– BY MICHAEL KNIGHT
The 2017 football season is in the books and it was a great one. It’s time to start recognizing some of the great individual performances we saw throughout the season. It’s time for Awards Week here on OKPreps. Throughout the week, we’ll have different posts recognizing the best of the best. For the complete schedule and a look at previous posts, check it out at the bottom of this post. We continue things today by taking a look at the players who came from out of nowhere to become stars this season. It’s time to take a look at the breakout stars from this year, but first, here’s the OKPreps Breakout Player Of The Year.
BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Wide Receiver/Defensive Back – Holland Hall
Holland Hall standout Corbin Daniels very quickly became a breakout star this season. While he might not have been on everyone’s radar back in August, it didn’t take long for him to be considered one of the better players in 2A football this season. Daniels did just about everything except for sell popcorn at halftime. On offense, he caught 40 passes for 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Defensively, he finished with 110 tackles and was arguably the best ball hawk with 13 interceptions, 1 of which he took back for a touchdown. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns and a punt for another TD. Hard to argue the stats.
OTHER BREAKOUT STARS
Bryce Cabrera – Running Back – Owasso
On a team full of stars, it was running back Bryce Cabrera that shined each and every week as the X-Factor on Owasso’s championship team. Cabrera was a threat to not only run the ball but he made plenty of plays catching it out of the backfield. On the year, Cabrera finished with over 1,500 yards on the ground and 27 touchdowns. He also had over 700 yards receiving and 7 touchdowns. He had a complete championship game performance with over 100 yards rushing and over 100 yards receiving.
DJ Wagoner – Wide Receiver – Jenks
In Jenks standards, it was a down year for the Trojans, going 7-5 this season. However, wide receiver DJ Wagoner was a bright spot each and every week and turned into one of the top wide receivers in the state. The Trojans continue a trend of having program guys wait their turn and then blow up as seniors. Wagoner had one of the best seasons in Jenks Trojan history. He finished with 82 catches for nearly 1,400 yards and 12 touchdowns as he was putting up numbers each and every week.
Dominic Richardson – Running Back – Bishop McGuinness
The future is bright for Bishop McGuinness after the emergence of sophomore running back Dominic Richardson. Richardson was a dominating force for the Irish offense and it didn’t take long for Richardson to be considered one of the top running backs in the state. He finished with over 2,100 yards and 26 touchdowns in nine full games. His season was cut short in the regular season finale with an injury. Had he played in that game and in all four playoff games, he could have flirted with 3,000 yards.
Jacob Morris – Wide Receiver – Newcastle
What a season for Newcastle’s offense and wide receiver Jacob Morris. With quarterback Casey Thompson transferring in, the offense got a massive upgrade and Morris benefitted greatly from that. He went from over 100 yards receiving and no touchdown catches as a junior to state record numbers as a senior. He finished the year with 111 catches and 2,003 yards. He also caught 22 touchdown passes this year as Thompson and Morris were a big reason why Newcastle’s offense was among the best in 4A.
J.D. Head – Quarterback – Jones
Jones came into the 2017 season as defending champion but they had to replace last year’s OKPreps Player Of The Year in quarterback Brandon George. The Longhorns found that replacement and the future is bright for the Longhorn offense as quarterback J.D. Head just finished up his sophomore season. In his first year under center, Head completed nearly 70% of his passes. Head finished with over 3,000 yards passing and 44 touchdowns and only 8 interceptions. The future is bright.
Jeff Foreman – Wide Receiver/Defensive Back – Del City
Another junior to make the list as a breakout star this season was Del City’s Jeff Foreman. This guy was an absolute playmaker and should go into the 2018 season on everyone’s radar after the breakout season on offense and defense for the Eagles. He was one of the top receivers in the state with 15 touchdown catches on 49 catches and nearly 1,200 yards. He also was a standout on the defensive side of the ball with 8 interceptions. He put up similar, and in some categories better, numbers to Corbin Daniels.
Jett Sternberger – Quarterback – Kingfisher
In his first year under center, Kingfisher junior quarterback Jett Sternberger immediately made an impact. He put up big numbers early on and stayed consistent throughout the year. Sternberger is a star player for Kingfisher’s championship basketball team, but he has the people in Kingfisher excited for the future on the gridiron as well. He threw for over 2,500 yards and 36 touchdowns this season. Sternberger very quickly became a two-sport star for the Yellowjackets this season.
Marcus Major – Running Back – Millwood
As if this year’s Millwood Falcons needed another weapon on an already dominant team. Regardless, we saw the emergence of junior running back Marcus Major and despite losing plenty of playmakers off this year’s team, next year’s Millwood squad should be just fine. Major didn’t get a lot of work this year because most of the games were over by halftime. He made the most of his opportunities. On a little over 100 carries, Major finished with 1,155 yards and 23 touchdowns on the season.
Mike Edwards – Defensive End – Muskogee
Before the season started, we could see this one coming. don’t get us wrong, we didn’t see ALL OF this coming. However, you could see the raw potential in Muskogee defensive end Mike Edwards and he took full advantage of that this season in his breakout year. Edwards finished with 69 tackles but he sacked the quarterback 18 times on the year in 10 games. He’s among the state’s best at getting to the quarterback and because of his production on the field, will see his recruitment go up this winter.
Miles Davis – Running Back – Lawton
Lawton junior running back Miles Davis made his name known very quickly. Davis had a breakout game in week one against Carl Albert. He ran for more than 300 yards against the Titans. Davis kept that going all season and became one of the top running backs in the state. He finished with just over 300 carries for 2,383 yards and 32 touchdowns. Davis also accomplished something that no other running back in the state was able to do. He ran for more than 100 yards on Booker T Washington’s stingy defense.
December 18: Class By Class Player Of The Year
Today: Breakout Stars
December 21: Most Improved Player
December 22: OKPreps All State 1st Team
December 23: Complete All State Team
December 24: OKPreps Player Of The Year & Coach Of The Year
December 25: OKPreps Fan’s Favorite & Career Achievement Award