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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

Dalton Rodriguez always preferred defense.

The Tulsa Union senior, a member of The Oklahoman All-State team, 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.

Recently, he changed his commitment to Tulsa, where he is expected to be a defensive end.

“I like attacking,” Rodriguez said. “I can't really protect. I like to hit the people, not trying to stop the people from hitting me. I don't know, it's just my mentality, I guess.”

It's a mentality that's worked out well for Tulsa Union during his tenure.

The Redskins won three straight state championships until this season when they lost to rival and eventual state champion Jenks in the semifinals.

“I think from last year's team to this year's team, a lot of key parts of last year's team they left so we had to fill key parts and I think we grew,” Rodriguez said. “We were good, but I don't know what happened; we fumbled up, I guess.”

Rodriguez, though, had a banner season, recording 79 tackles and nine sacks. He also came through in crucial moments, recording four sacks against Sand Springs and two against Jenks in the teams' first matchup.

by Jacob Unruh
Reporter
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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