By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — Norman High’s Jakcob Dean knew making the transition from wide receiver to quarterback wouldn’t be easy. The increased preparation and ability to read the defensive coverage are things that can take players years to master.
So how’s Dean handling the transition after one intrasquad scrimmage?
He couldn’t be doing much better, at least according to his coaching staff.
Dean received praise for his first performance of the preseason, where he was able to make several big plays and keep the offense moving against a solid Tiger defense.
“He had a really good outing today,” coach Greg Nation said after the scrimmage. “It was a really nice job for the first scrimmage.”
Dean isn’t the only one who excelled on Saturday. Nation also noted that Stefan McCarthy and Logan Hill made noticeable gains in the scrimmage, while George Carter asserted himself in a young secondary.
“He looked really good at free safety today,” Nation said. “We saw some really good things today, and we’re starting to have some of those questions answered. We had some kids step up today.”
With scrimmages fast approaching — Norman North travels to Edmond Santa Fe on Thursday while NHS will travel to Bixby on Friday — Nation said that the focus will begin to shift from installing schemes and into executing those schemes.
CCS to utilize two-QB system: For the first time in several years, CCS coach Paul Potter is looking for a new quarterback. And he has options, with JJ Cortez and Haen Macintosh both vying for the spot.
“It’s a tough call, and they’ll probably both see time there,” Potter said. “They both run very well and can make different throws. We’ll use it to keep teams guessing when they’re preparing for us.”
Royals aim for tough schedule: CCS is still a year away from joining the OSSAA, but that doesn’t mean the Royals aren’t already competing with their future competition.
Due to OSSAA regulations, the Royals are unable to compete in a postseason this season, but they’re already preparing for the inclusion into Class A next season. That means dates this year with Class A powers Wynnewood and Elmore City, as well as even larger schools like Casady and Lexington.
“We’re really going to find out where we’re at quickly,” Potter said. “We had a tough time finding teams to schedule us, but we’ve put together a good one for our guys.”
Tigers emphasize special teams: NHS and North have long had stellar special teams units. Last season, the T-Wolves had dangerous returner Jordan Evans, now at OU, as well as a stifling punting game. The Tigers have one of the state’s best kickers in Matt Hockett, a threat to convert any field goal attempt.
That’s an advantage Nation doesn’t want to give up this season, and it’s something the Tigers plan to work on more in the next two weeks before kicking off the season.
“We’ve always focused on special teams, and we pride ourselves on that,” he said. “A lot of teams don’t work on it as much as they probably should, and that can come back to hurt them. We don’t want that to be us.”
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