The Eagles went 4-6 in 2012 but improved to 9-4 in 2013. It was one of the best turnarounds in the state and much of that can be attributed to the play of senior quarterback Grayson Muehlstein and a cast of players with a willingness to be better every week.
It was a season folks around Decatur and Muehlstein won't forget anytime soon.
"I thought we did great. Overall as a team everybody had a good attitude all season and wanted to win," Muehlstein said. "Everyone played their best all season and we kept progressing as a team each week. God blessed me with a great season this year and I had a great time playing with my teammates, and I had some great coaches. I made some memories that I'll never forget, it was definitely a successful season for us and the furthest we've been in the playoffs in a long time. It was a great season."
To say Muehlstein had a successful season is a true understatement. Not many players in Texas or the nation for that matter put up the kind of numbers the 6-foot-4, 205-pounder achieved in 2013. Along with leading Decatur to their furthest trip in the post-season in nearly a decade, Muehlstein racked up 4,864 total offensive yards and accounted for 61 touchdowns.
Muehlstein completed 213-of-334 passes for 3,160 yards and 34 touchdowns through the air, added 1,589 rushing yards with 25 scores on the ground and for good measure, he also added 115 yards on 3 catches with two more scores catching the ball.
In the season finale against Chapel Hill, Muehlstein threw for 347 yards and rushed for 229 while also catching a 39-yard touchdown pass.
The gunslinger thought he had a good chance at a decent senior season with a new offensive coordinator, but even he surprised himself with his offensive production in 2013.
"I knew I was going to get more rushing and passing yards with the new offense Coach Lavender brought in but I wasn't expecting to put up the kind of numbers I had this year," Muehlstein said. "I met my goals I had set for myself this season stats wise. I wasn't really expecting that many yards."
Muehlstein was one of the first commitments for the Frogs' 2014 class, committing back in February. The Frogs season ended last weekend and for the TCU coaches, it was time to hit the recruiting trail. That included in-home visits for head coach Gary Patterson and the coach used his first visit to see Muehlstein on Sunday night.
"He said he was going to tweak the offense a little bit and what they're expecting their quarterbacks to be able to do for them and he thought I fit that role pretty well," he said. "It was a pretty positive visit with Coach Patterson. He told me it was his first in-home visit so I definitely appreciate that and I felt honored definitely."
Muehlstein was in attendance for the Frogs' game against Baylor and despite the close loss for the TCU, the future Frog is counting down the days until he can wear the purple and white.
"I thought TCU played a really good football game, they were definitely the more physical team," he said. "The mistakes cost them, they should've won the game but it just didn't bounce their way. Everybody was cheering and stayed for the whole game. The atmosphere was awesome there, I love Amon Carter Stadium. I'm ready to get there and play in that stadium."
For now, Muehlstein will continue to work on getting bigger, stronger and most importantly throw the ball every day so he's ready to compete once he hits campus in June.
"I'm going to stay in shape and throw the football every day," he said. "They did mention something about getting the workout they do. I'll do their workouts and prepare myself for when I go in this summer and be ready to go."