Former Sooner Josh Norman on going far beyond player development

Former Sooner Josh Norman on going far beyond player development

In the Trenches with Sam Mayes: On this Fields & Futures episode, Josh Norman explains why OU’s SOUL Mission is more than a fun tagline. It’s a philosophy of preparing young men for their futures.

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By Sellout Crowd Network

| Jan 23, 2024, 3:30pm CST

Sellout Crowd Network

By Sellout Crowd Network

Jan 23, 2024, 3:30pm CST

From the outside, player development is most commonly viewed through the lens of film study, weight training and practice repetitions.  Through OU’s SOUL Mission program, the Sooners are extending the concept of player development far beyond football.

On this special Fields & Futures episode of In the Trenches, Josh Norman, the director of SOUL Mission, a former Sooner football player and high school coach, joins Sam Mayes to discuss the vision and impact of SOUL (Serving Our Common Legacy) Mission.

Episode highlights:

0:30 Fields & Futures’ impact on athletic fields

3:13 The community impact of Fields and Futures

4:23 OU’s transition to the SEC

7:42 An overview of OU’s SOUL Mission

11:58 The role of service and mentorship

Producers: Jacquelyn Musgrove, Michael Martin

Creative Director: Michael Lane

Social media team: Bobby Howard

Director of Content: Mike Sherman

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