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October 29, 2011

Northwest coach credits Tatum for coaching success

Early in Northwest Missouri State’s 0-11 football season in 1994, a redshirt freshman offensive lineman lobbied with his position coach Bart Tatum about moving into the starting lineup.

“I was a walk-on at the time,” Adam Dorrel said. “We weren’t very good. I was a very competitive person, and I didn’t foresee the guys in front of me being better than me. I told him that and asked him to give me a chance.

“He gave me a chance. The third game of the season at Truman State, I made my first start, and I got killed. But he always believed in me.

“He’s a guy I wanted to play hard for. He believed in me, and I wanted to reciprocate that on Saturdays. He’s a guy I never wanted to let down.”

“Adam does not possess a lot of physical prowess, but he’s a very tough individual and a student of the game of football,” Tatum said. “He was always like that. He was a fun guy to coach without question.

“He’s 5-foot-10 and played tackle at the college level and ultimately became an All-American, so that tells you a little bit about his work ethic and his commitment to the game.”

The coach and player compete against each other today when Missouri Southern, coached by Tatum, faces Northwest Missouri State, coached by Dorrel, at Fred G. Hughes Stadium.

“I credit Bart for me being where I am today,” Dorrel said. “I consider Bart a great friend of mine and a mentor. Between him and Mel (Tjeerdsma, former Bearcats head coach) and Scott (Bostwick, former Bearcats assistant), all those guys took care of me, treated me like family and taught me a lot.

“I learned a lot about recruiting from Bart, and on the offensive line, he was a great, great football coach.

“We weren’t very good in the line and he was getting guys to do more than what they were capable of doing. That’s the sign of a good coach. He got a lot out of us.”

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