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Lance Manning eyeing quick turnaround for Edmond Santa Fe

By Jason Kersey, Staff Writer, Modified: August 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011

— Edmond Santa Fe went 1-9 last season, but the Wolves return lots of talent this season and have a new coach.

Former Norman North coach Lance Manning took the Santa Fe job in January and feels like a quick turnaround is very possible.

“We're really excited,” Manning said. “Things are going really well. I think that we've advanced probably as good or better than we thought we would. Guys are really smart football players; they've picked up on everything we've installed.”

The Wolves return four starters on each side of the ball.

Manning's Wolves will run a spread offense directed on-field by sophomore quarterback Justice Hansen, who the coach said is mature beyond his years.

“He's a special kid to work with,” Manning said of Hansen, who is 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds. “He's got the obvious tools. He's mature for a sophomore; I have to remind myself sometimes that he is a sophomore.”

Senior defensive end and receiver Michael Onuoha, Division I prospect, said of Hansen: “Our quarterback is great. He's young, but when he puts his mind to anything he can do it.”

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