Things fall into place for Lawton's Michael Warren as a senior

ALL-STATE FOOTBALL — The running back produced a record-setting senior season for the Wolverines, rushing for 2,512 yards and 26 touchdowns and landing on The Oklahoman's All-State football team.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 5, 2014

Stuck near the bottom of the depth chart, Michael Warren had nowhere to go but up.

He couldn't help but grow more and more frustrated each game during his junior season as he watched from Lawton's sidelines.

He stood out during junior varsity games, putting up huge rushing totals. Still, he didn't play Fridays.

“It was really frustrating,” Warren said. “I don't know if the coaches saw it or not, but every team we played on the jayvee team I ran all over them. I was surprised they didn't notice at all until about midway through my junior year that I can run.”

When Warren got his chance, he never returned to the junior varsity field.

Instead, the running back produced a record-setting senior season for the Wolverines, rushing for 2,512 yards and 26 touchdowns and landing on The Oklahoman's All-State football team.

“Everything just fell into place,” Warren said.

As a junior, Warren started at running back the final three games of the season after seeing limited time at defensive end.

It was just a long journey as he matured and realized his abilities.

“I don't think he saw the big picture for a while there,” Lawton coach Randy Breeze said. “He was flat out an underachiever, and that can happen. Not that it's a bad thing, it's just a kid may not realize how much talent he's got or he may have other interests.”

Warren, who is an impressive 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, quickly realized his talent level during the summer when he surprised everyone with a 4.34 40-yard dash time at a Texas A&M camp after showing up unannounced.


by Jacob Unruh
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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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