Crawford Is A Prize In A Big Package

Offensive line is not always the first position group that college coaches think of when evaluating junior colleges. Most people think defense and skill positions but Northeastern Oklahoma A&M Junior College offensive lineman Derrick Crawford is a fit for several reasons.

The first is he has an "us first" team attitude that plays well for an offensive linemen. After the Norsemen went through their final major scrimmage before their season opener last week Crawford talked first about camp and his goals for this season.

"Camps been good. We've got a lot of young guys that we've been working on," said Crawford. "They like working hard, so you know, camp has been pretty good.

"Win a national championship, that is the big thing," explained Crawford when asked about goals for the season. "Stay together as a team and as an O-line. As far as the offensive line goes, our team will go with us."

The 6-3, 305-pound Crawford came to NEO out of a very solid Tulsa East Central High School program and he has great strength and good technique. He is a hoss that can play both center and either guard position which makes him extra valuable.

"I still have a lot of room for improvement," said Crawford, instead of boasting. "There are a lot of things I can improve on, lot of things."

Even with a list of schools that have shown interest and want to see more this fall, including Arkansas, Arkansas State, Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, OU, and Tulsa, Crawford is careful about how he talks about reaching the Division I level.

"If I make it there it would be more of a blessing than anything," he said. "Right now, I'm just trying to work myself to the next level. If I could play at the next level after that it would really be a blessing."

That hint at the end is his way of saying he's not through and won't be satisfied until he makes it to a four-year college. He wants to play football for a long time and he is hungry to get that done.

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