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All-State football: Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen lives up to expectations

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE PUNTER — Big things were expected of Justice Hansen this season. He lived up to those expectations, improving in every facet of the game and helping the Wolves to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 23, 2012

Big things were expected of Justice Hansen this season.

After throwing for more than 2,500 yards as a sophomore, the Edmond Santa Fe quarterback seemed poised for a breakout season.

He lived up to those expectations, improving in every facet of the game and helping the Wolves to the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.

Hansen was also Santa Fe's punter, averaging nearly 36 yards per punt.

Hansen is on The Oklahoman's All-State team as a punter, though it was his performance at quarterback that most stood out.

“It's been unbelievable watching him progress,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “He's a great kid who does things right. The players believe in him.”

Hansen improved his passing more than 500 yards (to 3,079), threw 11 more touchdowns (for 36) and, perhaps most importantly ran for 773 yards, nearly 250 more yards than he did a year ago.

His improved running was a focus during the offseason.

“Absolutely,” Hansen said. “It helps keep defenses off balanced. They can't come into a game 100 percent focused on one thing I do.”

Hansen's favorite receiver, Trevan Smith, benefitted plenty from Hansen's improved legs.

“It opens up everything more,” Smith said. “Once he starts running, they start creeping up and he'll go right over the top.”

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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