Randall Mackey is one to watch for 2008

Bastrop's junior quarterback Randall Mackey has made a lot of headlines over the last three years and now that he is back under center for the Rams you can expect many more from the standout signal caller.

The Randall Mackey (6-0, 175, 4.5) legacy started early in his career at Port Sulphur High School when he earned Class A First Team All-State honors as an eighth grader.


He was a repeat selection as a freshman and was undoubtedly headed for a three-peat but those plans got washed away when Hurricane Katrina came barreling through South Louisiana a little over a year ago.


Like just about everyone else in his area, Mackey was forced to relocate and he found a new home up in North Louisiana.


Not long after Bastrop head coach Brad Bradshaw got a chance to see Mackey's strong arm and dazzling running ability he made the young sophomore his starting quarterback.


Mackey responded by leading the Rams to an undefeated season and a Class 4A state championship win over Breaux Bridge.


To go with that state championship win, Mackey added another all-state honor to his collection after completing 109-of-179 passes for over 2,000 yards with 27 touchdowns and 8 interceptions.


"Randall definitely has the arm strength to play quarterback and he is starting to understand the other things liking making better decisions," said Bradshaw. "He is a fantastic runner but I feel like now he is a good passer to give him the whole package."


A little more than a month ago, all of the excitement that Mackey generated seemed to disappear when the LHSAA stripped Bastrop of its state crown and awarded it to Breaux Bridge.


To make things worse, the LHSAA had ruled that Mackey and two of his teammates were ineligible for the 2006 season before later ruling that they only had to sit out two regular season games.


Well, those two games have come and gone and now Mackey can do what he loves the most--just play football.


Some question whether or not Mackey will be a quarterback at the next level because heading into the summer before his junior season he was only 5-foot-10.


A little growth spurt has Mackey up to 6-feet and now all signs point towards him playing quarterback at the next level.


"I don't think there is any question that he can play that position after high school," Bradshaw said. "He could easily play another position because he is so athletic but the kid is one of those types of quarterbacks coaches are looking for. He can throw it all over the field and he can make something happen with his feet when things break down."


Bradshaw does not like to disclose scholarship offers that his players receive until later in their junior year but he has said that Mackey already has some under his belt.


"He already has some offers but we are not going to think about that right now," said Bradshaw. "We are going to worry about the season right now and let all of that other stuff take care of itself when it is time."


There are going to be several dual-threat quarterbacks in Louisiana for 2008 and you can bet that Randall Mackey will be one you hear a lot about.


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