Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

April 8, 2014

MIAA FOOTBALL: NSU's Robinson frustrated with offensive progress

(Continued)

TAHLEQUAH — McMillan’s chances of logging significant playing time in the fall still appear to be slim with Rockmore and Dixon back to occupy NSU’s backfield. Dixon and Steven Hopper — who got carries on NSU’s second-string offense on Saturday — teamed up to fill the void left by Rockmore, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Missouri Southern in the RiverHawks’ second game of the 2013 campaign.

“Dixon and Hopper are running awesome right now, and you’re not even throwing Rockmore into the equation,” Robinson said. “We’ve got Rock looking like an NFL back on the sidelines, and he’s itching to play.”

When Rockmore returns in the fall, his running lanes could be wider if NSU’s quarterbacks can continually hit Garrett Powell, a 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver from Bartlesville who arrived at NSU via Pittsburg State. Powell caught two touchdown passes during NSU’s red-zone offense exhibit.

“Things are starting to come together under Coach Robinson,” said Powell, who left the Gorillas after spending his freshman and sophomore seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. “He’s got us going in the right direction. You saw some good things, but we’ve still got some things to work on.”

When NSU opens the 2014 season at Pittsburg State, who will be the quarterback trying to his NSU’s wide receivers? That’s a question that Robinson is leaving unanswered until fall camp.

“I want them to push each other,” Robinson said. “They both (Kevin and Johnny) possess a strong arm and Thor is more of a runner, so we can do some things with him.”

Pantastico transferred to NSU from Phoenix College in the offseason. Long occupied Deaton’s spot as the RiverHawks’ quarterback when Deaton suffered a fractured fibula in NSU’s season opener at Pittsburg State.

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • NAIA WBB: Oklahoma City to face Texas in exhibition

    Defending national champion Oklahoma City University will meet Texas for the first time in women's basketball in an exhibition Nov. 9 at the Erwin Center.

    July 23, 2014

  • OCU softball coaches earn regional honors

    Oklahoma City University softball coach Phil McSpadden and his assistant coaches have garnered NAIA Southwest Region coaching staff of the year for the third consecutive year from the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

    July 23, 2014

  • Coshow earns first pro baseball win for Yankees' Class A team

    Former Oklahoma Christian standout Cale Coshow recorded his first professional baseball win on Sunday during a relief appearance for the Charleston RiverDogs of the South Atlantic League.

    July 23, 2014

  • JUCO pitcher Walker signs to play baseball for Oklahoma Christian

    Brennan Walker, a standout pitcher the past two years at Butler (Kan.) Community College, has signed a letter of intent to play college baseball at Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Lonny Cobble said Monday.

    July 23, 2014

  • FOOTBALL: UCO adds Smelser to coaching staff

    Central Oklahoma football coach Nick Bobeck announced Wednesday that Jason Smelser had joined the staff as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.

    July 23, 2014

  • Oologah's Cantwell among UCO baseball signees

    Central Oklahoma baseball coach Dax Leone has followed up a highly-successful 2014 campaign with a banner recruiting haul, adding 14 players to the roster.

    July 23, 2014

  • BIG 12 MEDIA DAYS: Wickline making immediate impact on Texas

    It was quite possibly the biggest coaching coup of the offseason and Oklahoma State was at the wrong end of it – former Cowboy offensive line coach Joe Wickline joining the staff for Charlie Strong's Texas Longhorns.

    July 23, 2014

  • MLB: Rays rough up Wainwright, roll past Cardinals, 7-2

    For a brief second, Tampa Bay right-hander Jake Odorizzi could swear he was at Tropicana Field.

    Odorizzi, pitching 33 miles from his hometown of Highland, Illinois, allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Rays to a 7-2 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 23, 2014