Top 10 Finalists Announced for 2023 Mr. Texas Football

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HOUSTON – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the TaxAct Texas Bowl proudly announce the 10 finalists for the Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year Award presented by Kroger.

Mr. Texas Football annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas. Fans can cast their vote as to who should be named Mr. Texas Football now on Voting ends Monday, December 18th at 11:59pm and will be announced prior to the TaxAct Texas Bowl, which will be played at NRG Stadium on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, featuring the Oklahoma State Cowboys and the Texas A&M Aggies.

Former winners of the award include 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and current Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray (2013-2014, Allen), 2012 Heisman Trophy winner QB Johnny Manziel (2010, Kerrville Tivy), former Texas Longhorns RB Johnathan Gray (2011, Aledo), former Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Jacquizz Rodgers (2007, Lamar Consolidated), current Ole Miss Rebels QB Spencer Sanders (2017, Denton Ryan) and former Dallas Cowboys QB Garrett Gilbert (2008, Lake Travis). Most recently, Timpson’s Terry Bussey took home the award in 2022.

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2023 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year Finalists
ATH Grayson Rigdon, Benjamin

ATH Terry Bussey, Timpson

QB Armando Lujan, Sunray

QB DJ Bailey, DeSoto

QB DJ Lagway, Willis

QB Hauss Hejny, Aledo

QB Kaleb Bailey, Galena Park North Shore

QB Will Hammond, Hutto

WR Micah Hudson, Lake Belton

LB Xavier Atkins, Humble Summer Creek


About the TaxAct Texas Bowl

The TaxAct Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl annually showcases teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier athletic conferences. Through the years, the TaxAct Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field. Since 2014 the game is the most attended Bowl in the country outside of the “New Year’s 6” games.  The bowl has also generated an average of $40 million annually for the Houston economy and has contributed over $2.3 million in financial support to DePelchin Children’s Center, The Bowl’s official charitable beneficiary and one of the oldest children’s organizations in the city.

About Dave Campbell’s Texas Football:

For more than 63 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. is the online home of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, covering high school football, college football and recruiting across the Lone Star State. From thought-provoking commentary to videos to podcasts to its daily live show, nobody covers football in Texas like

About Kroger

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