Heard a State Champion

With Denton Guyer trailing Georgetown 30-27, and after the Wildcats recovered a fumble in great field position, Texas quarterback commitment Jerrod Heard turned to the unconventional.

First, the slender 190-pounder known for his elusiveness trucked a defender, running him over and pushing into the end zone for a Wildcat lead. Then, Heard celebrated by mock pulling open his shirt, Superman style. If the first action was surprising, then the second, made by a player known as a quiet assassin on the field was downright shocking.

"The outside linebacker got in tight so I took it our wide, and I was determined to get in the end zone so I did whatever I had to do," Heard said. "It was definitely a day I needed to show emotion," Heard said afterward. "It was the state championship game so we got on top, and I did something I usually don't do in running people over. But it was a great feeling."

Heard ran over, around and through Georgetown in leading Guyer to a 48-37 comeback victory, especially in a huge third quarter that erased a 16-point Eagle lead. In the quarter, Heard rushed seven times for 85 yards and three touchdowns, while completing his only passing attempt for a 31-yard gain.

And while Georgetown scored first in the third quarter to take a 30-14 lead, Guyer ended the stanza up 34-30, thanks to Heard's momentum-changing heroics.

"I just knew, if we make a couple of stops, and get the ball in that end zone, we should be good," Heard said. "I keep telling them, we're going to score right here."

Overall, Heard rushed 24 times for 143 yards, while completing 8-of-13 passes for 189 yards. And he accounted for every one of Guyer's seven touchdowns, rushing for five scores and passing for two others.

"Honestly, it hasn't hit me yet," Heard said. "It's a great feeling right now, but until it actually hits me that we won state, it's crazy."

Heard quipped that one of his first thoughts went to his mother, who told him that if he won a state title, he'd be able to have a more enjoyable break, offering up incentives like being about to "hang out later." Much of Heard's work ethic comes from his mom, who pushes Heard to succeed not just on the field, but in the classroom as well.

"I have to get straight As and Bs," Heard said.

It was an 'A' effort on the field, one that Heard said was reward for extra time spent polishing his passing mechanics, throwing extra passes after practice and working on his footwork.

"Progressing to become a better quarterback, it really helped out today," Heard said. "I know after practice I'm always working on my footwork, throwing extra balls to receivers, it really showed today and worked out today."

That drive impressed the Texas coaches, who extended an early offer to the 2014 signal caller, and which Heard quickly accepted. And though Heard committed while Bryan Harsin was the Texas offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, he said he was excited to work with Major Applewhite, recently anointed to that role.

"It's a good thing," Heard said. "Coach Applewhite, he played at the University of Texas, and you probably can't ask for anything better than that, somebody that played there then becomes the offensive coordinator and the quarterback coach, that's pretty cool.

"We have a good relationship," Heard said. "When I go down there, I always talk to him. It's a good thing. I have a great relationship with him."

Heard said he's also working to establish relationships with fellow Texas recruits.

"I'm always doing that right now … everyone who can ball, trying to get them to Texas," Heard said.

But that's in the future. For now, Heard said he would go back to try and improve as a passer. He'll run track in the spring, with Heard excelling as a 4x400 runner, before getting ready for the camp circuit and eventually, another run at a state title.

"The juniors that are sitting in there that didn't get to go out, they're whispering, can you get us one," Heard said. "It's a great thing and we're going to try and get it next year, too."


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