Getting a chance to play in the Oklahoma Eight-Man Football Coaches Association all-star game might just erase the memory of a nightmare season from the mind of Bluejacket's Matt Steele.
Steele was one of eight players who received a late invitation to play in Saturday's game at Commerce.
Steele, an offensive guard, has been added to the Gold all-star squads after a number of players selected were no-shows.
He got the word Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday's practice was the first time he'd worked out since the end of basketball season.
"I am feeling it now, Steele said during a break in the shuttle run, one of the four stations at the combine.
Also added to the Gold roster were Jared Cook of Laverne, Justin Souchek of Pond Creek-Hunter and J. R. Barnett of Coyle.
Additions to the Green squad include Richard Hoffman of Davenport, Trevor Ingle of Cyril and Kelby Ketchum and Kevin Mills of Alex.
“I was really excited, Steele said during Wednesday's player combine that was supervised by Northeastern A&M assistant coach Don Bigby, who also is a member of the game's organizing committee. “I said heck yes, I will play.'
The Chieftains went 1-9 and had one of the state's leakiest defenses.
“We didn't play very well defensively, Steele said. “Offensively we did pretty well, but defensively didn't play very well.