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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas has announced the signing of a high school offensive lineman from Florida.Coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday that Jalen Merrick of New Smyrna Beach has signed with the Razorbacks. A news release says Merrick chose Arkansas over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and...
Arkansas announces signing of football recruit
Associated Press | Jan 13, 2015FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas has announced the signing of a high school offensive lineman from Florida. Coach Bret Bielema announced Tuesday that Jalen Merrick of New Smyrna Beach has signed with the Razorbacks. A news release says Merrick chose Arkansas over offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Miami (FL), Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Wisconsin. Merrick is expected to enroll in classes at UA this month.
Nov 20, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Before Martrell Spaight was an elite Southeastern Conference linebacker at Arkansas, he was just Mark's little brother.He was the kid who high school teammates cracked jokes about because of a slight speech impediment, the one who fell even farther into his older brother's shadow after a lawn mower accident cost him his sophomore season — along with nearly his right...
Spaight excelling at linebacker for Arkansas
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Nov 20, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Before Martrell Spaight was an elite Southeastern Conference linebacker at Arkansas, he was just Mark's little brother. He was the kid who high school teammates cracked jokes about because of a slight speech impediment, the one who fell even farther into his older brother's shadow after a lawn mower accident cost him his sophomore season — along with nearly his right foot. Who Spaight was, and who he is now, share very little in common with each other. Except for the fact that the senior — third in the SEC with 97 tackles and the pulse of a resurgent Arkansas defense — is fueled every day by the emotionally trying journey that's led him back to a starring role on his home state's biggest stage. "Honestly, if I didn't have all that stuff driving me, I'm not too sure where I'd be," Spaight said. "I may be in this position, I may not have been. But I know going through all that, I'm very thankful for all the stuff I've been through." While Arkansas fans rushed the field to celebrate the end of a 17-game SEC losing streak with a 17-0 win over LSU last week, Mark Spaight — Martrell's dad — took a moment in Razorback Stadium to reflect on just how far his son had come. His boy, the one staff members under former Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said was "too small" to play in the SEC, had proven his doubters wrong. "To have coaches saying what you can't do, and then you're here doing it, that's fun," Mark Spaight said. "I think I was most excited about that moment for him." Even during the moments after he was born, nearly dying after his oxygen was cut off because his umbilical cord was wrapped tightly around his neck, nothing has come easy in life for Martrell Spaight. The difficult childbirth left Spaight with occasional problems pronouncing his Ls, a minor speech issue he's worked hard to overcome as an adult — but one that led him to fend off the usual childhood taunts and teasing with an emotional wall. Making Spaight's youth more difficult was his admiration and occasional jealousy over the success of his older brother. Two years Spaight's senior, Mark Spaight Jr. was a star football player in high school at North Little Rock, eventually playing at Division II Southern Arkansas. The brothers' relationship was, and is, as solid as they come, but it was tested — particularly when the lawn mower accident left Martrell Spaight unable to play as a sophomore, as his brother had done two years earlier. "I've never told my brother this, but the fact I heard people doubting me and praising him," Spaight said, "I kind of disliked my brother for a moment there, but I told myself, 'You can't hold it against him for doing good.'" The lawn mower blade sliced open the big toe on Spaight's right foot, a pain he said felt "like I stepped in a fire ant pile." While only stiches were needed to mend the wound, his season — an opportunity to live up to his older brother's accomplishments and perform for college recruiters — was lost. When he did finally make it on to the field in high school, Spaight was a star in his own right. He attended a camp at Arkansas, where the linebacker — who hadn't yet morphed into the 6-foot, 232-pound version he is today — was told there was little interest. Disappointed, Spaight considered joining his brother at Southern Arkansas before deciding to spend two years at Coffeyville Community College in Kansas. It was there Spaight showed colleges across the country what he could do against bigger and better competition, earning two-time All-American status. Scholarship offers eventually came from Rutgers and Kansas State, where he committed to play, but the school Spaight really wanted to attend — Arkansas — was mired in a season of uncertainty following Petrino's firing and still wasn't interested. It was only after the newly hired Bret Bielema called to set up a last-day recruiting visit at his grandparents' house that Spaight realized the school he had grown up cheering for might finally offer a scholarship. "I was trying to act all professional, but once I got off the phone I was running all around the house jumping around," Spaight said. Needless to say, Spaight accepted Bielema's offer — joining the Razorbacks prior to last season and quickly becoming known for his crushing tackles. His teammates even took to saying an offensive player had been "Spaighted" after one of the punishing hits. Not everything, however, went as smoothly for Spaight in his first season last year. He struggled to keep his confidence while trying to impress former defensive coordinator Chris Ash, playing in only nine games and making 22 tackles. That led to a newfound commitment to film study in the offseason, a trend that's continued this year as Spaight has become a fixture in big plays for Arkansas under new defensive coordinator Robb Smith. Bielema even pointed out last week that the linebacker was at the football complex watching game video on a Friday night during the Razorbacks bye week before the LSU game. The result was Arkansas' first shutout in SEC play since 2002, with Spaight's team-high 10 tackles — including a sack and forced fumble — leading the way. "The entire team loves him, and his coaches ... Just to see him have success is pretty fun," Bielema said. Bielema has made it clear he believes this season's success will propel Spaight to a once-unexpected future in the professional ranks. If that turns out to be the case, it will happen with the same mix of appreciation and desire to prove doubters wrong that has sparked Spaight's emergence this season. "The chip will never leave my shoulder," Spaight said. "I'll keep the chip every single place I go."
Oct 3, 2014
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jonathan Williams sat with his family in a Fayetteville hotel, one night before he reported to Arkansas to play football for the Razorbacks.The standout running back was well aware of what awaited his mother and younger sister when they returned to Allen, Texas, where they had been evicted from their home just a few days ago. But there was his mom, wearing a big smile...
Arkansas' Williams uses hardships as motivation
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Oct 3, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jonathan Williams sat with his family in a Fayetteville hotel, one night before he reported to Arkansas to play football for the Razorbacks. The standout running back was well aware of what awaited his mother and younger sister when they returned to Allen, Texas, where they had been evicted from their home just a few days ago. But there was his mom, wearing a big smile on her face. "That was the happiest I had seen her," Williams said. "She was happy she was taking her son to the University of Arkansas, where I'd be taken care of. I remember telling her, 'No matter what, I'm going to make it to the NFL to be able to help us out through all these financial problems.'" If Williams, now a junior for the Razorbacks, seems to have more perspective than your average 20-year-old, it's with good reason. When he was a senior in high school, his mom lost her job in real estate and his dad left for New Orleans — to find work supporting the family as a chef and to take care of a mother with Alzheimer's. He arrived at Arkansas in the wake of the Bobby Petrino scandal and the coaching turnover that followed. When Alex Collins joined the Razorbacks, Williams turned a potentially disruptive situation into the leading rushing attack in the Southeastern Conference. More than anything, Williams has used the lessons of his upbringing as a constant reminder of how lucky he is, how far he's come — and how far he still wants to go. "He's a humble guy," Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen said. "Everything about who he is, how hard he works and carries himself is the real thing." Even Constance Williams isn't quite sure how her second born evolved into such a deep thinker. But the stories. Oh, she has stories about the one she calls "Cook" — shortened from the "Cookie Man" nickname given to Jonathan by a childhood babysitter "because he was so thick and so sweet." The sweetness served him well at school, where teachers praised his thoughtfulness. The thickness? Well, from the time the now 6-foot, 225-pound Williams started football as a 5-year-old, he excelled — both as a running back and linebacker. "It was rare that a team ever got a play off," Constance Williams said. As good as Jonathan was on the football field at an early age, he was even more focused on where the game might take him — and his family. He told his father about his plans to play in the NFL at 6, which — unbeknownst initially to his parents — was about the same time he put a plan in place to make that dream a reality. Constance Williams still remembers cleaning Jonathan's room one day and finding a hand-made calendar. On it, squares marking each day were crossed out — a daily progress report of her son's self-planned offseason workout routine. "He never missed a day," Williams said. "I didn't even know he was doing it. That was all him, and I was in awe." As the years went on, Jonathan Williams flourished on the football field even while his family's Dallas home was broken into three times, resulting in the move to Allen — where he starred in high school. No matter how hard his parents tried to hide their financial difficulties, Williams noticed little things that made him aware of how tough times were. His mom would never cook for herself, only eating the kids' leftovers, and he never saw her buy clothes for herself. "Sometimes it felt like we had had all the money in the world, and sometimes it was like, 'Dang, we don't even have the water turned on today,'" Williams said. By the time Williams arrived in Fayetteville, there was no hiding the distress any longer. Evicted from their home, Williams, his mother and younger sister stayed one night in a Dallas hotel before loading all of their belongings in a storage unit and making the drive to Fayetteville. Constance Williams didn't know what awaited her and her daughter when they returned to Texas — they did eventually settle into a small apartment — but she knew Jonathan's future was just beginning, and she didn't want him to worry. "We're still blessed, and I always let him know, 'If you think you're doing bad, there's always somebody that's doing worse,'" she said. That lesson served Jonathan Williams well during his first season at Arkansas in 2012, the season following Petrino's firing. Williams joined what he thought was a national championship contender, only to see the Razorbacks win only four games while he flashed moments of brilliance as Knile Davis' backup. After Bret Bielema was hired after that season, Williams quickly discovered — following Arkansas' signing of Collins out of Florida — that his dreams of being "the guy" wouldn't become a reality without a heavy dose of competition. The two combined for 1,926 yards rushing last season as the Razorbacks struggled to a 3-9 record in Bielema's first year. This season, working in tandem and enjoying their burgeoning friendship, they've been even better — with Collins leading the SEC in rushing with 621 yards and Williams in third with 486 yards on the ground. "Now, I've definitely matured a lot more," Williams said. "I realize Alex makes me a better player as well. If he wasn't here, I probably wouldn't run as hard as I do now or work as hard in the weight room or things like that." Williams still talks with his parents almost daily. He doesn't worry about them, though. Frankly, he doesn't see the need after realizing what they've already overcome. He also knows that NFL dream is closer than ever to reality, though he said he won't leave resurgent Arkansas early "unless it's the right decision." "As much as I love football, and as much as I want to be the best player ever to play football, the way I look at it is it's still a stepping stone to bigger and better things," Williams said.
Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa...
The Oklahoman's Week 3 high school football picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 17, 2014Every week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every game in the state. Last week’s record: 127-51 (71.3 pct.) Overall record: 262-98 (72.8 pct.) NEWSOK VARSITY STATS APP: Stats, schedules, scores and more in the palm of your hand from The Oklahoman Thursday’s Games Class 6A Choctaw 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 21 EDMOND MEMORIAL 28, Mustang 24 Norman 21, MOORE 14 LAWTON 42, Sapulpa 14 Class 5A Tulsa Edison 48, TULSA HALE 8 Class 4A ANADARKO 28, Midwest City JV 0 Class 3A Tulsa Webster 28, CAPITOL HILL 24 Wynnewood 34, CENTENNIAL 16 Class A KIEFER 42, Beggs JV 20 Quapaw 28, JOPLIN, MO. JV 24 Friday’s Games Class 6A ENID 17, Bartlesville 14 TULSA UNION 31, Broken Arrow 17 MIDWEST CITY 24, Del City 22 STILLWATER 21, Edmond North 14 Fayetteville, Ark. 28, MUSKOGEE 21 Jenks 31, OWASSO 24 LAWTON MACARTHUR 56, Lawton Ike 28 Norman North 42, Westmoore 35 SHAWNEE 35, Ponca City 14 PUTNAM CITY 28, Putnam City West 24 GUTHRIE 30, Sand Springs 18 CLAREMORE 20, Siloam Springs, Ark. 14 EDMOND SANTA FE 32, Southmoore 20 BIXBY 34, Springdale, Ark. 28 TULSA WASHINGTON 28, Tulsa East Central 12 Yukon 24, DEER CREEK 21 Class 5A Ardmore 17, GAINESVILLE, TEXAS 12 Carl Albert 24, DUNCAN 8 Catoosa 28, GROVE 14 Chickasha 31, CACHE 28 Collinsville 27, SKIATOOK 20 ADA 19, Durant 12 Elk City 35, ALTUS 28 DALHART, TEXAS 28, Guymon 24 McGuinness 24, WEATHERFORD 13 TULSA CENTRAL 32, Northwest 22 NOBLE 28, Piedmont 21 McALESTER 28, Pryor 24 TAHLEQUAH 21, Sallisaw 20 Southeast 44, U.S. GRANT 28 COWETA 18, Tulsa Kelley 10 TULSA MEMORIAL 33, Tulsa NOAH 21 Western Heights 34, EL RENO 28 Class 4A MANNFORD 20, Bristow 12 Broken Bow 26, SEQ.-TAHLEQUAH 14 POTEAU 28, Campus, Kan. 24 Cascia Hall 27, MILLWOOD 22 CLEVELAND 35, Cushing 28 TUTTLE 35, Elgin 7 Harrah 27, PERKINS 20 MULDROW 19, Heavener 13 Meeker 32, TECUMSEH 20 Metro Christian 36, SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21 Newcastle 45, BLANCHARD 28 Nowata 28, MIAMI 20 Oologah 20, GLENPOOL 14 CLINTON 38, PLAINVIEW 21 Seminole 42, McLOUD 8 Mount St. Mary 44, SANTA FE SOUTH 16 LOCUST GROVE 42, Stilwell 17 Tulsa McLain 27, HILLDALE 22 Vinita 21, DEWEY 20 Wagoner 28, FORT GIBSON 22 Woodward 35, TULSA ROGERS 12 Class 3A BEGGS 28, Berryhill 24 KINGFISHER 42, Bethany 35 PRAGUE 28, Bethel 14 FREDERICK 18, Comanche 12 Douglass 34, STAR SPENCER 20 CHECOTAH 27, Eufaula 24 JAY 28, Gravette, Ark. 27 Hennessey 30, JONES 28 STIGLER 21, Henryetta 14 Heritage Hall 28, DAVIS 27 VALLIANT 18, Hugo 12 SPERRY 22, Inola 16 John Marshall 42, CROOKED OAK 8 Kansas 32, WESTVILLE 14 VIAN 44, Keys (Park Hill) 16 IDABEL 28, Konawa 24 KELLYVILLE 31, Liberty 22 OKLAHOMA CHRISTIAN 42, Lincoln Chr. 38 Lindsay 28, PAULS VALLEY 12 Little Axe 45, CHANDLER 42 KINGSTON 26, Madill 21 OKEMAH 28, Morris 12 OKC Legion 30, DICKSON 20 ROLAND 35, Okmulgee 18 Purcell 34, LEXINGTON 20 Sanger, Texas 44, LONE GROVE 31 Spiro 42, HASKELL 22 BRIDGE CREEK 28, Sulphur 27 Tonkawa 22, BLAKCWELL 18 ADAIR 34, Verdigris 24 Victory Christian 48, SHILOH CHR. 12 MARLOW 28, Washington 24 Class 2A ANTLERS 32, Atoka 20 LUTHER 40, Cashion 37 SALINA 34, Chelsea 14 Chisholm 26, THOMAS 24 Colcord 30, COMMERCE 16 Dibble 32, WAYNE 28 CANEY VALLEY 24, Drumright 20 OKLAHOMA UNION 21, Fairland 14 Hartshorne 26, COALGATE 20 Healdton 18, TISHOMINGO 14 Hobart 28, ALVA 22 Hominy 28, PAWHUSKA 14 MOUNDS 28, Hulbert 27 RINGLING 29, Marietta 13 Northeast 35, OKLAHOMA CHR. ACADEMY 28 Okeene 16, NEWKIRK 12 WARNER 24, Panama 22 Pawnee 26, YALE 20 CHOUTEAU 28, Porter 14 Quinton 30, POCOLA 8 Savanna 20, WILBURTON 14 WALTERS 24, Snyder 16 WEWOKA 30, Stratford 20 Stroud 20, PERRY 8 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 22, Talihina 14 HOLDENVILLE 16, Wellston 14 MARIONVILLE, MO. 20, WYANDOTTE 12 Class A Apache 42, CROSSINGS CHR. 7 HOLLIS 28, Beaver 14 CENTRAL MARLOW 20, Carnegie 14 Community Christian 24, SUMMIT CHR. 20 Cordell 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 8 MOORELAND 22, Crescent 14 VELMA-ALMA 24, Elmore City 16 CENTRAL SALLISAW 22, Foyil 6 Hinton 28, EMPIRE 14 Ketchum 20, GORE 12 Minco 27, RUSH SPRINGS 16 MORRISON 28, Oklahoma Bible 27 BARNSDALL 24, Rejoice Christian 20 MANGUM 14, Sayre 8 HOOKER 28, Syracuse, Kan. 6 Texhoma 32, at VEGA, TEXAS 12 FAIRVIEW 14, Watonga 13 Class B Alex 48, ALLEN 22 CYRIL 54, Bray-Doyle 28 Caddo 34, CANADIAN 16 RINGWOOD 42, Canton 20 Coyle 54, WELCH 8 Davenport 48, GARBER 16 Depew 44, WESLEYAN CHR. 30 Dewar 60, ARKOMA 24 WETUMKA 42, Gans 24 KEOTA 56, Haileyville 6 MERRITT 48, Kremlin-Hillsdale 20 Laverne 56, TURPIN 6 MAUD 48, Macomb 8 Oaks 52, SOUTH COFFEYVILLE 28 Pond Creek-Hunter 46, PIONEER 12 Seiling 56, WAUKOMIS 38 GEARY 34, Strother 28 MAYSVILLE 34, Waurika 20 Weleetka 54, PORUM 8 Woodland 56, WATTS 6 Class C Bluejacket 42, TIMBERLAKE 34 SHATTUCK 58, Boise City 8 WAYNOKA 48, Buffalo 6 Cave Springs 36, MIDWAY 28 COVINGTON-DOUGLAS 42, Copan 30 Destiny Christian 60, BOKOSHE 6 Duke 34, TEMPLE 20 Fox 54, PAOLI 8 Grandfield 54, GRACEMONT 8 DC-LAMONT 52, Medford 6 BALKO 54, OKC Patriots 6 Ryan 48, SW COVENANT 22 MT. VIEW-GOTEBO 38, Sharon-Mutual 34 Thackerville 48, SASAKWA 6 Tipton 58, CORN BIBLE 12 CHEROKEE 48, Tyrone 0 Webbers Falls 34, BOWLEGS 28 Independent Casady 28, TRINITY VALLEY 24 ARLINGTON OAKRIDGE 34, Holland Hall 14 WRIGHT CHRISTIAN 42, Life Christian 34 Regent Prep 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 28 Saturday’s Game OSD 48, LOUISIANA DEAF 44 *-Home team in CAPS
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Alex Collins never paid quite as much attention in high school to his diet and sleeping habits as he did his performance on the football field.Thanks to the constant needling of coach Bret Bielema, the Razorbacks' running back appears to have finally found a balance between his off- and on-the-field preparations — much to the dismay of opposing defenses.Collins ran his...
Improved diet, sleep habits help Arkansas' Collins
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Sep 12, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Alex Collins never paid quite as much attention in high school to his diet and sleeping habits as he did his performance on the football field. Thanks to the constant needling of coach Bret Bielema, the Razorbacks' running back appears to have finally found a balance between his off- and on-the-field preparations — much to the dismay of opposing defenses. Collins ran his way into the Southeastern Conference spotlight a year ago, rushing for 1,026 yards while earning the league's Freshman of the Year honors. As good as the Florida native was, Bielema knew he could be even better if he would eat more regularly, eliminate much of his fast-food intake and stop spending so many late nights awake on Twitter rather than resting. Collins finally heeded his coach's advice following last season, and the result has been a far different look for the 5-foot-11 sophomore — who now weighs 218 pounds after playing at 204 last year. "I now eat breakfast, lunch and dinner," Collins said. "That's a big part of it, and that's basically it. Just doing everything the right way, going to workouts, working hard and eating after that because it would be waste if you're working out and burning all the energy and not replacing it with a good meal." Despite the added weight, Collins has shown no signs of slowing down this season. He has 199 yards rushing through two games to lead the Razorbacks (1-1), who play at Texas Tech (2-0) on Saturday, and he's shown his usual quick feet and ability to make defenders miss — particularly on a 33-yard touchdown run last week against Nicholls State. Collins ran through a defender's arm tackle on the run, which was exactly what he hoped for when he decided to add the extra weight and take better care of his body. Even Bielema admitted some surprise at how well Collins has maintained his agility with the extra weight, though it's come as no surprise to the running back. "I think he understood now, 'Wait a minute. You mean if I lift the way they want me lift and I eat the way I'm supposed to eat and I sleep the way I'm supposed to sleep, I might get better,'" Bielema said. "And (when) that light bulb goes off, some really good things could happen." Arkansas is third in the SEC in rushing offense with an average of 324 yards per game, thanks in large part of a 495-yard outburst in a 73-7 win over the Colonels last week. Collins had three touchdowns in the win while gaining 131 yards on 13 carries, but it was junior Jonathan Williams who led the Razorbacks with 143 yards rushing on just four carries. The talented duo combined to rush for 1,926 yards last season, and the Razorbacks ground game is expected the receive another boost on Saturday with the return of sophomore Korliss Marshall, who missed last week due to injury. The three, along with Arkansas' physical offensive line, have the full attention of the Red Raiders, who have struggled this season to wins over Central Arkansas and UTEP. "It's going to be such a step up from what we've seen the first couple (of) weeks," Texas Tech coach Kliff Kingsbury said. "We're going to have to handle it. We're going to have to play better on both sides of the ball, particularly up front, to hang in there and not let them just hand it off all day."
Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.
High school football: The Oklahoman's Week 1 picks
By Scott Wright | Sep 3, 2014Each week, The Oklahoman’s Scott Wright will predict the score of every high school football game in the state. Last year’s record: 1,551-364 (81.0 pct.) Thursday Class 6A Edmond Memorial 28, SOUTHMOORE 24 NORMAN NORTH 31, Norman 13 Class 5A COLLINSVILLE 28, Oologah 20 Weatherford 44, SOUTHEAST 20 Class 4A Broken Bow 34, VALLIANT 6 Cleveland 40, HOMINY 8 ALMA (ARK.) 35, Poteau 20 Roland 35, MULDROW 10 Class 3A WASHINGTON 35, Bridge Creek 12 INOLA 28, Chelsea 13 VELMA-ALMA 22, Comanche 16 CASADY 42, Heritage Hall 38 Kingston 14, DICKSON 12 DOUGLASS 48, Northeast 12 Locust Grove 42, Salina 8 Class 2A Crescent 28, NEWKIRK 14 PANAMA 40, Gore 14 Hartshorne 44, HOLDENVILLE 12 Talihina 48, WILBURTON 6 Oklahoma Union 14, QUAPAW 13 Class A Carnegie 28, BURNS FLAT-DILL CITY 12 Class B GEARY 42, Canton 38 DEER CREEK-LAMONT 40, Kremlin-Hillsdale 22 POND CREEK-HUNTER 42, Medford 12 BLUEJACKET 48, Welch 20 Class C Shattuck 56, Pioneer JV 6 Friday Class 6A JENKS 56, Bixby 16 Choctaw 35, SAPULPA 20 PRYOR 28, Claremore 22 STILLWATER 30, Deer Creek 27 Edmond Santa Fe 24, EDMOND NORTH 20 Fayetteville (Ark.) 35, LAWTON EISENHOWER 14 Lawton 28, SALINA (KAN.) CENTRAL 21 McALESTER 42, Muskogee 28 Mustang 28, YUKON 21 BROKEN ARROW 31, Owasso 17 ENID 28, Ponca City 20 Putnam City 28, PUTNAM CITY NORTH 27 DEL CITY 42, Putnam City West 20 Tulsa East Central 28, BARTLESVILLE 24 SAND SPRINGS 40, Tulsa Hale 12 SOUTHLAKE (TEXAS) CARROLL 35, Tulsa Union 28 MIDWEST CITY 21, Tulsa Washington 20 Westmoore 35, MOORE 7 Class 5A Ada 14, ARDMORE 13 Ashdown (Ark.) 28, DURANT 24 ANADARKO 42, Chickasha 17 Coweta 28, WAGONER 27 GUTHRIE 27, Duncan 21 CALR ALBERT 21, El Reno 7 Grove 28, MIAMI 21 HUGOTON (KAN.) 24, Guymon 14 Lawton MacArthur 33, CLINTON 27 JOHN MARSHALL 32, Northwest Classen 13 Shawnee 28, MCGUINNESS 14 Skiatook 21, PIEDMONT 20 FORT GIBSON 28, Tahlequah 16 NOBLE 21, Tecumseh 14 TULSA MEMORIAL 28, Tulsa Central 12 TULSA KELLEY 34, Tulsa Edison 30 WESTERN HEIGHTS 28, U.S. Grant 22 Vernon (Texas) 27, ALTUS 21 Class 4A McLOUD 35, Bethel 14 TUTTLE 28, Blanchard 21 CUSHING 27, Bristow 24 PAMPA (TEXAS) 28, Elk City 18 Glenpool 35, BERRYHILL 34 SEMINOLE 28, Harrah 27 Hennessey 35, ELGIN 14 CASCIA HALL 28, Holland Hall 20 CACHE 20, Iowa Park (Texas) 17 VINITA 20, JAY 13 TULSA McLAIN 14, Mannford 7 Newcastle 28, PAULS VALLEY 14 Sallisaw 31, CATOOSA 28 CHRISTIAN HERITAGE 42, Santa Fe South 7 Spiro 28, STILWELL 24 METRO CHRISTIAN 35, Tulsa NOAH 27 Woodward 21, KINGFISHER 20 Class 3A Beggs 40, EUFAULA 14 Centennial 28, CAPITOL HILL 12 Chandler 24, OKMULGEE 14 Hartford (Ark.) 28, WESTVILLE 12 Heavener 21, ATOKA 14 STIGLER 28, Hilldale 21 Hugo 35, IDABEL 14 LINCOLN CHRISTIAN 48, Kansas 12 KIEFER 22, Kellyville 16 CHECOTAH 38, Keys (Park Hill) 8 LITTLE AXE 27, Lexington 24 PURCELL 28, Lindsay 21 LONE GROVE 41, Marietta 14 BETHANY 28, Marlow 21 Meeker 20, PRAGUE 18 HENRYETTA 22, Morris 20 CROOKED OAK 28, Mount St. Mary 24 Nowata 38, DEWEY 12 TULSA ROGERS 21, OKC Legion 18 VERDIGRIS 28, Pawhuska 22 SEQ.-CLAREMORE 21, Perkins-Tryon 14 Perry 30, BLACKWELL 14 Plainview 24, SANGER (TEXAS) 21 TULSA WEBSTER 34, SeeWorth Academy 6 OKEMAH 28, Seq.-Tahlequah 20 ADAIR 44, Sperry 21 MILLWOOD 21, Star Spencer 20 WYNNEWOOD 32, Sulphur 17 MADILL 28, Tishomingo 22 Class 2A Caney Valley 22, BARNSDALL 20 Chisholm 28, OKEENE 24 Chouteau 36, FOYIL 14 AFTON 24, Colcord 22 STROUD 28, Commerce 21 Frederick 21, ELECTRA (TEXAS) 20 HASKELL 14, Ketchum 13 MOUNDS 34, Liberty 12 Luther 28, TONKAWA 27 HOBART 42, Mangum 14 Minco 28, DIBBLE 12 OCS 24, RINGLING 20 MORRISON 35, Pawnee 16 Pocola 28, CENTRAL SALLISAW 21 HULBERT 14, Porter 7 Savanna 32, ANTLERS 20 Stratford 35, COALGATE 14 Thomas 21, ALVA 7 Walters 40, WILSON 16 Wellston 28, DRUMRIGHT 14 Wyandotte 42, FAIRLAND 14 Class A Apache 44, RUSH SPRINGS 20 TEXHOMA 28, Booker (Texas) 24 Central Marlow 20, SNYDER 16 Community Christian 31, OCA 20 Cordell 24, SAYRE 12 REJOICE CHRISTIAN 34, Crossings Christian 24 EMPIRE 28, Elmore City 21 OKLAHOMA BIBLE 21, Fairview 20 ELKHART (KAN.) 28, Hooker 14 KONAWA 30, Quinton 28 BEAVER 31, Stanton County (KAN.) 14 Summit Christian 35, WARNER 21 Watonga 28, HINTON 8 Wayne 35, HEALDTON 16 HOLLIS 42, Wellington (Texas) 21 CASHION 48, Yale 14 Class B Arkoma 44, BOKOSHE 8 ALEX 44, Caddo 38 Cave Springs 48, WATTS 8 Cherokee 56, PIONEER 0 Claremore Chr. 42, S. COFFEYVILLE 28 WESLEYAN CHRISTIAN 28, Copan 14 MERRITT 44, Corn Bible 24 GARBER 56, Covington-Douglas 20 Davenport 54, WELEETKA 34 Dewar 60, WOODLAND 28 DEPEW 38, Haileyville 34 Keota 56, IMMANUEL CHRISTIAN 14 CYRIL 44, Life Christian 28 SASAKWA 38, Macomb 6 Maud 56, BOWLEGS 6 Maysville 44, PAOLI 12 Mountain View-Gotebo 42, BRAY-DOYLE 6 Oaks 56, GANS 8 WEBBERS FALLS 48, Porum 8 Ryan 42, WAURIKA 12 Seiling 56, SHARON-MUTUAL 38 Strother 40, CANADIAN 32 RINGWOOD 56, Timberlake 38 Waukomis 56, BUFFALO 8 Wetumka 48, ALLEN 42 Class C WAYNOKA 38, Duke 28 Gracemont 40, PRUE 24 Grandfield 56, OKC PATRIOTS 14 BALKO 48, Moscow (Kan.) 18 DESTINY CHR. 44, Southwest Covenant 28 THACKERVILLE 56, Temple 12 Tipton 54, FOX 42 BOISE CITY 28, Wiley (Colo.) 24 Wright Christian 34, MIDWAY 28 Saturday Class 3A Victory Christian 42, JONES 28 (at Choctaw) Class 2A DAVIS 28, Vian 22 (at Choctaw) Class A Mooreland 42, CHISHOLM JV 14 Independent Missouri Deaf 54, OSD 48 *Home team in CAPS
Aug 28, 2014
Louisiana Tech comes to Norman for a Saturday night game at Owen Field, and the Bulldogs are coached by a familiar name. Skip Holtz. Yep, the son of Lou. And the people of Ruston, La., are no strangers to being coached by the son of a famous coach. Here are Louisiana Tech’s last four coaches: […]
La Tech's Skip Holtz has seen the Sooners before
Berry Tramel | Aug 28, 2014[img url=https://blog.newsok.com/dittocontent/uploads/sites/3/2014/08/skip-holtz.jpg]3371180[/img] Louisiana Tech comes to Norman for a Saturday night game at Owen Field, and the Bulldogs are coached by a familiar name. Skip Holtz. Yep, the son of Lou. And the people of Ruston, La., are no strangers to being coached by the son of a famous coach. Here are Louisiana Tech’s last four coaches: Skip Holtz, son of Lou. Sonny Dykes, son of Spike. Derek Dooley, son of Vince. Jack Bicknell, son of, well, I guess you can figure that out. Lou Holtz is a Hall of Fame coach who was splendid at Arkansas and Notre Dame. Spike Dykes was a 13-year icon at Texas Tech. Vince Dooley was a 25-year legend coaching Georgia. And Jack Bicknell Sr. was Doug Flutie’s coach at Boston College. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. This must mean that Louisiana Tech’s next coach will be Lane Kiffin, son of Monte. I talked with Skip Holtz a year ago during Conference USA Media Day. “Hiring the sons of coaches, they’ve had some success with it,” Holtz said of Louisiana Tech. “I’m sure that was part of it. I’m sure as a school, they probably looked at it and said, here are coaches that have grown up around this game their whole life. This has been a way of life for them. They’ve had success with it and they’ve hung with it, and I’m excited that they have.” We published a Collected Wisdom with Skip Holtz, which ran last September and which you can read here. Skip Holtz has come across Oklahoma football before. He was 13 years old and living in Fayetteville, Ark., when his father’s Razorbacks stunned OU 31-6 in the Orange Bowl after the 1977 season. Skip Holtz graduated from Fayetteville High School, went to Holy Cross College across the street from Notre Dame, transferred to Notre Dame after two years and joined the football team for his senior year, 1986, when a certain coach from Arkansas was hired. Now Skip Holtz is 50 and has had a long career in football. He worked on staffs at Florida State, Colorado and Notre Dame before becoming head coach at Connecticut in 1994. Here are Skip Holtz’s head-coaching stops: UConn, 34-23, 1994-98 East Carolina, 38-27, 2005-09 South Florida, 16-21, 2010-12 Louisiana Tech, 2013, 4-8 That’s a head coaching record of 92-79. Skip Holtz also spent 1999-2004 working on his dad’s staff at South Carolina.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The misfortunes of Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen's truck continue.Police found his truck on fire early Monday and were investigating the incident as a potential case of arson.Sgt. Craig Stout of the Fayetteville Police Department said Allen's truck was one of three involved in a pair of car fires, though he said it was too early to say if the fire was related to...
Arkansas QB Allen's truck involved in car fire
KURT VOIGT, Associated Press | Aug 25, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The misfortunes of Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen's truck continue. Police found his truck on fire early Monday and were investigating the incident as a potential case of arson. Sgt. Craig Stout of the Fayetteville Police Department said Allen's truck was one of three involved in a pair of car fires, though he said it was too early to say if the fire was related to Allen's position on the football team. "We don't know that yet," Stout said. Allen's truck was egged following a loss to Mississippi State last season, after which coach Bret Bielema said college football "is a little bit ugly at times." Stout said the police and fire departments responded to a call at 3:59 a.m. and discovered Allen's Chevy Avalanche — which is registered to his father and former Arkansas assistant coach Bobby Allen — on fire. Stout said the car fire was the second of the morning in Fayetteville, following a call approximately two hours earlier a few miles away from Allen's truck. The first fire also jumped to a neighboring parked car, and Stout said investigators are working to determine the cause of both fires. Bielema said Allen called him at approximately 4:15 a.m. while the fire was ongoing. "Your breath kind of stops for a moment when (I) saw it was (Allen) calling me," Bielema said. "I was hoping it was my alarm, but it was half hour before I was planning on getting up." Bielema said Allen was "completely safe," and that he plans to put the junior quarterback and younger brother Austin Allen — the team's backup quarterback — off limits for interviews this week leading up to Arkansas' season opener at Auburn. Bielema said Allen was calm when the two talked Monday morning, and that he doesn't expect the incident to impact the quarterback's play against the defending Southeastern Conference champion Tigers. He also said he's hopeful the fire wasn't related to Allen's position on the team, and that he continues to believe Fayetteville is a top destination for high school recruits. "One of the things people talk about is they can be here the whole weekend and never see a siren, never see a police officer with squad lights on," Bielema said. "I think that's still one of the best-selling points to Arkansas." Allen's teammates showed their support for the quarterback through social media. "The whole team has (your) back and we all know you're the guy to take us to the promise land," senior tight end AJ Derby tweeted.
Aug 21, 2014
Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection.A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other...
Teams test out a new helmet, but does it work?
DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press | Aug 21, 2014Arkansas coach Bret Bielema proudly posted a message on Twitter last spring that featured the Razorbacks' new helmets — a futuristic design by Riddell called the SpeedFlex that is supposed to be the latest in head protection. A vocal proponent of player safety, Bielema is happy to be a part of the cutting edge. But it's a bit of a leap of faith. He has no proof that the SpeedFlex — or any other helmet — can reduce the risk of a devastating head injury. "It's just like everything else — everything advances and you get better at it," Bielema said at a recent Arkansas practice. "I think our kids really like the way (the helmets) feel. They feel snug. They feel fit. So I think that's a step in the right direction." With lawsuits and concern regarding concussions hanging over every level of football, the race to develop safer helmets and other equipment has never been more intense. Even so, experts say it remains to be seen if new technology has made a dent in reducing concussions on the football field. "It's very admirable that they're trying to get better," said Dr. Robert Cantu, a Boston-based neurosurgeon who specializes in sports concussions. "But with regards to concussions, it's a very complex issue ... There really isn't any helmet that has clearly been shown on the football field to be superior to other helmets." The NCAA recently reached a proposed settlement of a class-action lawsuit by agreeing to toughen return-to-play rules for players who receive head blows and create a $70 million fund to pay for thousands of current and former athletes to undergo testing to determine whether they suffered brain trauma while playing football and other contact sports. Concussions occur when the brain moves inside the skull from an impact or a whiplash effect, but it's still an injury that doctors are learning about. There's also debate about the best way to test for concussion factors or how to even identify when concussions occur. The SpeedFlex's new design features a five-sided indentation on the crown of the helmet and a faceguard that both have some flexibility, which is supposed to allow some force to be absorbed and dispersed instead of going directly to the head. There's also a revamped ratchet chinstrap system for faster adjustments and a quick release for the faceguard that could benefit medical staff seeking access to the face in the event of an emergency. Thad Ide, Riddell's senior vice president for research and product development, said his company isn't claiming that the SpeedFlex can help reduce concussions. But like Bielema, he believes progress is being made in regards to lessening head impacts. "We'll let the medical researchers weigh in on the medical data around concussions, because that's kind of a moving target right now because of all the things that are being learned," Ide said. "But what we can do is try to reduce the forces of impact to the player's head. I think reducing those forces is unequivocally a good thing." Cantu said current football helmet certification tests by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE) measure only linear impacts, which are direct blows. But new standards proposed over the summer would also mandate tests for rotational forces — or non-direct blows that could better reflect what actually happens on a football field. NOCSAE's new standards are expected to go into effect sometime next year. Mike Oliver, the executive director of NOCSAE, said helmet technology is improving but there are no simple answers. "I think the helmet manufactures are doing everything they can do to address these issues," Oliver said. "But they labor under the same restrictions that we do, which is until we understand more about the specifics of what causes a particular concussion, it's a little difficult." Riddell spokeswoman Erin Griffin said more than half of NCAA Division I programs are using the SpeedFlex. She said some programs — like Arkansas — have taken an aggressive approach to using the helmets while others have more of a wait-and-see attitude. Mississippi State equipment manager Phil Silva, who is in his 31st year at the school, said he had the opportunity to order the SpeedFlex but declined. He said the technology looked fine, but he wanted to make sure there was demand among players. "Most of our players like to use the brand of helmet they used in high school," Silva said. "We want to make sure guys are going to use them before we order." Dr. Stefan Duma, the department head of the Virginia Tech-Wake Forest School of Biomedical Engineering and Sciences, has been a pioneer in releasing independent ratings for the safety football helmets provide. He says Riddell's newest modifications for the SpeedFlex are "promising," though he has not tested the helmet because it's not yet available to the public. His team tests helmets by purchasing three and then performing 40 tests on each helmet that measure front, top, side and back impacts. They then aggregate the scores from all impacts and assign each helmet a 1-5 star rating, with a 5-star label being the highest. "It's one of the first really new concepts in helmet technology — having the flexible outer shell," Duma said of the SpeedFlex. Riddell provides helmets to every level of football — all the way from the pros to Pop Warner. Designing a helmet that successfully tests as a 'safer' model would be a boon for the manufacturer. The company was previously the official helmet of the NFL, but that partnership ended after last season. A league spokesman said that in 2013, about 60 percent of the league's players used Riddell helmets. For now, experts say the best way to make football safer is through rule changes. Dr. Julian Bailes, who has advised the NFLPA and NCAA about concussions and is the medical director for Pop Warner, says rules that outlaw targeting the head and limits on how often teams can have full-contact practices are vital advancements. "Every level of play is addressing this issue," Bailes said. "Do you really need to be exposed to that many blows to the head?" _____ Online: www.Riddell.com/SpeedFlex _____ AP Sports Writers Kurt Voigt in Fayetteville, Ark., and Howard Fendrich in Washington, D.C., contributed to this story.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has announced the signing of an offensive lineman from Texas.Bielema says Zach Rogers of Hebron High School signed Thursday and is set to enroll in the spring 2015 semester that begins in January.Rogers is rated by various scouting services as one of the top centers in the nation. He chose Arkansas over offers that...
Arkansas signs offensive lineman from Texas
Associated Press | Aug 8, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has announced the signing of an offensive lineman from Texas. Bielema says Zach Rogers of Hebron High School signed Thursday and is set to enroll in the spring 2015 semester that begins in January. Rogers is rated by various scouting services as one of the top centers in the nation. He chose Arkansas over offers that included Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Baylor and UCLA.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema says Charleston High School quarterback Ty Storey has signed with the Razorbacks and is scheduled to enroll in January.Storey led Charleston High School to a perfect 15-0 mark and the Arkansas 3A state championship as a junior. He has passed for 8,701 yards and 101 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 511 yards and...
High school quarterback signs with Arkansas
Associated Press | Aug 3, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema says Charleston High School quarterback Ty Storey has signed with the Razorbacks and is scheduled to enroll in January. Storey led Charleston High School to a perfect 15-0 mark and the Arkansas 3A state championship as a junior. He has passed for 8,701 yards and 101 touchdowns in his career and rushed for 511 yards and 13 touchdowns. He threw for 4,241 yards and 52 touchdowns and ran for 180 yards and six TDs in 2013. Storey chose Arkansas over other offers — including Alabama and Auburn.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has awarded scholarships to two in-state football players.Bielema said Thursday that defensive end Jake Hall and fullback Tyler Colquitt have been placed on scholarship beginning in the second summer session.Hall is a native of Springdale and helped Har-Ber High School to the quarterfinals of the 7A state playoffs in...
Bielema awards scholarships to 2 in-state players
Associated Press | Jun 26, 2014FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — University of Arkansas football coach Bret Bielema has awarded scholarships to two in-state football players. Bielema said Thursday that defensive end Jake Hall and fullback Tyler Colquitt have been placed on scholarship beginning in the second summer session. Hall is a native of Springdale and helped Har-Ber High School to the quarterfinals of the 7A state playoffs in 2013. Colquitt played linebacker and running back at Pulaski Academy where he averaged nearly 9.5 yards per carry and scored seven touchdowns in 2013.