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Central Oklahoma Football History
4UCO ranks fourth among NCAA Division II teams in all-time wins (607).
4The Bronchos hav...
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September	 3	 Fort Hays State*	 Edmond	 7:00 p.m.	
		 The Bronchos lead the series 7-1-0. UCO beat the...
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School Nickname
“Bronchos” was the nickname selected for Central Oklahoma
in 1922 by Mrs. C.W. Wantlan...
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About UCO
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The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity-
rich environment, ideall...
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Best of the Best
Several of UCO’s programs have attracted regional -- and even national -- attention:
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Edmond is located in the heart of Oklahoma, just north of the state
capital in Oklahoma City, and has ...
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Oklahoma City
The largest city in the state, Oklahoma
City is located just minutes from Edmond
at the ...
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Central Oklahoma will be in its 51st season of play
at Wantland Stadium in 2015.
The 10,000-seat facil...
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Media Information
Bronchos on the Air
All UCO football games will be broadcast live on Oklahoma City
r...
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Athletic Administration
Athletic Director
Joe Muller
Now in his eighth year as athletic director at C...
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Assistant Athletic Director/Business
Britni Brannon
Serving as Central Oklahoma’s assistant athletic ...
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UCO Athletic Hall of Fame
The University of Central Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame was established in...
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The Coaches
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Nick Bobeck
It hasn’t taken Nick Bobeck long
to get a storied Central Oklahoma
program back on track....
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Russ Pickett
Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
In his fourth year as assistant head coach an...
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Assistant Coaches
David Johnson
Quarterbacks
David Johnson joined the Central Oklahoma staff as quart...
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Assistant Coaches
Walter Moreham
Defensive Line
Walter Moreham is in his fourth year on the Central O...
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Graduate Assistants
Austin Moss
In his second year as a graduate assistant coach for Central Oklahoma...
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Season Outlook/
The Players
Season Outlook
Players
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entral Oklahoma took baby steps during the first two years
of head coach Nick Bobeck’s tenure before ...
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Season Outlook
QUARTERBACK: Back to spearhead what promises to be a
high-powered offensive attack is ...
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Alphabetical Roster
No. 	 Name	 Pos.	 Ht.	 Wt. 	 Class	 Hometown (High School)
33	 DeVaughn Abram	 DB...
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Alphabetical Roster
No. 	 Name	 Pos.	 Ht.	 Wt. 	 Class	 Hometown (High School)
12	 Caden Locke	 WR	 6...
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5-9 • 175 • Defensive Back
Sophomore • Tulsa
33 DeVaughn
Abram
Sophomore defensive back looking to ea...
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Year	 Catches	 Yards	Avg.	 TDs	Long
2012	 2	 10	5.0	 0	 9
2011: Sat out redshirt year.
High School: P...
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6-5 • 297 • Offensive Line
Sophomore • Hinton
54 Hunter
Chalfant
Sophomore offensive lineman with a c...
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6-0 • 210 • Linebacker
Junior • Norman
40 Dylan
Cox
Junior linebacker looking to see action this seas...
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2015 Central Oklahoma football media guide

  1. 1. Central Oklahoma Football History 4UCO ranks fourth among NCAA Division II teams in all-time wins (607). 4The Bronchos have made 10 playoff appearances and captured two national champi- onships (1962 and ‘82). 4UCO has won 31 conference/division titles. 4The Bronchos have had 116All-Americans and more than 500All-Conference players. 4UCO has won more games than any other Oklahoma college team besides the Univer- sity of Oklahoma. 4The Bronchos have won seven or more games in a season 39 times. 4UCO has had eight Harlon Hill Trophy candidates (Division II Player of the Year): RB Tyrone Jones (1992), RB Joe Aska (1994), RB Reggie Donner (1998), DB Johnnie Jones (1999), WR Dee Dee Carter (2001), QB Justin Allgood (2004), RB Joshua Birmingham (2010) and WR Marquez Clark (2013). 4The Bronchos have had dozens of players in the NFL and former star Keith Traylor won three Super Bowl rings during a 17-year career. 4UCO plays its home games in Wantland Stadium, a 10,000-seat facility that ranks as one of the finest in NCAA Division II.
  2. 2. 1 2015 UCO Football September 3 Fort Hays State* Edmond 7:00 p.m. The Bronchos lead the series 7-1-0. UCO beat the Tigers 26-7 last year for the 600th win in school history. 12 Missouri Western* St. Joseph, Mo. 1:00 p.m. The Griffons lead the series 4-1. The Bronchos prevailed 26-17 last season for their first win in the series. 19 Emporia State* Edmond 2:00 p.m. The Bronchos lead the series 10-5-1. The two teams first met in 1928. 26 Northwest Missouri* (MIAA TV Game) Maryville, Mo. 2:30 p.m. The Bearcats lead the series 5-2. NWMSU shared last year’s league title with Pittsburg State. October 3 Nebraska-Kearney* Edmond 2:00 p.m. The Bronchos lead the series 3-1. UCO’s 49-0 road win last year was its first shutout since 2006. 10 Missouri Southern* Joplin, Mo. 6:00 p.m. The Lions lead the series 2-1. The Bronchos pulled out a 43-41 triple-overtime home victory last season. 17 Central Missouri* Edmond 2:00 p.m. The Mules lead the series 3-0. Central Missouri is the only MIAA team the Bronchos have never beaten. 24 Washburn* Topeka, Kan. 1:00 p.m. The series is tied 2-2. UCO earned its first-ever MIAA win against the Ichabods in 2012. 31 Northeastern State* Tahlequah, Okla. 1:00 p.m. The Bronchos lead the series 46-27-2. NSU leads 9-8 in the President’s Cup battle that started in 1998. November 7 Lindenwood* (Homecoming) Edmond 2:00 p.m. The series is tied 1-1. UCO earned its eighth win of the season last year with a 45-13 rout of the Lions. 14 Pittsburg State* Pittsburg, Kan. 2:00 p.m. The Gorillas lead the series 8-3-1. PSU has the winningest program in Division II. *-Denotes Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association game. All times are Central Standard Time and subject to change. Schedule Table Of Contents General Information 2015 Schedule .............................................................1/Back Cover UCO Quick Facts/Phone Directory ............................................... 2 About UCO University of Central Oklahoma .................................................4-5 Edmond............................................................................................6 Oklahoma City.................................................................................7 Wantland Stadium............................................................................8 Media Information...........................................................................9 Athletic Administration ...........................................................10-12 UCO Hall of Fame.........................................................................12 Coaches Head Coach Nick Bobeck..............................................................14 Assistant Coaches ................................................................... 15-17 Graduate Assistant Coaches...........................................................18 Season Outlook/The Players Season Outlook ........................................................................20-21 Pre-season Roster ................................................................... 22-23 Player Profiles...........................................................................24-48 2015 Opponents/2014 Review Opponent Information...............................................................50-55 The Last Time................................................................................55 2014 Game-by-Game Review/Statistics ..................................56-61 2014 MIAA Standings, All-MIAA Teams ....................................62 Records UCO Records .......................................................................... 64-69 Wantland Stadium Records ..........................................................70 History All-Conference Players/All-Americans ...................................72-75 NFL Draft Picks/NFL Players .......................................................76 Playoff History .........................................................................77-79 All-time Lettermen ...................................................................80-84 Season-by-Season Results........................................................85-89 Coaching Records .........................................................................90 Margins of Victory/Streaks/Milestone Games ..............................91 All-time Series Records.................................................................92 The MIAA Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association ......................94 MIAA Records....................................................................95-I.B.C.
  3. 3. 2 2015 UCO Football School Nickname “Bronchos” was the nickname selected for Central Oklahoma in 1922 by Mrs. C.W. Wantland, wife of long-time UCO football coach C.W. Wantland. The name was chosen from a number of suggestions for the name of UCO’s football team and became the nickname for all athletic teams at the school. Mrs. Wantland was made an honorary member of the Letter- man’s Club for selecting the nickname, becoming the first woman admitted to that organization. School Colors Bronze and blue were chosen as Central Oklahoma’s school colors in 1895 by school president Edmund Dandridge Murdaugh. The first public display of the bronze and blue was in Guthrie when a student represented UCO in the first oratorical contest ever held in Oklahoma. About The Cover Featuredonthefrontcoverofthe2015CentralOklahomamedia guidearereturningstartersJakeGandara(number24),KennyAllen (92), Cody Jones (14) and Chas Stallard (7). Production Credits The 2015 UCO football media guide was written, edited and designedbyMikeKirkoftheUCOAthleticMediaRelationsOffice. Photographs were provided by Dan Smith, director of UCO Photographic Services Department. UCO Quick Facts Mailing Address: University of Central Oklahoma 100 North University Edmond, OK 73034 Founded: Dec. 24, 1890 President: Dr. Don Betz Athletic Director: Joe Muller Assistant Athletic Director/Operations: Gunnar Poff Assistant Athletic Director/Business: Britni Brannon Director of Athletic Compliance: Darnell Smith Director of Compliance Monitoring: Jeremy Rogers Director of Marketing and Promotions: Brandon Baker Athletic Trainer: Ed Kabrick Strength and Conditioning Coach: Jacob Black Faculty Representative: Trey Cone National Affiliation: NCAA Division II Conference: Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Nickname: Bronchos School Colors: Bronze and Blue Enrollment: 17,101 Stadium (Capacity): Wantland Stadium (10,000) Playing Surface: FieldTurf Football Facts Head Coach: Nick Bobeck Years, Record at UCO: Three years, 12-20 Years, Career Record: Three years, 12-20 Assistant Coaches: Russ Pickett, Chris Martin,Walter Moreham, David Johnson, Tyler Holland and Jason Smelser Graduate Assistant Coaches: Tony Savino, Austin Moss, Justin Pruitt, Alex Knox and Christian Hood 2014 Record: 8-4 2014 Conference Record (Finish): 8-3 (3rd) Lettermen Returning: 42 (23 offense, 18 defense, one kicker) Lettermen Lost: 13 (Eight defense, four offense, one kicker) Starters Returning: 17 (nine offense, seven defense, one kicker) Starters Lost: Seven (four defense, two offense, one kicker) Football History First Year of Football: 1902 All-time Record: 607-379-46 Conference/Division Championships: 31 (1914, 1915, 1921, 1923, 1924, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1972, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008) Years in Playoffs: 10 (1962, 1972, 1979, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2003) All-time Playoff Record: 10-8 National Championships: Two (1962, 1982) Last Playoff Appearance: 2003 (lost in quarterfinals) LastPost-seasonAppearance: 2014(lostinMineralWaterBowl) Media Relations Director of Athletic Media Relations: Mike Kirk Office: (405) 974-2142 Cell: (405) 615-2233 Email: mkirk@uco.edu Media Relations Fax: (405) 974-3820 Wantland Stadium Press Box: (405) 974-3174 Athletic Website: www.bronchosports.com Football Staff Directory (405 Area Code) Athletic Department................................................................ 974-2500   Angel Aston (aaston1@uco.edu) Athletic Director..................................................................... 974-2502   Joe Muller (jmuller2@uco.edu) Assistant Athletic Director/Operations................................... 974-2176   Gunnar Poff (gpoff@uco.edu) Head Coach............................................................................. 974-2147   Nick Bobeck (nbobeck@uco.edu) Assistant Coach (Defensive Coordinator).............................. 974-3499   Russ Pickett (rpickett@uco.edu) Assistant Coach (Offensive Coordinator)............................... 974-2919   Chris Martin (cmartin8@uco.edu) Assistant Coach (Defensive Backs)........................................ 974-3431   Tyler Holland (tholland8@uco.edu) Assistant Coach (Quarterbacks).............................................. 974-3432   David Johnson (djohnson108@uco.edu) Assistant Coach (Defensive Line).......................................... 974-3439   Walter Moreham (wmoreham@uco.edu) Assistant Coach (Linebackers) .............................................. 974-3431   Jason Smelser (jsmelser@uco.edu)
  4. 4. 2015 UCO Football About UCO
  5. 5. 4 2015 UCO Football The University of Central Oklahoma prepares future leaders in an opportunity- rich environment, ideally located in the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. Central offers an innovative learning community where teaching comes first and students develop personal relationships with faculty and staff who are com- mitted to transforming lives. With 114 undergraduate majors and 54 graduate programs, Central is a smart investment for students dedicated to their future success. UCO is home to students from throughout Oklahoma, as well as all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Among Central’s many unique and notable academic programs are Forensic Science, Accounting, Music Theater, Profes- sional Golf Management, Jazz Studies, Mass Communication, Nursing, and Funeral Science. Central is: • Home to the world-renown Forensic Science Institute, which attracts experts from throughout the world to teach students and law enforcement professionals the latest techniques in crime fighting. • Rated by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the “2010 Great Colleges to Work For.” • Winner of multiple national and statewide awards for sustainability efforts •An official Olympic and Paralympic Training Site, as designated by the U.S. Olympic Committee. • Home to theAcademy of Contemporary Music at UCO, located in Oklahoma City’s Bricktown district. • Partnered with Chesapeake Energy to build the CHK-Central Boathouse on the Oklahoma River, which will house Central’s rowing team as well as an entertainment venue and an art gallery. • Home to 2008 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year, Dr. Wei Chen. • Ranked among the top universities nationally in residence life. In Fall 2010, Central opened the new state-of-the-art Center for Transformative Learning, a classroom building designed intentionally to encourage collaboration and creativity in its learning spaces. In addition, Central’s appealing 210-acre campus is on track to become a certified botanical garden, offering both a pleasing learning and living environment and a source of pride for students, employees and alumni. Founded in 1890, the University of Central Oklahoma is the state’s first public institution of higher learning, and continues to cultivate creativity and innovation in every corner of campus, bringing to life its core values of Character, Community and Civility each day. University of Central Oklahoma UCO Quick Facts Founded: December 24, 1890 Location: Edmond, Oklahoma President: Dr. Don Betz Enrollment: 17,101 Faculty: More than 400 full-time professors with an additional 380 professionals from the community serving as adjunct faculty. A full 75 percent of faculty members have earned doctorates. Student/Faculty Ratio: 19:1 Student Representation: Students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Academic Divisions: Five undergraduate colleges and a college of gradu- ate studies and research. Degrees: UCO awards 10 bachelor’s degrees with 114 undergraduate majors and 112 options. There are six master’s degrees with 24 majors and 47 options. UCO also offers a Funeral Service Certificate Program. School Calendar: Two 16-week semesters (fall and spring) and an 8-week summer session. Library: The Chambers Library exceeds 1.4 million volumes of books, microforms, periodicals and government documents. Organizations: More than 200 clubs and organizations on campus. Accreditation: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools; As- sociation of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education; American Speech and Hearing Association;American DieteticAssociation;American Chemical Society; National League of Nursing and other professional program organizations.
  6. 6. 5 2015 UCO Football Best of the Best Several of UCO’s programs have attracted regional -- and even national -- attention: • Oklahoma’s largest and oldest college of education has graduated more than 50,000 teachers since 1890. • A broadcasting communication program annually recognized as one of the best in the region for technology. • A theatre arts department specializing in providing opportunities for incoming freshmen on stage and production. • The state’s largest computing science department. • Graduates from the department of nursing and pre-medical programs consistently score well above the state average of 88 percent passing. • The region’s only master’s of science degree program in forensic science. • The only photojournalism degree in the state. • The only forensic science program in this region of the United States. • Oklahoma’s first and only funeral service program. • The Academy of Contemporary Music at UCO (ACM@UCO) was started in 2009. Campus Life While activities are abundant in Edmond and near-by Oklahoma City, students will never be bored on the UCO campus. Last year alone, students experienced activities ranging from concerts, Greek Week, athletic and multicultural events. • Concerts • Homecoming Activities (parade, tailgate party) • Comedians • Earth Day • Stampede Week - UCO’s “Welcome Back” week • Mr. and Miss UCO Pageant • Miss Black UCO Pageant • Largest “Battle of the Bands” concert in the state • Musicals • Native American Pow Wow • Greek Week • Central Follies • Leadership Workshops Greek Life Join one of the 18 national sororities and fraternities that maintain active chapters at UCO. Lifelong associations and promotion of high stan- dards of leadership are among the benefits members enjoy. Houses near campus provide a comfortable place to meet, yet allow the freedom to choose other housing options. Fraternities Acacia Alpha Phi Alpha Kappa Sigma Omega Psi Phi Phi Beta Sigma Phi Kappa Alpha Sigma Nu Sigma Tau Gamma Tau Kappa Epsilon Sororities Alpha Gamma Delta Alpha Kappa Alpha Alpha Xi Delta Delta Sigma Theta Delta Zeta Sigma Gamma Rho Sigma Lambda Gamma Sigma Kappa Zeta Phi Beta University of Central Oklahoma
  7. 7. 6 2015 UCO Football Edmond is located in the heart of Oklahoma, just north of the state capital in Oklahoma City, and has a population of over 80,000 as one of the fastest growing cities in the state. Edmond has the best of both worlds including easy access to the city with just enough distance to maintain a close-knit community atmosphere. The city offers outstanding hotels, nostalgic shopping areas and conveniently located attractions for your enjoyment. Known for its outstanding golf courses, Edmond has hosted some of the most exciting PGA and celebrity events in the past two decades at world- famous Oak Tree Golf Club. Edmond is the fastest growing, most economically dynamic city in Oklahoma. Thriving technology firms, diverse retail and commercial opportunities, and small corporate office headquarters have enhanced our reputation as the affluent residential suburb to the metropolitan area. The local economy is booming. Retail trade has doubled just since 1990, commercial building permits continue at a record pace, and na- tional retailers are building Edmond locations at an unparalleled rate. Home values have appreciated significantly, with MultiList average sales prices increasing 19.5% since 1994. Home sales are brisk, with average time on the market of close to 90 days for most price ranges. New home and commercial construction have contributed nearly a billion dollars to the economy since 1994 alone. There are many more activities in Edmond, with a variety of mu- sic, art, theatre, water and sporting events that make for spectacular family fun. Edmond
  8. 8. 7 2015 UCO Football Oklahoma City The largest city in the state, Oklahoma City is located just minutes from Edmond at the crossroads of I-35, I-40 and I-44 in the heart of Oklahoma. The second largest city in the continental United States based on geographical size, more than 1.1 million people call metro Oklahoma City area home. Oklahoma City is surrounded by more than a dozen communities and offers a diverse landscape of hip, urban culture and charming, old-fashioned neighborhoods for visitors and residents alike. Oklahoma City’s climate is mild, with four distinct seasons and an average tem- perature of 60 degrees. With more than 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, outdoor recreation and activities are plentiful. As a city that redefines itself, Oklahoma City’s hip, spirited environment blends with its deep western heritage to create a place where culture and commerce thrive. With renowned festivals, national sport- ing events, treasure-filled museums and a variety of districts highlighting arts and entertainment, the possibilities for adventure and fun in Oklahoma City are endless. One of the main attractions in Oklahoma City is Bricktown, an area filled with shops, restaurants and clubs in the middle of downtown. Also located in downtown is Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the wildly popular Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA.
  9. 9. 8 2015 UCO Football Central Oklahoma will be in its 51st season of play at Wantland Stadium in 2015. The 10,000-seat facilty has undergone massive reno- vations over the past 12 years and now ranks as one of the finest football stadiums in NCAA Division II. Artificial turf, new lighting and a scoreboard were added toWantland Stadium in 2003, while a three-level press box and new stands on both sides of the field were installed in 2005. The playing surface was replaced with FieldTurf in 2012 and an updated, state-of-the-art scoreboard was added in the summer of 2014. Named after long-time UCO head coach C.W. Wantland, the Bronchos played their first game in the stadium on Sept. 18, 1965, shutting out College of Ozarks (Ark.) 31-0. UCO has had nine undefeated home seasons and the Bronchos have a 161-91-5 record inWantland Stadium, a 63.6 winning percentage. UCO’s month-by-month record in the facility is: August, 0-4 (.000 percent); September, 53-25-2 (67.5 percent); October, 65-39-2 (62.3 percent); November, 41-22-1 (64.8 percent) and December, 2-1-0 (66.7 percent). UCO’s longest winning streak at Wantland Stadium is 13, set from 1969-71. The Bronchos are 5-1 in playoff games at Wantland Stadium, topped by a 14-11 win over Colorado Mesa on Dec. 18, 1982 in the NAIA national championship game that was televised live on USA Network. Wantland Stadium is also the home field for all three Edmond high school teams (Memorial, North and Santa Fe) and has hosted the Oklahoma All-State football game numerous times. Wantland Stadium Opponent W-L-T Pct. Last Meeting, Result Abilene Christian 8-2-0 .800 2007, UCO won 27-17 Angelo State 5-6-1 .458 2006, UCO won 30-24 OT Arkansas Tech 0-1-0 .000 2001, ATU won 32-26 Bacone 1-0-0 1.000 2002, UCO won 56-21 Black Hills State 1-0-0 1.000 2011, UCO won 30-17 Cal State-Northridge 1-1-0 .500 1992, UCO won 14-0 Cameron 7-2-2 .727 1992, UCO won 44-6 Central Missouri 0-1-0 .000 2013, UCM won 48-16 Chadron State 2-0-0 1.000 1998, UCO won 21-19 Colorado Mesa 4-1-0 .800 2003, UCO won 42-16 East Central 13-3-1 .794 2011, UCO won 41-21 Eastern New Mexico 11-6-0 .647 2007, ENMU won 21-7 Emporia State 0-2-0 .000 2013, ESU won 54-38 Evangel 1-0-0 1.000 1979, UCO won 55-0 Fort Hays State 2-1-0 .667 2011, FHSU won 38-21 Harding 2-0-0 1.000 1999, UCO won 42-30 Henderson State 1-2-0 .333 1983, UCO won 56-14 Howard Payne 3-0-0 1.000 1986, UCO won 31-7 Langston 11-2-0 .846 1998, UCO won 29-13 Lincoln 1-0-0 1.000 2013, UCO won 49-42 Lindenwood 0-1-0 .000 2011, LU won 48-14 Midwestern State 2-1-0 .667 2010, MSU won 30-24 Missouri Southern 1-1-0 .500 2014, UCO won 43-41 3OT Missouri Western 1-2-0 .333 2014, UCO won 26-17 Morningside 1-0-0 1.000 1966, UCO won 22-2 Nebraska-Kearney 0-1-0 .000 1994, UNK won 22-21 Northeastern State 8-10-0 .444 2014, UCO won 28-10 Northwestern Oklahoma 10-1-0 .909 2006, UCO won 31-26 Northern Colorado 0-1-0 .000 1977, UNC won 21-7 Northwest Missouri 0-4-0 .000 2014, NWM won 36-13 Oklahoma Panhandle 7-1-0 .875 1980, UCO won 27-17 Opponent W-L-T Pct. Last Meeting, Result Ouachita Baptist 1-0-0 1.000 1998, UCO won 48-7 Ozarks 1-0-0 1.000 1965, UCO won 31-0 Pittsburg State 1-4-0 .200 2014, PSU won 41-14 Presbyterian 1-0-0 1.000 1979, UCO won 28-6 Saginaw Valley 0-1-0 .000 1983, SV won 14-13 Southeastern Oklahoma 10-5-1 .656 2010, SOSU won 56-55 Southwestern Oklahoma 13-5-0 .722 2009, UCO won 41-23 Southern Utah 2-0-0 1.000 1993, UCO won 21-20 Southwest Baptist 0-2-0 .000 2012, SBU won 26-14 Southwest Missouri 3-0-0 1.000 1973, UCO won 21-0 Tarleton State 4-2-0 .750 2010, UCO won 37-21 Texas A&M-Commerce 7-6-0 .538 2010, A&M won, 31-30 Texas A&M-Kingsville 3-8-0 .300 2008, TAMK won 41-6 Texas Lutheran 2-1-0 .667 1979, UCO won 30-20 Washburn 2-0-0 1.000 2014, UCO won 35-26 Western New Mexico 1-0-0 1.000 1991, UCO won 16-6 Western State 2-0-0 1.000 1969, UCO won 42-6 Western Washington 0-1-0 .000 2002, WWU won 24-16 West Texas A&M 4-3-0 .571 2008, WT won 49-18 Overall Record 161-91-5 .636 Wantland Stadium Streaks 4UCO’s longest winning streak at Wantland Stadium is 13 games -- all six in 1969, all five in 1970 and the first two in 1971. 4UCO’s longest losing streak at Wantland Stadium is six games -- the last four of 1989 and the first two of 1990. 4UCO has had nine undefeated seasons at Wantland Stadium -- 1965 (5-0), 1969 (6-0), 1970 (5-0), 1979 (5-0), 1982 (5-0), 1996 (7-0), 1998 (8-0), 2000 (4-0) and 2003 (5-0). Record Vs. Wantland Stadium Opponents
  10. 10. 9 2015 UCO Football Media Information Bronchos on the Air All UCO football games will be broadcast live on Oklahoma City radio station HANK-FM (99.7). VeteranannouncerDavidGarrett,formervoiceoftheDallasCowboys and New Orleans Saints in the NFL, handles the play-by-play action for the Bronchos with color commentary provided by former UCO All-American John Fitzgerald. Pre-game coverage starts 15 minutes before kickoff each week, including interviews with coaches and players. Press Credentials The Wantland Stadium press box is reserved for working media only and requests for press credentials should be made at least a week in advance to the UCO Athletic Media Relations Office. Credentials will be mailed if time permits or they will be left at the will call window, located at the ticket booth on the southwest side of Wantland Stadium. Photographers All photographers must have their photo passes visible at all times whileonthesidelineworkingUCOfootballgames,withviolatorssubject to removal from the field. NCAA rules prohibit photographers from being in the team areas between the 25-yard lines. Use of tripods is restricted to the ends of the playing field. The third level of the press box may also be used. Press Box Service Complete individual and team statistics and a running play-by-play will be distributed in the press box after the completion of each game. A pre-game meal will be available an hour before kickoff. There are ample telephone/internet lines available for media use. The Central Oklahoma Athletic Media Relations Office is under the direction of Mike Kirk, whose main duty is to keep lo- cal, state and national media informed about UCO’s 15 varsity sports. Kirk is in his 28th year with the Bronchos, coming to UCO in November 1987. Mike started his career in athletic media relations as a student assistant at Oklahoma State University, where he worked for four years and graduated in 1982 with a journalism degree. Kirk was a sports writer at newspapers in McAlester and Lawton for five years before coming to UCO on Nov. 2, 1987. An active member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) who has served on several committees during his career, Mike worked as the Press Information Manager for wrestling at the 1996 Olympic Games. Kirk ended a five-year term on the NCAADivision II Wrestling Championships Committee last year, serving as chair from 2012- 15. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for Lifetime Achievement in the fall of 2012. Kirk has received 58 CoSIDA publication awards at UCO, including 27 Best in the Nation citations. Mike is married (Debbie) and has two children (Alex and Jessica). UCO Athletic Media Relations Media Outlets Edmond Edmond Evening Sun ...........................................................341-2121 PO Box 2470, Edmond 73083 Scott Wanish, sports editor Edmond Life and Leisure .....................................................340-3311 107 S Broadway, Edmond 73034 Steve Gust, sports editor The Vista ...............................................................................974-5570 UCO, Communications Bldg., Edmond 73034 Sports Editor KCSU-TV 29 ........................................................................974-2589 UCO, Communications Annex, Edmond 73034 Sports Director Oklahoma City The Oklahoman ....................................................................475-3314 PO Box 25125, Oklahoma City 73125 Mike Sherman, sports editor; Scott Munn, assistant sports editor Associated Press ..................................................................236-0663 500 N. Broadway, Oklahoma City 73102 Sports Editor KFOR-TV (NBC)...................................................................478-6366 PO Box 14068, Oklahoma City 73113 Sports Director KOCO-TV (ABC) .................................................................478-6681 PO Box 14555, Oklahoma City 73113 Bryan Keating, sports director KOKH-TV (Fox) ...................................................................843-2525 1228 E. Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City, OK, 73111 Myron Patton, sports director KWTV (CBS)........................................................................ 841-9954 PO Box 14159, Oklahoma City 73113 Dean Blevins, sports director Tulsa Tulsa World ...............................................................(918) 581-8355 PO Box 1770, Tulsa 74102 Michael Peters, sports editor Broadcast Service Onecourtesyline(405-974-3185)isavailableforthevisitingteam’s flagship radio station, with space available for four people. All line charges are the responsibility of the visiting station. Interview Policy To arrange a player or coach interview prior to game day please con- tact the UCOAthletic Media Relations Office (405-974-2142/mkirk@ uco.edu) so that a time convenient for both parties can be arranged.
  11. 11. 10 2015 UCO Football Athletic Administration Athletic Director Joe Muller Now in his eighth year as athletic director at Central Oklahoma is Joe Muller, who has helped return the Bronchos to national prominence in NCAA Division II. UCO teams have captured 11 conference championships and had 11 top-10 national finishes during Muller’s tenure, with softball winning the school’s first-ever women’s national championship in 2013. Sixty-seven student-athletes have earned All-America honors over the past seven years and the Bronchos have placed in the top 50 among 350 Division II institutions four times in the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup yearly standings. The athletic department’s fund-raising efforts have also increased significantly under Joe’s guidance. He secured the largest gift in program history in 2012, continues to grow Stampede Club membership and also introduced a corporate sales initiative that has generated record revenues for the program in just four years. Academically, UCO’s student-athletes are performing at all-time high levels. For the past seven years, the overall grade point aver- age of student-athletes has surpassed that of the general student population and to demonstrate that academics is a priority, the athletic department now hosts an annual Academic Awards Banquet recognizing the achievements of student-athletes. A native of Stillwater, Joe earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Oklahoma State and got his start in athletic administration at OSU when he served as director of athletic marketing and promotions from 1985-90. Muller was involved in the television industry for more than a decade before returning to OSU in 2002 as associate athletic director, serving in that capacity until going to Purdue in ‘06. He was senior associate athletic director for external relations for the Boilermakers for two years before becoming just the seventh athletic director in Central’s rich athletic history in July of 2008 Joe is married (Julie) and has three sons (Jaxon, Brandon and Matthew). President Dr. Don Betz Dr. Don Betz became Central Oklahoma’s 20th president in August 2011 after having previously served as UCO’s Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs from 1999-2005. President Betz developed several initiatives and programs that helped transform Central into one of the leading metropolitan universities in the nation during his first stint at the school and he’s been the driving force in making UCO a destination of choice in higher education since his return to campus. President Betz has enjoyed a distinguished career in higher education that spans more than 40 years, developing a reputation for teaching and encouraging students, leadership development and diplomacy through his international activities, most notably with the United Nations and its affiliated non-government organizations. Prior to returning to UCO, he served as president of Northeastern State, a post he held for three years. He also served as Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls from 2005 until his appointment at NSU and as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Palmer College (Iowa) from 1994-1999. In the 23 years prior, he fulfilled various capacities at NSU, including the Vice President of University Relations and Professor of Political Science. While at NSU, he also was the Executive Director of the Educational Foundation, Assistant to the President, Dean of Continuing Education and Special Programs, Director of the Sequoyah Institute/Center for Tribal Studies, the founder and advisor of the university’s President’s Leadership Class and its Model United Nations program. From 1982 through 2003, President Betz worked for and with the United Nations on Middle East issues. He founded and chaired the International Coordinating Committee on the Question of Palestine (ICCP), a UN-affiliated non-governmental organization (NGO) network pursuing peace in the Middle East based on UN resolutions. Afrequent writer and speaker, Dr. Betz has addressed international, educational, motivational topics, and has worked with newspapers, radio and television. His life-long interest in global issues and his passion for promoting cross-cultural understanding has led him to more than 80 countries. While president at NSU, he served as the chair of the Northeast Oklahoma Public Facility Authority, board member for BancFirst in Tahlequah, the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, Creative Oklahoma, Inc., and chair of the Regional University System of Oklahoma Council of Presidents. He is a member of the Oklahoma Academy, Leadership Oklahoma, Universities and Colleges Presi- dent’s Climate Commitment, International Association of University Presidents and has served as Chairman of AASCU’s International Education Committee. President Betz received his B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of San Francisco and his M.A. and Ph.D. in International Studies from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He also completed Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management.
  12. 12. 11 2015 UCO Football Assistant Athletic Director/Business Britni Brannon Serving as Central Oklahoma’s assistant athletic director for business is Britni Brannon, who is also UCO’s senior women’s admin- istrator. An Oklahoma native, Brannon graduated from UCO in 2002 and spent the next five years working for an audio/visual company doing marketing, advertising and materials management. ACertified Procurement Officer with the State of Oklahoma, Brannon returned to UCO in 2007 as a Buyer II in the Purchasing, Payment Services & Travel Department and was in that capacity until moving to the athletic department as business manager in the fall of 2012. Britni is married (Todd) and has one son (Alex). Assistant Athletic Director/Operations Gunnar Poff Gunnar Poff is in his second year as Central Oklahoma’s assistant athletic director for operations after serving the department as coordinator of ticket sales the previous four years. Poff manages the day-to-day operations of UCO’s Athletic Department. He also serves as sport supervisor for five sports and is responsible for the areas of athletic training, strength and conditioning, ticketing and game-day operations. Anative of Sayre, Gunnar was a pitcher for the Southwestern Oklahoma baseball team during the mid-2000s and earned his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education from SWOSU in 2007. Poff went on to earn a master’s of education in intercollegiate athletics administration in 2009 from the University of Oklahoma, working in the office of event management during his tenure at OU. Gunnar is married (Tessa) and has three daughters (Presley, Piper and Devyn). Athletic Administration Athletic Compliance Darnell Smith In his sixth year as Central Oklahoma’s Director of Athletic Compliance is Darnell Smith, who came to UCO after serving in the same capacity at the University of New Mexico. A native of San Antonio, Texas, Smith was a four-year member of the Oklahoma State football team from 2002-06 at defensive end. He was a three-time recipient of the Arthur Ashe Scholar award at OSU and also earned second-team honors on the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Team. Darnell was named OSU’s Outstanding Senior and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from there. He served as a graduate assistant in the OSU compliance office in 2007-08 and worked as a management development trainee for the United States Olympic Committee from June 2008 to February 2009. Smith went to New Mexico in February of 2009 and was there until coming to UCO. He is married (Candace). Athletic Compliance Jeremy Rogers Jeremy Rogers joined the Central Oklahoma Athletic Department in November of 2012 as Compliance Coordinator. A native of Medford, Rogers played football for four years at Southern Nazarene and earned all-conference honors at tight end as a senior. He graduated SNU in 2007 with a degee in sports managment. Jeremy went on to law school at Oklahoma, earning his juris doctor degree there. He worked as an intern in the compliance depart- ment and Office of Legal Counsel while at OU. Jeremy is married (Rachel) and has one son (Mason). Athletic Marketing/Sponsorships Brandon Baker Now in his sixth year with the Central Oklahoma athletic department is Brandon Baker, who is responsible for corporate sponsor- ships and marketing for athletic events on the UCO campus. He works with local, regional and national businesses to create memorable experiences for both fans and sponsors. Baker was at the Oklahoma City RedHawks for 10 years before coming to UCO, working with corporate sponsorships, baseball operations, game-day experience and the ticket office manager. He spent two years prior to that with the West Tennessee Diamond Jaxx, a minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs. A native of Fulton, Mo., Baker is a University of Missouri graduate and was involved with the Mizzou chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Brandon is married (Erin) and has two sons (Benjamin and Evan).
  13. 13. 12 2015 UCO Football UCO Athletic Hall of Fame The University of Central Oklahoma Athletic Hall of Fame was established in 1990 to honor and recognize the many outstanding student- athletes, coaches, administrators and other supporters who have played a key role in the success of UCO athletics over the past 100-plus years. UCO’s 1962 NAIA national championship squad will become the first team inducted into the UCO Athletic Hall of Fame this fall. There are 127 individual members of UCOAthletic Hall of Famers, with 42 of those having played or coached football at least one season for the Bronchos as many former athletic greats were multi-sport standouts during their collegiate careers. Here are members of the UCOAthletic Hall of Fame with football ties along with the years they played/coached and the year they were inducted: Name (Player/Coach) Years at UCO Year Inducted Dale Alexander (Player) 1972-75 2004 Joe Aska (Player) 1993-94 2003 Phil Ball (Head Coach) 1964-76 2002 W.C. ‘‘Hap” Barnard (Player) 1934-37 1993 R.L. Briggs (Player) 1961-64 2001 Scott Burger (Player) 1979-80 2007 Don Burget (Player) 1951-54 1998 Clifford Chatmon (Player) 1978-80 2008 Tony Cruse (Player) 1972-73 2001 Otis Delaport (Player) 1937-39 1995 Ed Desherow (Player) 1982-84 2014 John Fitzgerald (Player) 1997-00 2010 Billy Jones (Player) 1961-64 1990 Johnnie Jones (Player) 1996-99 2012 Terry Jones (Player/Coach) 1978-79/1982-89 2010 Dale Hamilton (Player/Coach) 1928-32/1941-57 1991 James Hooks (Player) 1969-72 1997 Gary Howard (Coach) 1968-76/1977-02 2005 Mickey Hoy (Player) 1962-64 2010 Clinton ‘‘Tip” Jacobson (Player) 1933-36 1994 Don Jimerson (Player) 1955-56 2012 Name (Player/Coach) Years at UCO Year Inducted Mike Little (Player) 1962 2007 J.W. Lockett (Player) 1957-59 2005 Gary Lower (Player) 1956-57 2010 Johnny Luter (Player) 1994-98 2011 Don Metheny (Player) 1949 2006 Charles Murdock (Player/Coach) 1954-55/1962-67 1997 Ed Nowlin (Player) 1961-62 2013 Randy Page (Player) 1981-83 2000 Keni Ray (Player) 1967-70 1999 Elton Rhoades (Player) 1990-94 2009 Mike Rollins (Player) 1960-62 1996 Steve Shepherd (Player/Coach) 1936-38/1950-62 1993 Bill Sirkel (Player) 1950-53 2002 Van Smith (Player) 1959 1996 C.B. Speegle (Player) 1938-40 1992 Steve Tate (Player) 1977-80 1994 Keith Traylor (Player) 1989-90 2006 Joe Webb (Player) 1954-57 1998 Bobby Williams (Player) 1962-65 1995 John Williamson (Player) 1917, ‘22-24 1990 Daric Zeno (Player) 1980-83 2008 Athletic Administration Director of Stampede Club Al Jones Al Jones joined the Central Oklahoma Athletic Department as Director of the Stampede Club in July 2014. The Stampede Club is the athletic booster club for all UCO sports and helps support the athletic department through financial contributions and other events. Jones, who has been involved with Broncho athletics in a variety of ways since the early 1960s, served as Executive Director and Membership Coordinator of Alumni Relations at UCO for six years before joining the athletic department. Jones was a student trainer and manager for the 1962 Central football team that won the NAIAnational championship and he earned both bachelor’s (1966) and master’s (1974) degrees in education from UCO. A past member of both the 45th Infantry Division Army National Guard and United States Air Force Reserves, Jones was a teacher for many years at Stillwater and Millwood in addition to serving as headmaster/superintendent at Oklahoma Christian Schools. He worked in private business from 1998 until coming to UCO in April 2008 as Executive Director of Alumni Relations. Al is married (Sharon) and has two sons (Jon and Jeff). Coordinator of Athletic Ticket Sales Ethan Hooker In his second year as Central Oklahoma’s coordinator of ticket sales is Ethan Hooker, who came to the Bronchos just before the start of the 2014 football season. Hooker worked as ticket sales and operations assistant for the Tulsa Drillers for eight months before coming to UCO. He also spent two summers interning with the Lakeshore Chinooks, a collegiate summer league baseball club in Mequon, Wis. Born in Chicago, Hooker spent most of his life in suburban Atlanta and attended Georgia Southern. He earned a bachelors in sport management from GSU in December 2013.
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  15. 15. 14 2015 UCO Football Nick Bobeck It hasn’t taken Nick Bobeck long to get a storied Central Oklahoma program back on track. Bobeck is in his fourth year at the helm and led the Bronchos to an 8-4 record in 2014 with a third-place finish in the rugged Mid-America Intercollegiate Ath- letics Association after the team was predicted to come in 10th in the 12-team league by conference coaches. It was UCO’s first winning season since 2008 and the first eight-win campaign since 2004. The Bronchos also made their first post-season appearance since 2003, playing in the Mineral Water Bowl game. Bobeck, who became UCO’s 13th head coach on Jan. 4, 2012 following a sparkling four-year head coaching stint at junior college powerhouse Navarro (Texas) College, has a 12-20 record with the Bronchos. Nick, who played at UCO and then was a graduate assistant coach for the Bronchos, compiled a sensational 42-5 record at Navarro. The Bulldogs won the 2010 national champi- onship along with three regular season Southwest Junior College Football Conference (SWJCFC) titles during his tenure there. Bobeck was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at fullback for UCO from 1999-02, earning first-team All-Lone Star Conference North Division honors as a senior. He stayed on with the Bronchos as a graduate assistant coach the next three seasons, helping UCO go 20-12 during that stint while making the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2003. Bobeck went to Texas A&M as an offensive line coach in 2006 when the Aggies finished 9-4 and earned a berth in the Holiday Bowl. He moved on to Navarro the following season and served as offensive coordinator in 2007 when the Bulldogs went 9-3 and won the conference crown. Nick took over as head coach the next year, with his first squad finishing 10-1 and ranked fourth in the final poll. An 11-1 campaign and No. 3 ranking followed in 2009. The Bobeck File Born: June 7, 1980. High School Education: Beaver (Okla.) High School, 1999. College Education: University of Central Oklahoma, bachelor’s in education, 2003; UCO, master’s in sports administration, 2005. Playing Experience: Central Oklahoma 1999-02. Coaching Experience: 2012-Present: Central Oklahoma, head coach. 2008-11: Navarro (Texas) College, head coach. 2007-08: Navarro (Texas) College, offensive coordinator. 2006-07: Texas A&M, assistant coach. 2003-05: Central Oklahoma, graduate assistant coach. Marital Status: Married (Keely) Children: Tucker (three), Miller (one). Bobeck Highlights: 4Led UCO to an eight-win season in 2014, its first since 2004. 4Had a 42-5 record in four years as head coach at Navarro Col- lege, making the junior college playoffs all four years. 4Led Navarro College to the 2011 national championship and three regular season conference titles. 4Helped Texas A&M to a 9-4 record and Holiday Bowl berth during one year as assistant coach. 4Helped UCO to a 20-12 record and and the 2003 Division II playoffs during three years as a graduate assistant coach. Head Coach Bobeck and the Bulldogs put it all together in 2010, follow- ing a season-opening loss with 11 consecutive wins to finish 11-1 and capture the NJCAAnational championship. Navarro was 10-2 in 2012, finishing fifth in the final ranking. Nick’s wife, Keely, is in her third year as an assistant coach for the UCO softball team and has helped the Bronchos go 82-37 in earning two consecutive Division II national tourna- ment berths. They have two children -- a son (Tucker, born in April 2012) and a daughter (Miller, born in June 2014).
  16. 16. 15 2015 UCO Football Russ Pickett Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator In his fourth year as assistant head coach and defensive coordinator at Central Oklahoma is Russ Pickett, who also serves as recruiting coordinator for the Bronchos. Pickett spearheaded a defensive turnaround that helped spur the UCO to its best season in 10 years in 2014 as the Bronchos went 8-4 and finished third in the rugged Mid-America IntercollegiateAthleticsAssociation. Pickett was part of head coach Nick Bobeck’s staff at Navarro College, working as defensive/recruiting coordinator in 2010 and ‘11. He helped lead the team to a 21-3 record, the 2010 junior college national championship and back-to-back conference titles. Russ directed a unit that led the conference in defensive scoring both years at Navarro. He coached 12 all-conference players while with the Bulldogs, including one first-team All-American. Anative of Camden,Ark., Pickett was a four-year letterman as an offensive lineman at Division II Ouachita Baptist, serving as team captain his senior year. He started his coaching career at Division II Southern Arkansas, spending two years as a graduate assistant before taking over as defensive line coach in 2005 and then moving to the secondary in 2006. Pickett coached three players who signed with NFL teams during his tenure with the Muleriders, including defensive tackle Cedric Thornton, who is currently on the Philadelphia Eagles roster. Russ moved on to Fort Scott Community College as defensive coordinator in 2007, spending two years there. The Greyhounds went 9-3 in 2007 as Pickett’s defensive unit finished 10th nationally in total defense, with four players earning all- conference honors. Pickett’s defense posted five shutouts and allowed a conference-low 6.9 points a game during a 9-2 campaign in 2008 as seven players earned all-conference honors and three were named All-American. Pickett spent the 2009 season as defensive coordinator at Benton (Ark.) High School before going to Navarro. Russ, who received his bachelor’s in physical education from OBU and his master’s in educational leadership from SAU, is married (Kristin) and has two daughters (Lexie and Ella Grace). Assistant Coaches Chris Martin Offensive Coordinator Serving as Central Oklahoma’s offensive coordinator for the fourth straight season is Chris Martin, a former player for the Bronchos who has extensive experience as a Division I assistant coach. Martin helped lead a turnaround that saw UCO put together its best season in 10 years in 2014 with an 8-4 record and third-place finish in the rugged Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Martin’s offensive unit averaged 27.7 points a game behind a balanced attack that saw the Bronchos average 192.0 yards a game passing and 189.5 rushing. A four-year offensive line letterman at UCO from 1998-01, Chris coached at three different Division I schools and came to Edmond after spending the previous two years as offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Division III Birmingham-Southern. Martin, who is also in charge of the offensive line at UCO, helped lead BSC to a 6-4 record in 2010 when the Panthers averaged 35 points and 254 rushing yards a game while producing four all-conference linemen and the league’s first 1,000-yard rusher in four years. BSC won a school-record seven games in 2011, finishing 7-2 and breaking into the top 25 for the first time. Martin’s offensive unit ranked seventh in the nation with a 300-yard per-game rushing average while featuring an All-America running back and three all- conference offensive linemen. Anative of Prague, Chris spent a redshirt year at New Mexico before transferring to UCO and playing from 1998-01. He helped lead the Bronchos to two Lone Star Conference championships and back-to-back Division II playoff appearances in 1998 and ’99 during his career. Martin spent a few years in private business before beginning his coaching career at Division I Rice, spending one year as a defensive graduate assistant coach and helping the Owls to a 7-6 record in 2006. Chris moved on to Tulsa in the same capacity, serving as a defensive graduate assistant in 2007 when the Golden Hurricane went 10-4 and won the GMAC Bowl. He took over as an assistant offensive line coach in 2008, with TU finishing 11-3 and winning the Confer- ence-USA West Division title while leading Division I in total offense and having three offensive linemen earn all-conference honors. Martin went to Division I power Auburn as an assistant offensive line coach the next year, with the Tigers going 8-5 in 2009 and winning the Outback Bowl. Two offensive linemen made all-conference and the offense improved from 102nd to 16th in the country in total offense. Chris, who earned his bachelor’s in education from UCO and his master’s in education from Tulsa, is married (Stephanie).
  17. 17. 16 2015 UCO Football Assistant Coaches David Johnson Quarterbacks David Johnson joined the Central Oklahoma staff as quarterbacks coach in the spring of 2014 and the former Division I quarterback had an immediate impact in helping the Bronchos to an 8-4 finish last season. Quarterback Chas Stallard was named Mid-America IntercollegiateAthleticsAssociation Freshman of the Year in 2014 after racking up 2,855 yards total offense under Johnson’s guidance, the third-best single-season total in UCO history. Johnson came to the Bronchos after serving one year as quarterback coach at Tulsa, his alma mater. He started his coaching career at TU in 2009, spending one year as a graduate assistant before going to Sherman High School as offensive coordinator. David was at Sherman for three years, helping lead the Bearcats to a 29-9 record during that span. He coached 22 offensive All-District players -- including a pair of District offensive MVPs -- before returning to TU in 2013. A native of Portland, Ore., Johnson spent five years as a player at TU and helped the Golden Hurricane to one Conference USA championship and three bowl game titles. He took over as starter his senior season and completed 258-of-400 passes for 4,059 yards and 46 touchdowns in spearheading TU’s No. 1-ranked offense, finishing with a 178.69 passer rating that was second-best in the country to Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford of Oklahoma. Johnson, a four-time Academic All-Conference USA selection, earned degrees in exercise and sports science and education from TU and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Davis is married (Katherine). Tyler Holland Defensive Backs In his second year as an assistant coach for Central Oklahoma is Tyler Holland, who took over a full-time role with his alma mater before the 2014 season after serving as a graduate assistant for the Bronchos the previous two seasons. Holland coaches defensive backs and played a key role in a defensive turnaround last season that resulted in an 8-4 record and third-place conference finish for UCO. The Bronchos had 16 intercep- tions in 2014 after picking off just four passes the previous year. Tyler played safety from 2003-05 and earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from UCO. Holland worked in private business for several years after graduation before starting his coaching career at Norman High School in 2010. He coached there for two seasons before coming to the Bron- chos as a graduate assistant in 2012. Tyler was a prep standout at Norman High School before coming to UCO.
  18. 18. 17 2015 UCO Football Assistant Coaches Walter Moreham Defensive Line Walter Moreham is in his fourth year on the Central Oklahoma staff, with the former letterman from Division I powerhouse Louisiana State coaching the defensive line for the Bronchos. Moreham’s line unit played a key role in UCO’s defensive turnaround in 2014 that was instrumental in helping the Bronchos place third in the rough Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and finish with an 8-4 record. Moreham came to UCO after serving as an assistant coach in charge of linebackers on head coach Nick Bobeck’s staff at Navarro College in 2011. He helped the Bulldogs win the conference champi- onship and finish fifth in the final rankings with a 10-2 record. A three-year letterman at LSU, Walter was the team’s Special Teams Player of the Year in 2001 and played in three bowl games for the Tigers He stayed at LSU to start his coaching career as a graduate assistant and spent two seasons in that capacity, with the Tigers winning the 2003 national title while Moreham helped coach linebackers, defensive backs and special teams. Moreham spent a year working as a linebackers/scouting intern with the Houston Texans of the NFL before entering the high school ranks, serving as defensive coordinator at two of three stops in the Houston area during a five-year span before going to Navarro in 2011. Walter, who earned his bachelor’s degree from LSU, is married (Jennifer) and has three daughters (Victoria, Cameran and Casyn). Jason Smelser Linebackers/Special Teams Coordinator Jason Smelser joined the Central Oklahoma staff in the summer of 2014 and the former head coach played a pivotal role in helping the Bronchos to their best season in 10 years. Smelser coaches linebackers while also serving as special teams coordinator and both units were key components last fall when UCO went 8-4 and placed third in the ultra-competitive Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Jason came to the Bronchos after a three-year stint as an assistant at NCAADivision II rival Henderson State. He coached running backs, tight ends and fullbacks in 2011 before becoming linebacker coach/ strength and conditioning coordinator in 2012. Smelser helped the Reddies to a 21-2 record during his two seasons there, with HSU winning back- to-back Great American Conference championships in making consecutive trips to the Division II playoffs. He was named Samson Equipment’s NCAA Division II Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by American Football Monthly after the 2012 season. A native of Monroe, La., Smelser was a prep standout at Ouachita Christian High School before going on to play at Southern Arkansas. He was a four-year letterman and three-year starter at running back for the Muleriders, earning All-Gulf South Confer- ence honors once. Jason stayed on at SAU to start his coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1999-00 and then served as defensive line coach from 2001-04, helping lead the Muleriders to the Division II playoffs in 2003 when his line totaled 30 sacks. Smelser became defensive coordinator at Iowa Wesleyan in 2005 and added head coaching duties the following season. He stayed with the NAIA-member Tigers until 2009 and then spent the 2010 season as defensive coordinator/head strength coach at Concordia (Mich.) before going to Henderson State. Jason, who earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Southern Arkansas, is married (Wendy) and has two children (Madison and Slade).
  19. 19. 18 2015 UCO Football Graduate Assistants Austin Moss In his second year as a graduate assistant coach for Central Oklahoma is Austin Moss, a former Division I player. Moss works with linebackers and helped UCO to its best season since 2004 last fall as the Bronchos went 8-4 and played in the Mineral Water Bowl. Agraduate of Rockwall-Heath (Texas) High School,Austin started his college career atArkansas. He lettered one year with the Razorbacks, transferred to Navarro (Texas) College for one year under UCO head coach Nick Bobeck and then played his final two years at Louisiana-Monroe. Moss earned his bachelor’s degree from ULM and is working on his master’s in adult education with an emphasis in industrial safety. Justin Pruitt In his second year as a graduate assistant coach for the Bronchos is former UCO offensive lineman Justin Pruitt. Pruitt served as a student assistant coach for UCO in 2013 before moving into a graduate assistant’s role last year, coaching tight ends/H-backs. He helped the Bronchos go 8-4 and appear in the Mineral Water Bowl in their best since since 2004. Justin spent five years as an offensive lineman with the Bronchos, redshirting in 2008 and then lettering as back-up in 2009. He started all season as a sophomore in 2010 and was part of a unit that allowed just five sacks -- second-best in Division II -- in 430 pass attempts. Pruitt started the first three games of 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury and attempted to return the next season before again being sidelined by injury. A two-way line starter at Choctaw High School, Pruitt collected All-District, All-Conference and Oklahoman Big All-City recognition as a senior. He played in the Oil Bowl and Jim Thorpe all-star games following his final season. Justin received his bachelor’s degree from UCO in 2014 and is working on his master’s in biology. Tony Savino Tony Savino is in his third year as a graduate assistant coach with the Central Oklahoma program. Savino, who coaches running backs, came to UCO after spending the previous two years as a graduate assistant in charge of linebackers at Southwestern Oklahoma. He helped the Bronchos to an 8-4 record and Mineral Water Bowl appearance in 2014 in their best season in 10 years. Tony coached at Cisco Junior College in 2009 and ’10, working with linebackers and defensive linemen. A native of Anaheim, Calif., Savino was a three-year starter on the offensive line at Orange Lutheran High School and earned All-Orange County honors as a senior. He went on play at Texas Christian, lettering three years with the Horned Frogs. Savino received his bachelor’s degree in history from TCU in 2008 and a master’s in sports management from SWOSU in 2012. He’s working toward a second master’s degree in adult education at UCO. Christian Hood Central Oklahoma record-holder Christian Hood is in his first year as a graduate assistant coach with the Bronchos. Hood was a four-year starter at wide receiver, finishing his career last season as the school’s all-time leader in receptions with 185 while ranking third in career yardage with 2,077. Christian, who is coaching wide receivers, had an immediate impact at UCO as a true freshman in 2011 when he led the team in catches (54) and was second in yards (530). He was an honorable mention All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association pick in 2012 after topping the Bronchos in receptions (47) and yards (573). Hood had 37 catches for 483 yards in 2013 and then grabbed 47 passes for 491 yards as a senior last year in again earning honorable mention All-MIAA honors. He caught at least one pass in 42 of 43 career games. An All-State pick at Tulsa Union High School who caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Class 6A state finals as a senior, Christian received his bachelor’s degree in political science in the spring of 2015. Alex Knox In his second year as a graduate assistant coach with the Central Oklahoma football program is Alex Knox, who will help coach defensive backs. Knox helped guide the Bronchos to an 8-4 record in 2014, which included a third-place finish in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association and an appearance in the Mineral Water Bowl A two-year starter on the offensive line at Norman High School who earned All-District honors as a senior, Knox coached the offensive line at Sand Springs High School in 2011-12. He was offensive line/running backs coach at Kiefer High School from 2012-14 before coming to UCO. Alex is working on his degree in communications.
  20. 20. 2015 UCO Football Season Outlook/ The Players Season Outlook Players
  21. 21. 20 2015 UCO Football entral Oklahoma took baby steps during the first two years of head coach Nick Bobeck’s tenure before making a giant leap last season and the Bronchos are ready to continue their upward trend in 2015. UCO ended a string of five straight losing seasons with a break- through 8-4 campaign last year, finishing third in the rugged Mid- America Intercollegiate Athletics Association -- arguably the toughest conference in NCAA Division II -- and playing in the Mineral Water Bowl for its first post-season appearance since 2003. Contending for the conference championship is next and the Bron- chos appear poised to do just that with the return of 42 lettermen, including 17 starters, to go with an influx of redshirts and a talented freshmen class. ‘‘Everything’s a process,” said Bobeck as he enters his fourth season at the helm. ‘‘Our kids had visual evidence last year that what we’re doing does work. I think we’ve turned the corner on getting a true buy-in from the players. ‘‘Last year we got beat by four football teams that were better than us. We return a lot of guys and are older now and we have a chance to take another step.” UCO will feature a potent offense as nine starters are back, including the entire offensive line and several electrifying skill position players. The defense should continue to improve with some of the league’s best among the seven returning starters and the Bronchos also feature one of the MIAA’s top place-kickers. ‘‘We’re not going to sneak up on anybody this year, that’s for sure,” Bobeck said. ‘‘I think that happened some last year, but not now and we’ve got to be ready for that. ‘‘We have a team that’s got a chance to go com- pete for a championship and that’s what we’re focused on.” Here’s a position-by-position look at UCO: Offense LINE: Ready to set the tone for what promises to be a high-octane offense is a line that returns all five starters from last year. The Bronchos moved some players around during spring drills and there’s no question this is a major team strength. Landon Chappell (6-2, 283) is the lone senior up front and will fill a starting role at right guard for the fourth consecutive year, with sophomore standout Leighton Light (6-2, 280) set to be on the other side after moving over from center during the spring. Sophomores Sam Noble (6-5, 295) and Mvhayv Locust (6-8, 280) are the front-runners for the top tackle spots, with Noble a returning starter and Locust a letterman featuring great potential. Junior Brandon Waggoner (6-1, 305) was one of the best tackles in the MIAAthe past two seasons before switching positions in the spring and will anchor the line at center. Senior Montana Poorboy (6-3, 299), juniors Mason McLaughlin (6-3, 270) and Micah Goodman (6-5, 297) and sophomore Aaron Williams (6-3, 318) are returning lettermen who will push for playing time, with several redshirt freshmen also looking to help. Bobeck Says: ‘‘We had a real solid group up front last year and they’re all a year older. We shuffled some people in the spring and have really good competition at all five spots, which make us better across the board. We’re really excited about what we have on the offensive line and the success they can have.” RECEIVER: UCO lost two senior standouts here, but several experienced players return and this looks to be an area of strength. Junior Connor Pulley (6-4, 220) is a big-play threat and leads the way after catching 24 passes for 409 yards and four touchdowns last season in his second year as a starter. He will be a main target this fall after topping the team in both yards per catch (17.0) and TDs. Sophomore speedsters Josh Crockett (6-4, 195) and Myles Tease (5-10, 175) showed great potential last season and will see plenty of passes thrown their way. Crockett had 17 receptions for 227 yards and two TDs a year ago, while Tease had 13 catches for 161 yards. Senior Caden Locke (6-0, 185) is a three-year letterman who lends great experience and sophomore Zach Hill (6-4, 225) was a part-time starter at tight end/H-back last year before switching positions in the spring. The Bronchos also expect junior transfer J.T. Luper (5-9, 175) and sophomore Easton Pingleton (5-11, 185) to push for action along with a host of newcomers. Bobeck Says: ‘‘We’re talented at the wide receiver position, there’s no question about that. It’s just finding the group that fits best with our quarterbacks. The most consistent player and our glue guy is Connor Pulley. We’ve got some other really talented kids back and feel good about what they can do.” TIGHT END/H-BACK: A true freshman stepped out of a redshirt season and into a starting role after four games last year and UCO is looking for more big things from sophomore Caleb Moss (6-3, 230) at this crucial position. Moss caught 26 passes for 302 yards and one touchdown after taking over while also showcasing excellent blocking ability and will continue to grow as an offensive threat. Junior Kyle Aschenbrenner (6-5, 246) is a tough, physical player looking to return to the field after missing the last two seasons to injury, while redshirt freshman Tyler Sipe (6-3, 220) provides additional depth. Several freshmen will also look to help out here. Bobeck Says: ‘‘This is a hard position in our offense and Moss did a great job coming in like he did last year. He gives us a different dynamic and has a chance to be really good. Aschenbrenner is a tough football player who can help us and Sipe is very athletic.” RUNNING BACK: Junior Jake Gandara (5-10, 195) took over the starting reigns as the feature back last season and had an outstanding year, with even more expected of the budding star in 2015. Gandara was a second-team All-MIAA selection and ranked among the league leaders in rushing with 1,121 yards and 13 touchdowns on 194 carries, averaging a healthy 5.8 yards an attempt. He also ranked second on the team in receptions with 39 for 286 yards and averaged 20.5 yards per kickoff return in finishing with 1,632 all-purpose yards. Sophomore Clay McKenzie (5-11, 200) is the main back-up and junior Greg Johnson (5-9, 180) will also see action after switching over from wide receiver late last year. McKenzie had 246 yards and three TDs in 63 tries a season ago and is a punishing runner. Bobeck Says: ‘‘Jake is quietly a really, really good football player. He had an outstanding year and if you watch video of him, he does stuff that makes him a difference maker. Clay is a tough, rugged kid who is great in relief for us and Greg gives us a different gear at the position.” Josh Crockett Season Outlook C
  22. 22. 21 2015 UCO Football Season Outlook QUARTERBACK: Back to spearhead what promises to be a high-powered offensive attack is Chas Stallard (6-0, 210), a dynamic dual-threat sophomore who made scores of game-changing plays last year after earning the startering role in the pre-season. Stallard was named the MIAAFreshman of theYear after completing 64.3 percent of his passes for 2,108 yards and eight touchdowns while also running for a single-season school quarterback-record 747 yards and nine scores. The Bronchos have good depth here as well with juniors T.J. Eckert (6-0, 205) and Darrack Harger (6-5, 235). Eckert has shown what he can do while making several starts the past two years and Harger possesses a rocket arm capable of really igniting the passing game. Bobeck Says: ‘‘We had really good competition at this position in the spring. Chas made a lot of plays for us last year and got us out of some jams, so we’re excited about what he does for us. T.J. keeps us out of bad football plays and knows how to operate our offense and Hager can make throws that many people can’t. It will be hard to unseat Chas, but we’ll see what happens in camp.” Defense LINE: The Bronchos appear to be in great shape on the defensive front, highlighted by a pair of veterans on the inside in senior Kenny Allen (6-2, 286) and junior Deontay Wilson (6-2, 296). Allen was a second-teamAll-MIAApick and earned third-team All-America honors from one publication last year after racking up 10.5 tackles for loss with 7.5 sacks. Wilson enters his third year as a starter and draws plenty of attention in the middle of the line. Senior Antonio Guy (6-1, 285) and sophomores Dillon Rice (6-3, 285), B.J. Scott (6-2, 274) and Collis Walker (6-2, 270) are returning lettermen who provide excellent depth inside. Senior Nick Koenig (6-3, 240) returns for his second tour of duty as an end starter and should be even more of a disruptive force, with sophomore letterman La’teze Clayton (6-1, 220) the front-runner to earn the other starting spot. Junior Tanner Rice (6-2, 245) and a host of redshirt freshmen will also contend for playing time at end. Bobeck Says: ‘‘As the defensive line goes is how our football team will go. Allen and Wilson are two of the best in our conference and are talented kids we need to have big years. Defensive end is a position with the most question marks right now and we may end up moving guys from inside. This is a pretty talented group, but a lot of them are untested.” LINEBACKER: UCO must replace several key players in the linebacking corps, but has some returning experience and should also get help from newcomers and redshirts. Sophomore Cade Shearwood (6-1, 215) is the lone returning full- time starter and is back on the weak side after accumulating 31 tackles with 5.0 for loss last season. Senior Jason Frimpong (5-11, 220) is a two-year letterman who will also see plenty of action there. The Bronchos moved seniors Malcolm Howard (6-2, 220) and Tanner Koons (6-2, 220) to fill a void in the middle and are confident in their abilities to take over the post. The multi-talented Howard made 72 tackles in a part-time starting role last year and is a potential star, while Koons is a rock-solid veteran with 101 career tackles. Taking over on the strong side will be either redshirt freshman Colton Lindsey (6-3, 215), who moved over from quarterback in the spring, or junior transfer Ben Jones (6-0, 205). Sophomore Dylan Ward (5-10, 190) could also be a factor there. Bobeck Says: ‘‘The biggest question on the defensive side of the ball is who’s going to step up in the middle. We think Howard will take over and I think he’s starting to take a leadership role. Koons has played a bunch of football for us the last three years and is a good football player. Colton Lindsey is raw, but has a chance to be real productive and Jones is going to help us. We feel good about Shearwood and Frimpong, they both played really fast in the spring.” SECONDARY: Four players with extensive starting experience and several other lettermen return here, giving the Bronchos more depth than in recent years. Senior Levonte Douglas (5- 9, 172) has 26 career starts and is back at a cornerback slot after making 37 tackles with two interceptions last fall. Speedy sophomore Omari Cole (5-11, 190) started the final five games in 2014 and is primed for a breakthrough season. Senior Cody Jones (6-0, 205) returned two of his team-high four interceptions for touchdowns last year before missing most of the last five games to injury and was moved from cornerback to strong safety in the spring. Senior David Busby (5-11, 210) made 46 tackles as the starting free safety last year and gives UCO great consistency. Ready to provide quality help are a trio of sophomore lettermen -- Braden Calip (5-9, 196), Addison Staggs (5-11, 178) and Riley Galyon (5-11, 200) -- and a group of redshirt freshmen. Bobeck Says: ‘‘We feel good about where we are in that we finally have some depth on the back end. Levonte has started three years and is really consistent and Cole is very talented. Cody Jones could move back if needed, he was extremely productive last year and we really like him at safety. Busby is back and had a good spring. There are others who can push for playing time.” Special Teams The return of one of the league’s top kickers highlights what should be a productive special teams unit. Junior Seth Hiddink (6-4, 215) will handle the place-kicking chores for the third straight year and has scored 150 career points, having made 72-of-76 extra points and 26-of-36 field goals. Senior Ryan Kowalewski (5-11, 210) is back as the all-important deep snapper and two newcomers -- junior Christian Fulham (6-0, 240) and redshirt freshman Jake Huff (6-0, 175) -- are expected to battle it out for the punting job. UCO has plenty of choices in the return game, though sophomore Jake Gandara (5-10, 195) should be one of the main men on kickoffs and junior J.T. Luper (5-9, 175) is being counted on to handle punts. Bobeck Says: ‘‘Seth Hiddink has been really good for us the last two years and he’s had a great off-season. Kowalewski is the most consistent kid on our football team and is as good as I’ve been around. We’ve got two kids at punter and feel strongly about both of them. This is where we think we can make as big a jump on our football team as anywhere. We’ve got lots of options in returns and will have open competition.” Kenny Allen
  23. 23. 22 2015 UCO Football Alphabetical Roster No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (High School) 33 DeVaughn Abram DB 5-9 175 So. Tulsa (Washington) 92 Kenny Allen DL 6-2 286 Sr. Perkins (Perkins-Tryon) 85 Kyle Aschenbrenner TE/HB 6-5 246 Jr. Edmond (North) Dustin Basks WR 5-9 170 Fr. Claremore (Claremore) 61 Denver Beebe LB 6-0 195 RS Fr. Moore (Westmoore) Twayne Blackwell WR 5-11 190 Fr. McKinney, Texas (Prestenwood) 82 Jacob Blair TE/HB 6-8 250 RS Fr. Edmond (Christian Heritage) 89 Malik Boardingham DL 6-3 210 Fr. Anadarko (Anadarko) 83 Paten Bond DB 6-1 200 So. Madill (Madill) 11 Samuel Bond WR 6-5 216 RS Fr. Madill (Madill) 14 Cameron Branch DB 5-10 170 Fr. Yukon (Home School) 3 David Busby DB 5-11 210 Sr. Coppell, Texas (Coppell) 22 Braden Calip DB 5-9 196 So. Tulsa (Jenks) 54 Hunter Chalfant OL 6-5 297 So. Hinton (Hinton) 55 Landon Chappell OL 6-2 283 Sr. Newcastle (Newcastle) 39 La’teze Clayton DL 6-1 220 So Wagoner (Wagoner) Colton Clement WR 5-9 165 Fr. Madill (Madill) 21 Omari Cole DB 5-10 190 So. Coppell, Texas (Coppell) 40 Dylan Cox LB 6-0 210 Jr. Norman (Norman) 6 Josh Crockett WR 6-4 195 So. Bristow (Bristow) Jordan Cunningham LB 6-0 190 So. Claremore (Claremore) L’liott Curry LB 6-2 195 Fr. Guthrie (Guthrie) Tyler Day LB 6-0 225 Jr. Ardmore (Ardmore) David Dick II QB 6-0 185 RS Fr. Tahlequah (Tahlequah) Chad Dillard RB 5-11 195 Fr. Berryhill (Berryhill) 43 Austin Dodd PK 6-2 190 RS Fr. Moore (Westmoore) 28 Levonte Douglas DB 5-9 172 Sr. Ardmore (Ardmore) 10 T.J. Eckert QB 6-0 205 Jr. Bixby (Bixby) 47 Trent Ellis DB 5-10 177 So. Tonkawa (Tonkawa) 26 Jason Frimpong LB 5-11 220 Sr. Irving, Texas (MacArthur) 80 Christian Fulham P 6-0 240 Jr. Glendora, Calif. (Glendora) 38 Riley Gaylon DB 5-10 200 So. Sterling, Kan. (Sterling) 24 Jake Gandara RB 5-10 195 Jr. Fort Gibson (Fort Gibson) 64 Micah Goodman OL 6-4 297 Jr. Medford (Medford) 41 Gunner Green LB 6-0 220 Fr. Owasso (Owasso) 35 Antonio Guy DL 6-1 285 Sr. Charleston, S.C. (Fort Dorchester) 77 Noah Hammons OL 6-2 287 RS Fr. Moore (Westmoore) 13 Darrack Harger QB 6-5 235 Jr. Sand Springs (Charles Page) O’Shay Harris DB 6-1 185 Fr. Lone Grove (Lone Grove) 20 Rico Henderson RB 5-10 200 Fr. Rockwall, Texas (Heath) Trayvon Henry LB 6-3 210 Fr. Oklahoma City (Millwood) 36 Seth Hiddink K 6-4 215 Jr. Wylie, Texas (Wylie) 16 Zach Hill WR 6-4 225 So. Blanchard (Blanchard) 44 Colton Hinnrichs LB 6-3 221 RS Fr. Argyle, Texas (Argyle) 96 Eli Hooks DL 6-2 215 RS Fr. Edmond (Deer Creek) Bear Hope LB 6-1 220 Fr. Claremore (Claremore) 9 Malcolm Howard LB 6-3 220 Sr. Houston, Texas (Yates) Jake Huff P 6-0 175 RS Fr. Owasso (Owasso) 8 Greg Johnson RB 5-9 180 Jr. Del City (Del City) 30 Ben Jones LB 6-0 205 Jr. Mesquite, Texas (Mesquite) 14 Cody Jones DB 5-11 205 Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. (Highland) 46 Johnny Jones LB 6-2 220 RS Fr. Oklahoma City (Douglass) Gage Kennedy WR 5-11 185 So. Ardmore (Plainview) 66 Dustin Knight LB 5-10 206 Fr. Moore (Southmoore) 31 Nick Koenig DL 6-3 240 Sr. Rapid City, S.D. (Stevens) 17 Tanner Koons LB 6-2 220 Sr. Tuttle (Tuttle) 53 Ryan Kowalewski DS 5-11 210 Sr. Sugar Land, Texas (Travis) 65 Leighton Light OL 6-2 280 So. Coppell, Texas (Coppell) 27 Colton Lindsey LB 6-3 215 RS Fr. Del City (Christian Heritage)
  24. 24. 23 2015 UCO Football Alphabetical Roster No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Class Hometown (High School) 12 Caden Locke WR 6-0 185 Sr. Blanchard (Bridge Creek) 78 Mvhayv Locust OL 6-8 280 So. Tahlequah (Sequoyah) 2 J.T. Luper WR 5-9 175 Jr. Sherman, Texas (Sherman) 23 Clay McKenzie RB 5-11 200 So. Callisburg, Texas (Callisburg) 71 Mason McLaughlin DL 6-3 270 Jr. Arlington, Texas (Martin) 19 Courtney Miles RB 5-11 190 Fr. Trophy Club, Texas (Byron Nelson) Josh Morgan DB 6-1 190 Fr. Shawnee (Shawnee) Marcus Morris RB 6-0 220 Fr. Hartshorne (Hartshorne) 84 Caleb Moss TE/HB 6-3 230 So. Rockwall, Texas (Heath) 57 Michael Nichols DL 6-1 265 Fr. Ardmore (Ardmore) 70 Sam Noble OL 6-5 295 So. Oologah (Oologah) Dedrien Nowden DB 5-11 172 So. Davis (Davis) Jacob Oakley DL 6-5 250 Fr. Jenks (Jenks) 1 Easton Pingleton WR 5-11 185 So. Ada (Ada) Christopher Pogi LB 6-2 220 Fr. Oklahoma City (Putnam City) 76 Montana Poorboy OL 6-3 299 Sr. Catoosa (Catoosa) Isaiah Porter DB 6-1 195 Fr. Omaha, Texas (Paul Pewitt) 34 Jaylon Price DB 6-0 209 RS Fr. Little Elm, Texas (Little Elm) 81 Connor Pulley WR 6-4 220 Jr. Newkirk (Newkirk) 86 Derek Reeves WR 6-2 215 RS Fr. Cleveland (Cleveland) 59 Javvy Renteria LB 6-0 215 Fr. Hennessey (Hennessey) 90 Dillon Rice DL 6-3 285 So. Muskogee (Muskogee) 15 Tanner Rice DL 6-3 245 Jr. Coppell, Texas (Coppell) 5 Keishawn Richardson DB 5-10 185 Sr. Oklahoma City (Putnam City) 56 B.J. Scott DL 6-2 274 So. Lawton (Lawton) 60 David Seagle OL 6-5 293 RS Fr. Tulsa (Cascia Hall) 32 Mykel Shaw DB 5-10 183 RS Fr. Anadarko (Anadarko) 29 Cade Shearwood LB 6-1 215 So. Stigler (Stigler) 37 Colton Shearwood DB 5-11 180 So. Stigler (Stigler) 18 Tyler Sipe TE/HB 6-3 220 RS Fr. Norman (North) 51 Carson Smith DL 6-2 310 Fr. Blanchard (Blanchard) Milon Smith DB 5-8 170 Fr. Spencer (Star Spencer) 91 Jordan Stafford DL 6-4 233 RS Fr. Hugo (Hugo) 25 Addison Staggs DB 5-11 178 So. Moore (Westmoore) 7 Chas Stallard QB 6-0 210 So. Cleveland (Cleveland) Austin Steele DB 5-11 190 Jr. Anaheim, Calif. (Esperanza) 69 Austin Steward III OL 6-0 260 Fr. Edmond (North) 50 Tyler Stilwell OL 6-3 270 Fr. Yukon (Yukon) 48 Jas’sen Stoner LB 6-0 230 Jr. Oklahoma City (Douglass) 58 Khalid Taylor LB 5-11 220 Fr. Del Valle, Texas (Del Valle) 4 Myles Tease WR 5-10 175 So. Tulsa (Washington) 49 Jay Tedesco P 6-3 195 Fr. Prosper, Texas (Prosper) Marshall Tolson TE/HB 6-4 235 Fr. Pawhuska (Pawhuska) 97 Dakota Troglin DL 6-4 240 Fr. Moore (Southmoore) 62 Brandon Waggoner OL 6-1 305 Jr. Tulsa (Jenks) Brody Wagner RB 5-9 205 Fr. Tulsa (Metro Christian) 94 Collis Walker DL 6-2 270 So. Rowlett, Texas (W.T. White) James Walker TE/HB 6-2 240 Fr. Oklahoma City (Putnam City West) Malik Walker DB 5-10 180 So. Spiro (Spiro) 42 Dylan Ward DB 5-10 190 So. Flower Mound, Texas (Marcus) 87 Isaiah Washington WR 5-8 175 So. Tulsa (Washington) 68 Aaron Williams OL 6-3 318 So. Lawton (Eisenhower) 88 Daxton Williams TE/HB 6-4 255 Fr. Eufaula (Eufaula) 90 Deontay Wilson DL 6-2 296 Jr. Coweta (Coweta) 95 Skyler Wood DL 6-3 299 RS Fr. Nowata (Nowata) 93 Chantz Woodberry DL 6-0 250 So. Midwest City (Carl Albert) 99 Trey Wormington DL 6-6 222 RS Fr. Norman (North) 10 Breion Young DB 5-10 195 So. Oklahoma City (Northeast)
  25. 25. 24 2015 UCO Football 5-9 • 175 • Defensive Back Sophomore • Tulsa 33 DeVaughn Abram Sophomore defensive back looking to earn playing time . . . Owns col- legiate starting experience, but hasn’t played in two years . . . Speedy cornerback with a chance to contribute. . . Played freshman season at Westminster College (Mo.) in 2012 before sitting out the next season and then came to UCO in the spring of 2014. 2014: Sat out redshirt year. Westminster: Started all season and was the third-leading tackler on the team with 44 total stops . . . Broke up eight passes, had one intercep- tion and also recovered a fumble for the NCAA Division III Bluejays. High School: Football-track standout at Tulsa Washington High School . . . All-Stater in track as a senior after running on state cham- pionship 1,600-meter relay team. Personal: Kinesiology major looking to become a personal trainer . . . Has seven siblings, including five brothers . . . Enjoys playing video games in his spare time . . . Names ‘‘Remember the Titans” as his favorite sports movie . . . Birthdate is June 1, 1993. 6-2 • 286 • Defensive Line Senior • Perkins 92 Kenny Allen Senior standout set to continue his role as a defensive ringleader for the Bronchos . . . Ranks among the elite linemen in the conference and NCAA Division II, with this proven veteran looking to be even more of a disruptive force in 2015 . . . Has the size, strength and experience to dominate on the defensive front . . . Enters his final season ranked fifth on UCO’s career sacks list with 19, needing 10 to tie the record. 2014: Was a second-team All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association pick and third-team All-America choice by Football Ga- zette after making 38 tackles with 10.5 for loss, including 7.5 sacks . . . Ranked second in the league in sacks and 10th in tackles for loss . . . Had three games with 2.0 sacks for minus-15 yards -- against Em- poria State, Central Missouri and Lindenwood -- while making a solo sack for minus-11 yards against Northeastern State and a half-sack for minus-two yards against Washburn . . . Made season-high seven tackles in wins over NSU and Lindenwood. 2013: Earned second-teamAll-MIAAhonors after leading the confer- ence in tackles for loss (17.5) and sacks (9.5), ranking 13th in NCAA Division II in both . . . Sack total is the fourth-best in school history . . . Finished third on the team in total tackles with 54, including 25 solo stops . . . Had at least five tackles in five games, topped by career-high 14-tackle effort in win over Lincoln . . . Racked up 5.0 tackles for loss with two solo sacks and a fumble recovery in that contest to earn MIAA Defensive Player of the Week honors . . . Made five tackles with three sacks and a forced fumble in win over Southwest Baptist and had two sacks in five-tackle game against Northeastern State . . . Also had 1.5 sacks against Central Missouri and half-sacks against Pittsburg State and Missouri Western . . . Collected eight tackles with 2.0 for loss against Missouri Southern. 2012: Played in all 10 games with two starts and finished with 30 total tack- les . . . Had 6.5 tackles for loss, including 2.0 sacks . . . Had five tackles with one for loss and a forced fumble in first-ever game against Missouri Southern . . . Also had five-tackle outings against Northwest Missouri and Northeastern State . . . Collected sacks in back-to-back games against defending national champion Pittsburg State and Emporia State. 2011: Sat out redshirt year. High School: Prep standout at Perkins-Tryon High School . . . Dis- trict and Area Defensive Player of the Year as a senior after racking up 143 tackles with five sacks and five interceptions . . . Also earned All-Conference honors in basketball and lettered in track. Personal: General studies major . . . Names ‘‘Any Given Sunday” as his top sports movie . . . Likes playing musical instruments in his spare time . . . Lists the New Orleans Saints as his top professional team . . . Birthdate is April 22, 1993. Year Tackles UT AT For Loss Sacks FR Int. PBU 2012 30 17 13 6.5(-22) 2.0(-12) 0 0 0 2013 54 25 29 17.5(-80) 9.5(-67) 1 0 0 2014 38 16 22 10.5(-67) 7.5(-58) 0 0 0 Totals 124 58 64 34.5(-169) 19.0(-137) 1 0 0 6-5 • 246 • Tight End/HB Junior • Edmond 85 Kyle Aschenbrenner Tough, hard-nosed veteran looking to return to the field after two injury-plagued years . . . Lettered in back-up role at tight end/H-back in 2012 and was pushing for starting berth during spring drills in 2013 before suffering knee injury . . . Returned to action last August and was poised to play a prominent role before going down with another injury . . . Has worked hard to get back to full speed and is capable of really helping the Bronchos. 2013-14: Missed both seasons to injury. 2012: Played in nine games with two starts . . . Caught two passes for 10 yards, including a nine-yarder against Missouri Western.
  26. 26. 25 2015 UCO Football Year Catches Yards Avg. TDs Long 2012 2 10 5.0 0 9 2011: Sat out redshirt year. High School: Product of Edmond North High School . . . Had 61 tackles with five sacks from defensive end spot as a senior in helping the Huskies to the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. Personal: Criminal justice major . . . Father (Brian) played football at Western Washington and brother (Nate) at Southwestern Oklahoma . . . Lists the Oklahoma City Thunder as his favorite professional team and ‘‘Rudy” as his top sports movie . . . Birthdate is March 8, 1993. 6-5 • 216 • Wide Receiver RS Freshman • Madill 11 Samuel Bond Redshirt freshman looking to provide help at wide receiver. High School: Four-sport standout at Madill High School, competing in football, baseball, basketball and track . . . All-District selection in baseball and football while qualifying for state meet twice in track. Personal: Kinesiology major looking to become a physical therapist . . . Brother (Paten) is a sophomore defensive back with the Bronchos . . . Another brother (Spencer) is starting quarterback at East Central and father (Stewart) played at Southeastern Oklahoma . . . Names Air Supply as his favorite musical group . . . Lists “For Love of the Game” as his top sports movie . . . Birthdate is Jan. 15, 1996. 5-11 • 210 • Defensive Back Senior • Coppell, Texas 3 David Busby Senior safety looking to retain his spot in the starting lineup this fall . . . Had a solid junior season and possesses the experience and talent to be a defensive mainstay for the Bronchos . . . Transferred to UCO last year after playing two seasons at Division I North Texas. 2014: Played in 11 of 12 games with seven starts and finished second among defensive backs in total tackles with 46 . . . Had 26 solo stops and also broke up three passes . . . Made at least five tackles in five games, led by nine-tackle outing in win over Washburn . . . Had eight tackles against Northwest Missouri and made seven with a broken up pass against Pittsburg State . . . Tallied six tackles, including five solo, and forced a fumble in road win over Nebraska-Kearney. UNT: Appeared in seven games with three starts as a true freshman in 2012, making 11 tackles and breaking up one pass . . . Had season-high five tackles in win over Louisiana-Lafayette . . . Saw limited duty the next season, making one tackle. High School: All-District selection and honorable mention All-State pick as a senior at Coppell (Texas) High School after racking up 70 tackles and six interceptions . . . Was the 67th-ranked cornerback in the country by ESPN . . . Earned first-team All- State honors as a junior after making 85 tackles with 14 passes broken up and a state-leading seven interceptions . . . District Newcomer of the Year as a sopho- more. Personal: Kinesiology major looking to be- come a physical thera- pist . . . Names ”Friday Night Lights” as his favorite sports movie . . . Enjoys playing video games as a hobby . . . Birthdate isAug. 19, 1994. Year Tackles UT AT For Loss Sacks FR Int. PBU 2014 46 26 20 --- --- 0 0 3 5-9 • 196 • Defensive Back Sophomore • Tulsa 22 Braden Calip Sophomore letterman ready to push for a bigger role in the second- ary this fall . . . Saw limited playing time at cornerback last year and should benefit from experience gained . . . Superb athlete who will only continue to improve. 2014: Appeared in nine games, finishing with three tackles . . . Had solo stops against Nebraska-Kearney and Pittsburg State. High School: All-District pick and Class 6A All-Star selection after helping lead Jenks High School to the state championship as a senior . . . Had one of his five interceptions of the season in state title game . . . Three-year starter for the powerful Trojans . . . Also a state track qualifier in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. Personal: Criminal justice major looking to become an FBI agent . . . Father (Brad) was a college star at East Central and is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame . . . Names ‘‘Remember the Titans” and ‘‘Glory Road” as his favorite sports movies . . . Birthdate is Sept. 5, 1994. Year Tackles UT AT For Loss Sacks FR Int. PBU 2014 3 2 1 --- --- 0 0 0
  27. 27. 26 2015 UCO Football 6-5 • 297 • Offensive Line Sophomore • Hinton 54 Hunter Chalfant Sophomore offensive lineman with a chance to see more action in 2015 . . . Played sparingly last year, but has the size and strength to become a factor. 2014: Played in two games in back-up role. 2013: Sat out redshirt year. High School: All-District performer on the gridiron at Hinton High School . . .Also lettered in baseball, basketball and track for the Comets. Personal: Pre-med major looking to become an orthopedic surgeon . . . Enjoys hunting as a hobby . . . Names the Foo Fighters as his top musical group . . . Lists ‘‘The Pistol” as his favorite movie . . . Mother (Jodi) played basketball at Oklahoma State . . . Birthdate is June 1, 1995. 6-2 • 283 • Offensive Line Senior • Newcastle 55 Landon Chappell Team leader and senior standout back to spearhead the offensive line . . . Has played in 29 games with 28 starts during career and is one of the top blockers in the Mid-America IntercollegiateAthleticsAssociation . . . Should handle one of the guard slots and the Bronchos are expecting big things from this proven veteran . . . Strong, mobile lineman who enters the season having started 22 straight games. 2014: Honorable mention All- MIAA pick after helping lead an offensive line that enabled UCO to average 189.5 rushing yards a game . . . Picked up a fumble and rumbled 22 yards to set up a UCO touchdown in road win over Lin- denwood . . .Also named an MIAA Scholar-Athlete award winner. 2013: Started all 10 games and was key member of unit that allowed only 17 sacks in 369 pass attempts. 2012: Played in seven games with six starts before going out for the season in the first half of road rout of Lincoln with injury. 2011: Sat out redshirt year. High School: Two-way standout at Newcastle High School . . . District Defensive Lineman of theYear and an Oklahoman LittleAll-City pick as a senior . . .Also a baseball letterman and powerlifting state qualifier. Personal: Kinesiology major looking for a career as a coach . . . Both brothers -- Jordan (football) and Jeff (baseball) -- played at UCO while father (Barty) played football at Oklahoma State . . . Names ‘‘Sandlot” as his favorite sports movie . . . Lists the New Orleans Saints as his top team . . . Enjoys fishing as his main hobby . . . Birthdate is Feb. 28, 1993. 6-1 • 220 • Defensive Line Sophomore • Wagoner 39 La’teze Clayton Returning letterman expected to vie for extended action . . . Played spar- ingly at defensive end last year, but is capable of being a factor there. 2014: Made five tackles while appearing in 11 of UCO’s 12 games . . . Had two solo stops in season-opening road win over Fort Hays State. 2013: Sat out redshirt year. High School: Class 4AAll-Star for Wagoner High School in 2012 . . . Had a 99-yard kickoff return during his career . . . Helped the Bulldogs capture the state title as a junior . . .Also a basketball and track standout. Personal: Business major . . . Enjoys singing as a hobby . . . Names Chris Brown as his favorite musician . . . Lists ‘‘Varsity Blues” as his top sports movie . . . Birthdate is Jan. 31, 1995. Year Tackles UT AT For Loss Sacks FR Int. PBU 2014 5 4 1 --- --- 0 0 0 5-11 • 190 • Defensive Back Sophomore • Coppell, Texas 21 Omari Cole Speedy sophomore letterman who saw part-time starting duty at corner- back last year . . . Showed a glimpse of what he’s capable of and will be a key defensive cog this season . . . Should get a big boost from last year’s experience and will only continue to improve with more playing time. 2014: Played in every game and started the final five, finishing with 23 tackles while breaking up three passes and making two interceptions . . . Made 19 tackles during five-game starting stint . . . Had first career interception in rout of Nebraska-Kearney and picked off sec- ond pass in win over Northeastern State. 2013: Sat out redshirt year. High School: Football-track star at Coppell (Texas) High School, earn- ing All-District honors in both . . . Also lettered in golf and wrestling.
  28. 28. 27 2015 UCO Football 6-0 • 210 • Linebacker Junior • Norman 40 Dylan Cox Junior linebacker looking to see action this season . . . Joined the team for spring drills in 2013 after sitting out two years and has been a squad member the past two seasons, having appeared in one game. 2014: Played in road win over Lindenwood . . . Member of MIAA Academic Honor Roll. High School: Four-year letterman and three-year starter at Norman High School, helping lead the Tigers to the state playoffs as a senior . . . Also lettered in baseball and golf. Personal: Kinesiology major . . . Names the Oakland Raiders as his favorite team . . . Lists ‘‘Remember the Titans” as his top sports movie . . . Birthdate is May 28, 1992. 6-4 • 195 • Wide Receiver Sophomore • Bristow 6 Josh Crockett Fleet-footed sophomore wide receiver capable of becoming a major offensive force for the Bronchos . . . Sensational athlete with all the tools needed to excel at the position and will definitely vie for a starting spot . . . Has the ability to really stretch opposing defenses and should see plenty of passes thrown his way in 2015. 2014: Played in all 12 games while making two starts and hauled in 17 passes for 227 yards and two touch- downs . . . Had two-plus receptions in five games, snaring season-high four for 49 yards in win over Missouri Western . . . Had three catches for season-best 58 yards in Emporia State win, including 35-yard TD grab . . . Other score came on eight-yard catch against Northwest Missouri. 2013: Sat out redshirt year. 5-9 • 172 • Defensive Back Senior • Ardmore 28 Levonte Douglas Three-year starter set to continue as a leader in the secondary at a cornerback slot . . . Senior veteran with plenty of experience, having played in 32 games with 26 starts during career . . . Steady performer Personal: Criminal justice major looking for a career as a forensic psychologist . . . Enjoys reading in his spare time . . . Names ‘‘The Waterboy” as his favorite sports movie . . . Birthdate is Aug. 2, 1995. Year Tackles UT AT For Loss Sacks FR Int. PBU 2014 23 14 9 --- --- 0 2 3 High School: Caught 81 passes for 1,583 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior at Bristow High School to earn Class 3A All-Star and All-District honors . . . Captured 200-meter dash state title his senior season after finishing third the year before. Personal: Undecided on a major, but wants to be a sports broadcaster . . . Names the Baltimore Ravens as his favorite team . . . Lists ‘‘Friday Night Lights” as his top sports movie . . . Birthdate is March 13, 1995. Year Catches Yards Avg. TDs Long 2014 17 227 13.4 2 35 6-0 • 185 • Quarterback RS Freshman • Tahlequah David Dick II Redshirt freshman who adds quality depth at quarterback. High School: District Offensive Player of theYear as a senior at Tahle- quah High School after racking up over 2,000 yards total offense and accounting for 22 touchdowns. . .Also lettered in basketball and track. Personal: Funeral science major . . . Enjoys hunting and fishing as hobbies . . . Names “Varsity Blues” as his favorite sports movie . . . Lists Luke Bryan as his top musician . . . Birthdate is July 27, 1995. 6-2 • 190 • Place-Kicker RS Freshman • Moore 43 Austin Dodd Redshirt freshman who provides excellent depth at place-kicker. High School: Named District 6A-2 Special Teams Player of the Year in his final season at Westmoore High School . . . Converted 8-of-9 field goal attempts with a long of 42 yards and 126-of-141 extra points during career . . . Also an All-State soccer performer for the Jaguars. Personal: Kinesiology major . . . Includes snowboarding among his favorite hobbies . . . Birthdate is Aug. 4, 1996.

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