HOUSTON, TX – Dave Campbell’s Texas Football, the leading publication for all things football in Texas, and the Mercari Texas Bowl are proud to announce Hallettsville running back Jonathon Brooks as the recipient of the 2020 Mr. Texas Football High School Player of the Year. Brooks will be honored on the field at the Mercari Texas Bowl on Thursday, December 31st at NRG Stadium in Houston, where the TCU Horned Frogs will face the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Mr. Texas Football annually recognizes the most outstanding high school football player in the state of Texas.
Brooks, a 6-foot, 185-pound running back, dazzled the Texas high school football world as a senior, running for 3,530 yards — the 7th most in state history — and 62 touchdowns. When you add in his receiving talents and his sensational play on defense and special teams, his season is even more astounding: 3,849 total yards and 70 total touchdowns, tying former Mr. Texas Football winner Johnathan Gray of Aledo for the single-season scoring mark. His production sparked Hallettsville to its best season ever, as the Brahmas drove to the 3A Division I state championship game, their first title game appearance in their 107-year history. Brooks’ incredible play in all three phases of the game make him a worthy recipient of the 2020 Mr. Texas Football Player of the Year award.
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), former 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). Frisco Lone Star and Oklahoma Sooners wide receiver Marvin Mims took home the award in 2019.
The 2020 Mercari Texas Bowl will once again feature a matchup between Big 12 and SEC opponents. The 2019 Texas Bowl, which was among the top-5 most-attended bowls in the country for the sixth consecutive year, featured the Texas A&M Aggies, representing the SEC, and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, representing the Big 12. The Aggies edged the Cowboys, 24-21, in a hard-hitting thriller. Overall, the Mercari Texas Bowl has ranked fourth in attendance since 2014, trailing only the Rose, Cotton and Peach Bowls in that time.
Mercari Texas Bowl
The Mercari Texas Bowl is owned and operated by ESPN Events, a subsidiary of ESPN, and managed locally by Lone Star Sports & Entertainment. The Bowl has showcased teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, two of the country’s premier conferences since 2014. The Mercari Texas Bowl has been a tremendous success both on and off the field over its first 14 years as it is the 5th most-attended bowl in the country since 2016. The bowl generates over $30 million annually for the Houston economy and has donated nearly $2 million in financial support and millions more in promotional support to DePelchin Children’s Center, the bowl’s official charitable beneficiary.
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2020 Week-by-Week Winners:
Week 1: Llano QB Case Kuykendall
Week 2: Stephenville RB Kason Philips
Week 3: Albany RB Coy LeFevre
Week 4: Port Lavaca Calhoun QB/DB Jarius Stewart
Week 5: Needville RB Walker Warncke
Week 6: Bangs RB/LB Ethan Sanchez
2019 Week-by-Week Winners:
Week 14: Dumas QB Spencer Williams
Week 13: Harleton RB/LB Hunter Wallace
Week 12: Midland Greenwood QB Weston Wilber
Week 11: Cuero QB JD Notaro
Week 10: El Paso Eastwood QB Andrew Martinez
Week 9: Buffalo WR/DB Jamaul Randle
Week 8: Abilene Cooper DB Dylan Davis
Week 7: Needville RB Ashton Stredick
Week 6: Abilene Cooper RB Noah Garcia
Week 5: Laredo United South RB Brian Benavides
Week 4: Tioga WR Caleb McKinney
Week 3: Longview Pine Tree WR/RB Keelan Turner
Week 2: Anderson-Shiro RB Zacarrius Haynes
Week 1: Mount Enterprise RB/DB Kendre Miller
2018 Week-by-Week Winners:
Week 14: Eli Salinas, San Saba
Week 13: Colton Green, Buffalo
Week 12: Jacob Rosales, Sharyland Pioneer
Week 11: Caden Fedora, A&M Consolidated
Week 10: Daniel Vasquez, Rio Hondo
Week 9: Luis Ramos, Dumas
Week 8: Cameron Rickett, Springtown
Week 7: Darius White, Hardin
Week 6: Quintan Jackson, FW Benbrook
Week 5: Josiah Ortega, Rio Hondo
Week 4: Jacob Mechler, Andrews
Week 3: Anthony Watkins, FW South Hills
Week 2: Ashton Stredick, Needville
Week 1: Austin Phillips, Wolfforth Frenship
2017 Week-by-Week Winners:
Week 1: Christian Huey, Sundown
Week 2: Ender Freeman, Abilene Cooper
Week 3: Tyrees Whitfield, Abilene Cooper
Week 4: Wesley Huitt, Mildred
Week 5: Jaquan Jackson, DeKalb
Week 6: Reese Mason, Magnolia
Week 7: Chad Reeves, Daingerfield
Week 8: Matt Gadek, McKinney
Week 9: Zach Gomez, La Villa
Week 10: Dylan Davidson, Bay City
Week 11: LaDavion Johnson, Linden-Kildare
Week 12: Riley Russell, Texas High
Week 13: Jeff Williams, Tidehaven
Week 14: Keyshawn Johnson, Falls City