MIAMI — When the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen football prospects report in three weeks for the start of the July organized team activities; a lot of attention on offense will be directed toward the development of interior linemen.
Even though coach Clay Patterson’s offensive weapons provide a diverse approach, none of their success can come to fruition without a talented offensive line to create opportunities.
During the spring, new offensive line coach Zach Allen worked with 10 players that were with the program last season. Allen, who has been the NEO defensive coordinator and line coach the past three seasons, moved over following the departure of Jeff Bowen.
Emphasis during the July OTAs and the August preseason for Allen will be to discover five quality starters and five backups. During last spring the Golden Norsemen signed 10 prospective high school offensive line recruits.
As offensive coordinator, Patterson and Allen made the decision last spring to change the body type of interior linemen. They are looking for bigger and stronger players to fill the two tackle and guard positions along with the center spot.
Because both offensive and defensive lines are fluid, a few players might be shifted from one side of the football to another.
Last season the Golden Norse offense established a modern day school record while finishing fifth in the nation in total offense.
NEO gained 2,054 total yards rushing and 3,240 total yards passing for an average of 529.4 total yards per game.
True freshmen offensive linemen expected to report for the July session are Dawson Alcorn, Alex, Oklahoma; Daniel Allen, Miami; CaDarrien Carter, Kennesaw, Georgia; Josh Davis, Tonkawa; Keondre Davis, Muskogee; Eli Emmitt, Collinsville, and Alvin Fowlkes, Tulsa Rogers.
Other freshmen signees are Josh Goddard, Webb City, Missouri; Daniel Kincy, Tulsa Rogers; Tyler Leftwich, Luther; Joseph Roque, Clinton; Luak Tut, Merritt, Oklahoma; Christapher Waltman, Beggs and Dariyon Weeden, Oklahoma City Douglass.