Texas:The NCAA’s QB Factory!

Texas High School football has had a long and storied history. Anyone familiar with football in this state can name a long list of former Texas football greats, from almost any era.

In the current era of High School football, however, the list of Quarterbacks competing at the highest levels of the NCAA’s FBS schools is simply astounding.

My friend Nuke asked me last year, why are there so many QBs from Texas playing for big time college football teams. At that time, Chase Daniel was still playing for Missouri, Matthew Stafford was at Georgia, and the newest kid of notice, particularly for Nuke since he is from Mississippi, was the Ole Miss QB, Jevan Snead.

My answer to Nuke was, and still is, Texas Seven On Seven football, which began in 1998. In the current Rivals recruiting rating on Qbs, Texas has nine listed in the top fifty, while California(traditionally dominant) has eleven recruits.

Which brings us to the current QBs in the NCAA FBS statistical leaders, as well as the major bowl games.

Of the top fifty highest statistically rated QBs in the NCAA, fifteen(33%) played high school football in Texas. Also, of the thirty four bowl games, there will be twelve starting QBs from Texas, including the two from the teams competing for the BCS Championship game, Alabama and Texas.

It is also important to note that the top statistical QB in the country is from Texas, Case Keenum, from 3A Abilene Wylie High School, which is competing for the state championship this very day. Case has set new records at the University of Houston, breaking those set by Heisman Trophy winner Andre Ware, and his successor David Klingler. It’s unfortunate that UofH doesn’t get more exposure, as Case is deserving of consideration for the Heisman, but then there is always next year.
He’s only a junior.

What the Seven On Seven has meant for the QBs in our state who participate each summer in this program is they get many, many repetitions throwing the prolate spheroid. This affords them the opportunity to develop accuracy, finesse, strength, timing and vision, all attributes that translate directly to on the field performance.

Since the era of Slingin’ Sammy Baugh, to the current era, Texas High School football has encountered many different styles of play, but putting the ball in the air is still the most exciting and productive means to move the chain down the field.

*Cross-posted*
At Urban Grounds.

Palin v Shatner on Tonight Show

Good-natured fun on the Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien.

First up, William Shatner does his signature dramatic reading from Sarah Palin’s book, Going Rogue, complete with background bongos and bass.

Moments later, in a surprise appearance, Gov Palin returns the favor with a spoof reading from Shatner’s own autobiography.

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