Defensive Player of Year
Tramal Ivy played on a team that won just three games, but there was little he didn’t do in helping gain those victories.
He set a school record with 19 sacks, capping it in the season finale against Bixby with four. He finished 77 tackles, and played just about everywhere on the Muskogee defense — strong safety, linebacker and defensive end.
Last weekend, he was on the field for the Blue-Grey All-American Game at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, the first Rougher to be selected for a national-level all-star game since Jameel Owens in 2008.
He learned how to be a receiver over the off-season and became a playmaker at tight end, scoring six touchdowns on 14 catches for 546 yards. Sixth in the MVP voting, Ivy gets the nod as the All-Phoenix Large School Defensive Player of the Year.
“It validates what we feel about him at Muskogee and it’s a neat deal when others recognize it,” said Muskogee coach Josh Blankenship, who called Ivy the most recruited athlete he’s ever coached.
“Our MVP, no question about it. His dominance was undeniable if you ever watched him.”
Added Ivy: “I always wanted to be an MVP of something but this is a dream. I’m (considered) the best of all these from a defensive standpoint and there’s a lot of good players who were on teams that had better years.
“We finished strong (winning their final two games). I tried to be the motor for our team.”
His motor has had Blankenship’s phone ringing.
“I’ve gotten calls from practically every Division I school and its spanned from Washington State to Florida State,” he said.
He’ll likely go the junior college route.
“He’ll get bigger, better, stronger and then transfer, then I think the sky is the limit for him,” Blankenship said.