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Super 30: Muskogee finds a perfect spot for Tramal Ivy

Ivy's speed, size makes him a good fit at defensive end
by Jacob Unruh Published: July 18, 2013

MUSKOGEE — When Josh Blankenship took over in 2011 as Muskogee's football coach, he had no idea where Tramal Ivy fit with the Roughers.

Ivy was then a sophomore without a true position, but full of athleticism Muskogee needed on the field.

The first attempt was at tight end, where the Roughers hoped to utilize his 6-foot-4 frame and jumping ability already displayed on the basketball court. That ended quickly when Ivy failed to demonstrate the ability to catch the ball.

But then one day he was asked to line up at defensive end and go after the quarterback. The rest, as Blankenship put it, is history.

“He found his niche and got in the game,” Blankenship said. “For a sophomore to be in the game, they've obviously got to be special. So we put him in and he started making plays and it kind of got to the point where not a whole lot of people can block him.”

Ivy has turned into one of the state's top defensive ends and is rated No. 10 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for 2014.

However, he might still be missing a true position with Muskogee this season. Blankenship said he intends to move Ivy around from defensive end to linebacker to even free safety as part of an unconventional 3-3 scheme.

“I'm one of the fastest guys on the defense so I just scrape off the edge because a lot of teams against us run a sweep,” Ivy said. “They want me scraping the edge because I'm the unblocked man so I can make plays.

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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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