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July 3, 2014

Ironhead returns to familiar spot in defensive line

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2. Shane Philpott,

Sequoyah, 6-1, 255, Sr., DT

“He’s got bigger and stronger and more of an impact guy on defense although he’s good on the offensive front too,” said Indians coach Shane Richardson. “We’ll move him around because of his athletic ability. He can play a defensive end when we’re in a 3-4. UCO is interested in him.

3. Michael Rosales, Fort Gibson, 5-11, 225, Sr., DT

“Ultimately the defensive line sets the entire tone for the defense. Rosales sets the tempo. He gets great penetration and is rarely blocked one on one if ever,” Tigers coach James Singleton said. “He’s done a great job developing his leverage and violent hand play.Those two things may be his greatest assets.”

4. Andrew Sands,

Checotah, 6-1, 250,  Jr., NG/DT

“He’s very athletic and actually is in the battle for our quarterback job,” Checotah coach Chad Hendricks said. “When he’s on defense, he’ll have you double team him and he’ll still make plays.”

5. Dominique Pulse, Checotah, 6-3, 200, Sr., DE

Missed three games due to an ankle injury but should seize the attention that DeMarco Patterson did at that spot a year ago.

“He’ll be a disruptive force on the outside,” Hendricks said. “He’s very athletic.”

6. Kevin Chew, Vian, 6-1, 180, Sr., DE

Had 77 total tackles and four sacks in 2013.

“Relentless as a pass rusher,” Vian coach Brandon Tyler said. “He’ll give you 100 percent and chase people down. Being a one-way player he’ll be on the field the whole time defensively.”

7. Joshua Medrano, Muskogee, 6-3, 210, Sr., DE

There may be others that have a better skill set, but attitude is what MHS defensive coordinator David Heath says makes Medrano, who played opposite All-Phoenix Defensive Player of the Year Tramal Ivy and had 41 tackles, 24 solo and four for losses.

“He’s a coach’s kid, he’s there every day, he works his butt off and he’s someone you can count on,” he said. “He’s quick off the ball and he’s a good technician. You show him something, he’s going to do what you show him.”

8. Zack Jones, Warner,

6-2, 175, Sr., DE

He had 37 tackles, 27 solo, and nine for losses as a junior nose tackle.

“He showed us some quickness and I think he’ll be one of the best linemen in our district this year,” Eagles coach Mike Burdge said. “He’s got as good a work ethic as anyone I’ve been around coaching-wise.”

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