Arlington Martin star takes home 2013 Tom Landry Award

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The trophy for the Tom Landry Award, a metal fedora placed on a large wooden base, is a substantial mass for a substantially amazing North Texas talent.

The trophy itself weighs at least 50 pounds.

At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Arlington Martin defensive end Myles Garrett stands the natural candidate to hoist the trophy.

However, his talent on the field and character off the field earned the Texas A&M commit the 2013 Landry Award on Monday.

“I definitely was thinking there was no way this could be me,” Garrett said. “It must be a mistake because there is some great players I’ve played with and they did a great job playing offense.

“I was just surprised they gave it to me. It was a great honor.”

Garrett is the second straight Martin player to be a finalist for the award, following running back Kyle Hicks last year.

Garrett is also the first defensive player to win the award, which has been given to the best high school football player in North Texas since 2010.

Former Aledo running back Jonathan Gray won the award during the first two years of its existence, followed by another current Texas Longhorn, Jake Oliver of Dallas Jesuit, in 2012.

Martin coach Bob Wager was elated a defensive player won the award, especially considering the player was his own.

“Make no mistake about it. He deserves it. He’s a phenomenal football player and a great kid,” Wager said. “He will make this award very, very proud down the road. Myles Garrett is a difference-maker next year for the Aggies.”

DeSoto quarterback and TCU commit Desmon White, who faced Martin twice this season, said those games might have been the most scared he’s been at quarterback with Garrett coming at him every play.

Joining those two as finalists were Allen junior quarterback Kyler Murray, Argyle athlete Ian Sadler and Birdville running back Xavier Turner.

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