By MIKE MOGUIN
GTR Sports Writer
One big weapon in the Jenks’ arsenal is on the front line of its offense.
That would be in Logan Nobles, a senior lineman who stands 6’7″ and weighs 280 pounds. Using his size for blocking schemes is a key to the success of the Trojans’ skill players.
He will definitely be a big plus for Oklahoma State when he reports to the Cowboys next season. Nobles committed to OSU last spring.
“Right before COVID happened, I went to Oklahoma State’s Cowboy day, which is pretty much their junior day,” Nobles said. “I got to talk to some of the coaches, their academic staff that help out with football and it felt like ‘another Jenks’ to me. That was really a big part of it. I felt like I could see myself growing as a person, as a student and as an athlete there. It felt like home.”
Nobles chose OSU over Vanderbilt, Kansas, Texas Tech, Missouri, Stanford, North Dakota State and some Ivy League schools.
“There were quite a few options for academics and athletics, I just decided that (OSU) was the better one that I could see myself grow in,” Nobles said.
For the time being, though, Nobles is focused on helping his Trojan teammates win its first state championship in five years.
At mid-September, Jenks was coming off a dominating 28-0 shutout win against archrival Union. It was the first time in 41 years the Trojans blanked the Redskins.
Nobles’ had a memorable block in that game.
“I’ll be honest. Union had a really good sophomore nose guard who was the biggest guy I ever had to block,” he said. “I’m sure that will change once I get to OSU, but he (Union defensive lineman) was 6’4″, 344 pounds. We were on the goal line and wanted to punch it in and keep on going with a score. I see him and I’m driving and driving, then he falls and I pancake him. It was the biggest guy I ever pancaked and the biggest guy I ever blocked. That was probably one of my favorites.”
The 2020 VYPE Oklahoma Pigskin Preview has Nobles as one of its top 100 players. The publication says “…..Nobles’ size and agility make his proven talents a desired talent and an impact force up front to power the Trojans’ offense this season.”
“I agree,” Nobles said. “I always like to compliment my game, but I try to stay humble and try not to talk about it too much. But I do agree my athleticism, my weight, my height, it tremendously helps me on the field.”
What Nobles likes about playing offensive line is that players at his position are the most underappreciated people on the field.
“When the running back scores the touchdown, the stat doesn’t go to the offensive lineman, it goes to the running back,” he said. “When the quarterback makes a throw for a 60-yard touchdown, credit goes to the quarterback and the wide receiver. So it feels nice that the offensive lineman is the backbone of the team. If there wasn’t an offensive line or no defensive line, there would be skinny guys and quick guys going after each other. It makes a total difference.”
Believe it or not, Nobles does not have a favorite offensive lineman, but he does like watching the performance of Houston Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt.
“It is two different sides of the ball, but I just love his physicality,” Nobles said of Watts. “He’s keeping his team in the game. He’s being the leader on the field, just the way he plays is something and see how the offensive lineman across from him reacts to J.J. Watt’s move.”
Ultimately, Nobles is eyeing a gold ball at the end of the season.
“I see us going to state and hopefully get another shot at Owasso (whom Jenks lost to in last year’s 6AI final), because that’s a great team and we’re a great team. I know we’ll do way better this year. I see us winning the championship this year and bringing it back home for the Trojans.”
Jenks is 2-1 and ranked second in the Class 6AI as of mid-September. The Trojans own wins against Springdale (Ark.) Har-Ber (31-15) and Union. The loss came in their second game to defending 6AII champion Bixby (42-35).
A road game at Enid (Sept. 25) was on the agenda later in the month.
In October, a key battle against No. 3 Broken Arrow (Oct. 2) will also be at home. The remainder of the schedule has games at Norman (Oct. 8), back-to-back home games against Edmond Santa Fe (Oct. 15) and Yukon (Oct. 23) and on the road against Edmond Memorial (Oct. 30). They close the season at Westmoore (Nov. 5).