Friday Night Lights, Zero Week

How did Longhorn commitments and targets fare in Zero Week? Read below to find out more!

Quarterback duel

The quarterback debate for the Longhorns in the 2012 class largely started and ended with Connor Brewer and Matt Davis (with Trevor Knight looking on from just slightly outside). Texas obviously chose the former prospect, who was seen as a better fit for the Harsinwhite offense. Of course, that decision obviously left things up for debate about which player was better, a debate that will be much rehashed with Davis selecting the rival Texas A&M Aggies.

If we're playing comparative scores, Davis won Zero Week. He completed 14-of-20 throws for 258 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for another 174 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. More importantly, Klein Forest got the W, beating Katy Cinco Ranch 32-17.

Brewer also led his team to a win, with Chapparal outlasting a tough Tucson Salpointe team 22-21. Salpointe was ranked ninth in Class 4A, Chaparral third. Brewer completed 13-of-25 passes for 203 yards and a touchdown. Unfortunately, he also threw a touchdown for the other team, as his lone interception was returned for a score.


Kennedy Estelle plays hurt

The massive offensive tackle and current jewel of the Longhorn offensive line class wasn't expected to play in Pearland Dawson's game against Clear Springs. But a rash of injuries meant that he had to overcome his ankle sprain and find the field anyway.

Reportedly, Estelle played well, and Dawson claimed a 34-14 victory. While you never want anybody to be hurt, it's nice to see that Estelle has some toughness.


Johnathan Gray in a wild one

It's hard to blame Gray for Aledo's crazy 48-47 loss to Stephenville. And it's hard to say that many games have seen a crazier end sequence.

The Bearcats, who led 34-17 at one point, found themselves behind late. They scored with 1:26 remaining to cut the Stephenville lead to one, and elected to trust in Gray to get the two. Gray was stopped short, keeping the score at 48-47.

Then, Aledo blocked a Stephenville punt with five seconds left in the fourth, setting up a potential game-winning field goal. Stephenville blocked the kick as time expired, but was hit with a personal foul call, giving Aledo another chance. That one, a 28-yarder, was also blocked.

Gray rushed for 219 yards and four touchdowns on 28 carries.


Bryson Echols a kicker?

At cornerback, Echols is known as a technician. And there are few positions where you have to be more technically sound at than kicker.

So on one hand, the fact that Echols kicked for DeSoto this weekend had a form of poetic justice to it. Echols booted six extra points and showed a strong enough leg to put two kickoffs into the end zone.

The extra work was probably welcomed by the senior defensive back, as he wasn't really tested in the passing game. Expect that trend to hold up, as Echols continues to serve as one of the state's top pure cover corners.

Echols wasn't the only Longhorn commitment to have a strong Zero Week kicking the ball. Of course, the other is a more typical kicker in Coppell's Nick Jordan, who will kick on the 40 Acres.

Jordan, who has one of the strongest legs in the 2012 class, kicked two field goals, a 46-yarder and a 32-yarder.


Two Longhorn targets have big days

One of the top national performances of the week had go to Hillcrest's (Mo.) Dorial Green-Beckham, who showed on national TV why many have him as the country's top overall player.

Green-Beckham was dominant in Hillcrest's 48-26 victory over a scrappy Seneca (Mo.) team. He hauled in 18 passes for 285 yards and three touchdowns.

Now, the most glaring difficulty when evaluating Green-Beckham comes from the fact that he doesn't play any competition where he would go against other FBS prospects. Still, it isn't hard to see the tools there. There aren't many receivers, at any level, who stand 6-foot-6, weigh 220 pounds and can run and move as Green-Beckham can. He's raw at this point — there were very few moments where he ran a legitimate college route — but there's a lot to like. And it's encouraging that he showed well with the spotlight on, especially when he plays for a program that doesn't typically see it.

Daniel Brooks made his Port Lavaca Calhoun debut and didn't disappoint. The running back with great wheels took just nine carries to total 131 yards and a long touchdown run.

Brooks would make a good cornerback prospect, but he also displays potential in the jet sweep, D.J. Monroe type role that we'll see more of this year. In that role, a player probably won't receive 20 touches per game, but it is a spot where players can make the most of their opportunities. And Brooks, with his big-time speed, fits that bill well.


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