Tahlequah Daily Press

Sports

July 3, 2013

Point(er) of attack

Northeastern State’s Bobby Pointer has a passion for horse racing outside of playing football.

His college football career isn’t over yet, but Bobby Pointer already has some future endeavors in mind. First on the list: horse racing.

That’s right, even at 6-foot-1 and 287 pounds, Pointer is an avid rancher and outdoorsman. Caring for and maintaining horses is high on his list of priorities — right next to playing nose guard for Northeastern State.

He has his hometown of Dewar to thank for that.

“I do quite a bit with horses, and I even have a few horses and I raise them,” said Pointer, who hopes to get into horse racing — while coaching — after his playing days are long gone. “And I sell some horses on the side.”

Pointer’s love for the outdoors was enhanced when he moved from Detroit to a town of less than a 1,000 in Oklahoma. Once he arrived in the Sooner State, Pointer teamed up with Ronnell Lewis, who went on to play at the University of Oklahoma and is currently with the Detroit Lions. Together, Pointer and Lewis helped build a dynasty at Dewar, taking the Dragons to the brink of a state championship several times.

“It was a dream come true,” Pointer said of his high school career. “It worked out perfectly — like a storybook.”

Sandwiched in between his time in Dewar and at NSU, Pointer made a detour in Miami, Okla., at Northeastern State A&M. Now, after turning down Pittsburg State and Weber State, Pointer will be one of several veterans returning on the defensive line for the RiverHawks in 2013.

In the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2012, the RiverHawks ranked last in sacking the quarterback, 10th in passing defense, 10th in rushing defense and 11th in total defense. But Pointer said that introductory year in the MIAA was a positive learning experience.

“You see a lot of technicians,” Pointer said of offensive linemen in the MIAA. “They are very technically sound and don’t make silly mistakes. It forces you to play really sound defense, and if you’re going to beat (anyone) you have to play solid defense.”

The RiverHawks were able to limit opponents to 20.3 points per game in a four-game winning streak to close out the 2012 regular season. As NSU’s defense improved, the wins started becoming more prevalent, Pointer said.

“The games that we played good defense,” Pointer said, “we won. That was really the biggest difference.”

Pointer finished the 2012 campaign with 30 tackles, 1 1/2 tackles for loss and half of a sack. That’s certainly more than NSU head coach Kenny Evans expected out of Pointer.

“He was a marginal player at NEO, but he really stepped up when we had defensive linemen out last year,” Evans said. “Hopefully things he did last year will carry over.”

The fact that NSU failed to put pressure on opposing quarterbacks was noticeable to Pointer and his teammates. That, he said, is something that was addressed during spring practice.

“We’ll have Leo Gross and James Renfrow, who has been solid off the edge since I’ve been here,” Pointer said. “...I played with Gross during JUCO ball, and he’s talented at rushing the passer. We’re looking forward to him getting some sacks, and hopefully we can get me a couple.”

---

Follow @BenJohnsonTDP

Email at bjohnson@tahlequahdailypress.com

1
Text Only
Sports
  • James_Ethan-(12)-vs.#2CC63C.jpg Back on the line

    RiverHawks’ Ethan James returns to the line healthy and ready for 2014

    RiverHawks offensive lineman Ethan James will enter the 2014 season healthy – something the team, and James, were not in 2013.

    July 25, 2014 2 Photos

  • Sooners shifting several positions

    Experience comes from encountering the same things in the same ways over and over again. Oklahoma’s Geneo Grissom and Julian Wilson have that at defensive end and nickleback in bunches.
    However, both will be seeing new things when practice begins. Grissom is moving to outside linebacker. Wilson will be getting a look at cornerback as his senior season begins

    July 25, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Better police needed for college teams enticed to cheat

    The NCAA once cracked down on colleges that went too far luring top prospects, then it targeted teams that lathered players with special treatment. That was until the NCAA's get-tough approach backfired, rendering it ineffective and creating an opportunity for those who want to play dirty.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • BobBowlsby.jpg Media Week: Change is coming

    Changes are coming to college athletics.
    That was the theme of the state of the conference speech by Big 12 Conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby on the first day of Big 12 Football Media Days.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Peterson.jpg Cowboy quandary: OSU defense trying to replace seven starters

    A year after the best defensive team in the Mike Gundy era, the questions now surround how those few returning starters and second-year defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer can maintain that high level of efficiency.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Really one true champion?

    I decided to spare the colleagues in front of me – and myself from making a scene – by holding back flipping my table at the Big 12 Conference Football Media Days in Dallas.
    I had become exhausted by the constant use and misrepresentation by the Big 12 with their moniker of “One True Champion.” If they are going to live with the slogan, then they need to abide by that slogan.
    Perhaps its a simple case that they are keeping constant with the poor math of the 10-team Big 12 Conference.

    July 23, 2014

  • Hill expected to be used in multiple facets

    The picture became a little clearer recently of how Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year Tyreek Hill will be utilized in the Oklahoma State offense.
    And the picture is rather wide.

    July 23, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Expectations too high for a rehabbing Woods

    Tiger Woods finished near bottom last weekend at Royal Liverpool, drawing out his drought of major tournament wins. Despite the disappointing showing, Woods' return to form remains a matter of when, not if.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • shock pic.jpg Time to rest

    Shock beats San Antonio before entering All-Star break

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • McIlroy leads, Tiger Woods in contention after 1st day at British Open

    July 18, 2014

Poll

Do you believe school administrators and college presidents in Oklahoma are paid too much?

Strongly agree.
Somewhat agree.
Somewhat disagree.
Strongly disagree.
Undecided.
     View Results
Press Sports Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe
Stocks