Injuries plaguing top OKPreps QBs

OU quarterback commit Justice Hansen

What should have been dream seasons for Scout 300 quarterbacks Justice Hansen and David Cornwell has been anything but because of injuries.

This was supposed to be the year of the quarterback in Oklahoma. The state has two Scout 300 prospects in Norman (Okla.) North's David Cornwell, committed to Alabama, and Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe's Justice Hansen, pledged to Oklahoma.

The two squared off in a high-profile scrimmage in August that was cut short by injury. Cornwell injured his ankle, while Hansen wasn't 100 percent with a hamstring injury.

Now seven weeks into the regular season, and the state could be without either of them for an extended period of time.

There is no question about Cornwell. He suffered a torn ACL two weeks ago, has had surgery and is done for the season. He's cheering for the Timberwolves but also focusing on being with the Crimson Tide.

Hansen is still to be decided. He injured his ankle last week and spent the second half on crutches. But Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said it's not as bad as it first appeared.

"He's doing OK," Manning said. "He could return to practice this week and might be able to play this week. We'll just have to see how he progresses."

Cornwell will finish the season 114-of-187 for 1,445 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Hansen, to this point, has thrown for eight touchdowns and rushed for 12 more.

The state also includes Broken Arrow (Okla.) High three-star prospect Coleman Key. Committed to Colorado State, Key has the Tigers out to a 5-2 start with losses only coming to the top two schools in the state in Jenks and Tulsa Union.

Key has shown a lot of improvement from last season and has already thrown for 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He is 130-of-203 for 1,357 yards.

Both Edmond Santa Fe and Norman North have suitable backups and Edmond Santa Fe might have the best in-state quarterback prospect of 2016 in their back pocket.

Keaton Torre has thrown for three touchdowns in two games this season and the Wolves will no doubt rely on Torre if Hansen cannot go.

"I've told you before, but Keaton is going to be a great one for us," Manning said. "He is getting there, and we won't change our offense much when he's out there."

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