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The regular season is half over, giving us plenty of numbers and evidence to come up with a Texas football Player of the Year watch list.
(Alphabetical order)QB Hudson Card — Lake Travis (Austin)
In his team's 5-1 start, the 6-2, 179-pound Texas commit is 90-of-131 passing for 1,449 yards, 16 TD, 2 interceptions. He's also rushed 37 times for 175 yards and three scores.
RB Zach Evans — North Shore (Houston)
nation's top-rated running back carried nine times for 95 yards and two
touchdowns and caught a 17-yard scoring catch in North Shore's 52-14
win over King (Houston) in Week 6. He sat out two games in the first
month of the season and has 267 rushing yards on 26 carries for five
touchdowns. The 5-11, 200-pound five-star recruit is coming off a
2,785-yard rushing season as a junior when he helped North Shore to the
6A-DI state title.
RB Dezmond Forrest — Weatherford
The 5-7, 165-pound junior leads the state with 24 touchdowns and 146 points. He has 916 rushing yards on 100 carries for 17 touchdowns and 22 pass receptions for 485 yards and seven scores.
The 6-2, 205-pound sophomore has thrown for a state-high 2,047 yards and 20 touchdowns, hitting on 119-of-187 passing attempts.
The 5-9, 190-pound senior transfer from South Carolina has rushed for 603 yards and eight touchdowns on 103 attempts for the 5-0 Tigers.
QB Ja'Quinden Jackson — Duncanville
Texas pledge led Duncanville to the Class 6A-D1 title game a year ago
and has helped the state's No. 1 ranked team to a 5-0 start. The 6-2,
219-pounder is 45-of-74 passing for 770 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a
runner, Jackson (30 carries, 142 yards, one touchdown) is behind last
year's 1,497-yard, 23-touchdown pace.
QB Haynes King — Longview
up last year's Class 6A-D2 state title, the Texas A&M pledge has
led his team to a 5-0 start. The son of head coach John King has
completed 52-of-98 pass 745 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot-2,
189-pounder is also a running threat with 23 carries for 210 yards and
RB Jase McClellan — Aledo
four-year starter got off to a solid start in the opening two games
with 299 rushing yards and eight touchdowns along with 83 receiving
yards and another score. But the Oklahoma pledge has been sidelined by
injury for the last three. For his career, the 5-10, 202-pounder has
4,103 rushing yards on 524 carries for 83 touchdowns.
Scots to the 5A-D1 state title last year, the schools third in a row.
The 5-10, 175-pound Arkansas pledge is 90-of-130 passing for 1,387 yards
12 TD and on the ground, he's rushed 49 times for 254 yards and nine
WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba — Rockwall
a dream start to the season, the Ohio State pledge was injured early in
a Week 5 loss at Longview and sat out the Yellowjackets win over Horn
(Mesquite) last week with a strained shoulder. For the season, the 6-1,
188-pounder has 36 catches for 763 yards and 11 touchdowns. Including
kickoff returns, he is averaging 179.2 yards per game.