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Originally posted August 27, 2012
Dalton Rodriguez has the potential to disrupt offenses, coaches say. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World
The World's best: Dalton Rodriguez
BY BARRY LEWIS Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement)
2012 High School Football Preview: Everything you need to get ready for the 2012 season.
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Union defensive end Dalton Rodriguez was at his best when the games meant the most in the Redskins' drive for their fourth straight Class 6A state title last year.
Rodriguez, who is committed to the University of Oklahoma, had a season-high 10 tackles and a sack in the playoff opener against Southmoore. His overall play and pass-rushing helped Union stop opponents' last-minute drives in the final three playoff games that enabled Union to emerge with one-point wins.
That high level of play and improvement late in the season was what Union's coaching staff had been looking for from Rodriguez.
"He's matured," Union coach Kirk Fridrich said. "As a big guy, it takes longer to fine-tune your abilities. "We thought he would come along faster as a sophomore, but once he figured it out, he hasn't turned back."
And Fridrich expects Rodriguez, who had 59 tackles and four sacks last year, to be a dominant player all season in 2012.
"He has the potential to disrupt any offense we play against," Fridrich said. "He's become more physical, and no one has worked harder in the weight room."