Ram Tough

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Owasso (OK) junior quarterback Kason Key (6-5, 205), who has been on hand for the last two Arkansas games. This story is free and sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. Click on the Arkansas Toyota banner.




Owasso, Okla., junior quarterback Kason Key has been on the sidelines the last two weekends at Reynolds Razorback Stadium and it's not surprising that he likes what he sees out of the Arkansas offense.

In fact, Key (6-5, 205) – who has passed for 1,605 yards and 16 touchdowns this season - would love to have the keys turned over to him one day to drive it.

"Arkansas is a great school and runs exactly the same type offense that I like to run," Key said. "It's up-tempo and really allows the quarterback to do a lot of things. I can really see myself being in this offense and doing great things."

Key was 18 of 27 passing for 317 yards and three touchdowns as Owasso (5-4, 4-2) routed Sand Springs, 49-19, to clinch a state playoff berth.

The week before he completed 16 of 24 attempts for 167 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 41 yards and one score in a 44-20 win over Bixby.

"This year I am playing a lot better because I know how to read defenses better," Key said. "It gives me more time to pass the ball and know when to drop it off or take a shot downfield. I worked on that a lot last summer."

Key, whose younger brother Coleman is a outstanding freshman signal caller, has started to get a lot of interest with some offers probably not too far down the road.

"I have gotten a lot of letters from a lot of people, but mainly I am getting interest from Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Missouri," Key said. "I've also been getting some e-mails from Tennessee and Texas A&M."

Key, who attended Arkansas' football camps this past summer, and the Rams play at Ponca City this Friday night to determine which seed they will be in the playoffs.

A win and an Enid loss to Bartlesville would hand the Rams the second seed and a home game in the first round.

"We have really come together as an offense and a team," Key said. "Our offensive line is blocking well, our backs are running hard and the receivers are catching everything I get near them. It's really been fun to be a part of this season and we just need to continue finishing strong."

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Arkansas' 2011 basketball recruiting class has moved up to No. 2 nationally in the ESPN.com rankings behind fellow SEC squad Kentucky.

The Razorbacks had been fourth in the country in the site's previous rankings, but the addition of post player DeVonta Abron and some movement in the individual rankings elevated the group John Pelphrey and his staff have landed.

As far as individual rankings, B.J. Young tops the fab five at No. 19 while Rashad Madden came in at 29, Hunter Mickelson 48th, Aaron Ross 98th and Abron just out of the top 100.





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