His story: Jett Duffey played on the Mansfield Lake Ridge freshman team last season and won the varsity starting job in the spring. A sophomore, Duffey led the Eagles to the schools first football victory on Sept. 6, a 77-75 triple-overtime thriller against Burleson Centennial, a team they lost to 62-7 a year before. In his first two starts, Duffey has completed 27 of 49 passes for 614 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions. Hes added 209 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 31 carries.
His goal: Last season ended early for Duffey because of an injury. He is doing what he can to prevent that from happening again. Im just trying to make sure I stay healthy and play smart and try to cut down on turnovers, he said. Im just trying to advance and excel.
He said: I knew the speed was going to be different moving from freshman to varsity, but I never really let that get to me. I just tried to make sure I play my own game. The first two games were great, they were really amazing. I feel like everyone was focused, everyone was ready. I really enjoyed it. It was some of the best moments of my life, really. I wasnt really nervous because we have a great coaching staff and they had a great game plan. I was more anxious and ready to see what would happen.
Coach Kirk Thor said: For a sophomore, hes got tremendous poise. He enjoys the game; he has fun. Id say he likes the pressure. Pressure doesnt get to him. He really, truly cares about his teammates more than himself. Hes a team player and gets along with everybody. He keeps things loose. Hes really very mature for his age and does a tremendous job of being a team player. Hes high-character, does a great job in the classroom. Really, all-around hes a great kid. He studies the game and he really retains information, so hes constantly learning and always willing to get better. I think the poise he has and the way he studies the game has helped him to be successful. He doesnt have an ego. Its not about him, its about his team. He wants to see his teammates succeed and thats truly who he is. Hes very humble. And any great leader can make the people around him better, and he does that. He tries to make the players around him better and I think thats why hes got the respect of our football team.
Notable: Duffey, who also runs track and plays basketball, moved to Mansfield from Louisiana when he was in the first grade.
Mansfield Lake Ridge sophomore quarterback Jett Duffey has eight touchdowns passing and four rushing in his first two starts.
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