Until we got beat 28-25 on Friday, I'd never lost to South Grand Prairie. But now that I have, it really hurts, especially when it happens in front of something like 11,600 people. I mean the stands were so packed on Friday that people had to actually sit behind the end zones in the grass, which is pretty crazy.
But before, I go any further let me set the record straight on my right shoulder. Yes, I injured it against Carrollton R.L. Turner, but since I'm usually a quick healer I thought it would go away. It didn't and lingered to where I couldn't throw, so I didn't practice all week, but even then, I wasn't very concerned. My dad talked about not letting me play vs. South Grand Prairie, but there was no way I was going to let that happen, so I just toughed it out. In warm-ups, I got my shoulder loosened up pretty good and it really didn't constrain me much. Right now, my shoulder feels pretty good, so I don't think my injury was very serious. Besides the injury itself, I was really surprised that it was all over the Internet and everything. I really appreciate that. It's nice to know that people care.
Anyway, back to South Grand Prairie, which is 5-0 this season after beating us. I know the score doesn't really show it, but we just gave the game away against them. In the first quarter, we turned the ball over twice inside their 20-yardline and then we had a fumble inside our own 20, which they picked up and ran back for a touchdown. They couldn't stop us all night and we only punted once or twice, but falling behind 21-0 really killed us. We fought back pretty hard in the second half, but ran out of time. Take away those early turnovers and the game would have been a whole different story. That really makes me mad, because we should have won this one.
For the game, I ended up completing 18 of 24 passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns. I also ran for 65 yards on 14 carries, but none of that even matters, especially when you lose. Our next game is tomorrow against Irving at 7:30 p.m. They're really physical and more talented than South Grand Prairie, so we need to practice well this week. Irving has already lost twice this season, but both of those defeats have been to the two teams (Southlake Carroll 31-14; Arlington Lamar 31-14) tied for No. 1 in the area. We've got to beat them to get in better position for the playoffs, so it's another big test for us and we have to come out ready to play.
Speaking of tomorrow, I've heard some OU fans might be at my game vs. Irving, because of the OU-Texas game. If that's true, I'm kind of excited about it. Hopefully, we'll put on a good game for them, but I'm not going to let it affect the way I play.
On Saturday, I got up about 9 a.m., went to my school for weights and film, came back home, then went over and watched college football with my cousins, Ryan and Dustin, at their house. As you might expect, we watched Kansas State-Texas and then Oklahoma-Iowa State. I was actually rooting for Kansas State, but somehow Texas pulled out the win, which kind of disappointed me.
Vincent Young looked OK, but I wasn't overly impressed. He's a heck of an athlete, but honestly I don't think he's much of a passing quarterback, because every time he drops back, it looks like he wants to run before he throws. He's still a good player, but he needs to work on his passing and stuff like that.
As for Oklahoma, they looked really good against Iowa State. I was impressed, because they shut Iowa State down and Jason White had another great game. He made some good throws, but I think my favorite play of his was when he slipped, regained his balance and still managed to hook up with Mark Clayton for a touchdown pass.
That being said, I really don't have a prediction on the OU-Texas game (EDITOR'S NOTE: Rhett did predict that OU would beat Texas 31-14 in his fifth diary entry), but I think Oklahoma pulls ahead late to post their fourth straight victory over Texas. Honestly, I'm really not even sure if I'm going to OU-Texas this year, because I'm not sure I want to put up with the hassle of buying tickets. If I go or not, just might depend on how we play against Irving tomorrow and the mood I'm in.
At school, I've still got the same classes, but we just started a new six weeks, so there's not much happening right now. Other then that, Coach Stoops and Coach Venables called me again. They said Coach Long was really impressed by my game last week and that he'd been talking about me a lot. I guess that's pretty cool maybe one of the coaches will be at my game again tomorrow.
Thanks again for all your questions this week and as usual, keep them coming (Larry, your pet question didn't faze me). Hopefully, I'll see some of you at my game tomorrow.
What is the name of #2 on your team? I saw him when I watched you play Carrollton R.L. Turner last week and he was making plays all over the field. What schools are recruiting him?
Rhett: "His name is Brandon McGee (who rushed for 175 yards on 23 carries in the loss to South Grand Prairie). He's a great player who plays running back and free safety for us. He's our best defensive player and offensively, he's probably averaging 150 yards a game rushing. I'm not sure about his recruitment, but I think he'll definitely play D-1 football somewhere."
Do you think you can be OU's starting quarterback as a true freshman next season?
Rhett: "If I'm given the shot to compete and I learn the offense over the summer, yeah, I've got a shot. It'll take a lot of hard work, but I think I can do it."
What is your opinion on Maurice Clarett wanting to enter the NFL draft early? If his request is granted, how do you think that will affect college football?
Los Angeles, Calif.
Rhett: "In his situation, I guess that's what he's got to do since he can't play at Ohio State any more. I don't think it's a smart decision and I don't recommend doing it. He might be physically ready for the NFL, but mentally, he's not. If he's allowed to go to the NFL, I think it might affect some guys, but not very many. Since the NFL is so physical, I think most guys know that if they come out too early, they're not going to last long."
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