And then there are one or two underclassmen that come out of nowhere to produce big-time numbers. That happened with Edmond (Okla.) Memorial sophomore running back Warren Wand, who said he is 5-foot-7 and 162 pounds, but he played bigger than that. He rushed for 1,812 yards on 202 carries with 15 touchdowns, averaging 8.9 yards per carry.
We caught up with Wand and talked about his breakout sophomore season and more:
SoonerNation: A sophomore starting in 6A and playing against some of the best competition in the state, how did you do it?
Warren Wand: I was looking up to those older players and just worked so hard for them. I didn’t want to let anybody down. I’ve always been that type of person to do whatever I can however I can to help the team.
SN: You were slated to play quarterback at first, but it wasn’t until a move to running back where you really started to prosper. Was that a tough transition?
Wand: I played quarterback my freshman year, but it wasn’t that big of a deal to make the switch. It was a bit of a surprise to be able to have that much success against some really good schools, but I know I have a long way to go.
SN: You guys were 0-5 to start the season but bounced back to make the playoffs. Why didn’t you guys throw in the towel?
Wand: It sort of started with that game against Mustang. We went out and did the little things we hadn’t been doing earlier in the season. We had that fight. Everybody kept trying. And little by little, things started to fall into place.
SN: You still have two years, but any schools recruiting you hard at this point?
Wand: Not yet, but I’m not too worried about it. I know some schools might be scared by my size.
SN: You have any favorites?
Wand: I’m pretty neutral between Alabama and OU. Those are definitely my two favorites.
SN: What is it about the Sooners that appeals the most to you?
Wand: I like the way they do things. I like winners, I admit that. I’ve been to quite a few OU games, but I haven’t talked with Coach [Cale] Gundy yet.
SN: So what’s the next step for you?
Wand: I’m not playing basketball this year for the first time. I’m ready to get back to work and see how things go here in the future.