Jenks' Dylan Harding shines through injury-filled season

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — Despite the ailments, Dylan Harding finished with 59 tackles, one interception, one fumble recovery and seven pass breakups.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 5, 2014

— Throughout his high school career, Dylan Harding was rarely nervous before a game.

He now admits he was nervous before the Class 6A championship game against Tulsa Union last month — and for good reason.

The Jenks senior safety was dealing with one of many injuries he suffered during the season that limited him in practices and was worried he would hinder the Trojans.

But just like the first 13 games of the year, he played through it and played remarkably well to finish out a season in which he earned a spot on The Oklahoman's All-State football team.

“Once adrenaline pumped through, it took away some of (the pain),” said Harding, who is verbally committed to Oklahoma State. “It was worth it to go out there and play with some of my best friends and under some of the best coaches that I'll ever have.”

Harding, at 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, has a reputation for being a heavy hitter for the Trojans, but it was on offense that he suffered his first injury of the season in Week 1. He caught a touchdown pass against Euless Trinity (Texas) and landed on his back shoulder, separating it.

He later dealt with a stress fracture in his foot before hurting his back in the playoff opener against Owasso when he hit 6-foot-2, 205-pound receiver John Cole Neph.

by Jacob Unruh
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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