SWJCFC Preview: NE Oklahoma A&M

This is the fifth in a series of SWJCFC team previews by contributing writer, Mike Montfort. It's more than fair to call NE Oklahoma A&M a perennial powerhouse. They have 8 national championships under their belts. Last year, however, the Golden Norsemen went an uncharacteristic 4-5 -- their first losing season in 73 years! New head coach Rob Green is working to get his charges on the right track.

Miami, Okla.

Colors: Blue and Gold
Home Field: Robertson Field (Grass)
Head Coach: Rob Green (1st Year)
Assistant Coaches: Steve Patterson (DC); Chris Rose (DB); Travis Rhatigan (DL); Donnie Bigby (OL), Wallace Clay (RB), Kyle Woods (RB)
2005 Preseason Ranking: None
2004 Record: 4-5
2004 SWJCFC Record: 2-4 (Tied for 4th)
Bowl Games: None
2004 National Ranking: None
Type of Offense: Spread
Type of Defense: 5-2
Returning Lettermen: 55 redshirts and returning players

Returning Offensive Starters: Justin Dore (5-11, 185, TB, Lawton MacArthur); Justin Allen (6-1, 200, QB); Bryce Nelson (6-6, 310, OG, Washington); Chris Williams (6-3, 310, OT, Lawton MacArthur); Cody Cox (6-4, 285, C, Eufaula); Jake Bridges (6-3, 280, OL, ); Lee Tibbs (6-3, 300, OL, ).

Returning Defensive Starters: Justin Roland (6-3, 250, LB, Ponca City); Adrian Bradley (6-0, 220, WLB, Tulsa Washington); Chris Wade (6-6, 235, DE, Broken Arrow); Micah Howeth (6-2, 260, DE, Dallas); Chris Todd (6-2, 290, DT, Tulsa East Central); Jeremy Gibbs (6-3, 290, DT, Stillwater).

Top Freshman Recruits: Tim Johnson (6-5, 265, 4.7, Homewood, Ill., DE); Deji Karim (5-10, 183, RB, Putnam North); Gerald Jones (5-10, 175, RB-S, Pawnee); Kerry Johnson (5-9, 170, QB/Ath, Ada); Tray Bowie (5-9, 155, RB-CB, Eufaula); Gaylon Burris (5-11, 175, QB-DB, Broken Bow); Mitch McGahan (5-11, 200, RB-LB, Mustang); Justin Morsey (6-3, 265, OL, Sapulpa); Blake Byford (6-2, 205, QB, Edmond North); Ben Birmingham (5-10, 200, RB, Luther); Leondrick Brown (5-10, 185, RB, Midwest City); Adryan Adams (6-0, 170, WR, Oklahoma City Millwood); Terrance Brown (5-9, 170, WR, Edmond North); Chris Patterson (6-3, 240, SLB, Chicago Hubbard); Myron Muhammad (6-2, 235, Oklahoma City Northeast); Clayton McGriff (6-4, 220, LB, Okmulgee).

2005 Schedule

Aug 27 -- at Central Oklahoma JV, 2 p.m.
Sept 3 -- Open Date
Sept 10 -- at Fort Scott, Ks., 7 p.m.
Sept 17 -- at TVCC*, 7 p.m.
Sept 24 -- Ranger, 2 p.m.
Oct 1 -- Cisco*, 2 p.m.
Oct 8 -- at Navarro*, 3 p.m.
Oct 15 -- Blinn*+, 3 p.m.
Oct 22 -- at Kilgore*, 3 p.m.
Oct 29 -- Tyler*, 2 p.m.

* Denotes SWJCFC Game

+ Denotes Homecoming

NOTES: Rob Green, a former NEO offensive coordinator, returned to the Miami, Okla., school in December, 2004, after a stint at Groves (Okla.) High School. Before that, he was a head assistant coach and offensive coordinator at Missouri Southern…With a non-playoff, 4-5 finish in 2004, NEO suffered its first losing football season in 73 years…Sophomores Robert Treadwell of Mustang and Justin Allen of Glenpool are battling for the QB job. Each appeared in one game and completed one pass last year. Edmond North QB Blake Byford (114-209-1815-12-10) may challenge…Leading returning WR is Commerce's Jake Manning (7-59-2)…Justin Dore switches from WR to RB after earning all-conference honors as a returns specialist…NEO recruited three of Oklahoma's top seven single-season rushing leaders: RB Gerald Jones of Pawnee led all classifications (343-3775-54). He averaged 11 yards per carry during the Class A school's 15-game season and scored 346 points…Ada's Kerry Johnson ranked fourth (325-239-29) and averaged 7.2 per rush as a QB. Finally, 6A Putnam North's Deji Karim ranked seventh (300-2056-27)…Green characterizes NEO's strength as excellent depth in the OL and DL…NEO may have three or four DE and a couple of DT that can play D-I. Broken Arrow DE Chris Wade was placed by Missouri. Texan Micah Howeth was placed by Oregon along with redshirt freshman Tim Johnson of Homewood, Ill. Colorado placed Tulsa East Central DT Chris Todd…Chicago Hubbard redshirt freshman SLB Chris Patterson (pictured above) joined NEO after being signed by OU…DB coach Chris Rose was NEO's QB coach last season…

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