McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


October 8, 2013

Mason Bumphus stays focused



Bumphus really started seeing playing time last year. His favorite memory came last year in Week 3, when the Buffs played at Claremore.

“It was late in the game, and it was like fourth-and-5, and Coach (Bryan) Pratt tells me to punt the ball,” Bumphus said. “Everybody on the punt team just says, ‘run it, we’ve got you.’ So I ran the ball, it ended up being like a 20-yard play, and we got to stay on the field.”

With his combination of receiving and punting skills, Bumphus helped the 2012 Buffs make the playoffs. Though Bumphus didn’t get too many passes in their first-round game against Collinsville, he caught seven for 92 yards and a touchdown in the quarter-finals against Deer Creek.

The 2012 Buffaloes didn’t pass very much, but the 2013 Buffaloes have added a solid passing game, of which Bumphus has become an integral part. Averaging 36.6 receiving yards per game, he’s caught at least one pass in each of the Buffs’ first five games, including a 60-yard touchdown reception in Week 3 against Claremore.

Bumphus credited his success to the accuracy of starting quarterback Dalton Wood.

“He’ll put it on me anywhere on the field,” Bumphus said of Wood. “I never have to worry about him trying to get me knocked out, because he always knows where I’m going.”

Despite his success this year, Bumphus acknowledged he’s dropped some passes that he should’ve caught. Those drops have tended to come early in the game, often on the first passing play in which he’s targeted, and usually Bumphus has been able to recover and catch everything else thrown his way.

“I just have to catch it now and make plays with it,” Bumphus said. “It’s just a lack of focus. I have to focus up, stop worrying so much about the things going on a round me and just focus on catching the ball.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Seasonal Content
AP Video
Renewed Violence Taking Toll on Gaza Residents 2 Americans Detained in North Korea Seek Help US Employers Add 209K Jobs, Rate 6.2 Pct House GOP Optimistic About New Border Bill Gaza Truce Unravels; Israel, Hamas Trade Blame Raw: Tunisia Closes Borders With Libya Four Rescued From Crashed Plane Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction
NDN Video
Under Armour Launches Biggest Women's Campaign with Inspiring Ad NYPD chokehold death of Eric Garner was homicide: medical examiner Christina Aguilera Pulls a Demi Moore! Man with no arms throws first pitch Chapter Two: Composing for a film in retirement Is Justin Bieber Dating a Model? Guardians of the Galaxy (Trailer) 'Sharknado 2:' Hottest Memes Surfing The Net Snoop Dogg Narrating Animal Footage Is Perfect Raw: Obama Gets Hug From Special Olympian Recapping a Blockbuster MLB Trade Deadline Tigers Acquire David Price - @TheBuzzeronFOX Russell Brand Slams Sean Hannity Over Gaza Conflict Segment Woman's Dive Goes Terribly Wrong Brian Williams Reports on Daughter Allison Williams' 'Peter Pan' Casting News Did Jimmy Fallon Look Up Heidi Klum's Dress? What Drama? Miranda Kerr Poses Topless Plane crashes in San Diego Costco parking lot Justin Bieber Takes To Instagram To Diss Orlando Bloom You Won't Believe the Celeb Cameos in "Sharknado 2"

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.