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Edmond Santa Fe: A more confident Keaton Torre returns to lead Wolves at QB

Keaton Torre said mobility was his primary focus during the offseason. He knows he won’t possess the breakout speed Justice Hansen possessed, but he no longer feels like he will be a liability.
by Jacob Unruh Published: August 11, 2014


photo - Edmond Santa Fe's Keaton Torre throws a pass during the teams first practice of the season in Edmond, Friday  August  11, 2014. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman
Edmond Santa Fe's Keaton Torre throws a pass during the teams first practice of the season in Edmond, Friday August 11, 2014. Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman

— There was a noticeable difference in the way Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Keaton Torre carried himself Monday morning.

Sure, he’s 3 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than his sophomore season at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds.

But it’s Torre’s confidence that stood out during the Wolves’ first practice of the season as he talked with teammates, went through drills and completed passes.

It’s one of the best signs for Edmond Santa Fe after he played to mixed results the final six games of last season replacing star quarterback Justice Hansen because of an injury. Torre credits that experience for his improvement both physically and mentally.

“Getting that experience under my belt, I’m not coming into the season timid or tempted to be scared,” he said. “It was a great learning experience. I took everything out of that and I’m just going to take it to the season and get better on it.”

Torre completed 65 percent of his passes, throwing for 1,297 yards and nine touchdowns. He even earned a scholarship offer this summer from Louisville, where he spent the past weekend alongside Westmoore star receiver and Louisville commitment Dahu Green.

But Torre also threw six interceptions and showed limited mobility in the pocket that often hindered the Wolves.

“We were worried about how we were going to hide his speed last year compared to what we were used to day-to-day with Justice,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “Now, we’re not so concerned about that. We’re comfortable with his ability to run the football, run the offense and keep things similar to the way they’ve been in the past. Not only that, his arm strength’s as good as anybody I’ve ever coached.”

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by Jacob Unruh
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Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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