Best of the QBs
Who deserves to be the QBs on our All-Texas High School Team?
The DCTF staff is hard at work putting together the 2013 Winter Edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, due to come out at the end of January (but you can pre-order your copy right now). There’s plenty to be excited about with regards to the Winter Edition – a special section for Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, season recaps and lookaheads for each of the 12 FBS teams, recruiting info en masse, plenty of small-college coverage, and tons, tons more.
But one of the most popular aspects of the magazine is the awards. Whether it’s Offensive and Defensive MVPs for each college team, or MVPs for each high school district, or MVPs for each high school class, we hand out hardware like it’s going out of style.
And for Texas high school football, there may be no more difficult task than picking the All-Texas High School Team.
What is the All-Texas High School Team? Simple: we pick the best players in the state at every position. All classes are eligible. We do a First Team and a Second Team. It’s like the All-State team, except it spans all classes.
But with so many players to choose from, narrowing it down to find the very best at each position in the state is an obviously tall task.
Take, for example, the quarterback spot.
Now, we’re only taking two players – a First Teamer and Second Teamer – so we’re looking for the very best high school quarterbacks from the 2012 season. And trust me: there are a lot of worthy candidates.
Don’t believe me? Here are 15 candidates across the state that we’re considering -- by no means a complete list. Want to weigh in on who you think deserves the honor? Think there’s someone missing? Get at us on Twitter.
Kadarius Baker, Navasota
Sure, it helps to have guys like Solomon McGinty and Austin Collins on the outside, but Baker was a big reason the Rattlers took home the 3A Division II title, throwing for 4,412 yards and 55 touchdowns against just 8 interceptions. He’s as pure a passer as you’ll find, though he did have five touchdowns on the ground as well.
Daniel Davidson, Trinity Christian-Addison
Quick: who’s the state’s leader in passing yards? It’s Davidson, for the second straight year. Davidson threw for a ludicrous 4,695 yards and 49 touchdowns for TCA-Addison, once again topping the state’s 11-man ranks.
Ben Davis, Graham
So, I’m not sure if you noticed, but Graham made a really deep run in the playoffs this year, and the reason is Ben Davis. The junior threw for 3,322 yards and 27 touchdowns, but perhaps most impressive is his accuracy, completing 68.5% of his passes. And he’s back next year.
Kenny Hill, Southlake Carroll
The Texas A&M commit was a monster, completing 67% of his passes for 3,373 yards and 27 touchdowns against just three interceptions. Oh, and he ran for 1,430 yards and 33 touchdowns as well.
Jake Hubenak, Georgetown
Georgetown marched all the way to its first state title game in 2012, and Hubenak was a big reason why. He threw for 4,094 yards and 48 touchdown passes, and whenever the Eagles needed a big play, he responded. In my opinion, central Texas’ finest quarterback.
Hagen Hutchinson, Stamford
The other truly dominant signal-caller among the 1A champions, Hutchinson was amazing, throwing for 2,855 yards and 43 touchdowns while also running for 1,619 yards and 22 scores. His performance in the title game was jaw-dropping.
Hunter Lile, Booker
The first quarterback on the list you may not have heard of, Lile’s got ridiculous numbers…as a sophomore! Lile completed 310 of his 535 passes for 3,996 yards and 45 touchdowns, adding another 11 rushing scores. It’s the best passing season in 1A history, and in his freshman and sophomore years, he’s already become the Panhandle’s all-time career passing yards leader, with 7,120.
Patrick Mahomes, Whitehouse
The high-flying Whitehouse offense did it again in 2012, and this time, it was Mahomes who was fabulous. He threw for 3,839 yards and 46 touchdowns on the year, hitting the 300-yard mark in seven of the Wildcats’ 12 games.
Shane McCarley, Manvel
One of the state’s most underappreciated players, McCarley was downright dominant, throwing for 4,057 yards and an astonishing 54 touchdowns. He threw for five or more touchdowns in six of the Mavericks’ 13 games, including a pair of seven-touchdown games.
Dee Paul, Munday
Paul was one of the state’s most dominant all-around players, but most of his damage came on the offensive end. The senior ran for 1,959 yards and 32 touchdowns, and threw for 1,579 yards and 23 touchdowns (with just four interceptions). Add the 1A Division II state title game Offensive MVP to his docket, too.
Kyle Poeske, Boerne Champion
Poeske didn’t just shine in that ridiculous shootout with Marble Falls, in which he threw for 585 yards and lost. He totaled 3,968 yards and 27 touchdowns on the year, and was a modest thread on the ground, running for nine scores.
Travis Quintanilla, Refugio
The Refugio machine continues to churn, and Quintanilla is at the controls. This year, as just a junior, Quintanilla threw for 3,965 yards and 56 touchdowns with just two interceptions. What’s more, he averaged an insane 14.2 yards per attempt. If the Bobcats hadn’t lost to East Bernard in the state quarterfinals, there’s a good chance he would’ve led the state in passing.
Dru Smith, Sherman
Man, is Dru Smith fun to watch. The triggerman for the electrifying Bearcats offense completed more than 69% of his passes for 3,889 yards and 39 touchdowns, and was held unde r300 yards just four times this season.
Cody Thomas, Colleyville Heritage
The Oklahoma commit played in just 12 games, but he certainly made the most of them, throwing for 4,221 yards and 46 touchdowns in his stellar senior season. His 351.8 yards per game average is the second-best in the state, behind only Kyle Poeske.
Greg Ward, John Tyler
It was a banner year for the Lions, in large part because of the heroics of Ward, one of the state’s most accurate QBs. He threw for 4,202 yards and 44 touchdowns, completing 70% of his passes and throwing just five interceptions on 400 attempts. And don’t forget his 861 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.
See how hard our job is? And that’s not even the complete list; there are plenty of other quarterbacks worthy of consideration (and you should let us know about them on Twitter or Facebook). Suffice to say, you’ll need to pick up the 2013 Winter Edition of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football to find out who we pick!
Greg Tepper is the associate editor of Dave Campbell's Texas Football and TexasFootball.com.