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All-State football: Stanvon Taylor a difference-maker for Tulsa East Central

ALL STATE OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR — Stanvon Taylor, who has committed to OU, was a huge weapon on defense, offense and special teams for Tulsa East Central.
by Scott Wright Published: December 23, 2012

It didn't start eating at Stanvon Taylor immediately.

When the Tulsa East Central star went down with a season-ending broken ankle in the first game of his junior season, he tried to stay positive.

“It was OK for awhile because I felt like the team was still doing pretty good without me,” Taylor said. “Then when the tougher games and the closer games came, it started hurting a lot more.

“I could've made the difference.”

Taylor proved he was a difference-maker this season, earning Oklahoman All-State Defensive Player of the Year honors for his performance.

Taylor, who has committed to Oklahoma, had 34 tackles and four interceptions on defense despite most teams avoiding throwing his way.

He was also a huge weapon on offense and special teams.

He caught 61 passes for 1,035 yards and 15 touchdowns, rushed for a pair of touchdowns, threw a pair of touchdown passes and returned a block kick for a touchdown.

“There's really not enough superlatives to say about him,” first-year Cardinals coach Bobby Klinck said. “He's a great athlete, a great person, a quiet leader. He never asked to be treated differently or that type of thing like sometimes great players ask for. He was just a pleasure to coach.”

The kind of impact Taylor would have for the Cardinals was apparent from the start of the season.

In a 53-31 win over Del City, Taylor had 183 yards and two touchdowns receiving, threw for another and had four punts that included a 65-yarder.

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by Scott Wright
A lifelong resident of the Oklahoma City metro area, Scott Wright has been on The Oklahoman staff since 2005, covering a little bit of everything on the state's sports scene. He has been a beat writer for football and basketball at Oklahoma and...
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