Oklahoman All-State football first team

Find out more about the players on The Oklahoman's 2012 All-State first team.
BY RYAN ABER, ED GODFREY, JACOB UNRUH AND SCOTT WRIGHT Published: December 23, 2012
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College choice: Central Oklahoma.

This season: Noble had 50 pancake blocks on offense plus 50 tackles and five sacks as defensive tackle. Oklahoma invited Noble to walk on, but he decided to go to UCO.

Sinue Rodriguez, Sallisaw

Junior kicker

College choice: Undecided, but considering Tulsa.

This season: A soccer-style kicker, Rodriguez booted a career best 55-yard field in Sallisaw's first-round playoff loss to Wagoner. He was 8 of 11 on field goals this season and consistently placed his kickoffs in the end zone. Rodriquez also is the team's punter, averaging 40 yards per punt this season.

Easton Pingleton, Ada

Senior kick returner

College choice: Undecided, but receiving interest from Arizona State and several Division II schools.

This season: Set Ada records for receptions, yards and touchdowns for a single season (86 catches for 1,430 yards and 20 TDs) and career (147 for 2,478 and 28). His blazing speed made him a threat to go the distance in the return game.

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE

Deondre Clark, Douglass

Junior defensive lineman

College choice: Undecided, but has offers from OU, OSU, LSU, Notre Dame and several others

This season: His 22 sacks broke the Douglass single-season record, previously held by Syii Tucker with 20 in 1990. Clark also had 99 tackles and scored seven touchdowns as a fullback.

Frankie Davis, Broken Arrow

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: New Mexico.

This season: The soft-spoken Davis let his actions do the talking, recording 82 tackles and five sacks. Has a knack for the ball, recovering four fumbles as an anchor to the Tigers' defense the last two years.

Dalton Rodriguez, Tulsa Union

Senior defensive lineman

College choice: Tulsa.

This season: Rodriguez initially committed to Oklahoma before switching to Tulsa so he can remain on defense. Recorded 78 tackles, nine sacks and two fumble recoveries for the Redskins. Four of his sacks came in one game against Sand Springs.

Dominique Alexander, Tulsa Washington

Senior linebacker

College choice: Oklahoma

This season: A safety last year, Alexander started the season at defensive end and settled in at linebacker, where he had 121 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception.

Jordan Evans, Norman North

Senior linebacker

College choice: Oklahoma

This season: Evans was the focal point of any offense trying to game-plan against the Timberwolves. He had 94 tackles and nine sacks, but his impact was far greater. He also played big roles on offense and on special teams, where he returned four kicks for touchdowns.

Kimmie Carson, Tulsa East Central

Senior linebacker

College choice: New Mexico

This season: A hard-hitting playmaker, Carson had 130 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pair of interceptions to key East Central's run to the Class 5A finals.

Jackson Dillon, Ringling

Senior linebacker

College choice: Memphis

This season: Dillon was a dominant defensive force at outside linebacker for Ringling, leading the Blue Devils to the Class A state championship. In Ringling's state championship victory over top-ranked Wynnewood, Dillon moved from his normal tight end position to running back and rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns in the Blue Devils' 39-12 win.

Khari Harding, Edmond Santa Fe

Senior defensive back

College choice: Arkansas

This season: A big, physical safety, Harding had 109 tackles and three interceptions. In the Wolves' playoff game against Tulsa Union, Harding had 20 tackles.

Corey Lawrence, Del City

Senior defensive back

College choice: Undecided, but considering Oregon State, Kansas State, New Mexico and Arkansas State.

This season: Playing on both sides of the ball, Lawrence rushed for 11 touchdowns and caught eight. He also shined on special teams and consistently had big games against district opponents to lead the Eagles to the playoffs for the first time in about a decade.

Cre Moore, Broken Arrow

Senior defensive back

College choice: Kansas State.

This season: A shutdown corner, Moore was rarely targeted this season, finishing with just two interceptions. Still, his speed and athleticism were difference makers for Broken Arrow on defense and special teams.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stanvon Taylor, Tulsa East Central

Senior defensive back

College choice: Oklahoma.

This season: After missing almost all of his junior year because of injury, Taylor came back strong, with 34 tackles and four interceptions on defense as most teams avoided going his way through the air. He also had 61 catches for 1,035 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for two more scores.

Justice Hansen, Edmond Santa Fe

Junior punter

College choice: Undecided, but has offers from Missouri and Arkansas and is receiving interest from other schools.

This season: Hansen was a solid punter but he's certainly most well-known as a quarterback. He threw for 3,079 yards and 36 touchdowns and rushed for 773 yards and another 14 scores. Against Southmoore, he threw for five touchdowns and rushed for two more.

COACH OF THE YEAR

Gary Rose, Carl Albert

This season: Rose came into the year as one of the winningest coaches in state history but did probably his best coaching job. The Titans got news early in the season that defensive coordinator Mike Corley had been diagnosed with cancer. The Titans then started the season 1-5. Carl Albert rallied around Corley, who was deemed cancer-free just before the playoffs started, and went on to win Rose's ninth title at the school.



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