Now, there are a few quarterbacks every year that surprise because they were on the Junior Varsity squad, or at another school doing some major work that was out of our coverage area. With that said, Brock Mooneyham from Tascosa, Nathan Betts from Amarillo, Bryson Daily from Abernathy, Nick Adame from Memphis, Cutter Sparks from Shallowater, and whoever emerges as the starter at Monterey, Estacado, and Frenship will make major impacts in 2016 for the 806. Ok. Let’s get to it…
10 QUARTERBACKS THAT WILL WREAK HAVOC IN 2016:
(NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
1.JARRET DOEGE- LUBBOCK COOPER PIRATES
He is a certified beast for the #stormchasers out there at Lubbock-Cooper. Deadly accurate, reads progressions well, and has the 5A experience from last year along with talent like Josh Moore (DI COMMIT TBA) and Ty Thomas (Arizona State Commit) to really help him propel the Pirates to greener pastures than the last two years when El Paso Eastlake sent them home in the Area Round. Competition will be tough in 4-5A with the likes of Coronado, Abilene Cooper, and Monterey in their district, but the Bowling Green commit is ready; the defenses he faces better be ready too.
2.JAELYN NOLAN- BROWNFIELD CUBS
Fresh off of a state championship in basketball, and back to summer workouts for the DI Commit (soon to be, holds 5 offers) from Cubland. He went over 2,000 yards passing and 1,000 yards rushing again in 2015; the second year in a row he has accomplished such a difficult feat. The Cubs move up to 4A DII this year and have scheduled a tough non-district route to get the Cubs ready for playoff play. Coach Welps wouldn’t have it any other way either for his team after a disappointing first round exit last year. If Nolan’s summer 7-on-7 workouts have been any indication of how he will perform this fall, watch out…
3. NICK GERBER- LEVELLAND LOBOS
Nick had over 4,000 yards passing in 2015 while leading his team to history in the process. He has had a few schools drop in on him and will get an offer soon. Tough as nails is this young man from Levelland, and very humble and smart to boot. He had a stretch last year where he threw 17-consecutive touchdowns without an interception. When he’s hot, it’s over for defenses. Even when you get to him he’ll get away and find one of his receivers, like Jeffrey Elliott, for a huge play downfield. He is poised to have another sensational year for the Lobos and will be playing on Saturdays in 2017 too.
4. GUNNAR PALACIOS- CANYON EAGLES
A true dual-threat quarterback who has some dangerous speed. Eastern New Mexico offered him this week and that will be one of many to come for the Eagle. A very tough district in 3-5A awaits Gunnar as Plainview and Amarillo move in with Randall already there. If he can stay injury free, he will put up some massive number for the #eaglenation. Canyon went three rounds deep in 2015, and might do it again in 2016 too.
5. CORBIN DOUTHITT- CANADIAN WILDCATS
The Wildcat Nation just reloads.. Speaking of reloading…. Here comes Corbin. He was the backup to arguably the best player in the 806 last year, Tanner Schafer. Douthitt comes into this season very polished due to playing in almost every game in 2015, sometimes for an entire half when the Wildcats were thumping their opponents on their way to back-to-back titles in football. Cameron Copley is back as well along with Manny Ramsey, so the Wildcats offense may not miss a beat this season; which is scary news for their new district foes in 1-3A DII.
6.QUA GRAY-CORONADO MUSTANGS
Qua has been starting since his Sophomore year for the #CU. His arm is live, along with a super fast release. He showed flashes last year for Coach Parr during the season, but also struggled in his first year as the Varsity Quarterback. Expect him to have a breakout year for Coronado as they drop down to 5A. He also has some good weapons on the outside as well. like Noah Sifrit and Christian Hayes. Don’t be surprised if the Mustangs break their playoff-less streak, which will be ten years if they don’t make it this year.
7.BRETT HICKS-SEMINOLE INDIANS
Brett is fresh off of an offer from Eastern New Mexico today! I’m happy for him for that, but let’s get to the Indians in 2016. If he can stay healthy, which was a major problem for him last year, Seminole can do some damage. Defense should be their strength this year as they return eight starters on that side of the ball. Hicks has Reese Moore as well, who is already getting looked at by a plethora of Division One schools at the tight end position. Who helps out at the wide? How will the running game do to help take some pressure off of him this fall???
8. JAXSON DURHAM- NEW DEAL LIONS
It’s the Deal.. The Big Deal at New Deal…. Jaxson RETURNS.. He comes into this year with some hefty goals for himself and the team as they were upset by Panhandle in the bi-district round last year after going undefeated in the regular season. Mark Adams returns as well as welcoming Jett Whitfield into the fray; which they will need with teams like Sundown and Abernathy in their district this season. He can flat-out light it up and will be the difference this year as I see New Deal going at least two rounds deep in the playoffs.
9. BETO DIAZ-MULESHOE MULES
Let’s go, Beto! He has been injured often in his career at Muleshoe, but I’m praying that he stays healthy for Coach Wood and the Mules this season. Jason Florez returns on the outside and is the best receiver in that district and might make an all-state team this fall. Defensively, they are stout again, as always. Which leads us to Beto. If healthy, he will do damage and counteractively poses another threat when he takes off out of the pocket. Elusive, small, crafty, and heady.. I’m sure Wes loves that as he prepares to tackle district 1-3A with Littlefield and Shallowater waiting on them, again.
10. AJ ESCOBEDO-POST ANTELOPES
I saw AJ on the only 2A team playing up in the 7-on-7 state qualifying tournament this summer and he looked good. Coach Pittman has a dangerous squad returning for the #lopenation, and they should have a state title on their minds in 2A. Can AJ lead this team to the promise land? He has the arm, the toughness, and the respect of the locker room, but this is the year where we all expect Post to take that next step and get to Dallas. I’m putting all my chips in for AJ to lead the way…