dill City 8 Cashion 49, WATONGA 7 RINGLING 45, Central Marlow 6 MINCO 28, Community Christian 24 Elmore City 32, KONAWA 12 CORDELL 49, Empire 21 HOOKER 21, Fairview 14 QUAPAW 28, Foyil 24 Hollis 35, SNYDER 8 Hominy 42, MOUNDS 14 Kiefer 14, MORRISON 7 Mangum 20, CARNEGIE 12 Okeene 28, OKLAHOMA BIBLE 24 CROSSINGS CHR. 38, Okla. Christian Aca. 14 Rush Springs 28, VELMA-ALMA 21 CENTRAL SALLISAW 32, Savanna 28 Stratford 35, WAYNE 7 REJOICE CHR. 28, Summit Chr. 16 Talihina 55, PORTER 6 Texhoma 24, MOORELAND 22 Warner 20, GORE 12 HEALDTON 49, Wilson 6 DRUMRIGHT 21, Yale 6 Class B CANADIAN 38, Arkoma 24 TURPIN 56, Canton 28 Cyril 40, MACOMB 8 DEPEW 48, Garber 44 ALLEN 64, Geary 48 Keota 52, GANS 6 SEILING 56, Kremlin-Hillsdale 24 Maud 48, BRAY-DOYLE 12 ALEX 50, Maysville 48 POND CREEK-HUNTER 54, Merritt 34 Oaks 54, WELCH 6 CADDO 38, Porum 28 Regent Prep 48, WATTS 8 LAVERNE 56, Ringwood 6 WOODLAND 44, South Coffeyville 24 Waukomis 48, PIONEER 40 Waurika 34, STROTHER 28 DEWAR 50, Weleetka 32 DAVENPORT 54, Wesleyan Christian 8 Wetumka 52, HAILEYVILLE 6 Class C Boise City 42, SHARON-MUTUAL 34 DC-LAMONT 44, Buffalo 20 Corn Bible 54, GRACEMONT 6 Coyle 60, COPAN 12 Destiny Christian 54, TEMPLE 6 Fox 44, THACKERVILLE 34 Midway 34, BOWLEGS 30 Mt. View-Gotebo 48, DUKE 8 SASAKWA 54, Paoli 6 MEDFORD 48, Prue 20 TIPTON 56, Ryan 8 GRANDFIELD 52, SW Covenant 6 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 34, Timberlake 28 BALKO 44, Tyrone 12 Webbers Falls 54, BOKOSHE 6 Independent OKC PATRIOTS 42, Word of Life (Wichita) 28 Saturday’s Game CASADY 34, Houston Chr. 31 *-Home team in CAPS
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S.
The Oklahoman's Week 8 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 22, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 152-22 (87.4 pct) Overall record: 996-246 (80.2 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Santa Fe 35, PUTNAM CITY 28 Class 5A Guthrie 56, SOUTHEAST 6 Class 3A Victory Christian 34, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 2A U.S. GRANT 28, Northeast 22 Class A COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN 32, Konawa 20 Friday’s Games Class 6A Bartlesville 27, SAPULPA 14 TULSA WASHINGTON 24, Bixby 17 Claremore 21, PONCA CITY 20 SOUTHMOORE 20, Edmond North 17 Jenks 30, BROKEN ARROW 20 ENID 34, Lawton Eisenhower 28 Midwest City 28, CHOCTAW 27 TULSA UNION 45, Moore 7 OWASSO 28, Mustang 21 YUKON 24, Norman 20 LAWTON 28, Prime Prep (Texas) 27 NORMAN NORTH 34, Putnam North 24 Sand Springs 26, MUSKOGEE 22 Stillwater 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 20 Westmoore 28, EDMOND MEMORIAL 24 Class 5A Ardmore 30, ALTUS 22 CARL ALBERT 35, Deer Creek 28 Duncan 48, NORTHWEST CLASSEN 8 SKIATOOK 34, Durant 7 DEL CITY 37, El Reno 17 COWETA 28, Grove 14 MCGUINNESS 49, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 42, CHICKASHA 10 McAlester 56, TULSA HALE 6 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 14, Pryor 10 TAHLEQUAH 24, Tulsa Edison 20 Tulsa Kelley 28, NOBLE 18 SHAWNEE 30, Tulsa Memorial 14 Western Heights 34, PIEDMONT 26 Class 4A Ada 44, BRISTOW 16 METRO CHR. 38, Broken Bow 12 CASCIA HALL 33, Catoosa 20 OOLOGAH 34, Cleveland 24 Clinton 28, CACHE 24 ANADARKO 34, Elgin 0 WOODWARD 21, Elk City 7 Fort Gibson 42, MULDROW 6 Harrah 35, TECUMSEH 6 Newcastle 21, WEATHERFORD 14 POTEAU 28, Sallisaw 27 GLENPOOL 35, Santa Fe South 6 STILWELL 27, Tulsa Central 22 Tulsa McLain 28, MIAMI 21 Tuttle 34, MCLOUD 14 WAGONER 42, Vinita 7 Class 3A Beggs 49, MORRIS 6 BETHANY 24, Blanchard 20 MEEKER 38, Bridge Creek 14 BLACKWELL 28, Centennial 14 Cushing 35, BETHEL 8 BERRYHILL 42, Dewey 7 MOUNT ST. MARY 34, Dickson 20 SPIRO 32, Heavener 14 Heritage Hall 40, MANNFORD 12 Hilldale 21, EUFAULA 20 WESTVILLE 27, Inola 13 John Marshall 26, DOUGLASS 22 LINCOLN CHR. 45, Kellyville 12 SEQ. TAHLEQUAH 31, Keys (Park Hill) 17 Locust Grove 56, SEQ. CLAREMORE 7 Lone Grove 35, COMANCHE 7 Marlow 28, PLAINVIEW 24 CHECOTAH 41, Okmulgee 14 JONES 35, Pauls Valley 20 KINGFISHER 45, Perkins 21 Purcell 28, LITTLE AXE 14 Sperry 42, JAY 14 SEMINOLE 38, Star Spencer 20 ROLAND 34, Stigler 12 Sulphur 21, MADILL 20 IDABEL 56, Valliant 6 Verdigris 24, TULSA WEBSTER 20 Class 2A Alva 28, TONKAWA 21 WYANDOTTE 34, Chelsea 24 Chisholm 38, PAWNEE 6 Davis 48, ATOKA 6 Dibble 28, HOBART 22 LEXINGTON 30, Frederick 16 CHOUTEAU 20, Gore 13 Hartshorne 28, ANTLERS 17 SALINA 28, Haskell 27 HENRYETTA 21, Holdenville 7 ADAIR 49, Hulbert 7 COLCORD 42, Kansas 12 Kingston 42, COALGATE 14 Marietta 28, HUGO 27 Millwood 28, CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 21 PERRY 35, Newkirk 14 Nowata 56, CANEY VALLEY 6 HENNESSEY 35, OKC Legion 27 Okemah 30, WEWOKA 14 Oklahoma Christian 48, CROOKED OAK 12 PAWHUSKA 27, Oklahoma Union 20 Prague 32, LIBERTY 6 Stroud 35, CHANDLER 34 Vian 44, POCOLA 12 Walters 41, HEALDTON 31 LINDSAY 30, Washington 27 LUTHER 49, Wellston 7 PANAMA 33, Wilburton 13 Class A HOLLIS 28, Apache 22 CROSSINGS CHR. 27, Carnegie 24 Cashion 54, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 12 WILSON 21, Central Marlow 20 Central Sallisaw 44, WARNER 6 Drumright 22, BARNSDALL 12 STRATFORD 33, Elmore City 14 Hinton 30, MANGUM 13 Hooker 35, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 6 Ketchum 35, FAIRLAND 6 Morrison 56, YALE 6 KIEFER 35, Mounds 0 Oklahoma Bible 33, CRESCENT 18 SAVANNA 38, Porter 12 AFTON 42, Quapaw 6 TALIHINA 48, Quinton 7 Rejoice Christian 56, FOYIL 6 Ringling 42, RUSH SPRINGS 8 MOORELAND 54, Sayre 7 CORDELL 44, Snyder 14 HOMINY 35, Summit Christian 14 FAIRVIEW 28, Texhoma 24 Thomas 42, BEAVER 12 Velma-Alma 35, EMPIRE 28 OKEENE 28, Watonga 21 WYNNEWOOD 45, Wayne 14 Class B Alex 48, MAUD 12 MAYSVILLE 54, Allen 18 WETUMKA 48, Arkoma 8 Bray-Doyle 28, WAURIKA 26 KEOTA 54, Caddo 28 PORUM 40, Canadian 12 OAKS 56, Depew 8 Dewar 60, HAILEYVILLE 6 WELEETKA 48, Gans 8 Geary 48, CYRIL 28 Laverne 56, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 8 MERRITT 60, Pioneer 48 Pond Creek-Hunter 54, RINGWOOD 20 Seiling 52, CANTON 6 Strother 42, MACOMB 12 Turpin 48, WAUKOMIS 34 SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 42, Watts 28 DAVENPORT 56, Welch 6 Wesleyan Christian 40, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 GARBER 38, WOODLAND 34 Class C Balko 44, BOISE CITY 34 Bluejacket 48, PRUE 12 Bokoshe 28, PAOLI 24 SHATTUCK 56, Buffalo 20 Cave Springs 60, BOWLEGS 12 TIMBERLAKE 54, Copan 8 DC-LAMONT 42, Covington-Douglas 22 SW COVENANT 56, Duke 8 Fox 52, MIDWAY 6 TEMPLE 48, Gracemont 16 Grandfield 54, CORN BIBLE 8 COYLE 64, Medford 12 RYAN 38, Sasakwa 22 CHEROKEE 48, Sharon-Mutual 20 Thackerville 42, WEBBERS FALLS 16 Tipton 56, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 8 Tyrone 38, WAYNOKA 30 Independent CASADY 28, Arlington Oakridge 24 Dallas HSAA 42, TULSA NOAH 28 Fort Worth All Saints 35, HOLLAND HALL 21 Regent Prep 64, OKC PATRIOTS 42 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 56, Wright Christian 20 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 54, ARKANSAS DEAF 48 Monday’s Game Capitol Hill 28, OCS JV 14 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 16, 2014
In a football game that featured 25 penalties for 244 yards, six turnovers, a blocked punt, another punt for 4 yards, a safety and two should-have-been touchdowns on fumble returns that were negated by officials, Yukon hung on for a 25-13 win over the Pirates in a key District 6A-I-1 matchup at Putnam City Stadium.
Yukon football: Yukon hangs on for victory over Putnam City
By Murray Evans, For The Oklahoman | Oct 16, 2014Putnam City vs. Yukon on Thursday night was not a thing of beauty, unless you were rooting for Yukon and looked at the final score. In a football game that featured 25 penalties for 244 yards, six turnovers, a blocked punt, another punt for 4 yards, a safety and two should-have-been touchdowns on fumble returns that were negated by officials, Yukon hung on for a 25-13 win over the Pirates in a key District 6A-I-1 matchup at Putnam City Stadium. “No win is ugly, because they’re so hard to come by,” Yukon coach Bill Young said. “That was a good one for us.” During the three-hour, 15-minute marathon, the Millers had numerous players make big plays. Caleb Davis caught a 57-yard touchdown pass from Christian Gordon in the third quarter to put Yukon firmly in control. Kicker Bradyn Altizer, playing in what Young said was his first varsity game, made three field goals, from 23, 32 and 42 yards. Caleb Roy blocked a punt and Bryce Lutts twice intercepted Putnam City quarterback Braden Hudson. “It was a much-needed win,” Davis said. “It will help our confidence for sure going into next week (against Norman).” Davis’ 57-yard catch-and-run touchdown came on a third-and-13 play and put the Millers up 19-7. Roy’s blocked punt led to Altizer’s second field goal, making it 22-7 midway through the third quarter. Khalil Randolph appeared to have scored for Yukon on a 69-yard fumble return moments later, but officials ruled there had been an inadvertent whistle, even as they awarded possession to the Millers. Altizer’s third field goal, set up by a 61-yard run to the Putnam City 15 by Morgan Neal, extended the Yukon lead to 25-7 with 9:59 left. But Hudson, who completed 19-of-32 passes for 280 yards, marched the Pirates 62 yards in just three plays, throwing a 23-yard touchdown pass to Dreyvon Christon with 9:14 left to make it 25-13. After Yukon went three-and-out, Hudson hit Christon for 34 yards to the Yukon 5, but Lutts ended that threat with an interception with 6:51 left. The Pirates lost the ball on downs at the Yukon 25 on their next possession, and Lutts picked off Hudson at the Yukon 4 with 1:05 left to seal the win. Yukon (3-4, 2-2) overcame 15 penalties for 163 yards, while Putnam City (2-5, 1-3) had 10 penalties for 81 yards. The Pirates lost two fumbles in addition to Hudson’s two interceptions and ended the game with minus-4 yards rushing. Gordon, who entered the game after Yukon starter Ryan Andraszek threw interceptions on two of his first four passes, finished 8-of-14 for 134 yards passing and rushed for 53 yards on 18 carries. Davis had two catches for 70 yards. Hunter Sconce put Yukon ahead with a 5-yard touchdown run with 6:33 left in the first half. Putnam City quickly answered, with Hudson hitting Bolu Onifade on a short slant pass and Onifade accelerating 83 yards to the end zone to tie the game at the 5:23 mark. Yukon caught a break when an apparent fumble by Gordon — which was returned 38 yards to the end zone by Onifade — was nullified, as officials ruled Gordon was down. The Millers eventually punted, and a 44-yard boot by Gordon pinned the Pirates at their own 5 late in the first half. The Millers cashed in that break, tackling Hudson in the end zone for a safety two plays later. After the ensuing free kick, Yukon drove to the Putnam City 2 before settling for a 23-yard field goal by Altizer with :03 left before halftime, making it 12-7.
Oct 15, 2014
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.
The Oklahoman's Week 7 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Oct 15, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 143-31 (82.2 pct.) Overall record: 844-224 (79.0 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Bixby 38, SAPULPA 14 Broken Arrow 37, WESTMOORE 31 Choctaw 40, STILLWATER 35 Lawton 48, LAWTON EISENHOWER 8 Muskogee 28, CLAREMORE 7 Norman North 31, EDMOND NORTH 20 TULSA UNION 21, Owasso 13 Sand Springs 30, PONCA CITY 6 ENID 28, Tahlequah 24 Tulsa Washington 35, BARTLESVILLE 0 Yukon 28, PUTNAM CITY 27 Class 5A ALTUS 32, Chickasha 12 PRYOR 28, Coweta 18 DUNCAN 34, El Reno 13 TULSA EAST CENTRAL 24, Grove 21 DEER CREEK 42, Guymon 7 Lawton MacArthur 35, ARDMORE 28 McAlester 42, NOBLE 14 CARL ALBERT 28, McGuinness 14 Shawnee 35, DURANT 6 COLLINSVILLE 40, Tulsa Edison 33 TULSA KELLEY 44, Tulsa Hale 6 SKIATOOK 28, Tulsa Memorial 20 GUTHRIE 42, Western Heights 20 Class 4A Cache 30, ELGIN 27 Cascia Hall 31, VINITA 14 WEATHERFORD 27, Elk City 12 Glenpool 33, TECUMSEH 8 McLoud 34, BRISTOW 26 FORT GIBSON 44, Metro Christian 34 CLEVELAND 24, Miami 21 TULSA CENTRAL 21, Muldrow 20 Oologah 28, CATOOSA 17 Poteau 30, BROKEN BOW 16 HARRAH 42, Santa Fe South 6 SALLISAW 34, Stilwell 14 ADA 28, Tuttle 26 Wagoner 38, TULSA MCLAIN 12 Class 3A BLANCHARD 45, Bridge Creek 16 OKMULGEE 35, Capitol Hill 20 Coalgate 34, VALLIANT 6 PLAINVIEW 28, Comanche 7 Douglass 28, BETHANY 27 Heritage Hall 36, CUSHING 18 Jay 21, INOLA 20 KEYS (PARK HILL) 28, Kellyville 18 Kingfisher 35, BLACKWELL 7 Lincoln Christian 38, DEWEY 20 Lone Grove 42, DICKSON 7 MARLOW 21, Madill 14 PERKINS 44, Mannford 12 Meeker 28, MOUNT ST. MARY 27 CHECOTAH 42, Morris 12 Pauls Valley 35, CENTENNIAL 34 Purcell 35, BETHEL 6 Roland 32, HEAVENER 7 LOCUST GROVE 56, Seq. Tahlequah 12 IDABEL 21, Spiro 20 EUFAULA 22, Stigler 17 BEGGS 38, Tulsa Rogers 20 BERRYHILL 42, Tulsa Webster 6 Verdigris 34, SPERRY 16 SEQ. CLAREMORE 35, Westville 21 Class 2A Adair 40, HASKELL 16 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 35, Alva 7 Antlers 31, LIBERTY 7 KINGSTON 35, Atoka 0 CHELSEA 28, Caney Valley 7 Chandler 45, HOLDENVILLE 20 Chouteau 28, KANSAS 21 Chr. Heritage 42, WELLSTON 6 Colcord 30, HULBERT 26 Hartshorne 44, WILBURTON 12 Hennessey 40, PERRY 20 OKEMAH 36, Henryetta 17 DAVIS 42, Hugo 0 Lindsay 28, HOBART 7 Luther 49, CROOKED OAK 20 Millwood 56, NORTHEAST 6 Newkirk 28, PAWNEE 14 Nowata 20, VIAN 8 COMMERCE 28, Pawhuska 24 PANAMA 26, Pocola 20 STROUD 34, Prague 30 Salina 27, TULSA NOAH 21 MARIETTA 20, Tishomingo 12 CHISHOLM 48, Tonkawa 8 Velma-Alma 28, FREDERICK 14 Walters 36, LEXINGTON 12 Washington 32, DIBBLE 20 WEWOKA 20, Wayne 14 Wyandotte 30, OKLAHOMA UNION 16 Class A Afton 42, REJOICE CHR. 20 MORRISON 44, Barnsdall 8 Beaver 34, HOOKER 12 TEXHOMA 28, Burns Flat-Dill City 6 STRATFORD 30, Community Christian 21 APACHE 34, Cordell 28 Crescent 22, WATONGA 20 CASHION 36, Crossings Christian 14 RINGLING 34, Empire 12 QUAPAW 22, Fairland 18 SUMMIT CHRISTIAN 20, Foyil 16 Healdton 42, CENTRAL MARLOW 8 Hinton 28, CARNEGIE 22 Ketchum 24, CENTRAL SALLISAW 20 Kiefer 35, HOMINY 21 MINCO 30, Konawa 20 HOLLIS 42, Mangum 6 THOMAS 40, Mooreland 8 Okla. Christian Aca. 34, OKEENE 24 Porter 28, GORE 20 Savanna 24, QUINTON 18 FAIRVIEW 36, Sayre 6 DRUMRIGHT 20, SeeWorth Aca. 16 Talihina 49, WARNER 14 RUSH SPRINGS 34, Wilson 14 Wynnewood 28, ELMORE CITY 21 MOUNDS 34, Yale 6 Class B WAUKOMIS 48, Canton 24 Davenport 50, OKC PATRIOTS 22 Dewar 54, GANS 18 Garber 48, WATTS 8 ARKOMA 52, Haileyville 6 Keota 58, CANADIAN 8 POND CREEK-HUNTER 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 GEARY 36, Macomb 16 ALLEN 54, Maud 12 Maysville 56, CYRIL 6 TURPIN 44, Merritt 38 Oaks 46, WOODLAND 20 WETUMKA 42, Porum 40 Ringwood 36, PIONEER 28 LAVERNE 54, Seiling 20 South Coffeyville 38, WESLEYAN CHR. 34 Strother 38, BRAY-DOYLE 24 ALEX 56, Waurika 8 DEPEW 52, Welch 6 Weleetka 54, CADDO 8 Class C Balko 52, SHARON-MUTUAL 6 Bluejacket 48, MEDFORD 34 SASAKWA 54, Bowlegs 8 Buffalo 28, TYRONE 22 FOX 36, Cave Springs 20 Coyle 58, DC-LAMONT 24 Immanuel Christian 42, COPAN 30 WEBBERS FALLS 40, Midway 20 Mt. View-Gotebo 56, GRACEMONT 6 DESTINY CHRISTIAN 54, Paoli 8 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 38, Prue 18 GRANDFIELD 44, Ryan 12 Shattuck 56, LIFE CHRISTIAN 6 SW Covenant 38, TEMPLE 28 Thackerville 52, BOKOSHE 6 CHEROKEE 48, Timberlake 8 Tipton 58, DUKE 6 Waynoka 38, BOISE CITY 36 Independent Regent Prep 60, CLAREMORE CHR. 12 Friday’s Games Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, NORMAN 24 Jenks 42, EDMOND SANTA FE 21 Midwest City 42, PUTNAM CITY WEST 16 Putnam North 35, MOORE 31 MUSTANG 34, Southmoore 24 Class 5A DEL CITY 49, Northwest 12 Piedmont 35, SOUTHEAST 16 Class 4A NEWCASTLE 30, Clinton 12 ANADARKO 34, Woodward 7 Class 3A John Marshall 32, SULPHUR 18 Little Axe 28, STAR SPENCER 12 Seminole 28, JONES 20 Victory Christian 30, HILLDALE 27 Independent FORT WORTH ALL SAINTS 35, Casady 20 DALLAS ST. MARKS 28, Holland Hall 22 Saturday’s Game Independent U.S. GRANT 28, OKC Legion 22 *Home team in CAPS
Oct 8, 2014
The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright makes his picks for all of this week’s games.
Week 6 Oklahoma high school football picks
BY SCOTT WRIGHT | Oct 8, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 150-26 (85.2 pct.) Overall record: 701-193 (78.4 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Mustang 52, NORMAN NORTH 48 Putnam City West 45, CAPITOL HILL 12 Tulsa Union 42, SOUTHMOORE 14 Class 5A LAWTON MACARTHUR 35, Duncan 13 McGUINNESS 44, Southeast 6 TULSA EDISON 34, Tulsa East Central 20 Class 3A Jones 28, LITTLE AXE 21 HERITAGE HALL 38, Perkins 34 Class A CROSSINGS CHRISTIAN 28, Okeene 20 Independent U.S. GRANT 34, SeeWorth Aca. 14 Friday’s Games Class 6A MUSKOGEE 28, Bartlesville 7 TULSA WASHINGTON 42, Claremore 12 Edmond North 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 24 Edmond Santa Fe 31, YUKON 28 MIDWEST CITY 28, Enid 7 CHOCTAW 35, Lawton Eisenhower 28 OWASSO 42, Moore 6 BROKEN ARROW 38, Norman 10 BIXBY 40, Ponca City 17 EDMOND MEMORIAL 31, Putnam City 20 SAND SPRINGS 27, Sapulpa 7 LAWTON 28, Stillwater 24 JENKS 34, Westmoore 31 Class 5A DEL CITY 28, Altus 27 Ardmore 44, EL RENO 12 Carl Albert 42, PIEDMONT 13 Collinsville 21, GROVE 16 Deer Creek 32, WESTERN HEIGHTS 28 Durant 38, TULSA HALE 6 Guthrie 56, GUYMON 6 COWETA 28, Maize South (Kan.) 24 TULSA MEMORIAL 30, Noble 27 CHICKASHA 45, Northwest 12 Pryor 27, TAHLEQUAH 14 McALESTER 34, Skiatook 24 SHAWNEE 21, Tulsa Kelley 17 Class 4A Ada 49, SANTA FE SOUTH 6 Anadarko 42, CACHE 0 GLENPOOL 21, Bristow 20 SALLISAW 24, Broken Bow 21 Cascia Hall 28, OOLOGAH 22 Cleveland 26, TULSA McLAIN 20 CLINTON 28, Elgin 7 TUTTLE 35, Harrah 34 WAGONER 33, Miami 16 METRO CHRISTIAN 38, Muldrow 12 Newcastle 35, ELK CITY 8 Poteau 34, STILWELL 7 McLOUD 34, Tecumseh 20 FORT GIBSON 40, Tulsa Central 20 CATOOSA 24, Vinita 21 WOODWARD 28, Weatherford 21 Class 3A VICTORY CHR. 28, Beggs 24 Berryhill 33, SPERRY 16 LONE GROVE 38, Bethany 34 PAULS VALLEY 21, Bethel 20 Blackwell 21, MANNFORD 14 Blanchard 28, MEEKER 24 Checotah 30, TULSA ROGERS 22 Cushing 42, CENTENNIAL 12 Eufaula 27, VALLIANT 14 STIGLER 35, Heavener 14 Hilldale 31, OKMULGEE 20 Idabel 21, ROLAND 20 VERDIGRIS 33, Inola 16 John Marshall 45, BRIDGE CREEK 18 DEWEY 28, Kellyville 20 LOCUST GROVE 56, Keys (Park Hill) 6 Kiefer 42, MORRIS 6 Kingfisher 31, SEMINOLE 28 Lincoln Christian 44, TULSA WEBSTER 26 Madill 28, COMANCHE 12 DOUGLASS 35, Mount St. Mary 10 Plainview 20, DICKSON 14 JAY 28, Seq. Claremore 21 Seq. Tahlequah 35, WESTVILLE 24 PURCELL 28, Star Spencer 14 SPIRO 34, Stroud 28 MARLOW 21, Sulphur 18 Class 2A CHISHOLM 36, Alva 8 Cashion 42, PERRY 20 NOWATA 44, Chelsea 7 Coalgate 28, ATOKA 24 ADAIR 38, Colcord 28 Commerce 16, WYANDOTTE 12 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Crooked Oak 12 Davis 40, TISHOMINGO 6 WASHINGTON 36, Frederick 12 WALTERS 28, Hobart 27 PRAGUE 42, Holdenville 28 HASKELL 28, Hulbert 20 Kingston 30, HUGO 8 MARIETTA 33, Konawa 18 LINDSAY 38, Lexington 12 POCOLA 22, Liberty 16 Luther 42, DIBBLE 30 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 49, Northeast 6 CHANDLER 50, Okemah 28 Oklahoma Union 14, CANEY VALLEY 12 Panama 32, FOYIL 12 KANSAS 20, Pawhuska 14 HENNESSEY 49, Pawnee 8 Salina 28, CHOUTEAU 7 Tonkawa 20, NEWKIRK 14 Vian 38, HARTSHORNE 28 MILLWOOD 44, Wellston 6 HENRYETTA 34, Wewoka 12 ANTLERS 35, Wilburton 6 Class A HINTON 35, Central Marlow 14 Cordell 28, MANGUM 21 Crescent 28, OKLA. CHRISTIAN ACA. 24 Empire 40, WILSON 16 Fairview 42, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 14 CENTRAL SALLISAW 42, Gore 8 Hollis 46, CARNEGIE 12 Hominy 34, YALE 7 MOORELAND 28, Hooker 27 Morrison 34, DRUMRIGHT 12 Mounds 26, BARNSDALL 22 Oklahoma Bible 42, WATONGA 18 KETCHUM 40, Quapaw 20 Quinton 30, PORTER 12 Rejoice Christian 28, FAIRLAND 20 HEALDTON 30, Rush Springs 14 APACHE 48, Snyder 14 MINCO 28, Stratford 27 AFTON 24, Summit Christian 20 Texhoma 35, BEAVER 13 Thomas 56, SAYRE 6 RINGLING 28, Velma-Alma 12 Warner 21, SAVANNA 20 ELMORE CITY 28, Wayne 21 Wynnewood 35, COMMUNITY CHR. 28 Class B Alex 56, STROTHER 6 Allen 54, WAURIKA 8 Arkoma 48, PORUM 12 MACOMB 28, Bray-Doyle 24 DEWAR 48, Caddo 8 WELEETKA 52, Canadian 6 MAUD 34, Cyril 32 DAVENPORT 58, Depew 12 Gans 44, HAILEYVILLE 6 MAYSVILLE 56, Geary 8 Laverne 54, CANTON 8 Medford 42, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 34 Pioneer 48, KREMLIN-HILLSDALE 38 Pond Creek-Hunter 64, SEILING 50 Turpin 48, RINGWOOD 44 OAKS 42, Watts 20 WAUKOMIS 48, MERRITT 30 GARBER 52, Wesleyan Christian 6 KEOTA 54, Wetumka 8 Woodland 48, WELCH 16 Class C Boise City 54, BUFFALO 18 MIDWAY 44, Bokoshe 8 DESTINY CHR. 48, Bowlegs 8 Cherokee 56, BALKO 8 BLUEJACKET 58, Claremore Christian 12 Copan 42, PRUE 34 COYLE 54, Covington-Douglas 20 DC-Lamont 40, TIMBERLAKE 22 RYAN 48, Duke 12 SW COVENANT 34, Gracemont 20 Grandfield 38, MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 24 THACKERVILLE 44, Paoli 12 FOX 56, Sasakwa 6 Sharon-Mutual 48, WAYNOKA 42 CORN BIBLE 48, Temple 18 Tipton 62, OKC PATRIOTS 16 CAVE SPRINGS 52, Webbers Falls 6 Independent Casady 28, FT. WORTH COUNTRY DAY 21 Holland Hall 24, DALLAS GREENHILL 14 Immanuel Chr. 42, WORD OF LIFE (KAN.) 34 OKC Legion 28, TULSA NOAH 24 Regent Prep 58, LIFE CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game Independent OSD 42, IOWA DEAF 36 *-Home team in CAPS
The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime.
High school football roundup: Shawnee nips Skiatook with late touchdown
Compiled by Ed Godfrey from staff reports | Oct 3, 2014Cole Humphrey caught an 11-touchdown pass from John Jacobs with 24 seconds left in the game as Shawnee rallied to defeat Skiatook 22-21. The Wolves scored 19 points in the second half after Skiatook led 14-3 at halftime. Shawnee opened the second half with an eight-play, 53-yard drive capped off by Shade Franklin’s 6-yard run. Skiatook answered with a scoring drive of its own but the Wolves narrowed the margin on Jacobs 3-yard run at the end of the third period. Midway through the fourth quarter, Skiatook thwarted a Shawnee drive at the Bulldog 31 when Jacobs was stopped short on fourth down. Skiatook took over with 2:46 remaining, but was forced to punt it away. Working with just 1:12 seconds left, Shawnee worked down the field for the game-winner. SOUTHMOORE BATTLES BUT LOSES AT OWASSO No. 2 Owasso had to come from behind, scoring the game winning touchdown with 5:54 remaining in the fourth quarter as the Rams edged Southmoore, 13-9, Friday night at Owasso Stadium. Southmoore went ahead 6-0 when Gervarrius Owens scooped up a fumble and raced 70 yards for a first-quarter touchdown, but Owasso answered in the second with an 18-play, 82-yard drive that lasted over six minutes. Southmoore regained the lead, going up 9-7 with 7:38 left in the third quarter, when Chris Nemecek connected on a 42-yard field goal. TULSA UNION HANDLES NORMAN NORTH Top-ranked Tulsa Union rolled to a 56-21 win over Norman North at Union-Tuttle Stadium. Redskins’ quarterback Mason Farquhar threw four TD passes, and running backs Tyler Adkins and Shamari Brooks had long touchdown runs and combined for 283 rushing yards. Norman North lost its third straight and fell to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in district play. DUKE HAS BIG NIGHT FOR BETHANY Bethany quarterback Kyle Duke accounted for six touchdowns, four on the ground and two through the air, as the Bronchos ran over Bridge Creek 61-14. Duke rushed for 239 yards on 10 carries and scored on runs of 32, 57, 44 and 49 yards. He was 11 of 17 passing for 156 yards. Bethany led 27-14 at half then outscored Bridge Creek 34-0 in the second half. MARTIN, INGRAHAM LEAD HARRAH TO VICTORY Grant Martin rushed for 176 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown run, as Harrah dumped Glenpool 32-7. Harrah quarterback Kostner Ingraham only attempted five passes in the game but completed three, including two for touchdowns. Ingraham had a 72-yard scoring strike to Ryan Gentry in the first quarter and a 50-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Frederickson in the third. Ingraham also rushed for one score on a 5-yard run. LLANUSA TOTALS SIX TOUCHDOWNS IN ROUT OF PUTNAM WEST Choctaw quarterback Jonah Llanusa accounted for six touchdowns as the Yellowjackets ripped Putnam West 55-14. Choctaw scored all of its points in the first half. Llanusa tossed four touchdowns passes and ran for two other scores. He was 18 of 24 passing for 228 yards while rushing for 67 yards on 10 carries. Jacob Rapp had 90 yards in receptions, including catching a 42-yard scoring strike from Llanusa. COMMUNITY CHRISTIAN SHUTS OUT WAYNE Mikey McClung rushed for 127 yards on 29 carries to lead Community Christian to a 20-0 win over Wayne. McClung scored on a 17 yard touchdown run while J.J. Cortez passed for one score and ran for another. Community Christian’s Zane Campbell led the defensive effort with 16 tackles, including seven solo. BICKERSON, LOHR LEAD CARL ALBERT TO LOPSIDED WIN Braxton Bickerson and Dillon Lohr each scored twice as Carl Albert trampled Guymon 56-6. Bickerson scored on runs of 43 and 1 yards. Lohr had an 8-yard touchdown run and returned a punt 63 yards for another score. The Titans led 42-0 at halftime. DOUGLASS OUTLASTS MEEKER IN SHOOTOUT Domeko Doddles 97-yard kickoff return in the fourth quarter proved to be the game-winner as Douglass downed Meeker 50-43. Doddles also caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Patrick McKaufman, who tossed three scoring strikes in the game. McKaufman also had touchdown passes of 36 and 45 yards to Anthony Jackson and Qua’seen Sims, respectively. Both teams totaled more than 400 yards of offense in the game. ALEXANDER RUNS GUTHRIE TO VICTORY Senior running back Idae Alexander rushed for 261 yards and scored three touchdowns as Guthrie ripped Piedmont 48-6. Alexander had scoring runs of 19, 1 and 1 yards while quarterback Zane Maltz added two more touchdowns on runs of 9 and 22 yards. Guthrie rushed for 371 yards as a team. QUALLS HAS FIVE TOUCHDOWNS FOR OCS Oklahoma Christian School quarterback Thomas Qualls tossed three touchdown passes and ran for two more scores as the Saints ripped Wellston 49-18. The Saints led 35-0 after the first quarter. Qualls had touchdown passes of 47, 17 and 59 yards in the game. He had scoring runs of 18 and 25 yards. MCGINNIS PROPELS HERITAGE HALL TO WIN Heritage Hall raced to an early lead and romped to an easy 49-27 victory over Blackwell. The Chargers led 42-7 at half as Connor McGinnis rushed for 130 yards and two touchdowns while passing for 177 yards and three scores. He completed 8-of-11 passes. Cole McDaniel caught a touchdown pass and returned an interception for a score.