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All-State football: Kimmie Carson changes his approach, sees results

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE LINEBACKER — Kimmie Carson had 130 tackles and a pair of interceptions to help lead the Cardinals to the Class 5A state title game. Things really started developing for Carson just before the regular season began.
by Ryan Aber Published: December 23, 2012

When he arrived at Tulsa East Central in mid-May, Cardinals coach Bobby Klinck could see the raw skills in linebacker Kimmie Carson.

“I could tell he definitely had some physical tools,” Klinck said. “You could tell he liked to strike people.”

What needed developing was the way Carson approached the game away from Friday nights.

Klinck got through to Carson, and the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder became a force on the East Central defense.

Carson had 130 tackles and a pair of interceptions to help lead the Cardinals to the Class 5A state title game before falling to Carl Albert.

Carson earned Oklahoman All-State honors at linebacker.

Things really started developing for Carson just before the regular season began.

“What we tried to do with him was work on the way you read as a linebacker,” Klinck said. “When we were at the city tournament up in Tulsa right before the season, and it clicked with him. ‘Hey, if I read this, this helps me out a little bit more.' From that point on, he became a student of the game.”

Instead of waiting for Klinck and the rest of the coaches to post film or go over it with him before practice, Carson started seeking out study time.

It wasn't unusual for Klinck to get a call or text in the middle of the night asking if that week's film had been posted so Carson could get to work.

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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