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Josh Proctor Giving His All for Owasso Football Coach Blankenship

TOP DEFENSIVE BACK: Owasso defensive back Josh Proctor, left, pursues Jenks’ Brett Standlee in the Rams’ game last year against the Trojans. Proctor is regarded as one of the top defensive backs in the state by preseason publications.

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A new chapter begins in 2017 in Owasso football as a new coach takes the reins. And he’s no stranger to the area – Bill Blankenship, the former coach of the University of Tulsa and Union.

One player who feels the change is Josh Proctor (6-3, 205, senior), listed as being among the top defensive backs in the area.

“It’s a lot different work ethic,” Proctor says. “Everybody comes out to work everyday because we got to prove ourselves to him to earn our spot to get on the field. So, the competition and work ethic has skyrocketed.

“I just come out here and focus on us as a team and give him (Blankenship) everything,” says Proctor, who also plays some as receiver on offense.

“I just like helping out my team. Wherever they need me, I’ll do it,” Proctor says.
Back in the spring, Proctor committed to play collegiately at Ohio State.  

“I just feel like that is the best place for me football-wise and education-wise, because there is life after football,” he says.

Proctor chose Ohio State over Oklahoma, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Texas. He said that the Buckeyes’ win over the Sooners last year did not influence his decision.

Although he does acknowledge there is life after football, does Proctor see himself making it into the NFL?

“Yes. I do,” he says.

Is there a favorite team in league for him?

“Not really. I just like to watch,” Proctor says, laughing.

The competition factor is what he likes most about occupying the secondary.

“You step on the field with the top receivers in the nation, they’re competing. If you can say you can guard them, then there’s not much they can say about you,” Proctor says.

“Then there are times you got to learn your lesson and go to the next play because sometimes you get beat,” Proctor says. “If you do a lot of talking, then get caught (burned on coverage) one time and get down, it gets worse.”

The 2016 season was rough for Proctor and the Rams as they suffered through a 3-7 campaign. Especially since he only played at the start.

“It was pretty rough,” Proctor says. “I went down in the third game and after that, I was out for the season. So, for me to sit on the sideline and just watch us going through that just hurt.”

It wasn’t the first time. He also suffered a similar injury his freshman year.

“When it happened, I automatically knew what was going on,” Proctor says.

Of course, surgery was required.

“(Surgeons) just went in and scoped it and clipped a bad part out,” he says.

Unfortunately, more injuries followed, taking a toll on the team.

“Everybody’s enthusiasm went down,” Proctor says. “It seemed like nobody wanted to be there; they just felt like they were going to lose every game.”

Like every athlete, Proctor has been doing rehab and lifting to recover from his injury, hoping to get some strength back in his legs.

The most memorable moment for Proctor came his freshman year when the Rams went to the playoffs. With just seven victories the past two years, they haven’t been back since.  But Proctor can see change coming.

“I can see it. We’re all buying in. We’re in the weight room, out here conditioning. Everything is different,” Proctor says. “We want to win more than we did last year.”

Updated 09-18-2017

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