Six Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored as Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week
- Class 5-A: Kenny Hill, Sr., QB, Southlake Carroll
- Class 4-A: Addison Bustos, Sr., WR/P/PR, Amarillo Caprock
- Class 3-A: Dac Shaw, Sr., RB/LB, Mineola
- Class 2-A: Glenn Roberts, Sr., RB/DB, Winnie East Chambers
- Class 1-A: Dee Paul, Sr., QB/S, Munday
- Private Schools: Sterling Holmes, Sr., RB/LB, San Antonio Antonian College Prep
PLANO, Texas September 19, 2012 – Six Texas high school football stars are being recognized as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week for Week 2.
These athletes join a long list of players recognized for outstanding efforts on and off the field. They are now among the likes of Heisman Trophy winner and Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III and Atlanta Falcons running back Quizz Rodgers. Other past winners include Texas A&M starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, Nebraska's Big 10 Player of the Year candidate Rex Burkhead, SMU's starting quarterback Garrett Gilbert, and the nation's most-watched freshman running back Johnathan Gray of UT, the only two-time Built Ford Tough Texas HS Football Player of the Year.
This is the seventh consecutive year that Ford Motor Company is recognizing six outstanding student-athletes each week during the 2012 season. The Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program honors one student-athlete in six of the state’s athletic classifications every week during the high school football regular season for his accomplishments on and off the field.
Following are capsule summaries on the Week 0-1 winners
CLASS 5-A: Kenny Hill, Sr., Quarterback, Southlake Carroll:
It’s no surprise that Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill is blessed with a rocket arm. He gets that from his dad, Ken, a 14-year major-league pitcher who did notable work for the Rangers, among others. But Kenny, a rare three-year starter for the Dragons, also brings incredible on-field presence and composure to the mix, as he did in last week’s 34-0 blanking of Temple at Cowboys Stadium. Hill totaled 371 all-purpose yards, rushing 18 times for 238 yards (13.2 yards per carry) and three TDs while connecting on 14 of 26 passes for another 133 yards. Carroll has now won two straight following an opening-night road loss to Allen.
As you might expect, Kenny’s athletic prowess extends to the diamond, where he’s a power-hitting all-district third baseman. He also sports a slick 92% grade average and is headed to Texas A&M for football. When he’s not working toward a second-straight Class 5A Division I state title, you’ll find the 6-2, 215-pound Hill involved with the FCA and mentoring and reading to Southlake elementary school children.
Coach Hal Wasson attributes Hill’s competitiveness to his absolute zeal for success. “It doesn’t matter what he does, he has a passion to perform at the highest level. When we lost our opener, Kenny made it instantly clear that he wasn’t looking for any kind of pity party. He just wanted to turn it up and lead the team. It’s comforting to know that he’s our quarterback but, more importantly, he’s a role model for his teammates and all the kids in Southlake.”
CLASS 4-A: Addison Bustos, Sr., Wide Receiver/Punter/Punt Returner, Amarillo Caprock:
Every time Lubbock Estacado looked around, Addison Bustos was catching a pass, breaking a tackle, and sprinting up the field. By the time the Amarillo Caprock receiver was done, he’d caught 13 balls for 392 yards and a pair of TDs in a hard-fought 43-33 victory. The 5-10, 191-pound Bustos missed the state single-game yardage record, held by 2011 BFT Player of the Week Robbie Rhodes of Fort Worth Southwest, by only two yards—and that includes a four-yard loss on a controversial taunting penalty. Caprock is now 3-0 and Bustos, averaging more than 22 yards per catch, is statistically ranked among the top receivers in the nation.
A basketball and baseball standout for the Longhorns, Addison is also among the academic leaders at Caprock. His 93.8% GPA puts him in the top 10 percent of his class. He’s also active with the school’s Americorps program, working with elementary students in reading.
Bustos reminds Coach Seth Parr of Wes Welker. “He’s going to be a great inside receiver for someone,” says the coach. “He’s one of those throwback athletes who picks up new skills quickly. That’s how he became our punter. When you remember that Caprock had gone 35 years without making the playoffs, you realize how much Addison had changed the culture around here. He’s simply a great kid.”
CLASS 3-A: Dac Shaw, Sr., Running Back/Linebacker, Mineola:
Opponents of the Mineola Yellow Jackets never know where Dac Shaw is coming from. He’s the prototypical big (6-3, 215 pounds) downhill runner and a fleet-footed, hard-hitting linebacker. In last week’s 41-21 victory over Winnsboro, Dac did it all on both sides of the ball. First he rumbled for 319 yards and five TDs (3, 11, 7, 13, and 9 yards), singlehandedly outscoring the Red Raiders. On the other side of the ball, he made 12 tackles and had two QB pressures. It’s easy to see why TCU (where he figures to be a prized linebacker) was elated to get his verbal over UT, A&M, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma.
Shaw is a two-time, two-way all-district player who also plays basketball and runs track. He maintains a solid 3.0 GPA and is an active leader in the team’s mission to mentor elementary school children in Mineola. He’s also a member of the FCA.
“Dac is blessed with great talent,” says Coach Joe Drennon. “He’s all over the field on both sides of the ball. He makes great reads on defense and has tremendous vision and balance. When he gets behind those pads, he’s a load to take down. Generally he’s quiet, doing things his way. But he commands the respect of his teammates and coaches.”
CLASS 2-A: Glenn Roberts, Sr., Running Back/Defensive Back, Winnie East Chambers:
Nothing that Glenn Roberts does surprises many people around Winnie. East Chambers’ star running back ran for more than 2,000 yards last year, despite sitting out the second-half of four blowout games. And after last week’s 20-carry, 351-yard performance (with four touchdowns) in a solid 33-14 win over Hamshire Fannett, he’s well on his way to doing it again. The 5-8, 175-pounder is dangerous all over the field; his four TDs last week came from 94, 8, 76, and 3 yards. In two games, he now has 571 rushing yards and seven TDs. Glenn is always on the field for the Bucs. In last week’s game, he made three solo tackles, one for a loss, and broke up two passes.
An all-region basketball player and regional qualifier in track, Roberts is equally competent in the classroom with a sparkling 3.9 GPA. He’s also a member of the East Chambers student council.
“In 22 years of coaching,” says Bucs’ head coach Russ Sutherland, “Glenn is simply the best football player I’ve ever coached. He does things that you just can’t coach. He never missed a summer workout and he’s the first one in and the last one out every day. He’s just an unbelievable kid.”
CLASS 1-A: Dee Paul, Sr., Quarterback-Safety, Munday:
You get the feeling that good things happen at Munday when Dee Paul is leading the way. A state quarterfinalist in 2010 and a participant in the finals last year, the 2012 goal is a championship, something the Moguls haven’t won since 2007. But with Paul in charge, a 3-0 start, and a No.1 ranking, it’s well within dreaming distance. Dee was brilliant in last week’s 55-28 demolition of Albany, rushing only four times for 153 yards (that’s 38.3 yards per carry!) and scoring on runs of 76 and 68 yards. The 5-11, 165-pounder also hit on 6 of 9 passes for 208 yards and three TDs. For good measure, he made seven tackles and broke up a pass on defense.
Dee’s athletic prowess is hardly confined to the gridiron. He has struck gold in several events at the state 1-A track meet, most notably three straight championships in the 300-meter hurdles. He’s also an all-state guard in basketball. Dee owns a solid 3.32 GPA and is involved with several community projects. Expect to see him as a slotback or defensive back when he arrives at SMU next fall.
“Dee’s a playmaker who combines athletic ability with intelligence and field awareness in sufficient quantities to make his teammates better,” says Coach Patrick Corcoran. “He’s athletic and fast but also deceptively strong for his size. Dee’s a great leader who always wears a smile and is one of the most-approachable people in our community.”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Sterling Holmes, Sr., Running Back/Linebacker, San Antonio Antonian College Prep:
You can hardly call a back who averages nine yards per carry a “grinder,” but that’s what San Antonio Antonian College Prep’s Sterling Holmes actually is. The 6-0, 190-pound running back and linebacker rushed 30 times for 267 yards and four touchdowns in the Apaches’ 37-30 nail-biter over 3-A Boerne last week. And although Antonian had to hold its breath on a last-second pass into the end zone, the victory moved the Apaches to 3-0. Holmes, who has scored 10 times in the young season, is also a force to be reckoned with from his inside linebacker spot.
Sterling comes from a highly athletic family. His sister plays college basketball and his brother, Jonathan, another Antonian grad, is expected to do great things on the hardwood for UT this fall. Sterling, who also plays basketball, is a 91% GPA student and participated on Antonian’s Super Bowl of Caring, which collected 7,000 pounds of food for homeless shelters last winter.
“Sterling’s as good a back as I’ve ever coached,” says coaching veteran and Antonian Head Coach Van Fuschak. “We just give him the ball and he takes care of business. He never complains, no matter how heavy his workload—on offense and defense. It’s a thrill to be his coach.”
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Students recognized by Ford, the Texas Ford dealers and the Built Ford Tough Media Advisory Board as the Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week have excelled in three categories:
- Individual performance on the field, including significant game statistics.
- Contribution to the team’s success through individual leadership abilities and
- Performance off the field, including academic success and good community citizenship.
Texas high school football coaches, athletic directors and fans are invited to nominate players each week. To nominate student-athletes for this award or for additional information on the nomination process, visit PlayeroftheWeek.com
Additionally, fans can keep up with award winners through a weekly television show. Ford and Texas Ford Dealers are teaming up with Fox Sports Southwest to send television crews into communities across the state to shine the spotlight on players who excel on the field, in the classroom and in their communities. The half-hour Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Player of the Week program airs Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
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