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All-State football: Sam Noble declines Oklahoma walk-on invite to play for Central Oklahoma

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN — Sam Noble recorded 47 pancake blocks and made 50 tackles this season to help lead Oologah to the playoffs.
by Ed Godfrey Published: December 23, 2012

/articleid/3740057/1/pictures/1913728">Photo - All-State high school football player Sam Noble of Oologah poses for a photo in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman
All-State high school football player Sam Noble of Oologah poses for a photo in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 17, 2012. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

“He is a mauler. He stays after it,” Oologah coach Brandon Craig said. “He can go one-on-one matchups all night long. He has great footwork and runs a decent 40 time.

“He is a kid that can move well and he can move laterally really well. He can move side to side great.”

Noble also is a wrestler. Craig thinks that has helped him learn to use his hands to stay balanced and gain leverage on opposing linemen.

“The things he can do with his hands to manipulate the defense is key,” Craig said.

Noble is going to skip wrestling his senior season and stay in the weight room to prepare for college football.

“If I could play football every day of my life I would,” Noble said. “That's what's going to get me through college.”

Noble said he was surprised by the All-State selection.

“It's a great honor to be named with a lot of these guys,” he said.

by Ed Godfrey
Copy Editor, Outdoors Editor, Rodeo, River Sports Reporter
Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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