Adding to the intrigue is the vastly different styles the two bring to the game. Cornwell can scramble effectively, but he’s the perfect build for a pocket passer. On the other hand, while Dean is effective making the throws he needs to, it’s not his arm strength that makes the Tigers’ offense go.
Their methods may be different, but both have been stellar in the preseason, drawing praise from coaches and pundits alike. With the skill level on both sides, tonight’s game is more likely to come down to execution than anything else, something both sides know.
“This is OU-Texas for us; we don’t have to get our kids up for this game,” Nation said. “We’ve got to be more mentally tough and prepared. Jakcob has stepped up as that leader for us. The other kids look up to him. He’s not afraid to take the bull by the horns and lead by example.”
North coach Wade Standley knows much of any Timberwolves’ success tonight will be tied to containing Dean, a tough task for an inexperienced defense but one he said they’re ready for. And the third-year coach knows just how dangerous his own quarterback is, even if he may be slowed by a lingering ankle injury.
“He’s still limited in some areas, but he’s looked pretty good,” Standley said. “I know he’s ready to get out there and play.”
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