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Midwest City's Carlos Freeman loves the challenge of the offensive line

Super 30 — Freeman, who has offers from Utah State and Dartmouth so far, looking to improve after knee surgery.
by Scott Wright Modified: July 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm •  Published: July 8, 2012
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The offseason has been a roller coaster for Freeman, who missed some time after surgery to repair a torn meniscus suffered at the state wrestling tournament.

Not knowing he had suffered the tear, Freeman finished the tournament, finishing third. Then next week, he took fourth at state in powerlifting. Then he went to get the knee checked out and learned he needed surgery.

He came back from his time off at 310 pounds, and only had a couple of days to work out before a camp at Tulsa. The knee wasn't a problem, but he felt he was out of shape, so he has been focused on getting his body back in condition.

“I was 310 about four weeks ago, and I'm trying to get back down to about 290,” he said. “I'm at 295 right now, and I'm a lot stronger than I was last year. I feel a lot more comfortable now. This is the easiest weight for me to hit guys and do some damage.”

Still, speed is his biggest focus as he tries to prepare himself for the next level.

“Speed and explosion, the same things I've been focused on forever,” he said. “I want to be able to move better laterally. It's tough with a running back running a 4.4 (40-yard dash) and a lineman running a 5.0. I'm always telling our running back, Qualon Johnson, that I'm trying to get faster for him.

“I'm trying to make it where I can be the best in whatever position coaches want to put me in.”

by Scott Wright
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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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The Oklahoman's Super 30

No. 14

Name: Carlos Freeman

School: Midwest City

Height: 6-3

Weight: 295

Position: Offensive line

Offers: Utah State and Dartmouth, with interest from Missouri, Tulsa, Arkansas State, Colorado State, Iowa State and New Mexico.

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