Team Preview: NE Oklahoma A&M

Even though they went 3-6 in 2011, there is hope in the form of several top prospects for the NE Oklahoma A&M Golden Norsemen. Today, takes a look at both the offensive and defensive side of the ball and we update who will be a leader and recruited by four-year schools this fall...

Leading the way for the Golden Norseman on offense will be sophomore QB Clayton Mitchem, a 6'3", 200-pounder who started several games as a freshman in 2011, completing 51.6% of his passes for 508 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions.

He's also pretty mobile, rushing for 134 yards and two more scores.

When Mitchem drops back to pass, he will have one of his favorite targets back -- WR Kameron Dolittle -- who finished second on the team with 20 receptions for 276 yards and two touchdowns.

In the backfield, the Golden Norseman have a solid tailback to rely on in RB Gerald Howse.

Howse is a powerful runner who has deceptive speed. He totaled almost 600 yards and 10 scores as a freshman last fall.

Along the offensive line, head coach Dale Patterson and his staff will rely on the leadership of G Cooper Rash.

Defensively, two stalwarts will hold down the middle of the line -- Deonte Cruse and George Rogers -- and they will need to as there will be youngsters and inexperienced players flanking them.

Cruse racked up 70 tackles and two sacks last season and he's a player that four-year schools are drooling over.

Rogers is a lot like Cruse and tallied 40 tackles and two sacks last year.

Lastly, NEO features one of the top tacklers in the country from last season in the likes of LB Adrian Shoecraft.

Shoecraft isn't overly big, but he's instinctive and he's a sure-tackler.

The Golden Norsemen begin the season with two straight home games -- Highlands on September 1st and Ellsworth on September 8th -- before going on the road for their first conference game when they take on Blinn in Brenham on September 15th.

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