Six Outstanding Student-Athletes Honored as Built Ford Tough Texas High School Football Players of the Week
•Class 5-A: Tyler Stubblefield, Sr., QB, Lufkin
•Class 4-A: Jordan Wood, Sr., QB/P/S, Friendswood
•Class 3-A: KJ Garrett, Sr., RB, Center
•Class 2-A: Damien Haskins, Sr., RB/LB, New Boston
•Class 1-A: Chance Barlow, Sr., QB/S, D’Hanis
•Private Schools: Mike Mitchell, Sr., LB/KR, Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy
PLANO, Texas -- October 3, 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 4.
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 4 winners
CLASS 5-A: Tyler Stubblefield, Sr., Quarterback, Lufkin:
At game time in College Station last week, a light rain gave way to a deluge—of points. When the scoreboard finally stopped blinking, after four overtimes, Lufkin had edged A&M Consolidated 71-68 and the two teams produced more than 1,500 yards of offense. At the center of it all was Lufkin’s senior quarterback Tyler Stubblefield, a first-year starter, who completed 29 of 43 passes for 562 yards and eight scores (21, 6, 54, 9, 40, 64, 23, and 6, the final two in overtime). The rangy 6-5, 225-pound lefty hooked up 14 times with SMU-bound WR JaBryce Taylor for 259 yards (breaking Dez Bryant’s single-game school record) and two scores, giving the 3-2 Panthers a potent one-two punch.
Tyler’s accuracy may have its roots in baseball. He has already accepted a diamond scholarship to Texas A&M, where he’ll join his brother Gandy. A solid B student, Tyler is heavily involved with Ignite, an in-school mentoring program and his church youth group. He also reads to elementary school children.
“Tyler gets better and better every week,” says Coach Todd Quick. “He waited his turn as a backup and now he’s running the show. What I love about Tyler is his sense of responsibility. There’s never any finger-pointing. When he makes a mistake, it’s on him—and then he usually makes up for it on the next play or series.”
CLASS 4-A: Jordan Wood, Sr., Quarterback/Punter/Safety, Friendswood:
Normally, when your quarterback runs for six touchdowns and throws for a couple more, you can sit back and maybe begin to think about next week’s game plan. That didn’t happen for Friendswood Coach Robert Koopmann last week. Quarterback Jordan Wood ran 20 times for an amazing 401 yards and six TDs (24, 11, 58, 64, 18, and 51 yards) and completed seven of 11 passes for 122 yards and two more scores, helping the unbeaten (4-0, 1-0) Mustangs put up 79 points against Galena Park. “We needed every one of them,” said Koopmann, finally able to exhale after his team’s 79-63 victory. For Wood, the rangy 6-4, 195-pound signal-caller, it was his best night in a season of great nights. And for good measure, his one punt was good for 50 yards. Jordan hasn’t played much defense this year—yet. “When we get deeper into the season,” says the coach, “he’ll be out there at safety too.”
A stellar 96.7 GPA student, Jordan has also been a three-year starter in basketball and the number one pitcher for the Mustangs’ baseball team. He’s heavily involved in the PALS leadership program, mentoring elementary school youngsters, and in many church activities.
“Jordan is just an amazing kid,” says Koopmann. “During last spring’s recruiting week, even the Ivies were impressed by his academic credentials. He’s the kind of student teachers love to teach. He visited our elementary school youngsters last week and they just fell in love with him. He attends LDS Bible study sessions every morning at six and always ‘comes to work’ ready to go. He has been the leader of this class ever since junior high and that’s not going to change.”
CLASS 3-A: KJ Garrett, Sr., Running Back, Center:
When a sophomore transfer student from South Dakota unexpectedly showed up in Center’s weight room two years ago, Coach Kevin Goodwin was excited. The expectation—and that unheralded sophomore—have never disappointed. Now a senior, KJ Garrett has helped the Roughriders to a 5-0 start in 2012, most recently with a 275 yard, four TD night that spoiled Tatum’s homecoming last week. His scores of 52, 13, 1, and 89 yards (on 27 carries) paved the way to a 43-30 victory. And with the game on the line in the closing minutes, the 5-10, 185-pound Garrett gained 99 yards on three carries, the last an 89-yard sprint to the end zone.
It wouldn’t be surprising if Center is scouring South Dakota for others like KJ. He’s an all-district power-lifter, an anchor on a pair of Roughrider sprint relay teams, and owns a sparkling 3.65 GPA, which earned him membership in the National Honor Society, He’s heavily involved in both the FCA and church activities and will, by season’s end, be sorting through a variety of college offers.
“Once KJ breaks the line of scrimmage, he’s gone,” says Coach Goodwin. “He’s an all-around player who can line up anywhere, including wide receiver and cornerback. He’s not a vocal guy but when he shoots a look, the rest of the team straightens up. He has that kind of effect on his teammates.”
CLASS 2-A: Damien Haskins, Sr., Running Back/Linebacker, New Boston:
Damien Haskins touched the ball only five times during New Boston’s 51-6 pasting of Queen City last week. What’s so remarkable about that? It’s his efficiency. The solid 5-9, 210-pound running back turned those five carries into five touchdowns. His quintet of runs covered 38, 29, 24, 51, and 80 yards, giving him 232 yards and 30 points on the night. The Lions led 44-0 at halftime, earning Haskins a seat on the bench for the second half. Even more remarkable, it was the second time this season he’d accomplished the amazing feat. In an opening night victory over DeKalb, he did the same thing: five touches, five scores. Through five games for the undefeated highly-ranked Lions, Haskins has carried 76 times for 1,218 yards (16 yards per carry) and scored 19 touchdowns.
A straight A student ranked #13 in his class, Haskins competes in both track and powerlifting. In addition to mentoring elementary school youngsters, he works whenever possible at Brookshire’s grocery, just to help his family.
“I’ve been coaching for 31 years,” says New Boston Coach Rick Barker, “and I’ve never seen a back go two games without being tackled. Damien is one of those high character kids who makes coaching what it’s supposed to be. He played behind Shakeem Jefferson last year but still managed to run for 1,000 yards. Now he knows he’s the man and he has comfortably taken over the leadership role. He’s just special.”
CLASS 1-A: Chance Barlow, Sr., Quarterback/Safety, D’Hanis:
At crunch time against Brackett last week, D’Hanis Coach Troy Langfeld told his senior QB, Chance Barlow to “run a keeper, get us three yards, and get us out of here.” Barlow went just a little better, racing around end for seven yards to put the 35-33 nail-biter over Brackett in the books for the highly-ranked and undefeated (5-0) Cowboys. Big-time efforts are nothing new to Barlow, a 2011 Built Ford Tough Player of the Week. This night he wound up completing 16 passes for 241 yards and four TDs and running for 79 yards and another score. And just for good measure, he contributed 15 tackles on defense.
The 6-0, 185-pound Barlow can do it all. He’s all-district in football, baseball, and basketball. He totes the baton for D’Hanis’ relay teams in the spring and he stars on the golf team. In addition, his 3.8 GPA has earned some interest from a variety of BCS schools. Chance participates in FFA, FCA, Christian Youth group and reads to D’Hanis’ elementary schoolers.
“Nobody matches his work ethic,” raves Coach Langfeld. “He’s always the best athlete on the field and when he scrambles, look out! Chance never takes a play off—in games or in practice. Even in drills, he’ll spend time with the young players to make sure that they are getting it right. He’s our glue!”
PRIVATE SCHOOLS: Mike Mitchell, Sr., Linebacker/Kick Returner, Plano Prestonwood Christian Academy:
When Mike Mitchell of Plano Prestonwood Christian returned the opening kickoff of last week’s game against Argyle Liberty Christian for 100 yards and a touchdown, it was just the start of things. The Lions’ linebacker and special teams demon made his presence felt all night, particularly in the Liberty backfield. The 6-4, 220-pound Mitchell, who ran a 4.3 40 at the SPARQ camp in Beaverton, OR, this summer, made seven solo tackles and assisted on 11 more, made four tackles for loss, two sacks, hurried the quarterback three times, and caused three fumbles, one that snuffed out a potential tying TD and another that set the Lions up on the Warriors’ doorstep.
A track athlete who helped the Lions’ relay team take a bronze medal in the state meet last year, he runs the 100 and long jumps. Mike’s a solid B student who takes time to mentor lower school youngsters at Prestonwood. It’s little wonder why Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and just about every other BCS school is interested in having Mike join their Class of 2017. They’d love nothing better than making a package deal: Mike’s brother Mickey, a 6-7 sophomore quarterback, leads the top-ranked Lions’ offense.
“Mike is a tremendous young man,” says Coach Chris Cunningham. “He’s quiet off the field and totally passionate on it. I’ve been coaching forever but I’ve never seen determination like I see in Mike. He’s our captain and he speaks by the way he plays and works.”
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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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