UNVEILED: The 2019 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year Watch List

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HOUSTON – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl proudly announce the 100-player Watch List for the Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Award presented by Wells Fargo. The voters, when appropriate, will add players to the watch list.

Mr. Texas Football presented by Wells Fargo annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas. Each week, fans are given a chance to vote for the player of the week on TexasFootball.com. At the end of the high school football season, 10 finalists will be named. Fans can then cast their vote as to who should be named Mr. Texas Football. The winner of the 2019 Mr. Texas Football Award presented by Wells Fargo will be announced prior to the 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl, which will be played on Friday, Dec. 27 at NRG Stadium in Houston.

Current players of this year’s watch list include:

  • Galena Park North Shore running back Zach Evans
  • Longview quarterback Haynes King
  • Rockwall wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba
  • Aledo running back Jase McClellan
  • Cypress Ridge linebacker Vernon Broughton
  • Midland Lee wide receiver Loic Fouonji
  • Fort Bend Marshall running back Devon Achane
  • Temple wide receiver Quentin Johnston
  • Melissa quarterback Brendon Lewis
  • San Saba quarterback Sean O'Keefe

Former winners of the award include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 overall pick Kyler Murray (2013 and 2014 winner, Allen), 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel (2010 winner, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns running back Johnathan Gray (2011 winner, Aledo), Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Jacquizz Rodgers (2007 winner, Lamar Consolidated), current Oklahoma State quarterback Spencer Sanders (2017 winner, Denton Ryan) and Carolina Panthers quarterback Garrett Gilbert (2008 winner, Lake Travis). Mission Veterans Memorial quarterback Landry Gilpin, now at Southwestern University, took home the honor in 2018.

The 2019 Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl will once again feature a matchup between Big 12 and SEC opponents. The 2018 Bowl featured the Baylor Bears, representing the Big 12 Conference, and the Vanderbilt Commodores, representing the SEC. The Bears defeated the Commodores, 45-38, in a thrilling offensive shootout. Overall, the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has ranked in the Top-5 in attendance since 2014, trailing only the Rose, Cotton, Peach and Sugar Bowls in that time. 

For more information on the Mr. Texas Football Award, visit http://www.academytexasbowl.com/ or www.texasfootball.com.

About the Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl will showcase teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences, for the next three years. The Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 13 years as it is the 5th most-attended bowl in the country since 2014. The bowl generates nearly $50 million annually for the Houston economy and it has donated more than $1,600,000 in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football:

For nearly 60 years, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has been “the bible” to millions of football fans across the Lone Star State. The annual summer edition of the magazine remains a rite of passage for all Texans, previewing every football team in the state — from the rabid world of Texas high school football, through the college ranks, and into the Dallas Cowboys and the Houston Texans. Over the course of six decades, Dave Campbell’s Texas Football remains the undisputed leader in Texas high school football, Texas college football and more.

TexasFootball.com is the online home of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, covering high school football, college football and recruiting all across the Lone Star State. From thought-provoking commentary to videos to podcasts to its daily live show, nobody covers football in Texas like TexasFootball.com.


2019 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year Watch List

RB Devon Achane, Fort Bend Marshall
DB Xavion Alford, Alvin Shadow Creek
DL Aaron Alvarez, PSJA North
RB Drew Arevalos, Poth
LB Riggs Barrett, Corpus Christi Calallen
WR Awtry Blagg, Windthorst
RB Tre Bradford, Lancaster
DL Vernon Broughton, Cy Ridge
DE Alec Bryant, Alvin Shadow Creek
QB Hudson Card, Lake Travis
RB Eligia Carter, Gladewater
LB Sederick Colbert, Lubbock Estacado
ATH Jalin Conyers, Gruver
OL Ty'Kieast Crawford, Carthage
ATH Kitan Crawford, John Tyler
ATH Ben Crockett, McLean
TE Drake Dabney, Cy Ranch
QB Dematrius Davis, Galena Park North Shore
WR Kelvontay Dixon, Carthage
DL Prince Dorbah, Highland Park
RB Aaron Dumas, El Paso Americas
WR JoJo Earle, Aledo
RB Zach Evans, Galena Park North Shore
RB Will Farr, Evadale
OL Courtland Ford, Cedar Hill
WR Loic Fouonji, Midland Lee
TE Brandon Frazier, McKinney North
DL/RB Roddrell Freeman, Mart
QB Roman Fuller, Decatur
ATH Andreas Garrett, Malakoff
RB Bruce Garrett, Texarkana Pleasant Grove
OL Jaylen Garth, Port Neches-Groves
ATH Will Harbour, Frisco Reedy
QB Ben Harmon, Texarkana Pleasant Grove
OL Garrett Hayes, Athens
LB DeMarrquese Hayes, Waco La Vega
QB Malik  Hornsby, Fort Bend Marshall
RB Zach Hrbacek, Troy
QB Christian Huey, Sundown
RB Montavien Hunt, Jasper
QB Ja'Quinden Jackson, Duncanville
QB Dane Jentsch, Grandview
FB Steven Johnson, Port Lavaca Calhoun
WR Quentin Johnston, Temple
DB Jaylon Jones, Cibolo Steele
DB Lorando Jones, Lancaster
RB Ty Jordan, West Mesquite
DB Jalen Kimber, Mansfield Timberview
QB Haynes King, Longview
DB Jack Koetting, Canadian
DB Bill Koetting, Canadian
QB Brendon Lewis, Melissa
LB Kiante Liggins, El Paso Andress
OL Chad Lindberg, Clear Creek
QB Wilson Long, Austin Regents
QB Brady Lyssy, Falls City
QB Kyler Martin, Mart
LB Ysidro Mascorro, Refugio
WR AJ McCarty, Brownwood
RB Jase McClellan, Aledo
RB Seth McGowan, Mesquite Poteet
RB D'Aris McMillan, Diboll
DB RJ Mickens, Southlake Carroll
WR Marvin Mims, Frisco Lone Star
RB/LB JW Montgomery, Strawn
DL LB Moore, Amarillo Tascosa
QB Chandler Morris, Highland Park
QB Behren Morton, Eastland
QB Sean O'Keefe, San Saba
QB Austin Ochoa, Refugio
OL Akinola Ogunbiyi, Fort Bend Kempner
WR Troy Omeire, Fort Bend Austin
OL Logan Parr, San Antonio O'Connor
QB Joseph Plunk, Amarillo Tascosa
WR JaLynn Polk, Lufkin
RB Sabastion Porter, Garrison
RB Cameron Rickett, Springtown
QB Jacob Rodriguez, Wichita Falls Rider
ATH Jahari Rogers, Arlington
ATH Drew Sanders, Denton Ryan
RB/LB Tye Scogin, Jayton
LB Cooper Sheridan, Grapeland
RB EJ Smith, Dallas Jesuit
RB RJ Smith, Katy Tompkins
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Rockwall
DB Darius Snow, Hebron
RB Campbell Speights, McAllen Memorial
RB Ashton Stredick, Needville
DT Slone Stultz, Mason
RB Jay'Veon Sunday, Waco Connally
DL James Sylvester, Newton
WR Kolby Tanner, Whitney
DB Chris Thompson, Duncanville
ATH Bryson Washington, Houston C.E. King
LB Josh White, Cy Creek
QB Ace Whitehead, Lampasas
WR Jay Wilkerson, Midlothian Heritage
QB Cy Wing, Dublin
DL Brandard Wright, Dallas Carter
TE Elijah Yelverton, Dallas Bishop Dunne

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