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Zach Banner a 'natural' leader

NORMAN, Okla. -- Zach Banner (Lakewood, Wash./Lakes) is an imposing presence on the football field, certain to make an impact. Whether mauling defenders in the running game or shutting down pass rushers on the edge, the 6-foot-8, 350-pound offensive tackle makes an impression on his opponents.

Yet, he makes an even bigger impression on his teammates.

During his freshman year at Lakes, Banner wasn't even a starter; he contributed on special teams. Nonetheless, he was voted by his teammates as the Inspirational Award winner, a rare feat.