Connor Brewer shows off arm, wheels
Brewer's passing stat-line in Chapparal's (Ariz.) 56-13 win over Desert Mountain shouldn't surprise any Texas fan. But when you add in a 40-yard touchdown run, that's when you know it's a special day for the pocket passer.
Brewer completed 14-of-17 passes for 249 yards and accounted for four total touchdowns, including the 40-yard run in helping Chapparal to continue its quest toward the state championship game.
Dorial Green-Beckham continues strong performance
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound receiver continues to show that he's well ahead of his competition level. Green-Beckham caught nine passes for 181 yards and two touchdowns by halftime, finishing with 12 snags for 217 yards and two touchdowns, despite not playing a full game.
Denton Ryan holds on
The Denton Ryan defense is loaded. That's something we all knew before the season started, with Mario Edwards at defensive end and Alex De La Torre and Jordan Richmond patrolling the linebacking corps. But if this team loses, as it nearly did in a 28-22 double-overtime win over Mesquite, the blame will fall on the other side of the ball. Richmond did help out the offense's cause with a long touchdown run from his running back spot, but Ryan is still looking for consistent offensive threats to take some of the weight off the defense.
De La Torre is having a nice season from his middle linebacker spot, but perhaps the best news for Texas fans came from Edwards, a Florida State commitment, after the game, when he said that he would officially visit several schools, including the Longhorns. Edwards may have lost a bit in people's eyes so far this season — he entered the year as the state's consensus No. 1 player — though that might have more to do with the year that Aledo's Johnathan Gray is having. Edwards is still — at 6-4 and more than 280 pounds — a giant defensive end with fantastic potential, and is among the state's top couple players. Pulling him in would be a huge coup.
Griffin Gilbert strong again in win
If the individual award so far goes to Gray, then the team award has to go to Lake Travis, which pulled away from Aledo on the road last week, then crushed Kerrville Tivy 56-14 this week.
One of the best stories on this Cavalier team has been the play of Gilbert, who has emerged as the state's top tight end and a bonafide four-star prospect. He's a tremendous weapon, as he showed yet again with four catches for 132 yards and two touchdowns. The scores came from 48 and 33 yards out.
The Longhorns were looking for tight ends earlier in the class and gave Gilbert a greyshirt offer. He chose a scholarship at TCU instead. And while the Longhorns appear to be pretty tight on scholarships in 2012, it's a bit uncertain why one wasn't freed up for Gilbert. With the way he's playing, it might be a question that carries on through the season. He's a great prospect at a need position.
2013 backs with nice days
The 2011 season might as well act as an audition for a series of junior backs looking to gain that elusive Longhorn offer. Texas will probably take two backs in the class, with one of the offers likely going out to DeSoto all-purpose threat Dontre Wilson. Wilson can fill part of the void left by D.J. Monroe, particularly if Texas isn't able to pull in Daniel Brooks in the 2012 class, which is looking increasingly like a long shot.
That still leaves one spot open for a more traditional runner to come up behind Malcolm Brown and Johnathan Gray — Brown would be a junior by the time they enrolled, with Gray likely starting his sophomore year — and James White and Keith Ford are two of the names fighting for that lone spot.
White, who impressed Texas coaches at camp this summer, rushed just nine times in Pearland Dawson's 62-7 victory over Aldine Nimitz, but produced 120 yards and two touchdowns, including a 64-yard burst.
Ford was equally impressive, rushing for 166 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown as Cypress Ranch beat Cypress Lakes 35-30.