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Carl Albert's Robert Lolofie makes his mark on both sides of the ball

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — Robert Lolofie never really wanted to be a two-way player. He was perfectly content at defensive end. But a couple games into his junior season, help was needed on the offensive line.
by Scott Wright Published: January 4, 2014

It's almost hard to wrap your head around the words.

“The best, two-way starting lineman I've had,” coach Gary Rose wrote on his All-State nomination form for Carl Albert senior Robert Lolofie. “Effort, technique, toughness — he has it all on both sides of the ball.”

Think about all the talented linemen who have played for Rose over the years. Sure, not all of them were needed or asked to play both ways. But the volume of the statement is still strong.

Funny thing is, Lolofie never really wanted to be a two-way player. He was perfectly content at defensive end, where he had earned a starting job as a junior. But a couple games into that season, help was needed on the offensive line, and Rose plugged him in.

Now, the 6-foot-2, 250-pound Lolofie is an Oklahoman All-State selection on the offensive line.

“Practice was always rough,” Lolofie said with a laugh. “Especially playing in the trenches, it's more physically demanding. But I've never played wide receiver or quarterback, so I wouldn't know personally. I feel like it would be a little bit rougher.

“I was able to stay healthy. I was blessed for that. I was in a fatigued daze after every game. I wouldn't wish it on anyone.

“But football is fun, so it was worth it.”

Lolofie finished with 62 tackles and two sacks in his senior season, and played a key role blocking for the Titan offense.

Snow College in Utah is recruiting Lolofie as a defensive lineman. BYU, Utah State and Oklahoma Baptist are among the other programs actively recruiting him.

And if he gets his choice, defense is where he'd rather be.

“Pursuit is a little more fun than protection,” he said.

by Scott Wright
Reporter
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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