Five from Friday: QB Key making strides 

September, 17, 2012
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Every week through football season, SoonerNation writer Bob Przybylo will reveal five things he learned while out on the road watching the best in the Midlands area play football.

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Bob Przybylo/ESPN.comJunior QB Coleman Key faced some stiff competiton in his first three games for Broken Arrow (Okla.).
1. Summer camps helped put 2014 quarterback Coleman Key (Broken Arrow, Okla./Broken Arrow) on the map, but the first three games have shown that camps aren’t everything. Key is a work in progress, but he is not discouraged. He admitted he had a horrible performance last week against Bentonville, Ark. He threw three interceptions and was fired up to play Tulsa (Okla.) Union this week. His first pass was a touchdown pass. Key started 5 of 5 but cooled off to a 9-of-19 clip for 85 yards in a 26-21 loss. Key threw for two touchdowns and also threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown. On the next drive, however, Key led Broken Arrow down the field and rushed for a touchdown. His competitive drive shouldn't be questioned, and he started off with about as tough a three-game stretch to start a season as you can find in Oklahoma.

2. Numbers aren’t everything in regards to Tulsa (Okla.) Union defensive end Dalton Rodriguez. He didn’t make the eye-popping plays he made against Jenks (Okla.) two weeks ago, but he was still very effective. The OU commit has become the leader of the Tulsa Union defense and is taking that role seriously. Rodriguez has also gone from uniform No. 77 to No. 34 because Tulsa Union has added some wrinkles with Rodriguez in special teams. Haven’t seen those wrinkles in the two games he has worn No. 34, but it will be something to watch moving forward. Rodriguez said he talked to OU coaches Bob Stoops and Bruce Kittle after each of his first two games and everything is solid between himself and the Sooners.

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