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Sept. 12th Outstanding Student Athlete: Osceola's Zach Oakley

By Carl Deffenbaugh
Published On: Sep 11 2013 11:00:00 PM CDT

Penn quarterback Zach Oakley is the WSBT & Burger King Outstanding Student Athlete of the week.

OSCEOLA -

Like a lot of guys, Zach Oakley's weekends are centered on football.

"Sundays kind of have a tradition," Oakley explains. "Eat wings with my father and family and watch a little football. It's all about football, I guess."

For Oakley, yes it is. He has a future on the college gridiron but currently stars as the senior quarterback for Penn. He leads a program that has outscored opponents 130-7 over the first three weeks.

"All of our guys are hard working. We've had some new guys at new positions who have really adapted well," said Oakley. "Our running backs have run hard. Our wide receivers are catching the ball. I just think it's all starting to come together."

Oakley was in a two-quarterback system as a sophomore before taking over as the full-time starter last year. He has always been an explosive runner.

"But the thing that he's improved the most on is his vision on the field as a passer," said Kingsmen head coach Cory Yeoman. "Understanding the passing game, understanding coverages, understanding his reads and his check downs. He's just continued to improve and improve on that."

In fact, he's already matched his 2012 total with four touchdown passes this year.

Oakley was recruited by a number of Big Ten and MAC schools before verbally committing to Central Michigan in the spring.

"Playing college football, that was a goal I've had since I was a little kid," said Oakley. "When the opportunity came up, they told me 'Hey, I want you to play quarterback.' It just felt right."

"It was more of a validation of all the hard work. All the hours you put in to this sport that I obviously love. It was also a relief. I just get to go out here and start playing."

Through all the success, he has stayed hungry. No matter how many wings he puts away on Sundays.