Ousley on his way

Ousley on his way

Freshmen, even at the high school level, rarely make a huge impact on a team. However Lone Oak freshman quarterback Cole Ousley started off his career on a high note.

Freshmen, even at the high school level, rarely make a huge impact on a team. However Lone Oak freshman quarterback Cole Ousley started off his career on a high note.

Cole Ousley put up great statistics this past season, throwing for 3372 yards and 34 touchdowns, completing 65 percent of his passes. The lanky freshman (6-foot-3, 155-pounds) was able to focus on football after talking with some of the older players.

"At first it was a lot of pressure, but after I had some of the older guys tell me they trusted me and are behind me, it took a lot of weight off my shoulders," said Ousley. "I also knew I had excellent players around me to help me out and make my job a lot easier. When I think about it, it is just football. It's a game that I've played every day of my whole life," Ousley said.

Ousley helped Lone Oak to an 11-2 record and a third round appearance in the 4-A playoffs this year. A lot of that is due to Ousley's efforts.

"I feel like I played good, but there is always room for improvement. I am not even close to how good I could be if I keep working hard," he said. "One of my main strengths as a player is my determination and my need to win the game and doing whatever it takes to lead my team to a victory," said Ousley.

Ousley is such a young player, but he's doing what is necessary to become a better player.

"I want to get better at my decision making and never taking another team for granted, no matter how good or bad they are," Ousley said. "I just want to keep taking the coaching and hit the weights every day. I'm doing the things it takes to be an elite quarterback at whatever level I play at," he said.

Ousley hasn't made any visits yet, but he plans to check out a few schools during the summer months. He's also already receiving mail from a handful of programs.

"I have gotten letters from Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Iowa and Texas A&M.

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