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September 2, 2013

Norman North’s Cornwell still a game-day decision

NORMAN — When David Cornwell tweaked his ankle almost two weeks ago in a preseason scrimmage at Edmond Santa Fe, the Norman North quarterback and Alabama commit thought he’d be back on the field in just two days. That estimate proved overly generous, and Cornwell didn’t even suit up for the Timberwolves’ scrimmage Thursday against Southmoore.

But Cornwell does plan to be on the field when the T-Wolves meet Norman High at 7:30 on Thursday at Memorial Stadium, ignoring any suggestions he may not be ready.

And signs seem to be pointing that way. While coach Wade Standley wouldn’t commit to anything after Cornwell sat out in Thursday’s 7-0 scrimmage victory over the SaberCats, he did say that Cornwell was a game-day decision for that scrimmage, indicating that Cornwell could have played if he had needed to.

After sporting a noticeable limp following the initial injury, which occurred on a goal-line play late in the scrimmage, Cornwell was noticeably improved by Thursday, and threw well in warm-ups before the scrimmage.

Still, the lost live-action experience with a receiving corps still adjusting to Cornwell’s bullet passes could hurt the T-Wolves.

Not that Cornwell plans to do much differently. He’ll still scramble and fight upfield for yardage rather than just throwing it away. But there will be one difference.

“I’ll definitely be taping my ankles from now on,” he said.

Basquine continues to improve: One T-Wolves receiver who has seemed to sync up with Cornwell has been senior Nick Basquine.

After breaking out in the first scrimmage, Basquine was impressive even with back-up quarterback John Kolar in against Southmoore. He made several grabs in just four series on the field, including pulling in the only score of the game on a short pass from Kolar.

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