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Heupel appeals for food for needy

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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Oklahoma quarterback Josh Heupel would like to see Sooner fans score some big points this week _ with Norman's needy.

Heupel on Tuesday asked the media who have reported on his exploits all season to publicize a food drive being held Saturday in conjunction with Oklahoma's game against Texas Tech.

Last year, he said, he and his teammates were able to put together about 15 baskets for distribution at Thanksgiving.

``We were able to get some Thanksgiving baskets for some kids who aren't as blessed as a lot of us here in the city of Norman and more importantly here inside the program,'' he said. ``We want to share that blessing with them and give them happy holidays.''

The football program, Norman Public Schools and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes are working together on this year's drive. The goal is to help at least 200 local families who will be designated by principals at Norman elementary schools.

There will be dropoff locations near gates 1, 7, 19 and 44 at Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Canned food items will be accepted at those spots until kickoff. Canned goods also will be accepted at the three Norman Wright's IGA grocery stores until Nov. 21.

``If everybody participates, we feel that we can reach a lot of people not only at Thanksgiving, but at the Christmas season as well,'' Heupel said.

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