Lone Star Gridiron

Texas High School football to play a big factor in BCS National Championship!

by Chris Doelle

Both teams playing for the National Championship are dominated by players hailing from that team's home state, but both squads are lead by signal callers who first made their mark as Texas high school football stars.  One has a ring from a state title and the other doesn't, but both have their eyes on a BCS National Championship ring this time around.

No 1. ranked Alabama has reached the title game behind the arm of Greg McElroy ( #12 QB, 2009 142.01-rating,  2,450-yards, 17-TDs: CAREER 2,646-yards 19-TDs)  After playing behind Chase Daniel (Missouri) for two seasons, Greg McElroy led the Southlake Carroll Dragons his senior year to a state title at a school strong on tradition. His story at Alabama is much the same - After his redshirt freshman year, McElroy saw limited playing time behind second-year starting quarterback, John Parker Wilson.  As a Junior, he got the starting nod and hasn't look back since.

No 2. ranked Texas has arrived via the arm and legs of Colt McCoy (#12 QB, 2009 147.46-rating, 3,512-yards, 27-TDs: CAREER 13,244-yards, 112-TDs)  He ranks as the all-time leading passer in Texas Division 2A high school history and is fourth overall in Texas high school history.  He arrived at the University of Texas as the heir apparent to Vince Young despite the fact that he was competing for the starting job with Jevan Snead.  Snead took a redshirt before heading off to success at Ole Miss, and Colt McCoy wasted no time in proving his supporters right.  Despite great numbers, he doesn't want his college career to end the same way his high school tenure did - without a ring.

Regardless of which walks away with the title, this year is even more proof of the strength of signal callers from the Lone Star State!

2009 Texas Longhorns - Football
NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
1 Philip Payne RB 6-2 215 Jr. GARLAND, TX
1 Keenan Robinson LB 6-3 232 So. PLANO, TX
2 Sergio Kindle DE 6-4 255 Sr. DALLAS, TX
2 Vondrell McGee RB 5-10 205 Jr. LONGVIEW, TX
3 Curtis Brown CB 6-0 180 Jr. GILMER, TX
3 Garrett Gilbert QB 6-4 207 Fr. AUSTIN, TX
4 Dan Buckner WR 6-4 215 So. ALLEN, TX
4 Aaron Williams CB 6-1 189 So. ROUND ROCK, TX
5 Brandon Collins WR 5-11 180 Jr. BRENHAM, TX
5 Ben Wells S 6-1 197 So. BEAUMONT, TX
6 DeSean Hales WR 5-11 175 Fr. KLEIN, TX
6 Christian Scott S 6-1 210 So. DALLAS, TX
7 Deon Beasley CB 5-10 180 Sr. ORANGE, TX
7 John Chiles WR 6-2 215 Jr. DALLAS, TX
8 Chykie Brown CB 6-0 187 Jr. HOUSTON, TX
8 Jordan Shipley WR 6-0 190 Sr. BURNET, TX
9 Malcolm Williams WR 6-3 220 So. GARLAND, TX
11 James Kirkendoll WR 5-11 180 Jr. ROUND ROCK, TX
11 Jared Norton LB 6-3 237 Sr. ROWLETT, TX
12 Colt McCoy QB 6-2 210 Sr. TUSCOLA, TX
12 Earl Thomas S 5-10 197 So. ORANGE, TX
13 Tariq Allen LB 6-2 245 Fr. IRVING, TX
13 Ahmard Howard TE 6-4 250 So. BRENHAM, TX
14 John Floyd QB 6-1 180 Fr. LUBBOCK, TX
15 Hunter Lawrence K 6-0 187 Sr. BOERNE, TX
15 Trevor Walker QB 6-2 200 Jr. MOUNT PLEASANT, TX
16 Brock Fitzhenry WR 5-9 171 Fr. GIDDINGS, TX
16 Ian Harris TE 6-4 250 So. SAN ANTONIO, TX
16 Kenny Vaccaro CB 6-1 198 Fr. BROWNWOOD, TX
17 Trevor Gerland P 6-2 197 Sr. KATY, TX
17 Sherrod Harris QB 6-3 215 Jr. ARLINGTON, TX
18 Emmanuel Acho LB 6-2 235 So. DALLAS, TX
19 Eryon Barnett CB 6-2 180 Fr. EULESS, TX
19 Blaine Irby TE 6-3 242 Jr. CAMARILLO, CA
19 Justin Tucker K 6-1 177 So. AUSTIN, TX
21 Blake Gideon S 6-1 200 So. LEANDER, TX
21 Chris Whaley RB 6-3 235 Fr. MADISONVILLE, TX
23 Marcus Davis CB 6-1 190 Fr. LEAGUE CITY, TX
23 Tre' Newton RB 6-0 200 Fr. SOUTHLAKE, TX
24 Antwan Cobb RB 6-0 220 Jr. PFLUGERVILLE, TX
24 Clark Ford CB 5-10 188 Sr. RICHMOND, TX
25 Jeremy Hills RB 6-0 190 So. HOUSTON, TX
25 Sam Walker CB 6-0 183 Fr. MOUNT PLEASANT, TX
26 D.J. Monroe RB 5-9 170 Fr. ANGLETON, TX
27 Nolan Brewster S 6-2 210 So. DENVER, CO
27 Michael Summerville K 5-11 175 Fr. GARLAND, TX
28 Foswhitt Whittaker RB 5-10 195 So. HOUSTON, TX
28 Ryan Zych WR 5-10 182 Sr. PLANO, TX
29 Jorge Martinez CB 6-0 200 Jr. BROWNSVILLE, TX
30 Mark Fisher CB 5-8 160 Fr. CARROLLTON, TX
30 Ryan Roberson RB 5-10 226 Fr. BRENHAM, TX
31 Cody Hill CB 5-10 175 So. LUBBOCK, TX
31 Cody Johnson RB 5-11 250 So. WALLER, TX
32 Eddie Jones DE 6-3 260 Jr. KILGORE, TX
33 Lamarr Houston DT 6-2 300 Sr. COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
35 Travis Smith K 5-8 160 Fr. SAN ANTONIO, TX
38 Roddrick Muckelroy LB 6-2 235 Sr. HALLSVILLE, TX
39 Ryan Bailey K 6-2 205 Sr. AUSTIN, TX
40 Dominique Jones TE 6-3 240 Fr. KILGORE, TX
41 Jamison Berryhill FB 5-11 225 Fr. ODESSA, TX
42 Dustin Earnest LB 6-3 233 Jr. TEXARKANA, TX
43 Dravannti Johnson TE 6-2 235 Fr. NEDERLAND, TX
45 Luke Padgett RB 6-1 205 Fr. BELLVILLE, TX
46 Aaron Smith FB 6-2 235 So. PALESTINE, TX
47 John Gold P 6-3 212 Jr. PALESTINE, TX
47 Patrick Nkwopara LB 5-11 210 Fr. GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
48 Alex Zumberge S 6-0 245 So. HOUSTON, TX
49 Trey Wier DT 6-2 230 Fr. AUSTIN, TX
50 Milton Sampson DE 6-2 247 Fr. GALVESTON, TX
52 Luciano Martinez DT 5-11 260 Fr.
52 Charlie Tanner G 6-4 305 Sr. AUSTIN, TX
54 Mark Buchanan T 6-6 310 Fr. AUSTIN, TX
55 Nick Zajicek OL 6-3 265 Fr. CAMERON, TX
56 Tray Allen T 6-5 315 Jr. GRAND PRAIRIE, TX
57 Andrew Carroll OL 6-3 296 Jr. MONTGOMERY, TX
58 William Harvey S 5-11 235 Sr. HOUSTON, TX
63 Michael Huey G 6-5 320 Jr. KILGORE, TX
64 Kyle Hix T 6-7 320 Jr. ALEDO, TX
67 Mason Walters OL 6-6 300 Fr. WOLFFORTH, TX
68 Drew Oldis G 6-4 290 Jr. BOERNE, TX
70 Paden Kelley OL 6-7 270 Fr. AUSTIN, TX
71 Chris Hall C 6-4 295 Sr. IRVING, TX
72 Britt Mitchell T 6-5 310 Jr. KILGORE, TX
73 Garrett Porter OL 6-6 305 Fr. ODESSA, TX
74 Adam Ulatoski T 6-6 310 Sr. SOUTHLAKE, TX
75 Steve Moore G 6-4 295 Jr. HOUSTON, TX
77 Luke Poehlmann T 6-7 265 Fr. BRENHAM, TX
78 David Snow G 6-4 300 So. GILMER, TX
79 Thomas Ashcraft OL 6-5 315 Fr. CEDAR HILL, TX
80 Alex Okafor DE 6-4 240 Fr. PFLUGERVILLE, TX
80 C.A. Vergari WR 6-1 200 Sr. BRONXVILLE, NY
81 Sam Acho DE 6-3 260 Jr. DALLAS, TX
81 Gregory Timmons WR 6-3 196 Fr. ALDINE, TX
82 Trey Graham TE 6-5 235 Fr. WACO, TX
82 Chris Torbert WR 5-8 175 Fr. CELINA, TX
83 Greg Smith TE 6-4 260 Jr. MONTGOMERY, TX
84 Marquise Goodwin WR 5-9 170 Fr. GARLAND, TX
84 Foster Vimont TE 6-4 257 Fr.
85 D.J. Grant TE 6-3 220 Fr. AUSTIN, TX
86 Cade McCrary WR 6-4 180 Fr. AUSTIN, TX
87 Patrick McNamara WR 6-4 205 Fr. LUBBOCK, TX
88 Mac McWhorter TE 6-4 250 Sr. AUSTIN, TX
89 Barrett Matthews TE 6-2 215 Fr. GALENA PARK, TX
90 Kyle Kriegel DT 6-5 262 Fr. ELYSIAN FIELDS, TX
91 Kheeston Randall DT 6-5 288 So. BEAUMONT, TX
92 Ben Alexander DT 6-0 305 Sr. ANDERSON, SC
93 Tyrell Higgins DT 6-3 279 So. SCHERTZ, TX
95 Tevin Mims DT 6-4 245 Fr. ROUND ROCK, TX
96 Calvin Howell DT 6-4 280 Fr. SAN ANTONIO, TX
97 Russell Carter DE 6-3 245 So. HOUSTON, TX
98 Derek Johnson DT 6-3 310 Fr. HOXIE, AR

2009 Alabama Crimson Tide - Football
NO NAME POS HT WT CLASS HOMETOWN
1 B.J. Scott DB 5-11 196 So. PRICHARD, AL
2 Star Jackson QB 6-3 206 Fr. LAKE WORTH, FL
2 Tana Patrick LB 6-3 235 Fr. BRIDGEPORT, AL
3 Kareem Jackson DB 6-0 193 Jr. MACON, GA
3 Trent Richardson RB 5-11 220 Fr. PENSACOLA, FL
4 Mark Barron DB 6-2 214 So. MOBILE, AL
4 Marquis Maze WR 5-10 179 So. TARRANT, AL
5 Jerrell Harris LB 6-3 227 So. GADSDEN, AL
5 Roy Upchurch RB 6-0 205 Sr. TALLAHASSEE, FL
6 Demetrius Goode RB 5-9 191 So. LAGRANGE, GA
7 Kenny Bell WR 6-1 160 Fr. RAYVILLE, LA
8 Julio Jones WR 6-4 211 So. FOLEY, AL
8 Chris Rogers DB 6-0 190 Sr. LAKELAND, FL
9 Phelon Jones DB 5-11 195 Fr. MOBILE, AL
9 Nick Williams WR 5-10 165 Fr. FORT LAUDERDALE, FL
10 A.J. McCarron QB 6-4 190 Fr. MOBILE, AL
11 Brandon Gibson WR 6-2 192 So. MOBILE, AL
12 Greg McElroy QB 6-3 220 Jr. SOUTHLAKE, TX
13 Rob Ezell WR 5-10 170 Jr. ATHENS, AL
13 Cory Reamer LB 6-4 234 Sr. HOOVER, AL
15 Darius Hanks WR 6-0 184 So. NORCROSS, GA
16 Thomas Darrah QB 6-5 227 So. NEWNAN, GA
17 Brad Smelley TE 6-3 233 So. TUSCALOOSA, AL
18 Morgan Ogilvie QB 6-0 195 So. MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL
18 Rod Woodson DB 5-11 200 Fr. OLIVE BRANCH, MS
20 Tyrone King DB 5-11 203 Sr. BIRMINGHAM, AL
21 Dre Kirkpatrick DB 6-3 185 Fr. GADSDEN, AL
22 Mark Ingram RB 5-10 212 So. FLINT, MI
23 Robby Green DB 6-0 181 So. NEW ORLEANS, LA
24 Marquis Johnson DB 5-11 191 Sr. SARASOTA, FL
25 Rolando McClain LB 6-4 258 Jr. DECATUR, AL
26 Ali Sharrief DB 5-9 200 Sr. STEVENSON, AL
27 Justin Woodall DB 6-2 221 Sr. OXFORD, MS
28 Javier Arenas DB 5-9 195 Sr. TAMPA, FL
29 Terry Grant RB 5-10 190 Jr. LUMBERTON, MS
30 Dont'a Hightower LB 6-4 255 So. LEWISBURG, TN
32 Eryk Anders LB 6-2 235 Sr. SAN ANTONIO, TX
33 Hampton Gray DB 6-2 196 Sr. TUSCALOOSA, AL
33 Mike Marrow RB 6-2 240 Fr. HOLLAND, OH
34 Jeramie Griffin RB 6-2 224 So. BATESVILLE, MS
35 Nico Johnson LB 6-3 225 Fr. ANDALUSIA, AL
36 Chris Jordan LB 6-3 230 So. BRENTWOOD, TN
37 Robert Lester DB 6-2 207 Fr. FOLEY, AL
39 Kyle Pennington DB 5-11 188 Jr. CHATOM, AL
40 DeMarcus DuBose LB 6-1 232 So. MONTGOMERY, AL
40 Baron Huber TE 6-4 263 Sr. KNOXVILLE, TN
41 Courtney Upshaw LB 6-2 249 So. EUFAULA, AL
42 Eddie Lacy RB 6-0 210 Fr. GEISMAR, LA
44 Alex Benson LB 6-1 225 Sr. TRUSSVILLE, AL
44 Jacob Vane RB 6-0 228 Sr. OAK RIDGE, TN
46 Wesley Neighbors DB 6-1 210 So. HUNTSVILLE, AL
46 William Strickland WR 6-0 185 So. TUSCALOOSA, AL
47 Ed Stinson DL 6-4 240 Fr. HOMESTEAD, FL
48 Travis Sikes WR 6-3 198 Jr. NASHVILLE, TN
49 Jonathan Atchison LB 6-2 220 Fr. ATLANTA, GA
50 Brian Selman C 6-0 210 Sr. VESTAVIA HILLS, AL
51 Michael DeJohn LB 6-1 241 Jr. HOOVER, AL
51 Carson Tinker LB 6-1 220 So. MURFREESBORO, TN
52 Alfred McCullough OL 6-2 305 So. ATHENS, AL
54 Glenn Harbin DL 6-5 257 So. MOBILE, AL
54 Russell Raines OL 6-2 260 Fr. SATSUMA, AL
55 Chavis Williams LB 6-4 223 Jr. DORA, AL
56 William Ming DL 6-3 260 Fr. ATHENS, AL
57 Marcell Dareus DL 6-4 296 So.
58 Nick Gentry DL 6-1 264 So. PRATTVILLE, AL
59 Brandon Moore DL 6-5 310 Fr. MONTGOMERY, AL
60 David Williams OL 6-3 272 Fr. DUNCANVILLE, AL
61 Anthony Steen OL 6-3 305 Fr. LAMBERT, MS
62 Terrence Cody DL 6-5 354 Sr. FORT MYERS, FL
64 Kerry Murphy DL 6-4 323 Fr. HOOVER, AL
65 Chance Warmack OL 6-3 301 Fr. ATLANTA, GA
66 Brian Motley OL 6-3 291 Jr. AUTAUGAVILLE, AL
67 John Michael Boswell OL 6-5 306 So. NORTHPORT, AL
68 Taylor Pharr OL 6-6 290 Jr. IRONDALE, AL
71 Allen Skelton OL 6-1 265 So. COKER, AL
72 Tyler Love OL 6-6 303 Fr. MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL
73 William Vlachos OL 6-1 294 Jr. BIRMINGHAM, AL
74 David Ross OL 6-3 299 Jr. HOMEWOOD, AL
75 Barrett Jones OL 6-4 289 So. MEMPHIS, TN
76 D.J. Fluker OL 6-6 340 Fr. FOLEY, AL
77 James Carpenter OL 6-5 300 Jr. AUGUSTA, GA
78 Mike Johnson OL 6-5 303 Sr. PENSACOLA, FL
79 Drew Davis OL 6-7 306 Sr. EVERGREEN, AL
80 Mike McCoy WR 6-3 215 Sr.
81 Kendall Kelly WR 6-3 216 Fr. GADSDEN, AL
82 Earl Alexander WR 6-4 212 Jr. PHENIX CITY, AL
83 Kevin Norwood WR 6-2 180 Fr. DIBERVILLE, MS
84 Colin Peek TE 6-6 255 Sr. PONTE VEDRA, FL
85 Preston Dial TE 6-3 233 Jr. MOBILE, AL
86 Undra Billingsley TE 6-2 276 Fr. BIRMINGHAM, AL
87 Drew Bullard LB 6-3 238 So. FLORENCE, AL
87 Chris Underwood TE 6-4 231 So. BIRMINGHAM, AL
88 Michael Bowman WR 6-4 210 Fr. ROSSVILLE, GA
89 Michael Williams TE 6-6 266 Fr. REFORM, AL
90 Jeremy Shelley K 5-10 170 Fr. RALEIGH, NC
90 Milton Talbert DL 6-4 275 Jr. HATTIESBURG, MS
91 Alex Watkins LB 6-3 225 So. BROWNSVILLE, TN
92 Damion Square DL 6-3 272 Fr. HOUSTON, TX
93 Chris Bonds DL 6-4 280 Fr. COLUMBIA, SC
94 Darrington Sentimore DL 6-3 280 Fr. NORCO, LA
95 Brandon Deaderick DL 6-4 306 Sr. ELIZABETHTOWN, KY
95 Colin Gallagher K 6-1 180 Fr. ATLANTA, GA
96 Luther Davis DL 6-3 275 Jr. WEST MONROE, LA
97 P.J. Fitzgerald P 5-11 204 Sr. CORAL SPRINGS, FL
97 Lorenzo Washington DL 6-5 290 Sr. LOGANVILLE, GA
98 Heath Thomas P 6-3 213 Sr. MONTGOMERY, AL
99 Josh Chapman DL 6-1 313 So. HOOVER, AL
99 Leigh Tiffin K 6-2 212 Sr. MUSCLE SHOALS, AL

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