2008 TPF ALL TEXAS TEAM


The Txprepsfootball.com All Texas Team is derived from all classifications, and, unlike the Associated Press All-State teams, does take the post season into account.

OFFENSE


Quarterbacks

Scotty Young – Denton Ryan (4A), Junior
Young led his team to the third round of the playoffs and threw the second most touchdown passes in a single season in Texas High School football history (65). He was 289-458 passing for 4,495 yards with only 11 INTS.

Russell Sheppard – Cypress Ridge (5A), Senior
Prototype dual-threat quarterback, Sheppard led his team to the 5A Division II Regional Finals. The LSU commit threw for for 1,843 yards and 20 touchdowns with only four interceptions, while rushing for 1,946 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Wes Wood – Muleshoe (2A), Senior
Led the Mules to the Class 2A Division I State Championship. He threw for 4,556 yards and 64 touchdowns on the season, which was the third highest total in Texas High School football history.


Running Backs

Dwight Smith – Carthage (3A), Senior
Smith (5-10, 225, 4.4) led the Bulldogs to a state title, amassing 2,816 yards and racking up 43 touchdowns on the season. The better the competition, the better Smith performed, as he gained over a thousand yards in the playoffs alone.

John Hubert – Waco Midway (4A), Senior
The 5’8 181 lb. senior ran for 2,845 yards and scored 41 touchdowns in leading the Panthers on a long playoff run before losing to Longview in overtime. He broke LaDainian Tomlinson’s city record set in 1996 (2,554 yds.)

Traylon Shead – Cayuga (1A), Junior
Posted the sixth highest single season rushing total in the history of Texas High School football in leading Cayuga to the state championship game. The 6’2, 205 lb. Shead ran for 3,504 yards, averaged 13 yards per carry and scored 52 touchdowns.

Kendial Lawrence – Rockwall-Heath (4A), Senior
The slippery running back averaged 9.4 yards per rush in leading Rockwall-Heath to the state quarterfinals where they lost a shootout (52-47) to eventual state champion Sulphur Springs. Lawrence ran for 2,679 yards and had 46 touchdowns.

Offensive Line

Derek Loworn – Canadian (1A), Senior
Loworn was a dominant force on the offensive line, earning a rare accolade for a lineman; district offensive MVP. He had 46 knockdowns, graded at 96 percent and helped his team average 463 ypg. while winning a state championship.

Dakota Hagler – Gilmer (3A), Senior
The Buckeye senior had 110 pancakes and graded at 95 percent for a Gilmer team that went four rounds deep before losing to eventual champion Carthage. Hagler was on the offensive line his sophomore year, then switched to defense his junior season before returning to offense.

Mason Walters – Wolfforth Frenship (4A), Senior
Unusually large for a center, the 6’6, 290 lb. lineman who is committed to Texas, graded at 94 percent, had 23 pancakes and 46 knockdowns, while helping lead the Tigers four rounds deep in the playoffs.

Garrett Porter – Odessa Permian (5A), Senior
Excellent size at 6’6, 308 lbs. Committed to the University of Texas. Dominating presence on the offensive line, this two time all-state player had 118 knockdowns and 98 pancakes.

Thomas Ashcraft – Cedar Hill (5A), Senior
Great feet for his size (6’5, 300 lbs). Superlative player who has started since his sophomore year, Ashcraft graded out at over 90 percent and averaged 8 pancakes per game. Committed to the University of Texas.

Michael Brown – Lexington (2A), Senior
A tenacious blocker, Brown had 78 pancakes while grading out at 91 percent. Brown is also is a two-time Associated Press All-State pick.

Wide Receivers

Aldo Hernandez – Laredo United (5A), Senior
Hernandez had a huge season for the Bulldogs. His 131 receptions were the second most in the history of Texas High School football, behind Lake Travis WR Jason Bird (151). He totaled 1,665 yards and had 18 touchdowns on the season.

Kyle Guinyard – Ennis (4A), Senior
Guinyard’s 110 receptions were enough to vault him into the top ten on the all-time receiving list for a single season. He garnered 1,751 yards and 20 touchdowns in helping the Lions to the third round of the playoffs.

Darius White – Fort Worth Dunbar (4A), Junior
The 6-2, 180 lb. junior didn’t have the raw numbers of the other receivers on our list, but he made them count, finishing with 35 catches for 952 yards and 15 TDs. He averaged a whopping 27.2 yards per reception and almost a touchdown on every other catch.

A.J. Dugat – Dayton (4A), Senior
Moved into a tie for seventh place on the Texas High School football all-time list with 112 receptions for 1,755 yards and 21 touchdowns, as Dayton made it to the state championship before losing to Sulphur Springs.

Kicker

James French – China Spring (3A) Senior
Made 55-of-55 Point-After-Touchdowns and had a streak of 107 consecutive PATs made.

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Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year


Offensive Player of the Year
Garrett Gilbert
Quarterback
Austin Lake Travis Cavaliers

Threw only five interceptions while passing for 4,852 yards, a state record, and 56 touchdowns. He also set the state’s career passing record of 12,532 yards, while running for 23 TDs. Led the Cavaliers to a 16-0 record and their second consecutive Class 4A Division I state title. The son of former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert, Garrett ranks second in the state all time in career passing TDs, passing attempts and passing completions.


Defensive Player of the Year
Nikita Whitlock
Defensive Lineman
Wylie Pirates

The senior nose tackle helped lead the surprising Wylie Pirates to the state title game. Though not heavily recruited due to his size (5’11, 270), Whitlock had a dominating season. He has a knack for getting lower than offensive linemen and beating them off the ball with his quickness. His regular season stats (excludes postseason) speak for themselves as he had 101 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, with four forced fumbles and two recovered. In addition he blocked an incredible 7 kicks and two were returned for touchdowns.

DEFENSE

Defensive Line

Bo Adams – Refugio (2A), Senior
The Defensive MVP of district 30-2A registered a phenomenal amount of tackles for a defensive lineman (151) and also had 24 tackles for a loss. He recorded five sacks, 15 QB pressures and three forced fumbles.

Jackson Jeffcoat – Plano West (5A), Junior
The son of former Cowboy Jim Jeffcoat, Jackson (6’5, 230) had 94 tackles to go along with 11 tackles for loss, 20 quarterback pressures and 7 sacks.

Siosaia Tuipulotu – Euless Trinity (5A), Senior
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound senior who is committed to Utah, finished the season with 65 total tackles, including 10 for loss, four sacks and three forced fumbles. Tuipulotu, who helped lead his team to a 13-1 record, was a constant disruption to opposing offenses.

Matthew Russell – New Deal (1A), Senior
Russell helped lead the Lions to an undefeated regular season record as he had 127 tackles, 15 sacks, 6 fumbles caused and was named the district Defensive MVP.

Casey Felton – Canyon Randall (4A), Senior
Felton was all over the field for the Raiders, as he had 101 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, an interception return for a TD, 9 QB sacks, 4 fumbles recovered and was named the Class 4A Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

Linebackers

Corey Nelson – Dallas Skyline (5A), Junior
Nelson had a huge year for the Raiders, with 156 tackles and 12 sacks, 19 tackles for loss, 4 pass breakups, 9 blocked punts, 5 fumbles forced and 3 recovered.

John Baldwin – Corpus Christi West Oso (3A), Junior
Earned Defensive MVP honors in district 31-3A. He forced 10 fumbles, recovered three fumbles and broke up three passes. Baldwin had 179 tackles, including two games of more than 20.

Carl Moore – Daingerfield (2A), Senior
Helped lead the Tigers to a state championship with 117 tackles, including 24 for loss, 6 sacks, 8 fumbles caused, 2 fumbles recovered, named the Associated Press Class 2A Defensive Player of the Year.

Sean Porter – Schertz Clemens (4A), Senior
Defensive MVP of district 27-4A, Porter recorded 159 tackles, had seven sacks and three forced fumbles. He is committed to Texas A&M.

James Chambers – Wichita Falls Rider (4A), Senior
The 6’0, 220 lb. linebacker who is committed to the Air Force Academy, used his tremendous speed and quickness to register 134 tackles and seven forced fumbles. A three year starter, Chambers had 310 tackles in his final two seasons.

Cooper Twyford – Archer City (1A), Junior
Twyford, the District 9-A Defensive MVP, racked up 163 tackles, including 10 for a loss to help the Wildcats record an undefeated regular season and reach the playoffs.

Defensive Backs

Chris Miller – Copperas Cove (5A), Senior
Miller had 62 tackles (43 solo) to go along with 11 INTs., of which he returned four for TDs.

Jared Villanueva – Roscoe (1A), Senior
Had 7 INTs (3 returned for TDs), 52 tackles, 1 TFL, 6 pass breakups, 1 fumble caused.

Xavier Daniels – Giddings (3A), Senior
Helped lead the Buffaloes to the state semifinals. He had 85 tackles, 10 interceptions (5 in one game); returned a blocked PAT and a kickoff for touchdowns. Named the Class 3A Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year.

J.A. Perez – Hebbronville (2A), Senior
A unanimous first-team all-district running back and defensive back for the Longhorns, Perez made 72 tackles, intercepted 11 passes and had six passes defensed.

Thomas McDonald – Corsicana Mildred (2A), Sophomore
The only sophomore to make our team, McDonald had 112 tackles (75 solo), 8 INTs (1 returned for TD), 12 pass breakups, 1 fumble caused.

Verlis Martin – Aldine Eisenhower (5A), Senior
Teammate Craig Loston got more publicity, but Martin took away his side of the field, with 11 interceptions despite losing two games to Hurricane Ike. He had two interceptions in three different games in addition to 16 passes defensed.

Punter

Tyler Arndt – Cuero (3A), Junior
In addition to being one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks from the class of 2010, Arndt also handles punting duties for the Gobblers and makes our team after averaging 45.8 yards per punt on 24 kicks.

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All Texas Team 2008 Coach of the Year


Gary Joseph – Katy Tigers

Despite the tremendous tradition at Katy, 2008 looked like it could be a long year for the Tigers as they were saddled with two losses early in the season, including one of the worst losses in their history (47-0 to The Woodlands). The Tigers continued to improve as the season progressed, but they did not win their district as they lost a season ending showdown to Katy Cinco Ranch, 27-21, in overtime. Katy put the regular season behind them from that point forward and rolled over their playoff opponents by a combined score of 231-34 to win the Class 5A Division II State Championship. Joseph, who took over the Katy program in 2004 from 22-year head coach Mike Johnson, now has a 68-7 record in his tenure there.

Honorable Mention


John Walsh – Denton Guyer

Walsh led the Wildcats to the 4A Divison I Semifinals after the program had won only one game in the first two years of the school’s existence.

Tom Allen – Sinton

One year after going winless in district play and fashioning a 1-9 record, Allen led the Pirates to the 31-3A title and they won 11 straight before losing in the 3rd round of the playoffs.


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