Recruiting: Deaton Helps Coach From Sideline

You've heard about Oklahoma State middle linebacker Orie Lemon doing some coaching on Saturday's by helping Donald Booker on the sidelines. Well one of the Cowboys' top commitments for the class of 2010 is relegated to the same chore at Sand Springs. Quarterback Johnny Deaton reports that he is already improving after surgery for a broken left collarbone in the opening game of the season at Enid.

"Yes, I was doing some arm motion today in the training room," said Deaton. "I know it is early but it is feeling good and it felt good to do it. I'm still in a sling and I will be until the next time I go see Dr. Boone. He told me not to go without it until he sees me again.

"Yes, I'm on the sidelines and I was doing some coaching in that game at Stillwater," added Deaton, talking about the Sandites comeback win over Stillwater in week two. "I go out for the coin toss as a captain and then help on the sidelines. It really stinks because I hate watching."

Deaton confirmed what his father had told Go Pokes and Terry Tush after the surgery that if he does everything the doctor tell him, that he will be good as new when the collarbone heals. "Actually, he told me it should never break again with that (titanium) plate over it," added Deaton.

The multi-talented quarterback said he is in the homecoming court this week as Sand Springs opens district play at home on Thursday against Tulsa Memorial. Deaton is up for homecoming king. No surprise, he'd rather be playing.

"I'm planning on going to Stillwater for the Grambling game on Saturday," he said. "I need to get in touch with Coach (Robert) Matthews. I'm also going to try and get up to a practice, but with homecoming this week it may be next week before I get a chance to do that."

In the meantime, Deaton will sharpen his football mind by helping coach and doing everything he is told to get that collarbone healed.

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