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All-State football: Brandon Waggoner's toughness, understanding of the game key for Jenks

OKLAHOMAN ALL-STATE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN — On the football field, Brandon Waggoner is one of the toughest linemen you'll come across. Waggoner helped open holes for running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e, the all-time leading rusher in Jenks history.
by Scott Wright Published: December 23, 2012

JENKS — There's a clear distinction between life and football for Jenks lineman Brandon Waggoner.

Life is where he had to watch his mother fight brain cancer for a year before her eventual death in August 2011.

“Having overcome the things he's overcome, football's no big deal, as far as stress. It's more of a release for him,” Jenks coach Allan Trimble said. “Brandon was the ornery one of the bunch on that offensive line. We liked his attitude, because he was such a gritty kid.

“We think that comes from him going through a lot with his mother's illness and eventual passing. He's had to overcome a lot of things.”

On the football field, Waggoner, 6-foot-1, 270 pounds, is one of the toughest linemen you'll come across. An Oklahoman All-State selection as an offensive lineman, Waggoner helped open holes for running back Trey'Vonne Barr'e, the all-time leading rusher in Jenks history.

But his mental understanding of the game was as valuable as his physical toughness, especially in the state championship game.

“Norman North brought some different blitzes that we weren't used to with (Oklahoman All-State linebacker) Jordan Evans,” Trimble said. “Brandon was able to help us get into a different protection where our running back didn't have to block him all the time, because that's not a good deal for us.”

by Scott Wright
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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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