Edmond Santa Fe QB Justice Hansen could have starred at Shattuck but instead is on bigger stage
FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS - Hansen, who is the son of former Oklahoma baseball player Dusty Hansen, could have been playing eight-man ball in Shattuck, where his uncle Troy Bullard and grandfather Jarel Hansen coached. Instead, he is in the spotlight of Class 6A.
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Hansen gets more than just handling the recruiting grind.
“I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice to be honest with you,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “People wondered after last year as a sophomore if he was going to be able to duplicate that. A lot of times it doesn't happen, but I think he's well surpassed that, physically and mentally.”
In helping the Wolves to a 9-1 regular season, Hansen has thrown for 2,545 yards and 32 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He's also ran for 670 yards and 12 scores.
“He's so much better of an athlete than I was,” Dusty said. “Plus, he's got the height. He's one of those kids that's kind of a self motivator. You don't have to tell him to do anything, he does it himself. He's driven by his own ambitions.”
Hansen also clicked almost immediately with Manning when he arrived from Norman North two years ago.
“He works with you through a lot of stuff rather than just sit there and tell you what to do,” Hansen said. “It's one thing for someone to tell you to do something, but it's another when they sit there and explain it and show you why you're doing something.”
The learning goes both ways between the two.