Being the son of the head football coach can have its disadvantages, but for Clinton offensive lineman Grant Lee, it's been a blessing.
“My biggest influence was my dad (Clinton coach Mike Lee),” Grant Lee said. “He has always pushed me to be as good as player as I can be and he's always taught me to respect my opponent.
“He's taught me to play hard, and him being my coach, I always work a little harder than everyone else.”
Only a junior, the 6-3, 3-5-pound Lee was named an offensive lineman on The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State football team.
Lee anchored an offensive line that produced holes for Clinton sophomore tailback Marquiz Simpkins, and was a big reason the Red Tornadoes won the Class 4A state title.
“It was a great season,” Lee said. “We worked hard all year. There were a lot of people who doubted us, but we won it all by working hard.”
Lee didn't practice the final two weeks of the playoffs because of the ankle injury, but answered the call during the semifinal win over Ada and in the state championship game against Anadarko.
“I love the physicality part of (football), just being able to bang around with people is pretty fun,” he said. “I take pride in being able to beat the guy over me.”
Lee was a two-way player for the Red Tornadoes, also starting at defensive tackle. He's been a starter at both offensive and defensive tackle the last two seasons. He was a part-time starter on the offensive line as a freshman.
“He is pretty good on both sides,” said Mike Lee. “He is physical and chases the ball and makes plays.”
Mike Lee said it's not been difficult coaching his own son.
“I don't have to say a whole lot to him,” he said. “He goes pretty hard on his own.”