McALESTER — Though he said he played Boys & Girls Club football when he was young, McAlester senior Drew Amos didn’t enjoy what he considered the disorganized, at-times chaotic style of gameplay.
Once he joined McAlester’s football program at Puterbaugh Middle School, everything began to change.
“It was a big change, getting responsibilities and having to run certain stuff to a certain spot,” Amos said Thursday.
“I had a sense of what I was doing.”
Amos was born in Kansas City, Mo., then moved to Oklahoma City within a year. With much of his extended family in the area, Amos came to McAlester in the third grade and enrolled at Emerson Elementary.
After Emerson came Parker Intermediate Center, then Puterbaugh, where Amos’ football career began.
“It’s the ‘all-American’ sport, and I always looked up to people that played football,” Amos said.
“Football really caught my eye. It got my attention easily. When I saw people with pads on, it made me think of having armor on.”
Though officially listed as a wide receiver and outside linebacker, Amos has played multiple positions in his four years with the Buffs. Though he said he started some at receiver last year, he’s seen most of his varsity playing time this season on special teams, including kickoff, kickoff return and punt block.
He got into his first varsity game as a sophomore on the kickoff team at Tulsa Hale on Oct. 27, 2011.
“I like to hit people on defense and get that adrenaline rush when you hit someone,” Amos said. “But then, scoring the touchdowns and everything, it’s kind of a back-and-forth thing.”
Both of Amos’ favorite memories as a Buffalo involve big hits. His first came last year against Durant, with Amos “ear holing” — delivering a hard but clean block to the side of an opponent’s helmet — a defender while blocking in front of a bubble pass.