Oklahoma high school football: Why Davenport's Carson Funk is nicknamed 'Slash' by his coaching staff
DAVENPORT — Carson Funk is not the prototypical athlete.
While many high school football athletes play at most one position on each side of the ball, Funk happens to offer more for his team.
“Slash” is the nickname Davenport coach John Greenfield gave his star senior. And for one reason.
Funk plays so many different positions for the Bulldogs that Greenfield has a hard time classifying him under one role.
“He’s slash quarterback, slash running back and receiver if we need him,” Greenfield said, laughing. “He also punts for us.”
Funk's punting services weren't needed much on Friday night as his offensive versatility was on full display.
Funk rushed 32 times for 311 yards and four touchdowns while also completing eight of 10 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown. He proved to be the driving force in Davenport’s 40-20 win over Broken Arrow Summit Christian in the third round of the Class B state playoffs.
For his performance, The Oklahoman’s staff has named Funk its Player of the Week.
“He’s an athlete,” Greenfield said of the 5(-foot)-10, 170-pound senior. “And he has great vision, he’ll get trapped back there between three or four guys and he has an act of getting loose and going.”
Midway through Friday’s playoff game, Funk moved from quarterback to running back and immediately showed his elusiveness. He broke for an 80-yard touchdown run for his second score of the game. On his longest run of the night, Funk's athleticism was on full display as he outran the Summit Chrisitan defense.
“We were running a power off the right side, and he really didn’t have to break much,” Greenfield said. “We were blocking down and kicking out and they stunted their backers inside and he almost had a cakewalk.”
As a freshman, Funk earned varsity playing time. He then moved into the starting role as a sophomore, where he played wide receiver and defensive back. Since then, he’s served wherever he’s been needed to help the team succeed.
His versatility has helped Davenport record a 10-1 record this season as the Bulldogs average 53.1 points per game.
“He handles it real well,” Greenfield said of Funk’s ability to frequently switch positions. “He’s been a steady hand for us all year. He does whatever you need him to do.”