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November 12, 2013

Drew Amos dons his armor

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McALESTER —

Another big hit came this year on a bunt block play against Skiatook.

“I went straight up with this kid, caged him up, and he fell to his back as soon as I made contact,” Amos said of the Skiatook play. “You get that feeling that he submits under your power, and that’s a good feeling.”

Standing 6-foot-1 but weighing 175 pounds, Amos has a lean look to him, especially when out of uniform. But that’s nothing compared to how he looked as a freshman, and he credited his physical development to receiver coaches Austin Maddux and James Barr.

“He was the one that was pushing me to gain the most weight that I could,” Amos said of Maddux. “He’s kind of my role model on the football team out of our coaching staff. Him and Coach Barr, they always want me to get bigger, get better at my routes.”

To help improve his strength during the offseason, Amos has taken part in the Buffs’ winter powerlifting program. He said he came within one place of qualifying for last year’s state meet in the 168-pound weight class, and he plans to do powerlifting again this winter.

“It’s been a pretty big change in weight since my freshman year,” Amos said. “I was 135 (pounds) my freshman year. I looked small, had no definition of muscle or anything. I was a scrawny little kid.”

When it comes to football, Amos said “there’s nothing else that compares to being a Buffalo,” and on Friday nights the game has his full attention. But he also plays tenor sax in the Pride of McAlester marching band, competing at band competitions but not marching during games.

When he’s not doing football-related activities, Amos said he enjoys working on cars. He enjoys it enough that he wants to study engineering in college, preferably at Bacone College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school in Muskogee at which Amos said he could earn a football scholarship.

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