VAUGHT: Mossakowski even better this year

Texas quarterback Ryan Mossakowski has done plenty to impress his coach at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, in three games this year. "He's running the ball a lot more and he's playing very, very well," Mark Howard said. "We have thrown for about 800 yards in three games, but in our last game he completed 80 percent of his passes for 230 yards and ran for 115 yards even with two big sacks.

Texas quarterback Ryan Mossakowski has done plenty to impress his coach at Centennial High School in Frisco, Texas, in three games this year.

"He's running the ball a lot more and he's playing very, very well," Mark Howard said.

"We have thrown for about 800 yards in three games, but in our last game he completed 80 percent of his passes for 230 yards and ran for 115 yards even with two big sacks. I know you are taking a chance when you let your quarterback run, but he's too good just to sit back there.

Defenses have to account for him now and his runs have been when he has made the right reads.

"His arm is stronger than last year. I have been able to see that from one year to the next and he's a lot stronger this year. He has more power on the ball. We are throwing the ball down the field more because we have receivers who can get open down the field. The last two years we did not have any deep threats."

Howard says his star continues to "manage the game well and is like a coach on the field" because of his leadership. "He has done some very good things and I hope he just gets better and better," Howard said.

The coach and player have both been keeping up with Kentucky.

"He has as much excitement, enthusiasm and interest in Kentucky as he ever had. We talk about Kentucky a lot," Howard said.

Some schools are still sending mail that Howard passes on to Mossakowski but the only school still pursuing him feverishly after his verbal commitment to UK is Texas A&M. "They need a guy at that position to run their offense and feel he could be that guy," Howard said. "But nothing is going to change with him and UK. I don't think Ryan would lean to any other school. Kentucky is where he needs to be and where he is going to go."

He's coming for an unofficial visit Oct. 18 when UK plays Arkansas and will be back again Nov. 8 when UK hosts Georgia.

"He is already real excited about coming to those games," his mother, Sally, said.

"Another time the whole family is coming. I can't come then because my daughter will still be playing volleyball. We just have to wait and go later, but we are coming."

She is pleased that her son's team has started 2-1 against strong non-district competition.

"Everything looks great. The team looks good, Ryan is having fun and he is healthy," she said. "My oldest son coaches at the school we are playing this week, so that's going to be fun."

The family is slowly accumulating UK gear, too. His godmother got him a Kentucky T-shirt last month for his birthday and the family has Kentucky stuff starting to "trickle in" as well.

"He's always looking at something with Kentucky on it. He's already thinking he wants a football with Kentucky on it for Christmas," she said. "He's always looking at Kentucky brochures. I just hope he stays healthy and then at the end of the season, we can really load up on Kentucky stuff."

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