Jenk's Pickryl Back on the Field

Jenks, Oklahoma is a football hotbed. Brian Pickryl is back after an injury kept him sidelined as a junior. Michigan is among his favorites.

After missing the 2000 season with a torn tendon in his ring finger, the talented defensive end from Jenks began believing his luck would never change.

"For about three weeks (heading into preseason workouts), I began to feel real sick," Pickryl said. "It being around 110 degrees out there, I thought it was a question of conditioning, until I went to the doctor and discovered that I had mononucleosis. And yes, I took kidding and heckling from everyone." Pickryl did manage to play against Bixby in the opener, but didn't think it was one of his better efforts.

"I did block a field goal, had four to five quarterback pressures and three to five assisted tackles, but simply wasn't up to speed physically," he said.

After sitting out against Fort Smith (Ark.) Northside, he's practiced this week and is scheduled to start against Broken Arrow.

"It should be a real competitive contest," he said. "With the lack of conditioning in sitting out a week, I'm probably back to 90%."

Brian has commanded an impressive list of suitors since September 1st.

"Mack Brown has called," he said. "So has coach Bocher from Michigan, Don Johnson from UCLA, coach Bobby Jack Wright, Bob and Mike Stoops from Oklahoma, Phillip Fulmer from Tennessee, coach Pinkel from Missouri, Brent Guy from Arizona State, Pat Fitzgerald from Northwestern, Kirk Doll from Notre Dame and coach Moller from LSU."

Brian was asked for a short list.

"I still like Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, Missouri and Michigan," he continued. "I have scheduled an official trip to Missouri for October 12th and am working on a visit to Texas for the Colorado game (October 20th). I was considering Notre Dame, but they don't have any scholarships available for mid-term enrollees. I'll get the others scheduled a little later."

"I had also planned on attending the TU-OU game until it was cancelled."

At this point, Pickryl is simply hoping to stay on the field for the remainder of the season. So is everyone else—except for his opponents.

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