It’s impressive, are you sure you’re ready? (stats link)
- He starred for national high school power Southlake Carroll High School in Texas
- took over as a starter in his senior season after playing behind Chase Daniel, the 2004 National High School Player of the Year who went on to star at Missouri
- racked up 4,687 yards with 56 touchdowns and only nine interceptions in his one year as a starter
- the 56 touchdowns set a new Texas high school record
- led his team to the Texas Class 5A state title, the team’s third in four seasons, and a mythical high school national championship in 2005
- named Offensive Player of the Year in Texas
- completed 321-of-450 pass attempts and ran for over 700 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior
- completed 21-of-31 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns en route to MVP honors in the state championship win over Katy
yeah….really! The same guy that’s labeled to “only take care of the ball and not lose games” was this complete all-star in high school. He had the makings of Peyton Manning based off high school. Now, I’m wondering if that’s still there or maybe was it due to a system (doubt it, we’re talking Texas high school football. They’re all serious.) or was Alabama just so talented that they never needed him to “take over”. Is there an extreme amount of talent that has become hidden?
Now, obviously he went to Alabam for the storied program and the talent and the ability to have a legit shot to win the National Championship. I feel no need to research this. Do so if you want. On to the ‘Bama stats.