NEO Has Offensive Talent Too

Since we profiled the defensive players from Tuesday night's scrimmage at NEO A&M Junior College we thought it prudent to also profile some of the offensive standouts. The scrimmage was fairly balanced with the offense having success under the guidance of new coordinator Doug Buckmaster. The offense is now much more diverse and open with multiple formations and a more advanced passing game.

First, I was impressed with the improvement of quarterback Beau Marsaln. Marsaln has good size and showed a strong accurate arm as he opened the scrimmage nailing passes in the 10- to 15-yard range and hit Beggs (Okla ) High School product Blair Williams for several good gains including a touchdown. Williams showed more speed than I thought he had as he is 6-2, 215 pounds. Williams presents a really good target.

Marsaln is certainly a prospect worth looking at as he also showed toughness, keeping on several zone read options and when he did take off down field he literally ran over several defenders.

Well traveled in high school as his father is a high school coach, Marsaln was successful everywhere he went. Last season as a freshman at NEO, he emerged as the starting quarterback midway into the campaign but was handcuffed by offensive troubles. He should benefit from a new offensive coordinator and more wide open system this season.

Marsaln threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, completing 44 percent of his passes in the four games he played last season as a freshman. In high school, as a senior at Metro Christian in Tulsa he threw for 2,677 yards, completing 154-of-244 passes with 39 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

He has a live arm and is athletic enough to move around and avoid trouble. His offseason at NEO was good with a bench press rep test max of 12 (225 pounds) and a power clean of 290 pounds. He also had a 30 5-inch vertical and ran the forty in 4.73 seconds.

Marsaln was not the only ball carrier of the scrimmage as former Star Spencer standout Darwin Rideau carried much of the load in the running game. Rideau has matured into a big, physical running back that could serve a school as a fullback or just a jumbo one-back. He has a burst, but also is a powerful inside runner.

Rideau, one of the stars in the 2009 Class 4A state championship at Star Spencer, was solid as a freshman at NEO. He had to fight off an injury part of the season but still rushed for 223 yards on 51 carries. He averaged 4.4 yards per carry with two touchdowns.

He is a very good pass protector and was often in on passing downs for his blocking ability. He followed up a solid freshman campaign with some hard work in the offseason program and finished with 13 reps (at 225 pounds) on the bench press, 415 pounds on the squat, 265 pounds on the pwoer clean, and a 4.6 in the forty.

Rideau is a "real cowboy" as he rides horses and is interested in equine studies. He will not be available to transfer until May 2012 or December 2012 and will be a 2-for-2 player.

Delans Griffin, the former Clinton, Okla , standout, did not play much in the scrimmage but he factors huge in the Norse offensive plans for next season. Last season Griffin carried 119 times for 495 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught eight passes for 58 yards and was teriffic on kickoff returns as he helped NEO to lead the nation in that category with 26 returns for 665 yards. Griffin is a place at NEO by Texas Tech.

Another receiving threat is former Del City standout DonAvon Dan. Dan played well catching several passes during the scrimmage, usually by using his impressive vertical. Last season Dan caught 20 passes for 352 yards and a touchdown.

All of these guys are Division I material but not likely at Oklahoma State, although tight end Deonte Morris, who was held out of the final spring scrimmage, is a potential Cowboy prospect. Morris is 6-3, 235 pounds with 4.8 speed. He would fit the bill for a tight end in the OSU offense.

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