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All-State football: Tulsa Union's Dalton Rodriguez decided to stay on defensive side

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE DEFENSIVE LINEMAN — Tulsa Union senior Dalton Rodriguez committed to Oklahoma in early May as an offensive tackle. But midway through this season, he started to realize how much he really preferred to remain on the defensive side.
by Jacob Unruh Published: December 23, 2012

“Just a couple of games were opportune times,” Tulsa Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. “I really feel like, of course you would have to ask opponents, but I really feel like that there were times where they had to know where he was.”

At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Rodriguez oftentimes has leverage few defensive ends possess, and that's what makes him special, according to Fridrich.

And his size projects well on both sides of the ball.

Tulsa Union, though, used him primarily on defense this season with the help of fellow Tulsa commit Blake Mejia moving from guard to tackle.

“I think that in our program we try to put the best guys on the field that we can,” Fridrich said. “Dalton has had a good career for us on the defensive line and to me I think his potential, we have just kind of scratched the surface.”

by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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