KHQA AWARDS WEEK: 2012 BREAKOUT PLAYER OF THE YEAR (as voted by KHQA Viewers)
DOUGLAS WEESE, WB/LB, CENTRAL SOUTHEASTERN
Douglas Weese may have been an internally valued contributor for the 2011 Central Southeastern Panthers, particularly at Defensive Back. Outside the program, however, he was generally viewed as a complimentary contributor, overshadowed by program centerpieces Nathan Knuffman and Garrett Kestner. And given the limited windows of opportunity afforded Weese behind those senior stars, no one quite had any idea of what the ceiling on his talent might be. Or how he might respond when thrust from supporting to starring role.
To some degree, Central-Southeastern's 2012 season can be viewed as referendum on Douglas Weese, as his ascent as an overall player may have been the biggest lynch-pin to the entire Panthers Season. Consider for a second, the two roles he was asked to assume. Offensively, the Panthers had to develop a legitimate, dangerous alternative offensive option to pair with Dalton Heubner, their one proven returning weapon and a kid who was destined to garner considerable game plan attention from Panther Opponents. And Defensively, Weese was asked to transition from Defensive Back to Linebacker, to erase the sting of the graduations of Knuffman and Kestner and sure up a very young position group that quite literally is the crux of everything Brad Dixon attempts to do schematically.
Suffice it to say, there was a lot riding on Douglas Weese's shoulders....
And all that happened on his watch is that the Panthers produced the single most successful season in school history and made a first ever Final Four appearance.
Weese not only replaced the missing production of his graduated predecessors, he added to it, particularly on defense where his speed and energy were a revelation. He posted a team high 126 tackles, putting significant teeth in the Panther run defense. And given his previous job, its no surprise that Douglas was as impactful a weapon dropping into coverage as any linebacker in the last ten years. He snared two interceptions and had a hand in creating nine total turnovers on the year; the unquestioned rainmaker on one of the most productive defenses in Class 2A.
And clearly he had energy to spare. Weese got more than 150 carries at wingback for the Panther Offense and ground out 11 hundred 36 yards, at a clip of better than seven per carry, and finished with 18 rushing touchdowns and three more through the air. In short, he became everything he needed to be in 2012 and Central-Southeastern's watershed season became possible because of that vary emergence. It was you, our viewers, who voted Douglas Weese the 2012 KHQA Breakout Player of the Year and I am not sure you could have picked a more deserved recipient.