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Oklahoma Preseason Top 10
1. Jenks Trojans
One of the state’s premier powerhouse programs is loaded again. The Trojans are strong on defense with a secondary that includes Steven Parker and Dylan Harding. But coach Allan Trimble’s offense will be looking for playmakers to step into primary roles.
2. Tulsa Union Redskins
The Redskins have combined with Jenks to win every Class 6A state championship since 1996, and this year doesn’t look to be any different, with Union trying to take the title back.
3. Broken Arrow Tigers
Broken Arrow has the most Division I talent in the state, but the Tigers have to make it count on the field. Quarterback Coleman Key and running back Devon Thomas lead the high-powered offense.
4. Owasso Rams
Owasso must replace talented leader Jaylen Lowe at quarterback, but the Rams have several other tools to work with.
5. Edmond Santa Fe Wolves
The Wolves return several pieces of a strong offense, starting with quarterback and Oklahoma commit Justice Hansen.
6. Edmond North Huskies
The Huskies return a powerful run game, led by 210-pound Arizona State commit Michael Farmer, who averaged 8.8 yards per carry.
7. Norman North Timberwolves
The Timberwolves reached the Class 6A finals last fall, but they’ll have some holes to fill, particularly on defense.
8. Carl Albert Titans (Midwest City)
The Titans won the 5A title behind quarterback Stevie Thompson, who rushed for 1,926 yards and 36 touchdowns as a junior.
9. Lawton Wolverines
With overpowering linemen on both sides of the ball, the Wolverines should bounce back after missing the postseason in 2012.
10. McAlester Buffaloes
The Buffaloes rebounded from an 0-3 start to reach the 5A semifinals and return much of the starting lineup.
Five Can't Miss Matchups
9.13 – Jenks vs. Union
The state’s most noted rivalry is set for the second week of the season at the University of Tulsa.
10.4 – Carl Albert at Bishop McGuinness
Carl Albert avenged last year’s midseason loss in a Class 5A semifinal showdown.
10.11 – Clinton vs. Anadarko
This is a budding rivalry. Clinton won the meeting in the 2012 Class 4A state championship game.
10.11 – Broken Arrow at Jenks
The winner is likely in the district driver’s seat, and no other game in the state will put as many Division I prospects on the field.
11.8 – Tuttle at Blanchard
Defending Class 3A champion Blanchard’s only loss last year was at rival Tuttle, so plenty will be riding on this Week 10 matchup.
2013 Preseason Offensive Player of the Year
Justice Hansen, QB, Edmond Santa Fe
Senior, 6-3, 200
Hansen completed 58.2 percent of his passes (185-of-318) with 36 touchdowns and only nine interceptions last year while showing his ability to run the ball effectively as well. In his senior season, Hansen and the Wolves will try to snap Jenks’ and Union’s 6A championship dominance.
2013 Preseason Defensive Player of the Year
Deondre Clark, DE, Douglass (Oklahoma City)
Senior, 6-3, 240
Clark had 22 sacks last year to set the Douglass single-season record, regularly overpowering the Class 4A offensive linemen he faced each week. His speed and power made him a national recruit. This year, he’ll try to help the Trojans end a two-year run of first-round playoff exits.
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