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Oklahoman All-State football capsules

BY RYAN ABER, SCOTT WRIGHT AND JASON KERSEY, Staff Writers Published: January 1, 2012
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Daniel Schwarz, Lawton MacArthur

Senior kicker

College choice: Committed to Tulsa, but also considering LSU, Alabama, Texas, OU and OSU.

This season: One of the state's most sought-after recruits, Schwarz made 8 of 18 field goals as a senior with a long of 47 yards (made career long of 54 as a junior) and hit all 65 of his PAT tries. Better than 90 percent of his kickoffs went for touchbacks. He committed to Tulsa in June, but has since received scholarship offers from several of the country's top programs.

Jesse Vester, Stillwater

Senior kick returner

College choice: Undecided

This season: Vester had 1,125 yards receiving and 15 total TDs as a senior. He was a threat to score every time he had the ball in his hands because of his speed and athleticism.

Patrick Diaz, Lawton

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided, receiving interest from Division I schools including Wyoming.

This season: Diaz had 108 tackles and a 6A-best 17 sacks. Also a state-qualifier in wrestling, Diaz started 37 games during his career and Wolverines coach Randy Breeze said he never had a bad game. He finished with 196 tackles and 25 sacks during his time at Lawton.

Quintaz Struble, Heritage Hall

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided

This season: Struble, who is getting NCAA Division I interest, suffered a torn MCL during the regular-season finale against Kingfisher and didn't play at all in the playoffs. But he was a force when healthy, recording 62 tackles and eight sacks.

Zac Veatch, Broken Arrow

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Committed to OSU

This season: Veatch, who said he expects to play both ways at OSU, saw his offensive role turn into more of a blocking one as a senior, so his receiving stats at tight end were diminished. But on defense, he was a force in the playoffs, when he recorded 13 tackles (eight unassisted), two sacks and a blocked kick.

D.J. Ward, Lawton

Junior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided, offers include OU, OSU, Texas A&M, Oregon State, Baylor, Kansas State and Texas Tech.

This season: Ward, widely considered the top prospect in the state for 2013, had 75 tackles and 11 sacks in teaming up with fellow All-State defensive end Patrick Diaz. Ward had 4.6 speed, a 30-inch vertical and benches 335 pounds.

Landry Chappell, Guthrie

Senior linebacker

College choice: Signed with OSU for wrestling

This season: Chappell ends a remarkable football career as Guthrie's all-time leading tackler. He racked up 164 tackles and 12 sacks as a senior for the 5A champion Bluejays.

Zeke Lewis, Midwest City

Senior linebacker

College choice: Undecided, receiving interest from state Division II schools and some Division I schools.

This season: Lewis led Class 6A in tackles with 169 and had six sacks and an interception. For his career, the 5-foot-9 Lewis had 354 tackles and 11 sacks. Bombers coach Steve Huff called Lewis — on a team that included fellow All-Staters James Flanders and Ricky Reeves — the fastest player on his team.

Blace Walser, Tulsa Union

Senior linebacker

College choice: Undecided, considering multiple Division I-AA and Division II programs.

This season: Walser recorded 164 tackles in helping the Redskins to their fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship. Playing since he was a freshman, Walser became Union's career leader for tackles with 477. He also holds the school's single-game (21) and season tackle records (164).

Adam Boyd, McAlester

Senior defensive back

College choice: Committed to Tulsa

This season: A two-way standout for the Buffs, Boyd found multiple ways to impact the game. He logged 85 tackles from his defensive back position, caught 61 passes for 1,189 yards (19.5 yards per catch) with seven touchdowns, and rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns on 26 attempts.

Levi Copelin, Broken Arrow

Senior defensive back

College choice: Committed to Houston

This season: Copelin impacted the game in all areas as a senior. He intercepted eight passes, blocked four kicks and scored 12 total touchdowns as a receiver, defender and returner.

Ricky Reeves, Midwest City

Senior defensive back

College choice: Undecided, receiving interest from Colorado State, Iowa State and North Texas.

This season: Reeves had 61 tackles, a sack and six interceptions as a senior. He also saw time at running back and ran for three touchdowns and caught a pair of touchdown passes. For his career, Reeves had 155 tackles and 14 interceptions.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Kevin Peterson, Wagoner

Senior defensive back

College choice: Committed to OU.

This season: Peterson's defensive numbers weren't eye-popping — 42 tackles and three interceptions — but that's largely because offenses avoided going Peterson's way when they could. He rushed for 1,621 yards and 25 touchdowns, had three receiving touchdowns and returned a punt and a kick for a score. In the Class 4A title game against Clinton, Peterson ran for 246 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Tony Kiefer, McAlester

Senior punter

College choice: Undecided, considering NCAA Division II and junior-college programs.

This season: Kiefer averaged better than 36 yards per punt, but did most of his damage at quarterback. He guided the Buffs to the Class 5A semifinals to cap off a season in which he threw for 3,523 yards with 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He rushed for 1,457 yards and 27 touchdowns. In doing so, he surpassed 12,000 total yards for his career.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Troy Bullard, Shattuck

This season: Shattuck has been the top dog in Class C for most of the last decade but wasn't among the favorites this year. But after a midseason loss to Sharon-Mutual, the Indians bounced back to win out. Bullard had decided to make this season his last, taking a job outside of coaching, but the Indians — after learning of the decision during the playoffs — stayed focused to win their seventh title in nine seasons, all under Bullard.


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