September 5, 2013

Sooner Commits Lead Way at Gridiron Classic

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TULSA - In spite of lengthy offer lists for a pair of returning stars from one of Oklahoma's two flagship programs, Tulsa Union, many still remain with lingering questions about Sooners commitment Jeffery Mead and Carson Meier.

The two basketball players often get stuck with the same question that many who play both sports do - can they handle the physicality of football?

Last Thursday night at Union's Gridiron Classic the talented twosome had a pair of touchdown catches in a romp against Arkansas power Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber including a 60-yard catch and run from Meier.

And though the game wasn't a regular season tussle they began to answer questions about their ability with Meier's lengthy touchdown being the highlight for SCOOPHD cameras but his blocking went a long way in answering some of his critics. Meier isn't yet ready to be the 250-pound blocker taking on college defensive ends but his improvement is marked and impossible to deny. If he continues to grow and become stronger he can be a much more the complete tight end than some who feel he is simply a dangerous receiving threat down the seam.

Meanwhile Mead, who has few doubting his hands, speed, and ability to be a dangerous player in the red zone and vertically down the field, is continuing to work on his ability to go across the middle and work underneath routes. Mead's work was evidenced not only in his quick slant touchdown catch but that the reality that his four catches totaled just 24 yards and were largely chain-moving receptions rather than highlight reel catches.

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