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September 17, 2013

Nick Porter works his way back

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McALESTER —

Porter moved to McAlester during the summer before his eighth-grade year. His stepfather, Mark Rubertus, became medical director for the Choctaw Nation Health Center, and Porter enrolled at Puterbaugh Middle School.

“Everyone’s really friendly here,” Porter said. Of McAlester’s football program, he said, “Like Coach (Bryan) Pratt says, it’s one of the best in the state, and he’s a great coach.”

A quarterback who throws best when he’s running, Porter said he’s tried to take a page from Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, who plays the same way. Porter said learning the Buffs’ no-huddle offense has been the trickiest part of this first year for him.

His favorite memory so far came during the Top of the World Scrimmage in August.

“Going up there, I was extremely nervous, and we were up against some 6A opponents,” Porter said of the scrimmage. “The first snap for me on JV, I had a 40-yard touchdown run thanks to all the teammates that blocked.”

Though JV football isn’t the same as varsity football, Porter said he’s seen no drop-off in commitment between the Buffs likely to play Friday night and those likely to play other nights of the week. And as both JV and freshman quarterbacks saw varsity playing time in 2012 — usually in the final minutes of blowout wins — Porter said he hopes to play well enough to do the same.

“I take it really seriously, because it’s kind of my reps for the season,” Porter said.

Once he graduates, Porter said he plans to go to college, most likely at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. His father, David Porter, is a corporate vice president at Microsoft, and Nick Porter said he plans to major in business as well.

“It’s just a great town,” Porter said of Norman. “Clean, close to Oklahoma City but kind of a little bit away.”

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