Bill Blankenship uses the phrase “drinking out of a fire hose” when referring to the pace and purpose of Owasso’s spring football practices.
“We’re trying to throw a lot at them on both sides of the ball to try to then come back and begin to get some detail work,” Blankenship said. “You begin to learn who’s coachable and who are the guys that spark at you.”
The Rams concluded their nine-session spring practice with an informal scrimmage May 23. Team camp is next up on the off-season docket for OHS, a two-day affair beginning Wednesday and has been moved to Owasso Stadium.
Blankenship enters his third season at the helm with 15 returning starters, including their leading rusher and highly-coveted recruit Isaiah Jacobs, along with the top three returning receivers and six of the top 10 tacklers on defense from a season ago.
“Even though some of these guys were real young, to get forced into action was hard for us last year,” Blankenship said, reflecting on last season’s 7-5 record. “But it’s good for us now. We won’t have as many guys that have been wide-eyed and blown away by the speed.”
One void needed to be filled is at quarterback after the departure of North Texas-bound Will Kuehne. A pair of move-ins, senior Cole Dugger from Collinsville and junior Melchisedech Porter from Broken Arrow, are in the mix for the starting job.
Blankenship has been encouraged by what he’s seen thus far from the Rams, but added spring practice is just a starting point in the developmental stage that continues through to the 2019 season opener, which is three months away.
“It’s a roller coaster,” Blankenship said. “They’ll flash and do something really good. Then, the next day they may not look so good. But when you see a flash, you go ‘oh, this guy can do it.’ Now we’ve got to find a consistency where he will do it all the time.”